News is coming across the wires that respected music writer Chet Flippo, known for his many decades of work at publications ranging from Rolling Stone and Texas Monthly to Billboard and CMT.com – where his eminently sensible, straight-talking “Nashville Skyline” column has been a longtime attraction – has passed away at the age of 69.
Since his arrival at CMT in 2001 coincided with the beginning of my own absolute immersion into the world of country music, I count his column there as a formative influence. Although I never had any personal correspondence with Mr. Flippo, I never stopped reading his work and became aware early in the life of this site that he was out there in the audience, reading and sharing some of mine. Although I never quite thought my own piddling efforts deserving of his attention, I’m gratified to think that he might have occasionally found them to be so.
Rest in peace, Mr. Flippo. We could sure use more like you.
Some proper obituaries and remembrances: