Ean Evans left his mark in southern rock history with two bands: The Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose member Ean was at the time of his death. Diversified bass player, Evan’s technique was influenced by not only Leon Wilkeson, but many musical styles from metal to blues.
Ean spend his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia, got his first guitar at age of 16 and was soon playing with his first band, “Five Miles High”. In 1980’s Ean performed with his own group “Cupid’s Arrow” before The Outlaws front-man Hughie Thomasson hired him to play bass in his band in 1987.
In 1995 Hughie was asked to join Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Outlaws were put on hold. Ean moved to Mississippi and formed a new band, NOON, which managed to release one album before he was invited to join Lynyrd Skynyrd after the death of their original bass player Leon Wilkeson in 2001.
Besides playing with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ean had a side project called Evanscapps with 38 Special keyboardist Bobby Capps. Their only CD “Last Time” was released on a week following Ean’s death.
Death of Ean Evans
Ean was diagnosed with cancer in December 2008 and despite all efforts, it quickly deteriorated and he died at his home in New Hope, eastern Mississippi on May 6th 2009. Ean was 48 at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Eva and their two daughters Sydney and Andrea.