Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2002-2004
Last Update 12/22/04
Little J has been in the studio in Dallas with Butch Bonner
Denny Freeman is back in town and doing an every Wednesday show at 8 pm
at Deep Ellum Blues. I've been to a couple and it's hot
stuff. Michael J Dahoney on drums and vocals, and Jim Milan on
bass. That's about 100 years of experience onstage for no cover
Hot guitarist Joel Foy has recently relocated to Big D. His
guitar credits include a who's who of the West Coast blues scene
including William Clarke, James Harman, and even Screamin' Jay
Hawkins. He's just pretty much hanging out at the jams and
checking out the scene right now, but look for him to make some waves
once he gets a band together. 12/8
KM Williams has self-released his new CD "Country Roads, Street Corners
& Church Houses". 12/8
Southwest Blues has announced they are cutting back to 11 issues a year
(no more January issue) and Patti Coghill will be leaving the
magazine. Support 'em! Buy an ad! 12/1/04
JW Jones will be visiting from Ottawa in December. He has gigs at
the Bone and Deep Ellum Blues. 12/1/04
Paul Byrd will be in the studio in early 2005 to cut his new CD.
Hash Brown has recently been in Austin recording with Bobby
Ron's Deli in Fort Worth has stopped booking bands and left several
bands holding the bag with dates booked, but not honored.
No more blues at Ron's. 11/3
Stumpy's has re-opened in Arlington at 2811 W. Division,
817-275-3202. They have a website up with their schedule.
Welcome back, Stumpy's!! http://www.stumpysbluesbar.net/
Jones has a new Sunday jam 9-1 at House of Jock in south
Cookie McGee is just back from a short tour in Latvia! She's also
working on material for her new CD. 10/14
Wade Mundinger, former owner of Muddy Waters, is now the manager at
Deep Ellum Blues. 10/12
Steve Meek, U.P. Wilson's former drummer and manager, called with this
info on U.P.'s funeral:
Saturday, October 9, 12 noon. Strangers Rest Baptist Church, 5705
Donnelly, Fort Worth. 10/7
Hash Brown has a new Sunday jam starting October 10. Venue is the
Cottage Lounge, 3006 W. NW Highway in Dallas, 214-358-3018. Jam
times are 5-10 pm. 10/1
Steve Meek reports former Fort Worth blues stalwart U.P. Wilson passed
away last night in Paris from blood poisoning resulting from an
infected leg. U.P. moved to Paris several years ago. Here's
a photo of U.P. performing his patented 1 handed playing style at the
Bone in Deep Ellum. U.P. Wilson copyright
Don O. 9/23
Hash Brown's Sunday jam at Deep Ellum Blues has been cancelled.
Hash has also announced his new band will have Kevin Schermerhorn on
drums and Sonny Collie on bass.
The new documentary film on KM Williams, Sanctified Boogie, will be
shown at 7 pm on Friday, October 15 at Deep Ellum Blues in
KNON completed the move to 5353 Maple Avenue with the flip of a switch
at midnight on August 15.
KNON IS FINALLY MOVING!!! We're not sure exactly when, probably
next month. However, we are NOT moving to Southside. As I have
explained to many of you
previously, that was simply a matter of being unable to raise the
money to make it happen. We never got close to raising the $150K plus
that we needed to build out the space. Instead, we are moving into a
nice office building at 5353 Maple Avenue. Compared to the beat up
old house on San Jacinto, it is the Taj Mahal. No pigeons dancing on
the window air conditioner. No roaches running up the walls. An
actual paved parking lot. Plus a nicer bigger studio and newer
equipment donated by KZPS and KVIL. It is simply amazing. All we're
waiting on is the phone line from SBC to be set up and tested, a few
tweaks on our newer board, and some cabinet buildouts. The move
should take place sometime AFTER pledge drive.
This pledge drive we will have a ONE TIME special t-shirt premium with
the old house on the front. As always, your favorite broke-ass
blues-playing radio station needs your help to keep going, so please
send us a few bucks the next couple of weeks during pledge drive if
Ron's Deli now has a domain name website http://www.ronsdeli.com/
K.M. Williams now has his own domain name website. http://kmwilliams.com/
Congratulations to Mike Morgan and the Crawl whose latest CD, Live in
Dallas, charted #3 on the Living Blues Radio Poll in February, #8
in March, and # 12 in April. Also, congrats to Pat Boyack whose
latest CD, Voices from the Street, charted #18 in April and # 25 in
May. The Living Blues Radio Poll compiles radio airplay at over
100 blues radio programs worldwide. 7/17
Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King have released their new CD on Blind Pig
Records entitled, Show Me the Money. 7/3
Trainreck (aka KM Williams and Washboard jackson) have released their
new CD, Train Keeps On Rollin. Bill Fountain has also completed a
documentary film on KM Williams that will be available on DVD later
this year. 7/3
I have set up a new domain name website at bluesdfw.com. The
purpose of the site is to create a short, easy to remember URL so we
can help new folks find the info they need on the North Texas
blues scene. I have linked the NTB chat group, Jack's soul blues
site, Southwest Blues magazine, and this site from the new site.
