On The New Details of Country Legend Tom T. Hall’s Death
When country music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall passed away on August 20th, 2021 at the age of 85, it was safe to assume his death was due to health or natural causes, as is commonly the case with someone at such an advanced age. After his passing was formally announced by his son Dean Hall, no questions were asked, and no reporting was done following up on a cause of death. It didn’t feel particularly necessary, and for some, it might even feel inappropriate. It was likely an open and shut case anyway. The focus by most was honoring the country legend who went by the nickname “The Storyteller,” which is where the focus should have been.
Recently, Saving Country Music posted it’s annual In Memoriam article enumerating and eulogizing the important country music individuals who passed away in 2021, including Tom T. Hall. To my surprise, numerous commenters both on the site and on social media lamented that Hall’s passing was especially sad since it was the case of a suicide.
Not having seen any news about this, nor being able to find anything about it in any official or verifiable capacity anywhere, I initially questioned the validity of these suicide claims. What I did discover through scouring the internet is that it was a fairly pervasive rumor, tied in part to one poorly-worded and undated report.
Looking to refute, or potentially, verify the possible rumor, I made some inquiries to officials in Williamson County, Tennessee where Tom T. Hall’s home was in Franklin, and where he passed away. I am now able to verify that Tom T. Hall did indeed die from suicide and not natural causes, according to the Williamson County Medical Examiner. You can find the specific details of such at the bottom of this article.
I’ve been sitting on this information for a few days now, and for a few reasons. First, I wanted to reach out to Tom T. Hall’s survivors, and specifically his son Dean, and give them the opportunity to speak on the matter if they chose, or provide a statement from the family as he did at his father’s passing, so this news could be conveyed in the most respectful manner possible.
At the time of this post, I have not heard back from Dean Hall. In fact, it appears shortly after he announced his father’s death, Dean Hall deleted his social media accounts. Like his father, Dean Hall is a musician. So was Tom T. Hall’s wife, Dixie Hall, who passed away in 2015. The couple had no children. Dean Hall was Tom T. Hall’s son from a previous marriage.
I’m sure some will question why this news even needs to be conveyed now. In truth, the news about Tom T. Hall’s death was already out there, and spreading. It just wasn’t being reported in a way that dignified this man’s contributions to American letters and music, or that could be verified in a manner that would set this information properly within the public record. It was left to gossip channels, and social media posts, and eventually, click bait.
It also is important for the media to tell the full story of Tom T. Hall’s passing, no different than any other musical legend or cultural celebrity. The fact that we didn’t know how Tom T. Hall died until many months later—and nobody in the media (myself included) felt the the need to ask—speaks to the overlooked nature of Tom T. Hall’s legacy, and that of many country music legends.
Reflecting on Tom T. Hall’s career, you can remark on the eight #1 singles he achieved, the some 35 records he released, the memorable songs such as “A Week in a County Jail,” “How I Got To Memphis,” “I Love,” “(Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine,” and “Faster Horses,” or all the songs he wrote for others, including most notably Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley PTA” which sold six million copies, won Grammy Awards, and was such a cultural phenomenon it inspired a motion picture and TV program.
Tom T. Hall also wrote songs for some of the greatest country artists that ever lived such as Johnny Cash, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, and even more contemporary artists like Alan Jackson. Ask any of them, and they would set you straight about the importance of Tom T. Hall.
But any commercial accolades almost seem unimportant when regarding the Hall of Fame legacy of Tom T. Hall. Most important to understand is that nobody could write a song like him. But since plenty tried, it elevated the entire enterprise of country music, and for generations.
Tom T. Hall largely retired from writing new material in 1986, and mostly retired from performing in 1994. His last public performance was in 2011. Perhaps he could have continued on, but unfortunately, there just doesn’t seem to be a place in culture for the aged out country star, unless you’re in a very select group such as Willie Nelson or Loretta Lynn, and even they had to endure dark periods in their careers where neither the radio nor the mainstream found them relevant, and they hadn’t yet reached that “living legend” status either, which some never do. Others chose to end their careers on their own terms, and enjoy retirement as opposed to struggle for continued relevance.
We don’t know the specific circumstances surrounding Tom T. Hall’s suicide. He did not leave a note that we know of. Informal reports say he was suffering from numerous health problems when he died. The autopsy report make no specific mention of a health ailment, but does say Hall was using the prescription drug Chlordiazepoxide at the time, which is used to treat anxiety, and to aid in alcohol withdrawal. We can’t assume the culprit was that Tom T. Hall felt abandoned by country music, similar to country star Faron Young, who was recently remembered on the 25th Anniversary of his suicide. Tom T. Hall could have just been in severe pain and discomfort, which Faron Young was also in when he decided to take his own life.
What we do know is that regardless of the circumstances, there should be no shame in the situation felt by anyone. We live in a strange era when only one disease seems to arrest our attention, when so many other issues are ravaging society, and the music world specifically. In 2021, the leading cause of death for people from 18 to 45 was not COVID-19, it was fentanyl overdose. January 4th, 2022 was supposed to be the 40th birthday of performer Justin Townes Earle. He died in 2020 due to overdosing on fentanyl-laced cocaine. The second leading cause of death for people from 18 to 45 in 2021 was suicide. COVID-19 was #3.
Obviously, Tom T. Hall was older than 45. But a strange unwillingness to either speak about or address these devastating trends of suicide and overdose due to lingering social stigmas in public discourse is an unhealthy trend all unto itself. Instead of sweeping these circumstances under the rug, it’s important to talk about them openly so we all understand the severity and implications, so we are all reminded to check in on our friends and loved ones, that we all understand that isolation also comes with a cost, and that we understand how significant those costs can be.
Tom T. Hall lived a legendary, prolonged, productive, and memorable life, and ultimately decided to end it on his own terms. There isn’t any loss of dignity in that for anyone, nor should there be.
What makes the case of Tom T. Hall’s passing especially heartbreaking his how his music was always there for us in our times of need and heartbreak. That’s what Tom T. Hall was specifically perfect for—when we needed someone or something to help douse a sour mood, or reset our perspective on life. Tom T. Hall’s music was about the simple things—old dogs, children, and watermelon wine. His song “The Day Clayton Delaney Died” is especially poignant whenever someone passes away.
I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died
They said for the last two weeks that he suffered and cried
It made a big impression on me, although I was a barefoot kid
They said he got religion at the end and I’m glad that he did
I remember the year that Clayton Delaney died
Nobody ever knew it but I went out in the woods and I cried
Well, I know there’s a lotta big preachers that know a lot more than I do
But it could be that the good lord likes a little pickin’ too
Tom T. Hall should be remembered for his music, his manner, and his person. Any other circumstances will always be secondary.
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The Williamson County, Tennessee Medical Examiner’s report conducted by Samuel Smith M.D. reads that Tom T. Hall “had sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, to the head, on the morning of 8/20/2021. A 911 call was placed at 1115 hours on 8/20/201. Williamson County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) and Williamson Medical Emergency Medical Services (WMC EMS) responded to the call. Paramedics confirmed death at approximately 1133 hours, due to obvious injuries.”
The manner of death was ruled a suicide.
January 5, 2022 @ 11:54 am
At 85, and if living with pain, if one chooses to go out whichever they choose, that’s up to them.
RIP Tom T
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 5, 2022 @ 4:04 pm
I agree. People have the right to make horrible decisions for themselves.
January 5, 2022 @ 4:13 pm
wtf are you talking about? Horrible decisions? You must be 40 or under. You think life is good as you get older or something? Tom T was 85, his quality of life was prob awful, like it is for most beyond 80 for sure. Just because people are living longer does not mean life is all rosey.
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 5, 2022 @ 4:28 pm
I’m talking about suicide being a horrible decision.
January 5, 2022 @ 4:48 pm
Not at that age. Everyone should have the power to do as they wish when they are pushing 90 and their quality of life is over. Not to mention if they live with pain.
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 5, 2022 @ 5:04 pm
Please re-read my original comment where I said the following: “I agree. People have the right…..”
January 6, 2022 @ 9:14 pm
It breaks my heart. I loved him.i also know how much he loved and missed Dixie. TOM I wish you could have stayed with us a little longer.i sure miss you not being here.
January 7, 2022 @ 5:08 am
RIP TOM T. HALL, I LOVE all his songs, I had the privilege to meet him once since we lived close to him
February 4, 2022 @ 4:03 am
I love tom t he was a good man
May 6, 2022 @ 4:27 pm
My husband was an Iron worker, due to 4 different bone diseases, and 2 surgeries, where they operated on 11 of his vertebrae, his days, as an iron worker, hunter, and fisherman were done. He died of a massive stroke.
I totally understand Tom T Hall’s decision. Rest in peace Tom.
February 6, 2023 @ 12:23 am
Yes, blasting your head to pieces with a gun is not a horrible decision. No, really.
January 5, 2022 @ 6:25 pm
Go away. Just please.
January 6, 2022 @ 8:48 am
Some friends and I had the opportunity of spending time with Tom T Hall and band in70’s in Tupelo- staying at same hotel and met at pool- he invited us yto show and during performance – as was his style then- threw his guitar into audience – and I caught it- kept it for a long time! Johnny Rodrequez and a guy named Gus played with him then- so talented and personable-
May 3, 2022 @ 1:07 pm
No different then labeling a smokers death as suicide, but people pretend it’s not. Tom was a legend and probably didn’t know it. His songs are timeless to me. Thanks Tom!
Jerry Clower's Ghost
January 5, 2022 @ 7:42 pm
You have no dignity, sir.
