LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) -- The Little Rock band scene hit a somber note Friday as musicians and fans mourned the loss of Mason Mauldin. He died in a plane crash Thursday in Monroe, Louisiana.
THV 11 News heard a great sense of loss about Mason Mauldin, but there is also a lot of praise from the Little Rock music community. It's a tight-knit group here with Mauldin standing out as a "cool" front-man with a passion for both writing and performing.
"I knew Mason working with the label I run Max Recordings. I put out a couple of records by his band Sugar in the Raw," Burt Taggart said.
Taggart knew Mason Mauldin for about ten years, and over that time enjoyed a "front-man" both on and off stage.
"He was open and excited to be doing it and was up for the challenge of coordinating all these elements," Taggart said.
Mauldin was someone who truly cared about the process, and when it came time to sing, "He's not Mick Jagger or anything like that, but he's a cool guy. Cool guys in the crowd thought he was cool, you know what I mean," Taggart said.
Over the years, Mauldin and his bands performed at places like Stickyz in the River Market. It turns out he was actually supposed to take the stage there Thursday night as part of the Arkansas Times Showcase. That never happened after a fatal charter plane crash Thursday in Monroe, Louisiana; Mauldin was the pilot.
"Just a total shock that the music community has lost such a well-liked and vibrant young guy like him," said Jim Harris, a former entertainment editor for the Arkansas Times. "I really thought he kind of had it, a kind of magic about him, just the way he looked on stage, how he acted on stage, you couldn't really copy it."
Harris spent some time Friday listening to Mauldin's music and so did Taggart.
"It had been a while since I listened to those records but I'm real honored to be a part of it," Taggart said.
Mauldin was in the band Big Boots as well and most recently Colin Vs. Adam.
He was also a flight instructor for Central Flying Services in Little Rock and was with that company during Thursday's crash. The NTSB is still investigating went wrong but we do know the plane originated in Little Rock and was traveling from Beaumont, Texas to Monroe.
Another one of the plane crash victims was from Little Rock. He is Don Thompson, a Regional Sales Manager for Bumper to Bumper, the parent company of Replacement Parts, in Little Rock.