Dallas/Fort Worth BLUES ARTISTS

       Last Update 5/13/17

This section contains dozens of photographs, interviews, and links with Dallas/Fort Worth based blues artists. I know of no area in the nation, except maybe Chicago, that has so many excellent bands. This ain't a Texas brag, it's a fact. There are over 100 working blues bands and artists based here.  More than 70 of those bands have CDs out and that number is growing every year.  Many locally based blues bands have national and international recognition.  One of the most exciting things about the blues scene here is the diversity.  Almost any style of blues you can think of is performed here by people who live here.  Solo acoustic, soul blues, rockin' blues, Chicago style, Delta, swing, jump, you name it, you can find it.  The wonderful blues scene here acts like a magnet to blues players from other places.  A number of fine blues performers have relocated here in recent years from Canada, Austria, and the east and west coasts of the U.S. 

Here are just a few of the fine Texas blues bands and artists that call DFW home. All photos and interviews are copyright Don O.

The top of the heap has to be Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets.  This band has won 9 W.C. Handy blues awards during the years with Sam Myers, including the 2004 award for Traditional Blues Album of the Year. They have 8 albums on Blacktop Records and a very nice video in the American Blues series. Until recently, they spent most of their time on the road (270 dates a year), taking Texas blues to the world.   A photo of Anson appeared on the cover of the 1998 Northeast Tarrant County phone book!!   Sam Myers' death in 2006 after a long battle with throat cancer left the future of the band up in the air for awhile.  Anson currently works occasionally and helps produce CDs for other artists.  Anson occasionally tours as guitarist with James Harman, Mark Hummel, Eric Lindell, or Big Joe Maher.  In 2012 he appeared at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.  He has also appeared as guitarist on recent releases by the Ruff Kutt Blues Band, Four Jacks, and Eric Lindell.  

Anson and the Rockets booking
phone book cover
Anson (left) and Sam photo
Anson interview

Bnois King partnered for many years with the late Smokin' Joe Kubek.  They have one album out on The Netherlands' Double Trouble label, six albums on Bullseye Blues, four on Blind Pig Records, two on Alligator Records, and 2 on Delta Groove Records. Joe and Bnois released their only acoustic CD, Close to the Bone, on Delta Groove Records.  In 2012 they completed a 6 week tour in Turkey.    In April 2014 the band announced they had re-signed with Blind Pig Records.  They recently released their newest CD, Fat Man's Shine Parlor.  Joe Kubek passed away suddenly on October 10, 2015.  Bnois is now working locally with the Bnois King Band.  Bnois considers himself retired and only plays occasional local shows to keep his chops up and see his friends.

Website
Bnois King Interview
Joe (left) and Bnois photo  

Mike Morgan and the Crawl have 8 albums out on the Blacktop label plus Mike appears on another Blacktop production with Jim Suhler. In a town of very tough blues guitar players, Mike is one of the toughest.  He occasionally sits in at local blues jams and often sits in with local or regional bands at their gigs.  Mike is also a very popular guitar teacher.  Harp player and vocalist Lee McBee left the band at the end of 1999 to pursue a solo career and passed away in 2014. However Mike is still fronting a mean three piece version of Mike Morgan and the Crawl and has taken on the vocal duties.  Mike's latest CD, released March 2008, is titled Stronger Every Day and is his third on Severn Records.  Lee McBee and Randy McAllister guest on a couple of tracks.  Booking-Morgan and Associates 214-679-6439.

Mike Morgan and the Crawl Website
photo Mike Morgan (L) Lee McBee (R)  photo 
Lee McBee Interview

Hash Brown is the widely known as the King of the Dallas blues jams, after 9+ years of hosting Schooner's Sunday night jam and 13 1/2 years of hosting a Tuesday jam at The Bone. Hash is the heart and soul of the Dallas blues scene and has mentored literally hundreds of aspiring blues performers.  A former housemate of blues giant Sam Myers, Hash has released one album on the European Parsefil label and a self produced CD titled Rollin' Blues. His versatility is amazing and has enabled him to work and record with such diverse artists as Zuzu Bollin, Big Al Dupree, Henry Qualls, Sam Myers, Bobby Rush, and Barrelhouse Chuck.  Hash is currently fronting a mean three piece, The Hash Brown Band, and his guitar work is sounding better than ever.  Hash's Parsefil CD was reissued on Cannonball Records as Hash Brown's Texas Blues Revue in 1999 and received good airplay nationwide, charting on the Living Blues poll for several months. Hash has a second band, The Browntones, where he plays harp and features a traditional Chicago sound.  The first Browntones CD was released in Summer 2002 and also charted on the Living Blues radio poll.  That release led to the formation of Browntone Records which Hash has used to help other local blues artists, such as Mitch Palmer and Chris Ruest to get their music out on CD.  Recently he has been performing with The Dallas Blues Allstars, an amalgamation of his band with Mike Morgan and the Crawl.  Hash is also a popular guitar and harmonica teacher and plays a mean solo acoustic gig, now and then.  He also performs with A Band of Brothers, which is more of a country/rock act.