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 5, 2022 @ 8:50 pm
I suppose that’s fair, but what does it have to do with the topic at hand?
Jerry Clower's Ghost
January 6, 2022 @ 5:29 am
January 6, 2022 @ 1:35 pm
Protecting ourselves … our own life … is one of the most deeply ingrained human instincts. For that split second the decision is made to end your own life, pulling the trigger can not be undone. It is final. That is sad.
January 14, 2022 @ 7:28 am
I like the line from Yellowstone. It erases who you are. No matter what you did the first thing people think of your life is how you left it.
April 19, 2022 @ 11:10 am
Thank you for writing this article and being able to publish it. So very sad to hear of his passing. I think of him often as I met him at the airport in Hawaii. I was with my son and saw him walking towards us. I recognized him right away. Asked him if he was Tom T Hall as I was in shock. I asked him for his autograph which he kindly signed on an envelope I was holding with papers. He was so kind, and such a wonderful writer and singer. I think if him often and that day in the airport. I just found out today he passed. So sad. He was a legend in my life. He made a difference in this world. He should be honored according to all the amazing songs he wrote and sang. Getting old is so hard…I wish we could be kinder. Pain is horrible and getting old is so hard. Again…thank you for writing this article. Tom would be proud.
LeAnn K Kathman
October 23, 2022 @ 10:04 pm
I wanted to say thank you for writing this article and publishing it. I loved his music and I’m sad that he was hurting so much that this seemed the better choice, I don’t know if I could do it myself, but I know the temptation would be there. God has his soul, and he is in good hands with wonderful people. This article was written to honor him, not to shame him, thank you for doing it,
January 6, 2022 @ 3:23 am
My own father shot himself when he was 83 — almost blind from glaucoma, he’d had a series of strokes that left him increasingly weaker, and his doctor warned him that he’d have a couple more small ones, then one that would probably put him into a coma (my doctor liked straight opinions from everyone, including his doctors). A former Commander in WWII, he chose to go out at his own time, at his own choice. As the son who found his body, that was horrific, but not once did the family question his decision. Thank you for such a thoughtful, sensitive treatment of this death; I think you handled it perfectly.
January 6, 2022 @ 3:07 pm
Very sorry for your loss.
April 21, 2022 @ 9:13 pm
I’m so very sorry for your loss! As an “Octo” myself, in pain, widowed twice, wheelchair bound, and no longer useful, I’m not judging! I love his music, as well as the songs he wrote for others! Rest in peace,Tom!
January 6, 2022 @ 4:16 am
Just imagine the image his son has in his head the rest of his life. I have seen victims of suicide. I have had family members kill themselves and relatives discovered their remains. They have to live with that. Suicide is not the solution.
January 6, 2022 @ 9:21 am
January 26, 2022 @ 6:09 pm
RIP, love his songs.
More honorable way imo is. All you need to do: drink a few beverages prior to sitting in the car parked in a closed garage w/ windows down, start the car, listen to music, and close your eyes, then adios. .
Remember to Inform someone to find body after your decision to stop the suffering….
No reason to suffer, everyone should be able to make their own end of life.
If depressed, and not dying of disease, ask or call for help, many will help if asked!!
Drug abuse is russian roulette these days, the drug dealers only care about profits, not YOU. Thus stay away from synthetic illegal drugs like fentanyl manufactured in China/etc, then finished up in MX to destroy more lives .
Alcohol is poison, the alcohol industry has lied about + , but a – if drank daily….
LeAnn K. Kathman
October 23, 2022 @ 10:08 pm
Judge not least ye be judged.
January 25, 2022 @ 4:01 pm
Some of the medication they take these days is not good for your mental stability! I know this for a fact! Tom T. Hall death hart his fans and he had many! Rest in peace Tom we love you!
January 30, 2022 @ 6:45 pm
I’m a religious man and a big fan of Tom T Hall. Suicide is a touchy subject in the church. I was flabbergasted when I found out Tom took his own life. My favorite writer is Ernest Hemingway who also took his own life. It’s a sad way to go but I am only mortal and have my own faults… Several or some may say one too many sins. I have battled with addiction, depression,alcohol and financial problems. I have never had the thought cross my mind to take my own life prior to my children being born or after. I am not one to judge others and still shed a tear when thinking of Tom pulling the trigger. Like Clayton Delaney lyrics nobody ever knew it but I cried. I know Tom was still a major part of the bluegrass scene ad well as his families lives. We can ponder about why and such or just be thankful to be on this earth while he played his music for you and I to enjoy. John Prine Tom T Hall God bless you and may God bless Charlie Daniels.
April 25, 2022 @ 8:59 am
I just celebrated my 11 years of being a survivor of 6 strokes! My Moya Moya disease is rare but I am saved and was able to do lots of therapy. I would never take my life away! I still loved his music. Very sad!😢
April 7, 2022 @ 12:32 am
Hank Williams said,,, you never walked in that man’s shoes,, or saw things through his eyes,, or stood and watched with helpless hands while the heart inside you dies .I don’t judge you mr.Tom ,,, it could be that the good lord,,, likes a little pickin too .
Grace C Trester
February 16, 2023 @ 9:59 pm
This is a very nice tribute to Hank and Tom T. We love country music and we’re sad to find that Tom had gone that way. But my husband has had several problems with his health and has pain. Only because of me and his morals to God has stopped him from going on.
March 19, 2023 @ 9:29 am
I. Heard from the news reports that TTH. Shot himself
January 5, 2022 @ 11:55 am
Sad to read. He was unique and he remains one of the true greats of country music.
January 5, 2022 @ 12:00 pm
Good report, Trig
I don’t blame Tom T.’s son or other family members for choosing not to announce the cause of his death–They don’t owe anybody anything, as far as disclosure, but it’s public record, and it’s proper for you to report it, especially while putting it in a greater context.
Van Gogh, Hemmingway and Kurt Cobain also died from suicide. It’s part of their history. I’d say it’s less of a factor in looking at Hall as an artist, merely because he did the act after having lived a longer-than-average life span, and one can surmise that it’s personal issues related to old-age that were the driving cause
John R Baker
January 5, 2022 @ 12:02 pm
You make an excellent point about drug overdoses. They have in general been way up and it’s probably a result of COVID.
As Tom Hall goes I personally don’t think there is likely to be undignified about suicide at that age when you have numerous health problems. They aren’t going to get any better and 85 is a way better run than average and close to as good as it gets. Way back when I has in HS in the ’80’s they used to hammer into our heads that the problem with suicide is that it’s a parament solution to temporary problems. That’s true when there’s time and physical ability to overcome and adjust to challenges. But when you know the end is near and it’s just the indignities and pain of decline left it’s not. I think that choosing the manner and time ones self sometimes can be the better option. But I’d have to know the details to be sure.
January 5, 2022 @ 12:30 pm
Sad to say but since March 2020, any cause of death that isn’t COVID related has been brushed aside. Even if the stats show it to be more prevalent than COVID as the examples in your article display. If a 29 year old man dies of Covid, it is cause for alarm but if the same guy died of an overdose it is brushed aside. Narratives must be maintained for political agendas.
If Hall died of COVID-19, it would have been plastered everywhere by the media.
I am sorry he chose suicide. It must have been a difficult situation. I don’t think it was music related. He stopped production in that field a long time ago.
I am not sure what country music can do for aging stars outside of not immediately kicking them off because they reached a certain threshold. Most singers don’t reach that status where they are remembered once the commercial days end. There is the Opry and the fair circuit. It all comes down to public demand.
Okey W Stoneburner
January 5, 2022 @ 12:48 pm
Thanks for writing about this Trig. Now when I run across the clickbait, I will know.
January 5, 2022 @ 12:54 pm
You said you wanted to talk to the family before taking this news public. You than said you didn’t talk to the family, but chose to go ahead anyway. Shameful choice.
January 5, 2022 @ 1:41 pm
This is a fair concern.
So for the record, I reached out to Tom T. Hall’s son, Dean Hall, for comment. Dean Hall was the person who originally announced Tom T’s death, and who I believe is the executor of the Tom T. Hall estate. I had all of the information that went into this article by Monday morning, and could have posted the article then. But I chose to wait additional time, until Wednesday afternoon, to give Dean the opportunity to respond or comment. Due to the fact that Dean Hall has deleted all of his social media presence and other factors, there is a good chance he doesn’t want to address this matter or any other at this time. Sure, I could have waited longer, but as I explained in the article, this matter was already spreading rapidly in the rumor mill, and there was already another report published on it. That is how I found out about it on December 31st.
What I did not want to see is the first widespread report on how Tom T. Hall died end up in TMZ, or somewhere similar, where the information would not be dealt with reverently, but would have just been fodder for click bait. If I had waited for Dean Hall to respond before publishing this article, I might be waiting indefinitely, or it might not be published at all. I have no obligation to speak to the family before publishing something like this. Tom T. Hall’s death is a matter of public record. But I did see the value in attempting to include a statement from the family, and I did try to obtain one.
Additionally, if Dean Hall or anyone else with direct ties to Tom T. Hall wants to speak on record about the issue, I am more than happy to add that information here, or address the information in a future article. The book is not closed here, so to speak. But the rumor was pervasive enough that someone needed to step up and validate or refute the claims.
January 5, 2022 @ 2:42 pm
“Wanted” being the operative word.
Larry D Hall
February 3, 2022 @ 12:05 pm
I am Toms brother. What he did makes it rough on the family.