I have no plans to move this site over there. It will stay right
here for the forseeable future. It is just meant to be a portal
or gateway to the main sources of information on the DFW blues
scene. Please help spread the word about
Chuck Nevitt reports on the NTB newsgroup that Chris Ruest's long
running happy hour gigs at The Bone will end at the end of this
The June 2004 issue of Texas Highways contains one of the best overview
articles of Texas Blues I have seen in a long time. Local folks
include K.M. Williams, Hash Brown, and even this little ol' website.
Although I am not Dan O. :) Available at
Borders and Barnes and Noble stores around town (and your local
library). Well worth searching out. 6/7
It was reported on the North Texas Blues chat group that Eric Clapton
recorded a video for a new DVD at the probable Robert Johnson recording
at 508 Park Avenue in Dallas. Hopefully, his attention to the
will make others sit up and take notice of this historic Dallas
Photos of the building here
. The story of the building here
Sam Myers has released his new solo CD, Coming From the Old School, on
Electro-Fi Records. He also now has his own website at http://www.sweetsammyers.com/
Chris Ruest is seeking investors for his first CD project. He has
10 originals and 5 covers ready to record, but needs help paying for
and pressing. Contact him at: email@example.com
Blind Dog Cooley is set to release a live CD titled Get Your Boogie On
... LIVE. 5/13
K.M. Williams reports he is hosting a new acoustic blues jam at the
Texas Tea House on Sundays at 9:30 pm. 5/12
Chris Zalez reports his new CD will be released on the Pacific Blues
label. No release date has been set. 5/9
There will be a benefit for drummer Doug Swancy at the Hole in the Wall
on Sunday, May 16 from 4-8pm. Douggie broke his ankle badly in a
motorcycle accident and does not have health insurance. 5/9
Congrats to Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers for
winning their 9th W.C. Handy Award, The Best Traditional Blues Album
2004, for their CD Which Way is Texas. Also congrats to
former North Texan Nick Curran for winning Best New Artist Debut 2004.
Sam Myers new solo CD, Coming From the Old School, will be released on
Electro Fi Records on May 18. 4/30
A new blues society has sprung up in Denton to help support and grow
the blues scene in North Texas. Denton Blues Society website
KM Williams reports Muddy Waters is closed due to liquor license
problems. Hopefully, just temporarily. 4/16
Kenny Traylor's CD, Tribute, Charted number 21 on the national Living
Blues Radio Poll in February. 4/16
Stompin Bill Johnston has released his new CD, Kickin It. 3/30
Joanna Iz reports: "Sadly, after collasping in Church
last Sunday and going into a coma, vocalist
Chonita Turner passed last nite after she was removed from life support
Peter Smith." Chonita was on the Texas Blues Women
CD on Topcat Records a few years ago. 3/18
The Jubilee Theater in Fort Worth presents Bessie Smith: Empress of
the Blues, March 19-April 18. Mostly Fri-Sunday shows, but a
few Thursday night shows as well.
Just announced, the Crossroads Guitar Festival, June 4-6 at the Cotton
Bowl in Dallas. The festival culminates in a mega show at
1pm, Sunday, June 6 featuring: Eric Clapton and Doyle, Bramhall
J.J. Cale, Larry Carlton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, David Hidalgo, Eric
B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, Brian May, Pat Metheny, Robert Randolph,
Rush, Carlos Santana, Hubert Sumlin, Dan Tyminski, Steve Vai, Jimmie
Joe Walsh and ZZ Top. The extraordinary “house bands” will be none
than Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmie Vaughan’s band and Eric Clapton’s
Other artists will be announced as details are confirmed.
K.M. Williams now has a weekly 6:30 pm happy hour gig at Muddy Waters
in Dallas on Thursday and Friday nights. 2/24
The grand opening of the new Dallas club, Deep Ellum Blues,
was a big success with SRO crowds to see Son Seals, Sam Myers, Jim
Suhler and Monkey Beat, and Kirby Kelly. It's a BIG, good
room. Let's hope this club continues to receive the support of
all the blues fans in Dallas. 2/21
J&J Blues Bar is going to experiment again with having
live blues on Wednesday nights. In the past, lack of support
has killed this quickly. If you are a westsider who wants to have
live blues on Wednesday nights, you better get out there and support
Blind Lemon Blues, a new musical exploring the legacies of "Blind"
Lemon Jefferson, will have a special preview performance at the
Margaret and Al Hill Lecture Hall at the Hall of State in Fair Park
on Monday, Feb 23 at 7:30 pm. This is a workshop performance in
preparation for the performances of the musical in Genevea, Switzerland
on Feb 27 and 28 and in Paris, France on March 3-7. General
admission is $25. For more info contact Documentary Arts at
Mike Morgan and the Crawl have released their new CD,
Live in Dallas, on Severn Records. This one was recorded live
at Bootleggers in Richardson on June 1, 2002. 1/23
K.M. Williams has released his new CD, The Minister of Texas Boogie.
K.M. is dedicating a portion of the proceeds from this CD to help
with Henry Quall's funeral expenses. 1/23
Look for a new blues club to open in Dallas on February 20. Deep
Ellum Blues is at 2612 Main Street. 1/16
The KNON Texas Blues Radio CD Volume 3 is almost
sold out. The last few copies were distributed to the stores last
week. It will soon be a collectors item. Volume 4 should be
ready mid summer 2004. Texas Blues Radio
Volume 3 12/20
The new Enjoy Texas Music license plates are out featuring Blind Lemon
Jefferson. Ordering info at
Click here to see what the
plates look like. Just one
more reason Texas is the coolest place in the world!! 12/20
Hash Brown reports:
I spoke with Mrs. Qualls about costs for the
funeral. The total cost right now is $6,190.00. This amount is without
a headstone which will cost $541.00
Mrs. Qualls has $1000.00 toward cost, so we need to raise the remainder.
