Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2024
Last Update  7/19/2024

Help!  I need phone helpers for KNON pledge drive in August.   It's fun, easy, and you will get the tour of the KNON studios.  Plus you will get to talk to the nicest blues fans around, KNON pledgers.  This will be at the KNON studio between 6 pm and 8 pm on Friday, August 2, 9, and 16.  If you would like to help out, please drop me an e-mail at donoblues AT KNON dot ORG.  7/19

Look for a new CD from Zac Harmon coming in August. 

The Farmersville Blues Society reports that Sandy Hall has recently passed away in Houston.  Sandy created the Denton Blues Society which eventually became the North Texas Blues Society.  She loved the blues and was a big supporter of KNON's blues shows.  6/23

Here's another interview with Dave Millsap from the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Here's a story on channel 4 in Dallas where Dave Millsap is interviewed.  

Fort Worth guitar player Dave Millsap lost his home and possessions in the recent fires in New Mexico.  All they have left is what they could take away in their cars.  His daughter has set up a gofund me page to help them get through these difficult times.  Dave is one of the folks interviewed by the Albuquerque Journal in this article:  https://www.abqjournal.com/news/the-goodness-in-people-ruidoso-evacuees-appreciate-support-theyve-received-since-fire-evacuations/article_a0bab1c0-2db4-11ef-8954-3bbae780c21f.html#2
Here's the gofundme page:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-carol-and-dave-recover-from-fire-loss?lang=en_US&utm_campaign=fp_sharesheet&utm_medium=customer&utm_source=copy_link

There's a new music venue called The Alley Music House in Addison that has booked Zac Harmon in July.  Support 'em and maybe they will book more blues!  6/19

Thanks to everyone who came out to KNON's 13th annual KNON Fort Worth Blues Fest this past weekend.  Thanks also to all the amazing bands who played to support us.  KNON's JMac has posted a bunch of photos on the Texas Blues Radio facebook page

Thanks to everyone who came out to KNON's 24th annual KNON Blues Fest this past weekend.  Thanks also to all the amazing bands who played to support us.  KNON's JMac has posted a bunch of photos on the Texas Blues Radio facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/knon893blues/    3/11

Tutu Jones is looking for a bass player and drummer for his band.  You can call him at 214-908-3826 or reach out to him on Facebook.  3/1

MoJoanna reports "Gentleman" John Street has passed.  John played keyboards with Anson and the Rockets for many years and more recently with Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones.  R.I.P. "Gentleman" John.  3/1

The one-man show, Lonesome Blues, a play about Blind Lemon Jefferson, is playing in Deep Ellum at Club Dada through April 7.  https://www.lonesomebluesmusical.com/club-dada.html

Last night we re-broadcast one of my old KNON blues shows from 1992 on our internet streaming station at KNONNOW.org.  It features an interview with ROBERT EALEY in the first 10 minutes.  Robert was in fine form and hearing his voice made me smile.  You can listen back for the next 2 weeks here:  https://spinitron.com/KNON-NOW/show/260485/Don-O-s-KNON-Blues-Vault

I saw a small blurb in the Fort Worth Weekly about a new 3 volume book on the legendary Fort Worth nightclub, The Caravan of Dreams.  I knew I wanted to get a copy because I spent a lot of great nights in the C.O.D. seeing acts like Albert King, Koko Taylor, Joe Louis Walker, Buddy Guy, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Rogers, Willie Dixon, Wild Child Butler, and many, many great local blues acts.  After hunting around trying to find the book, it turns out it is online only, and a FREE download, to boot.  The blues is given short shrift, of course, but it was mainly a jazz club.  There's even a quote from me from this website, which was a big surprise to me!  The Caravan was sort of Fort Worth's version of Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters, but with unlimited funding from a billionaire Bass brother.  Its time was short, but it burned oh so brightly.  Here's the link for the online book.

Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2023

I am featuring some of my favorite new releases of 2023 on my
KNON radio show on Friday, December 29.  If you have any doubts that great blues are still being recorded, check it out! 

December 25-29, marks the last 6 AM re-broadcasts of Don O.'s KNON Blues Archive on our internet station at KNONNOW.ORGDon O.'s KNON Blues Vault will continue at 10 pm on Friday night on KNONNOW.ORG.

