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Bobby "Blue" Bland On Mountain Stage

Bobby "Blue" Bland and Larry Groce during the blues singer's appearance on Mountain Stage in 2003.
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Bobby "Blue" Bland and Larry Groce during the blues singer's appearance on Mountain Stage in 2003.

Bobby 'Blue' Bland On Mountain Stage

June 24, 2013 The revered blues singer, one of the genre's true game-changers, died June 23 at age 83. Hear Bland perform a medley of his hits during an appearance on Mountain Stage in May 2003.

On May 18, 2003, Bobby "Blue" Bland appeared on Mountain Stage in Huntington, W.Va. Daniel Lanois, Tracy Nelson and singer-songwriter Will Hoge were on the bill that night, as well. When news of Bland's passing broke, Hoge was one of many who took to social media to pay tribute. He was also kind enough to share a few more words with us about the impact Bland had on his career.

"Sharing the stage and singing with Bobby 'Blue' Bland was a highlight of my life," Hoge says. "He was my living link to the generation of blues music and musicians that changed my life. It's said that great singers interpret songs — I'd say Bobby inhabited the songs. Truth be told, to me, Bobby did even more than that. The songs were in him. They were a part of him that he had to get out. You felt every emotion. You believed what he was singing and why he was singing it. He was truly one of the greats. One of the masters. Godspeed, Bobby 'Blue' Bland — see you 'Farther on up the Road.'"

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