Duff Dorrough, 60, local musician and artist, died at North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville Wednesday morning, October 3, 2012, after a long fight with cancer and liver disease.
Born in Memphis on May 20, 1952, to Dr. Charles and Delores Marlow Dorrough, Duff was raised in Ruleville and graduated from high school in 1970 before attending Delta State University where he studied art.
"I always said, you know, painting is my day job and playing music is my night job. It's not always that simple," Dorrough said.
A heartfelt desire to play rock-n-roll music came calling and Dorrough left DSU to move to Nashville, Tennessee, where he stayed until 1975 when his grandparents became ill and he made the decision to move back home. Over the years Dorrough entertained thousands of people at local and regional festivals and events. Considered a mentor by many, Dorrough influenced such bands as Widespread Panic, the Kudzu Kings and Blue Mountain. Dorrough was probably best known for being the lead guitarist for the Tangents and the Yalobushwackers, the house band for the popular radio show Thacker Mountain Radio heard every week for the past 15 years on Mississippi Public Radio.
Later in life, friends said the death of his wife, Deborah Peacock Dorrough, caused Duff to take a step back and re-evaluate the meaning of the life he was living. In the 1990s Duff returned to Delta State once again, this time to study art under renowned professor Sammy Britt. Under the tutelage of Britt, Dorrough's visual art once again began to flourish and his use of colors, including pastels, brought his Delta landscapes to life.
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