Saturday, April 25, 2009
Craig Lee Hopkins, keeper of the SRV fan club, sent this message on Saturday morning:
Robert "Cutter" Brandenburg passed away early this morning, reportedly of a heart attack while sleeping. RIP Mr. Cee.
Cutter was Stevie's rock when he was getting his act together, as well as his roadie and right-hand man. When times got tough, he lived in a storage locker with Stevie's gear. He ran a club in Killeen in the 1990s and early 2000s and was working on a variety of projects, but life was never the same post-Stevie.
When Bill Crawford and I were researching the book Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire, Cutter was the one who brought Stevie back to life in his tellings. He gladly shared his memories for which Bill and I will be forever indebted to him. More importantly, if Cutter hadn't been Cutter and taken care of Stevie and his Strat, no one would give a whit about Stevie Ray Vaughan today.
Godspeed, my friend.