Dallas/Fort Worth Blues News 2001
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
There's a nice review of K.M. Williams' Texas Country Blues Preacher CD
in the current issue of Blues Access (#48, p. 67). 12/29
Randy McAllister is self-releasing his new CD, Givers and Takers, and
has a CD release party scheduled for Saturday, January 26 at the Hole in
the Wall. 12/29
Texas Slim is working on a new CD. 12/29
Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King have a new website at:
They plan to cut a new CD in early 2002. 12/23
K.M. Williams has a new web page up at MP3.com and has been successfully
selling lots of CDs there. 12/22
Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones has a new website.
J&J Blues Bar will no longer book live blues on Thursday.
Rumor is they will have a tejano DJ on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
That club used to have live blues 5 nights a week. It is now down
to Friday, Saturday, and a Sunday jam. 12/20
Gregg Smith's Celebrity club has closed. 12/15
Andrew Jr. Boy Jones has released his new CD, Mr. Domestic on his
own Galexc label. 12/15
Beth Garner now has her own domain name website.
Just confirmed, Mem Shannon will be appearing at the Boar's Nest
on December 1. 11/29
Johnny Mack will not have final copies of his CD at his release party
this Friday. However, he will have a few burned copies for sale that
may be traded in for the real Topcat Records release, which is now estimated
for January. 11/29
The Mem Shannon gig scheduled for J&J on December 2 has been
Beth Garner has released her new CD, Much Later for You.
HashBrown has a new jam on Sunday, 4 pm to 8 pm, at The Boar's
Breath Saloon at 2115 W. Lover's Lane between Empire Central and
Regal Row in Dallas, (214) 634-2192. 11/23
Jay's Cafe in Deep Ellum has closed. 11/18
Cricket Taylor has released her new CD titled Let Your Mama
Drive. She also has a new website at
Andrew Jr. Boy Jones new CD should be out in about 2 weeks.
It is titled Domestic Man and is on Jr's own GalexC label. 11/17
The Soul Patriots have a new CD single out called When Liberty
Sings the Blues. The Soul Patriots are Gregg Smith, Bernita Arteberry,
and Jerry Ross. 11/17
Wow! There's a flood of new local blues releases all
of a sudden. Josh Alan, Betty Lewis, and Tommy Hill all have
new CDs out. 11/10
The Sista Monica gig scheduled for J&J on Nov. 8 has been
cancelled. Miss Blues from Oklahoma will perform instead.
Paul Byrd reports he is no longer associated with Cold Blue
Steel or the Byrd Dogs. 10/31
Holland K. Smith reports that Milan's Hideout is closed.
Beth Garner's new CD is being pressed with release planned
for December 1. 10/27
Doug Swancey reports Kenny Traylor has been very sick with
a mysterious illness. He has had to cancel several gigs.
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. 10/27
Lee McBee's new CD, Soul Deep, is finished and is being
There's a nice interview with Tutu Jones in the new Fall
issue of Blues Access. 10/19
The Jerry McCain gig scheduled for December at J&J
has been cancelled. Jerry has been having health problems
and will not be touring. 10/15
Look for J&J Blues Bar to cut back on booking major
road acts and start booking more local bands due to poor attendance.
Several road acts tentatively scheduled have already been cut.
K.M. Williams has released his new CD, Sanctified Boogie.
K.M. Williams website
Local blues TV show Da Blues has moved to 1:30 am Sunday
morning on channel 21 and is FINALLY airing new episodes.
The tentative Charlie Musselwhite gig at J&J has
been cancelled. 10/2
Andrew Jr Boy Jones is at Audio Dallas this week working on
his new CD. 10/2
The Dallas Blues Fest scheduled for November has
been cancelled. 9/25
Tommy Tucker reports Betty Lewis has released her
first CD, Betty Lewis Live. Jake Crawford has also
released his second CD, Nothing to Lose. 9/13
Although the Blue Cat is now closed, there will
be a few additional shows at that location between now and January.
Their liquor license expires in January. Check the Blue Cat
website for details.
There's a new blues club in the Fort Worth stockyards
called Bobby Blue's Club. Live local bands on Saturday and
Dave MacKenzie will make a rare DFW appearance
on Sunday, November 11 at J&J Blues Bar in Fort Worth.
