Legendary Bluesman Plays on Fort Myers Beach

The Island Arts Foundation (IAF) is known for bringing some legendary talent to this Island. But they’ve really outdone themselves this time. Last Sunday afternoon, Leroy ‘Hog’ Cooper  appeared for the inaugural show at the IAF’s brand new Purple Heart Theater. Playing with Ray Charles – an American icon if there ever was one –  for more than 20 years certainly qualifies the Hog as a blues legend, and I spoke with the amenable Mr. Cooper this week about what life was like on the road with the late, great Ray Charles.

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