Rest in peace "Grateful" Eric Schwartz who passed away on December 6 after a short battle with cancer. My deepest sympathies to his family and many friends.  Eric followed my show on KNON for 30 years doing the Lone Star Dead show. Here's a photo of Eric with "Grateful" Dave in the old KNON studio on San Jacinto Street from 2003.

Grateful Eric
, whose Lone Star Dead radio show has followed my KNON blues show for 30 years, has recently been diagnosed with cancer.  Eric is a very good dude and needs our help.  There is a benefit on Friday, December 1 at The Green Elephant in Dallas.  There is also a GoFundme here: 

The Dallas Mavericks
have just released the promotional video for their annual City Edition uniform.  Their theme this year is "Trinity River Blues."  I did a little consulting with their production staff and they also asked me to do some voice-over work.  It was a real honor to be asked to help their great organization and it's a wonderful thing for them to throw a spotlight on The Blues!   Go Mavs!!    

KNON's JMac has announced he is stepping away from his Monday night Texas Blues Radio slot after 36 years.  JoMan Joe will be taking over the Monday night edition of Texas Blues RadioJMac will still be around and will sub occasionally at KNON.  Thanks to JMac for 36 years of service to community radio and The Blues!   10/31

I will be at the KNON Funky Flea Market at Poor David's Pub at noon on October 22.  I will be selling HUNDREDS of blues LPs and CDs from my personal collection.  Double LPs and CDs are $4, everything else is $3 or 10 for $25.  Come help me make some room and add some great blues recordings to your collection for cheap!

annual Stevie Ray Vaughan birthday tribute show will happen on Monday, October 2 at 6 pm on KNON 89.3 FM.

Shawn Pittman's
brunch gig on September 17 at the Bartonville Store has been moved to October 1. 

Aaron Burton
has released his new CD, Carry On. 

Thanks to everyone who came out on September 8 for my 40 year celebration of my first show on KNON.  I am grateful to all my listeners and pledgers for the opportunity to play my favorite music on the radio every week.   Let's see if I can make 50 years!

I will celebrate 40 years on KNON on August 24th.  Thanks to all our amazing listeners who pledge and all the wonderful bands that have played benefits for us over the years.  It has been an amazing ride and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to play my favorite music on the radio.  Come join me for a celebration on Friday, September 8th at Poor David's Pub.  There will be free BBQ, while it lasts, and a couple of dynamite bands!  Music starts at 9 pm with incredible harmonica player JOHNNY SANSONE backed by MIKE MORGAN AND THE CRAWL.  Closing the show will be 25 year old rising blues star D.K. Harrell from Ruston, Louisiana with his full band.  It's going to be a great party and I hope to see you there.  FREE cassette tapes to everyone who comes out! 

Are you ready for Freddie?  My annual Freddie King birthday tribute show will be on Friday, September 1 on KNON 89.3 FM at 6 pm.  Two hours of the great Texas Cannonball, Freddie King!  This year we also have some bonus Freddie King shows on Don O.'s KNON Blues Archive on our internet streaming station at KNONNOW.ORG.  Thursday, August 31 will feature a Freddie King tribute show from August 30, 1991.  Friday, September 1 will feature another recorded on September 1, 1989, 34 years to the day!  Monday, September 4 will feature a Freddie King tribute show originally recorded on September 4, 1987.  Tuesday, September 5 will feature one more recorded on September 3, 1993.  The last one also marked the celebration of my first 10 years on KNON and was declared Freddie King Day in the State of Texas by Govenor Ann Richards.  We had a big party the night before on Thursday September 2, 1993 at the old Dallas Hard Rock Cafe on McKinney Avenue.  That was the first time I met Wanda King and her siblings.  All shows are available for listen-back at the KNON and KNONNOW.org archives for 2 weeks!

Aaron Burton
has released a new compilation CD titled Combo Plate.  7/27

Thanks to The Farmersville Blues Society for recognizing 40 years of Blues programming on KNON.  Thanks also to Patti for the artwork.
jmac left don o right

has just been named Best Radio Station by D Magazine for 2023.  7/21

Aaron Burton
plans to be in the studio in August to record his next CD.  7/14

Congrats to Hash Brown on his feature article in Swedish Blues magazine Jefferson.  It's in Swedish, but I have a translation if you would like to read it!  Thanks to Tommy for sending me a copy!

