Eddie Shaw, favorite of BG blues fans, dies at 80

Eddie Shaw performs at 2013 Black Swamp Arts Festival

Bluesman Eddie Shaw, who made frequent appearances in Bowling Green, died Monday (Jan. 29, 2018).

His passing was confirmed by his booking agent Jay Reil.

Shaw, vocalist, saxophonist, and band leader, played many shows over the past several decades in Bowling Green. Those included shows at Howard’s Cub H, and later Grounds for Thought, and the Black Swamp Arts Festival.

Grounds proprietor Kelly Wicks, who booked him in his shop and at the festival, said Shaw was like Bowling Green’s resident bluesman.

The feeling was mutual. Before a 2013 at Grounds, Shaw said Bowling Green was like a home away from home for him. He had a lot of friends in the area, he said.

Shaw, 80, started playing the blues as a teenager in Mississippi.

In 1972 he joined blues legend Howlin’ Wolf’s band, the Wolf Pack, and when the leader died in 1976, Shaw took the helm and continued to lead the group until his death.

Shaw most recently performed in Bowling Green as the closing act of the 2014 Black Swamp Arts Festival.