Hash Brown photo   

Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones is a Dallas native who got his first break playing in Freddie King's band at the age of 16. He later joined The Silent Partners and backed Katie Webster on one of her Alligator releases. He also led the Charlie Musselwhite Band for 8 years, toured the world, and shared in the honor of winning Band of the Year at the W.C. Handy Awards. He has had a solo career since the mid 90's.  His first CD, "I Need Time", came out on JSP in 1996. That CD was later leased to Bullseye and he then recorded a second CD for them. "Jr. Boy" is one of the most creative blues guitarists on the scene today.  In 2007 he played a month long series of gigs in Beijing China.  In 2009 he released Gettin' Real on Electro Fi Records.  His newest release is titled "It's Me Again".   Jr. recently married his performing partner Kerrie LePai.

https://www.facebook.com/AndrewJrBoyJones/      
interview
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Lucky Peterson is a superbly talented young man who has been recording since the age of 4.  He is a guitarist, singer, song writer, arranger, and a world class keyboard player. Former band leader for both Little Milton and Bobby Bland, his keyboard talents are in high demand and he has appeared on over 100 albums.  He had recorded previously for Alligator and King Snake before moving to Dallas. His latest CD is titled Live at the 55 Arts Club Berlin. 

Lucky Peterson interview
http://www.lucky-peterson.com/
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Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat is another much loved Dallas band. Jim's blues roots run deep, in fact he used to host a two hour blues program on community radio station KNON. Jim is one of the toughest slide players around. So tough, he impressed George Thorogood, who helped him with his first release.  Jim seems to be moving more in a rock direction on his recordings, but he still plays lots of blues live. Catch him at a live show with his friend Mike Morgan if you really want to see and hear some blues fireworks.  Jim is currently spending a lot of time on the road playing in George Thorogood's band.  He released an acoustic CD, Dirt Road, on Topcat Records and a compilation CD with several new tracks, The Best of Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat, on Lucky 7.  Jim's latest CD, "Live at The Kessler", was released in 2016.. 

Jim Suhler photo
Monkey Beat web page

Smokey Logg is another fine blues guitar player, harp player, vocalist, and song writer who has called Dallas home since the early 80's. Not content to wait for someone else to produce his albums, Smokey has put out four good albums on his own Gila Monster label. He's opened for a who's who of Blues including B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Albert Collins, and just about anyone else you can name. He also has a busy acting career and writes screenplays. His latest album, Ghosts of the Totems, was released in November 1997.  You can often catch him around town with harmonica wizard Paul Harrington.

Smokey Logg photo   photo
Smokey Logg interview

Blues vocalist R.L. Griffin is The Right Reverend of Dallas Blues. His night club, The Blues Palace #2, is one of the hottest night spots for the Dallas blues community. It's a regular hangout for Bobby Rush, Lucky Peterson, Vernon Garrett, and other celebrities. R.L. has put out a number of 45's on GalexC and other local labels, a compilation tape titled I Want To Be Rich, and a CD titled It Don't Have to Be this Way on the Black Grape label in England. R.L. self-released his first U.S. CD in 1999 titled Too Hot to Stop. His latest self-released CD is titled Believe In Me.  

R.L. Griffin interview  
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Ernie Johnson is double dangerous. He has a great blues voice and writes excellent original material. He's kept busy with nearly constant national and international touring, often opening for folks like Bobby Bland. He has recorded several albums for Paula and Malaco associated Waldoxy Records. Ernie's newest CD is a self released compilation titled EJ Sings the Blues.   He was featured in an interview in Living Blues Magazine in February 2009.

Ernie Johnson photo with Al "TNT" Braggs (right)

Bob Kirkpatrick has been playing the blues since the 50's. His first recording was for Folkways Records in 1973.  After a long period of work for the Federal gpovernment, he re-emerged on the Dallas blues scene in the 90's.  He has one CD on JSP and several self released CDs of live performances recorded in Europe. He is popular overseas and has toured Europe several times.  However he does not tour in the U.S. because the money is so poor.  Bob is a great talent with a wonderful deep voice and strong B.B. King influenced guitar licks. Bob latest CD on Topcat/Red Lightin Records is called Drive Across Texas.  Bob had some health problems the last few years but began performing again late in 2008.

interview
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Gregg Smith is a smooth soulful blues vocalist in the style of Little Milton and Bobby Bland. The Honey Grove, Texas native relocated to Dallas in the early 80's and has been a constant contributor to the South Dallas Blues scene. Gregg often tours with Lucky Peterson. His first album was on  Ichiban and was re-released on CD in Europe to great critical acclaim and heavy radio airplay. He played several festivals overseas in 1990. Gregg also does a blues radio show on KNON 89.3 FM, Friday from 9 am to noon. Gregg recently released a blues compilation CD on his own Gman Record.  Gregg was the subject of a major interview in Living Blues Magazine in 2014.

