Bluesman Lil’ David Thompson Killed in Auto Accident

AIKEN CO. S.C. — A blues guitarist from Mississippi was killed on Interstate 20 after the van he was riding in overturned, Aiken County coroner Tim Carlton said Sunday.

David A. Thompson, 40, and his band were coming from Sullivan’s Island, S.C. after a performance there.

Thompson, who performed as Lil’ David Thompson, drew inspiration from the Mississippi Delta and recorded two CD’s, according to his website lildavethompson.com.

The driver of the group’s Ford van lost control on I-20 westbound near mile marker 26 around 6 a.m.. The vehicle went off the road into the shoulder, overturned and slid 500 feet and struck several trees.

Thompson was thrown from the front passenger seat of van and pronounced dead at the scene, Carlton said. No one in the van was wearing a seat belt, troopers told News 12.

The driver of the van and another passenger were not seriously hurt in the crash.

Highway patrol is still investigating the accident, but said they don’t believe weather or alcohol were factors in the crash. The death is Aiken County’s second fatal crash for 2010.

About Lil’ David Thompson
David Lonzo Thompson was born in Hinds County, Mississippi May 21, 1969. Lil Dave’s exposure to music came early and has always been a way of life. His father, the late Sam Thompson played with Willie Foster, Asie Payton, Paul Wine Jones, Eddie Cusic, James Son Thomas and others. Lil Dave’s list of influences reads like an anthology of the blues. His family was burned out of their home in legendary Moorhead, MS (Where the Yellow Dog Crosses the Southern) and moved to B.B. Kings hometown of Indianola, MS. But it was in Leland, MS, (Hellhole of the Delta) and home of James “Son” Thomas and other blues legends that Dave, at the age of 14, formed his first band. He, along with drummer, Dell Cusic and bass player, Allen Hite called themselves The Delta Blues Band. As a teenager, Dave played with various blues, Rand B, Reggae, and gospel bands in the delta area until he met and toured with the late Booba Barnes in 1990. So at the age of majority, 21, Lil Dave’s life, music and experiences away from the delta began A third or fourth generation Mississippi delta blues guitarist and vocalist, Thompson has come full circle with the blues. He has lived it, learned it and now seems to appreciate the rich legacy and his responsibility to the blues, this region and his fellow blues artists, past, present and future.
Lil’ David Thompson’s Myspace Bio

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  1. To the family and loved ones of David Thompson we send our deepest sympathy and profound love. Words seem so useless at this time of utter grief and pain, but Brad and I want you all to know that our prayers are with you and that through the many years that we have shared together as a blues family, Lil Dave was always a joy and sweet friend to us. His talent will surely fill the heavens with glory and his music will live on forever. He will never be forgotten as the great blues player that he was, but also as a true and loving friend. Our prayers are with all of you and may God bring peace and understanding by and by.We love ya’ll…Brenda and Brad


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