Donations can be sent directly to my address:
c/o Henry Qualls
8438 Banquo Drive
or, for a tax deductable donation, please send
SW Blues Heritage Foundation
c/o Henry Qualls
PO Box 710548
Hash Brown reports Henry Qualls passed away last night. 12/7
Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers new CD, Which Way
is Texas, charted # 1 on the September 1 Living Blues Radio Poll and #
2 on the October poll. The Living Blues poll is compiled from
submissions from over 100 blues radio programs worldwide. 12/5
Al TNT Braggs passed away this week in Dallas.
Hash Brown reports the Hole in the Wall has decided to try the Sunday
jam one more month through December. If you want a Sunday blues
jam in Dallas, you better go this month and support it. 12/5
New Addison sometimes blues club, Django on the Parkway, has a new
Andrew Jr. Boy Jones has recently returned
from a successful trip to Beirut, Lebanon which was sponsored
by the US Embassy there!
Muddy Waters has new owners and reportedly
they are going to try blues again. Andrew Jr. Boy Jones
is there November 28. 11/21
James Hinkle's Wednesday gig at Manhattan in Arlington has been
Dallas native Memo Gonzalez has released his new CD, Big Time in Big D,
with guests Mike Morgan, Anson Funderburgh, and Johnny Moeller.
Memo now lives in Germany, but hopefully he will find time to
come back for a few shows, soon. http://www.memogonzalez.com
Christian Dozzler is off for a month long
tour in Europe. Hurry back Vienna Slim! 11/8
Hash Brown's Sunday jam at the Hole now starts at 7pm. 11/8
Robin Bank$ Thursday jam at the Thunderhorse is no more. 11/8
JW Jones from Canada is back in town for
November and will be at most of Hash Brown's jams and a few
other shows. Check him out!! http://jw-jones.com/Tourdates/
K.M. Williams is holding an organizational meeting for a new DFW Blues
Society on Monday, October 27, at 7 pm at the Starbucks on the corner
of Cole and Lemmon in Dallas. For more info contact:
Kenny Traylor has released his new CD, Tribute, on Topcat Records.
He has a CD release party October 25 at Lumpy's in Fort Worth. http://www.kennytraylor.com/
Jeff Horton reports a new blues club will open in Addison on November
3. Django's On the Parkway is at 5100 Beltline suite 410 at
Hash Brown reports Lumpy's in Fort Worth will stop booking blues at the
end of October. See it while you can! 10/17
TxDOT tells me the new Blind Lemon license plates will not be available
until sometime in November (they sent back my application). 10/17
Jim Suhler has released his new CD, The Best of Jim Suhler and Monkey
Beat, on Lucky 7 Records. The CD features 6 new tracks.
Mike Morgan's injured shoulder is on
the mend and he is playing a benefit on Saturday October
11 for his father's stepson who was recently paralyzed in
a diving accident. Cedar Isle - Gun Barrell City, TX -HWY
334 - 903-432-2220 8:30 till ??? Mike is also finishing up work
on his new CD, Mike Morgan and the Crawl LIVE, which will
be released on Severn in the U.S. and CRS in Europe. 10/3
The State of Texas is offering new "Enjoy Texas Music" license plates
featuring a picture of Blind Lemon Jefferson. How cool is that??
There is an
extra charge, as these are specialty plates. Here's the
My annual Freddie King birthday tribute show will be Friday, September
5 from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON 89.3 FM. Also available on the web at
KNON.org. I will also be celebrating 20 years at KNON.
KM Williams has released his new CD, I'm an Old Soul.
My buddy Dr. Trey says Mike Morgan is back in the hospital after yet
another motorcycle accident. Apparantly this was motocross and
someone jumped a bump
too fast and landed their bike on him. His right shoulder is
messed up pretty bad. He is at Baylor. Probably
another week in the hospital then months of therapy and recovery.
Keep him in your thoughts and prayers. 8/25
Bruce Weaver, aka Maddog, of the
Denton band Swine Cadillac passed away suddenly last week.
Chuck Nevitt reports that Johnny Moeller has just signed a 3 CD deal
with Severn Records. 8/10
Pat Boyack has signed with Doc
Blues Records down in Austin and will record a new CD
in December. 8/8
Big Al Dupree passed away on August 4.
Memo Gonzalez is set to release his new CD, Big Time in Big D, in
Wanda King's CD is now available at amazon.com 7/31
Kerrie LePai has been in the
studio working on a demo CD. 7/31
Holland K. Smith and Johnny Mack have a new Monday night jam at
Maxine's in Benbrook,
oops, no they don't, it's already cancelled. 7/31
Chris Ruest has been in the studio working on a new CD. No surf
music, I hope. :) 7/31
Sumter Bruton is self releasing a CD of an old live tape of Robert
Ealey from the Bluebird in Fort Worth. Should be available at
Record Town in Fort Worth in a few weeks. 7/31
Johnny Moeller is close to a
new CD deal. 7/31
Randy McAllister and Todd Blalock are off on a European tour to Greece,
Romania, Norway, Germany and other stops. 7/31
Harmonica freaks, look out for the SPAH convention Aug 19-23.
