SONGS:OHIA, MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC COMPANY SINGER-SONGWRITER JASON MOLINA DEAD
American singer-songwriter Jason Molina has died of organ failure, reported the A.V. Club and other outlets.
Molina, who recorded as Songs:Ohia and with the band Magnolia Electric Co. passed away on Saturday in his Indianapolis home, a spokeswoman from his record label wrote via e-mail.
Molina has been out of the public spotlight for a number of years due to health complications stemming from alcohol abuse.
His family issued an appeal to his fans in 2011 to help cover the musician's medical bills. "It has been a very trying time for Jason, his friends, and his family. Although no one can be sure what the future holds, we feel very encouraged by the recent steps Jason has taken on the road towards becoming healthy and productive once again," the family wrote.
Musician and writer Henry H. Owings wrote this tribute to Molina on his blog, Chunklet.
"Jason leaves behind him an enviable body of work that will be continually rediscovered because what Jason wrote wasn't fashion. It was his heart. It was his love. It was his demons. And ultimately, it brought his life to an end."
Tributes from fans, friends and fellow musicians also poured in to Magnolia Electric Co.'s Facebook page and on Twitter.
Magnolia Electric Company: [What Comes After the Blues]
With What Comes After the Blues, we enter a new era with Jason Molina. After seven full-length studio albums in as many years - each recorded using a revolving cast of players under the name Songs: Ohia - Molina has retired the name Songs: Ohia as well as his wayward days and settled in with a new and consistent cast of players. He has named this group Magnolia Electric Co., after his final Songs: Ohia album. Why now? Surely moving to Southern Indiana and finding a once-in-a-career band down in Bloomington in Pete Schreiner, Jason Groth, Mark Rice and Mike Kapinus has had something to do with it. Secretly Canadian. 2005.
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