Mike Morgan's latest CD, Texas Man, will be
reissued in the U.S. for the first time on Severn Records.
Topcat Records has reissued Bob Kirkpatrick's
Drive Across Texas CD. They have also reissued a self-released
CD by Johnny Nicholas. 8/30
Well the rumors are true. The Dallas Morning
News reported today the Blue Cat is closing after
Rumors are flying that the Blue Cat is set
to close soon. The most recent mailing from the club says
to watch for their e-mail and Observer ad this Wednesday 8/29
for a "big announcement". There is a large sign on the outside
wall of the club advertising Space for Lease and when I was there
last week the large portraits of EC Scott, Henry Qualls, Lucky Peterson,
and Shemekia Copeland were noticeably absent. 8/27
For any of you other old farts who grew up
around DFW, here is an amazing site dedicated to KLIF radio.
Not the lame current KLIF, the classic Gordon McClendon KLIF.
Don't go to this site unless you have about 3 hours to kill!
History Of KLIF
My annual Freddie King birthday tribute
show will happen Friday, August 31 from 6 pm to 8 pm on KNON
89.3 FM. Two hours of nothing but Freddie King!
For those of you outside the DFW area, you can hear it streaming
live at KNON.org. 8/20
Here's the site for the 4th annual Denton
K.M. Williams reports he was informed
by Gregg Smith that the live Monday blues shows at the Celebrity
Club have been cancelled. 8/12
Tutu Jones called to say he will NOT
be appearing at the Celebrity Club August 10 and 11.
Jim Suhler has released his new CD, Bad
The Caravan of Dreams will close September
29 to make way for the new location of the Reata restaurant.
Looks like the Dallas Blues Festival
has been moved back to November 9-11. Still no line-up
or further information. Recent e-mail enquiries to
MEI have gone unanswered. 7/30
Christian Brooks is back in town
visiting and working on his first CD. 7/25
Johnny Mack's missing "Como-wear"
has returned. 7/25
Hash Brown's Sunday jam at Borrowed
Money is no more. 7/23
I finally got to visit Gregg Smith's
new Celebrity Club last night and had a great time.
It's a small, cozy room with good food. They are starting
a Blue Monday traditional blues night in August. 7/23
Beth Garner hopes to have her new
CD out in October. 7/23
Johnny Mack reports Froggy's has
reopened with new owners and will honor the gigs already
The North Texas Blues chat group
has a new website at:
The Silvertones will record a
live CD at The Hole in the Wall on July 20. 7/16
Patti Coghill reports local blues
TV show Da Blues has moved to Channel 21 and a 3 am Sunday
morning time slot. It will move to 2:30 am after September
Richard Chalk reports Topcat
Records will soon reissue Bob Kirkpatrick's UK CD, Drive
Across Texas. 7/13
Johnny Mack reports his new CD
is due out on Topcat Records in November. 7/13
Froggy's in Fort Worth has closed.
I made it out to Hash Brown's
new Sunday jam at Borrowed Money last night and had a
nice time. It is a very nice country bar that is giving
blues a try. Roomy and plenty of free parking. The
jam starts at 5 pm and a buffet is available for a small donation.
The annual Blind Lemon Jefferson
Blues Festival in Wortham, Texas has set their line-up
for their September 8 fest. Robin Bank$, Andrew Jr. Boy
Jones, K.M. Williams and others will perform.
Blind Lemon Jefferson blues fest website
Gregg Smith has opened a new
blues and R&B club in Grand Prarie called
Celebrity. See Gregg's website for line-up and info.
Jim Suhler is releasing his
new CD, Bad Juju, on Lucky 7/Rounder on July 31.
The band has scheduled a CD release party for August 4 at
the Blue Cat.
Jim Suhler website
As expected, the NBCi site
is going away July 16 so I will no longer be maintaining
the site at that address. I am looking for another free
website provider (other than Homestead or Fortune City) which
I can use as a mirror for when/if Geocities goes away. There
is a lot of dot com reorganization/retrenchment going on right
now so this will be a continuing process. All I can say is
I will try to keep you posted on moves as they are required.
