Courtney Granger Death – Cause of Death – Cajun and the country music realm mourn the sad death of Courtney Granger who died on Saturday 18th of September 2021. He passed away at the age of 39.
Courtney Granger had long suffered heavily from diabetes and fell especially ill in 2017 when he was hospitalized with encephalitis. Before he passed away, he was on a waiting list for a kidney donation.
Granger was born as Cajun music royalty, originally from Eunice, Louisiana. He grew in the midst of “music of Southern Louisiana”. He was the grandnephew of Balfa Brothers member Dewey Balfa, who was a beloved Cajun fiddler and winner of the National Heritage Fellowship.
Courtney Granger was the highly-revered and Grammy-nominated fiddle player, accordion player, and singer for the Southwest Louisiana Cajun and creole outfit, the Pine Leaf Boys.
Granger once said, “Some people learned to sing in the church, but I learned to sing in bars.” while his family will be making preparation to entertain in local venues throughout Louisiana, young Granger would be singing along with the old country records that would be playing on the jukebox. This helped him love country music at a very young age. This resulted in what some consider to be one of the best classic country tribute records in the last decade, in 2016’s Beneath Still Waters.
Beneath Still Waters was produced by Dirk Powell and featured recognizable names from the Cajun and roots community such as Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, vocalist Alice Gerrard, and Cajun fiddler Joel Savoy. Also, Songs written by Dallas Frazier, Max T. Barnes, Hank Cochran, Hazel Dickens, Cindy Walker, and Keith Whitley were all featured in the surprisingly straight ahead and impassioned country record from a Cajun singer.
A Go Fund Me has been set up to help with Granger’s final expenses that surpassed its asking price within hours, speaking to the love and respect Courtney Granger enjoyed throughout the Cajun music community.
“Our dear friend, Courtney, can finally rest in peace,” the Pine Leaf Boys said at his passing.