Wade Brown, a former guitarist for the Dutch Mason Blues Band, remembered for the impact he had on fellow musicians and friends alike
'A sad day'
TRURO - Wade Brown, a "kind man," "good friend" and local musician who played guitar alongside Dutch Mason for many years has died at age 63.
Brown, born in Truro on Oct. 4, 1946, died Friday in his Prince Street apartment on what would have been Dutch Mason's 72nd
Although the details of Brown's death were not fully available by press time, it is believed the longtime sufferer of Crohn's Disease died of natural causes. He was found by a friend who dropped in to check up on him early Friday evening.
"I have nothing but praise for Wade," said friend and fellow musician Gregg (Fish) Fancy, who once played with Brown in Mason's band and described him as "a kind man, good friend and wonderful guitar player.
"There's still a lot of Wade's style in local guitar players," he said of the many people who Brown coached over the years.
"He did make an impact on the local music scene over the years and a lot of people probably owe their music careers to him," he said, adding Brown shared his secrets with many guitar players. "Stuff you couldn't learn from a book."
Kim Noble, whom Brown listed as his official next of kin, said there are many people within local music circles who looked up to Brown.
"He had a lot of respect in this town," Noble said. "Dutch Mason was the Prime Minister of the Blues, he (Brown) was next in line."
Besides sharing the stage for many years, Brown and Mason also roomed together in the latter years of Dutchie's life.
David DeWolfe, creator and co-producer of the Dutch Mason Blues Festival, described the news of Brown's death as "a sad day."
"Everybody loved Wade," he said. "He was just a soft-spoken, sweetheart of a man. It's really too bad."
Last summer, Brown shared the stage at the blues festival with Garrett Mason and Myles Goodwin of April Wine.
He also led the after-hours jam sessions at the festival and DeWolfe said he will be greatly missed at next summer's event.
"He was like, sort of an icon at our festival," a dispirited DeWolfe said. "Sharing the stage with Garrett and in the entertainment tent with the Dutch Mason Blues Band, he basically looked after that for us. He was the guy who would call up all the old guys from the band and get them organized."
Funeral arrangements are still being finalized and DeWolfe said he expects a memorial for Brown will also be organized for the near future.