A singer and their band almost always becomes a very close-knit group as they rehearse, tour, and share so much together both on stage and off stage.
Country superstar Toby Keith is sadly grieving the loss of his bassist of 25 years. In an article dated, Thursday, Feb. 28, Taste of Country reported that Carl “Chuck” Goff Jr., who was also Keith’s band, leader, friend, and co-writer on two of his songs, was killed in a car accident on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the age of 54.
The tragic accident occurred near Slaughterville, Okla, about 35 miles from Oklahoma City. One vehicle ended up on top of the other vehicle. The other driver was uninjured, and the accident remains under investigation.
Keith released a statement on his website expressing, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our band member, Chuck Goff. He was a close friend for over 25 years, the band leader and bass player. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”
Goff was Keith’s co-writer on his 1994 album “Boomtown,” helping pen the hits “Upstairs Downtown,” and “You Ain’t Much Fun.” Keith’s long-time bassist also had his own signature bass through Dean Guitars.
Music City joins in mourning the loss of a musical great, and a dear friend of one of Nashville’s beloved artists.