Diggin: George Higgs’ “Reuben”

inNewson January 31, 2013

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George Higgs (b.1930-d.2013) has been on our minds here at Music Maker this week. The multi-talented bluesman passed away on January 29th, and he leaves a warm legacy behind.

One of his tracks, “Reuben,” was recorded for Music Maker in June 1998 and appeared on his album Tarboro Blues. The loud harmonica sections contrast with George’s quieter vocals, creating a jolting traditional blues song. At times, you will have to lean close to your speakers to hear his words.

“Reuben” tells the story of a man who meets an unfortunate fate, much like many blues and folk songs.

In addition to performing the blues, George also at one time performed gospel music with a local quartet, The Friendly Five. He’ll be greatly missed by all of us here at Music Maker, his friends and family, and the thousands who were touched by his music throughout the years.

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  • Dock Terrell

    I kwew George briefly. I met and talked with him a few times. The last time was at the Festival on The Eno. He told me that he had had stroke.
    He may not have remembered my name but he recognized my face at every encounter. Actually was thinking of him a few days ago. Wondering how I could get to see him. “toolate.”
    I will miss him and his music. To quote another musician, “the sound that they play, just won”t go Away.”
    Dock Terrell

  • Bruce Couch

    I am saddened to read that George is no longer with us. Have been following his music ever since the Eno days when he played with Friz Holloway, John D. , Herbert Moore, Lightning Wells and others. A unique stylist and a great gentleman. He will be missed but his misic will live on. Peace, BC

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