|Ryan "Troop" Jones|
Jones' first foray into country music was with artists like Wade Hayes, Brian Comas and Jeff Carson. He joined the LoCash Cowboys in the world-renowned Tootsies Orchid Lounge before he joined the band in 2006 as their full-time fiddle player. Jones was also proficient on guitar and mandolin. He was hospitalized just after the Fourth of July for a life-threatening ulcer before getting pneumonia. It would eventually take his life.
The band had this as an announcement: "Today is a sad day in the Locash World. We lost Ryan “Troop” Jones…our Brother & our Best Friend. Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family. TROOP WILL LIVE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. -Locash"
Kent was a seasoned veteran of the stage and studio. He performed or recorded with a variety of country, rock, jazz and Christian music acts, including Lorrie Morgan, Toni Braxton, Larry Carlton, Billy Preston, Steve Winwood and Stevie Wonder, to name just a few. He was known for his enormous smile and upbeat personality.