Lots of new local blues CDs
in the works including Chris Zalez, Mike Morgan and
the Crawl, Kenny Traylor, and Ann Armstrong and Steve Hughes. 7/28
Anson and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers have released their new CD,
Which Way is Texas, on Bullseye Blues. Their first new CD in 4
1/2 years!! 7/28
Congrats to KNON celebrating 20 years of broadcasting on July 30 at
3:15 am. 7/28
Kenny Traylor's Sunday jam at the Captain's Den has been cancelled.
Got a chance to check out the new Thunderhorse Saloon in Lewisville and
it is a very nice LARGE room. Good burgers, plenty of nice
lighted parking, and excellent sound. Maybe of the blues fans
support 'em they might try bringing in some road acts. 7/3
Dave Jeffries, former J&J "harptender", is working a new club
called Lumpy's in South Fort Worth on I-35W. Address in the club
Johnny Mack and Holland K.
Smith's Monday jam at The Pig has been cancelled. Didn't hardly
give them a chance to build something up, did they? 7/3
Robin Bank$ has a new Thursday night jam at the Thunderhorse Saloon in
Lewisville. Showtime is 7:30 pm.
Drew Allain has a new Monday night jam at Mulligans (formerly the Boars
Breath). Music starts at 8pm and jam starts at 9:15. 6/29
KNON is MOVING!! After 20 years at 4415 San Jacinto, KNON has
signed a 10
year lease for space in the new South Side development on Lamar Street
south of downtown (the old Sears catalog building). We hope to
move this fall. KNON is currently having a special capital
fundraising campaign to pay for build-out of the new space and the
move. Details on KNON and at KNON.org. 6/23
The KNON Blues Festival
at Artist Square on June 29 has been CANCELLED due to low ticket sales.
Johnny Mack has released his new CD, Gave Myself the Blues, on Topcat
Hash Brown's website
is now at
Johnny Mack and Holland K. Smith have a new Monday night jam at The Pig
in Fort Worth. That's the old Pig and Whistle location. 5/30
Tutu Jones' Wednesday jam at Moose and Vinny's has been cancelled.
has released his new CD, All Alone and Blue. He has a CD release
June 19 at the Allgood Cafe in Dallas. http://www.dozzler.com/
Congratulations to Hash Brown for charting #22 on the Living Blues
Radio poll in February with his Browntones CD. Pretty good for a
self-released CD!! 5/1
Local harmonica master Paul Harrington has a new CD out called
Harmonica Soul Serenade. He's appeared on dozens of other
releases as a sideman, but this is his first trip out in front.
It's a good one. He has a new website at http://harpwizard.com/
complete with soundclips. 4/28
The Dallas Public Library exhibit on Dallas blues from the 1920's and
30's will remain on display through June. Located in the 7th
floor reading room in 6 display cases on the
right side. Well worth a visit. 4/27
Deja Blues TV will begin broadcasting Sunday morning May 4, 2:30 am,
Channel 21,with the first episode featuring Larry Garner. The
next several weeks will feature Kenny Traylor and Holland K. Smith.
Info at their website:
Jubilation in North Richland Hills has a new Monday jam at 9 pm hosted
by Sammy Roberts and the Hired Guns. Buddy Whittington is also
back at the club on Wednesday nights
when he is not on tour with John Mayall. 4/21
From the Dallas Public Library:
KM Williams has released his new CD There's a Trainreck Coming.
He is also doing some bookings as Trainreck, which is KM Williams
and Washboard Jackson. Note, there is also a country band in town
named Trainwreck. Note the spelling difference!! 4/18
"Main Street's Paved in Gold, Elm Street's Paved in Brass: Early Dallas
Blues from the 1920s and 1930s"
The birth of recorded Blues can be traced to Hart Wand's Dallas Blues, published in 1912 and the first Blues song to be scored and copyrighted. The
exhibit explores the growth of Deep Ellum as a railroad and commercial center, and the resulting entertainment district. This entertainment
district gave rise to a host of Blues musicians and performers, including such legends as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alex Moore, and Robert Johnson, whose
1937 Dallas recordings were "found" and popularized by 1960s rock musicians, such as Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton. The exhibit illustrates the theme
that the place of Dallas is intimately linked to the music and the music is intimately linked to the place.
The exhibit, curated by Bob Reitz, opens on April 27, 2003, with a reception at 2:00 p.m. The reception includes a Blues-inspired poetry reading by the
curator and a live performance of Dallas Blues by KM Williams. Also, author Dr. Robert Uzzel will speak and autograph his new book Blind Lemon
Jefferson: His Life, His Death, His Legacy (Austin: Eakin Press, 2002). The exhibit and reception are sponsored by the Texas/Dallas History & Archives
Division of the Dallas Public Library. The exhibit is located on the 7th floor reading room of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. The exhibit and reception are free.
KNON is now broadcasting on the internet once again at KNON.org
New blues jams popping up all over: Thursday night at the Ridglea
Theater in Fort Worth, 9:30, hosted by The Merchants; Thursday
night at Charlies Bar and Sunset Grill (Pier 121 Marina on Lake
Lewisville), 7:30 hosted
by Trickbag; Tuesday at Vino's in Hurst, 8:00, hosted by Nancy
Wes Race reports Ray Reed and Miss Kim are no longer hosting the Sunday
jam at the 2500 Club in Fort Worth. 4/9
The new Captain's Den has a new Sunday jam with Kenny Traylor.
