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FROMHOLZ IN 2005 WHILE LIVING IN A TRAILER ON LARRY JOE TAYLOR'S RANCH WHILE RECOVERING FROM HIS STROKE. (photo by Jeff Prince)

Singer-songwriter, poet, actor, outdoorsman, and good guy Steven Fromholz died yesterday from an accidental rifle shot while hunting at an Eldorado ranch not far from San Angelo, according to the Schleicher County Sheriff’s Office.

Fromholz was 68.

Chief Deputy George Arista said Fromholz was moving a Rossi .44-magnum lever-action rifle in a soft case that wasn’t zipped at the bottom. The rifle dropped out of the case, struck the ground, and discharged.

(SMTX)FTW-300x250-NOV17How Long is the Road?” July 16, 2003).

I updated his situation two years later (“Walking Miracle,” May 4, 2005) when he was temporarily living in a trailer on Larry Joe Taylor’s ranch in Clifton.

Fromholz never became very famous outside of Texas, but he was well-loved and highly regarded in his beloved home state by fans and fellow musicians.

 

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Ghastly news, all right. But beautifully well reported, Jeff. Thank you. Spent quite a bit of time with Steve from the 1980s onward, starting with a newspaper interview and continuing through his term as Poet Laureate of Texas. A great cat. His performances, even in the smallest of venues in the smallest of towns, were every bit as generous as his Live at Steamboat Springs album.

  2. Good job on the reporting. I have not seen any other reports today with this much information. Thank you. I also used to look forward to Steve coming to town. In my case I went to see him at the HOP by TCU or the Mineshaft in Arlington by UTA. Once I remember seeing him on Thursday night at the Shaft, on Friday at the HOP, and on Saturday at someplace in Dallas.

  3. Great story Jeff. You really do an outstanding job of writing a good story. It’s really great to see the comments from people who enjoyed Steve’s talent at The Hop. That was my brother Stan’s first venture in the Bar Business. I am so glad you were able to do your usual great job of gathering information to share with everyone.

  4. I was quite surprised to learn yesterday that Steven had passed. I first saw him in the late 60’s in a Dallas club called The Rubiyat. He later came to Fort Worth to perform in several places such as The HOP on W Berry St. Very talented guy. One of the best lines he would quote during a performance was, “Some folks come to hear my music, others just come to watch me drink!” haha. I will miss him.

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