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Posted: Apr 27, 2005 10:33 am
 
Well, I can't fucking sleep and just read a post from Bloodshot Bill (fr Montreal) simply saying: "Sad news, Hasil Adkins has passed on.....he's gone".

I've heard this rumor before just before the last Vegas show/festival, actually....FORTUNATELY it wasn't true and he did play (and heard he was seriously just too fucked up to do much).

I just googled and nothing turned up....once again, someone please say it isn't so.

Have I told you lately that I love? Well-la, Darlin, Imma tellin you now!
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 2:33 pm
 
from http://www.bloodshotbill.com/

"HASIL ADKINS HAS PASSED AWAY -April 26 2005

Yep,That's right...Hasil is gone...I received a call from a close friend of Hasil tonight...I think I knew it before he told me...Some of you may know that Hasil was in an accident some time last week...Doctors said he was OK...I had been trying to reach him to see if he was alright and to wish him well...Each time all I was able to reach was his answering machine...More news will be posted as it comes"
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 2:38 pm | Edited by: ottawarockerdude
 
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Posted: Apr 27, 2005 2:53 pm
 
this came in this AM. nothing official. sad news if true. hasil has surely got the spirit.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [guitartown] Re: Hasil Adkins R.I.P.?
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 13:35:55 -0000
From: joenathan8
To: guitartown@yahoogroups.com

Please keep in mind this is unofficial at best but according to
someone that has been in contact with his manager Hasil died from
complications from an automobile accident. Apparently he passed away
sometime yesterday so more details should be available soon.

I was honestly never that familar with his music but I know he was a
big part of the SCOTS family and Sleazefest. Thanks to Jeff H. I
finally got to see the Sleazefest movie a few years ago which featured
Hasil sitting in with SCOTS on "Hubcap Hunch". I think Jeff may also
have a tale or two to tell regarding getting Hasil to Sleazefest on
time. In any event it's a sad day for fans of psychobilly or whatever
word you wanna use to describe Hasil's music. I'll be sure to post
more details as they become available.
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 3:10 pm
 
This is disgusting. I hope that fucking kid that ran him down gets fucked for life.
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 3:14 pm
 
fuck.
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 3:32 pm
 
Man, this truly fuckin' brings my day down BIG TIME.... Hasil, you'll be missed.....RIP
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 7:59 pm
 
I hope that fucking kid that ran him down gets fucked for life.

You really think this is what may have done it? I guess it's no coincidence, huh?

You know.....Bass Wolf was a MAJOR shock to me, but Hasil's death is just very very very sad news to me. Poor bastard never fucking got the respect he deserved and died alone? Oh man.....it just so sad....
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 7:59 pm
 
a friend just sent me this:

Rock-a-billy artist Hasil Adkins dies
By JOHN RABY, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: CHARLESTON, W.Va.

Rock-a-billy artist Hasil Adkins, a one-man band whose screaming vocals and freestyle approach to rhythm landed a cult following, has died at 67.
Adkins’ body was found Tuesday at his Madison home, where he lived alone. The cause of death has not been determined but it does not appear to be suspicious. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy J.M. Thompson said Wednesday.
“Someone had gone to check on him and had found him,” Thompson said.
Guitar. Harmonica. Drums. Foot-rhythm instruments. Adkins played them all - often while singing. A yodel, screaming and a high-pitched female’s lark were some of his many voices.
The son of a coal miner, Adkins learned to played guitar before he was 10. He claimed the only time he practiced his songs was on stage.
Known to his fans as The Haze, Adkins struggled for decades to get noticed. In a 2002 interview, he said he mailed out thousands of tapes and records over a 30-year period while fishing for a record deal.
Even Richard Nixon got one, courtesy of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. The president’s reply to Adkins came on White House stationery in 1970: “I am very pleased by your thoughtfulness in bringing these particular selections to my attention.”
“Hasil was one of a handful of artists I think (who) are truly unique and truly individual. There aren’t very many people whose music you can identify in seconds. But he was one of them,” said Michael Lipton, a Charleston musician and writer who wrote stories about Adkins for newspapers and magazines and later became friends with Adkins.

