Legendary Austin musician George Reiff was recently been diagnosed with stage four cancer that has spread to his brain, adrenal gland, liver, and right lung. Well-known musicians such as Ringo Starr, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Charlie Sexton, and others have all worked with Reiff throughout his career, making him the go-to bassist when you need music recorded.
Reiff picked up a bass at the age of 12 after watching Paul McCartney perform. After moving to Texas at the age of 16, he began his career as a touring musician. He’s been at it almost full time ever since, which explains why he’s so beloved and so well known.
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Once his cancer diagnosis became known, the Austin music community set up a GoFundMe to help with Reiff’s mounting medical expenses. So far more than $1,000,000 has been raised.
Medical updates are being provided by Reiff’s brother Michael. In the spirit of support and George’s love for music, a benefit concert will be held on Friday, August 5th at Strange Brew in South Austin. Many acts who are performing tonight have a connection to Reiff, including Miles Zuniga of Fastball, Nakia, The Mastersons, and Dustin Welch. The concert will start at 8pm and run for four hours. It is $20.00 to attend.
Watch the video below to see Reiff performing with Ian Moore.
Featured photo: George Reiff by Mark Abernathy, via Gallery Winter.
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