Former Black Crowes keyboardist Eddie Harsch died on November 4th at age 59. No cause of death was given.
After being recommended for the job by Georgia musician Chuck Leavell, who played on the Black Crowes’ debut album Shake Your Money Maker, the Toronto-born musician joined the Crowes in 1991, remaining until 2006. Harsch played on such albums as 1992’s The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, 1994’s Amorica, 1996’s Three Snakes and One Charm and 1999’s By Your Side. He also contributed to albums by Kid Rock, George Clinton and Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise.
After leaving the Black Crowes, Harsch joined the Detroit-based jam band Bulldog, and also played bass for the Detroit Cobras. Prior to joining the Crowes, Harsch had played in blues harmonica player James Cotton’s band in the ‘80s. More recently, he was set to rejoin former Black Crowes members Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien in Robinson’s newly announced band The Magpie Salute. It is expected that that band will carry on without Harsch.