Gregg Smith photo
Gregg Smith interview
http://www.greggasmith.com/

The listing above will give you some idea of the size, depth, and diversity of the DFW blues community. However, this is just the tip of a very large iceberg. Additional DFW based blues bands and artists with recordings are listed below.  

Josh Alan (several self released CDs, some blues)   website     photo
Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes (three CDs)  website  photo
Pete Barbeck and 7th Son  (two self released CDs)   Web Page  photo
Blues Boy Bo   (two self released CDs)
The Browntones (one CD, Browntone) see Hash Brown
Bruton/Price Swingmasters Revue (two CDs-self released) photo of Sumter Bruton
Aaron Burton (eight CDs self-released)  website    photo
Paul Byrd   (two CDs self released)  website   photo
Reo Casey  website  photo    (one CD self released)
Jason Cloud and The Max   website   (one CD self released)
Blind Dog Cooley (one CD self released) 
Joe Coronado and the Texas Beat (one CD, JSP) interview
Count Blue (one CD self released)   website  photo  photo
Dempsey Crenshaw (DC and the Capitols) (one CD self released) website  photo
Djangobilly (one CD Self-released)   
Christian Dozzler  (multiple CDs, Wolf, Blueswave)   website    photo
Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch (three CDs Underworld Records)  photo   website
Jimmie "Preacher" Ellis (two CDs Eve/Jim) photo   
Vernon Garrett (multiple CDs, Ichiban and other labels) interview photo
Zac Harmon (four cds, one on Blind Pig)  website 
Paul Harrington (One CD-Seduction Records)   photo 
Kelly Hatcher (one CD self released)
Danny Hill    (one CD self released)
Steve Hill Trio (three CDs self released)   website
Tommy Hill (two CDs-self released)    photo
James Hinkle (three CDs-self released, one CD Blue Lights Music) website interview photo  
Leo Hull and the Texas Blues Machine (two CDs, self released)  website   
Stompin Bill Johnston  (one CD, self released)   photo
Tutu Jones (multiple CDs)  
The Juke Jumpers (multiple CDs Amazing, Varrick)    http://www.thecoolgroove.com/jukes.html
Kenny Kay's Storm Warning (one CD-self released) photo
Wanda King (three CDs, self-released)  photo   
Larry Lampkin (two CDs self-released)  website   article on Larry
Kerrie LePai   photo    (one CD)
Edd Lively and the Movers (one CD-self released) photo
Joey Love Band (two CDs-self released)  photo Joey Love Website
Johnny Mack (one CD, Topcat)  photo 
Miss Marcy (one CD, CSP)  photo   website 
E.J. Mathews  website   (two CDs self released)  2017 Living Blues Interview
Cookie McGee (one CD JSP, one CD Topcat/Wolf) photo interview
Bobby Patterson (four CDs Proud Records)   photo
Johnnie Red (two CDs self released)  photo  http://johnniered.com/
Ray Reed (one CD Dialtone records)  photo
Ruff Kutt Blues band (two CDs self-released)
Ray Sharpe photo
The Silvertones (three CDs self released)  web page
Holland K. Smith (two CDs, Topcat, one self-released, one CD Ellersoul)  photo   website  interview  
Rollo Smith (One CD self released)
Big Smoo and the Trailer Park Kings (one CD, self released)   
George Stancell, (one CD, JSP)  
Mike Stockton and the Rhythmators (two CDs-self released)   website     photo
Texas Slim and the Love Machine (two CDs-self released, 3 cds Feelin Good records) website   interview  photo   
Cricket Taylor (one CD-self released)  photo   
Trainreck (KM Williams and Washboard Jackson) (multiple CDs self released) photo 
Kenny Traylor (one CD-self released, two CDs Topcat) interview photo
Tu-Tones- (one CD Topcat)
Chris Watson (one CD-self released) 
Drue Webber (two CDs-self released)  
Fuzzy Whitener Band (two CDs-self released) photo   website    
Buddy Whittington  photo   website    article
Alanda Williams & the Soul Kings (one CD, JSP)   photo
Rev. K.M. Williams  (many CDs-self released) website  
J.B. Wynn (one CD self released) photo and Soul Express,  Interview


PLUS!