February 23, 2022 @ 12:36 pm
Larry, sorry for your loss, it hurts those left behind, without notice just gone , very sad
June 21, 2022 @ 2:08 pm
For Larry and all who loved Tom,
It breaks my heart to realize he is gone. I play his music when am home, it brings me some comfort. I followed him a lot during the 80’s, he was always good to me and my children. We all went to every show we could. I miss him more than I can say.
I am sorry for the family. He was a good man.
May 26, 2022 @ 5:19 pm
I started collecting Tom T’s music in the late
1960s I have it all, also I have his book about
his life. I saw his show once. I had planed to
speak to him after the show, he seemed tired
so I opted to give him peace. (he asked that we do that in one of his songs) He was a private person, and a great thinker and like some of his heros he chose his own exit.
I’ll see you around T.
September 24, 2022 @ 12:01 pm
From their point of view probably not horrible but necessary RIP
I saw Tom T at the Crazy Horse in Santa Ana CA in 1980 for my HS grad present. Front row seats.(since torn down). I didn’t know he did what he did but lived a full life that I guess was time to go in a world of physical pain, it is written. Just like Faron.in 1996.
The Grand Ole Opry usually saves a place to play every Saturday if the artist chooses to.
January 5, 2022 @ 1:04 pm
Thank you for the thoughful, respectful honoring of Mr Hall.
Along the lines of recognizing folks struggles and in honor of another recent loss.
“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.
We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”
– Desmond Tutu (RIP)
January 5, 2022 @ 5:37 pm
Beautiful, hamcha ♥️
January 6, 2022 @ 3:29 pm
All I know is that I love tom t hall
January 5, 2022 @ 1:06 pm
Regardless of viewpoints and the validity of one’s feelings about suicide, this is indeed sad.
January 5, 2022 @ 1:30 pm
It’s probably not a good idea to speculate as to what his reasoning may have been and I suppose that hindsight is 20/20. But as someone who has dealt with mental health issues (bipolar disorder) personally, a lot of things seem to make sense when examining his career through that lens. His.songwriting seemed to veer between material that expressed deep melancholy and nostalgia for a simpler time and songs filled with pure joy for life and everything in it. He also admitted to having a drinking problem in the past. A lot of people suffering from mental health issues (undiagnosed in particular) will self-medicate with the substance of their choice. Mine was alcohol as well. And, finally, there’s his early retirement. As someone who almost always dislikes being around large crowds and who has had periods where I’ve withdrawn from even family and friends for prolonged periods, this seems to make a lot of sense to me.
Maybe I’m completely off-base. Ultimately it’s a story for his family and those who knew him best to tell. Regardless, mental health isn’t something we discuss enough and I believe that is fueling a lot of our other problems, particularly the opioid epidemic. If you or someone you know has issues like those I’ve described, please reach out to them and, if possible, convince them to seek the advice of a professional. There’s no shame in having a mental health issues, any more than there is in having a bad hip or any other physical ailment.
But, as you said, in the context of country music his legacy is his career, not his death. And his catalog is second to none. Anybody who hasn’t yet really needs to do a deep dive into it.
January 5, 2022 @ 1:39 pm
1) I probably listen to more Tom T. Hall than any other classic country artist. If you only know the hits, dig in, he has so much wonderful and weird music.
2) I find it hard to believe JTE bought cocaine that was accidentally laced with fentanyl. I think it much more likely he was using opiates and cocaine and he got heroin laced with fentanyl. Doesn’t really matter I guess.
January 5, 2022 @ 2:16 pm
Despite the two drugs being totally different in effect, coke has been adulterated with fent at an alarming rate as of late.
January 5, 2022 @ 2:24 pm
I know there is no point in me arguing this again but social cocaine use is everywhere. If there was a substantial amount of fentanly in cocaine every crowded bar would have a corpse in their bathroom come closing time.
January 5, 2022 @ 4:10 pm
In my area, most coke is now cut w/ fentanyl or is sold as coke while having fentanyl as the only “active” ingredient. Just talked to my drug task force buddy over the weekend and he is seeing only fentanyl and meth. He said there is almost no pure coke anywhere. If you’re paying attention, there are corpses lying all over the bathroom floor. Thousands of them. And its intentional.
January 5, 2022 @ 4:14 pm
What is that coke dealer’s business model?
“Hey before you die make sure to tell a friend!”
January 5, 2022 @ 4:27 pm
Not intentional from the dealer’s POV. Intentional from the POV of our overlords. Nothing makes them happier than watching middle Americans die young or not be born at all.
January 26, 2022 @ 6:30 pm
Reality: Mixing coke and fentanyl is rare in the same bag unless a ignorant moron dealer. That is two different drugs rarely mixed together to smoke, snort or inject.
Perhaps, abusing separately to get all F’dup is the plan.
Chinese Fentanyl is typically mixed with heroin or other opiates, similar drugs is the key to dealing drugs people abuse.
These two drugs are depressants to make one numb, kill pain, and hopefully euphoria if not dead after the chinese fentanyl or derivative probably made in a dirty lab overseas.
LeAnn K. Kathman
October 23, 2022 @ 10:12 pm
The sellers/dealers want people to get hooked, so they have more customers.
January 5, 2022 @ 9:36 pm
Man, it’s out there. Everywhere. Don’t know what else to tell you. Bad batch of coke killed six people in the town nearest to me two years back. Fentanyl is wayyyyy cheaper than coke to make, and the manufacturers don’t care if folks die.
Cool Lester Smooth
January 9, 2022 @ 4:26 pm
It’s not that all coke is cut with fentanyl, or that dealers are intentionally doing it.
It’s that a lot of drug suppliers don’t give enough of a shit to clean their workspace between portioning out their fentanyl and portioning out their cocaine.
My buddy OD’d a few years ago. His dealer had no idea that coke was bad.
January 5, 2022 @ 2:50 pm
JTE was a druggie. His death by overdose was coming sooner or later.
Don’t play with fire, children.
January 5, 2022 @ 3:25 pm
Russian Roulette isn’t EXACTLY the same thing as suicide, but it isn’t completely unlike it either.
January 5, 2022 @ 4:40 pm
You sir, are a dickhead.
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 5, 2022 @ 5:09 pm
Why is it so hard for you to accept reality? What good does glossing over it do?
I’m really asking.
January 5, 2022 @ 8:51 pm
Okay. Are you done whining? Because this is an adult conversation.
Because I told the harsh truth. Maybe if he or the people in his life told him the harsh truth, he would still be here today instead of dying and leaving a daughter without a father.
I am not going to be soft on a man who willingly took drugs and threw away a life for which millions of people would gladly have. He had a family and a good career in music. But drugs were more important to him. Thus, he continues the Earle tradition of being horrible fathers.
Hopefully, his death wakes some people up and prevents further occurrences.
Facts over feelings. He was a druggie. Accept it.
January 5, 2022 @ 9:06 pm
I’m not sure why you need to bring such severe judgement on Justin Townes Earle, and in this context. This is an article about Tom T. Hall committing suicide. The Justin Townes Earle situation was just mentioned in passing. And yes, JTE’s father was horrible, and he basically grew up without one, and roamed the streets of his local neighborhood where drugs were everywhere, growing up with his brain wired to depend on them. Ultimately, the only person responsible for Justin Townes Earle’s decisions is himself. But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring some understanding and compassion to the situation. Yes, now his daughter doesn’t have a father either. And it is sad that the cycles of violence and addiction are so hard to get out of. But for some, that’s their universe, and saying “just stop” is a gross oversimplification and misunderstanding of the systemic issues that threaten society, and that are now being fueled by synthetic opiates being dumped into the drug supply by the Chinese, and the isolation of the pandemic.
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 5, 2022 @ 9:56 pm
I think you’re missing the point. We now live in a world where evil is called good and good is called evil, where fat is called healthy, and drug abuse is what makes a performer edgy, or adds to their mystique.
Your position on this is in no way compassionate, given the current climate. Hard truths are necessary to move the window back to its normal setting. I don’t want to speak for CK, but I’ll bet he wouldn’t feel the need to speak so harshly, if the world wasn’t so backwards.
Also, attacking “just stop”, as if that’s being suggested as the only viable option, is a strawman.
January 5, 2022 @ 11:50 pm
No, I think you’re missing the point. The point is Tom T. Hall is dead because of a self-inflicted gunshoot to the head, and some folks are blowing in here all geeked up from spending the evening being whipped into a frenzy on political message boards and start slamming into Justin Townes Earle, who is also dead. I get what you’re saying about hard truths. But show some fucking class. And for the love of God, stay on topic. I’m tired of seeing this, and so is everyone else. This issue is emotional enough.
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 6, 2022 @ 7:38 am
You and CK are talking about JTE. I believe you’re missing the point in regards to that conversation specifically.
I’m aware the point is Tom T; I chimed in on an off-topic conversation you were already having. Nothing I said was lacking class, and you’re still missing the point.
January 6, 2022 @ 10:20 am
People lament the brokenness present in the world but they also don’t want to install the harsh truths necessary to fix it.
We enable addicts because they entertain us, tell fat people that is OK to be unhealthy because we can’t hurt their feelings even as they destroy their bodies, we allow society and government to push the destruction of the nuclear family, we say debauchery is good, we allow filth to push upon our children, we slam religion as unnecessary, and then we sit back and wonder why everything is a mess.
Appeasement always fails. Evil won’t be defeated by it. But people prefer sweet lies over harsh truths.