If you know of another free web based site provider with a minimum
of 10 megs free space, please e-mail me! 6/27
Robin Bank$ Monday
jam at the Hurricane Grill has already blown away
after only one month. 6/26
Patti Coghill reports
Hash Brown has a new Sunday blues jam at Borrowed Money
13930 Trinity Blvd Arlington. Jam starts at 5pm with free BBQ
(Sonny Bryan). $5 cover with $3 going to the Ann Simon Reeves
Childrens Aids Center. Starts this Sunday, June 24. 6/22
The Boogie Man, John
Lee Hooker, passed away on June 20. 6/21
Nick Curran has released
his new CD titled Nitelife Boogie. Nick is heading
out on a 2 month tour to promote the new CD so this is your
last week to catch him locally for awhile. 6/20
The tentative August
appearance by Louisiana Red at J&J Blues Bar has
been cancelled. Red found more lucrative gigs on
the east coast on the same dates. 6/20
Fort Worth blues
musician Johnny Mack is alive and well. That
was a different Johnny Mack who was reported shot and killed.
Patti Coghill, and
no one else, reports that Cozy's has closed.
Shame on you
DFW. Guitar Shorty drew about 10 paying customers
at the Blue Cat 6/3. No wonder it has been 2 years
since he has been through. No wonder the DFW blues scene
gets no respect from the local media. In case you haven't
noticed, live music is in SERIOUS trouble around here.
If this is the kind of response a major touring act receives
from the DFW blues community, it makes me seriously question
whether it is worth my time to maintain this website or not.
Here's a new Yahoo!
group for discussion of North Texas blues:
Gregg Smith has
a new website at
of Bedford has their website up for the City of Bedford
Blues Festival. Even more country acts than usual.
City of Bedford Blues Festival website
MEI still has their Dallas Blues Festival
listed for the same weekend but there is no information
on this year's festival, yet.
Dallas Blues Festival website
reports: "The HURRICANE Grill located right beside
the GBG, 2831 GREENVILLE AVE, is having LIVE BLUES
EVERY MONDAY with The ROBIN BANK$ Blues Band starting
this Monday June the 4th. The 1st Monday in June will
feature Robin, Marc, Drew and Hash Brown on guitar and vocals. 8:00
pm start." 5/29
is finishing up his new CD with Double Trouble and
plans to self release in June. I caught his gig
at J&J on May 24 and he was sounding awesome.
a Yahoo! club I set up for the fabulous Farmersville
a place to share photos from their 2001 annual Blues
Soiree featuring Randy McAllister, Texas Slim, and
more great food than anyone can eat in one day. 5/22
a nice one page article on Hash Brown in the new issue
of Living Blues Magazine. 5/21
Williams has released his new CD, Texas Country
K.M. Williams website
to Andrew "Junior Boy" Jones who has a new record
deal with Severn Records. 5/18
to Jake Crawford
who is graduating from Corsicana High School
on May 25. Boy, do I feel old! 5/18
new Robert Ealey tribute site is in the works at:
Here's a new Yahoo! club for fans of Anson Funderburgh:
K.M Williams has completed a new CD of all original
Beth Garner is set to go in the studio in Austin next
week to cut her first CD. Phil Bennison (the
artist formerly known as Homer Henderson), Nick Curran
on drums, jim lehnert on horns, and kevin
smith (austin upright bass player) will be on board for
the festivities. 5/10
former "harptender" and booking agent for J&J
Blues Bar has moved over to Froggy's in West Fort Worth.
