Spencer Bohren, one of the most accomplished musicians to hail from Wyoming, has died.
Bohren, who announced in November that he had stage IV prostate cancer, died Saturday night in New Orleans surrounded by his family, according to a post on his professional Facebook page.
“We ask for a few days of space as we celebrate his life and mourn his passing as a family,” the post states.
Despite the cancer diagnosis, Bohren continued to perform until recently. His last shows included three performances for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, according to a post on his website authored by his wife, Marilyn.
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“Our emotions ran exceedingly high during those days as Spencer played his heart out, letting the music and the audience buoy him into the stratosphere,” she wrote. “It was a beautiful and loving way to pause Spencer’s memorable career.”
Bohren was born into a gospel-singing Casper family and not long after delved into America’s treasure of blues, country, gospel and folk music, according to his biography. He found a musical home in New Orleans while touring with his family in an Airstream trailer pulled by in a 1955 Chevy.
Bohren played several instruments including guitar and lap steel. He released more than 15 albums, starting with 1983’s “Born in a Biscayne,” which featured performances from Doctor John. He also toured extensively.
He is the brother of Star-Tribune publisher Dale Bohren, who is also a musician.
“He was a pretty good guitar player but a great brother,” Dale Bohren said Monday.