They have a nice big lighted parking lot at the new location.
Chris Zalez will be at Fort Horton studio in Austin recording his new
CD at the end of April. 4/7
The Captain's Den has completed the move to their new location at 5409
Azle Avenue, Fort Worth. Their phone number remainas the same at
Byrd has released his new CD, Without Further Adieu, on Bluestone
Todd Parsnow reports:
I wanted to let you that bassist George Pharms has formed a new blues band. We will be playing every Monday
Hash Brown reports Stumpys has to relocate at the end of March because
the building has been sold. 3/21
at Sheba's restaurant, upstairs from Moose & Vinny's, 635 & Skillman. Sly Fuller will be playing drums, Darwin Martin on
keys, and myself on guitar, George on bass and vocals. 3/25
Congrats to Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King for charting #1 on the
Living Blues Radio Poll in March!! Ex-DFW resident Nick Curran
charted #2. 3/20
Look for new CDs SOON from Wanda King, Kenny Traylor, and Johnny Mack.
Leo Hull and the Texas Blues Machine have released their new CD, 12
Pack of Blues. 3/17
Big Smoo and the Trailer Park Kings have released their new CD, It's
Good to be King. 3/17
Hash Brown will host a new SUNDAY jam at the Hole in the Wall beginning
in April. This is an EARLY jam, 5 pm to 9pm. 3/9
There is a new ACOUSTIC blues jam on Thursdays, 8pm, at Shiney's
Paradise Grill. No strats! Perry Jones hosts. 3/6
Robin Bank$ every Wednesday gig at Stratos has been cancelled effective
Congrats to Hash Brown, Terry, Bobby and The Bone for a killer 10th
anniversary jam party on March 4. It gets better every year!
Holland K. Smith's Wednesday jam at the Black Dog in Fort Worth has
been cancelled. It lasted almost two years. 2/24
Kathy Tinkle, former waitress to the stars, is organizing a Schooners
reunion party for all Schoonoids on Saturday, May 4. Venue TBA.
More info when I have it. 2/23
Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets and Sam Myers have been in the studio
recording their new CD for Bullseye Blues. Eric Matthews has
joined the band as their new bass player. Look for the CD to be
out sometime this summer. Anson sings on a couple of tunes!!
Code Blue has released their first CD titled 508 Park. 2/8
KM Williams is completing a new CD titled Trainreck. 2/8
Johnnie Red's regular Thursday night show at Vino's in Hurst has been
Hide your daughters and lock up the tequila, Memo Gonzalez will be
visiting in town Feb 8-19 with his German band, The Bluescasters.
No gigs scheduled, but they will be recording a new CD at
Palmyra. I suspect you might catch them at one of
Hash Brown's jams. 2/2
Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King have released their new CD, Roadhouse
Research on Blind Pig
Former Dallas blues player Nick Curran has released his new CD, Doctor
Velvet on Blind Pig Records.
Holland K. Smith has self-released his new CD, Enough is Enough. http://hollandksmith.com/
Paul Byrd has been in Hollywood completing his new CD which is titled
Without Further Adieu. 2/2
Jack Smith reports the B&B Blues Room in Fort Worth has closed.
Bootleggers in Richardson has closed their doors. 1/19
Stratos has cancelled Christian Dozzler's Tuesday night piano shows.
Here's the whole line-up for the 4th annual
KNON Blues Festival at the Sons of Hermann Hall on January 18 and
The new Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King CD, Roadhouse Research, is due
out on Blind Pig Records on Feb. 4. 1/5
Chris Zalez' Sunday night jam at the B&B Blues Room has been
The 4th annual KNON Blues Festival has been scheduled for the Sons of
Hermann Hall in
Dallas on Saturday January 18 and Sunday January 19. 4:30 pm to 1
am on Saturday and 3 pm to 10 pm
on Sunday. I'll post line-ups, ticket pricing, etc. once it has
been finalized. 12/30
Here's the details on the new KNON Texas Blues Radio
Volume 3 CD.
Holland K. Smith reports Dubs Connection in Fort Worth will no longer
book blues. 12/20
The Hole in the Wall has reopened. 12/17
Bobby Patterson has a new website and TWO new CDs out. http://bobbypatterson.net/
Texas Blues Radio Volume 3 is out and available for just $8.93 at
Record Town in Fort Worth, Forever Young in Grand Prarie, and CD World
in Dallas and Addison. Also available at KNON.org or by mail for
just $15 postpaid. All proceeds benefit blues programming on KNON
Dave Millsap has self-released his new CD, Nothing but Troubles. http://davemillsap.com/ 12/9
The Hole in the Wall in Dallas had some minor code problems this past
weekend and will be closed for several days this week while repairs are
Hash Brown's Sunday jam at the Lakewood B&G has been cancelled
effective immediately. 12/7
The San Antonio Blues Society is sponosoring a show this weekend around
the anniversary of Robert Johnson's SA recording sessions. 11/26
Lee McBee will be back in town, fresh from a 3 week European tour, for
two shows Dec. 6 & 7. The Dec 7 show is still "iffy" so I
have de-listed it til it firms up. Check the "picks" section.
