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TRIBUTE TO LOWERY Robert Lowery was his name. Blues was his game. He talked the talk and he walked the walk. A bluesman for life. Authentic and sincere. His gut-level guitar playing wrenched new life from traditional blues classics. He was an accomplished artist of the first degree. A blues artist. The guitar fingerboard was his palette. Six steel strings

and a metal slide would serve as brushes. The notes, mostly blue, were his choice of colors. He’d start to play and sing and instantly proceed to paint a true portrait of what the blues can feel like. His music will live on through a rich repertoire of recordings. Man had the blues in the beginning, and he still has the blues today. Listen to the blues. RICK MESSINA | SANTA CRUZ

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