We lost a great one last week. Chris Feinstein passed away in New York. His funeral and memorial were in Nashville two days ago. Tommy Womack put it well when he said that Chris was a “masterpiece of a human being”. Chris was a great bassist, guitarist, drummer, songwriter, producer—you can hear his work on albums by Shadow 15, The Questionnaires, Bedlam, Iodine, Matthew Ryan, Patty Griffin, Jack Ingram, Santogold, and Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. He worked on the soundtrack of films like “I Am Sam”. Chris Feinstein was one of the most talented people I ever knew. The last time I saw him play, he was with Ryan Adams. Chris and Brad Pemberton had grown up to be one of the best rhythm sections in rock n roll. I stood there and smiled a big proud smile all night long.
But the real story is that Chris was the kind of person who made you feel good about yourself. He was a good friend to a whole lot of people all over the world. He was one of the funniest people you could ever meet. Doug Lancio says that Chris could make you laugh just playing the guitar. Make you laugh all night. Doubled over.
So here’s to you, Feinstein. You gave love and we love you. My heart goes out to Chris’ family, his loved ones, to his closest friends.