In Memory of Bryan Earle (1974-2005)
Bryan Douglas Earle was a native Texan who loved the music of his home state. Known as an incredibly open-hearted and kind person, he enjoyed nothing more than discovering great new musicians and sharing those discoveries with his friends. Although not a professional musician himself, he loved to play guitar in his spare time, and music was a constant companion to him throughout his life.
In the summer of 2004, Brian was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer called astrocytoma. He bravely fought for his life for 16 months while enduring painful surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, and music provided a great source of comfort during his many drives to doctor and therapy appointments. On these car rides he listened to a wide variety of music via compilation CDs curated by the Texas Music Project (including such seminal artists as Spoon, George Strait, and Los Lonely Boys), and it gave him a great deal of vitality and chispa during this difficult time.
After he died, Brian’s family wanted to honor his memory and impact on those around him in a way that would be beneficial to others, just as Brian would have wanted. They knew of the positive, culturally-important work done by the Texas Music Project, and they generously decided to establish the Bryan Earle Fund in order to support TMP’s on-going projects. Just as music was a tremendous force in Bryan’s life, his family hopes that their contributions will also help others find peace and comfort through music during their own difficult times.