(Photo of Randy Bewley by Michael Lachowski, from Athens Music Junkie.)
This hurts so much to write. It has been a very hard day for us all in Athens. We have lost one of our dearest friends. A critical part of our community has been taken from us and he will be missed sorely.
Randy Bewley, known to the world as the guitarist in Pylon, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 shortly before 5 in the afternoon. He suffered a heart attack while driving on Barber street in Athens on Monday. His van proceeded to drift off the road and tip over. No other people or vehicles were involved. Rescue workers did CPR at the scene and he was taken quickly to the hospital where he was placed in ICU. His family and bandmates were there by his side.
We’re so very bummed about this. In November of 1989, we saw Pylon open for R.E.M. at Rupp Arena in Lexington, and had our minds blown. We already knew about Pylon due to their ties to R.E.M., but seeing them live was another thing entirely. Earlier that day, we met them at an in-store signing they did at ear X-tacy in Louisville, and they were the nicest, sweetest folks. Bewley’s brittle yet melodic guitar playing clearly was a pretty big influence on Athens music, and it totally sucks that we didn’t get to see Pylon during their most recent bit of activity.
Also, if you don’t have it, you should pick up DFA Records’ swell reissue of Pylon’s first album Gyrate, available here: http://dfa.insound.com/store/store2.py (scroll down to the last release).