Thursday, October 04, 2007

Don Mooney Remembered

Chip Chilton (Chip & the Chiltons) passed along the news that Don Mooney, guitarist for the Bob Camp Project and the popular reggae/ska band Freedom Of Expression passed away on Monday, October 1st. Don was only 52 years old at the time of his death, and was evidently living in LaVergne. Don's obit in The Tennessean doesn't address the cause of death and I wasn't able to find any other info.

I met Don a couple of times through the years, but didn't really know the guy and don't have a lot more to add. If any of his former bandmates have more information on what Mooney has been up to through the years, please leave a comment or email me (link to right). If you knew Don and would like to share some memories, feel free to leave a comment and share it with our readers.

(I originally misidentified Chip Chilton as Chip Staley, who played with Don in Freedom Of Expression. Sorry about that...guess that either I'm getting old or have too many names on my brain....)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don was my nephew. He died from complications from a car accident.

On behalf of our family, I would like to thank you for your posting about Don. He never got that "Big Chance". But, if anyone ever heard him play the guitar, you would have to wonder why.

I'm not saying this because he was family, but Don was a genius when it came to any string instrument.

He was also a brillant artist. Please contact me and I will try to share some of his drawing & paintings with you for your book.

Beverly Hamilton

9:06 AM  
Blogger Lisa Dobbs said...

Donnie was a loving son to his mother and a wonderful brother. I always enjoyed listening to him and his friends jam. Even though they played mostly on volume level 10 it always sounded good. Donnie was blessed with wonderful friends and a very loving family. He will be missed. It is very unfortuntate that his life was cut short, he still had a lot of things he wanted to accomplish. I will miss him very much. "I love you Donnie"

Lisa Mooney Dobbs

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've setup a website with some of Don's music avaiable for listening and or download.

Don was my 1st cousin. He taught me everything I know about guitar. I miss him terribly.

Robby McCormick

12:40 PM  
Blogger Chip Staley said...

When I was new in Nashville, it was Mooney and Mike McCabe who championed my cause and who led to my playing drums with both Martha Carson and Reggae/Ska band Freedom Of Expression, the latter of which changed the course of my life forever. Without him I would have never had the opportunities I still benefit from today. Mooney could sure play, his tone was equally as good, and we had some great moments together on-stage, but it's the rest that's really had an impact on me.

Chip Staley

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Bones Lamar said...

This is about 6 years late and just found out about you. Mooney was a great picker and awesome guy! Bones Lamar, and I had the pleasure of playing with Don. R.I.P. ol pal.

1:05 AM  

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