Close-up of faders on a mixing console, session for Future Music Magazine taken on April 23, 2009. (Photo by Jesse Wild/Future Music Magazine via Getty Images)
Photo: Future Music Magazine
Photo: Future Music Magazine

Country music mourning the passing of legendary Nashville producer Billy Joe Walker 

The country music community is mourning the passing of legendary producer, musician and songwriter Joe Walker Jr., who passed away earlier this week at the age of 64.

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According to CMT, Walker had been in poor health for some time. The native Texan was in Kerrville at the time of his passing in the early morning hours of July 25..

As a producer, Walker worked on projects for artists from the early 2000s, including Travis Tritt, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bryan White, Pam Tillis and the late Mindy McCready.

His songwriting earned him cuts with popular stars like Trisha Yearwood, Jerrod Niemann, Tanya Tucker and Billy Currington.

He was also a gifted guitar picker who played with some of country’s icons, including Randy Travis, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard and Crystal Gayle.

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A devastated Travis Tritt shared his heartbreak on social media.

Bryan White, who credits Billy Joe with helping launch his career, also expressed his grief on Twitter.

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