Froggy's is now booking live blues with plans
to bring in a few roadshows. 5/1
Tutu Jones is seeking a drummer to go on the road
with him in June. Call his beeper at:
I attended part of the live Betty Lewis recording
session at the Blue Cat on Tuesday April 24 and
enjoyed what I heard. Betty cut a whole live
CD of original material. 4/25
From Bobby Rush's management:
Five of Bobby's band members
still remain hospitalized. Bobby is now convalescing
at home and seeing a physical therapist to treat
his injuries. Updates on the bands health status are being
posted by the Blues Foundation at www.blues.org and on
Blues Aid has established
the Bobby Rush Band Fund in order to help cover
the overwhelming costs of the horrific accident. If
you would like to help with a fund raising effort contact:
Beverly Tatum - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (404) 373-8803
Fax: (404) 373-3414
If you would like to make a contribution please
make your check payable to
the Blues Aid / Bobby Rush Band Fund and send
P.O. Box 237
Helena, AR 72342
Jack Smith reports J&J Blues Bar in Fort
Worth will now open at 7:30 pm on Thursday and
Sunday nights with music starting at 9 pm on those two
Those of you (old folks) who remember Marc Tuton's
blues show on KNON may find this story interesting
in today's Dallas Morning News:
The Randy McAllister/Joey Love benefit for
KNON scheduled for Friday, April 27 at the
Sons of Hermann Hall has been CANCELLED. 4/23
From the Blues Foundation:
Bobby Rush’s tour bus was involved in a one-car
accident en route to Pensacola, Florida in the
early morning hours of Thursday April 19. Details
are still emerging, but we can report some facts as well
as a request from Bobby’s family.
The most tragic news is that band member Latisha
Brown was killed in the accident. Virtually
every other band member suffered injuries, some
serious, and several band members have gone or will undergo
surgery. None of the injuries is life threatening,
but several band members suffered major broken bones.
Bobby himself was kept overnight in a Florida
hospital with head and neck injuries, but he will
return home today, April 20. According to his wife
Jean, the first order of business will be for Bobby to
rest and recuperate. Thus, the family has asked all
those concerned fans who have Bobby’s phone number NOT
to call the house for the next week or so. Your concern
is appreciated, but the family has been overwhelmed
by the volume of calls, and simply cannot keep up with them.
Bobby is doing well, and is expected to fully recover.
No official cause of the accident has been
reported, but the current theory is that the driver
suffered a heart attack that caused him to lose control
of the vehicle and strike a tree.
If you wish to send a card or flowers, the
family asks that you send them to Bobby’s son,
Carl Ellis, at 2615 Harriotte Avenue, Jackson,
MS 39209. Bobby and his family will be in
contact with The Blues Foundation, and we will
pass along information as we receive it. Bobby’s
wife asks that everyone please keep them in their prayers
and to pray for a full recovery for all band members.
That is all that can be done right now, but there may be a
medical fund set up - The Blues Foundation will keep you posted.
I have finally finished transferring
files (over 500!) to the new site at Geocities.
It should be fully functional now and will be
updated as regularly as the NBCi site. If you
find a dead link there, let me know. For now
the new site will function as a mirror. I dread
changing the address at all the search engines so I'll
rock along with the main site at NBCi until they decide what
is up. The FTP server at NBCi was down almost a week,
but is finally working again. Their counters seem to
have have disappeared though, just as I was approaching
50k hits. :'( For now, it is important that
all users visit and bookmark the new site. If NBCi pulls
the plug there is no guarantee that they will give any advance
notice. Better safe than sorry if you are a regular user.
If you notice the NBCi site seems to be idle, check the news section
of the Geocities site for updates. When NBCi decides what's
up I'll decide whether or not to maintain NBCi as the main site.
Once again, here's the address for the new mirror:
Robin Bank$ new CD is now available
at her gigs and will soon be available via her
John Zakoda writes:
Seasoned guitar player in the Fort Worth area looking to form original blues band. Hoping to meet a bass player, drummer and possibly a keys player
wanting the same. Please be dedicated, talented and enthusiastic. No egos needed. Must be willing to rehearse and gig asap. Looking forward
to your reply!
Paul Williams from The Netherlands reports:
Hi don.o, just thought you needed to inform
the d/fw crowd Mike Morgan& the Crawl
will play Ospel friday 04 May. Saturday
05 May has Lee Mcbee & the Passions feat Johnny Moeller
& Hash Brown, Johnny Bradley, Wes Starr. Also
paul size is to play in a tribute to lester butler
with zach zunis & mason casey,
Johnny moeller will be touring here with
memo gonzales for a gig
01 june in belguim. then he has a week
touring the benelux with a belguim combo.
Wes Race has had Robin Syler, Homer Henderson, Johnny Moeller and others
in the studio recording for
Race Records. 4/14
Smokin' Joe Kubek says they don't plan to record again til late this year
and release in 2002. 4/14
Here is the URL for my NEW Dallas/Fort Worth Blues website:
I am currently in the process of moving all files
to the new site. Both the NBCi (current site)
and this new site will be maintained for now.
