Dallas/Fort Worth Blues
Last Update 8/2/2019
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.
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.
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. https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/blindmanfr/
Congrats to the Paul Byrd Band who will be representing the San Angelo Blues Society in the 2020 IBC competition in January.
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: https://kpft.org/programming/music/howlin-blues/
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. https://www.pbs.org/video/two-trains-runnin-r3lng1/ 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
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
Ok, so this happened on January 25th in Memphis.
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. My acceptance speech in Memphis is HERE. 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'sBlues 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 20th annual KNON Blues Festival is happening January 26th and 27th at Poor David's Pub in Dallas.
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There's a nice 3 page interview with Cookie McGee in the December 2018 issue of Living Blues Magazine. 12/3
Dylan Bishop has released his new CD, "Distilled". 10/24
The Smokin Blues and BBQ Festival, scheduled for October 19 and 20th, has been cancelled due to the heavy rains in the area. 10/17 Andrew "Junior Boy" Jones is featured in a 2 page article in the October 2018 issue of Living Blues magazine. 10/9
JMac's annual Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute show will broadcast Monday, October 1st from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON.
Hash Brown's Wednesday jam session at Mac's is now every other Wednesday instead of weekly. 9/27
Are you ready for Freddie?? Time for my annual Freddie King birthday
tribute show, Friday, August 31, from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON 89.3
FM. 2 hours of nothing but the Texas Cannonball, Freddie King.
will celebrate 45 years of publishing with a special benefit show on
Sunday, August 12th from noon to 10 pm, at the Longhorn Ballroom in
Dallas. A silent auction of items from Buddy's past and their
many talented photographers will help raise money to cover the recent
increase of newsprint due to new tariff rules. Performer listing and times
There will be a celebration of life gathering for Will "Smokey" Logg on Sunday, July 29 from 3 pm to 6 pm at Louie Louie's Piano Bar, 2605 Elm Street in Dallas.
Hash Brown has been in the studio and has 12 tracks down so far. 6/28
Reo Casey has been working on a new CD of original material. He hopes to finish by the end of August. 6/28
Paul Filipowicz has reported Dallas bluesman Will "Smokey" Logg passed away on June 18th. Here's an interview I did with Smokey back in 1994. http://bluesdfw.com/sub1/smokey.htm Will was one of the artists who played the very first KNON blues benefit show back in 1985. 6/18
The Trinity River Blues Society
is now taking applications for their 2018 North Texas Blues Challenge.
Categories include band, solo/duo, and youth. Contact
Gordon Robertson at 817-368-1604 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. First round judging will take
place on July 8. 5/9
Cafe Momentum will have a special charity event featuring Jim Suhler and Santos Puertas on Sunday, May 27 at 6 pm. Reservations are required.
Wes Race has had the Dylan Bishop Band in the studio cutting an album of cover tunes. Shot time! 4/29 Highway 61 South will
celebrate their grand opening on Thursday, March 29 at 9 pm.
Their website is now live with a schedule through April. It
will be nice to have a 7 nights a week blues club in DFW again! https://highway61south.com/ Hash Brown has a new jam at Mac's Southside on Lamar. Wednesdays at 8 pm.
Ann Armstrong's CD release party for her new CD, Party in the Underworld, will take place at Poor David's Pub on Friday, February 23rd.
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News 2017 E.J. Mathews is working on a new CD which he plans to release in March. 12/8
Holland K. Smith is working on a new CD and hopes to have it out by February. 12/2
The Hash Brown jam at the Track Bar and Grill is canceled, at least throught football season. 9/7
Fred's Texas Cafe North on Western Center in Fort Worth has canceled all live music, for now. The Currie Street and TCU locations still have live music, including some blues, now and then. 9/4
Are you ready for Freddie?? Time for my annual Freddie King birthday tribute show, this Friday, September 1, from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON 89.3 FM.
Scott reports that former J&J Blues Bar bartender Dave Jeffery has passed away. Dave was in charge of booking the venue for many years and brought in many
wonderful national acts. He also had a microphone behind the bar
and would sometimes blow harp while working, earning him the
nickname "The Harptender."
Paul Harrington has been in the studio working on a new recording. 7/30
There will be a benefit and celebration of life for Kent Viceroy of The Superkings on Sunday, July 23 at Poor David's Pub at 3 pm.
Bedford has announced their headliners for the annual Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival. I'm really excited to see Ronnie Earl in town. I don't think he's played here for more than 20 years. 5/30
E.J. Mathews has scheduled the CD release party for his new CD, King of the Barnyard, at Bucky Moonshines on Friday, April 28th. 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
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:
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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HASH BROWN writes: Our dear beloved brother Michael 'Cadillac' Johnsonhas
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 areBuddyWhittington, 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
email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Last night I had TomKeener 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
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.
