Country Artists We’ve Lost in 2013: Braxton Schuffert of the Drifting Cowboys
Braxton Schuffert was not only a member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys band, he helped discover the future country legend. The Williams house was a stop on his delivery route in 1938, and that's when Schuffert heard the then 15-year-old Hiram Williams sing. "It was a man’s voice in a boy’s body. Hank was only 15 at the time, but he could sure sing. Even then I knew he had a one-of-a-kind voice.”
From there the two began working and playing together, and before long, Williams was a star with Schuffert by his side. While he would go on to record his own records after Williams' death, he is best known as an original Drifting Cowboy, actively singing and appearing at the hank Williams Museum until Feb. 2013. He died at the age of 97 on April 26 after an extended illness.