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October 30, 2005

Canadian Blues Band The Twisters in Tragic Auto Accident

Written by
cindy mcleod

A tragedy just happened to us. On our way to Prince George Sat. morning at 8:00 am in Hope, a semi truck slid over on its side going too fast down the hill opposite from us, ploughed head-on into JT’s pick up, killing him instantly and severely injuring our drummer Matt. They in turn ploughed into our car which was right behind them, but Brandon and I were thankfully spared ( I have a broken finger). Our car caught on fire, and I’m not sure how much equipment can be salvaged, but that’s the least of our worries. Anyway if you can somehow get this out that our dear friend and hard-working fellow Twister who was the best upright blues bassist in Canada has passed on. He will be sorely missed. He leaves behind a loving wife and 1 yr. old daughter, parents, siblings and countless friends and musicians who love him dearly. Rest in Peace, James Taylor. Our drummer Matt Pease is not in the clear yet. He remains in hospital with internal injuries. He severed an artery to his kidney and it may have to be removed, he is being held for observation. We are in shock and have not quite processed this, or have yet grieved properly. In any case please spread the word, and any help would be appreciated, financial and moral support. The Twisters will be cancelling our dates indefinitely until we have recuperated and until we can come up with a good upright bass replacement. Nobody however will be able to fill James’ big boots!

Thanks for your help and support.

Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl

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