Rolling Stone from Texas
September 21, 2006 10:05 AM Subscribe
'Pavarotti of the Plains'
In 1957, Don Walser
stopped recording country music and became a National Guardsman, just as rock 'n' roll took over the airwaves. He stayed with the Guard for 39 years, but around 1990, his performances at Henry's in Austin, Texas developed a following. By the end of the decade, he would sign to Sire Records
, open for Ministry and the Butthole Surfers, collaborate with Kronos Quartet
and be honored with a National Heritage Award
. Walser retired from his music career in 2001 because of ill health. He passed away
on Wednesday at age 72.