Pinetop Perkins: A Delta Blues Legend

The world has lost another musical legend this week. Delta blues pianist Pinetop Perkins died of a heart attack in Austin on March 21. In a career that spanned over 80 years, Pinetop played with everyone from John Lee Hooker to Muddy Waters to B. B. King to Eric Clapton. In 2005, he received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. His Pinetop Perkins Foundation provides “encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career.”

From the origin of our name to our spokesman, Chuck Leavell, to Sealevel engineer  Frank Phelps’ son’s band, Burning Nova, music has a huge role in life at Sealevel. We owe a huge debt to the men and women who gave it their all on stage and in the studio to bring us the soundtracks to our lives. Without musical pioneers like Pinetop Perkins, our world wouldn’t be the same. In memory of Pinetop Perkin’s incredible life, I leave you with a look inside Pinetop’s world (VIDEO).

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