George Strait’s Musical Family Mourns The Loss Of Another Member

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The string of tragedies for George Strait’s musical family and crew in 2024 continues as George Strait’s longtime drummer and tour manager, Tom Foote, has passed away.

Tom Foote’s passing tragically follows the deaths of George Strait’s business manager, Erv Woolsey, and the longtime fiddle and mandolin player for the Ace in the Hole Band, Gene Elders, both on March 20th.

The loss of these key figures within George Strait’s musical family has deeply impacted both the band and the wider music community.

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Foote’s health took a turn during a rehearsal on Monday, leading to his untimely passing. As of now, no cause of death has been disclosed.

George Strait released a heartbreaking statement about the death of Tom Foote, expressing his sorrow and stating that the band would never be the same without Tom.

“We lost another one of our good friends and a huge part of our musical journey yesterday. Tom Foote, our one-time drummer and long-time road manager for around 48 years, suddenly passed away at his home after our rehearsal…2024 is taking its toll on the Ace in the Hole group. We’re all heartbroken to say the least. Rest in peace brother Tom. You will be hugely missed. I’ll see you down the road amigo.”


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Tom Foote was an integral part of George Strait’s career, having played a crucial role in the band as both a drummer and eventually as their road manager. His contributions extended beyond his skill as a musician, as he was also known for being a solid friend to everyone he worked with.

Tom Foote once expressed, “I was never the greatest drummer in the world. I could play a good Texas shuffle and a good Bob Wills tune, but I’d always done the business and the booking. I always enjoyed the business end, so it’s worked out.”

George Strait with Clint Black, Tom Foote, and Michael Martin Murphey. Photo: Caitlyn Bunton / Pinterest

The impact of Tom Foote’s passing extends beyond the band and its members. His loss is felt by the entire country music community, and his memory will undoubtedly live on in the hearts of those who knew him.

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