New Orleans guitar great Snooks Eaglin has passed

I got an email a few hours ago from George Porter, with the news that Snooks Eaglin passed away this afternoon. Snooks was one of the great musicians and characters of New Orleans.

I only had the chance to play with Snooks once, as I recall, maybe twice. It was a situation where Snooks was making a guest appearance for part of a set. He never really called tunes, he just started playing, and everyone else hopped on. He will be missed.

There is a brief article here. I am sure more news and tributes will appear soon.

edit Here is Gambit’s blog post on Snooks.