A tragic day for Nashville music: Ben Todd, founder of Nashville’s Dead, has died at age 24

February 13, 2013

Ben and one of his best friends Bekah Cope at SXSW 2010.

It is a tragic, horrible day for the Nashville rock scene. Ben Todd, founder of Nashville’s Dead, bassist of D. Watusi, and main force behind the Freakin’ Weekend has died at age 24. Read more about it at the Nashville Cream, as they are far more talented writers than I.

I’ll just say a few words from my own experience with Ben. He was one of hundreds of acquaintances I know primarily through shows. I would always see him and briefly say “hey man how’s it going?” and unfortunately that was pretty much the extent of our interactions. But just through those interactions I could tell how passionate he was about the Nashville rock scene. That passion was very evident in his creation and the content of Nashville’s Dead. He was also the driving force behind the Freakin’ Weekend. Since we’re only about a month out from the 4th installment of the annual festival, I wonder how it will proceed. I’ve no doubt that it will, though, in his honor.

I just can’t help but think it ironic that his whole mantra seemed to be centered around eternal positivity, kindness, and keeping a youthful outlook on life. His blogging moniker was Forever Young, and Forever Young he shall remain. My condolences and deepest sympathy go out to his friends and family. Actually, I’ll just say family. Because Ben was the kind of person to whom friends ARE family. Rest in peace.

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4 Responses to “A tragic day for Nashville music: Ben Todd, founder of Nashville’s Dead, has died at age 24”

  1. Alexandra Erkkila Says:

    Hi. I am a reporter for MTSU channel 10 in Murfreesboro. I am wanting to do a story about Ben Todd. Who he was, what he meant to to Nashville etc. Could you give me perhaps a short interview about him? I can come to you anytime anyplace this weekend 🙂


  2. Alexandra,
    My apologies for not getting back to you sooner! I would love to do this if you still need me to. I’ve been moving this past weekend and haven’t had much time to check blog comments, etc…
    Please email me at stevecrossrock(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you for doing this and I hope I can still help you.

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