Classic rock fans are saddened to learn of the passing of guitar technician Brian Farmer. Tech to Warren Haynes, a member of Gov’t Mule, the side project of the Allman Brothers, Farmer had been working with the Allmans for over thirteen years. He also worked with the Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends, but primarily with Gov’t Mule and various solo gigs. Before becoming a guitar tech, Farmer had worked at music and repair shops in his native state Tennessee, until his lucky break as Johnny Cash’s guitar tech came around. The band members announced the news of his death on their respective social media.
Gov’t Mule announced Farmer’s passing on their Twitter page Monday morning. The Tweet read, “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of long time crew member Brian Farmer. We will have a full statement shortly. #ThankYouFarmer.” Retweeted by Warren Haynes on his personal account, Haynes later added, “He was a close friend, a devoted worker, and a lover of life. #ThankYouFarmer.” And shortly after, “We traveled around the world together and shared many experiences – mostly while laughing. #ThankYouFarmer.”
The official statement from the Allman Brothers website read as follows:
The Allman Brothers Band family has just learned of the untimely death of devoted guitar technician Brian Farmer…Brian joined our family in 2001 with returning musician Warren Haynes for whom he worked with on Gov’t Mule for a number of years…Brian was jovial, sardonic man whose talent with musical instruments and the related equipment was extraordinary…His devotion to his profession and the musicians around him was unparalleled…He was a devoted father and family man…He was a fan favorite…He will be sorely missed by all who knew him as he has left us all too soon.
On Sunday, Gov’t Mule announced on their Facebook page that Farmer had passed away at this home, which is near Nashville. Currently, there are no details concerning the cause of death. Ironically, it is also the fourteenth anniversary of the death of Allen Woody, Gov’t Mule’s original bass player, in 2000. Both excellent men are and will be missed. Always a big part of Haynes and the Allmans’ shows, and their lives for that matter, RIP Brian Farmer.