“And like those kinds of singular artists, they have good nights and bad nights, on a good night it was the most rhythmic, primal music I think I’ve ever heard,” Lipton said Wednesday.
“On a bad night, it was still good.”
Adkins was the original star of Norton Records, a label built around the primal recordings Adkins produced in his mountain home, beginning in the Eisenhower era.
“People told me they wondered how I could stick with it, so many heartaches and letdowns. I had ‘em by the hundreds, millions I guess,” Adkins said. “I said, well, I didn’t start to quit.”
Adkins, who claimed to have written more than 7,000 songs, first emerged hooting and wailing in the 1950s, only to disappear again. European fans kept the rock-a-billy rage alive, and when the Cramps did an early 1980s remake of Adkins’ “She Said,” his records suddenly became hot again.
What Adkins sang about was just as unique as his delivery, which was fueled by a 2-gallon-a-day coffee habit.
New York-based Norton Records combined new and previous recordings to release “Poultry in Motion,” a collection of 15 Adkins songs about chicken from 1955 to 1999.
His “Chicken Walk” and “The Hunch” became two short-lived dance fads.
There also were tunes like “Chocolate Milk Honeymoon” and “Boo Boo The Cat.”
Despite his antics, acquaintances described Adkins as good hearted.
“He’d do anything for you, sing any song for you if he knew it,” said Juanita Pridemore of Washington Heights.
Adkins often performed at Charleston’s Empty Glass bar, where some out-of-town acts stipulated that he open for them.
“It was just amazing. It was like nothing you’ve ever heard,” said Leslie Nahodil, a Boone County nurse who met Adkins during his occasional visits to her hospital’s emergency room. “It was just pure, homespun, country rock-a-billy music.”
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 9:49 pm
 
damn...
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 10:16 pm
 
RIP out to hunch
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 10:19 pm
 
I bet it was the damn Space Witches, those wascally wimmins
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 11:14 pm
 
No jokes. Fuck. 2005 is the worst year ever. I hope that piece of shit that killed him gets his limbs hacked off, ass raped w/ a sodering gun,every bone in his body broken,gets set on fire,shot by a firing squad and then given the Electric Chair.

Once again,i don't know what to say. If he had any family,my deepest condolences to them.

RIP Hasil. To say you'll be missed is an understatement...
Posted: Apr 27, 2005 11:28 pm
 
Tried to hit edit...access denied. Just wanted to add "to say you'll be missed is an understatement but that's the best i can do...". No big deal really,but that's what i meant.


I don't know how i feel about this. I'm kinda numb. I don't think i can post on here for a while... First Billy,now Hasil... this shit's fucked up.
Posted: Apr 28, 2005 12:40 am
 
ANYONE WISHING TO SEND A MEMORIAL, CONDOLONCES, ETC.
PLEASE SEND IT TO HIS SISTER:
IRENE J. DOLIN
BOX 341 CAMP CREEK ROAD
JULIAN, W VA. 25529

I SPOKE WITH HER THIS AFTERNOON AND HASIL WILL BE BURIED ON SATURDAY.

PLAY WHITE DOVE HASIL.
Posted: Apr 28, 2005 1:30 am
 
this sucks, but now ill have a good excuse to get drunk as a skunk and crank some kick ass haze,

Just did the same! I'm playin' some Haze on Friday night at the big party too.
Posted: Apr 28, 2005 1:46 am
 
Damn. I was gonna send him a little get well gift too. Poor guy.
Posted: Apr 28, 2005 10:09 pm
 
well I bought that BBQ Tie your noose album and played the fuck outta it and drank some sparks and 8 packs of Bud tallboys in the NASCAR legends cans and ate a fish burrito which out here is our version of fried chicken

all for you HAZE...all for you

damn that song"shake real low" is awesome
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