UPDATED: RIP Scott Daniels: Horseshoe, Carolyn Wonderland Guitarist Dies Suddenly

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Scott Daniels, right, with Horseshoe's Ken Jones
UPDATED (Monday, 10 a.m.): Corrects Daniels' moving to Austin, and adds information on the burial service and memorial.

UPDATE 2: Comments from Daniels' girlfriend, Candyce Prince have been added.

Scott Daniels, longtime Houstonian and guitarist for Carolyn Wonderland and Horseshoe, has passed. Like many rock and rollers, Daniels had long suffered with the demons of addiction and alcohol.

According to longtime friend and Horseshoe drummer/producer Eddie Hawkins, Daniels passed away around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, and was actually scheduled to check into rehab Monday for three weeks. Daniels was 43.

However, Daniels' girlfriend Candyce Prince says the guitarist had been seeking treatment in a local outpatient program for the past three to four weeks and, despite what Hawkins told us, was not headed to any inpatient facility. She discovered Daniels' body about 12:45 a.m. Sunday, she added.

"I miss him," she told Rocks Off Monday afternoon. "I love him. He had an immense talent. He was getting back on his feet -- everybody was getting a happy vibe from him."

Daniels had recently played with Wonderland, Opie Hendrix, and a few other musicians he knew well, Prince said.

"My phone began lighting up around 3 a.m.," says Hawkins. "I finally got hold of Greg [Wood, Horseshoe lead singer] around 7. We're all devastated. I've never heard Greg this shook up before. It's really upsetting given the fact that we just did a gig without Scott because he just couldn't keep it together."

Daniels had been a regular on the scene since the early '90s and was mainly known for his work with Houston alt-country pioneers Horseshoe, serving as their guitarist from 1995-2000, when the band broke up due to singer Greg Wood's health issues. Early in the band's career, former Houston Chronicle music critic Rick Mitchell called them Houston's first band in the vein of what was being called alternative country or No Depression.

The band played South By Southwest in 1997 and no less a light than Billy Joe Shaver proclaimed their show was "some of the best damned music I've ever heard."

The band actually put together a successful California tour in 1997, but as Rocks Off noted in a October 18, 2011 blog, due to mainly drug/lifestyle issues it would take the band five years to release Movin' the Goods, a follow-up album to King of the World. By then the momentum was gone and Wood was out of commission due to a heart attack.

Daniels then moved on to Austin and rising star Carolyn Wonderland's band, and filled that slot for a number of years before moving back to Houston. When Wonderland eventually moved to Austin after becoming a rising star in Houston, Daniels remained in her band but did not leave Houston.


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littlemrj
littlemrj

Any fans of Opie Hendrix will recall that the band had already suffered a loss of a friend & fellow band member, bassist Pat Sullivan in 2003. Scotty will be missed no less.


txmusiclover
txmusiclover

Please do not write things that are not  facts and like tiedyetexas says he has a young daughter respect her and his family they just lost a  love one let the family grieve in peace . I have known Scott for over 15 years He was a giving and Loving Man . Please do not disrespect Him this way .Until you know the truth keep quite.

tiedyetexas
tiedyetexas

The last song Scotty played for us was on Friday nite at Last Concert Cafe with Opie Hendrix. They ended the show with a  Dark Star  in which Scotty excelled (Contact me for review by Grateful Greg) and followed by Stranglehold. Please, y'all Scotty has a young daughter. Please don't write things you wouldn't want her to read 10 years from now. We hurt for ladies Scotty left behind as much we do for our own loss of this great performer.

tiedyetexas
tiedyetexas

The last song Scotty played for us was on Friday nite at Last Concert Cafe with Opie Hendrix. They ended the show with a  Dark Star  in which Scotty excelled (Contact me for review by Grateful Greg) and followed by Stranglehold. Please, y'all Scotty has a young daughter. Please don't write things you wouldn't want her to read 10 years from now. We hurt for ladies Scotty left behind as much we do for our own loss of this great performer.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning topcommenter

meaner than Uncle Tupelo, more soused than Whiskeytown. Rock on, Scott.

michaelg444
michaelg444

like so many everyday people...greatness is right down the street...these kinds of players never go too far...and become of heavens faithful....listen quietly and you will hear...some styles just never go out of style or out of reach.

jbdeblanc
jbdeblanc

Scotty D was a friend of many years, his skills were undeniable, as were his demons.  He will be missed on so many levels by his family and friends.  He leaves behind a beautiful daughter, a loving mother and brother, and countless friends.  Peace and Love brother, we will meet again.

donbr549
donbr549

Don't forget Mike Bly. This is the 3rd time Our Maker has called home a Texas Tallboy.

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