Country Stars Honor Late Songwriter busbee on One Year Anniversary of Passing

The producer made a huge mark on the country music landscape.

Written by Grace Lenehan Vaughn
Country Stars Honor Late Songwriter busbee on One Year Anniversary of Passing
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 18: busbee performs at Chart Toppers: Songwriters/Producers In-The-Round Featuring Busbee, Dave Bassett, Warren "Oak" Felder, And Teddy Geiger at The GRAMMY Museum on October 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for The Recording Academy )

Country stars are honoring busbee, the celebrated Nashville songwriter and producer, on the one year anniversary of his death. Artists sharing tributes to him include frequent collaborator, Carly Pearce, who posted the last interview the two of them did together. The interview finds busbee talking about the history of country music while a recording of Pearce singing Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” plays in the background.

“Today marks 1 year without you here,” Pearce wrote alongside the video on Instagram. “This was the last interview we ever did together last year. I love hearing what you say, because little did you know— you would become one of those amazing parts of history. We miss you, we love you & hope you’re finding all the amazing parts of heaven to show us all one day.”

Lady A’s Hillary Scott also took to social media to remember busbee. She posted a photo of Lady A performing onstage while busbee accompanied them on piano. She also shared some memories of the late songwriter in the caption.

“Missing you today, my friend @busbee,” wrote Scott. “I’m celebrating your life by blaring and singing along to the music you created—I’m also going to voice text every message I send today. You were the KING of voice texts. That is one of my favorite memories of you and our friendship…they were about our families, happy birthdays, Merry Christmases, songs and mix notes. Sometimes they were out of the blue ‘I’m thinking of you and want to encourage you!’ and I cherish every one!”

News about busbee’s passing broke on September 29, 2019. The songwriter died after a battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. In addition to Pearce and Lady A, busbee worked with Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, and many more.