tim krekel, 1950-2009

tim krekel

tim krekel

Tim Krekel never broke things open in Lexington the way he did at home in Louisville. There, he was, justifiably, a revered pop/folk/Americana favorite who caught a glimpse of national fame as a one time member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and a collaborator and musical chum of everyone from Sam Bush to Bo Diddley to Delbert McClinton.

But Krekel was also a friend to the rock ‘n’ roll faithful in Louisville. Catching him at a festival there was always a blast. But hearing him within the then-smoky walls of the Air Devils Inn was less a performance situation than a relaxed evening among friends.

Within the past year, it looked as if Lexington might be beginning to take more notice of Krekel. There were two splendid but modestly attended shows at The Dame. Then came a Friday evening at last fall’s Christ the King Oktoberfest that had Bush and Krekel making cameos in each other’s sets. When Krekel came out late in the evening to harmonize with Bush on All Night Radio (a song the former wrote and the latter popularized) the sense of camaraderie was almost intoxicating.

That’s when you sensed good things were ahead for Krekel. But then, with musical pals like Bush at his side along with a devoted hometown fanbase following that was just beginning to creep to Lexington, some of that goodness had already been won.

Krekel died yesterday at his Louisville home. He had been battling abdominal cancer since the spring.

“I may just be happier now than I’ve been in my whole life,” Krekel told me prior to a Dame concert in March 2008. “Maybe that just comes from years of doing this. But my expectations these days are all in the right place.”

For more of our interview, click here.

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