Legendary blues guitarist Robert Belfour has died at the age of 74. The musician, known as “Wolfman,” was a legend in his adopted home city of Memphis.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that he died at his home on the morning of February 24. His death was first announced by the Memphis Blues Society. is cause of death has not yet been made public.
Although a blues legend, Belfour’s style was different to many of his contemporaries, his background was not in delta blues but in Mississippi Hill Country traditions. Bruce Watson of Fat Possum, a blues label in Mississippi told the Commercial Appeal, “He was the last guy who was playing that style who could really pull it off. He was totally connected to it.” Belfour, who was taught guitar by his father, was influenced by greats such as John Lee Hooker and Lightin’ Hopkins
He moved from his home in Mississippi to Memphis when he got married in 1959, he would work in construction until he got his break in the 1980s. It was during that decade when Belfour broke out his guitar and began performing in clubs along Beale Street in Memphis.
His last album, Pushin’ My Luck, was released in 2003. It was received positively. One reviewer compared Belfour’s intensity to John Lee Hooker and his drawl to Lightin’ Hopkins.
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