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Former Lambchop Bassist Marc Trovillion Dead at 56

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Marc Trovillion, the former bassist for Nashville alt-country leaders Lambchop, died of a heart attack on Oct. 9 in his home in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was 56 years old.

Trovillion was one of the founding members of Lambchop, which has its origins in 1987 in the bassist’s Nashville bedroom. In an official statement, the band writes that it was there where the original trio — singer Kurt Wagner, guitarist Jim Watkins and Trovillion — began weekly practices with “a Casio keyboard, an amp and a mic strapped to the bedpost.”

Trovillion went on to contribute to all of Lambchop’s albums through 2002’s ‘Is a Woman.’ He also wrote ‘The Theme From the Neil Miller Show,’ the closing track of their fourth album, ‘What Another Man Spills.’

In the statement, the band says Trovillion’s contributions went far beyond music.

“Marc’s steady, solid bass playing and his innate sense of humor served as the glue that kept Lambchop together,” it reads.

The band goes on to say that Trovillion helped define their sound and will continue to do so, as his “freewheeling spirit” can be heard in all of Lambchop’s music.

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