It is with deep sadness that we must pass along the news that the enigmatic Hoodoo bluesman Coco Robicheaux, who is famous for his menacing, haunting blues sound, collapsed last night at the Apple Barrel on Frenchman Street, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Tulane Medical Center. He was 64.
According to NOLA.com,
Mr. Robicheaux was not performing at the time he was stricken; he often held court outside the Apple Barrel on his off-nights.
Known for an especially gravelly voice, a swamp-blues guitar style and a fascination with subjects of a spiritual and/or mystical nature, Mr. Robicheaux lived an especially colorful life, even by the standards of a New Orleans musician.
He released several albums over the past two decades. He was a mainstay of the Frenchmen Street entertainment district, a familiar figure both on- and off-stage, even as he also performed around the globe. He was a regular on the schedules of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell and the French Quarter Festival.
Mr. Robicheaux made a memorable appearance during the opening scene of the second episode of the first-season of the HBO series “Treme”: He sacrificed a rooster in the studio of community radio station WWOZ-FM.
We’d like to extend our deepest condolences to Robicheaux’s daughter, family, and great many friends who were touched by his unique brand of blues, and wish him luck in his journey to Spiritland.