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Blues Legend Pinetop Perkins Dies In His Austin Home

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Pinetop Perkins, born Joe Willie Perkins, died in his Austin home today, according to AP reports.

From the Associated Press:

Grammy-winner Pinetop Perkins, one of the last old-school bluesmen, has died at his home in Austin,Texas. His manager said woke up with chest pains and died of cardiac arrest at the age of 97.  Perkins was a fixture of Austin blues clubs, playing regular gigs up to last month. He played the piano with an aggressive style and sand with a distinctive gravelly voice.

Pinetop Perkins performed live at KUT's studio 1A in 2007.  You can listen to that interview and performance here.