Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2017
Last Update  4/22/17

Help!   I need some pledge drive helpers at KNON on Friday,  May 12th.  If you can help me out, please drop me a line at donoblues AT KNON dot ORG.

E.J. Mathews has scheduled the CD release party for his new CD, King of the Barnyard, at Bucky Moonshines on  Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29th.

Rev. K.M. Williams
had emergency surgery on Saturday.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  4/11

Paul Jenkins
, former bass player with Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King for many years, passed away yesterday.  He appeared on 4 of Joe and Bnois' CDs.
My sympathies to Roy and the rest of the Jenkins family.  4/11
Rest in Peace Paul Jenkins

There's a nice article on Dylan Bishop in the current Dallas Obs
erver.  Thanks to Scott for the heads up.  3/9
http://www.dallasobserver.com/music/teenage-bluesman-dylan-bishop-on-what-it-s-like-to-have-jimmie-vaughan-as-a-fan-9245984

Jerome Weeks
reports the KERA Art and Seek piece on Rev. K.M. Williams just won award from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters as Best Feature Story.  That means a local story about a blues man beat out
all the other features submitted by news radio stations across Texas.  Congratulations!!  3/3

Congrats to E.J. Mathews who has a 2 page feature article "Breaking Out" in issue #247 of Living Blues Magazine.  That's a big deal in the blues world.  2/2

Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones
has issued "It's Me Again" featuring new takes on some of his original songs.  Kerrie LePai has re-issued her "Organic" CD with one new track under the title "Organic Blues."  1/30  

Jim Suhler will be doing some reunion gigs with his original Monkeybeat band members, Carlton Powell and Paul Hollis.  1/19

The
Texas Music Office reports that the U.S. Department of State is seeking bands for their annual American Music Abroad program.  Info below:

Free online application - http://amvoices.org/ama/apply/application/

Criteria - http://amvoices.org/ama/apply/criteria/

FAQ - http://amvoices.org/ama/apply/faqs/


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Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2016
JMac reports that former KNON blues host Marc Tuton has died.  Marc hosted a pre-war and acoustic blues show called Marc's Hot Licks, originally on Monday nights, then later on
Monday mornings between 1985 and 1994.  He had been battling cancer since 2009.  


KERA's Art and Seek has a nice piece on Rev. K.M. Williams.  Yours truly even throws in 2 cents worth.  Great to see K.M. getting some more exposure here in DFW.    12/1
http://artandseek.org/spotlight/reverend-km-williams/       K.M. also has a new video produced by his new record label.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3culi8nU3ng


Aaron Burton has released his new CD, Southern Swagger.  10/14

Are you ready for Freddie?  Time for my annual Freddie King birthday tribute show, this Friday, September 2, from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON 89.3 FM.
are you ready for FREDDIE?  08/29/14


Josh Alan has released his new CD titled "60 Godammit."   8/1

Austin blues man Lightning Red passed away last week at the age of 67.  He played a lot in DFW through the years.  More info here:  https://www.facebook.com/LightningRedMemorandum/?fref=ts   7/14

Dylan Bishop
will be at Fort Horton Studio on Monday and Tuesday cutting his new CD,  Jimmie Vaughan may sit in on a few tracks.  7/6

Tutu Jones reports that Dallas Blues singer Big Charles Young passed away on June 1st.  
R.I.P. Big Charles Young

The Dallas City Council has approved the Stevie and Jimmie Vaughan art installation for Kessler Park.  Congrats to Kirby Warnock for getting it done.  Way to go Kirby!!  5/25

Dylan Bishop
is set to go in Fort Horton Studio to record his first full CD in June.  4/28

There's a nice interview with Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones in the March issue of Blues Blast Magazine.  http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/issue-10-13-march-31-2016/

Jim Yanaway,
founder of Amazing Records, has passed away at the age of 64.  Thanks to Jim, artists like The Juke Jumpers, Omar and the Howlers, Denny Freeman, and Gary Primich were able to make their first recordings.  obituary  3/16
 

Rev. K.M Williams
has signed with Cleopatra Records and has a new CD in the works.  3/8

The Smokin Blues and BBQ Festival that was cancelled back in October has rescheduled for April 22nd and 23rd.    2/17

I have added a few photos from the 17th annual KNON Blues Festival to the DFW Blues scrapbook page.    http://bluesdfw.blogspot.com/     2/1

The Bedford Blues and BBQ Fest is looking for input on who to book for their 2016 show.  Tell them what you think here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/blues2016


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Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2015

KNON 89.3's Big Daddy Hal is no longer able to do his Thursday 6 pm to 8 pm radio show and will be replaced by Blue Lisa.  A replacement for Lisa's Thursday morning R&B show is TBA.12/17

Congrats to Anson Funderburgh for his Blues Music Awards nomination in the Instrumentalist Guitar category.  12/15

Facebook is reporting Mark Pollock passed away on November 13.


Mambo's
in Fort Worth has closed.  They are searching for a new location.  11/11

The Smokin Blues and BBQ Fest scheduled for October 23 and 24 has been cancelled due to the bad weather.  Check their Facebook for updates.  https://www.facebook.com/SmokinBluesBBQFest

The Blues Against Breast Cancer event on October 24th has morphed into a tribute show for Smokin Joe Kubek with proceeds going to Joe's wife, Phyllis, who is battling cancer.  Show starts at 6 pm at Poor David's Pub with many special guests.  Link is here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1073039252736523/

Smokin Joe Kubek Family and Friends Visitation
from 3-5 on Sunday, October 18, at Donnelly's Colonial Funeral Home.
606 West Airport Freeway
Irving, Tx 75062 972-579-1313
At the Request of Phyllis Perkins Kubek- the funeral service will be private and for family only



Smokin Joe Kubek passed away suddenly on October 10 while on tour in North Carolina.

Here's a new video from the Zac Harmon Band:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K_VLbxA1dM       9/12/15  

Are you ready for Freddie?  Once again I will dedicate an entire radio show to the music and memory of FREDDIE KING.  This year's Freddie King tribute will be Friday, September 4th from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON 89.3 FM.  




Texas Slim has joined the Zac Harmon Band.   He will still be doing his own thing when he is not on the road with Zac.   8/29

Zac Harmon
will be on KDFW's Good Day program tomorrow, Saturday 8/29 between 8 and 9 am.  8/28
Here's the video courtesy of  Fox4:  http://www.fox4news.com/good-day/13500830-story

KNON
announced today our new home will be at 11311 Central Expressway at Northaven.  8/20

Congratulations to BOBBY PATTERSON who won the 2015 Living Blues Award as Most Outstanding Blues Singer.    8/7


Zac Harmon
will release his new CD, Right Man Right Now, on August 29.  It is his first for his new label, Blind Pig Records.   8/3

Here's the wake and funeral info for Joe Jonas (Joseph Jones).

Wake
When: Friday, July 31, 2015, 7pm- 8pm
Location: Sandra Clark Funeral Home Chapel, 6029 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75232

Service
When: Saturday, August 1, 2015, 11am
Location: Sandra Clark Funeral Home Chapel, 6029 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75232

Patti Coghill reports Joe Jonas passed away this afternoon.  Rest in peace Joe.  7/21


I have just added a new section called the DFW Blues Scrapbook.  It links a blog I have created to house my photos and other ephemera from the Dallas/Fort Worth blues scene.  It is still a work in progress and will continue to expand on an irregular basis.  7/20

Look for another HUGE benefit for Mark Pollock in September.

Miss Marcy
has released her new CD, Deep Ellum, on CSP Records.  She has a CD release party scheduled for August 15 at Poor David's Pub.  

Former Freddie King and Cold Blue Steel guitarist Mark Pollock is battling cancer.  There will be a benefit for Mark at Poor David's Pub on Sunday, July 12 from 3-10 pm.  So many musicians want to play at the show that they had to add an additional 3 hours.

Encore Park
will celebrate Juneteenth with a free lunchtime concert featuring Rev. K.M. Williams and Joel Foy.  Here's the link for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1618016685109048/

Kirby Warnock's
project to have an art installation in Lee Park honoring Stevie and Jimmie Vaughan finally has city council approval.  Now he has to raise $68,000 to help pay for purchase and upkeep.  Here's the link to contribute:  http://vaughanbrosart.com/donate

Dallas Blues Society Records
founder Chuck Nevitt passed away unexpectedly on April 26.  He was just 59.  Chuck loved the blues and was instrumental in resurrecting the career of Zuzu Bollin.  His label released CDs by Henry Qualls, Big Al Dupree, Denny Freeman and Johnny Moeller.  Chuck also promoted many live shows in Dallas back in the 90's and for many years sponsored a "show and dance line" listing many live blues events arounnd DFW.  There will be a memorial gathering from 2 pm to 8 pm at Poor David's Pub on Sunday, June 7.    
Chuck Nevitt 1998

Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King
's new CD, Fat Man's Shine Parlor, charted #1 in the February Living Blues Radio poll.  3/9

The Fort Worth Star Telegram continues their blues series with an article on Hurst's Buddy Whittington.  2/27
http://www.dfw.com/static/portraits-in-blue/buddy-whittington/

There is a nice article on Fort Worth blues man Larry Lampkin on the Star Telegram's dfw.com site.  2/19
http://www.dfw.com/static/portraits-in-blue/larry-lampkin/

James Hinkle
reports Fort Worth blues man Arvel Stricklin has passed away.  2/9

Zac Harmon
has signed with Blind Pig Records.  Look for his new CD in the fall.   1/28

Local blues fan Dr. Trey Flewellen passed away on January 19 at the age of 71.  Trey and his Doctor Blues group helped produce the "Let the Dogs Run" CD with Mike Morgan and Jim Suhler for Blacktop Records.  He also helped many other DFW blues artists produce CDs and demo tapes over the years.  Visitation will be January 28th at 7 pm.  Details here:  http://www.daltonandson.com/obituaries/Eugene-Flewellen/#!/ServicesEvents

Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King will release their new CD, Fat Man's Shine Parlor, on February 3.  They have a CD release party at the Granada Theater on February  6.

