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Comedian-songwriter Tim Wilson dead at 52


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Comedian-songwriter Tim Wilson dead at 52

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Feb 28, 2014

Comedian and country star Tim Wilson, who placed a pair of songs on the country charts during his career as a recording artist and songwriter, died Wednesday (Feb. 26) of a heart attack in his hometown of Columbus, Ga. He was 52. A funeral will be held Monday (March 3) in Columbus.

A regular on nationally-syndicated radio, Wilson paired redneck-themed comedy routines with country music for the country singles, "Garth Brooks Ruined My Life" and "The Ballad of John Rocker," which charted in 1993 and 2000, respectively.

A co-writer of Jeff Foxworthy's "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas," Wilson was also credited as a co-writer of Toby Keith's "High Maintenance Woman," a Top 3 hit in 2007, although he didn't write the song. At the time of its release, Toby explained that Wilson has cut an unreleased song with a similar theme, so because they were friends, Toby offered him a small share of the song's profits.

Today, Toby sent out a tweet which read, in part, Tthe country comedy world has a hole in it now."

Among the musicians who played on Wilson's recordings (released on the Georgia-based Southern Tracks label and later Capitol Nashville) were Keith Urban and the Band drummer Levon Helm. His most recent album, "Caffeine Wired, Nervous and Pale," was released in 2013. In all, he released more than a dozen albums during his lifetime.

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.