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Mike Chapman, Garth Brooks’ Longtime Bassist, Dies at 63

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The country music community is mourning the loss of bassist Mike Chapman, who passed away on June 13 at the age of 63.

Chapman was best known for being a part of the G Men, Garth Brooks’ band, and played bass on every single one of Brooks’ studio albums. He also worked as a session player in Nashville since the 1980s, and was featured on more than 30 No. 1 hits recorded by greats like George Jones, Keith Whitley, Brooks & Dunn, Vern Gosdin and many others.

According to No Treble, Chapman had been battling an aggressive form of cancer. Just a week before his death, Chapman was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville for his career accomplishments. His family asks that donations be made in his name to the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum or to Meals for Health & Healing, and sent to Williamson Memorial Gardens in Franklin, TN.

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Mike Chapman, Garth Brooks’ Longtime Bassist, Dies at 63