Omar Dykes needs some help to record and press his next two CDs.  He has a go fund me account here:
https://www.gofundme.com/j3xo3g


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Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2014

HASH BROWN writes:
Our dear beloved brother Michael 'Cadillac' Johnson
 has to have an operation to remove a tumor on his parathyroid gland in his neck. He does have insurance and the prognosis is good for the surgery. The only problem is he needs to come up with the deductible for the insurance to be able to make this happen. This is hard to do on a fixed income! It is time for the friends of Cadillac Johnson to step up and help him, he who helps so many. The benefit will be Sunday, December 28th at Fred's TCU location from 4pm-9pm. Acts scheduled to appear are Buddy Whittington, the Super Kings, Mike Morgan, Dave Milsap, Band of Brothers, Blind Dog Cooley, Steve Hill, Dylan Bishop and Reo Casey, and many special guests. There will also be a silent auction, we are still taking auction items.   If you cannot make the benefit and would still like to make a donation, you can do so by making a payment thru PAYPAL and send to revcadillacjohnson@hotmail.com or send check or money order donations to Michael Johnson P.O. 470183 Fort Worth, TX 76147-0183 Please feel free to share this poster and info on your page, the more that know about it, the better chance we can get Cadillac the help he needs! Thanks everyone!

KNON's Texas Blues Radio is looking for ideas for their 2015 blues T-shirt.  The design must be 1 color and not depict any real person living or dead.  Send your design ideas to donoblues@knon.org.

Aaron Burton
will have a CD release party for his new CD on 11/28 at Poor David's.
 

Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King will release their new CD on February 3rd.

Work continues at Encore Park adjacent to the historic Vitaphone building at 508 Park Avenue.  A dedication weekend for the new 508 Amphitheater and sculpture wall will take place the weekend of October 24-26.  Among the many events is a free live performance by Larry Lampkin on Friday, October 24 at 4:30 pm.  More info here:  http://encoreparkdallas.org/    10/14

KNON was just named Best Radio Station for Music by the Dallas Observer for the third time in the last 4 years.   9/25
http://www.dallasobserver.com/bestof/2014/award/best-music-radio-station-3977155/

Last night I had Tom Keener and Michael Maher from the Allen Public Library on my KNON Texas Blues Radio program.  They are currently working on the first ever documentary on Texas blues legend FREDDIE KING and they need your input.  They're looking for original photos, posters, and stories from North Texas folks who knew, played with, or attended live concerts by Freddie King.  They're especially looking for folks who were at the 1969 Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville.  The family of Freddie King and the Freddie King estate are participating in the project.  If you can't help, maybe you know someone who can?  For info contact:   Tom Keener at: 214-509-4911  or  tkeener@cityof allen.org   9/12

Happy Birthday to Freddie King today, September 3rd.  He would have been 80 today.  9/3
happy birthday Freddie!

The new Trinity River Blues Society is up and running .  They are still awaiting tax exempt status but check their website for upcoming events and news.  http://trinityriverblues.com/     8/30

Are you ready for Freddie??  My annual Freddie King birthday tribute show will take place Friday, August 29 on KNON 89.3 FM at 6 pm.  Two hours of nothing but the Texas Cannonball, Freddie King!  As always tune in for some rare tracks and maybe some special guests.
are you ready for FREDDIE?  08/29/14

Texas Slim
 is headed back to Europe in October.  

Mike Morgan has just returned from a tour in Spain with Holland K. Smith and Shawn Pittman.

Former Mike Morgan and the Crawl harp player and vocalist Lee McBee passed away yesterday in Lawrence, Kansas at the age of 63.  Condolences to his family and many, many friends and fans.  
The service for Lee McBee will take place at 2:00pm with a visitation to follow.

Saturday June 28, 2014
2:00pm
Rumsey Yost Funeral Home  
http://rumsey-yost.com/
601 Indiana
Lawrence, Kansas
rest in peace Lee

Christian Dozzler
has released a new duo cd with guitarist Michal van Merwyk.  

Hash Brown's
Tuesday blues jam at the RBC club in Deep Ellum is no more.  6/3

There is a nice article on Miss Marcy in this week's Dallas Observer.   http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2014/04/miss_marcy_is_a_blues-shouting.php      5/1

J&J Blues Bar
will shut their doors again after May 10th.  

Congrats to Gregg A. Smith who has a big article in the current issue of  Living Blues Magazine (#230).  

Jim Suhler's new CD Panther Burn charted #14 in the March Living Blues Radio poll.  

Larry Lampkin has released a single from his upcoming new CD, The Blues is Real.  4/4

Aaron Burton
is headed over to France for his first European show.   3/29

Look for a new Hash Brown blues jam back in Deep Ellum beginning April 15.  Venue is the RBC Club, which will be at the site of the old Blue Cat location at 2617 Commerce Street.

Jim Suhler
has released his new CD, Panther Burn.  2/18/14

Texas Slim has released his new CD, That's Who I Am.  1/24/14

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Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2013

Linda Riggi
has released her new CD Born with the Blues.  12/20

The title track to the Ruff Kutt Blues Band's CD, That's When the Blues Begins, has been nominated for a 2013 Blues Music Award.  Anson Funderburgh has been nominated in 2 categories, Best Guitarst and Traditional Male Blues Artist.  12/15

Thanks to everyone who came out for my big 30th anniversary celebration at Poor David's Pub.  We raised over $1000 for KNON.  Thanks to all the musicians who graced the stage and to Poor David's for their usual fine hospitality.  Also thanks to Chef Ivan at the Alligator Cafe for the excellent BBQ dinner.  Thanks also to the KNON board of directors for the nice little presentation piece below.  

I will be celebrating 30 years on KNON with a party/KNON benefit at Poor David's Pub on Sunday, October 20th at 4 pm.   There will be 3 great BLUES bands.  From Fort Worth, Larry Lampkin.  From Austin, Greg Izor and the Box Kickers.  From Dallas, Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch.  Jason has promised an ALL blues set!  All 3 bands will do a full 90 minute show and there might WILL be some VERY special guests.  On top of that we will have free BBQ WHILE IT LASTS.  And since it is my party there will also be CAKE, while it lasts.  Blues, BBQ, and cake?  How can you miss that??  We will also have a huge raffle benefitting KNON including many special items from my personal collection.  One winner will leave with a ton of cool stuff, including a complete Texas Blues Radio CD collection, Volumes 1-5 still sealed (vols. 1-4 are long out of print and command $30-$40 each on eBay), a giant Freddie King poster, a box full of great blues CDs, a classic KNON 90.9 FM t-shirt, an event poster, and a LOT more!  Tickets will be on sale NOW KNON.org.   Thanks to Ron at Buddy Magazine for the coverage here:  http://buddymagazine.com/pdf/2013/201310-don-o.pdf    Thanks to Alan Ayo and the Dallas Observer for the coverage here:  http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2013/10/don_o_knon_interview.php?page=all        
     
There's a nice story on R.L. Griffin's Blues Palace #2 in this weeks Dallas Observer.  http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2013/09/rls_blues_palace_dallas.php     9/5  

Fort Worth club Mambo's will be closed September 2-10 for some cleaning and upgrades.  

Are you ready for Freddie?  My annual Freddie King birthday tribute show is THIS Friday, August 30th, from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON 89.3 FM.  

Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King
's new CD, Road Dog's Life, is due out September 17th.  8/4

J&J BLUES BAR
in Fort Worth will re-open on July 27.  Welcome back!!  We missed you.   http://www.jjbluesbar.com/index.html  7/18 

KNON will feature Live and Local music week July 14-20, with many live performers in the studio and all local CDs in between.  Artists scheduled include Christian Dozzler, Mike Morgan, Joel Foy, Hash Brown, Jason Elmore, Aaron Burton, and more.  My show on Friday, July 19 will feature Mike Morgan, Christian Dozzler performing LIVE and Wanda King is bringing by her new CD.  Celebrate DFW music all week with KNON!

From James Goode:
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Friends and fellow blues lovers,

One of the hallmarks of the blues is its sense... of community. We are a caring and giving group of folks from all over the world, united by our mutual love of the music and our compassion. And we like to give back - each in our own way

It's a fact that the life of a blues musician is hard and financially challenging. This becomes even more glaringly obvious when misfortune strikes.

One of our own is suffering and needs our help. Legendary West Coast blues singer Finis Tasby suffered a severe stroke in December, leaving him with what we hope will be only temporary paralysis. He is still very much with us mentally and besides paralysis on his left side he is doing well. Finis does have Medicare but, as he is unable to perform he has no income. His last recording was with the Ruff Kutt Blues Band on their charting CD "That's Where The Blues Begins".

Blues Debut is offering a limited number of these CDs from Finis' last recording sessions, signed by fellow Ruff Kutt members Zac Harmon, James Goode, and Anson Funderburgh. A healthy $15 from each CD sold will go to the Finis Tasby Medical Fund. They are priced at $23. To order, please visit http://bluesdebut.com/finis-tasby-ruff-kutt/

This is a stellar CD in its own right, and now you have the opportunity to get a signed copy of a CD you'll absolutely love while helping out a stricken Hall of Fame Bluesman.

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Texas Slim is set to head off for a 3 week European tour.  Have a fun trip, Slim!  

KNON's online history museum is now online here:   http://knonhistory.blogspot.com/

Aaron Burton has released his new CD, The Return of Peetie Whitestraw.  6/30

The Fine Arts Division of the Dallas Public Library is pleased to host 508 Park: The Past Meets the Future, an exhibit and event celebrating the “resurrection” of the 1930 Art Deco building at 508 Park Avenue in Downtown Dallas.  4th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (1515 Young Street). The exhibit will be open June through December. For more information, please call the Fine Arts Division: 214-670-1643.


FREE blues download from Alligator Records
.   Yup, 17 FREE MP3 song downloads, available until May 11.  Here is the link:   https://www.facebook.com/AlligatorRecords/app_212095832143742

Here's a TV news story from WFAA channel 8 about the 508 Park Avenue project.  Thanks to Pat Bywaters for the link.   http://www.wfaa.com/entertainment/New-life-for-abandoned-Dallas-building-with-rich-musical-history-199078151.html   3/27/13

James Goode's Ruff Kutt Blues Band
has joined Vizztone Records to promote and distribute their new CD.  3/21

The Ruff Kutt Blues Band will release their new CD, That's When the Blues Begins, on March 18 on CDBaby.   The CD features Anson Funderburgh, Zac Harmon, and Finis Tasby in a program of all original songs by James Goode.  

