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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Texas Pete Mayes RIP

From Bob Corritore Blues Newsletter.

  • RIP Texas Pete Mayes – 3/21/1938-12/16/2008: Texas Blues guitar great Texas Pete Mayes passed away Tuesday after a long fight with heart troubles and diabetes that left him unable to play in his last years. He was 70. Mayes was born in the small Texas town of Double Bayou, where he took up guitar at an early age after being inspired by the music of T-Bone Walker and Lightnin' Hopkins. He moved to Houston in 1960, where he was based for the rest of his life. He performed in the bands of Junior Parker and Bill Doggett before fronting his own band, the Houserockers, which he kept going for over 40 years. Mayes made a handful of well-respected recordings that are definitive of Texas Blues guitar. His song “Lowdown Feelin'” was recently covered by the Mannish Boys, and is the title track of their latest CD. For more information of this great bluesman's life and passing, click here.

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