Jim Reeves was an American country and pop music singer-songwriter.
With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the ‘Nashville sound’. Whilst out during a storm I found a copy of his album Gentleman Jim (1963) laying in a puddle with a dark feather lying over one eye.
On July 31, 1964, Reeves and his business partner and manager Dean Manuel left Arkansas, on route to Nashville in a single-engine aircraft, with Reeves at the controls. While flying over Tennessee, they encountered a violent thunderstorm resulting in a crash and their deaths.
Musical tributes to Reeves were later composed by various artists around the world. Leftover dried oil paint built around the found album cover were used to make mine, and permanently attaching the feather.