K.M. Williams will release his new Blind Willie Johnson tribute, Blind
Willie's Hymns, on Tuesday, Dec 3, the 75th anniversary of his Dallas
recording session. He will premiere the CD on Hal's show on KNON
between 6 and 8 pm on that date.
Bobby Counts has released Christmas Time in Cowtown Volume 3.
Dave Millsap now has his own domain name website. http://davemillsap.com/
Nick Curran has completed his new CD for Blind Pig with guest Jimmie
Vaughan. Should be out early next year. 11/17
Thanks to everyone who came out to the big Duke Robillard/Holland K.
Smith KNON benefit. It was a big success and a superb show.
Look for a new blues TV show in town next spring, Deja Blues TV. http://dejablues.tv/
Here is a scan of the certificate from the
Fort Worth Weekly naming Texas Blues Radio, Best Radio Show ,
staff choice, for 2002. 11/15
From Holland K. Smith: The memorial service for Lady Pearl will be held this Saturday at 11
AM at Cooper Street Baptist Church, 1801 S. Riverside Drive, FW,
76104. The Church is on the corner of Riverside and Ash Crescent.
Paul Byrd is set to go in the studio in December. 11/12
Fort Worth blues singer Lady Pearl passed
away suddenly Monday morning. They believe it was a heart attack.
Funeral arrangements are pending. She was on the cover of
the Fort Worth Weekly and featured prominantly in a blues story just 3
The new KNON blues compilation CD is being mastered and artwork is
being completed. It should be in the stores around Thanksgiving.
Hash Brown is off to Europe with Lee McBee for the next 3 weeks.
Texas Slim will be filling in with the HBs at the jams. 11/6
Jim Suhler has released his new CD, Dirt Road, on Topcat Records.
It is an all acoustic CD featuring Sam Myers on one track.
Gregg Smith has a new CD out called Forbidden Fruit on Trinity River
Records. Mostly R&B but one good blues track. 11/2
Chris Zalez has a new Sunday jam at the B&B Blues Room, 8 pm,
in Fort Worth. 10/25
The KNON Texas Blues Radio CD Vol. 3 will be delayed a bit. The
station is broke and does not have the money to master and press the CD
right now. Hopefully sometime before Christmas. 10/25
Kenny Traylor is set to go in the studio in November. 10/24
Here's a front page article on blues in Fort Worth in the current Fort
Matt Farrell will take over Christian Dozzler's gig at Stratos on
Tuesdays in November while Christian is in Europe with Larry Garner.
Congrats to the House of Jock, celebrating 30 years this week.
Robin Bank$ has self-released her new CD, Live After Dark. She
has also repressed her first two CDs and all 3 are available at her
gigs or from her website.
Here are some more recent gig photos: more
Hash Brown has a new Sunday jam at the Lakewood Bar and Grill in
Dallas, 9:30-1:30. 10/8
Jim Suhler's daughter, Brittany, was killed in a car accident on
Saturday. All of his shows for the
next week have been cancelled. Please keep Jim and his family in
your prayers. 9/30
Here's some photos from the Denton Blues Festival and a few other
photos from other recent shows I've seen.
Denton Blues Festival More photos
Long John Hunter sneaks into town Wednesday October 2 at the 6th Street
Grill in Fort Worth for a rare week day appearance. 9/29
Lucky Peterson is scheduled to appear at the B&B Blues Room every
Saturday in October. Showtime is 9 pm. 9/29
Here's a new website covering the soul blues scene in DFW:
The Keys Lounge has cancelled their Wednesday and Sunday blues jams.
Thanks to the Fort Worth Weekly for naming Texas Blues Radio, best
radio show, staff choice.
page down to radio show) 9/23
Tutu Jones' Wednesday night jams at Moose and Vinny's are attracting
some good talent. Andrew Jr. Boy Jones was at one I attended.
Tutu is also playing as good as I have heard him play. 9/23
J&J Blues Bar in Fort Worth has announced they will no longer book
blues on Thursday nights. 9/20
Hash Brown has finally released his new Browntones CD, Have Some Fun.
It's a good 'un. He has also re-pressed some copies of his
Rollin Blues CD.
Cookie McGee's Sept 8 show at the B&B Blues Room has reportedly
been rescheduled for September 14. 9/7
Smokin Joe Kubek and Bnois King have been at Audio Dallas recording
their new CD. 9/5
The MEI website reports the Dallas R&B Festival, formerly the
Dallas Blues Festival, formerly the Bedford Blues Festival, has been
cancelled due to "lack of funding". The fest was scheduled for
Sept. 20-22. 9/4
Tuesday Sept. 3 was declared Zuzu Bollin Day in Frisco. 9/3
Here are some recent photo sets:
Bedford Blues Fest 2002
Albert King tribute jam
Dave Millsap's new CD is almost complete and should see release in
Hash Brown's Sunday jam at CJ's Billiards has been cancelled effective
Texas Slim reports Bobby Blues in the Fort Worth stockyards has changed
hands and cancelled their gig at the last minute. May not be a
blues club anymore. 9/2
Christian Dozzler, aka Vienna Slim, will be off to Europe for 6 weeks
with the Larry Garner band in November. 9/2
KNON will release Texas Blues Radio Volume 3 in October with 15 tracks
by DFW blues artists. 9/2
Fuzzy Whitener has released his second CD, Off the Chain. He also
has a new website in the works at
http://www.geocities.com/fuzzyblues1/ . 9/2
Another new club has opened in Fort Worth, the B&B Blues Room.
