Xtra - Goodbye Rainer
It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Rainer, who slipped away to a greater realm with so much music still left to give.

1956 - 1997

Rainer Ptácek was best known for his unique finger-picking country blues style played on a historic 1933 National steel-bodied guitar. Born in East Berlin in 1951, the five-year-old Rainer, along with his elder brother and parents, migrated to America before the Berlin Wall went up. They settled in Chicago, where a young Rainer absorbed the sound and feel for the blues, listening to Muddy Waters, Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and other first-generation bluesmen.

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Rainer's musical interests ranged far and wide. He played with numerous bands and, as evidenced by The Inner Flame, was one of the most respected musicians of our time.

-- courtesy Phil Stevens of Euphoria

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Within Him, Without Him
Some lives touch us more deeply than we can know. Tucson musicians reflect on Rainer's life.

Rainer Ptácek
A celebration of one man's life well lived.

Love And Survival
Rainer's tribute album offers a lesson about friendship and life.

The Inner Flame
Review of Rainer tribute album.

Rock For Rainer
Local musicians rally in a comrade's hour of need.

Bike Wreck
Local blues great Rainer Ptácek faces some big medical bills.

Back In Blues
Rainer returns to the stage in high spirits and good company.

Godfrey Daniels
E! Online Review
Addicted To Noise