Christian Dozzler
reports his June 25th  show at the Bartonville Store has been moved to July 2.

Scott sent me a note about a benefit for guitarist Kirby Kelly who has been fighting cancer.  Here's the benefit link:  https://www.jimmywallace.com/benefits  
Here's the gofundme:   https://www.gofundme.com/f/kirby-kelley-kickin-cancer-fund

Check out the interview with R.L. Griffin in D Magazine.  4/1

Scott reports Fort Worth blues and R&B man J.B. Wynn has passed.  Here's an interview with J.B. I did for Southwest Blues Magazine back in 2000.  R.I.P. J.B.  3/29

Dylan Bishop
will be in the studio soon cutting a new album with Wes Race.  3/8

Christian Dozzler
will be in the studio in Vienna, Austria in June with Rusty Zinn on guitar.  3/3

I heard a rumor Chuck Nevitt's legendary studio recording of Doyle Bramhall may soon be released.  Stay tuned!

Smithsonian/Folkways Records
has just announced an upcoming release from the vaults of the Mack McCormick collection.  The first release will include 66 field recordings from dozens of Texas artists including Lightnin' Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb.    Here's the link:  https://folkways.si.edu/playing-for-the-man-at-the-door   2/24  

I've added a link to the front of this website showing the latest playlist from my radio show on KNON and a link to the two week online archive.  Click on the armadillo. 

Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2022

E.J. Mathews
has a new open jam session Mondays at The Free Man starting at 7 pm.  Thanks Jimbreaux!  11/21

annual Stevie Ray Vaughan birthday tribute will air on Monday, October 3rd at 6 pm on KNON 89.3 FM and streaming live at KNON.org.

Fort Worth guitar legend and former Record Town proprietor Sumter Bruton passed away on September 30th.  A celebration of life will be held at the Ridglea Theater Lounge in Fort Worth on Saturday, October 8th, from 1 pm to 4 pm.    Obituary is here.

Shawn Pittman has released his new CD, Hard Road.  He has scheduled a CD release party at the Kessler Theater on November 3.

Are you ready for Freddie?  My annual Freddie King birthday tribute show will air on KNON 89.3 FM on Friday, September 2nd from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Two hours of The Texas Cannonball, Freddie King!

Congrats to Larry Lampkin on the 6 page feature article in Living Blues #280.  9/1

Aaron Burton
has released his new CD, Homesteader's Delight.  8/26

Hash Brown reports Fort Worth bass player Randy Cates passed away on August 12.

Guthrie Kennard
is undergoing cancer treatment and there will be a big benefit for him on September 11th at the Plaza Theater in Garland.  Guthrie spent many years as the go-to blues bass player in Fort Worth before making the switch to become a singer songwriter/country artist.  He was in Smokin Joe Kubek's band among many others.  There is a gofundme  at http://gofundme.com/benefit-guthrie-kennard

I have put up a photo tribute for Terry Montgomery here:  https://terrymontgomerygrofftributepage.blogspot.com/

Hash Brown reports that Terry Montgomery Groff, long time member of the Hash Brown Band, has passed away.  Terry along with drummer Bobby Baranowski played literally thousands of gigs with Hash Brown over 15 years including long runs at jam sessions at Schooners and The Bone.  R.I.P. Terry.  Thanks to Scott for the heads up.  8/10

Congratulations to R.L. Griffin, Bobby Patterson, and Gregg A. Smith for their honors at the Jus Blues Music Awards in Tunica, Mississippi.  8/4

Mike Morgan's latest CD, The Lights Went Out in Dallas, will be released domestically by MC Records in September.  7/22

E.J. Mathews
has released his new CD, Smokin' and Drankin' on State Fair Records.  7/8

Zac Harmon
is headed over to Europe at the end of June.  They will be playing the Montreaux Jazz Festival on July 8. 

