Legendary bluesman Pinetop Perkins passed away yesterday at his home in Austin, TX. He was 97 years old.
A highly influential piano man, Perkins played with luminaries like Earl Hooker and Sam Philips before spending more than a decade playing with Muddy Waters. In 1980, he left to form The Legendary Blues Band with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. Perkins also released several highly regarded solo albums, including 1988’s After Hours, and 1998’s Sweet Black Angel. In 2005, Perkins received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.