I've seen him a couple of times. First time was about 25 years ago. Was at the bar with my wife, and after his first set, he came over and sat down with us. Said I looked like a harmonica player. Had a great visit until his next set started, and then after the show as well. It was just kind of out of nowhere, but really likeable - and made me feel pretty cool.
We were friends for three decades. I'm shocked and saddened to hear that he passed away. Too soon. He was too young, and had lots of blues left in him.
I last saw him at the Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival in August of 2019. He had a great piano player and a tight, well rehearsed horn band, a generation younger than him but perfect for his music. Blues transcends generation gaps.
Here's a video of one of his songs from the festival:
He and the band were a highlight of the festival. After his set, he asked if I could get him a gig in Prince Rupert, where I live. I said yes. Covid hit, it didn't happen.
Harpdog, I wish you had lived long enough to come to our small town when we were finally done with Covid.