Austin guitarist Paul Skelton, the twangmaster of the Telecaster in the Cornell Hurd Band for 22 years, died Sunday morning of lung cancer. He was 55.
Besides backing such artists as Wayne "the Train" Hancock, Ted Roddy, Libbi Bosworth and many more, Skelton worked for Collings Guitars, an internationally recognized custom guitar shop, for 13 years.
Skelton lived in New York City in the 1980s, working in quality control for ESP Guitars and later assembling and repairing guitars for Matt Umanov's shop in Greenwich Village.
Skelton and his wife, Annie, moved to Austin in the early '90s to start a family and reunite with Hurd.
He is survived by his wife and their 16-year-old son, Jess.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Drive.