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We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Jason Molina’s death from organ failure related to alcohol consumption at only 39 years old. Molina was a force in the indie revival in roots music in the 90s and 2000s that included bands like Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Whiskeytown, Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy, Palace, Palace Music), Son Volt, etc.
A favorite of many DJs at KRCC, Magnolia Electric Co. played at the very first Meadowgrass Music Festival in 2009 as Molina and his band performed this outstanding hour-long set after a break in a day of thunderstorms:
Music Director Vicky Gregor has this remembrance:
When KRCC was tasked with the assignment of band ideas for the first official Meadowgrass Music Festival, our shortlist was unanimously headed up with Magnolia Electric Company. Jason Molina’s songs of heartbreak, sideways spiritual journeys and the human condition are intimate and piercing. His haunting vocals live in your head, well past the songs’ end. I had the pleasure of spending a bit of time with him during the festival and found him to be funny, modest and present. No small task for a man who was, as they say, in his cups. He gifted me a hug and a guitar pick. The music was already in my back pocket.