Lucky Peterson's new CD, Live at the 55 Arts Club in Berlin, has been released by Blackbird Records.  2/8

Trainreck
(K.M. Williams, Washboard Jackson, and Jeff Stone) has released their new CD, Live at the Old Town School of Music.  K.M. is currently touring in Israel!   1/11

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Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2012

Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones
has released his new CD, "I Know What It's Like".  Kerrie Lepai guests on 3 tracks.   12/7

Holland K. Smith
has signed with Ellersoul Records and looks to release a new all original CD early next spring.  Anson Funderburgh will produce.  12/1

The benefit for Jerry Clark in Fort Worth raised almost $1200.  

Hash Brown reports there will be a benefit for Jerry Clark at Mambos on Thursday, November 15 at 8 pm.  Burglars recently stole some of his much loved guitars and other items.  11/8

KNON has released a special limited edition vinyl  LP edition of their Texas Blues Radio Volume 5 CD.  Limited to only 135 copies and available exclusively at Forever Young Records in Grand Prairie.  10/25

Former Dallas resident Nick Curran has passed away in Austin at the age of 35.  Nick formerly played with Ronnie Dawson, Kim Lenz, Hash Brown, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and had many of his own bands including The Nitelifes and The Lo Lifes.    10/6
Nick Curran, 2002

KNON
has just been named Best Music Radio Station for 2012 by The Dallas Observer.  http://www.dallasobserver.com/bestof/2012/award/best-radio-station-music-2821663/

Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King
's new acoustic CD will be out on September 18 on Delta Groove Records.  Title is Close to the Bone.  7/31

The Dallas Observer has an interview with yours truly in their online edition.   http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2012/07/knons_don_o_knows_local_blues.php   7/31

KNON will be selling MP3 downloads of Texas Blues Radio Volume 5 this week only for just $9.99.  The special deal ends Friday, August 3rd.  Link is here:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/texasbluesradiovolume5

Hash Brown's
Wednesday jam at Grovers is suspended for now.  Rumors are it may re-appear in September.  Stay tuned!  7/30

KNON
has released Texas Blues Radio Volume 5.   More info here:  http://knon.org/pages/texas-blues-radio-volume-5    7/16

Jackie Don Loe
will be filling in tonight for K.M. Williams at Red Hot and Blue BBQ.  Get well soon K.M.!    6/22

Hash Brown
has a new jam Wednesday night at Grover's Bar and Grill in far North Dallas at 9 pm.  6/4

Got the sad news that Pearl is closing (again) after June 15th.  They are looking for a new location now.  Stay tuned for further developments!  6/4

KNON has a listener survery poll up.  Stop by and voice your opinion!   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M5HTXBT

There will be a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Robert Johnson's 1937 Dallas recording sessions on Tuesday June 19th at the 
First Presbyterian Church in Dallas.  The main theatrical event will take place at 7 pm.  Details are here:  http://www.508park.org/eventsat508.asp     Also, I will be playing every song Johnson recorded in Dallas on my radio show on KNON on Friday, June 15th.  5/30  

The Dallas Observer and other outlets are reporting that KKDA has fired local celebrity DJs Ernie Johnson, R.L. Griffin, Bobby Patterson, and Louie "Da Wolf" White.  They will be replaced by automated programming.  Another sad day for Dallas radio.  5/24

Sorry for the downtime last week. A photo I posted elsewhere proved very popular and drew 150% of my monthly bandwidth in just 12 hours, which got my site locked.  Lesson learned!  5/4

Here's an update on the work ongoing at 508 Park Avenue in Dallas, the building where Robert Johnson recorded in 1937.  There are beginning demolition of the adjacent building this Sunday to provide a space for an outdoor concert amphitheater.  Details are here:
http://thestewpotdallas.blogspot.com/2012/04/demo-day.htm    4/19  

Congrats to K.M. Williams who will be playing on the main stage at the Chicago Blues Festival at the Petrillo Bandshell on Friday, June 8th and on the Front Porch stage on Saturday, June 9th.   3/24

Fort Worth singer and guitarist Mace Maben has passed after a long battle with cancer.  My condolences to Suzy Q and Mace's family and friends.  3/22
http://www.fwweekly.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5441:rip-mace-maben&catid=92:online-exclusives&Itemid=516




The Dallas Observer is reporting Texas guitar legend Bugs Henderson passed away last night.   Bugs was never really a "blues man", he always said "I play AMERICAN music", but the blues was always close to his heart and soul and there was a little bit of blues in every song he played. He was good friends with Freddie King and their late night poker games were legendary.  I remember several times back in the mid 70's going to the old Mother Blues on Rawlins where Freddie would be playing in the front room and Bugs would be playing in the backroom. They staggered their breaks and each would sit in with the other.  My condolences to his family and friends.  3/9

Popular blues supporters the Alligator Cafe has moved over to Casa Linda Plaza at Garland Road at Buckner.  With their new expanded location they will now offer full blues bands from 10 pm to1 am on weekends.  3/2

Texas Slim
reports that Dallas music writer Tim Schuller has died.  Tim was a big supporter of the Dallas blues scene and wrote articles on many blues artists in the area.  He was a contributer to Living Blues Magazine, Blues Access, The Met, Southwest Blues, Buddy Magazine, and was music editor of the Dallas Observer back in the 80's.   2/29
Tim Schuller, copyright Don O. 1996, all rights reserved

Hash Brown will hold a song writing workshop for the  Dallas Songwriters Association on Saturday, March 3rd at 2pm.   Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.  Details here:   http://dallassongwritersworkshops.blogspot.com/

There will be another benefit for Bugs Henderson on Sunday, March 4th at the Palladium Ballroom.  Details here:  http://benefitbugs.com/palladium.htm  2/11
   
The old J&J Blues Bar location in Fort Worth has re-opened as NOS Bar.  They do not plan to be a blues bar but there are a few blues bands on their schedule.    http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/nosbar

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Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2011

Forwarded from Scott from Suzy Q Maben:

Please say some prayers for Mace Maben.  He broke his jaw in 3 places and will have surgery tomorrow.  They are putting in 2 titanium plates, maybe 3.  He fell and hit the corner or the microwave and the the floor. He is in a lot of pain.  12/26

The DFW Blues Society is searching for two new board members by the end of 2011.  If they do not find some new volunteers, the society may be dissolved.  Contact them at    info@dfwbluessociety.org    12/19

Freddie King will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in April 2012.  It's about time!  Now when are we going to have a statue of Freddie in Dallas??
http://rockhall.com/inductees/freddie-king/

The Dallas Observer
reports Bugs Henderson has been diagnosed with cancer and his December 9th show at Bass Hall is now a benefit event for him.  11/19
http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2011/11/influential_blues_guitarist_bu.php

James Goode
reports that Doyle Bramhall sr has passed away.   My deepest sympathies to his family and many friends.  11/13
R.I.P. Doyle

The City of Grand Prairie has opened a new theater venue and will be featuring occasional blues shows.  The first is Anson Funderburgh and Friends with Catherine Denise on November 5th.  Website is here:  http://www.uptowntheatergp.com/home.htm   10/15

Here's a review of a visit I made to Dublin City FM in Ireland where Blues Train host Charlie Hussey was kind enough to invite me to bring along a stack of DFW blues artists to play.
http://knon.org/stories/texas-blues-radio-visits-dublin-city-fm-ireland  10/12  

Lynn
sent me a note about a cool Jimmie Vaughan gig upcoming: 
"Jimmie Vaughan returns to his hometown for his first live appearance in Oak Cliff in 45 years. This will be a special show that will include a conversation onstage with Jimmie and some of his old classmates and band members. He will talk about his younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan and their time in Oak Cliff, followed by a concert with his Tilt-A-Whirl Band. VIP seats include upfront seating and a meet-and-greet with Jimmie after the show. A one-of-a-kind evening with Oak Cliff’s favorite son."
Here's the link: http://thetexastheatre.com/movies-events/homecoming-concert-with-jimmy-vaughan-and-the-tilt-a-whirl-band

Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King's van was burglarized on September 24th in Crosby, Texas and the band lost a lot of uninsured equipment.   There will be a benefit for the band at Pearl in Dallas on Friday, September 30th. 

KNON
has been named Best Radio Station for 2011 by the Dallas Observer.  9/23

The long lost death certificate and gravesite for Paramount recording artist Blind Blake has been found.  In the blues world this ranks right up there with the first publishing of the photos of  Robert Johnson.  The story is here.  9/23

Scott reports that Lee McBee fell and broke his foot so Mitch Kashmar will join Anson Funderburgh and Mike Morgan at Pearl on Sept 17.   9/15

My annual all Freddie King radio show is scheduled for Friday, September 2nd at 6 pm on KNON, 89.3 FM (online at KNON.org).  Freddie's daughter Wanda King and keyboard player Lewis Stephens are scheduled to join me to talk about Freddie.

Pearl
will be re-opening in September. Yay!  http://pearlatcommerce.com/

There's a nice article on R.L. Griffin's Blues Palace #2 in this week's Dallas Observer.  There's also a photo set online.  8/12
http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-08-11/music/scenes-from-r-l-s-blues-palace-2/
http://www.dallasobserver.com/slideshow/the-scene-at-r-l-s-blues-palace-2-33984499/

The DFW Blues Society has re-vamped their website.   http://dfwbluessociety.org/     8/8

Rumor has it that Pearl will re-open in September, in the same location. 

