Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Carey Bell

I got this message today from Steve Jacobs, who is himself a great blues guitar player and a friend since high school.

Steve writes:

"For those that may not know. Carey Bell died in
Chicago Sun May 6th. He had complications from Diabetes. It was a
privilege to spend 15 years with him as guitarist / road manager &
friend. He was
one of the last of the post war blues Harmonica greats.
A true Bluesman, he will be missed especially by those that knew his
encouragement, humor & intelligence. Steve."

I saw Carey and Steve play together not that long ago. It was in a small club in Plymouth MA. Not much of a turnout, but a great show, and I got to meet Carey, who was a great and friendly guy. Carey Bell is the recipient of the Handy Award which is the pinnacle of blues recognition.

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