News spread today to shocked friends and fans that local musician Amy Farris had died over the weekend. As a member of Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women, Farris played the fiddle, viola and sang harmony vocals. An Austin, Texas native, Farris moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to record a solo album produced by Dave Alvin. She also played backup for a number of musicians including Exene Cervenka, Stan Ridgway, Brian Wilson, Peter Case and Ray Price.
According to newspaper Austin 360, Farris was found dead in her Los Angeles home. Suicide is suspected, but the cause of death is still being investigated. Farris was 40 years old.
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