I just re-linked my old DFW blues news archives going back to 1998.  When you page down to the link at the bottom of this (and previous pages) the link actually works now!  Note that many of the old links and photos from the old days no longer work, but the DFW blues history is still there.  If you find any other broken links in the main part of this site (or in recent news), please, please let me know and I will do my best to fix it.  8/1

KNON was just named Best Radio Station for 2011 by D Magazine.  See the award here.   7/22

The Bedford Blues Festival will be in a NEW location this year.  It will now be held on city property located at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive in Bedford.  7/18

James Goode says the Mill Block Blues CD has reached #16 on the June Living Blues radio poll and #5 in blues sales on CDbaby.  Sales have generated over $4000 for the Blues Foundation's Hart fund. 

Legendary Dallas DJ Cuzzin Lenny Henderson passed away last night.  Cuz was a great supporter of the blues for many years and was often the M.C. for important road acts like B.B. King and Bobby Bland when they visited Dallas.  7/1/11

Jas Stephens
has released a various artist compilation of bands who used to play at the notorious Cellar club in Fort Worth.  While it is mostly 70's rock, there is some rocking blues from folks like Buddy Whittington and Bugs Henderson.    http://www.thecellarreunionscd.com/index  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cellar50thanniversaryr

Texas Slim
's new CD Cookin' With Gas has been released on the Feelin Good label out of Italy.  6/15

Both Aaron Burton and Joey Love are in the studio this week making new recordings.  6/2

Legendary Fort Worth guitarist Cornell Dupree passed away on May 8th. 

Shawn Pittman's
new CD on Delta Groove Records is slated for release on May 174/21

Texas Slim
reports he will have two new CDs out later this year.  Both were cut on his last trip to Italy.  One is a live CD with an Italian band and the other is a studio session. He also reports he will play guitar on an upcoming E.C. Scott CD for Alligator Records and a new CD for Wanda King.  4/15

Congrats to Christian Dozzler and Robin Bank$ for winning part of the big  Blues Revue Magazine "Sponsor the Band" contest.  They will be part of a $4000 ad in the next issue of the national magazine.  4/15

After many years and much mystery, the death certificate of Blind Lemon Jefferson has been found.  It has been published in the Frog Blues and Jazz Annual #1.  Interestingly, he was listed as GEORGE Jefferson, probably because the information on the deceased  was provided by his landlady in Chicago, Emma Jackson.  His occupation is listed as BLIND and birthplace as Dallas, Texas (also incorrect).  Place of Death is listed as "in the street 3700 block of Rhodes Avenue".  Cause of death "probably Chronic Myocarditis".

Saturday, April 9, Craig Hopkins will participate in a jazz and blues program in the auditorium at the public library, 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen, TX 75013 beginning at 3:00p.m. Following his presentation about Stevie Ray Vaughan, there will be performances by Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch, Falcon Music Quartet and local blues/soul musician Tutu Jones.

Look for a new CD release in April featuring Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones, Anson Funderburgh and many others.  Details here:  http://www.ruffkuttblues.com/purchase/buy-our-cd 3/7

Here's the new 2011 Texas Blues Radio t-shirt design for KNON by Christi Hansel.    new t-shirt   1/31

Zander's House
in Plano has discontinued their live blues on Thursday nights.  1/8

The city of Lewisville is opening a new 296 seat theater on January 14th with Anson and Friends and Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King.  Details here.  1/7

Dallas blues mainstay Pearl has announced they are closing after January 8th.  1/3

New club Take 482  has closed.  1/2

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Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2010

Pearl
owner Rick Yost is in the hospital with a nasty stomach virus.  Please keep him and Tracy in your thoughts and prayers.  12/18

Congrats to former DFW resident Shawn Pittman who has signed with Delta Groove Records.  12/18

Congratulations to Lucky Peterson, Smokin Joe Kubek, and Bnois King on their nominations in the annual Blues Music Awards presented by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.  Lucky was nominated for the Best Acoustic Album of 2010 for his CD You Can Always Turn Around.  Joe and Bnois were nominated in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category for their CD Have Blues Will Travel.  12/15

Condolences to Lucky Peterson and his family on the death of his father, bluesman James Peterson, on December 12th. 

Congrats to K.M. Williams for charting in the Living Blues Radio poll.  His new CD on Dialtone Records, When I Rise, charted #24 in the September report and #21 in the October report.   Lucky Peterson's latest CD, You can Always Turn Around, Charted #17 in October.  12/9

There's a nice article with video and photos on Texas blues and gospel in the Dallas Morning News today. 
Article is here:  http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/ent/stories/1128glsunlede.27f6c3e.html  
Photos and video are here:   http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/photography/2010/blues/  11/28

Drummer Degge James is in the hospital recovering  from an infected spider bite.  While there, he ran into Cookie McGee who was also being treated for a recent accident.  Here's wishing them both a speedy recovery.  10/30

New club Take 482  now has a website up.  http://www.take482.com/   10/18

There is now a website up with full info on the Joe Jonas benefit concert:  http://www.joejonasbenefit.com/  10/8

I got a chance to visit Blind Lemon Jefferson's gravesite down in Wortham today.  First time I have been down in 10 years or so. His grave is indeed being kept clean, though I don't know about the new arbor thingy.  Photos here:   http://bluesdfw.com/sub1/bljvisit2010.html   9/25

Homer Henderson
has just returned from a tour of Finland!  Here's some video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGDbeZgZeRs     9/24

Jim Suhler
says he is headed to New Jersey (New Jersey! Get a rope!) in October to cut a new CD with Vince Converse and Buddy Whittington.   9/24

Shannon reports a new blues club has opened in Dallas.  Take 482 is located at 1818 Storey Lane, suite 900, in Dallas, near the corner of Storey Lane and Clifford street.   9/18

Hash Brown
's Monday jam at Mambo's is no more.  9/5

Are you ready for FREDDIE?  My annual Freddie King birthday special  will be Friday, September 3rd on my radio show on KNON.  Two hours of nothing but Freddie King from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON 89.3 FM.


Some of you long time KNON listeners may remember Marc's Hot Licks which used to be on KNON on Monday mornings back in the 80's and 90's.  Marc used to play a great mix of pre-war acoustic blues and boogie woogie piano and his show was much loved by many KNON listeners.  I recently re-connected with Marc, after many years, and I invited him to come back and do a special edition of Marc's Hot Licks on my radio show some Friday night.  Well, the date has been set and Marc will be back in the KNON studio on Friday, August 27th between 6 pm and 8 pm doing a special edition of Marc's Hot Licks. Please pass it on!


A benefit for recent stroke victim Joe Jonas is planned for Saturday, November 6 at the Lakewood Theater.  Details TBA.  8/20/10

Congrats to Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King whose latest CD, "Have Blues will Travel", charted number 1 on the Living Blues Radio Chart for June 2010.  8/7

Scott
reports Joe Jonas has now moved to Duncanville Health Care and Rehab.   8/6

T. Wayne reports local blues master Joe Jonas suffered a stroke Monday night and is in Methodist Hospital in Duncanville.  Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  8/2

Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King
are just back from a big blues festival in Lithuania!  There's some photos of Joe and Bnois at this website about 3/4 of the way down.   http://www.aigarsphoto.lv/index.php?view=4&eventId=87  7/11

A new blues society is starting up in DFW called the DFW Blues Society.  Join up today!  I did!  Information on their website here:  http://www.dfwbluessociety.org/index.html    7/7

Will Logg
reports local bass player Randy Joe Fullerton passed away on June 26th.  Randy previously played with artists such as Luther Allison and Howlin Wolf before moving to Dallas where he worked with Smokey Logg for many years.  6/27

Joanna Iz
reports the Southwest Blues hiatus will continue through July. Publishing will resume in August, pending the outcome of the SW Blues benefit concert on July 11th. 

Cheryl Arena
reports Catfish Blues will no longer feature live music. 

WADE AID
  Benefit for Wade Mundinger.  Wade owned the original Muddy Waters, Gulf Coast Restaurant, and managed Deep Ellum Blues.  He moved to Florida a few years ago.  He recently suffered a stroke while visiting in Dallas and needs help with living expenses while going through therapy.
WHEN--  Thursday  June 3, 2010 6 pm
WHERE--Vickery Park,  2810 N. Henderson Ave. ph.214-827-1432
BENEFITING-- Wade Mundinger, Stroke Surviver
                     (Former owner of Muddy Waters,Gulf Coast Restaurant and
                      Deep Ellum Blues) 
Funds will help with living expenses while going thru therapy for the next few months. Wade will make a full recovery and is doing very well.
 
Musicians interested in playing in the line up should contact William Aiuto
lakewoodfc@sbcglobal.net 
or call direct 214-549-8955.

Joanna Iz reports there will not be a June issue of Southwest Blues Magazine.  5/27

Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King
have released their new CD, Have Blues Will Travel, on Alligator Records.  5/25

K.M. Williams
has signed with Dialtone Records in Austin5/20

Joe Jonas
has released his new CD, Hard Times are Here Again, on his own Whale Records label.  5/15

Andrea Dawson
has released her first CD, Left with the Uptown Blues.  5/8

Ginger,
who used to host Texas Blues Radio on Tuesday night, will be back visiting the week of March 1.  She will be sitting in on Blue Lisa's KNON show on Thursday, March 5 from 9 am to noon.

K.M. Williams
and Washboard Jackson will be performing at SXSW in Austin as part of the Dialtone Records showcase on March 18.  Congrats guys!! 

The Tu-Tones
self released CD has been picked up and re-issued by Topcat Records.  2/12

K.M. Williams and Washboard Jackson will be performing at the Chicago Blues Festival in June.  Congrats guys!!   2/5

Jason Elmore says his new CD will be out in April.  1/31

Johnnie Red and the Roosters have released their new CD, Brewing Up a Batch of Blues.  1/29

Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King
have been recording their new CD for Alligator Records.  Bnois says the CD will be out around May.  1/14

Jason Elmore
reports that he got both of his guitars back.  After distributing descriptive flyers to dozens of local pawn shops, one of them recognized his guitar and called the police when the thief came to pawn it.  The other was recovered at the crook's apartment.  1/6

The Fort Worth Weekly
reports J&J Blues Bar in Fort Worth will be closing after January 30th.

