We at 92ZEW are sad to report the loss of the very talented singer-songwriter Sam Baylor, who was also guitarist for Mobile’s iconic, heritage, Alt-Southern band, Will and the Bushmen. Baylor passed away yesterday, March 18.
After a 20 year hiatus, Will & the Bushmen reunited for a special show at the Saenger to celebrate 92ZEW’s 30th anniversary. Old fans were thrilled while Mobile’s new generation finally witnessed why they were praised so much for their timeless music.
Will & the Bushmen also featured Will Kimbrough, Mark Pfaff and Mike “Rat” Connell. Connell passed a few years ago and John Millham graciously filled in for the reunion, that prompted other gigs and collaborations in the bay area.
All involved at the show had smiles bigger than 500 Miles.
Baylor also released two solo records, “Life on Trouble Street” and “Namaste” which can probably be found at Mobile Record Store.
92ZEW Operations Director Tim Camp said:
I am so grateful that we were able to help facilitate The Reunion of Will and The Bushmen this past fall, getting those guys back together, watching their faces as they relived their time together will always be one of the joys I will always remember, watching Sam dance around the stage with a big grin made me laugh and tear up at the same time.
Most importantly, we all lost a great talent and I lost a good friend.
Loved you Sam R.I.P.
Bandmate Will Kimbrough:
“My friend and band mate Sam Baylor passed away last night. Thanks to all who have reached out. My heart goes out to all who loved him. I am so glad we played those last two Bushmen shows. Thanks to Mark Pfaff for the call. You made me laugh really hard before I cried. Do yourselves a favor and give the Bushmen stuff a listen, then listen to Sam’s two solo records, “Life On Trouble Street” and “Namaste”. Sam had his demons, but to the end, he was a great songwriter, and a real stylist and artist.
Mostly, he was a friend. Since I was 12 or 13 years old, I knew Sam, Bud Smith, Woody Pollard, and so many others. We lived music—most of us still do.
The Bushmen reunion shows were a heartwarming reminder that what we did—and what we do—can mean a little something to people—even 20, 25, 30 years after the fact.
Very few people get to experience that. I’m glad we did—when we were young lads—and this fall when we were middle aged men and women.I loved me some Sam Baylor.
Rest in peace, brother, rest in peace.”
Bandmate Mark Pfaff said:
“One of our elitist bands lost a member yesterday. Sam Baylor was in Will and the Bushman with Will Kimbrough, Bryan Owings and Mark Pfaff. I had a great time with these guys at their big house in East Nashville and am so a happy I got that chance. What a bunch of talent gents. RIP Sam.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced as they become available.
Videos from 92ZEW Then & Now celebration from Roger Wheeler