Reo Casey
will be giving up his KNON Texas Blues Radio show on Thursday nights after June 16th.  Monta will take over the Thursday time slot of Texas Blues Radio.  Reo will still sub on KNON occasionally.  6/10

Grammy winner Christone "Kingfish" Ingram will play a FREE show at Garland's Sounds of Summer 2022 concert series at Audobon Park on Thursday, May 26th at 7 pm.  Details here: https://www.visitgarlandtx.com/soundsofsummer22

Hash Brown has scheduled his CD release party for Sunday, June 5 at 5 pm at Poor David's Pub in Dallas. 

Folks on Facebook are reporting Phil Bennison, better known as Homer Henderson has passed away.  R.I.P. Homer.  4/15

Mike Morgan reports his new CD, The Lights Went Out in Dallas, will be released in Europe by CRS Records in May.  He's still looking for a domestic label.  4/14

The Allgood Cafe will hold a music benefit for Poor David's sound man Carlos on Saturday, April 16 at 7 pm.  Thanks to Scott for the heads up.  4/12

E.J. Mathews
has recorded a new CD for State Fair Records.  Look for release around September.  4/7

Poor David
reports sound man Carlos's apartment has burned and he is raising funds through GoFundMe.  Here's the link:

The Texas Blues Guitar Summit, featuring Anson Funderburgh, Mike Morgan, and Shawn Pittman, is headed to Europe for 2 weeks at the end of April.  You can catch them here at The Kessler for 2 dates in June.

Congrats to ZAC HARMON for the cover feature in Living Blues Magazine, #277.  3/1

The Texas Music Office
announced a free webinar on March 9 at noon to explain the basics of copyright law and registration of recorded works.  Musicians, check it out!  It's FREE. 
Register herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/copyright-essentials-for-musicians-tickets-267919383087

Hash Brown
has released his new CD, Stop Your Evil Ways, on Feffrey Records.  2/14

Congrats to Larry Lampkin on the new interview (with yours truly) in issue 367 of Blues and Rhythm magazine in the U.K.   Larry has been recording some new songs for his 5th CD.

Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2021

Shawn Pittman
has been in the studio recording a new CD.

Aaron Burton
has been in the studio recording a new CD.

Sorry for the downtime on this site, but 2 weeks of vacation were followed by a crashed desktop computer and it took awhile to get all the ghosts out of my machine.  10/10

Congrats to R.L. Griffin on a major feature article in Living Blues Magazine issue #174.

My 36th annual Freddie King birthday tribute is available for streaming for the next 2 weeks here:   https://spinitron.com/KNON/pl/14036724/Friday-Texas-Blues-Radio

Are you ready for Freddie?  My annual birthday tribute to Dallas Blues man Freddie King will be broadcast Friday, September 3rd, from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON 89.3 FM.  Freddie is ready!

"Gentleman" John Street,
long time member of Anson and the Rockets, underwent open heart surgery on August 13th.  There's a GoFund me set up to help him out here:

R.L. Griffin's Blues Palace #2 has reopened.  5/7

The City of Bedford has announced the Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival will not return.  They have decided to "reimagine and create a new signature event for the community."  Sad to hear.  I had a lot of fun at those festivals since back in the mid 90's.

Mike Morgan and the Crawl
 are at Palmyra Studio cutting some new tracks.  Mike is doing this CD himself, with no label support, and is asking for contributions to help cover costs.   You can send a donation direct to his paypal account at mm27@SBCGlobal.net.    2/26

Monta reports that Beer Belly Slim has passed away.  Lewis was a constant fixture at J&J and other blues joints all around Fort Worth for many years.  He made the rounds of the jams and often appeared onstage playing maracas in support of Homer Henderson.  One of the friendliest guys you could ever meet with a big voice and an everpresent smile.  We'll miss him.    2/26


Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2020

Former KNON blues DJ "Gentle Ben" Prothro passed away on December 27th after a long illness.  Ben did a show called Tuesday Bluesday on the station between 1995 and 1999.

