Fiddler Amy Farris, an Austin native who played most recently with Dave Alvin's Guilty Women band, died last weekend in Los Angeles. Information is still sketchy at this point, but a press release from Yep Roc Records Wednesday stated that Farris had passed away Sept. 26 "after battling a long illness." She was 40. Austin360.com also reported Farris's passing, but noted there was a suspicion of suicide, although the cause of death had not been determined. Farris had been a legal secretary in Austin until she got her big break when she joined Alejandro Escovedo's band for a West Coast tour, which opened doors to the likes of Kelly Willis and Bruce Robision. She also toured with country legend Ray Price. Farris eventually left Austin to settle in Los Angeles, where she worked with Dave Alvin on her 2003 solo debut Anyway. Farris's latest project had been as the fiddler in Alvin's current band, the Guilty Women.. She was scheduled to play a gig with Alvin Oct. 3.
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