Dedication to the Blues

RECEIVED Tue., Jan. 24, 2017

Dear Editor,
    As the widow of Lightning Red, I was very disappointed to not see my husband's name listed in those musical artists that died in 2016 ["Critics Poll," Music, Dec. 30, 2016]. Lightning Red wasn't famous, but he played music for over 50 years in the U.S. and Europe. He had seven albums of original music and was very respected in Europe for his blues-rock style. He was not able to play much the last five years due to his cancer. He died July 6. I sent an obituary after his death last summer to Raoul Hernandez and Kevin Curtin several times and called several times. I was ignored. Maybe both Raoul and Kevin never heard of my husband – that is possible, because we moved away for seven years and returned in 2015, but we've lived in Austin most of our lives since 1977 (20 years). The Chronicle published reviews of several albums – I believe Margaret Moser was the reviewer.
    I think my husband at least needs to be acknowledged that he was an Austin artist playing the blues and helping to keep it alive for many years. That's all I ask. Hear his music and read more about him at and see for yourself if he's worthy of a mention.
Deborah Vanko
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