January 6, 2022 @ 4:17 pm
Wow! What sort of person practically gloats (oh sorry, “harsh truths”…) about someone OD’ing a year after the fact? You must be great at funerals…
Keep up the good work Trig! I’m sorry you have to deal with assholes like these guys whenever you post something.
January 7, 2022 @ 2:11 pm
Somebody who wants to stop the cycle of drugs.
Call me an asshole. Many great men have been called that term because they spoke harsh truths.
Facts over feelings.
January 7, 2022 @ 4:41 pm
It tales some ego to equate yourself with “many great men”. If you were “a great man”, you would use your name. Why allow your greatness to go unrecognized? Good could come from folks knowing the identity of such a “great man”.
January 5, 2022 @ 1:51 pm
This is heartbreaking!
First for the all the things involved but we need to go deeper. Media ain’t check information like they use to check in the past, it seems that everyone is doing the famous “repost”. We don’t check too, always in hurry. This is dangerous. And also it shows how dangerous is for Country Music Society such of big names of associations, don’t recognizes in life those legends and invite them to be active country music arts. They need to be part of Country Music, not only in the past.
January 5, 2022 @ 2:25 pm
Maybe he was cognizant of today and didn’t like what he saw- I can relate to that and I’m only 74- of course I haven’t liked what I see for 15 or so years-
“what are you gonna do when the God you’re praying to up and goes missing, leaving a trail of unpaid bills, broken homes and opioid addiction”- “these lamentations are getting too damn hard to sing, these lamentations are gonna be the death of me”
January 5, 2022 @ 3:04 pm
Just wanted to say that’s a great song, that talks about issues nobody in power seems to want to deal with. I’m younger than you by a fair bit, but I understand how you feel.
January 5, 2022 @ 7:40 pm
Steve, I appreciate your thoughts, sincerely- spread the seeds of Liberty, please. Those in “power” detest “we the people” even imagining such a thing- as George Washington said; Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
January 5, 2022 @ 8:55 pm
Not that crappy song.
The political figure that BJ mocks in the song was bringing those jobs back. The party he supports eliminated those jobs and is trying to keep them from ever returning. But blaming God is easier. Because that lifestyle is all cosplay to them.
Like most Americana hacks, he misspeaks for those he claims to support.
January 6, 2022 @ 7:33 am
That ‘crappy’ song also has the line: “Neither the left nor the right is gonna fight for the people caught between.” If you come into listening to a song without preconceptions and your own bias it’s easier to live your life. I read lamentations as an indictment of all our political overlords and see it applying right now to JB as much as it did then to DT. That’s the beauty of art; it speaks across time.
January 6, 2022 @ 7:53 am
CountryKnight, you’re in over your head- the left/right dogma covers *both* sides being used to divide citizens into 2 columns- tools or enemies- of the state- “that’s the way things really are, in the American Dream”- the state prefers it that way- it keeps them in power and relevant- diametrically opposite the original intent of “we the people” being the controllers- “the harder we work, the more they take, til all the good is gone for goodness sake”-
January 5, 2022 @ 2:26 pm
Kyle, nobody, and I mean nobody, does the justice you do for eulogies.
January 5, 2022 @ 2:32 pm
Folks you should read the linked report in this article.
January 5, 2022 @ 3:19 pm
I guess thats the double edged sword of todays modern medicine. Sometimes I think it makes people live longer than they were naturally suppose too. and their quality of life towards the end is of no quality. I’ve known of to many people to have died long painful deaths from cancer and other conditions. Prayers to Tom’s son
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 5, 2022 @ 4:17 pm
I’d’ve been better off not knowing about this.
This ol world is sick, sick, sick. Sin will get everyone in the end, lest they repent.
January 5, 2022 @ 4:42 pm
Whose to say he didn’t pull that get of jail free card before he died?
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 5, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Which card is that, Jake? And before you answer, please know that my answer to your answer will likely take us way off topic, which will make Trigger very unhappy, and that’s if he even permits my reply to be seen.
I try to make my opinions known, without causing Trigger more frustration than I absolutely need to to get my point across. That’s why I oftentimes will make it clear where I stand, without going into a ton of detail as to why. That’s exactly what I did here, intentionally.
January 5, 2022 @ 5:38 pm
The salvation by repentance card.
To your point of not getting too far off topic, and as you said previously, this dude had the right to do what he did, whether we agree with it or not.
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 5, 2022 @ 5:53 pm
I figured you might’ve been hinting at a “deathbed repentance” type of situation. The problem with suicide is, there is no deathbed. Your last act on this Earth is essentially a murder that you can’t repent of.
Additionally, and I’m almost always open to consider other interpretations, but the way it reads to me, is that a man who serves The Lord would be too full of joy to do himself in, even with the struggles of this life. Simply put, born-again Christians don’t take their own lives.
I love politics and religion, Jake, but I’ll leave it right there for this go round.
January 5, 2022 @ 6:19 pm
As Trigger mentioned, the last time Hall made a public appearance was 2011. We don’t know what his health was like over the next decade he lived. But I used to work in nursing homes and I’ve seen plenty of people who,.by all accounts, were upstanding Christians their entire lives do and say things that would make a sailor blush. They just aren’t there anymore and I don’t believe a merciful God holds them accountable for things they aren’t able to think over rationally. Developing Alzheimer’s is my biggest fear in this life. Was Mr. Hall suffering from that or another similar disease? I don’t know, but such things are certainly not unheard of for 85 year olds.
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 6, 2022 @ 11:24 am
I’m not a fan of conclusions that are based on, “I don’t believe a merciful God…….”, but I don’t disagree with your main point here. The scripture does point to varying amounts of accountability, based on different factors. For example, and I know the Calvinists will disagree with me, Jesus seems to find no fault in children; their innocence is implied in scripture.
July 12, 2022 @ 2:42 pm
Kindly, being born again is not a matter of repenting of sins. It is a matter of accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as payment for our sins. Jesus came into the world to pay for our sins on the cross, so that we wouldn’t have to pay for them in Hell For All eternity. So, no matter how much sin may be in a believer’s life, they can only fall in God’s grace, never from God’s grace (Romans 6:1). Every saint has God’s imputed righteousness, which is by faith alone in Jesus Christ.
January 5, 2022 @ 7:48 pm
Hopefully, you’ll get the ball rolling.
January 6, 2022 @ 7:14 am
idk if you know this, but constantly acting like a dickhead is a sin.
January 6, 2022 @ 11:35 am
Back to the creepy religious nonsense again…
January 5, 2022 @ 4:31 pm
I rarely have a day pass when I don’t think of my friends who have died by suicide. It’s always the real sweetheart in my experience who just can’t handle the weight of the world or whatever it is. Personally I think I am too much of an asshole to be suicidal as of yet but I certainly have thought about it if for instance I got cancer or some other incurable disease and was facing a mountain of medical bills and a death sentence. Probably would take a solo kayak trip down a class 5 river if I had the strength to get in the boat. Rest in peace Tom T, I hope you and Miss Dixie are running through the hills of the great beyond! Thanks for reporting this story as you did.
January 5, 2022 @ 4:50 pm
Take a Coleman canoe with a keel. More certain death.
January 5, 2022 @ 9:08 pm
Great idea but if I am that close to the end I don’t see lugging a canoe around working too well, and hopefully we will never know!
January 6, 2022 @ 7:17 am
Half the paddle, twice the skill.
January 5, 2022 @ 6:33 pm
Save your breath. Judgmental people have little empathy for the suffering of others, despite all of their self-righteous bloviating.
January 5, 2022 @ 9:11 pm
How was my comment judgemental? I have lost a good number of friends to suicide and it just makes me sad more than anything. Even someone at Tom T’s age facing a despair that overwhelming is quite tragic. Anyone talking shit about it can absolutely fuck off.
January 9, 2022 @ 1:47 am
Many people experience the suicide of loved ones and it never leaves you.many times we blame our selves but we don’t know their state of mind to its to late.its so sad if they are younger and are bullied by a parent or school friends etc.sometimes it is the easy way out solving their final problem but the hurt they leave behind as at times we don’t know in time to help them.even though it didn’t happen in our part of the world it was a wife’s favourite sister who decided on this and many have mental problems some are forced into a corner and think it’s the only escape.
January 5, 2022 @ 4:49 pm
My two cents: Tom T. Hall was a grounded, thoughtful man. I think he weighed the options and decided that his final action was the best choice for everyone. Don’t see this as selfish or malignant in any way. Totally understand if someone thinks suicide by any means isn’t right as well.
January 5, 2022 @ 5:35 pm
This is indeed very sad news. Thank you for reporting on it, Trigger.
I applaud your reasons: suicide is a major killer of especially men and boys. My brother was one of them.
He left us almost 3 years ago. He was 42 and didn’t leave a note. None of us knew he was struggling with mental health issues … until we did.
We collectively need to help/assist/support our men in finding ways for them to to get help when they are struggling. ‘Manning Up’ just isn’t an option anymore. Please don’t ever say that to anyone.
I’m very sorry for those that knew and loved Tom T Hall.
To them I would say what my therapist told me : that we need to respect the decision they made.
Sending aroha (love) and best wishes to anybody whose life has been touched by suicide.
January 5, 2022 @ 8:58 pm
Well, many men’s rights groups focus on suicide and cite the alarming the numbers but since those groups have been ostracized and kicked out of mainstream society, the cause is neglected.
It doesn’t help either that traditional masculinity has been under attack for generations.
January 6, 2022 @ 7:18 am
“men’s rights groups”. lol.
