Brian "BB" Bruce, R.I.P.

March 10, 2010

When we were in Louisiana in January interviewing 85-year-old bluesman Henry Gray, he and his band were dealing with the sad news that their harmonica player, Brian “BB” Bruce, was dying of cancer.

Smiley Anders, a columnist for The Advocate in Baton Rouge, described BB as “the skinny white guy on the blues harp in Henry Gray & the Cats, who danced non-stop as he played.” After BB’s death two weeks ago, Anders wrote, “Some people endure life; some enjoy life; and some grab life with both hands and squeeze out every drop of joy they can get. BB was in the latter group, which makes his loss especially hard to take.” BB, whose professional life involved working with people with disabilities, was 63.

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