Jeremy Tepper, a prominent figure in the Americana and alt-country movement and the program director of SiriusXM’s “Outlaw Country” channel, passed away at the age of 60 due to a heart attack. His wife, Laura Cantrell, confirmed the news on social media. Many in the music industry paid tribute to him, including Steven Van Zandt, who praised Tepper’s exceptional work in running the Outlaw Country station.

Tepper, originally from New York State, had a deep-rooted passion for music. He was not only a musician but also a co-founder of the Diesel Only record label and a respected journalist and editor for music publications. His extensive contributions to the industry include organizing the annual Outlaw Country Cruise and serving as the format manager for SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel, where he showcased a diverse range of country music from legends to emerging artists.

“Outlaw Country,” a platform created by Tepper to showcase his band’s music, gained significant recognition with the release of the “Big Rig Deluxe” compilation in 1996. The label, initially focused on “trucker music,” featured works by renowned artists like Marty Stuart, Buck Owens, and Steve Earle. Tepper’s dedication to promoting alternative country music led him to be regarded as a vital figure in the alt-country underground scene.

Throughout his career, Tepper collaborated with various artists and played a crucial role in shaping the landscape of Americana and alt-country music. His legacy lives on through the music he championed and the impact he had on the industry. Tepper’s passing marks a significant loss in the music community, leaving behind his wife Laura Cantrell and their daughter Bella.

The music world mourns the loss of Jeremy Tepper, a visionary leader and passionate advocate for Americana and alt-country music. His contributions to the industry have left an indelible mark, and his memory will continue to inspire generations of musicians and fans alike. May his soul rest in peace, and may his music live on forever.