January 6, 2022 @ 10:13 am
Ask the men in family courts. They could use some. Right there is a rising cause in suicide rates for men.
January 6, 2022 @ 5:09 pm
Interesting. Can you please provide links to any empirically derived evidence that points to family court rulings contributing to an increase in male suicide?
January 7, 2022 @ 2:20 pm
“A divorced male is 2.5 to 3 times more likely to commit suicide than the average male.”
“The University of California, Riverside conducted a study examining marital status and suicide within the previously completed National Longitudinal Mortality Study and found that divorced men and women are at a higher risk of suicide than married men and women. Divorced and separated persons were over twice as likely, in comparison to married persons. More specifically, the risk of suicide among divorced men was over twice as likely as that of married men, whereas in women, there was no statistical difference in married and divorced women.
There are several possible reasons as to why divorced male suicide rates are so high. Sociology professors at the University of California and their research suggest that much of it stems from the separation between father and child. In cases involving custody dispute, the courts are often ready to grant custody to the mother, due to an assumption that the bond between mother and child is stronger than that of a father and child. In the minds of those fathers, they have not only lost their marriage, but also their children and any assets or property that was divided during the proceedings.”
Courts overwhelmingly rule in the mother’s favor. The mother practically has to be a complete mess in order for the father to receive custody.
But there is little progress/understanding in this arena on a national level because the few groups taking up the fight are men’s rights groups and bigots like thegentile and the ilk instantly mock them and their fight out of society.
Family counts are hopelessly outdated and based on the old set-up of where women weren’t usually working and thus needed that support when a marriage ended. But while society has changed on behalf of women’s requests to work in society, it hasn’t changed the courts’ thought process. Mainly because it is an advantage for women to continue to obtain alimony and child support. As Thomas Sowell said, “When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.”
January 7, 2022 @ 4:49 pm
I’m not surprised that suicide rates are higher among divorced people of all genders. As you said, there are several possible reasons for the higher rates. I appreciate the links. I look forward to reading the studies. I feel confident that they will not cite a loss of “men’s rights” as a factor. I could be wrong. Again, thank you.
January 10, 2022 @ 8:43 am
i’m the bigot? lol.
i’m willing to bet your concern for suicide rates doesn’t go too far beyond white divorced men, presumably because you are divorced or know someone that is. i’m willing to bet you don’t have any concern for groups that have an even highter suicide rate (trans, lgbt).
King Honky Of Crackershire
January 5, 2022 @ 5:40 pm
You Know, Trig, after the fact that Tom’s gone, and that he did it to himself, what I find the most sad about this, is how it wasn’t reported, and we didn’t know about it. Tom T was a major C(c)ountry Music legend.
This news, that we’re just now hearing about it, sort of serves as a sad reminder of how little, C(c)ountry Music matters to the masses. I mean, I already knew that, but it doesn’t make the reminders of it any less sad. When pop or movie icons die, all the details are in the news for weeks. C(c)ountry Music, despite what those who love it my feel, simply isn’t that big of a deal anymore. Maybe it never was, outside the middle of the nation.
I’m kind of contradicting myself. I’m sad that C(c)ountry Music doesn’t matter to the masses, while realizing that if it did, it would be even more diluted than it is now.
January 5, 2022 @ 6:08 pm
“what I find the most sad about this, is how it wasn’t reported, and we didn’t know about it.”
I agree, and I hold myself to account just as much as anyone else. We just assumed since he was 85, we all knew the story. If this was a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer or a pop star, folks would be asking questions until they got an answer, even though some think it is a private matter, and should remain so. To the credit of country media, after I posted my story, The Tennessean, Rolling Stone, Taste of Country, Whiskey Riff, and others have run stories of their own. As sad as the news is, Tom T. Hall is probably the biggest story in country music today, and hopefully the headlines compel some folks to check his music out, and reminds others of his legacy.
wanda lewis gonzales
January 5, 2022 @ 5:43 pm
Loved Tom’s music and poems so much. He will be missed. Prayers for his son and family.
January 5, 2022 @ 5:53 pm
I believe it was the right thing telling about this suicide. I understand why at the time the son didn’t but it’s time. I do wish that his son had been open to share some thoughts just due to the fact the info was going to come out one way or another. While it makes me sad to know he went this way, I don’t hold no judgement cause I know how those inner demons work on you..I saw how my parents had to deal with aging. It’s a rough thing and if you have some demons gnawing away at you too, I can understand the want for the mercy of death. Life in hardly ever like the movies. I’ve ways liked his songs though it hasn’t really been til the last 5 or 6 years where Ive really gotten into his total collection. The world is not a better place for his passing but I hope he found his peace in some way or another before he pulled the trigger. The world is a better place because Tom T Hall lived at least to those who enjoyed his stories. May he rest in peace.
April 24, 2022 @ 11:01 pm
First off, I would like to say that I believe it should have been the family’s decision whether to publicize the details of this great man’s death.
That being said, senior citizen depression is prevalent in our society today. If you have any seniors in your life please keep mindful of this fact and please be there for them.
January 5, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
Thanks for the well written and respectful article. I was one of the ones that posted I was saddened by his suicide. I thought it was more widely known than it was.
My sadness is best summarized by Carla’s post. Those of us who personally suffer from acute depression know first hand how horrible the feeling is when you don’t think kings is worth living anymore. I got help and am forever grateful I did.
Tom’s decision was his alone and it’s not my place to judge his reasons. I will remember his many accomplishments, and feel very bad for his loved ones and friends that never got a chance to say goodbye or to perhaps offer the help that could have given him relief (emotionally or physically). This is a tragedy not because he was famous, but because he was a fellow human being who brought so much joy to others and did his part to make the world a better place.
God Bless him.
January 5, 2022 @ 6:10 pm
I appreciate the initial heads up Steve, and even though I think it could have been reported better, Stacy Harris deserves credit for being the only one who looked into Tom T. Hall’s death.
January 5, 2022 @ 7:10 pm
Tom blew his brains out! Really sad ending!
January 5, 2022 @ 8:14 pm
Here’s my thing. If you are going to kill yourself don’t be a jackass and leave a mess for someone else to cleanup. Take some pills use a rope (Bourdain which still I can’t accept and Hutchence used ropes) or something but don’t blow your brains out for some other people to have to cleanup and be traumatized from your deed. Hunter S Thompson, Hemingway, Cobain etc… all went out like assholes. Of course maybe they were on drugs or out of their minds but still it’s no fun for the folks that have to deal with the aftermath of it and what it does to them.
January 5, 2022 @ 7:17 pm
After finding this out, I went back and listened to some of his older stuff. I happened upon a curious song, one i hadn’t heard before though because of the subject matter I could see why. But curiously it is called ” the man who shot himself”. If you listen to the song and have listened to him in interviews, it strikes a little close.
January 5, 2022 @ 10:20 pm
Me too, but didn’t find that one yet. Same goes for “Joe Don’t Let Your Music Kill You” though that one is likely aboutt a younger man.
January 5, 2022 @ 9:04 pm
Thanks, Trigger! Great tribute to a great troubadour! We all have our problems and our situations…it is none of anyone else’s business to judge! Thank you for a great article about a country icon!
January 6, 2022 @ 3:58 am
Saving Country Music is being credited all over the Internet–Rolling Stone, Variety, Billboard et al–for reporting this story. Only People seems to be claiming it as their own.
Good for you, Trig–you deserve the recognition for the effort you put in.
January 6, 2022 @ 4:08 am
Very well said. A tribute to a life that touched many others and deserves dignity always.
January 6, 2022 @ 7:55 am
I know it is human nature to be curious regarding how or what caused the death of a celebrity. Be it actor or musician or Nobel Peace Prize winner we are fascinated, and we think we are owed an explanation. Once our guessing and theorizing is complete, we wait impatiently for the autopsy reports. Personally I find it an intrusion on a person’s privacy, an intrusion on the family. Frankly, it’s nobody’s f**king business. Tom T. Hall had a life to live and he did. His life and how it ended are or rather shouldn’t be up for our judgment. If you care so much about the truth of how he died, which is ghoulish at best, then lobby to have a Federal Law passed for “Right to Die”. It shouldn’t be stigmatized or illegal to take your own life. People who are 85 yrs old should be able to make that decision for themselves, or they can appoint someone or have a directive. This law should have plenty of caveats but it would surely be easier and more comforting to go out in an easier way.
I am not sad about Tom T. Hall passing away. I am horrified that people think we are owed the information that he blew his brains out.
January 6, 2022 @ 8:41 am
it’s a shame he went out this way. I point the finger straight at bit government and the mainstream media that has enabled them to create a culture of fear, isolation and hopelessness. throw in his advanced age, and health issues, it’s no wonder it ended this way.
January 6, 2022 @ 8:52 am
Yep. The lizard people should pay here, but they probably won’t. The solace is that they KNOW they are going to burn in Hell, even if they pretend not to believe in Heaven and Hell. Why else would they be so obsessed with living forever, leaving earth, uploading their brain, transcending what it means to be human, etc. blah, blah, blah… They know they have done great evil and they know they are going to burn. So, they become obsessed extending their earthly lives. Every time I see one of their faces on tv, I chuckle to myself. Incidentally, one of the only things that could turn our present state of affairs is if there is an awakening among the elites. Perhaps, through providence, some of these people repent and decide to change. I’m not betting on it, but it has happened before.
January 6, 2022 @ 10:02 am
man, i wish this was satire.
January 6, 2022 @ 11:32 am
Satire of whom?
January 6, 2022 @ 11:51 am
someone believing in lizard people.
