The Steel Woods co-founder and guitarist nicknamed Rowdy died at the age of 42. The band fronted by Wes Bayliss confirmed the news with a social media post Saturday (January 16). The cause of death has not been officially released. Cope was a regular touring member of Jamey Johnson's backing band and also worked as an in-demand session guitar player for artists like Brent Cobb, Lindi Ortega, and the Secret Sisters.
A friend of Cope went to his home on Erin Lane in Nashville Saturday morning to check on him, and found him dead. He called 911, and there was no sign of foul play. An autopsy has been ordered, but the results could take up to eight weeks to complete.
The country music scene is mourning the loss of guitarist and songwriter Jason "Rowdy" Cope, who was discovered unresponsive in his Nashville home Saturday. The band he formed, The Steel Woods, had just finished recording their third album and was about to hit the road for a tour. Cope was originally from Eastern Kentucky, and his family is seeking donations to help with funeral expenses. The fund has already exceeded $10,000 in two days, and the family is grateful for everyone's support.