It is with deep regret that Super Tiny Records has to announce
the death of the legendary Trailer Star. This from the Writers
details are sketchy, but it appears that Trailer Star's
pick-up left the road on a deserted downland bend high above Newbury.
Police attending could not revive the dying folk country star.
The circumstances curiously echo those of his favourite painter
Jackson Pollock who died in a similar way 47 years before: suicide
Tributes from Trailer Star's chequered past trickled in, signaling
his pivotal position in the development of English Country Blues.
The artist Shaun Belcher, a close friend, said "It's how
he would have wanted it." Mr. Belcher inherits a vast archive
and the crumbling caravan where Trailer spent his final years.
"There's a hell of a lot in there" said an emotional
Mr. Belcher. "Letters. Old reel-to-reel tapes, songs, even
an autobiography he was working on. It'll take years to archive
it all, but I'll try." Not all the tributes were so fulsome.
A colleague at the pig farm from which Trailer Star was recently
fired, said: "Well 'e wun't quite the full ticket in my opinion
- an' he drank too much. Never did quite fit in round here, if
you take my meaning: we is god-fearing people here."
the mysterious "Floodplain Demos" circulated among collectors
during Trailer Star's life. Now, with unprecedented access to
his unpublished work, some of his finest colleagues have put together
this tribute collection to remember a star who burnt fitfully,
then went out.
(Video bio-pic, CD box-set and ceramic Trailer Star memorial china
caravan available soon.)
trailer courtesy The Teapottery ltd.