It's being reported that Louisiana Red (Iverson Minter) died today in a hospital in Germany. Word came in a newsletter from bluesman Bob Corritore in Phoenix, where Red lived for a year or so, working with Corritore.
Red was one of the last of the traditional blues artists, got his first guitar as a youngster in Pittsburgh, and moved around the country and the world, and most recently lived in Germany.
Here's part of Corritore's tribute:
It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of one of the greatest and most beloved traditional blues artists. Louisiana Red died this afternoon at a hospital in Germany (Note Europe is 9 hours ahead) after a few days in a coma brought on by thyroid imbalance. He was 79. Louisiana Red was a powerful downhome blues artist who could channel his teachers (among them Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Robert Nighthawk, Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker) into his own heartfelt musical conversation, delivered with such moving passion and honesty that it would leave his audiences indelibly touched. He was fine singer with a distinctive voice, and an amazing guitarist who could play all of the traditional blues styles and excelled as one of the world's greatest slide guitarists. He could create moods and textures, both musically and spiritually, and had the ability of falling so deep into his own songs that he would go to tears, making his audience cry with him. That was the gift of this great artist.
Another blues great gone.
Here's a video with an excellent display of his guitar talents:
(My apologies. I misspelled his last name in an earlier version of this post.)