Posted in music on December 16, 2009

Chris Feinstein w/ the Cardinals @ Wellmont Theatre (more by Tim Griffin)
Ryan Adams

Bassist Chris Feinstein has passed away. While details remain scant, it is believed he passed away at his Manhattan home in the early hours of Monday morning. He was 42.

Feinstein was most recently known for his role in Ryan Adams & The Cardinals which he joined in 2006, replacing original bassist Catherine Popper. As a member of the Cardinals, Feinstein appeared on Adams' releases Easy Tiger, Follow the Lights and Cardinology. It was Adams who dubbed Feinstein "Space Wolf."

Feinstein and longtime Adams' drummer Brad Pemberton had played in bands together since attending high school in Nashville. However, according to a blog of Adams' from August 2008, "Catherine introduced me to Space Wolf and that is the kind gal she is." [Jambands.com]

Chris joined the Cardinals in 2006, and recently he and the band have been backing up New Zealand singer Gin Wigmore (since Ryan Adams has been focusing on other things).

Fellow Cardinals have been posting tributes to Chris online - Neal Casal currently has a photo collection on his blog. There are other tributes up as well. Cardinal Brad Pemberton wrote on his Facebook: "This is the saddest day of my life. I lost my best friend today...things will never be quite the same."

A video dedicated to Chris and live clips are below...

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cobwebs on Letterman

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Fix It on Letterman

Natural Ghost (live debut) - Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Albany 9/25/08

In Memory Of Chris Feinstein - Heartache Weather

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Comments (41)

Had he been ill??

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 4:50 PM

stop this. too many

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 4:57 PM

RIP Space wolf.

Posted by anonymous2 | December 16, 2009 5:03 PM

damn.. RIP. saw the cardinals on the cardinology tour. my first time seeing them and i left a huge fan. this is really sad news.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 5:20 PM

fuck. this is terrible. RIP. why are so many musicians dying?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 5:20 PM

RIP Spacewolf. He was a great musician

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 5:34 PM

Oh man. RIP Spacewolf. I remember seeing him twice with the Cardinals. I remember him coming out to chit chat with us fans the night of the first Halloween show in 2007. Nice guy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 5:38 PM

His band iodine was the best band of the 90's - changed my life!

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 5:39 PM

He was such a great guy such a gentleman. I am shocked.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 5:49 PM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 5:51 PM

What the F happened? Any deets out there?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 8:27 PM

RIP, very sad, but ..how? Why? c'mon.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2009 8:41 PM

damn, it's like a plague or something.

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Posted by sexy-cutie | December 16, 2009 9:47 PM

goodnight, Spacewolf

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2009 12:44 AM

i was so fascinated when i saw them perform live.
it is my first time to see them and i felt like a am now a huge fan of them.
they are so amazing and they play very graceful...

Posted by itunes gift cards | December 17, 2009 1:23 AM

damn, it's like a plague or something.
What the F happened? Any deets out there?

Posted by terracotta army | December 17, 2009 2:13 AM

Thanks for all the support guys.

We've put up a paypal donation fund to help his mom pay for the funeral costs at feinstein.memorial@gmail.com. There is also a Facebook memorial group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&gid=233667772672

He will be missed.

Posted by Benn | December 17, 2009 2:17 AM

So sad, he was a great man.

Posted by Convert FLV to MP3 | December 17, 2009 9:02 AM

maybe this will drive ryan to have a whiskeytown reunion

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2009 9:23 AM

very sad indeed. RIP Spacewolf

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2009 9:52 AM

fuck 2009.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2009 10:56 AM

Did he OD or what is Suicide? Sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2009 11:02 AM

hom many vicodin did he take?

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2009 12:03 PM

h1n1

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2009 1:32 PM

i heard he fell out of the back of a truck his fiancee was drivin

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2009 4:40 PM

Must of been suicide. Too bad.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2009 10:25 PM

Oh man. RIP Spacewolf. I remember seeing him twice with the Cardinals.

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Posted by Satellite TV on PC | April 1, 2010 9:47 AM

Most likely because of the drugs, rest in peace, my friend.

Posted by Corregir la eyaculación precoz | June 3, 2010 8:57 PM

methadone.alcohol.NYC and the bar lifestyle.someone who was sober before and fell off the wagon.wish he could have gotten the help he needed.

Posted by encouragie | July 25, 2010 1:37 AM

t is my first time to see them and i felt like a am now a huge fan of them.
they are so amazing and they play very graceful...

Posted by san jose allergist | July 28, 2010 1:23 PM

This is so sad... Rest in peace..

Posted by G Headshot | September 20, 2010 4:48 AM

Agree.. Drugs are the road to all evil. Stay away drugs! :(

Posted by The Bro Code | September 20, 2010 4:50 AM

Bassist Chris Feinstein has passed away. While details remain scant, it is believed he passed away at his Manhattan home in the early hours of Monday morning. He was 42.

Man - too young

Posted by Minnesota DWI Lawyer | April 5, 2011 4:20 PM

Spacewolf did not pass away from an overdose or suicide. Fact.

Posted by emily | November 1, 2011 3:38 PM

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