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New Orleans music legend Coco Robicheaux dies

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Robicheaux gained wide acclaim for his swampy, spiritually-influenced brand of guitar blues. He inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame two years ago.

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.
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