January 6, 2022 @ 12:14 pm
We are way off topic, and I will begin to delete comments if folks can show respect to this very tragic topic and Tom T. Hall, and this website.
January 6, 2022 @ 12:25 pm
not sure why this comment was directed at me as seems to me it’s some of your regulars not showing respect. rd ranting about lizard people. honky’s screed from his pulpit about the damned. countryknight talking shit about justin townes earle.
January 6, 2022 @ 12:46 pm
The comment was directed at everyone. I have actively challenged many of the commenters on this article.
January 7, 2022 @ 2:22 pm
Talking shit implies falsehood.
What lies did I say about JTE?
None at all. Your feelings just got hurt by the truth.
January 10, 2022 @ 8:49 am
“Talking shit is a term and type of trash-talk that refers to various types of derogatory language aimed at an individual or any type of entity, such as a group or organisation. Talking shit can be used as a tactic in fighting or brawling, used to draw attention to the matter among onlookers. This is a term that has been coined more recently and is used in reference when someone talks negatively about another person, concept, organisation, or entity. This may or may not include spreading false ideas. The same term can also be used to describe something spoken which is not true, uninteresting or irrelevant.”
the more you know, ck. try learning every once in a while.
January 10, 2023 @ 9:42 am
I recently heard that song for the first time; it is about a man from the neighborhood who shot himself after getting a haircut, despite loving Christ and having pictures of him in his house. It certainly could be about a real man from his neighborhood growing up as many Tom T Hall songs are from his life experience . It is sad and eerie to know Tom himself went out that way many years later despite all of his success in life.
January 6, 2022 @ 9:07 am
Maybe Tom T. Hall finally heard “Like A Rolling Stone”. I hope Mr. Dylan remembers his bad behavior when he said at the 2015 MusiCares:
“That one song blew Tom T. Hall’s world apart. It might have sent him to the crazy house. God forbid he ever heard one of my songs. If ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ rattled Tom’s cage and sent him into the looney bin, my songs surely would have made him blow his brains out.” -Bob Dylan
January 6, 2022 @ 12:15 pm
Don’t go pinning this on Dylan. I doubt Tom T. cared one whit about what he said.
January 8, 2022 @ 6:49 am
Journalists are repulsive. On the one hand you navel gaze about how we shouldn’t judge Tom T Hall (that’s true, not saying anything is an option, but not one that the author of this website ever takes). You don’t know anything about his situation, neither do I, and frankly it’s not you or anyone else’s business to speculate.
What kind of decent person tries to reach out to a suicide victim’s son? One who has spent months, obviously not wanting to talk about it or wanting people to know about it?
But I guess you are a journalist, which means the ethics of basic human decency don’t apply.
January 8, 2022 @ 9:07 am
First, regardless of what you, I, or anyone else thinks about it, it is the custom to the point of being an obligation of the media to report how a person passed away that was in the public eye. It is an important element of “the 4th estate.” This is the reason you ALWAYS see a cause of death listed whenever a celebrity dies. This is also why after I reported on Tom T. Hall’s death, every single other website in country music and entertainment also rebroadcast this information. There are now probably around 50-60 websites that have run this story. That is one of the reasons that all personal health data is protected as private in the United States, but Autopsy reports are mandated by law to be a matter of public record.
Now, why is this? Well let’s look at Tom T. Hall’s case specifically. He died by a gunshot wound to the head. That means the death could be ruled either a homicide, or a suicide. If it had been a homicide, or if there was even a concern it could be a homicide, that means he died at someone else’s hands. It would be the obligation of the media to then make sure that the local government is doing their due diligence to track the killer down, and to make the public aware a killing had occurred. This is the 4th estate in action. If if we thought he had died of “natural causes,” it is still the obligation of the state to make sure he wasn’t poisoned, choked, died from a defective product, etc.
Now, as I explained in the article, I don’t make it my business to go snooping around to discover how people died, despite how some may characterize it. However, in this case, there was already ample rumor swirling out there about Tom T. Hall’s death (as I explained in detail), as well as a poorly-worded and undated report that had already shared that information. At that point, the cat was already out of the bag, and I wanted to report this story in a respectful manner before it ended up in TMZ/People/US Weekly as some salacious revelation.
As for reaching out to Tom T. Hall’s son, strange I’m being criticized for this because others are criticizing me for not waiting until I heard back from him before posting this information. Normally, I do not reach out to bereaved family members when it comes to reporting on a death. But due to it being six months out from the death, and the unusual nature of how the revelation of Tom T. Hall’s death came about, I thought it was important to loop the family in, if only to notify them that the news was out there.
The ethics of journalism make the reporting on the manner of death of someone in the public space obligatory. Hiding that information from the public would have been the compromise in ethics, which I had initially done by first questioning the validity of the news that Tom T. Hall died of suicide.It was then my obligation to set the record straight.
I hope all of this makes sense.
January 17, 2022 @ 11:38 am
This is fair enough – I regretted this mean-spirited comment as soon as I wrote it, and it took me this long to even look at your reply. I apologize for this.
Truth be told, I was devasted to find out that Tom T Hall ended his life this way, not because there is any shame in doing so, but because of the pain he must have been experiencing the last 6 years of his life without his wife. But that doesn’t excuse the angry nature of my post because ultimately none of this is about me. Upon reflection, I appreciate what you are trying to do here. Tom T Hall was one of Country Music’s finest, and he does deserve to be remembered far beyond tabloid and clickbait posts from people who do not give a damn about the man or his contribution to American culture.
January 17, 2022 @ 1:20 pm
No need to apologize A.J. I understand the spirit form where your comment came from was concern for Tom T. Hall
March 8, 2022 @ 12:16 pm
If only I knew just how common suicide is on benzodiazepines my son would still be alive. I feel it is a good thing to speak openly about suicide. It is a leading cause of death and often prescribed medication related.
January 6, 2022 @ 10:57 am
That’s sad news, my favorites are “Harper Valley Pta” And
“Old Dogs Children & Watermelon Wine”
The movie based on “Harper Valley Pta” are uploaded to YouTube https://youtu.be/SgPG5iHMoaI
And “Old Dogs Children & Watermelon Wine” was also translated into Swedish by the Swedish country singer Alf Robertson. And it became very popular in Sweden. RIP
January 6, 2022 @ 11:14 am
Sad. Only Tom T. knows why. Maybe he missed Miss Dixie. My brother after he lost his wife from cancer, couldn’t handle it alone and died. Faron Young took his life to. So sad. But they are in Gods hands now.
January 6, 2022 @ 11:59 am
I thought it was a well written and very respectful article although i can accept that it may have touched a raw nerve for people who have lost loved ones/friends to suicide.
January 6, 2022 @ 1:45 pm
Trig, can you make a List/Article of Country Singers/Songwriters who died from suicide? I Tried to look it up on Google but the only one that pops up is either Mindy McCready or one article of Mel Street. Plus I was trying to look up one singer but I couldn’t find out who.
January 6, 2022 @ 1:51 pm
The other big ones would be Gary Stewart and Faron Young.
That feels like it would be kind of a morbid list to put together. I really don’t like reporting on these things, though I do feel like it is necessary.
January 6, 2022 @ 2:53 pm
Man I loved listening to Tom T. When you meet someone who loves his music it is an instant connection. I am 49 and as I kid I cranked and sang Tom T. all the time. RIP.
Alan L. McCall
January 6, 2022 @ 4:17 pm
The first concert I ever attended was a country music concert featuring Tom T. and several other artists. This was around 1970 and I was about 12 years old. Not totally sure of the year, but I developed a real love for country music that continues to today.
It’s hesrtbreaking whatever the circumstance was.
Thanks for the music, Storyteller. I’ll keep sharing it on our little classic country radio station in Tallahassee, FL.
January 6, 2022 @ 5:07 pm
Trigger, now that you’ve verified the information Stacy Harris and I published was accurate, are you going to acknowledge us? While the Tennessean and Rolling Stone are crediting you with “breaking” the story, are you going to point out that you obtained the same information Stacy had six weeks earlier and that she is the one who broke the story? She and I both take pride in our journalistic integrity. We strive to be accurate, as I’m sure you do. It’s disheartening to be treated this way by you.
January 6, 2022 @ 5:59 pm
So first off, I did acknowledge the Stacy Harris report. I put a link to her website in this article, and I also linked to the specific comments on my “In Memoriam” post from December 31st where I was first made aware of the information on Tom T. Hall. I laid out in detail how all of this went down in paragraphs 2-4 of this article, and it’s all transparent for anyone to see. Yes, originally I was skeptical of the information, and admit that. But I was also very careful to not say it was false, only that I was unable to verify it.
As I also said in this comment (LINK: https://www.savingcountrymusic.com/on-the-new-details-of-country-legend-tom-t-halls-death/comment-page-1/#comment-1393018), “even though I think it could have been reported better, Stacy Harris deserves credit for being the only one who looked into Tom T. Hall’s death”
I’ll state it again: Stacy Harris deserves credit for being on top of this story before anyone else.
That said—and as I have been saying this whole time—the delivery of her reporting in no way follows any sort of publishing rules, guidelines, or even common sense for either the internet, or print. You can’t hyperlink to either her original report, or her update because no hyperlinks exist. She simply posts things on her /musicrowreport subheading, and I guess when she does a new post, the old ones disappear. There is no archive. There is no date on the material, which is the biggest of no no’s. As I stated back on December 31st, she includes a hyperlink to a “report” of Tom T. Hall’s passing, but it just links back to her /musicrowreport subheading, which just takes you back to what you’re reading. Dates, hyperlinks, archives, these are all things internet publishing had solved and had made readily available through open sourced content management systems by 2002.
