Tributes came pouring in yesterday for Anne Tkach, a beloved bassist and vocalist who perished in an early-morning fire yesterday in Webster Groves.
Tkach, 48, was perhaps best known for her work with Nadine, but she also played with Rough Shop, Ransom Note, Magic City and numerous other bands. It's clear from the remembrances posted to her personal Facebook page and to various music blogs and publications that she was far more than a talented performer: She was a kind person, a good friend and a "mama bear" to the musicians she played with.
Here are excerpts from some of the online remembrances. Want to add yours? Post in the comments below.
At St. Louis Magazine, Thomas Crone writes about knowing Tkach since their days at Webster Groves High School:
Her versatility as a player was remarkable; that was clear from a single listen to her onstage or from scanning the diverse nature of acts that wanted her membership. Remarkable, too, was her ability to make people feel at ease within the scene. (Any scene, really.)
This is so heartbreaking. You always hear about the person who was so alive, was one-of-a-kind, the mold must've been broken etc... Well, Anne Tkach was that person. More so than most for damn sure. Truly singular.
On Tkach's Facebook page, Steve Rauner of Nadine recalls talking her into moving back to St. Louis and joining the band:
She went on to teach us what it meant to be in a band, take care of each other, live life on the road, and travel in foreign countries. She was our rock-and-roll mama bear. We had already put out a couple of records, but in my opinion Nadine did not become a band until Anne joined us. My heart is heavy that I only got to tell her how excited I was to play with her again over text and email. Thanks for teaching me what it means to be a real musician Anne. I love you and I am heartbroken.
In a personal blog, David Menconi recalls:
In 1997 ... [Tkach's band ] Hazeldine was on the No Depression concert tour alongside Whiskeytown and Old 97s -- during which Ryan Adams concocted a for-the-papers "feud" between those two bands (more on that in chapter 7 of "Losering"). I asked Anne about it some years later and she just smiled, laughed and gave a bit of an eye-roll as she shrugged, which was probably the only sensible response. I remember her as someone who was always right in the pocket onstage, and who never had anything but kind words for everyone off of it.
She'll be missed -- that's probably the understatement of the year. I still can't believe it.
On Twitter, journalist Chris King wrote, "St. Louis music scene has lost one of the best among us. Mourning at Ryder's tonight."
We'll update this post as public remembrances and tributes continue to come in.