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Offline Chezztone

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RIP Eddie Cusic
« on: August 14, 2015, 12:17:46 AM »
I am very sorry to report that my old friend Eddie Cusic, a Delta bluesman many of you know from his residency at Port T and from his recordings, died Aug. 11 at home after a short illness. He was 89.
Cusic was an electric-blues bandleader in the 1950s in Greenville, Mississippi, and Little Milton was among his bandmates. Cusic pretty much dropped out of music for several decades, to raise a family and work a regular job at a quarry near his home in Leland. When he returned to music in the late 1980s it was as a solo acoustic bluesman, a role that he assumed with great aplomb. His last public appearance was at the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale in April.
Here is some biographical info on himhttp://www.arts.state.ms.us/folklife/artist.php?dirname=cusic_eddie and here is a recording
He had a great look to match his fierce music. I always thought Eddie would have been perfect for a Hollywood movie -- he was the essence of Delta bluesman. He also is the source from whom I learned the term "hohoppin'." Great character, great musician. They ain't making them like him anymore.

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Re: RIP Eddie Cusic
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2015, 04:10:39 PM »
Chezz, I'm sorry for your loss. I remember when, as the Hohoppas Jug Band, we played the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival and you introduced me to Eddie. I could tell by the way you two bantered with each other that there were some good times together in your past. Sad indeed, a great player and singer.

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Re: RIP Eddie Cusic
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2015, 11:45:24 AM »
I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Chezz.  It's hard to lose a friend.  Condolences to Eddie's family and friends.
All best,
Johnm

Offline jpeters609

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Re: RIP Eddie Cusic
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2015, 11:56:33 AM »
Eddie Cusic's "Gonna Cut You Loose" on the 1980 collection "Living Country Blues USA, Vol. 2: Blues on Highway 61," is a real highlight. Great performance. Really like the sound he got from the electric guitar and wish he had more songs recorded at that time.
Jeff

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