See club listings for details. 8/16
Tutu Jones has a new Wednesday jam at Moose and Vinnys on Skillman in
Dallas starting August 28. 8/16
From Travis Baits:
Matthew Williams, former drummer for Kenny Traylor and drummer
for many local blues acts, had a fire at
his house on July 28th. He, his daughters and a visiting musician
escaped with minor injuries. With no
insurance, friends, family and area music supporters are pitching
in where they can to rebuild the house.
The first in a series of benefits is planned at Poor David's Pub
on August 31st. www.williamsfire.net for
Hash Brown has a new domain name website: http://www.hashbrownblues.com
I have started a Freddie King discussion group over on Yahoo. My
annual Freddie King tribute radio show will happen August 30.
Smokin' Joe Kubek has a domain name website now. http://www.smokinjoekubek.com/
Lock up your daughters and hide the tequila. Memo Gonzalez is
back in town visiting through August 19. 8/6
Miss Marcy is set to go in the studio soon with hash Brown backing.
KNON pledge drive is this week. Please help us out if you can!
Hash Brown's Monday jam at CJs Billiards has moved to Sunday night,
effective immediately. Still 10 pm to 2am. 7/17
Congratulations to Jim Suhler who was recently married in Houston with
the Rev. Billy Gibbons officiating. 7/12
Dave Millsap is completing his new CD featuring Ray Sharpe, Nick
Connolly, Kaz Kazanoff, Gunzy Trevino, Larry Bartula, and Jim
Milan. 12 songs, 6 originals, Should be out middle
K.M. Williams has released his new CD, The Return of Brother
Mike Morgan now has a new domain name website at
http://www.mikemorganandthecrawl.com They are headed out for
a month long midwest tour next week. 7/1
Hash Brown reports the Boars Breath has closed and his Sunday jams are
no more. At least for now! 6/30
Dub's Connection is a new blues club in Fort Worth. Their grand
opening is this Saturday night and
will feature all day events such as a dunking booth, drink specials,
Bar-B-Que and their live entertainment for the evening will feature
Holland K. Smith. 6/28
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported DFW Blues History Week!
All the events were well attended and were a big success.
Look for another one sometime in 2003!! To review the
"happenings", see the schedule here:
Jeremy Fuller has self-released his new CD, Fullers Holiday. The
CD features Hash Brown, Elliot Sowell, and Dirk Cordes. 6/19
Hash Brown says his new Sunday night jam at the Highway Cafe has been
cancelled. He still has the Sunday 5-9 jam at the Boars breath,
Monday at CJs, Tuesday at the Bone, and Wednesday at the Hole.
Harp players, here's a Harmonica Master Class that will be held at TCU
in Fort Worth June 28-30. Guest instructors are Gary Primich and
Here's some additional photos from shows the last few months. All
photos copyright Don O. More blues photos
Here's some photos from the Southwest Blues Festival on May 12, 2002.
All photos copyright Don O. 2002 SW Blues Fest 6/11
K.M. Williams has completed his new CD and hopes to have it out in
KNON's Texas Blues Radio Volume 3 blues compilation CD is in the works
and should be out later this Summer. 6/9
J&J Blues Bar has changed their Thursday schedule. The now
have live music from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm and close at midnight.
It is also biker night and the parking lot is reserved for
motorcycles only. 6/9
Joanna Iz reports the House of Jock has cancelled their Monday jam.
Hash Brown has been in the studio finishing up his Browntones CD. 6/3
Chris Ruest has a new website up at http://chrisruest.com/ 5/28
Hash Brown informs me his new jam is at the Highway Cafe, not the
Highway 67 Cafe. 5/28
Kenny Traylor will be back in the studio in June and hopes to cut
another CD later this year. 5/26
Jeremy Fuller has cut a new CD with Hash Brown and friends. Out
Holland K. Smith is mixing his new CD. 5/26
Wes Race reports the 2500 Club in Fort Worth has closed. That
also cancels the Albert King tribute scheduled for June 2. 5/26
Hash Brown's Sunday jam at the Boar's Breath now runs 5 pm to 9 pm.
J&J Blues bar in Fort Worth has changed their mind again and are
now closed on Wednesdays. The remaining Shawn Pittman gigs for
May have been cancelled. 5/14
Hash Brown has a new blues jam on Sundays at the Highway 67 Cafe, 9:30
to 1:30. This is in ADDITION to the 4 - 8 pm jam he has at the
Boars Breath on Sunday. All hail the Jam Kings! 5/14
Memo Gonzalez has a new website at http://www.memogonzalez.com
Congrats to SW Blues Magazine for a wonderful foundation benefit on May
12. It was a blast. 5/14
Darren Price reports Cricket Taylor will relocate to L.A. in May.
Texas Slim has a new website at: http://www.texas-slim.com/
Dave Millsap has a new website at:
Texas Slim has released his new CD, I Have Arrived. Slim is also
completing a new all acoustic CD and plans to cut another CD with his
new band, The Love Machine, later this year. Joey Love is now
playing sith Slim. 4/14
The House That Jock Built has a cool new early jam on Monday
nights, 7:15 pm until, hosted by Little Joe and the Devestators.
