Blues guitar virtusoso Corby Yates will be remembered Saturday by this family, friends and fans.
Yates was a guitar sensation who came out of the Shaver Lake area to win acclaim from the guitar world as a teenager, including winning the national Jimi Hendrix guitar competition when he still in high school. As he got older, Yates struggled with mental illness and in September, at age 31, he took his own life. The news triggered much shock and sadness around the local music community, including a lot here on The Beehive.
Many people have asked me when there’d be a proper tribute to Yates. His parents have organized one, happening Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Sierra High School cafeteria, where Yates went to school. His talent show performances are still gushed about by his classmates. His family and friends are inviting anyone to come and share their stories about Corby.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks that donations be made in Yates’ remembrance to the Shalom Free Clinic (1190 E. First Ave, Chico, 95926) or NAMI Fresno (7545 N. Del Mar #105, Fresno, 93711). Sierra High School is at 33326 Lodge Road in Tollhouse.