Since the future of NBCi is very uncertain right now,
I STRONGLY SUGGEST that all regular visitors
to this site visit and bookmark the new site in case NBCi
goes away with no warning. It is going to take me
awhile to get everything moved so be please patient, (hopefully
NBCi will not evaporate immediately). 4/12
Nick Curran is set to release his new CD in June on Texas Jamboree Records.
After checking his contract,
he found he owed them a second CD so he will
delay his move to a larger label. 4/12
Tommy Tucker reports: There has been a small change on the BETTY
LEWIS live CD at the BLUE CAT.
The club has made a small error. The date
is on TUES. the 24th NOT the 17th. PLEASE mark it on
your calendar that it is TUES. the 24th. Betty and
her band will start around 8:00 P.M........... So
bring your voices and be part of this spectacular event.
It will be a lot of fun to see if you can hear yourself on the
finished product. 4/11
Scott gave me the cheery news that NBC is planning to sell or shut down
NBCi.com, home of this website.
That means I will be looking for a new
internet home, most probably at Yahoo!/Geocities before
too long. Here is the article referenced by
Don't change your bookmarks
just yet, but watch this space.
Alan Wiggins reports about Alan McDaniel's Monday night jam at Bandera's:
"Alan McDaniel has become an
official endorser of the custom made Rowan
Guitars built by Dallas luthier Mike Rowan.
Jammers who stop by at the Monday night jam at
Bandera's will be given the opportunity to play one
of the Rowan Guitars during their portion of the jam.
Also, any jammer that would like a recorded copy of their
jam performance at Bandera's should bring a blank cassette
with them the next time they stop
by. We will record their performance on
a 4 track recording system."
Tommy Tucker reports: "I am producing BETTY LEWIS's LIVE CD.
We are RECORDING the CD LIVE
at the BLUE CAT. On TUES. the 17th of this
month (APRIL). If ya want to come and be a part of
that audience on the 17th, and hear yourself scream
on the finished product, and show your support, come
out to the BLUE CAT on TUES. the 17th and SCREAM. We should
be kicking the show off around 8:00 p.m. ish"
Robin Bank$ new CD, Honestly, is now being pressed with delivery expected
in 2-3 weeks. Honestly!
Johnny Mack hopes to have his new CD, Gave Myself the Blues, available
to the public in May. A
preview copy is currently getting play
on KNON. 4/5
From Steve Meek: "U.P. Wilson is in Ft Worth for likely his only
US appearance this year the 14th
of April at The Captains Den on Calmont.
Currently gathering ex-band members and friends to
turn it into a farewell jam. He goes back to Paris the
26th where he plays French spring festivals, cabarets
and dinner theaters thru June with more European dates coming
in that will carry him thru the fall. By which time I
expect he will marry his French fiancee and make Paris his
From Joanna Iz: "Lady Lotion was in a car wreck. She had to have
surgery and 2 people were killed
but all I know so. In Baylor/John Roberts
hospital intensive care right now." 4/2
Alan McDaniel, has started a Monday night blues jam at Bandera's Club in
northeast Dallas. 4/2
Lucky Peterson has been booked as one of the headliners for the 2001 Chicago
Apologies to those who tuned in to hear Gayle Dean Wardlow on Hal's show
on Tuesday. Gayle got
caught in traffic in south Fort Worth then
got lost twice and never made it. If you tuned
in you did get to hear two nice live tunes from K.M.
Williams. Thanks K.M.! I have put
up a small website for Wardlow at:
From Patti Coghill: Rory Block will be performing in Dallas April
7th at Uncle Calvin's Coffee
house at 9555 N. Central Expressway at
the Presbyterian Church (www.unclecalvins.org).
Tickets will be $15 adv & $18 door. This is a non-profit
place working with the church and they have so graciously
decided to donate the profits to the new Southwest
Blues Heritage Foundation.
J&J Blues bar in Fort Worth has confirmed Roy Gaines for April 21.
