Carroll DesChamps "Champ" Hood
Carroll DesChamps "Champ" Hood, the vastly
talented player, singer and
songwriter, who created countless moments of musical magic in a 30-year career,
died November 3, 2001, at home, in Austin, Texas. He was 49.
Recently best known as a fixture of Austin's
vocal star Toni Price's band, Champ
had also played guitar and fiddle with nationally known artists including Lyle Lovett,
Kelly Willis, Willis Alan Ramsey, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many
Hood came to Austin from Nashville in 1973
as a member of the renowned
Uncle Walt's Band. The fondly remembered acoustic trio also included Walter
Hyatt and David Ball.
Austin remained Champ's musical base and
his link to the inventive,
farreaching Uncle Walt's Band remained at the heart of his music.
Champ will long be remembered for his striking
good looks, wry humor and
generosity of spirit. He appeared at countless benefit shows lending his talent to
all manner of performers, great and small. Hood's three-octave vocal range and
mastery of varied instrumental styles made him an ideal backing musician, and
earned him membership in the Texas Music Hall of Fame, and a five-time recipient
of the Best String Player Award in Austin. He became a Texas icon at the Waterloo
Ice House and Threadgills, where he played for many years. Champ's highest
national profile may have come during his 1990's appearances with Lyle Lovett,
whom he accompanied on recordings and on tours of the United States and
Champ is survived by his son, Warren, an
increasingly well-known Austin
musician; by a brother, Robin, of Spartanburg, South Carolina; and two nephews.
In addition Champ is survived by his devoted Austin family.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00
p.m. on Sunday, November 11th at the First
Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave, Austin, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
MusiCares Foundation, 7447 Bee
Caves Rd., Ste. 208, Austin, TX 78746.
Statesman Michael Cochoran 11-15-01
CHAMP'S MUSICAL SENDOFF
The memorial service for Champ Hood Sunday drew more than 700 to a
Unitarian church that holds about 300, but speakers were set outside so everyone
could hear such musical guests as Lyle Lovett, David Ball, Marcia Ball and
Champ's son Warren sing songs from Uncle Walt's Band. After the services, the
crowd, including Walter Hyatt's widow, Heidi, descended on Threadgill's north
location for a set by Champ's old Texas Troubadours, then it was off to another
party at the house in Oak Hill where Hood passed away Nov. 3. This movable fete
ended up at Momo's Sunday night, where the likes of Rich Brotherton, Sarah
Elizabeth Campbell and David Holt joined Warren's South Austin Jug Band. A
fitting send-off for a man who breathed music until the very end.