Guitarist Texas Pete Mayes, the inspiration behind the title track of The Mannish Boys’ latest release “Lowdown Feelin,” died Tuesday, December 16, 2008. He was 70 years old. Mayes, a disciple of T-Bone Walker, was a bandleader for Junior Parker for two years early in his career, and also played guitar with organist Bill Doggett. A true legend of the Gulf Coast sound, Mayes was unfortunately under recorded in his lifetime. Aside from a few scant 45’s in the 60’s, his complete body of work features only two full length albums – “For Pete’s Sake” on Antone’s Records, and “Live! At The Double Bayou Dance Hall,” recorded at a venue that Mayes owned and maintained up until two years ago when he had to pull back due to his declining health. His battle with diabetes late in life resulted in the amputation of both his legs. It was Mayes’ brilliant 60’s recording of “Lowdown Feeling” that served as the catalyst for The Mannish Boys’ most recent effort …

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