And none of this addresses the unusual non-sequiturs throughout her report. She didn’t include quotes from public officials, and did not name who she obtained the information from so the information could be independently verified. Every single person who read my article had access to Stacy’s report via my hyperlink. My guess is they made the same assessment that I did, which that her report was too messy, and too garbled to make heads or tails of, and decided to circumvent it and confirm the information on their own.
Again, I give Stacy Harris nothing but credit for following up on Tom T. Hall’s death when nobody else did, and I provided a hyperlink to her coverage, which is the rule Google and others request publishers follow. But all the information in my article was obtained independently.
I wish you and Stacy Harris the best. I’m not trying to be judgemental. I appreciate both you and Stacy’s work in the country music field. I’m just being brutally honest about the lack of professionalism Stacy Harris showed in reporting this information. If she had followed ANY of the rules on reporting, my guess is she would be the one other outlets were linking to.
January 6, 2022 @ 6:18 pm
Thank you. I appreciate your work, too.
January 6, 2022 @ 6:20 pm
(There seem to be a few Steves posting here. I’m not the one who led you to look into this matter.)
It would also seem to me that the source would be of particularly questionable validity if they brought a lawsuit against the individual who is the subject of their reporting on at least two occasions. Assuming this is the same Stacy Harris and Thomas Hall of Williamson County, TN…
I don’t know what the lawsuits were about and who was in the wrong, but she did lose in court in 2012. Having no prior knowledge of Ms. Harris or her reputation and seeing no verifiable sources in her report, the possibility that she held a grudge against Tom or his family and wanted to try to defame him would cross my mind. So she likely had that working against her as well.
January 7, 2022 @ 6:52 am
Yes, it is the same Stacy Harris. She and Hall go back a long way.
April 22, 2022 @ 2:54 pm
So are we to assume that Ms. Harris looked into his cause of death for a reason??
The only things she did by digging were totally for her acclaim and revenge.
Her acclaim in court cases is interesting to me that she was conducting pro se, and my small brain remembers that to be without the use of an attorney.
Mr. Hall would have had attorneys for himself.
I cannot believe she would even go to great lengths to get credit for breaking a story with legitimate details.
It seems to me if she had legal problems with him in the past, she believes she got the last laugh.
January 6, 2022 @ 5:31 pm
I believe he already did that
January 6, 2022 @ 7:51 pm
At the risk of looking like I’m blowing smoke here, I’ll offer my thanks to Trigger for this post and doing his due diligence tracking this down properly.
I read the Stacy Harris post. I hoped it was untrue but I figured it would turn out to be the case. Although it was accurate, I found it to be unsatisfying and unworthy of Tom T. Hall’s legacy and memory.
This post precipitated reporting by the Tennessean, Rolling Stone, Redstate.com and others and is currently cited in Tom T’s Wikipedia entry. Snicker at Wikipedia if you want but it’s one of the world’s most visited websites. This information would have found daylight eventually and I’m glad that this post will be where countless people will be obtaining this unfortunate news as opposed to whatever tabloid nonsense source they stumbled across.
Let’s respect Tom T’s memory here and keep the sniping out of the replies. We’re here because we love Country music and Tom T was one of the bards of the genre.
Rest in peace, T. Noone chronicled life the way you did.
January 7, 2022 @ 5:42 am
Tom; Will always miss you, and the laughs we had.
January 7, 2022 @ 7:34 am
I would not be so quick to judge someone’s actions without having certainty of their exact state of mind at the time of their final act. There can be a multitude of reasons why someone reaches a point where life is no longer bearable and they choose to terminate their existence. Were they even in full control of their own faculties at that point? After the fact you cannot even accurately ascertain the true reason(s) unless a note or video is left behind.
Who’s to say that any one of us might one day face circumstances that force us to make a similar choice?
The family may have simply wanted privacy in this tragic matter and chose to not release the sad grisly details of his death. Perhaps they also requested that authorities not release that info. I don’t know if Tennessee law requires that info to be released to the public unless foul play is suspected. However allowing the facts to be released can also serve as a cautionary tale for others who may have elderly loved ones that could benefit from more love and attention as well as medical and mental health care.
Especially for celebrities today it seems to be a much better course to release all of the facts about a situation like this to begin with rather than to have someone else do it later and perhaps not include accurate info.
In any case I choose to focus on Tom T’s significant career accomplishments and iconic songs rather that the sad and tragic circumstances that ended his life. His talent made country music much richer. Go rest high on that mountain.
January 7, 2022 @ 9:34 am
“No Depression” (ironically titled) has picked up on this story, citing SCM. It’s all over the place.
January 7, 2022 @ 3:04 pm
“Mainly because it is an advantage for women to continue to obtain alimony and child support.”
Going to help enlighten you today.
17 states in the U.S. are no-fault divorce states.
When the fbi guy left a letter on the dining room table, after 24 years together, 2 years of dating – 22 years of marriage, our child born 3 years into the marriage, the “courts” could not have cared less about any of it.
Had a supposed shark of a female attorney, that came highly recommended by a female attorney friend of the family.
She got nowhere with the bureau.
The disgusting & laughable bitch of an attorney, K Krasnow Waterman, who was at the time with the esteemed fbi, sent a letter to my attorney stating that the fbi did not have to turn over my husband’s financial information.
We laughed and said, what is the bureau going to do? Erect their own flag, name their own country?
That is how the bureau operates.
Joke’s on them.
January 7, 2022 @ 3:43 pm
Thank you for the article Trigger. I did not know TT had died this way until I made a comment on one of his videos on YT, and a reader named Daniel Peralta remarked that TT had taken his life. I then did an additional search and found this. I saw TT in concert 3 times, and once had the pleasure of talking to him at an RV show in Indiana in the early 80s. I remember asking him how the song Hello We’re lonely came about. I moved to Australia by marriage in 1988, and he came down here at least twice, but never to Melbourne. I regard TT as the greatest American songwriter ever, in that no one has chosen to imitate his songwriting. TT could do a ballad as well as a story, and he gave rise to many other songwriters who wrote story songs. Billy Shaver comes to mind. Waylon in later years wrote many story songs, Old Timer is my favorite Waylon song.
TT continued to write hundreds of songs with Dixie and was well known in the bluegrass area after he retired. He did miss Dixie after she passed and he did have health problems. Initially I was shocked that he took his own life. But many months ago i saw a pic of him and Dean where Tom had gotten a new car. Both were on his estate and both were masked up. Now that picture really made me ill, literally. Tom was a big voice for freedom and liberty and seeing his good USA disappear, as in the song Once Upon a Road, now I see the link between that pic and his death. Now I can accept his way of passing. He went out on his terms, as he did not see anything worth living for.
It was a kick in the stomach when he passed. I thought he would be with us forever. He did make it to a good age and has left us the greatest legacy ever. I have most of his books and they are as great as his songs. Many of my favorite TT songs are the ones that did not get airplay. Little Brown Suitcase, Once upon a road, A Picture of your mother, MacLeay street in Sydney, Cash, Grandma Whistled, Million miles to the city for starters. His remakes of Dim Light, thick smoke, and Over the Rainbow are the best of these.
It is interesting to note he and Australian great Slim Dusty were great friends and soulmates. Slim introduced TT to Australian poetry, Slim passed away in 2003 within 6 days of John Cash passing away. Tom wrote a song called Here’s to You Slim Dusty, that as far as I know has never been recorded. I would appreciate any info on this if any readers have any.
January 8, 2022 @ 6:29 am
I fail to see a link between a photo of Tom T Hall wearing a mask and his suicide. Millions of folks wear masks daily to protect themselves (and others) but do not take their own lives.
Tom T. was obviously interested in protecting himself – and his son – and whoever else may have been present.
Sorry but that’s just crazy logic. Clearly other factors led his his death.
January 7, 2022 @ 9:12 pm
Excellent post. Great info.
January 8, 2022 @ 6:31 am
R.I.P Tom you was a great singing and song writing ,and handsome man God be with you and family..
January 8, 2022 @ 8:49 am
One of the most cringe-worthy sad interviews happened in Los Angeles in the late 80s’ when Tom made a one-night appearance at one of the local clubs. Local television news covered the event and sent a reporter to interview Tom which was aired that evening. Without even knowing who she was interviewing, the female reporter’s first question to Tom T Hall was “Do you write any of your songs?”
Is it any wonder the music industry had fallen to where it is today?
January 8, 2022 @ 11:12 pm
Tom T’s brother Hillman Hall took his own life long before Tom T. passed.
January 9, 2022 @ 8:42 pm
I was delighted to meet Tom and Miss Dixie on several occasions. I loved his writing, his insight, his simplicity and his sense of irony and humor. I’ll always smile remembering his comment to me once about teams of writers t that crank out current hits. He said, “…as long as I live, I’ll never understand how it takes more than one person to write a song.”
Thank you, Kyle, for responding to the hearsay and reporting with taste and integrity.
January 10, 2022 @ 6:10 am
Really appreciate the thoughtful and respectful way you handled this, Trigger.
January 10, 2022 @ 2:52 pm
Bravo on a wonderful and bittersweet essay. I will not find heartbreak in how he passed; I will, however, take comfort in knowing he is now at peace. I’m going to go put some TTH in the disc player now. RIP TTH. – “Gentle” Ben, 107.9 Real.American.Country, Wichita, KS.
