It is with heavy hearts today that we share the news of the passing of renowned NC bluesman George Higgs.
In 1992, Higgs received the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Brown-Hudson Award, and in 1993 he was presented with the North Carolina Heritage Award, in recognition of his important contributions to the musical culture of the state. Higgs performed extensively, both solo and as a member of the North Carolina Black Folk Heritage Tour, throughout the greater Piedmont region. Grammy Award winning musician David Holt counts Higgs among his mentors. Higgs collaborated with the Music Maker Relief Foundation to release his debut album, Tarboro Blues, in 2001, which was followed by Rainy Day in 2006.
Tarboro Blues was named Best Blues Album of the Year by Living Blues, and Higgs was one of the keynote performers at Tarboro’s 250th birthday celebration in 2010. Higgs had been scheduled to be part of the Music of the Carolinas series earlier this year, but due to illness, he was unable to participate. PineCone had presented Higgs in the past, and his music, stories, and smiles touched many of you. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and he will be missed.
At one time, he said, “[For] as long as I’m alive, I think I’ll always have this urge for this old music. I know I will. I’m going to try to carry it just as long as I’m able . . . because it’s like history to me.”
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