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.
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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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
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
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: ------------------------------------- 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.
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".
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
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. ----------------------------------------
Texas Slim is set to head off for a 3 week European tour. Have a fun trip, Slim!
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.
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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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.
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
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
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
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
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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 email@example.com
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
The City of Grand
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
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
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.
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/
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 $4000 for the
Blues Foundation's Hart fund.
Legendary Dallas DJ Cuzzin Lenny Henderson
passed away last night. Cuz was a great supporter of the blues
for many years and was often the M.C. for important road acts like B.B.
King and Bobby Bland when they visited Dallas. 7/1/11
Both Aaron Burton and Joey Love are in the studio this
week making new recordings. 6/2
Legendary Fort Worth guitarist Cornell
Dupree passed away on May
Shawn Pittman's new CD on Delta Groove Records is slated for
release on May 17. 4/21
Texas Slim reports he will have
two new CDs out later this year. Both were cut on his last trip
to Italy. One is a live CD with an Italian band and the other is
a studio session. He also reports he will play guitar on an upcoming E.C. Scott CD for Alligator Records and a new CD for Wanda King. 4/15
Congrats to Christian Dozzler
and Robin Bank$ 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,
because the information on the deceased was provided by his
in Chicago, Emma Jackson. His occupation is listed as BLIND and
birthplace as Dallas, Texas (also incorrect). Place of Death is
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
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.
Dallas blues mainstay Pearl
has announced they are closing after January 8th. 1/3
New club Take 482 has
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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
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
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
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
Homer Henderson has just
returned from a tour of Finland! Here's some video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGDbeZgZeRs
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.
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
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
which used to be on KNON on Monday mornings back in the 80's and
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.
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
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.
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
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.
A new blues societyis
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
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
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
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
BENEFITING-- Wade Mundinger, Stroke Surviver
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
Musicians interested in playing in the line up should contact
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 Austin. 5/20
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
1 1982 TOKAI STRATOCASTER
1 LEATHER DOUBLE GUITAR GIGBAG(BROWN)
VARIOUS OTHER ITEMS.
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
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 residentKirby Kelleyhas
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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$
"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
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
Thanks to everyone who came out for the live broadcast at KNON on
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.
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
Alan Govenar has
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
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
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
KNON will be
years of broadcasting in DFW on Wednesday, July 30th at 3:15 am.
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:
July 28: Joe Jonas
Tuesday July 29: Hash
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
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.
Todd Parsnow reports Lucky
Peterson will be playing
Sunday's at Gezellig on
Greenville in Dallas. Showtime is 9:30.
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
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
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
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
Congrats to the Blue Shoe Project
who won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Recording.
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.
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the 9th annual KNON Blues
Festival and all the talented musicians who performed. It
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
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
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
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
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
Reed's new CD, Where the Trinity Runs Free, has been
released on Dialtone Records. 11/24
Joe Kubek and Bnois King have completed their new CD for
Alligator Records. Release date is scheduled for March
Aaron Burton now has his own website, http://www.aaronburton.net/.
Hash Brown will have a new
Monday jam at Mardi Gras beginning November 26.
Jonas is headed over to tour in France and Belgium in late
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
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
Wanda King has completed her
new CD and is just waiting on artwork, printing, and pressing. 9/2
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
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
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
editor at youtube!! 6/16
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
According to Christian Dozzler,
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
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
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
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
Dozzler. Vernon Garrett
and Gregg Smith sat in as
special guests. 4/1
Hash Brown's Thursday jam at the Flying Pig Roadhouse has been
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
James Hinkle has released his new CD, "Blues Now Jazz Later" on
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) 940.497.3241/10/06
Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2006
KM Williams has released his new CD, "Here Comes the Preacher
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 a few photos
from the Southwest Blues Heritage
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
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
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.
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
Jim Wells has a couple of new blues videos up on youtube. Henry
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
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
Just added: New Video from Smokey
Logg and Paul Harrington.
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
for so much blues talent. His blues club, record store, and
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Texas Slim and the Love Machine, will represent the Denton
Blues Society at the International Blues Competition in Memphis in
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Morning News story on the Sam Myers
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
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 Williamsreports he had a fine time in Italy and
has been invited back for another blues and gospel show in Milan in
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.
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
Chris Ruesthas 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.
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
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'sson, 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.
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
Jones reports cards, letters, and donations can be mailed to Jerry
Jines at P.O. Box 2033, Hot Springs Arkansas, 71914. 1/31
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,
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"
James Hinkle has a new CD out called "Straight Ahead
is the 2005 KNON Texas
Blues Radio t-shirt
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