January 11, 2022 @ 6:31 am
There isn’t a day that Tom T;s music is not played in our home. Not One! He touched everybody with his down home music and common sense which is so very rare these days. I knew him and considered him a dear friend. His talent and philosophy on life will live on in his music and books for ever. Tom will always be revered, respected and admired by all who knew him and his stories that he put to words and music.
January 13, 2022 @ 9:05 am
I remember a song Tom T Hall released in 1978 titled The Man Who Shot Himself. In no way do I insinuate it to be prophetic its just a sobering song in light of his passing.
January 18, 2022 @ 8:16 pm
I would rather listen to the old country music singers any day over what these singers do today. Anything I believe is 20 years to the present isn’t country to me. The singers today have no respect for the music. When you go to their concerts they are dressed like numbs. The days that passed when singers would dress with class not with holes in their jeans, so damn tight that if they move they will rip and the ticket prices are not worth the concert. I seen one singer (B.E.) that he talked more about his up coming record coming out then sing let alone only sing for just over 20 minutes then had people before him and after him do the same thing. I don’t pay my hard earned money to listen to someone talk all night. Bring back the old country music styles.. Country is not pop it’s country that is why it is called country music.
February 16, 2022 @ 8:42 pm
I’m a pro life man either way. It’s a personal choice and we do not get to make this choice for anyone but ourselves. I can understand someone in so much pain wanting to take their own life. We don’t know how they really feel so we can’t second guess what their reasons are and we don’t have that right to do so. If this is what he wanted, then I’m happy for him and sorry to his family. Regardless of what happened to him, it’s none of our business. I’m glad we have his music to remember him by. No matter his circumstance, his music will always live on. RIP TTH
March 21, 2022 @ 12:01 am
I knew him personally. A member of my family was once a member of his band. My Parents held a private chicken BBQ for him and band when the performed at a local fair in NY. I had the privilege of driving him from the hotel to the concert site at Hunter Mountain, NY.
March 26, 2022 @ 2:44 pm
Well.. I think mr Hall did not have a right to take his own life. It wasn’t totally his to give .. there must have been pressure and pain but in America there is an 800 number for everything .. friends and relatives Aldo can help.
April 4, 2022 @ 2:45 am
Nice to see the Grammys included him in the Memorandum last night. I seriously thought he passed years ago. That’s why I went poking around on the internet to find out what happened.
April 8, 2022 @ 6:34 pm
Whatever to all the bickering. Tom T. spoke to my heart for many years of my life. He was like one of the boys you grew up with. He made me feel good and made me think. He made me feel at home. I am just sorry he was in pain, distress, or discomfort. After Miss Dixie died he laid down his guitar. I believe her leaving took a big part of him. I just have to say thank you to T. I listen to his music and he is still part of my life like a long time friendly neighbor sitting in my living room. Thanks Tom T. You gave us and left us with a beautiful gift.
April 18, 2022 @ 6:44 am
My heart and prayers go out to Tom T. Hall’s family. May God be with them in their time of sorrow.
Wolfgang from Germany
April 25, 2022 @ 3:44 pm
Today I wanted to find out, if ‘Fox on the run’ actually was written by Tom T. Hall. I got across Wikipedia’s entry about him and read ‘Tom T. Hall’ WAS….
I missed the news of his death last year and in deep sadness I searched the web for more information on his tragic death. This search brought me to this website and this warm hearted and respectful report about Mr. Hall having passed away on his own decision.
I have been loving country music from the bottom of my heart since I was 10 or 12 years old, even before I was able to understand English and before somebody told me, that tsomething called country music even existed.
The first song by Mr. Hall, that I remember was Salute To A Switchblade, just because the lyrics quoted some german remarks, which I found very funny at the age of about 12 or 14.
A few years later I understood enough English to listen to AFRTS or AFN broadcast in my city of Munich. They had a daily country music hour run by a guy named Gene Price and I was probably one of his most faithful listeners. I learned that there were country acts like Johnny Cash, The Statler Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Don Williams and the man, they called the storyteller, Tom T. Hall. In general, I was not a very good student in English lessons at high school, but it was country music, that inspired me to find out, what the singers sang about. Tom T. Hall’s lyrics were worth looking up word after word in contemporary paper dictionaries in times way before the web. This sometimes sarcastic style he used to describe situations, feelings or impressions like in ‘A Week In County Jail’ tought me to love American English and I tried to talk just like him. Despite the grammatical desaster I am probably delivering here, my friends still today consider me doing a good job in English!
I am 61 years old now and the world has YouTube and Spotify. I still search these sources for more of the storyteller’s stories. I would like to use the word OPUS for each for his songs as they do in classical music.
I am terribly sad ,that he is no longer with us and I hope, he made his decision to go home as the Christian he was in believe of a warm welcome up there.
A last Farewell from Germany, Tom T. Hall!!
You would understand that in German as well: Leb Wohl, Tom T. Hall!
July 12, 2022 @ 4:26 pm
Kindly said, I think it is shameful that anybody would try to legitimize suicide at any age, or under any conditions. Suicide is a sin, plain and simple. I fully understand the sympathy and empathy involved behind people who are suffering and in pain that commit suicide, like Robin Wolliams in 2014, but the fact of the matter is that like Larry Hall said, his father really hurt the family by committing suicide. Tom Hall was a great man. I have some of his albums that Lloyd Green played pedal steel guitar on which are superb, but it is always selfish when somebody commits suicide because they hurt the ones they leave behind.
August 14, 2022 @ 6:54 pm
The preacher said it weren’t no more than simple sadness struck
And if he’s gone it may be that it all pans out to be our own good luck
That the hole he’s in is his alone, ’cause he didn’t leave owing nobody forty bucks
There is no escape from confession outside of suicide
And suicide is confession.,/b>
August 30, 2022 @ 1:17 am
Very sad news, I grew up on his music, and my sons have also. A great man, never will we see his like again. RIP Mr Hall, and Thank you.
August 31, 2022 @ 4:51 am
Tom T. Hall was one of the great ones of country music. His songs brought a lot of joy and pleasure to many, many people. Those songs and their stories were his gifts to all people. Everybody has problems, personal flaws, defects, bad habits, and nobody is perfect. I think Tom took his life because he was in bad health, physically & mentally tired, and just did not want to fight anymore. So he ended it. May Tom T. Hall rest in peace.
STEVEN L LITTLEJOHN
August 31, 2022 @ 7:03 pm
Saw Tom in San Jose California in the 70’s with Donna Fargo. That began, in hippy country, a huge addition if not shift in the style of music I would I would listen too. I was 16 and already, being a Tennessean misplaced in the state of California…Newark, I could relate to his music because of what I witnessed in both states, especially Tennessee. I met the man and his wife Dixie in a hall at the Opryland Hotel in 1983. I asked for his autograph and he obliged. I had no pen, no paper. Dixie supplied a piece of cardboard and he signed it “Good luck Stephen…Tom T. Hall. Only 1 of 2 autographs ever though I worked at Opryland USA. His and Helen Cornelius. To this day I sing his songs and listen to over 32 vinyls. My favorite…”Before Jesse Died”. I am so sad tonight. Had no idea he had passed. Once put a Kodak instant photo of all the albums I had with a small note by his mailbox on Berries Chapel Road. Just wrote, “Thanks, Stephen”. Always short on paper. That was on a Bi-Rite receipt for a Crush and a Moon Pie.
November 16, 2022 @ 10:04 pm
It’s like I lost a family member although I never met him. His songs will always be part of me.
December 21, 2022 @ 1:11 pm
I collect autographs and asked Tom T. to sign one of his most poignant and profound lines (from Watermelon Wine) which he graciously did and sent back to me: “Friends are hard to find/ When they discover that you’re down.” He was truly a creative genius and a poet to be put in the same category with the greatest of all time!
December 27, 2022 @ 4:23 pm
I just ended up reading this post and comments because my husband and I had been discussing seeing guitarist Leo Kottke and hearing his version of Tom T. Hall’s “Pamela Brown.” Tom T. Hall was a wonderful writer. It was interesting reading that he had traces in his bloodstream of a substance used for alcohol withdrawal.
so man depressives self-medicate with alcohol, I think a drinking problem might be considered a marker for depression. There’s a lot to be depressed about with an old age marked by deterioration in health.
Old age is hard when your health deteriorates, or if you are lonely. Proud people have trouble reaching out for help, too. If you’ve ever had a drinking problem, that is often a marker for depression (depressives often self-medicate with alcohol). That comes down on the side of a right of self-determination. Opposing that is the pain that suicide causes your family. It’s a tough conundrum, and I would not presume to make such a decision for anybody else, or have it made for me. I’m sorry such a gifted man felt that sad at the end of his life. I don’t think it was due to professional reasons. His legacy was secure. It was the day-to-day living that took him down. RIP, Tom T. Hall. And to his family, I hope you can forgive him; I don’t think he really wanted to hurt you. He was suffering.
January 13, 2023 @ 5:58 pm
So sad to hear about this. Saw it on Wikipedia. Fond memories of spinning Tom’s records at a small country station in northwestern New Jersey back in the mid-eighties. Quite the performer and writer. Good t.v. show host too on Pop Goes The Country. Remember Tom doing car commercials in the seventies. Think it was Chevy trucks. Seemed like a real gentleman. My condolences to the Hall family and close friends.
March 20, 2023 @ 8:32 am
Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain [BOOM] Kangaroo
Now don’t tell me—I’ve nothing to do ….