His last appearance there in
December was the best live blues show I have
seen in 5 years or so. Outstanding and highly
Hash Brown's Monday jam at The Pub on Main is no more. 3/26
When is an apology not an apology? Read the Fort Worth Weekly's "sort
of" apology to James Hinkle
. Personally, just reads like more
to me. Read some of the letters
generated by the original
(including mine) but page down to
the "Go to Hell Hearsay" part. Anyone else
think "Colin Maycock" is just another pen name for
Robert Wilonsky? My opinion, just think of those
guys as "Dallas Observer Junior" and you will have it right.
Use 'em both to line the cat box and pick up Southwest
Blues or Buddy if you want to read about music in these
parts. Ha hah!! Be sure to read the "letters policy"
at the bottom of
page at Fort Worth Weekly dot com. Note
carefully the addresses and name? You thought
I was kidding about Dallas Observer Junior!
Ha hah!!!!! Don't tell 'em. Our little
inside joke. 3/21
Gregg Smith reports he is set to go in the studio soon to cut a new, all
blues CD with Lucky Peterson
Bob Kirkpatrick is hosting a new Tuesday night blues jam (9 pm to 1 am)
at Moose and Vinny's in Dallas.
Congratulations to Patti and Joanna at Southwest Blues Magazine for putting
on a great show on Sunday, March
18. It was well attended and hopefully
raised a bunch of money for their new foundation.
In case you haven't heard about it, check out this piece of crap in the
Fort Worth Weekly (now also
known as The Dallas Observer Junior) trashing
The mystery writer seems
to be outraged that Hinkle got paid for hosting
the Sunday jam at J&J, a gig that was booked
weeks before Robert Ealey died. I have sent
a letter to the editor and I understand others are doing
the same. 3/17
I have started a Robert Ealey tribute page and welcome contributions and
Robert Ealey Tribute Page
Here is updated info on Robert Ealey's services:
Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at the Pilgrim
Valley Missionary Baptist Church, 4800 South
Riverside Drive. Rev. Landon Spradlin will
Burial: 2 p.m. Monday in the Dallas/Fort
Worth National Cemetery.
Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 4
to 6:45 p.m. Sunday at the Veronica Chapel of
the funeral home, Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors,
4000 Miller Ave., Fort Worth, (817) 531-8666.
Wake: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral
The family will gather and receive friends
after 8 p.m. Sunday at the Caravan of Dreams,
312 Houston St. in
downtown Fort Worth. Doors open at
Here are a couple of articles about the passing of Robert Ealey:
Fort Worth blues legend Robert Ealey passed away on March 7.
Holland K. Smith reports: OK, jammers, this is to let you know about
my new regular jam starting
this Wednesday 3/7 in downtown Fort Worth
at the Black Dog Tavern, 903 Throckmorton..ph# 817/332/8190.
Free Parking after 9:00, and a free beer or 2
from the management if you show up to jam. 3/5
Homepage.com has announced they are terminating free webpages at the end
of March. Therefore the
mirror for the main site will cease to be
available. The main site at nbci.com will not
be affected. This is probably the start of many
shake ups on the web. Remember, somebody,
somewhere is paying for all this free hard drive space, servers,
etc. that all these free web pages exist on. The
idea that banner ads would pay for everything has proved to
be a dream and reality is starting to come crashing down on
the dot coms. For now, I will no longer maintain a mirror site.
nbci.com seems to be fairly stable right now so that should
not be a problem for most users. Again, this affects ONLY
the mirror site, not the main site. At least not yet.
Here's a nice article on Kenny Neal in this week's Fort Worth Weekly.
They use a couple of my photos
for the story. Kenny is at J&J
Kenny Neal Story
The Fender Benders have a new website at:
The Mem Shannon gig scheduled for March 7 at Stumpy's was cancelled.
A real shame. Mem hasn't
played around here in 2 years or so.
Nick Curran has just completed recording his new CD with tentative release
due in June. Reportedly
a special 45 rpm record will also be pressed
from the recordings. 2/22
Hash Brown reports that bass player Pat Whitefield has also left Anson
and the Rockets and will be replaced
by Johnny Bradley. 2/20
Danny Cochran, who has played drums with Anson and the Rockets for the
last 11 years, played his last
show with the band on 2/17. Wes Starr
will join the Rockets as their new drummer.
