Rank And File’s Tony Kinman 1956-2018 R.I.P.

’80s band was a key influence on the soon-to-arrive alt-country scene.

By Blurt Staff

The Blurt staff is saddened to learn of the death of Tony Kinman (Rank And File, Blackbird, Cowboy Nation) at the age of 63. He passed away Friday, May 4, from cancer. According to the L.A. Times:

“On Thursday, Chip Kinman’s Facebook page alerted fans of his brother’s condition: ‘Tony is home with his family. He is no longer receiving treatment and is comfortable and at peace. I have read him everything that people are posting and he is very moved. I will let everyone know when it is done. I love you all. Thank you, Chip.’

“He was diagnosed with cancer in March, and had begun what had been expected to be a six-month program of chemotherapy, according to the CaringBridge page Chip’s wife, Lisa Kinman, created to keep fans informed. But the cancer turned out to be extremely aggressive.”

We have posted a tribute to Kinman, an expanded version of a 2003 interview that Blurt editor Fred Mills conducted with the musician, along with some great audio/video clips. Our deepest condolences to Chip Kinman and the rest of the Kinman family, as well as Tony’s many friends and fans.

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