Uncle Walt was Walter Hyatt, his band was Champ Hood and David Ball. The group became a legend on an Austin music scene already crowded with legends and the three members can certainly be considered to have similar status. Hyatt's death in the 1997 ValuJet plane crash in the Florida Everglades was kind of a grisly gilding of his already respected name. Death will do that to a musician, especially if the circumstances are shocking. Too bad good old Uncle Walt wasn't around to write a song about what happened; maybe he would have looked at it from the point of view of the alligators, like the Ted Hughes about the hawk.