I have been in constant contact with Mr. Patrick Bowman’s mother, on a very personal level. She wants to express her love and gratitude to all of us in the music community for remembering Mr. Patrick AKA Tillford Sellers. I ran into him many times on my road travels through the years, and we always had a lot of fun enjoying each other’s work within the music community.

I wrote a nice memorial about him when he was killed in an automobile accident in Indiana. I also recently released some information HERE for the upcoming album that is being released by his loved ones. This project was one that was being worked on right at the time of his death, and his former band members rallied together to make this happen.

Sentencing for the man that killed him and injured his fiancee has been scheduled for July 12th, and as I learn of the outcome I will publish a follow up article on here.


Tilford Sellers Tribute – Record Release Dates and Locations!

Thursday, July 18, 2019 – Columbus Bar, 322 Fourth Street, Columbus, Indiana

Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Duke’s Indy,
2352 S. West Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

Stay Tuned. Additional details will be coming very soon.

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Another Day With You by the late Tilford Sellers will soon be available on colored/black LP, CD and digital download. There will also be a CD of the demo versions of each song.

All proceeds from each sale will go to the Patrick Bowman Memorial Music Fund. Recipients of this award may use the money for tuition and/or music related expenses such as music lessons, equipment, travel, studio time, etc.

Many thanks to the Bowman family, Dave Becker, Kyle Battin, Eddy Price, Ryan Payton, Lisa & Steve Thompson, Thom Woodard, Justin Meier, Brad Wallace, Jerry Miller, Wes Eberhardt, Paul Mahern and everyone else who helped bring this beautiful album to fruition. 

UPDATE (May 16, 2019) — Ruel Pedigo was found guilty of reckless homicide, causing death while operating a motor vehicle with a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance and causing serious injuring while operating a motor vehicle with a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance. Sentencing is scheduled for July 12.

COLUMBUS, Ind – The tow truck driver accused of causing the crash that killed an up-and-coming musician now faces felony charges in Bartholomew County.

Ruel Pedigo, 49, is now charged with Reckless Homicide and Causing Death While Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Blood, and Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Blood.

The charges followed a nearly four-month investigation that found Pedigo had Methamphetamine in his system when the tow truck he was driving ran into several vehicles at a stoplight on State Road 46 in late January.  The crash killed 36-year old Patrick Bowman and seriously injured Bowman’s fiancee, Sarah Fliehman.

“Columbus Police, with the help of State Police went through airbag diagnostics, downloaded information from vehicles that were involved in the crash,” said Columbus Police Lt. Matt Harris.  “They also looked at nearby security camera footage.”

Harris says the key evidence came from a blood draw from Pedigo shortly after the crash occurred.

“When we received the results back, it showed Mr Pedigo had methamphetamine in his system,” Harris said.

The charges against Pedigo follow nearly four months of waiting for the family of Patrick Bowman.

Patrick Bowman, aka Tilford Sellers, is remembered as a talented musician with a promising career in country music.

“Patrick was a loving fiancé, brother, son, and valued friend to many,” a family statement said.  “There are no words to describe the devastation we all feel.  Patrick’s death has left a horrible void in so many lives.”

Bowman is remembered as a talented singer-songwriter with a promising career in country music ahead of him.  Bowman performed under the stage name “Tilford Sellers” and recorded original country music with his band “Tilford Sellers & the Wagon Burners.”

“We believe Patrick would want to be remembered for his music,” the family statement said.  “Patrick was one of five nominees by the Ameripolitan Music Awards for the 2018 Honky Tonk Male Artist of the year.  His music career was looking brighter every day.”

Bowman’s family says he was in the process of recording an album at the time of his death.  That album is now set for release in late summer or early fall.  All proceeds from the album will go to a scholarship fund in his name, administered through the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County.

The fund is taking donations for the scholarship.  A link to that donation website can be found here.

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