February 21, 2008

R.I.P. The Original Snakeboy

The Original Snakeboy, blues guitarist extraordinaire, has left this world for the next.

Founding member of the Asylum Street Spankers, The Original Snakeboy (aka Bill Thompson) was an exceptional performer who brought his New Orleans' roots to Portland, via Austin, Texas, and numerous wanderings in between.

His passing came as a surprise to many as news quickly made its way around the globe via the various online communities of blues fans and aficionados.

Sadly, like too many before him, The Original Snakeboy's passing was at his own hands, and friends who knew him are positively devastated.

Fellow Asylum Street Spanker Guy Forsyth offers his remembrance on his blog.

Perhaps the best memories can be found in the music he shared with everyone who would listen:

No comments: