More and more country icons are stepping forward to state the impact Ed Bruce had on their careers. “Just hearing that Ed Bruce passed away…” iconic country singer and Voice host Blake Shelton laments on Twitter. “What a stand alone voice he had.”
Shelton joins other country stars, such as his contemporary Tim McGraw, in honoring the late singer-songwriter after his passing today at age 81. Bruce died of natural causes today in Clarksville, Tennessee after a lifetime of remarkable contributions to the industry.
“He’ll be remembered for his many talents including acting and maybe most important his songwriting,” Shelton continues of the influential Bruce.
Shelton‘s marking of the late legend’s acting is apropos, as well, given his career in both country television and film, alongside music. After his last charting single, “Quietly Crazy” in 1987, Ed Bruce began transitioning into acting.
He put performing energy into the big and small screens, hosting his own shows on The Nashville Network. Country television staples like Truckin’ USA and American Sports Cavalcade were among his best known hosting roles. Perhaps his most prolific role, however, came alongside Steven Segal in Fire Down Below. Bruce would go on to make many memorable appearances on television westerns, as well.
“Rest In Peace cowboy. Im not loving 2021 so far,” Shelton concludes of his hero’s passing.
Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw Memorialize Impact of Singer-Songwriter Ed Bruce
Shelton’s tribute comes behind Tim McGraw‘s moving words on the loss of a personal hero, as well. Also posting to Twitter on behalf of the late singer-songwriter, McGraw lets followers know just how important Ed Bruce.
“We lost another one of our great country singer songwriters today,” the country icon starts off on Twitter.
Like many of the genre’s stars today, the music of Ed Bruce was highly influential for Tim McGraw. Bruce’s prolific career saw him craft songs for everyone from Tanya Tucker to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
The latter two would go on to record their own duet rendition of Ed Bruce’s biggest hit – a song McGraw calls out by name:
“The man behind “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and more,” he continues in his tribute, alongside a photo of one of his favorite Ed Bruce albums. “So many cool records of his that I listened to growing up.”
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