Monday, December 04, 2006

Mr. Tambourine Man needs your help

Though the name Bruce Langhorne might not ring a bell, you've probably heard his guitar playing, especially on Dylan's early electric work like Bringing It All Back Home- he's also known as the inspiration for the song "Mr. Tambourine Man" and has appeared on albums of many other 60's folk legends. The Richard and Mini Farina site has a nice tribute to him including Richie Unterberger's two-part interview with Langhorne. He later scored the film The Hired Hand which has been recently reissued on CD and has even promoted his own brand of hot sauce.

But Langhorne has fallen on some hard times recently. Along with a stroke, he's also dealing with diabetes and an hormonal imbalance (Cushing's Syndrome). This has left him with some hefty medical bills and like many musicians, he's not covered by insurance and unable to pay for his ongoing care.

If you happen to be in New York City, Other Music offers a "tin can drawer" (donation box) where a friend of Bruce's comes by every week to collect the money and write him a check. The Support Circle website also has a page set up for Bruce where you can see updates and information about him and send him a message of support.


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