They are the unsung heroes of the road. They are the ones that keep the guitars in tune and in shape, the amps right and ready and the pedals plugged in. They are the guitar techs, and without them, the show won’t go on.

On August 27th, one of best in the business, Brian Farmer, passed away in his sleep at the age of 52. Farmer had worked with such luminaries as Johnny Cash and Warren Haynes.

“He was a close friend, a devoted worker and a lover of life,” Haynes said in an online statement.

Farmer was well known by Warren Haynes fans who created a Facebook page for the tech. He was well regarded not only for his dedication to his craft, but for his sense of humor and regard to for the audience.

“People like Brian Farmer are the backbone of all live music,” Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi posted online. “Without the hard work of folks like Farmer we’d be lost.”

Farmer also designed gear, including a distortion pedal he built for guitarist J.D. Simo called the Simo Supa Fuzz.

“The comic relief he provided everybody was huge, but the main thing is that he was very loving and very supportive,” said Paul Reed Smith of PRS Guitars. “He was the glue between a lot of musicians and a lot of bands: He was a connection between Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers, The Dead, Gov’t Mule, Derek Trucks and a bunch of others. Farmer was a giver, and he brought people together.”

Our thoughts go out to Brian and his family. In his memory, donations may be made to MusiCares or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.