The Philadelphia/Brooklyn band Bottom of the Hudson was in a tragic accident on Sunday while touring to promote their new album Fantastic Hawk. The band's tour van flipped over a number of times after a tire blew out on a North Carolina highway.
The accident killed bassist Trevor Butler. Drummer Greg Lytle is in intensive care in a North Carolina hospital (fortunately stable though), while the rest of the band escaped with only minor injuries.
Absolutely Kosher, the band's label, posted the following on its web site:
"We didn't have an opportunity to get to know Trevor Butler as well as we would have liked, but he was a great guy and a great musician. He was instrumental in the evolution of the band's sound over the years. In addition to playing in Bottom of the Hudson for the last several years, Trevor also was a founding member in fellow-Philadelphia group Coyote. He was utterly devoted to music and helped many, many bands set-up shows in Philadelphia. We are devastated by his loss and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the band and their families. Thanks to everyone who has sent condolences and well-wishes."
The Absolutely Kosher folks are collecting money for Greg's medical bills. If you would like to make a donation, you can send one via Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our condolences and best wishes go out to Bottom of the Hudson.
FMC has also set up a hotline called HINT, Health Insurance Navigation Tool, that helps artists get health insurance.