The Dallas/Fort Worth area has a rich history of blues performers,
recording sessions, and events stretching back to the earliest days
of the blues. That legacy continues today. Over 100 blues bands
live and perform in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Over 50 blues performances
occur weekly around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Over 100 blues
CDs have been released by DFW blues bands in the last five years. People
from all over the world travel to DFW specifically to experience our local
blues scene. Record labels around the country and in Europe have
mined the rich lode of DFW blues talent. All of this with little notice
by the local press and the general public.
The goal of Dallas/Fort Worth Blues History Week is to help promote
the local blues scene and educate local citizens about some of the blues
history of the area. All events are free.
Sunday, June 16
Lecture on Blind Lemon Jefferson by Dr. Robert Uzzell, author
of Blind Lemon Jefferson, His Life, His Death, His Legacy.
Published by Eakin Press, Austin.
Dr. Uzzell will have copies of his new book available. To
be held at Baja California, 14905 Midway (south of Beltline), Addison.
Start time 7 pm. Free. To be followed by The Robin
Bank$ Band live blues jam and featuring live performances of Blind Lemon
Jefferson's music by Mighty Paul Young and K.M. Williams.
Monday, June 17
Lecture on Stevie Ray Vaughan by Craig Hopkins, author of
The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan. Self Published.
Mr. Hopkins will have copies of his book available. Start
time 8:30 pm. Free. To be held at C.J.'s Billiards, 7328
Gaston Ave, Dallas. To be followed by The Hash Brown Band live blues
Tuesday, June 18
Lecture on Deep Ellum by Jay Brakefield, co-author of Deep
Ellum and Central Tracks, Where the Black and White Worlds of Dallas
Converged . Published by The University of North Texas
Press. Mr. Brakefield will have copies of his book available.
To be held at The Bone, 2724 Elm (at Crowdus), Dallas. Start
time 8:00 pm. Free. To be followed by The Hash Brown Band
live blues jam.
Wednesday, June 19 ---JUNETEENTH
Lecture by Sumter Bruton, Chris Evans, Henry Shephard on T-Bone
Walker, the Jim Hotel, and Fort Worth Blues. To be held at The
Black Dog Tavern, 903 Throckmorton, Fort Worth. Start time 8:30
pm. Free. To be followed by The Holland K. Smith band live
jam session with special guests. An evening dedicated to the music
of T-Bone Walker.
Thursday June 20
Lecture on Robert Johnson and his Dallas recording session with
live performances of Robert Johnson's music by K.M. Williams and Mighty
Paul Young. To be held at The Bone, 2724 Elm (at Crowdus), Dallas.
Start time 8:00 pm. Free. To be followed by live blues
by The Browntones.
Sunday, June 23
Lecture by Don O. on Freddie King, with comments by Freddie King's
family. To be held at Baja California, 14905 Midway (south of
Beltline), Addison. Start time 7 pm. Free. To be followed
by The Robin Bank$ Band live blues jam. Videos of Freddie King
performances will be shown during the breaks.
Monday, June 17-Friday, June 21
DFW Blues week. Texas Blues Radio, 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON
89.3 FM. A week of radio shows featuring DFW blues artists and
For more information contact Don O. at
E-mail: donotemp AT eudoramail DOT
Title logo design by Daron Little
A great big THANK YOU to the Dallas Morning News, Thor Christensen, The
Dallas Observer, Zac Crain, The Fort Worth Weekly, Buddy Magazine, and Southwest
Blues Magazine for their press coverage of these events.