Here's the new Texas Blues Radio t-shirt design.  11/1

Reports are circulating that "Big Daddy Hal" Pittman passed away today.  Hal did a blues radio show on KNON between 1993 and 2015.  As with most volunteers at KNON, Hal started out as a substitute DJ before earning his own time slot at 1 am -4 am on Friday Mornings.  He called the show Stark Raving Blues.  He later moved to a Tuesday evening time slot in the Texas Blues Radio format before moving to Thursday evenings in 2006.  He left the station in 2015.  For more than 20 years, "Big Daddy" made the long drive from Burleson to play the blues on KNON.  My deepest sympathies to Lois, Jackson, and his many friends and fans.  R.I.P. "Big Daddy Hal".  10/22
RIP Big Daddy Hal

's online show archive is available again.  You can listen back to any show for 2 weeks after broadcast.  10/8

The long awaited Jimmie and Stevie Vaughan art project in Kiest Park has finally been completed and unveiled.  There was no official ceremony due to Covid 19 protocols, but plans are to celebrate once the pandemic has passed.  Here's the official video from the City of Dallas.  Congrats to Kirby Warnock on all his hard work getting it done!!    https://youtu.be/a_qJWbPRJXk          10/3

Joe Nick Patoski
has just issued a book of interviews centered around Robert Ealey.  Available at Record Town in Fort Worth or direct from Joe Nick.

"Daddy Jack" Chaplin has finally released the CD he recorded with Sam Myers almost 20 years ago.  It's titled My Pal Sam and is on his own Jack Daddy Records.  The CD features Lucky Peterson on Keyboards, Butch Bonner on Guitar, Brent Nance on drums, Big Will Harris on bass, and guest appearances by Gregg A. Smith and Joe Jonas.

R.L Griffin has released a new CD titled I'm Back Again on his own Blues Palace Records.

The Steve Hill Trio has released their new CD, Fields of Blues.  

The Dallas Observer
picked KNON as Best Radio Station for Music for 2020.  The Fort Worth Weekly also gave the station their Survivor Award (pre-Covid) for surving the October 19th tornado.  

Dirk Cordes
reports Tyrone Starks passed away in September.  Tyrone was a a favorite among the DFW blues scene for his smooth voice, great drumming, and the biggest smile on any stage.  

Are you ready for Freddie?  My annual Freddie King birthday tribute will happen Friday, September 4th, from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON 89.3 FM.

Jon Hay plays guitar on several tracks of the new J.T. Taylor CD.  Jon has recently moved to Memphis.

Congrats to Tutu Jones on a cover feature in Living Blues Magazine #267.  7/2

Governor Greg Abbott
has ordered all bars closed again due to increasing  Covid numbers.  6/26

Larry Lampkin
has released his new CD, Funky Blues Man.  6/21/

Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes
will be streaming live from the Poor David's Pub facebook page on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30 pm.

Chef Ivan's Buckey Moonshines will resume limited live music events on Saturday, May 30th. Chef Ivan leading the way!

The City of Bedford has announced the 2020 Bedford Blues & BBQ fest has been cancelled.  The festival will return in 2021.

Lucky Peterson's
Facebook page has reported he passed away on May 17th.  My sympathies to Tamara, his family, many friends, and bandmates.  A giant talent gone way too soon.  R.I.P. Lucky P.    5/18

John Nemeth
with Jon Hay tomorrow, Sunday, March 22, 11 Am Central time, on Nemeth's facebook page.  If you haven't seen young Jon play this is a good opportunity.  Plus they will have an online tip jar.


If you hear about a live stream event with a local DFW blues musician, PLEASE let me know at donoblues AT KNON dot ORG and I will post it here.

Following the lead of Dallas County, all live music events in Texas have been cancelled by Governor Greg Abbott. due to the Coronavirus.  Strange times we live in.  3/17

The Bobby Patterson/Cookie McGee show scheduled for tonight at Poor David's has been cancelled.  3/13

All 5 of KNON's Texas Blues Radio DJs showed up at the KNON Bluesfest on January 26th.  It's a rare occurrence for us all to be in the same place at the same time, so we just had to take a photo.

Our mixing board is back at KNON's new studio.  Hopefully they will flip a switch and we'll start broadcasting from our new control room next week sometime.   1/24

Here's an update article on KNON from the Dallas Morning News.  1/16

R&B DJ Louisiana Red passed away last week.  Condolences to his family, friends, and fans.  

21st annual Dallas Blues Festival has been scheduled for January 25th and 26th at Poor David's Pub in Dallas.  

Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2019

new studio is starting to take shape.  Still lots to do.  12/27

's rebuild is coming along at our new address on Coit Road. Most of the furniture is now in the building.  We still need a new phone system installed and a whole lot of wiring and electronic equipment.

Reo Casey
will be the new Thursday host of KNON's Texas Blues Radio starting December 12th.  12/6

is hard at work building out  the new studio space. 11/28

has a new home at 13154 Coit Road.  11/20

Larry Lampkin
is working on his 4th CD and is hoping for a January 2020 release.

There will be a celebration of life for Sonny Collie on Sunday, December 8th at 2 pm at Bucky Moonshine's in Deep Ellum, Dallas.

Sonnyboy Mark
, who has volunteered at KNON for over 20 years, has left the station.  Blue Lisa's Thursday show will move to Tuesday on KNON's Texas Blues Radio beginning November 12th.

Rest in Peace Sonny Collie who passed away last week after a long illness.  Sonny played with just about everybody through the years and was a fine
singer, song writer, and guitarist in addition to his usual fine bass playing.  

new t-shirt for pledge drive.  Get one now for a $50 pledge 
at http://www.KNON.org and using the PLEDGE NOW button.  
Please select Don O. from the drop down menu under the pledge amount!

coverage from the Dallas Morning News.  

tornado coverage from Art and Seek.  

Dallas Observer
article on the destruction at the KNON studio.  

D Magazine
coverage of the tornado at KNON.  

coverage from the Dallas Morning News.  

is broadcasting again from a temporary site at the transmitter shack at our tower site in Cedar Hill.  We had to evacuate our current building on Central Expressway.  
All of our equipment and CDs are being stored until we can find a new home.   PLEASE support KNON NOW by going to the main KNON website at http://www.KNON.org
and using the PLEDGE NOW button.  We will NOT have a gofundme or other fee charging site.  10/22

KNON's main studio suffered heavy damage in the October 20th tornado.  KNON is off the air until the building can be stabilized and power restored.  10/20

My buddy DJ Dave will be joining me in the KNON studio on Friday, October 11th.  He will be bringing along 2 hours of contemporary Austin blues.  
You can hear his show through October 25th here:

There will be an all-star benefit for Richard Chalk's family at The Sons of Hermann Hall, Sunday, October 20th.

Look for a new CD from Lucky Peterson on 10/25.

will be taking over the Wednesday edition of Texas Blues Radio from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON 89.3 FM as of October 2nd.

, who has done the Wednesday edition of Texas Blues Radio for the last 23 years, will be leaving KNON after his show on September 25th.  Thanks to Scott for a lot of mighty fine blues for a mighty long time!
KNON thanks Scott for 23 years of great BLUES!

Funeral and visitation information for Richard Chalk can be found HERE.    Visitation is Friday, September 27 from 4-8 pm and services are Saturday, September 28 at noon.  9/23

Richard Chalk
, who founded and ran Topcat Records in Dallas, passed away suddenly Saturday evening at his home.  Richard founded the label in 1993 and later sold his catalog to Blacktop.  He then re-started the label and continued to release both new recordings and authorized bootlegs.  His latest project was a 6 or 8 CD set of the Hollywood Fats Band made from audience recordings made by Fat's band members.  Richard helped a lot of folks with his label and loved playing blues guitar himself.   He put out a lot of cool music that had otherwise languished forgotten on closet shelves or in shoe boxes.  His diverse catalog can be seen  here  
https://www.topcatrecords.com/cd-catalog/.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

I've added some photos from The 2019 Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival to my DFW Blues Scrapbook blog.  9/6

Looks like the old Texas Musicians Museum building in downtown Irving is going to have live music once again.  It's now called Mainstage 222 and is at 222 East Irving Blvd.  The first show is September 7th and features 4 blues bands including Bnois King, Hash Brown,
Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones and Kerrie LePai Jones.   BYOB, bring your lawn chairs.

Dylan Bishop
has been recording a new CD in Austin.

Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones and Kerrie LePai Jones have been recording a new CD.  They hope to have it out early this fall.  8/25

Are you ready for Freddie??  Time for my annual Freddie King birthday tribute show on KNON 89.3 FM on Friday, August 30th,  from 6 pm to 8 pm.
2 hours of nothing but The Texas Cannonball.  Available for listening HERE until September 9th.

