Atlanta-based Southern Living At Its Finest studio owner,musician/producer/composer/arranger and Emmy Award-winner Ricky Kellerdied from a heart attack on Saturday, June 21. His projects includedstring charts for Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising, Train,Outkast, Papa Roach, Stone Temple Pilots and The Thorns.
Musician Bill Hatcher recalled, “Southern Living was groundzero for grass roots recording in Atlanta. Everybody passed through ontheir way to other things.” Among those in transit was producerBrendan O’Brien: “I cut my teeth at Ricky’s. Because he let ushave a little more time, we had a chance to make independent records[for DB Recs] economically. We had a long, personalrelationship.”