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Mural honors blues legend

By ANGELA GUILLORY casscountysun@valornet.com
Dec. 16, 2011 at 10 p.m.


Linden pays tribute to blues guitar legend T-Bone Walker with a mural painted in his honor by local artist Brad Attaway.

The mural commissioned by Linden Economic Development Corporation was finished ahead of schedule and in time for holiday travelers to take notice.

Aaron Thibeaux Walker was born May 28, 1910, in the Bear Creek Community near Linden. Walker cut his first record in 1929. In 1947, he produced "Stormy Monday" for which he will always be remembered. Walker died in 1975 at the age of 65.

For the past six years the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest has been celebrated in Linden in June to honor this native son who became an icon in the world of music. This celebration of The Blues brings music lovers together in this birthplace of musical giants.

Walker is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

Linden Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Russell Wright said the LEDC board recently commissioned Attaway to paint the mural honoring Walker as part of its efforts to market Linden's music heritage.

The mural is painted in black and white on three separate boards attached to the back side of the Linden Volunteer Fire Department building.

Attaway said it is painted in a "posterized" style using black, white and three shades of gray.

Attaway is a local artist who has been painting for the past 40 years and has done numerous signs, graphics and murals. He said public art is his favorite thing to do.

"It is something that everyone can enjoy," Attaway said.

He has also painted the Music City Plaza mural, the primrose on the front of Texana Bank, the murals in Veterans Plaza in Atlanta and three murals in Hughes Springs. He is currently painting a mural in Jefferson.

He also did all the interior painting of the Music City Texas Theater including the backdrop and faux marble columns.

Attaway said he was excited about painting the T-Bone Walker mural.

"Hopefully it will become a part of the fabric of Linden like the Music City mural," Attaway said.

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