Buddy Cage (New Riders of the Purple Sage), rest in peace
Buddy Cage, who played pedal steel for the psychedelic country rock band New Riders of the Purple Sage, has died at age 73. According to Live Music News & Review, Cage had been in ill health and battling serious illness for some time. His bandmates shared the sad news on Facebook, writing "It's with great sadness we say good bye to Buddy Cage. I'd say Rest In Peace but I know he'll be rockin' wherever he goes! Hey Buddy see ya in the next life time."
Buddy joined the New Riders in 1971 as the replacement for their original pedal steel player, the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, and he became a longtime staple of the band, playing on classic records like Powerglide and The Adventures of Panama Red and several others. He left the band a few times over the years, but had been a consistent member again since their 2005 reunion. In addition to his many records with NRPS, Buddy played on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, David Bromberg’s Midnight on the Water, four albums with Anne Murray, and lots more. Rest in peace, Buddy.