The Blues Have Found Gary Fortine

VERY SAD to learn of the passing of blues musician/78 record collector/longtime friend Gary Fortine in Cincinnati this week …

He possessed a massive collection of pre-WW2 recordings (including several choice Irish/Irish-American rarities) and was a literal “walking encyclopedia” of knowledge concerning American Roots Music …

He played a great blues guitar and harmonica (once gigged with Big Walter Horton!) and was an outstanding human with an indomitable sense of humor …

Made a tune for him just now, “Gary Fortine” … a moderately slow Slow Air ā€“ works as a sort of pegleg strathspey, too.

* Gary Fortine ā€“ L.E. McCullough, piano

I’ve got rocks in my bed, and I just can’t lay down there no more, no more.
I’ve got rocks in my bed, and I just can’t lay down there no more, no more.
Old rockin’ chair’s got me, and the blues is knockin’ on my door.
ā€” Lonnie Johnson

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12th Generation American trying to convince this country to live up to its promise of liberty and justice for All.
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One Response to The Blues Have Found Gary Fortine

  1. Jonathan Polacheck says:

    It is a sad day

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