Danny had tired of the road and will pursue other projects
around DFW. 2/17
From the blues-l newsgroup: "Martin Scorsese will serve as executive producer
for a multi-part PBS television
series documenting the evolution of blues
music. Directors Michael Apted, Charles Burnett,
Spike Lee, Marc Levin and Wim Wenders are expected
to contribute to the series. No word on whether Scorsese
will do any directing himself for the project, which
is expected to premier in the fall of 2001." 2/15
Robin Bank$ now has a website up at:
Robin's new CD will be mixed soon and will be
titled "Honestly". 2/15
Tommy Tucker reports guitarist Matt Snow passed away on Sunday, February
11. I have no further details
at this time. 2/13
Hash Brown reports that his Monday jam at The Pub on Main is in trouble
and needs your support: "BASICALLY
WHAT IS HAPPENING IS IF WE DO NOT GET SOME
PEOPLE TO COME OUT IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS, THE JAM
WILL NOT CONTINUE, AND WE FEEL THIS WOULD BE AN UNFORTUNATE
THING FOR THE BLUES COMMUNITY." 2/12
is the new T-shirt design for KNON's Texas
Blues radio shows for 2001. Designed by Sandra
Nick Curran is set to go in the studio to cut his first CD for his new
label, Hightone Records. 2/7
Lee McBee will cut a new CD for the Pacific Blues label in April.
Hash Brown, Johnny Moeller, Johnny
Bradley, and Wes Starr will be backing.
Stumpy's has a new website a: http://www.stumpysbluesbar.com
From Johnny Mack: Just wanted to thank everyone that came out
to J&J's for Robert's benefit last Wed. We had a standing room only crowd
& lots of great musicians. I know we raised over $800.00 alone just passing
the tip jar around. The money was given directly to Robert & Helen the
next day, & they too said a big thank you to everyone that helped out.
Remember to Robert in your hearts & prayers y'all. 1/29
Scott Ferman reports: The KNTU Blues Revue is no more. They now run the
'Beale Street Caravan' on Sunday
nights from 9PM to 10PM. No other blues
Thanks to all who came out to the second annual KNON Blues festival on
January 20 and 21. It was the
most successful blues benefit KNON has
ever had. Thanks also to all the great
bands who played for us! Click
for some photos!
From Lisa DuPré: A Tribute & Benefit for Robert Ealey. Emceed
by Lisa DuPré. Co-sponsored
by Caravan of Dreams, Buddy Magazine
& Brook Mays Pro Shop. Featured Artists Include:
Mike Morgan Cricket Taylor, Johnny Red & the Roosters,
Joe Jonas, David "Bottlehead" Miller, Betty Lewis, Richard
"Mr. Topcat" Chalk, John Nitzinger and other special
guests. 8-12pm, Friday, February 9, 2001 at Caravan of Dreams,
312 Houston St., Fort Worth, Texas. Metro (817)429-4000
$10.00 Donation at the Door. 1/25
From Candy: "J&J's Blues Bar is combining the Wed and Sun jams on Sunday
nights. Wednesday nights they will be closed unless they have a special show.
Starting Feb 1, J&J's is only open Thurs-Sun." 1/24
Johnny Mack reports that Robert Ealey was injured in a car wreck in December
and now requires dialysis.
There will be a big benefit for Robert
at J&J Blues Bar on Wednesday, January 24 at 10
Congratulations to Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Myers
for their nomination as Blues
Band of the Year for the 22nd annual W.C.
Handy Awards. 1/16
Johnny Mack reports: "James & Betsy Hinkle had a little girl last Tues.
night (1/9), Evelyn Clair. Also, we are having a benefit for Robert Ealey
at J&J's on Wed. the 24th featuring my band, James Hinkle, Kenny Traylor,
Rollo Smith, Dave Milsap & all the cat's we play with. The money is going
to help take care of bills that piled up when he was in the hospital."
Jim Suhler had a gig with George Thorogood pop up in Las Vegas so Keri
LePai and Harold Walker will
play the 4 pm slot at the KNON Blues Festival
on Sunday, January 21. 1/6
DFW Blues News for 2000