Remembered for his Songs: Ohia music project, which he later renamed Magnolia Electric Co., this indie rock and alternative country singer and songwriter released over a dozen recordings with the band, including Impala (1998); Ghost Tropic (2000); and Fading Trails (2006).
After studying at Oberlin College, he worked as a Cleveland-based heavy metal bassist before releasing his debut Songs: Ohia single, "Nor Cease Thou Never Now," in 1996.
Also a solo artist, he recorded three albums between 2004 and 2012: Let Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go; Pyramid Electric Co.; and Autumn Bird Songs. Tragically, he died in his late thirties from organ failure brought on by severe alcoholism.
He was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio. At the time of his death, he was estranged from his wife Darcie Schoenman Molina.
His 2003 album Magnolia Electric Co. was audio engineered by guitarist and music producer Steve Albini.