OMG I am literally stunned and unbelievably saddened by his passing. This is a tremendous loss to the musical community. He was truly an outstanding talent and human being. I came across Steve early on in my quest for a Dobro. He was unbelievably influential and helpful to me personally. I am at a loss for words, my condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be missed. RIP friend. Thank you for posting.
Real sorry to hear about Steve Thorpe and I wish his family and loved ones peace in this time of sorrow and mourning. TC6969, What was his moniker here at reso hangout, so that we all can place him? Phil
For those interested in knowing something about the man and his passing. The link to the article which is cached will not work. So for Steve here it is.
Blues fans in Brevard County are feeling bluer this weekend.
Steve Thorpe, 55, who played the music on the Space Coast for about 20 years, died in his West Melbourne home Thursday night after a long, undisclosed illness. "Steve was such a bluesman," said Sue Lulley of E.A.R.T.H Awareness, an organization whose purpose is to pass on the musical tradition to the next generation. "I think my friend Brian Boggs said it best last night. He said, 'The thrill is gone, and the thrill is really gone now.' "Steve always played 'The Thrill is Gone,' " Lulley said, adding that no one could play it like Thorpe could. Thorpe was scheduled to perform today with his Steve Thorpe Blues Orchestra at E.A.R.T.H. Awareness' Blues-A-Que at the Beach Shack in Cocoa Beach. Money raised at the benefit, which begins at noon, will be used to buy musical instruments for Satellite High's music program. Thorpe was one of the musicians who came up with the idea of buying instruments for schools, Lulley said. "He even told me Tuesday on the phone not to give up his spot for Saturday," she said. Instead of finding another band to replace the Blues Orchestra, Lulley said each band will perform for an extra half hour. "I'm sure the musicians will be playing their hearts out," she said. E.A.R.T.H. Awareness sponsored Thorpe in 2007 in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. "He went into the semifinal round," Lulley said, "but he lost because he wasn't traditional enough. That's the words that were used." Though Thorpe was known mainly as a bluesman, about eight years ago he reconnected with Kentucky bluegrass roots at a jam session at the now-closed Castaway Point. After playing Dobro at weekly jam sessions, he joined the Penny Creek bluegrass band about five years ago. "He had his own opinion about things," said Susan Pounds, who sings and plays guitar and mandolin with the band. "Steve and I were like brother and sister, you know? We fought. We talked to each other on the phone every day. "He was just a great musician. He was always to my left, all these years." Pounds said Thorpe was a kind, unselfish person. He'd take the time to help anyone learn a lick on the guitar or Dobro.
"There's a lot of people that loved him," she said. Ken Parker, bass player for Atlantic Bluegrass, said his band planned to honor Thorpe during its second set at City Limits in Melbourne on Friday. "He's quite the musician," Parker said. "His guitar work is absolutely amazing." Fellow bluesman Austin Pettit played with Thorpe's band for a short time. "We've been good friends," he said. "He was a great blues player. If I was going to describe Steve, I'd just say he had so much soul, and he believed in what he was doing." Thorpe had been in poor health off and on for several years, but he rarely mentioned his illness. "I talked to Linda (his wife) last night, and they're going to take him to Kentucky and have a family burial," Lulley said Friday. "He'll be buried next to his dad on a hilltop in Kentucky." Thorpe is survived by Linda, his wife of 31 years; son Nathan, who played bass in the Blues Orchestra; daughter-in-law Koah; and countless music fans.