Friday afternoon was tough. I truly believe we lost one of the finest songwriters of our generation. Brandon Dean Jenkins, aka the Red Dirt Legend, died after major heart surgery to replace his aorta and aortic valve. A teddy bear of a man who looked like he could rip you a part with his tattooed bare hands. But that was just it, he was a teddy bear whose heart was full of love for his fellow man and woman.
It’s true that his music touched many lives. But his acts of kindness and incredible thoughtfulness and even words of wisdom are being remembered by many.
I’ll never forget the first time I met Brandon. My house had flooded in 2002 and I was couple of months pregnant when the Texas music community came together and held a benefit for my husband and I. Cory Morrow was there and brought this bald, bearded and tattooed man with him. Cory introduced him and we hit it off immediately. Brandon wasn’t this scary looking dude at all. But a sweet, kind-hearted amazingly talented man.
We had many conversations over the years (whether recorded for the Cluttered Corner, or interviews for Best in Texas Music Magazine, on the phone or in a smoky bar) and I always loved talking to him He was so easy going and approachable. You never had to worry about being forgotten. Brandon was as unique as he looked and I’ll miss him terribly.
Needless to say Brandon’s medical expenses are substantial. No word on a memorial at this time but there are many benefits in the works. Please consider donating to his family by purchasing his new CD Tail Lights in a Boom Town here or purchase one of the “Hearts Beat for Jenkins” t-shirts online.
Here are a few of the memorials from his fellow songwriters and friends from social media this weekend:
“Rest In Peace Brandon Jenkins. I love you my friend.” – Mike McClure
“It is with profound sadness that I report the passing of my dear friend and colleague Brandon Jenkins. Rest in peace brother, your legacy will never be forgotten.” – Dave Percefull, Yellow Dog Studios
“RIP our Brother in Music, Brandon Jenkins. Praying for the Jenkins Family, Friends, & Fans this evening. He’s going to be missed something terrible. #FeetDontTouchTheGround #BrandonJenkins God Speed to our friend.” – Josh Ward