Jason Elmore
also reports some stolen guitars:
Last friday, I lost 2 guitars outside of Sons Of Hermann Hall in Dallas, TX near the corner of Elm and Exposition.
One was a newer model snow white Fender Stratocaster with a rosewood fretboard, pearl pickguard, and humbucking bridge pickup.
The other is a beat-up, sunburst colored Fender Squire with a maple neck, it has a Sun Records sticker covering up a quarter-sized scratch in the finish on the body, near the bridge. Most of the hardware is rusted pretty badly as well.
Neither guitar is worth very much to anyone but me. I make this meager living with those tools and I recorded my first album with them, so they have senitmental value to me.
If you hear or see anything, or if you have any suggestions as to where I should start calling or looking, please send me a signal of some kind.
Please re-post. Thank you!
Jason Elmore 903-647-4951


Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2009

Hash Brown
reports his van was burglarized on 12/30.  Below is a list of the missing items:
1 FENDER 1965 BLACKFACE DELUXE REISSUE(SN AC082182)
1 DESIGNED TO FIT COVER FOR REISSUE DELUXE
1 FENDER NOS TWEED LIMITED BLUES JUNIOR(SN D16831)
1 DESIGNED TO FIT COVER FOR BLUES JUNIOR
1 FENDER HOTROD DEVILLE AMP(SN B265801)
1 TUKI COVER FOR HOTROD DEVILLE
1 MACKIE 808M PA HEAD
1 MARS ROLLING PA CASE FOR MACKIE 808M
1 CARVIN MINI PA AMP AG100 D(SN OD14535)
1 SKB 1200 12 SPACE MICROPHONE CASE
3 SHURE SM 58 MICROPHONES W/CABLES
PA CABLES
1 1982 TOKAI STRATOCASTER
1 LEATHER DOUBLE GUITAR GIGBAG(BROWN)
VARIOUS OTHER ITEMS.
REWARD OFFERED
THANKS,
BRIAN 214-673-0309

KNON's Texas Blues Radio
is having their annual blues t-shirt design competition which will end January 1, 2010.  Specs and details on their myspace page  http://www.myspace.com/texasbluesradio

The line-up for the 11th annual KNON Blues Festival has been announced.  Dates are January 30 and 31st.  Details at KNON.org.  

Congrats to Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat who are nominated for Rock Blues album of the year at the 2010 Blues Music Awards for their CD Tijuana Bible.  12/6

Sonnyboy Mark
reports the Hash Brown Tuesday jam at Ernie's has been cancelled.  12/2

Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones
has released his new CD, Gettin' Real, on Electro Fi Records.   11/20

Former DFW resident Kirby Kelley has been named "top undiscovered blues guitarist" in a competition sponsored by Guitar Center.   http://gc.guitarcenter.com/kingoftheblues/  Thanks to Scott for the heads up.  11/14

Christian Dozzler
and Robin Bank$ have released their new CD, Livin' Life.   Robin will be in town for CD release parties beginning November 20th.

Aaron Burton is finishing up his latest CD.  11/11

Blues piano (and accordion and harmonica) ace Christian Dozzler will be a special guest on my KNON blues show THIS Friday, November 13th,for a special ALL PIANO BLUES show!  That's 6 to 8 pm this Friday on KNON 89.3 FM in DFW or at KNON.org online.  Tune in for some great PIANO blues!

Tutu Jones
has released his new CD, Inside Out, on his own Soul Tone Records label.   It's a mixed bag of original soul and blues tunes with 4 solid blues tracks.  It will eventually be available via CD Baby but he is also selling copies via his myspace page and his e-mail at tutujones@hotmail.com.  11/6

Willie Thomas Jr., also known as "Big Bo Thomas" was a well known musician in Dallas from 1947-1972 passed on October 1, 2009.  He owned several night clubs in the Thomas-Hall St. area.  He started his own record label: "Gay-Shel records, the shortened and hyphenated names of his daughter and son Gayle and Sheldon. He produced many recordings with his band "The Arrows".  Funeral:  Friday, October 9, 2009, 11:00 AM, The Potter’s House, 6777 W. Kiest Blvd. Dallas.   10/4 

K.M. Williams has released his 18th new CD,  The Poor Boy Recordings.

JMac's 20th annual SRV birthday tribute will be broadcast on Monday, October 5th from 6-8 pm on KNON 89.3 FM.

Former DFW area resident Shawn Pittman is in the studio this week recording his new CD. 10/1

A new blues and R&B club, Tuckers Blues, has opened at the old Blue Cat Blues location (2617 Commerce Street) in Deep Ellum.  9/27

Long time Dallas blues club the Hole in the Wall will drop its liquor license and no longer feature live blues after October 28.  9/27

Mambo's
restautant in Fort Worth is now booking live blues.

Former DFW resident Nick Curran has signed with Delta Groove Records and will release a new CD with his new blues band, Nick Curran and the Lo Lifes, in early 2010. 

Texas Slim has a CD release party scheduled for September 12th at the Hole in the Wall.

Rumor has it that 2 new blues clubs will be opening in Dallas soon.  One at the old former (smaller) Blue Cat location and another at the old Greenville building that used to house Muddy Waters.  8/27

Ginger
will be leaving KNON's Texas Blues Radio after 10 years as a host.   Her Tuesday night time slot will be taken over by "Sonnyboy" Mark.  Ginger's last show will be Tuesday, September 8th.  She will be out at the KNON blues benefit on Sunday, August 30th at Pearl for a big send-off.  8/25

Patti Coghill
reports there will be a memorial for Ronnie Bramhall on August 25, 2009 6-8pm at Spring Creek BBQ in Irving at Beltline & 183.

Texas Slim
has released his new CD, "Driving Blues", on Dallas based Topcat Records.  8/7

Joel Foy has been in the studio recording and will have a new CD out later this Fall.  8/6

Look for a new CD from Christian Dozzler and Robin Bank$ this fall.. 

"Gentleman" John Street
reports Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones new CD will be out this fall on Electro-Fi Records.  7/18

There is a really nice dedication to Sam Myers on the new Rod Piazza CD, "Soul Monster".  Rod tells a great Sam story and dedicates a tune called "Tell Me About it Sam".  6/11

Pops Carter
will be celebrating his 90th birthday with a show at The Boiler Room in Denton on June 6th. 

Jack McGee reports that the Bobby Rush show scheduled for April 12 at R.L.'s Blues Palace has been cancelled.  Appearing in place of Bobby Rush will be Leroy Ward and Vernon Garrett.  4/10

Paul Harrington
now has a myspace page that even lists his gigs!  www.myspace.com/paulharringtonband

Texas Slim has a new CD due out soon in Europe and in the U.S. about a month after.   3/28

Bob Kirkpatrick
now has a myspace page maintained by his son.  http://www.myspace.com/bobkirklouisiana  3/21

Thanks to everyone who came out for the live broadcast at KNON on Friday, March 20th featuring Cricket Taylor, Kirkland James, and Josh Alan.  It was a big success and we will probably do another one, soon.  3/21

Cookie McGee cut a new live CD for Topcat Records at Pearl in Dallas on February 28.  Lucky Peterson and James Butler were in the band. 

Looks like the Bedford Blues Festial is back!  Info here:  http://www.ci.bedford.tx.us/Departments/tourism/blues.htm   

Congrats to Ernie Johnson who has a big feature article in the current edition of Living Blues Magazine.   2/25

Robin Bank$ reports she will be back visiting in June doing several local shows and possibly recording a new CD.  2/16

The new 2009  KNON Texas Blues Radio t-shirt design by Fred Holmes can be seen here

Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones has been in the studio working on his new CD.  Yay!  2/3

KERA radio has been doing some features on Alan Govenar's new Texas Blues book and they have some nice clips and info online here:  http://www.kera.org/artandseek/content/2009/01/14/texas-blues-part-1-a-new-oral-history/  1/14

Unfair Park reports a request for a demolition permit has been filed for by the owners of 508 Park Avenue, the building where Robert Johnson recorded in Dallas in June 1937.    details here:  http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2009/01/blues_for_508_park_ave_owners.php   1/12

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Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2008

Congrats to Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King for their 2009 Blues Music Awards nomination in the category Rock Blues Album of the Year.  Also, congrats to Dallas based Topcat Records for their nomination in the Historical Blues Album of the Year category for their recent Hollywood Fats release.  Winners will be announced in May in Memphis.  12/16

Alan Govenar has released his most recent book, Texas Blues, the Rise of a Contemporary Sound, on Texas A&M University Press. 

Craig Hopkins
, local author of several books on Stevie Ray Vaughan, has just been awarded the 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for literature by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.  Here's a link to his site with the announcement:  http://www.stevieray.com/book3KBA.htm   Congratulations Craig!!  11/10

Chris Ruest
plans to record his new CD in December.

Bob Kirkpatrick is back playing again and sounds great!!!  10/25

Shawn Pittman has been in the studio in Austin and has several Dallas area gigs over the next few months. 

Joe Jonas had a nice interview on channel 5 about the confusion between him and the "other" Joe Jonas from the Jonas Brothers Band.  Video is here:
http://video.nbc5i.com/player/?id=741721    10/9/08

Tin Spirits
in Grapevine (formerly the main Street Blues Room) has closed.  10/6

Aaron Burton 
has released his new CD, "How Can I Be Blue?".  9/15

Hash Brown
reports his Wednesday jam at Fish on Fire has ended.  Seems the place has been sold and they've dropped all live music.  9/15

Ginger and Big Daddy Hal have swapped nights on KNON's Texas Blues Radio.   Ginger is now on Tuesday and Hal is now on Thursday.

I will be celebrating 25 years on KNON on Friday September 5th with my annual Freddie King birthday tribute show.  2 hours of nothing but Freddie King!  Thanks for 25 fun years!

Click on the image below to see and hear the KNON boogie!