Cookie McGee
is just back from a series of shows in South America.

E.J. Mathews
has released his new CD, I Didn't Choose the Boogie, The Boogie Chose Me.  7/19

Zac Harmon has released his new CD, Mississippi BarBQ.   6/19

The Trinity River Blues Society will hold their local IBC competition on Sunday, June 23rd at 1pm at Six Springs Tavern.  More info HERE.

Here's an internationl blues chat group I belong to.  It's a fun little group of blues fans and musicians where talking about politics is NOT ALLOWED.  Come join the fun and tell 'em I sent ya.

Congrats to the Paul Byrd Band who will be representing the San Angelo Blues Society in the 2020 IBC competition in January.  

If you missed the broadcast of KPFT Houston's "Blueshound" on KNON on June 7th, the show will be archived until June 21.
Don O and The Blueshound  Don O. and The Blueshound

James "The Blues Hound" Nagel
from KPFT in Houston will be a guest on my radio show on Friday, June 7th from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON 89.3 FM.  James has been playing the blues on KPFT for over 20 years and he will be bringing 2 hours of contemporary Houston blues to play on my show.  Tune in on June 7th and learn about the wonderful and active Houston blues scene!  I visited Houston to do the same with contemporary DFW blues artists on Sunday, June 2nd.  We are calling it the Texas Blues Cultural Exchange Project!
If you missed the DFW Blues version on KPFT on Sunday, June 2nd, it will be archived for listening until June 16  HERE:  
Don O andThe Blueshound

Congratulations to Lucky Peterson who is the cover feature on the latest issue of Living Blues magazine.  6/1

The Trinity River Blues Society is looking for acts who want to compete in their 2019 North Texas Blues Challenge event on June 23rd.  DEADLINE IS JUNE 9TH.  Info HERE.  

Aaron Burton
has released his new CD, Blues is Beautiful.  4/26

Invest 55 minutes in this film.  It is excellent.  

508 Park
will host a Spring Festival on Saturday, March 30th in their amphitheater.  Three bands will play blues and western swing with free admission.  Collections will be taken to support the work of The Stewpot and their community outreach program.  More information at the link HERE.  3/21

The Frisco Heritage Museum will feature a collection of life masks of famous blues artists by Sharon McConnell-Dickerson from April 6-May 25.   A reception featuring Hash Brown will take place at the museum on April 4th at 6 pm.  Saturday, April 6th at 10 AM, the museum will host a talk on Zuzu Bollin, who was born in Frisco.     https://www.facebook.com/events/1324776344343740/   3/20

Here's a video postcard from visiting Sam Myers' grave near Paulding, Mississippi, complete with a map of how to get there.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tnwrMgXWF4&t=1s     2/26

Look for a new Jimmie Vaughan CD in May.   https://www.lastmusic.co.uk/artists/jimmie-vaughan

Sonnyboy Mark
reports Hash Brown's Wednesday jam session at Mac's has been cancelled.  2/16

Tone Sommers has reported that Fort Worth blues and soul singer Suzy Q Maben has passed away.  There will be a remembrance gathering at the Keys Lounge on Sunday, March 3.  2/16

Keeping the Blues Alive Award from The Blues Foundation
Ok, so this happened on January 25th in Memphis. The Blues Foundation presented me with a Keeping the Blues Alive award.  It is not my award, it is OUR award.  
Without the support of  KNON listeners, the wonderful musicians of DFW, and the many volunteers at KNON, I would not have been on the radio for over 35 years.  
It is a great honor, and I share that honor with everyone who supports the blues in North Texas.    

Zac Harmon
will be in the studio cutting a new CD for Catfood Records soon.  1/26

Congrats to Anson Funderburgh for yet another nomination for the Blues Foundation's Blues Music Awards in Memphis.  Anson is nominated in the category Best Instrumentalist - Guitar.  The winners will be announced on May 9th in Memphis.  1/8

The Bedford Blues and BBQ Fest wants your input on their line-up for this year.    Tell 'em here:    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5YH8QSN

The 20th annual KNON Blues Festival is happening January 26th and 27th at Poor David's Pub in Dallas. 

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