Atlanta Blues/Folk Musician Neill “Whit” Connah Passes Away

Atlanta Blues/Folk Musician Neill “Whit” Connah Passes Away

Musician Neill Whitlock “Whit” Connah, a mainstay of Atlanta’s blues and roots music community for many years, passed away on August 28th from renal cancer. He was 77 years old.

Connah made a name for himself among Atlanta music lovers with his Cajun/zydeco/blues group Hair of the Dog, in which he sang and played accordion, guitar and harmonica. His wife, Barbara Panter, played fiddle in the band, which began in 1979 under the name Hurt Dog, playing hillbilly country music. They changed names and music direction in 1987.

Connah was also a gifted visual artist who graduated first in his class from the Atlanta College of Art. For 30 years he was an art professor in the Department of Architecture at Georgia Tech.

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