KNON will be celebrating 25 years of broadcasting in DFW on Wednesday, July 30th at 3:15 am.  To celebrate, the Texas Blues Radio format (heard 6 pm to 8 pm monday through Friday) will be playing ONLY LOCAL DFW BLUES ARTISTS  all week, July 28-August 1.  In addition, many local artists will also be performing LIVE on the radio between 6 pm and 8 pm that same week.   Live performances scheduled to appear:

Monday July 28: Joe Jonas
Tuesday July 29: Hash Brown   

Wednesday July 30: Mike Morgan, Joel Foy
Thursday July 31: Blue Lisa w/ Rob Donovan, JMac w/ Gregg Smith
Friday August 1: K.M. Williams, Christian Dozzler

James Hinkle
has released his new CD, Some Day.  6/15

Todd Parsnow reports Lucky Peterson has a new recording deal with Universal music and has been recording in New York.  Lucky is headed out on a European tour next week.  6/15

The Irving Arts Center is featuring an exhibition of blues and jazz paintings by Ernie Benton & Daggi Wallace through September 21st.  It's free.  Info HERE.

Christian Dozzler has released his new CD, The Blues and a Half.  5/31

Tutu Jones
reports his new CD has gone to mastering and he is shopping for a new label.   5/3

Todd Parsnow
reports Lucky Peterson will be playing Sunday's at Gezellig on Greenville in Dallas.  Showtime is 9:30. 

Here's some video of Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King doing 2 acoustic tunes on my radio show on February 29.  Shot with a little sony digicam.  Hands on It
Don't Lose My Number

Hash Brown's
Sunday jam at Pearl has been cancelled.  3/3

Aaron Burton's
long running gigs at Sonny Bryan's BBQ have been cancelled due to complaints by ASCAP.  2/26

Hash Brown will have a new Wednesday jam at Fish on Fire beginning in March.   2/26

Christian Dozzler
has completed his new CD, Blues and a Half, but will delay release til May due to his upcoming European tour.  Christian has a new myspace page with some of the songs online.   http://www.myspace.com/christiandozzler    2/21

Hash Brown's Monday jam at Mardi Gras has been cancelled.  2/21

Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King will be LIVE on KNON on my radio show on Friday, February 29th.   2/14

Congrats to the Blue Shoe Project who won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Recording.   Last of the Mississippi Delta Blues Men was recorded live at the Majestic Theater in Dallas in 2004 and featured Honeyboy Edwards, Pinetop Perkins, Henry Townsend, and Robert Lockwood. 

Here's the new Texas Blues Radio t-shirt design for 2008 submitted by David L. Baxter of Burleson.    2/3

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the 9th annual KNON Blues Festival and all the talented musicians who performed.  It was a big success!    1/28

CD release parties have been scheduled for Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King's new CD and Mike Morgan and the Crawl's new CD in March. 

According to Randy McAllister's website, he is out of the hospital and recovering well. 

More bad news in 2008.  Randy McAllister was in a serious auto accident on January 7.  Here's the news from his myspace page:  "Monday, January 7th while returning to Texas from Louisiana, singer/songwriter Randy McAllister's car was struck by an on-coming 18-wheeler. Randy McAllister was taken by CareFlite to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. His condition is critical but stable. Updates will be posted shortly."

2008 has started out sadly for the local blues scene.  Dallas blues supporter and promoter Armand Hussein and B3 player Lou Lazor both passed away early this week.  1/3

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Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2007

Christian Dozzler will be in the studio in January recording his new CD, "Blues and a Half".  A bevy of local guitarists will do guest appearances on the CD for CD.  12/30

Wanda King
has released her new CD, Songs in the Key of Blues.   12/21

Congratulations to the Blue Shoe Project.  Their first ever CD, Last of the Mississippi Delta Blues Men, recorded live at the Majestic Theater in Dallas in 2004, has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

The James Hinkle Band will represent the North Texas Blues Society at this year's IBC competition in Memphis.  Trainreck will also represent the Society in the duo category.  There will be a benefit to raise travel funds for the bands on Sunday, January 6 at Arts 5th Avenue in Fort Worth.  Early show, 5 pm!!

December 21st is your last chance to catch the Anson and Friends show at the House of Blues Restaurant in Dallas.  See 'em while you still can.  12/3

Ray Reed's 
new CD, Where the Trinity Runs Free, has been released on Dialtone Records.  11/24

Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King
have completed their new CD for Alligator Records.  Release date is scheduled for March 2008.  11/17

Aaron Burton
now has his own website, http://www.aaronburton.net/.   11/17

Hash Brown will have a new Monday jam at Mardi Gras beginning November 26. 

Joe Jonas
is headed over to tour in France and Belgium in late November. 

Christian Dozzler will be touring in Germany in November.

Lil Jay
has a new instrumental single titled "Short Stackin".  He also has a new myspace page, http://www.myspace.com/liljaydallas  10/19

I just heard the news from Hash Brown that Austin blues man Gary Primich died yesterday.  Gary played often in DFW over the last 20 years and was a great harp player and a hell of a nice guy.  He had a lot of fans and friends here in DFW and he will certainly be missed.  9/24/07

Wanda King
has completed her new CD and is just waiting on artwork, printing, and pressing.  9/2

K.M. Williams and Washboard Jackson got a front page feature at Youtube last week and have received over 165,000 hits in just 5 days.  To put that in perspective, that's the equivalent of appearing in a sold out Texas Stadium, 2 1/2 times!!  Way to go KM and Washboard!!   8/13

Bluebird owner Sam Harris's 11 year old son, Sam Jr., passed away today after a long battle with a brain tumor. Please keep big Sam and his family in your thoughts and prayers.   7/13

Fort Worth's Drue Webber has a new website and myspace and a new CD coming next month.  He has song samples up on myspace and I really like the one "25 Years Today".  Check it out!!    http://bluedruewebber.com/  http://www.myspace.com/druewebber      6/28    

K.M.
Williams' video on youtube received over 19,000 hits in just 12 days while featured on the youtube Music page.  6/26

K.M. Williams
' video from my DFW Blues Scene Sampler Project is the featured Editor's pick on the Youtube Music page today!  In the first 24 hours he has had over 6000 hits and sold at least one cd!!  Thanks to Michele K-Tel, the new music editor at youtube!!     6/16

The former Main Street Blues Room in Grapevine is under new ownership and has changed their name to Tin Spirits.  They have a new website and myspace page.  http://www.tinspirits.com/      http://www.myspace.com/tinspirits       6/14

My youtube channel was featured on the youtube music page last week.  Thanks to Michele K-Tel, the new youtube music editor.  My hits increased from around 500/week to over 2000.  6/9

According to Christian Dozzler, Watermelon Slim won't be available to open for Buddy Guy at the House of Blues on May 24, so Anson and Friends will open for Buddy on the big stage, then move their show back to the restaurant for their regular gig.  5/23

Just added, NEW video from Joe Jonas
http://www.youtube.com/bluesdfw
.  http://www.youtube.com/bluesdfw   5/20

The new House of Blues in Dallas is living up to its name with some very fine local talent in the restaurant through the week. The schedule does not seem to be on their website anywhere, which is puzzling.  That's ok, I have most of them on my website.  Anson Funderburgh is fronting an all star band, Anson and Friends, in the restaurant several nights a week.  Michael Jay Dohoney on drums and vocals, Gentleman John Street on organ, Bill Campbell on bass, Christian Dozzler on keyboards, harmonica and vocals, and Joe Jonas on harmonica and vocals.  5/17

K.M. Williams has released another new CD, titled "The Lost Tapes of  Jukes and Spirituals".  5/11

Bobby Patterson put on a great show last night at the Sons of Hermann Hall.  4/21

I've started adding myspace pages to the links in the artists listings and elsewhere.  Many artists are moving their websites to myspace due to cost (free) and ease of update.  If I miss yours, let me know.  Official sites only, no fan sites (that means maintained by the artist or a band member).  KNON's Texas Blues Radio is on myspace here:  http://www.myspace.com/texasbluesradio  and I have a personal page here:  http://www.myspace.com/bluesdfw    4/19

Thanks to everyone who came out to the KNON Blues Benefit at Poor Davids Pub on March 31 featuring Lucky Peterson, James Hinkle and Christian DozzlerVernon Garrett and Gregg Smith sat in as special guests.  4/1

Hash Brown
's Thursday jam at the Flying Pig Roadhouse has been cancelled. 3/31

A benefit will be held for David "Bottlehead" Miller at the Sons of Hermann Hall, Sunday, April 1, from 5 pm-1 am. 

The Mem Shannon performance scheduled for the Main Street Blues Cafe in Garland on March 9 has been cancelled.  Mem's bass player has a severe illness in the family so he can not travel.  Mem's music is a bit too complicated for a pick-up bass player to sit in so the show will be rescheduled.  3/7

James Hinkle has released his new CD, "Blues Now Jazz Later" on the Blue Lights record label.  2/20

Leo Hull
reports bassist Kelley Hickey was killed in an auto accident on February 10th. 

Hash Brown's Sunday blues jam has moved to Pearl in Dallas, 8 pm-midnight.

The play Blind Lemon Blues will run Feb 1-4 at the Hall of State in Fair Park. 

Thanks to everyone who came out to the big 8th annual KNON Blues Festival!! 1/29

Here is the new Texas Blues Radio T-Shirt design for 2007.  1/21

UT Dallas
will hold a jazz and blues festival January 26 and 27 at the UTD campus in Richardson.  Noted blues researcher Paul Oliver will speak and a performance of Alan Govenar's play, Blind Lemon Blues is scheduled.   Thanks to Pegasus News website for the heads up. 