The band is excellent and the show is a lot of fun. 4/9
Leo Hull needs two more bands to fill out his club owners showcase at
the Boars Breath. Contact Leo at firstname.lastname@example.org 4/8
Pat Boyack reports Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King have signed a 3 CD
deal with Blind Pig Records. 4/3
J&J Blues Bar in Fort Worth is now open again on Wednesday nights.
9 pm start for music. 4/3
Smokey Logg has a new domain name website up and running. http://www.smokeylogg.com/ 3/26
The schedule for Dallas/Fort Worth Blues History Week is starting to
come together. I have a page of events up now which will be
edited as changes occur. Things will probably be finalized by the
end of April with the actual events occuring June 16-23. Dallas/Fort Worth Blues History Week
Paul Byrd now has his own domain name website. http://PaulByrd.com 3/7
Congrats to bass player Tommy Tucker on the birth of his son, William,
on March 6. 3/7
Nick Moss will bring along ace piano player Barrelhouse Chuck to his
gig at J&J on Saturday, March 9. They are both aces who have
worked with a who's who of Chicago blues. This will be one of the
highlight gigs of the year. Check out their websites at:
Mitch Palmer has released his new CD, Peace and Understanding. 3/2
Christian Dozzler, a very talented keyboard, accordian, and harmonica
player from Vienna Austria will be relocating to DFW around April
1. He has been working with the Larry Garner band for about two
years, touring the world. Before that he had his own highly
respected band in Austria and backed many fine US blues musicians.
Christian will be seeking full or part time gigs with DFW blues
bands. He is damn good. His e-mail is email@example.com and
his website is at
Congrats to Hash Brown, Terry Montgomery, and Bobby Baranowski for 9
years of great jams at The Bone. The anniversary party was
fantastic, as always. 2/27/02
Ken Savage and Joe Jonas have released a new CD titled Blue Soul.
The Silvertones have released their new CD titled Live-Hot in the Hole.
Texas Slim says he is ready to press his new solo CD next week.
It's titled I Have Arrived. He will be playing the Hole in the
Wall on April 13 and has tentatively scheduled that date as a CD
release party. 2/23
The Freddie King Festival scheduled for May 4 in Gilmer, Tx has been
cancelled and will try again next year. 2/22
The Silvertones are set to release their new CD recorded live at The
Hole in the Wall. 2/15
Texas Slim has finished his new CD and will press it soon. 2/12
I really enjoyed the BB King show at Next Stage. It is a very
nice new venue. Hope they can run some more blues through there.
I think that would be a much nicer place to see a big package
tour than Starplex, hint, hint, hint! 2/11
Pete Barbeck pointed out he was not listed in my artist section.
That has been corrected. Pete is one of our (many) local
secrets and a favorite of blues rock fans. He's also a heck of a
nice guy. Pete also does CD reviews on Da Blues TV show.
His website is at:
Tommy Tucker reports Betty Lewis has relocated to Branson, MO.
She has a new full time gig singing in a theater there. We
are sorry to see her go, but happy for her success. Come back and
visit us, Betty! 1/28
Here is a picture of the new 2002 KNON Texas
Blues Radio T-shirt design by mark Pieczynski. T-shirts for
the first half of the year will be green with black lettering.
A great big THANK YOU!!!!! to everyone who came out to our 3rd annual
KNON Blues Festival. Also THANK YOU!!!! to all the musicians who
donated their time, talent, and energy and put on a million dollar show
over two days. The show was a big success for the station and
money raised will go to support blues programming on KNON. 1/28
Here is the complete line-up with start times for the 3rd annual KNON Blues Fest . 1/18
Congrats to Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers for
their almost annual nomination as "Blues Band of the Year" for the 2002
W.C. Handy Awards. Winners will be announced May 23 in Memphis.
Randy McAllister will fill the cancelled Studebaker John gig at J&J
on January 19. Randy has released his new CD, Givers and Takers,
and will have copies available at the show. 1/16
Hash Brown has a new Monday night blues jam at CJ's billiards, 7328
Gaston Ave. in Dallas, near the intersection of Gaston and Grand
The jam is from 9:30-1:30 monday nites, CJ's phone # is 214-321-9947.
The Studebaker John show at J&J on 1/19 has been cancelled.
Tiny and the Kingpins have a new website at:
Little Feat has cancelled their tour and will not be appearing with
B.B. King on Feb. 10. Double Trouble is the new opening act for
the show. 1/9
Total NON Blues content, but for those of you who grew up here in DFW,
here are a couple of cool Slam Bang Theater websites. If you
didn't grow up here, nevermind. http://www.ickytwerp.net/
J&J has changed their mind and will be open after all on Thursdays.
They will have Mike Morgan and Randy McAllister in an acoustic
duo on 1/3 with a $5 cover. The band gets no guarantee and plays
for the door only. No word on future Thursday bookings. 1/2
Blues Access magazine announced they are shutting down effective
immediately. That was a great blues magazine and I was a
subscriber all 12 years, since issue #2. They will be missed.
Keep James Cotton in your prayers. He was very sick at J&J on
New Years Eve, was very ill, and was taken to the hospital. 1/1/02
DFW Blues News from 2001