Saturday, April 25, 2009

Cutter Brandenburg

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.


Unknown said...

Not true. If you google Cutter or go to texas flood mailing list, you will see info that he has been saying all day he is indeed alive and well. Someone's idea of a sick joke, apparently.


BBFLY1968 said...

My dad grew up with SRV in Oak cliff, Texas and I never knew of Cutter and the book until recently. My dad was a drummer for SRV and they were the band, "POINT BLANK" in the early years. I wonder if my dad was mentiuoned in this book of SRV, cause I have never seen a copy of it. Brenda Wilmore daughter of drummer, JOJO

Sir Robert of Temple said...

I only knew Cutter for the past 2 weeks but it was great to get to know him. He did indeed pass away yesterday. RIP, Cutter.