Hash Brown
will start a new Thursday night jam on February 8.   Jam time is 8pm to midnight.  The new venue is the FLYING PIG, located at 531 South Denton Drive, in Lake Dallas( near Lake Lewisville) 940.497.324    1/10/06

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Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2006

KM Williams has released his new CD, "Here Comes the Preacher Man".    12/29

Randy McAllister
has released a new compilation CD titled "Flying High while Staying Low Down".  12/28

Joe Jonas
has released a new CD of solo recordings he made between 1972 and 1976.  The title is "From the Garrett to the Barnyard" and the CD is on his own Whale Records imprint.  12/22

Mike Morgan reports he has been in the studio working on his new cd and has already laid down 16 new songs and one instrumental cover.  He says Randy McAllister will do vocals on 5 songs, he will do 4 himself, and his old partner Lee McBee will do vocals on 3 or 4 more.  The plans are to release the CD sometime late Spring of next year.  12/16

Here's the national run commercial for Famous Dave's BBQ featuring our own Texas Slim and the Love Machine  http://www.chainleader.com/archives/2006/05/video/FamDav300k.wmv  Plus an article on the commercial   http://www.chainleader.com/archives/2006/05/famous-daves.asp   12/5

KNON's Texas Blues Radio
is accepting design submissions for their 2007 blues t-shirt design.  Rules and instructions here:  http://texasbluesradio.com/2007TShirtDesigns/index.htm   Deadline for submissions by e-mail or snail mail is January 5.  Here's a page showing all of the previous KNON Blues t-shirt designs http://texasbluesradio.com/images/tShirtArchive/index.htm 11/20/06

You can order the new book by Sam Myers and Jeff Horton HERE:   http://www.upress.state.ms.us/catalog/fall2006/sam_myers.html  11/14

Just added, NEW video of Josh Alan at the Winedale Tavern on November 6.    http://www.youtube.com/bluesdfw   11/7

I have just added NEW video of Chris Ruest to the http://www.youtube.com/bluesdfw  recorded November 4 at Pearl in Dallas.  11/6  

Here's a few photos from the Southwest Blues Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 14.  It was a wonderful show.  Too bad it was so poorly attended.  I really have to wonder about the future of the blues in DFW when a charity event featuring 11 excellent bands for $15 draws only a few dozen people.  10/16

Hash Brown
reports his new Sunday jam at Rockhouse Live will be put on hold through October.  Hash has to leave town due to an illness in his family and the jam will restart in November.  Joel Foy will be filling in at his Wednesday jam at the Mardi Gras Cafe.10/8

Here's the early promo website for the Dallas House of Blues opening Spring of 2007.  http://hob.com/venues/clubvenues/dallas/   9/29

Just added to the http://www.youtube.com/bluesdfw, new video from Cheryl Arena with Aaron Burton recorded September 13.  9/25

Hash Brown
's Wednesday jam at the Hole in the Wall is ending tonight after 12 years.   It's sad to see it go, but  Hash already has a NEW Wednesday jam lined up starting NEXT week!  The new Wednesday jam will be 9-1 at the Mardi Gras Cafe in Dallas.  Hash also has a new Sunday jam beginning in October.  9/13

Just added, new video from Hash Brown and The Browntones and an instrumental featuring Elliot Sowell.  9/11

The Denton Blues Society has changed into the North Texas Blues Society.  They are seeking candidates for an IBC representative and an IBC best self-released CD competition.  Visit  http://northtexasblues.com   for details.    9/8

My annual radio tribute to Freddie King will be broadcast on Friday September 1st from 6pm to 8pm CST on KNON 89.3FM in Dallas/Fort Worth.  This show also marks my 23rd anniversary of playing the blues on KNON.  8/25

Memo Gonzalez reports he has a new LIVE cd out titled "Memo Gonzalez and the BluesCasters Live in the U.K."  They are now on Crosscut Records at www.crosscut.de.   8/27

Jim Wells has a couple of new blues videos up on youtube.  Henry Qualls and Joe Jonas recorded at Henry's house in Elmo in 2002.  Sam Myers, Hash Brown, and Drew Allain are sitting in, as well.  8/25

Pat Boyack has announced that after 6 1/2 years in her band, he will no longer be playing with Marcia Ball.  8/15

Terry Taylor reports Jim Suhler will be appearing with George Thorogood on the Live with Regis and Kelly TV show on Tuesday, August 15.  8/12

Anson Funderburgh and Smokin' Joe Kubek showed up and jammed with Doyle Bramhall at the Granada Theater last night.  8/12

Wanda King has announced Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King have replaced Leon Russell as the headliner of the 2nd annual Freddie King Blues Festival on September 2.  8/12

Hash Brown's Tuesday jam at the 4050 Chophouse has evaporated, after only a few jams.  8/9

James Hinkle
reports he hopes to release his new CD in October.  8/6

Mike Morgan reports he will be in the studio in September cutting his new CD.  8/5

Doyle Bramhall reports he is working on a new CD of all original tunes for release next spring.  8/5

Southwest Blues reports Deep Ellum Blues will be closing when their lease runs out.  Jim Suhler says the last show will be October 13.   8/4

There's a new club opening August 1 in Downtown Dallas called Pearl which will book occasional blues.  They already have Kirby Kelly, Ann Armstrong and Steve Hughes, and Holland K. Smith on their schedule.    http://www.pearlatcommerce.com/index.html

Jim Wells
has just posted some jam session videos of Sam Myers up on youtube for you to enjoy:  http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=justadallasguy  7/27

Just added: 
New Video from Smokey Logg and Paul Harrington.  7/23

Sam Myers
Hash Brown
reports that Sam Myers passed away July 17 at the age of 70.  Sam was one of the anchors of the Dallas blues scene and he will be deeply missed.   Local services here in Dallas will include visitation Thursday evening, July 20th, from 6pm until 9pm, at the Sandra Clark Funeral Home (6029 south R. L. Thornton Freeway ph- 214-371-2600).  Dallas funeral service will be on Friday, July 21st at 11am, also at the Sandra Clark Funeral Home.  Hash reports that the burial will take place in Mississippi on Saturday July 22.  7/19

Joel Foy
now has a Myspace page with his calender at http://www.myspace.com/iceboyblues

Hash Brown
has a new Tuesday jam, 9 pm to 1 am, at the 4050 Chop House in Addison.  He also has a new solo acoustic blues Jam Mondays, 8-10 pm, at the Mardi Gras Cafe in Dallas.  7/6

Hash Brown's Tuesday jam at The Bone, a 13 1/2 year Dallas blues institution, has ended.  This seems to be the end of live blues at the club, which at one time boasted live blues 5 nights a week.  Look for a new HB jam to pop up somewhere else, soon.  More proof, if you don't support the local blues scene IT WILL GO AWAY!!!    6/26

Local piano player Dennis Cavalier has had some tough medical problems and has incurred almost $40,000 in medical expenses.  If you can help, please send a check made out to Dennis to this address:  Dennis Cavalier, C/O Mike Kennedy, 1301 Mohawk Drive, Arlington, Texas 76012, or make a donation in Dennis' name to the Southwest Blues Heritage Foundation, PO Box 710548, Dallas, TX   75371-0548.   6/25

K.M. Williams has released his latest CD, The Resurrection of Blind Willie and Old Time Spirituals.  6/9

Just added, new video from the James Hinkle Band.  6/6

Hash Brown's Sunday jam at the Cottage Lounge will end after June 11 due to lack of support.  6/6

It's a sad day for the blues as I just heard Clifford Antone has passed away.  Without him, Austin would never have been the cradle and magnet for so much blues talent.  His blues club, record store, and record label have entertained me for many years, even though I live 200 miles north.  I can't count the road trips I have made to Austin, specifically to see folks who were playin his club.  God bless you Clifford and THANK YOU for all you did for the blues.  5/23

Just added, new video from Holland K. Smith with James Hinkle.  5/21


Sam Myers flew back into town today.  He will be in an assisted living facility for awhile while he recovers from his recent surgery.  5/19

Craig Hopkins will be exhibiting portions of his vast Stevie Ray Vaughan collection through October of this year.  For info and directions, check this link: 
http://www.stevieray.com/museum.htm

Just added, new video of Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones.  5/13

Just added, new videos of Mike Morgan and the Crawl and Jim Suhler with Cheryl Arena.  Both are new tunes which will be on Mike and Jim's new CDs!  Also, a new video of The Hash Brown Band.  5/11

There is a new restaurant in Addison featuring blues, The 4050 Chop House.  5/8

Just added, a new video of Cheryl Arena with Jim Suhler in a rare duo setting.  5/1

Just added, a new video of James Hinkle and Holland K. Smith in a rare duo setting.  James is doing a new instrumental tune to be included on his next CD titled "Minor Mule".  He is headed to the studio this week to start recording his new project.  4/30

More new video.  I've just added links to video of Joey Love and Texas Slim and the Love Machine.  This video is posted at Google Video as an experiment.  I think the quality is inferior to straight Quicktime downloads, but it may be more accessible to folks with slower connections.  Plus it is searchable in the Google database, which is not a bad thing.  Take a look and let me know what you think.  4/8

Sam Myers is scheduled for surgery on his throat cancer on Saturday, April 8.  Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  4/7/06

I have added most of my video streams to youtube.com where they are searchable and viewable with their own viewer.  If you have a slower connection give those a try.  Just search on Texas Blues or Dallas Blues, or go to my username, Bluesdfw.  The quality is not as good as the free Quicktime viewer, but it's another place to help promote the bands and the scene.  4/5

New Video.
   I've just added a new videos from the Paul Byrd Band recorded last week at Deep Ellum Blues in Dallas and Hash Brown solo at the Alligator Cafe in Dallas.   4/5

Bnois King reports the new Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King CD will be out May 9 on Blind Pig Records.    That show was recorded live at J&J Blues Bar in Fort Worth on New Years Eve.  There will also be a DVD of the show.  They will have a CD/DVD release party at J&J on June 17th.      3/26

Streaming blues video!!  I have the first streaming blues video up for my DFW Blues Scene Sampler Project.   Christian Dozzler, K.M. Williams, Aaron Burton, and James Hinkle are the first guinea pigs!  Look for many more in the near future.  http://www.youtube.com/bluesdfw

Hash Brown reports that the new owners of The Bone have decided to charge a $5 cover charge for his Tuesday night jam after 10 pm, effective immediately.   3/6

The Dallas Morning News reports the long awaited House Of Blues location in Dallas has been set for the old White Swan Building between the west end and the new Victory development.  Expected opening will be late this year or early 2007.    3/4/06 http://www.guidelive.com/sharedcontent/dws/ent/music/stories/DN-HOB_0304gl.ART.State.Edition2.22d30170.html

Congrats to Joe Jonas on the wonderful feature interview in the latest issue of Living Blues Magazine.  2/26

Christian Dozzler will be playing some gigs with Mike Morgan and the Crawl.  2/12

Hash Brown reports the Greenville Bar and Grill has closed, again.  2/12

Here is the new KNON Texas Blues Radio t-shirt design for 2006.  2/1

Sonny Collie will be leaving the Hash Brown Band after this week to pursue a solo project.  Drew Allain will be joining the band as regular bass player in April.  1/23

Andrew "Jr Boy" Jones has a new website at   http://andrewjrboyjones.com     Andrew's new CD should be out in late February and he will have a few advance copies at the KNON Blues Festival on January 29.  1/21

Andrea Dawson
and Miss Marcy have new websites.   http://andreadbluesband.com/      http://www.missmarcy.com/

508 Park Avenue, long thought to be the location of Robert Johnson's Dallas recordings, has finally been CONFIRMED as the recording site.   California blues collector Tom Jacobson recently donated a letter from session producer Don Law to the Library of Congress that confirms that Dallas building as the location.  1/10

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Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2005

Texas Slim and the Love Machine, will represent the Denton Blues Society at the International Blues Competition in Memphis in 2006. 

