Carl Dufrene in LA with Anders Osborne © Jim Brock 2013

Carl Dufrene, the bassist known for his work with North Mississippi Allstars and the Anders Osborne band, has reportedly passed away. The news came today via the Dickinson brothers.

Cody Dickinson wrote “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our brother and dear friend, Carl Dufrene. Lord, please look after his family during this difficult time. God bless and God speed, brother Carl.

Luther Dickinson also confirmed the news and and called for friends to “play some funky music for Brother Carl Dufrene on this sad day.”

Carl was a wonderful friend, family man and musician. Carl would selflessly do anything to keep the mood upbeat, the music funky, and full of fellowship and positive vibes and inspiration. Carl was a great improvisational partner, fearlessly heading down uncharted spontaneous compositions while never losing the groove. We were honored to make music with Carl for years. He always elevated the music. Carl was a national treasure, a true ambassador of Louisiana musicality and hospitality. The Bayou Buddha will be missed by friends the world over but live on in the music and in our hearts.

Anders Osborne posted a touching tribute on his Facebook page this evening.

My sweet boy Carl, my dear sensitive brother and soul pardna!! This is not what I wanna do right now…We were…

Posted by Anders Osborne on Monday, August 17, 2020

Our thoughts are with his friends, family and fans today. 💔