A legendary Vermont musician has died. Big Joe Burrell died on Wednesday at the age of 81 from complications from surgery. Burrell has been entertaining crowds around Vermont for nearly 30 years as a solo performer and with his group, the Unknown Blues Band.
The Michigan native got his start in blues in jazz groups in the 1950s and ’60s. He also worked with B.B. King’s jazz and blues band in Detroit and Count Basie’s band in New York.