The country music community is reeling after learning of the Feb. 12 passing of one of the finest vocalists in the format, Daryle Singletary, at the young age of 46. While we await more details regarding the untimely passing of this awesome talent and incredible man, allegedly from a blood clot, the last venue that he performed at this weekend has released video of that show. And the song he is performing seems to be a foreshadowing of his death.
Cowboys Nightclub Lafayette in Scott, Louisiana, released on its Facebook page a clip of Daryle performing the final song of his set, a cover of Johnny Paycheck’s “Old Violin” on Saturday, Feb. 10. The accompanying caption says, “Daryle Singletary onstage tonight. What an amazing night! Thank you, Cowboys Nightclub Lafayette for supporting Real Country!”
If you listen closely, you’ll hear Daryle’s warm baritone sing the song’s final lyric, “We’d give our all to music, and soon we’d give our lives.”
News of Daryle’s passing has hit country artists hard as many of them mourn the passing of someone they considered both an influence and a friend. One of the most poignant messages comes from country star Lee Brice, who honors Daryle in the most appropriate way—with the same song that was performed at that final show.
Many other artists, including Jason Aldean, Josh Turner, Easton Corbin, Cody Johnson, Chuck Wicks, Tara Thompson and Drew Baldridge spoke of meeting Daryle and his incredible kindness, as well as his undeniable talent.
Daryle’s peers like Terri Clark, Steve Wariner, Travis Tritt, Neal McCoy, Doug Supernaw, Sammy Kershaw and Mark Wills also shared their palpable grief.
Bryan White tweeted, “Man, Daryle was a singer! A real singer! And a great human being.” And the legendary Charlie Daniels pointed to Daryle’s commitment to traditional country with his tweet saying, “You sang country like country should be sung.”
Country music institutions like the Grand Ole Opry and Billy Bob’s Texas recognized the loss of one who truly left his mark. The Opry shared the sentiment that so many are feeling: “Our hearts are breaking at the loss of Daryle Singletary this morning. He was a great friend to us all, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
And Billy Bob’s posted a photo of a treasure that will remain at their iconic venue.
Although professionally, Daryle was first and foremost a country singer, his reach went far beyond the format. Even Uncle Kracker and television outdoorsman Michael Waddell are feeling the pain of this loss.
Like the Grand Ole Opry and so many others, our hearts are broken at the news of this tragic passing.