Dallas and I attended the same high school. He was a couple of years younger than I, which meant we did not mix in the same groups of kids. We were "nodding" acquaintances rather than friends, but I still have vivid memories of him trudging through the halls in a leather jacket and cowboy boots, his guitar case banging off his bony knees with every step he took. On the weekends I occasionally caught sight of him playing in some garage band or other. Years later I was fortunate enough to attend some of the concerts he put on with The Sadies, the band he formed with his older brother Travis.
Dallas died "unexpectedly" five days ago at the age of 48. The news made the mainstream media, which reported that he had died of "natural causes" due to a recently discovered "coronary ailment".
He will be missed.
My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
In the video below, Dallas is the one who introduces the band.