Holland K. Smith
reports that Fort Worth guitar player Robin Sylar died today.  12/11

K. M. Williams
' song "Last Train Blues" has been licensed to be part of a Major Motion Picture Soundtrack entitled  "FATWA"  http://capcityent.net/fatwa/ . The movie is Scheduled for release sometime in the Spring of 2006  12/11

K.M. Williams
is getting ready to head back over to Italy for 5 days of performances.  He has also received a DVD and CD recorded at his last appearance in Italy and is selling copies at his shows.   12/2


Hash Brown has organized a benefit for Terry Montgomery on Monday, December 5 at Django in Addison.  Terry was recently hospitalized and has many medical expenses to pay.  The show will be hosted by the Hash Brown Band with many special guests.  11/28

Here's a  PHOTO of Christian Dozzler and Henry Gray at Tarrant County College Northeast campus on November 10.  Henry was brought to town by the Blue Shoe Project.   11/10

KNON's Texas Blues Radio CD Volume 4 is NOW available!!!  11/5

The play Blind Lemon Blues will run November 8, 9, 10, and 12 at the Hall of State Theater in Fair Park.  For info and tickets 214-823-8955.  11/5

Here are some PHOTOS of the October 19 Katrina benefit at Deep Ellum Blues in Dallas.  10/20

KNON
will release its DFW blues compilation, Texas Blues Radio Volume 4, on November 4.  The CD features 15 tracks of original blues tunes by local artists.  10/14

Aaron Burton
has self-released his first CD titled "aka Peetie Whitestraw".  10/4

Here are some PHOTOS of the 2005 Southwest Blues Heritage Festival at J&J Blues Bar in Fort Worth.  9/25 

Paul Osborne at Audio Dallas, along with several other area studios, is starting a recording project to benefit N.O. musicians.  The studios have donated studio time and they have a pressing plant who has agreed to donate at least the first pressing of the CD, probably more.  Proceeds to go to the Tipitina fund.  They're looking for displaced N.O. musicians to participate.  If you see any at a jam or elsewhere, ask them to contact Paul at 972-276-3896.  They will put out a press release later, but they'd like to start getting the word out to N.O. musicians right now.  Thanks!  9/14

BB King
will be 80 on September 16 and I will be doing an ALL BB KING show on KNON that evening.  KNON will also be collecting non-perishible food, clothing, and other supplies for locally housed Louisiana and Mississippi evacuees, all day.  Info at knon.org.

Fort Worth's historic Bluebird club has reopened and has live music on Friday and Saturday nights.


I will be doing my annual ALL Freddie King radio show this Friday, September 2, from 6-8pm on KNON 89.3 FM.  Available live on the internet via the link at KNON.org.      8/30

Jim Wells is now out of the hospital.


D.C. and the Capitols have a new website at http://dcandthecapitols.com/      8/25

Joanna Iz reports Big Jim Wells is in the hospital recovering from a stroke.  She says he's at the Plano Baylor Regional Hospital, at Preston and George Bush Tollway, room 516.  8/25

H
ere's the Dallas Morning News story on the Sam Myers benefit:   http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/entertainment/stories/082105dnartmyers.217d8926.html    8/21

K.M. Williams has released his new CD, Truth  Music.  8/8

Little Milton
passed away August 4 and will not be appearing at the Sam Myers benefit.  Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.  7/31

Joe Jonas
has released his new CD, Me Myself and I, on his own Whale Records Label.  He also has a new domain name website at http://joejonas.com.  He has scheduled a CD release party at Deep Ellum Blues on August 6.    7/16

The Big benefit for Sam Myers is OFFICIAL and is August 26 at 7:30 pm at the Granada Theater.  Proceeds benefits Sam Myers and his hefty doctor bills from his cancer proceedures.  If you can't make the show, donations will be accepted at: 
SOUTHWEST BLUES HERITAGE FOUNDATION(a 501(c)3 organization) P.O. BOX 710548, DALLAS,TX 75371-0548   Please mark on the memo area of the check or money order "SAM MYERS FUND"     7/8

James Hinkle
reports popular Fort Worth bass player Stoney Bass passed away last night.   7/5

Anson and Renee Funderburgh
(with special guests) will hold a small benefit for Sam Myers at the Cottage Lounge on Saturday, June 11.  A larger show is planned for mid August, date, venue, and artists TBA.  6/8

Wanda King
has set the date and venue for the first annual Freddie King Blues Festival to benefit the Freddie King Foundation.  The show will take place on Freddie's birthday, Saturday, September 3, and will be at the Granada Theater in Dallas.  Talent TBA, but it will be a BIG show!  6/8

K.M Williams
reports he had a fine time in Italy and has been invited back for another blues and gospel show in Milan in December.  6/8

Eugene Hideaway Bridges
has released a new CD, Coming Home, on Armadillo Records, with lots of DFW talent along including Guthrie Kennard, Bobby Baranowski, Ruf Ruffner, and Rocky Athas.  6/1

Tutu Jones has released his long promised live CD on Doc Blues Records.  6/1

Kenny Traylor
will have a new Thursday jam at the Cottage Lounge starting May 19.  5/10

Anson Funderburgh is working on a benefit to help pay for Sam Myers' recent surgery and treatment.  Details soon as I have them.  4/29

Hash Brown
reports the North Dallas Club (NDC) has closed, so their Monday jam there has ended.  4/25

Kenny Traylor will no longer be hosting the Thursday jam at the Hole in the Wall.  No word on their replacement.  4/24

K.M. Williams and Washboard Jackson
have released their third Trainreck cd, Live @ the Scene.  4/23

Ann Armstrong has released her new CD, Lucky Charm.  4/13

Chris Ruest has released his first CD, Too Many Problems, on Browntone Records.  His first CD release party is scheduled for April 21 at The Bone.  Nick Curran guests on 3 tracks.  Stompin Bill Johnston also plays some nice harp.  It's a gooder.  4/13

There will NOT be a Mike Morgan show on Monday 4/4 at Django.  It is cancelled due to the NCAA playoffs.  Whatever that is.  Mike will return with special guest KIM WILSON on 4/11.   4/2

K.M. Williams
has his first label release, a compilation from some of his self released CDs titled The Best of the Texas Country Blues Preacher.  Now available on the DWM Music label.  4/1

Lucky Peterson
will be one of the headliners at this year's Chicago Blues Festival.  He will be playing at the Crossroads stage and the Petrillo Bandshell on Sunday, June 12.   3/23

Chris Zalez
has released his new CD, Texas Cantina, on Pacific Blues Records.  3/15

Dempsey Crenshaw,
formerly with Shame Shame, has released his first CD, All Night Long, under the name D.C. and the Capitols.  3/14

Christian Dozzler
reports that Johnnie Red Latham's son, Jake Latham, passed away suddenly Wednesday morning.  Jake was a very talented young man and it is such a shame to lose him at such a young age.  My deepest sympathies go out to Johnnie and his family.  Here's a photo of young Jake playing at the Black Dog Tavern in Fort Worth.  3/9

Texas Slim is playing every Wednesday this month at Deep Ellum Blues and Slim reports the band will be working in 3-4 new songs every night.   3/9

Christian Dozzler
will be my special guest on my KNON radio show on Friday, March 18.   He'll be presenting 2 hours of nothing but piano blues.   3/7/05

KM Williams and Washboard Jackson
are headed to Italy in June for their first overseas tour.   3/4

Denny Freeman
has joined Bob Dylan's band and will be off on tour the next two months.  Congrats to Denny!   2/21

The Hash Brown Band
has a new Monday night jam at the North Dallas Club, 
17449 Preston Road (north of Campbell), in Richardson.  Jam runs 8 pm to midnight.  2/17

Look for a new blues club in Grapevine, The Main Street Blues Room, to open soon.  http://mainstreetbluesroom.com/    2/16

Happy birthday to Ray Sharpe, who turned 67 onstage Tuesday night at James Hinkle's 13th annual Krewe of Kowtown Mardi Gras party.  Here's a photo!   2/9

We have set up a new web page for KNON's Texas Blues Radio.  texasbluesradio.com   2/8

Perry Jones reports cards, letters, and donations can be mailed to Jerry Jines at P.O. Box 2033, Hot Springs Arkansas, 71914.   1/31

Guitarist Jerry Jines, who worked for several years with R.L. Griffin's revue, was badly injured in a car wreck in Arkansas recently.  A big benefit is planned for Sunday, February 27 at Blues Palace #2.  I talked to Perry Jones today, who is keeping in touch with the family.  He said Jerry is still in intensive care and has developed pneumonia.  He is also under very heavy medication.  They are currently working to cure the pneumonia before moving him out of intensive care.   1/28

Bobby Counts
will be hosting a new Sunday jam at 8 pm on Sundays at Stumpy's beginning in February.  JB Wynn will take over their Thursday night jam at 8 pm beginning in February.  1/27

Randy McAllister
has a new CD out called "Temporary Fixes"  1/27

James Hinkle
has a new CD out called "Straight Ahead Blues?"    1/27

Here is the 2005 KNON Texas Blues Radio t-shirt design.   1/11

Chris Ruest
is headed to Austin to cut his first CD at Fort Horton Studios on January 10 and 11.  Hash Brown is producing for Browntone Records.  1/7

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