Andrew Baxter Jr   photo  
Blue Lisa & the T-Bones  photo
Bonafide Blues Band   http://www.bonafideblues.com/
The Bramhall Brothers
Briefcase Blues Band web page
James Butler photo and The Cool Show Band
Butch Bonner  photo photo , photo
Chant 
Mr. D. photo
D Connection
Eight Ball and the Breakers
George Forms
Joel Foy  photo  
Bobby Gilmore
Little Hamp
Hal Harris & the Lo Lifers    photo
Mr. Tip Jar  photo
Lil Jay photo  
Chris Johnson
Perry Jones photo   
Killer Bug
Miss Kim and BTA
Lady Lotion photo
Laz-Zar Show Band,  photo
Jackie Don Loe 
Lance Lopez  website
Jessica Munn  photo  
Linny Nance web page  
Lil Nikki photo
Todd Parsnow   
Jason Polansky
Kathy Prather  photo
Santos Puertas   http://www.santostx.com/
Kayla Reeves  photo official myspace
Ruf Ruffner  photo
Pat Schram
Southside Blues Kings website
Superkings
Tyrone Starks  photo
Suzy Q   photo
Texas Topcats  photo
Voodoo Blue  http://www.voodooblue.net/
Harold Walker  photo   
Kenny Wayne
Mighty Paul Young  photo

and a few locals who have moved away:

Cheryl Arena (two CDs, self released)  website    photo
Cold Blue Steel (two CDs, Icehouse) photo  
Debie Babcock and Dallas Heat (one CD-self released)  photo
Robin Bank$  (three self released CDs) photo 
Dylan Bishop  website  photo  2017 Dallas Observer article  2017 Buddy Magazine article (one CD self released)
Elvis T. Busboy (one CD self released) photo and the Blues Butchers
Janna Britton  (one self released CD) 
Country Cool
Josh Davis (one CD-self released, one CD Topcat) 
Andrea Dawson (one CD self released)  photo  website  
Denny Freeman  (two CDs amazing records, 1 CD Dallas Blues Society Records)  photo  website
Beth Garner (two CDs self released)  photo 
Memo Gonzalez & The Bluescasters (two CDs-Stumble records/Germany) interview  photo   website
Homer Henderson (two CDs-self released, some blues)      photo
Edwin Holt (one CD, Topcat)  website
Byron Hudson  photo  
Kirby Kelly photo
Betty Lewis  (one CD-self released) photo
Randy McAllister (three CDs-JSP, two self released) interview website   photo
Dave Millsap (Two CDs self released)  photo    web page  
Johnny Moeller (two CDs Dallas Blues Society Records, 1 CD Severn Records, 1 CD self released)  photo
Mitch Palmer (two CDs-self released)   photo
Sledgehammer  photo
Jeff Stone (one CD self released)  
Texas Johnny Boy  photo 
Shawn Pittman (two CDs-Cannonball, two CDs self released, one CD Delta Groove) Shawn Pittman Website    photo  
Chris Ruest  (one CD Browntone, one self released)    photo
Paul Size photo
Chris Zalez (one CD self released, one CD Pacific Blues) photo 

and a few of our late friends: 

Oklin Bloodworth  photo interview
Al "TNT" Braggs  photo
Pops Carter and the Funk Monsters (one CD-self released) photo   
Nick Curran (two CDs Texas Jamboree Records, two CDs Blind Pig Records)  
Big Al Dupree (one CD-Dallas Blues Society Records, one-CD Fedora Records, one partial CD-Cannonball) photo
Robert Ealey  (multiple CDs, Topcat, Blacktop, self)   Robert Ealey photo 
Reverend Fillmore
Jerry Jines  photo 
Lady Pearl Johnson  photo
Joe Jonas  photo
Smokin Joe Kubek  photo
Lou Lazor
Mace Maben (two CDs-self released)    photo
Lee McBee  photo 
Sam Myers photo  Sam Myers' website
Curly Barefoot Miller (one partial CD, Topcat)     Curly Barefoot Miller photo and tribute page
Mark Pollock photo
Lady Princess
Henry Qualls (one CD-Dallas Blues Society Records, one partial CD-Cannonball) photo
Arvel Stricklin (one CD-self released) photo
Robin Sylar (two CDs Race Records/Topcat)  photo
Johnnie Taylor (multiple CDs, Malaco, Stax) photo
Chonita Turner
Marvin Washington
Big Jim Wells
U.P. Wilson (multiple CDs, JSP, Wolf, Double Trouble, self Released, Pee Wee, Red Lightnin)  U.P. Wilson photo  
Willie Willis  (one CD, Trix; one CD Fedora) interview photo
Big Charles Young (one partial CD-Cannonball) interview photo