Blues Music

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Lance Lopez Brings the Blues to Coach Joe's Hat Tricks Each Week

    Lance Lopez knows the blues. The Dallas native has been sharpening his blues' slinging chops since he was a child. He can feel it in his bones, through his fingertips as they slide across the fretboard. Lopez's guitar skills sometimes seem otherworldly as he bends his strings to create something sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Robert Cray on Being a Blues Legend: "At the End of the Day, You Have to Play Tomorrow"

    Prior to 1986, Robert Cray was just another talented blues guitarist wondering where his next gig was going to be. But after the Strong Persuader album and the hit single "Smoking Gun," Cray became a viable commercial proposition across several genres. Cray has parlayed that success into a four- dec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Blues Clubs in Dallas-Fort Worth

    Texas music bleeds the blues, but finding a place to enjoy them in Dallas-Fort Worth area seems nearly impossible these days. A younger generation of rising starts like Jason Elmore and Larry Lampkin make their guitars moan the blues like masters Lance Lopez and Stevie Ray Vaughan once did. They wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Texas Musicians Remember Johnny Winter

    For more than 50 years, Johnny Winter made his guitar sing the blues. A lightning fast player mixed with a growling voice, Winter was part of a long lineage of Texas blues guitarists like Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker and Stevie Ray Vaughan who simply didn't just play the blues but channeled them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Miss Marcy Is a Blues-Shouting, Dallas Powerhouse

    Miss Marcy is a powerhouse. She may not look like it as she relaxes in a Whole Foods Market in old East Dallas, reflecting on her oeuvre, but she's every bit as brash and confident as the blues diva she inhabits onstage. A throwback as a performer with her vintage dresses and long, dirty-blonde hair ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Fifteen Blues Artists to Watch in 2014

    Every generation has an underground music scene that only an elite group of fans and the NSA know of. In the '60s, psychedelic music, for example, exploded onto the hippies' counterculture scene with music by The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. (And let's not forget the Velvet Undergroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Meet Three People Who Want to Tell You About Dallas' Blues History

    Since Hart Ward penned his classic "Dallas Blues" in 1912, the city has established a proud tradition in the blues genre with its performers, venues and documentarians. Today, Dallas' blues legacy remains in the hands of a smaller number of people than it has in years past. But some, like Wanda King ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    John Mayall: "Silly People Say any Guitar Player is the Best. All of The Best Players Sound Different From each Other."

    Spanning fifty years, the musical career of John Mayall has been as fascinating and influential as just about anyone in the history of rock. In late 1963, Mayall formed the first incarnation of the Bluesbreakers, a legendary outfit that featured a revolving cast of players that included the likes of ... More >>

  • Music

    August 22, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Marcia Ball Knows the Blues, Loves the Blues and Lives the Blues

    Marcia Ball At 64, Marcia Ball could well be considered the queen of Texas blues. No other female performer has captured the transcendent mixture of swampy, New Orleans style piano blues and the more acoustic form exemplified by the likes of Lightnin' Hopkins better than Ball. Over a career that h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    The 10 Greatest Dallas Blues Artists

    The Lone Star State has long produced some of the greatest blues legends to ever pick up a guitar or stand behind a microphone. Legends like Albert Collins from Leona, Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins from Centerville and Johnny Winter from Beaumont all have found the blues in Texas. Hell, we even have a Gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    The 10 Texas Blues Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

    Watching the Devil tune his guitar in the middle of the night isn't how Robert (or Tommy) Johnson imagined he'd be spending his Saturday night. When that ol' demon started playing songs, fire flew from his fingertips as an otherworldly sound reverberated into the night. According to legend, despite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Eric Clapton at American Airlines Center, 3/19/13: Review

    Last night, Eric Clapton and Dallas-born guitarist Doyle Bramhall II set fire to their Stratocasters' fretboards. Their fingers slid across the neck, bending strings until they bled the blues. Feeding off a musical energy straight from the Crossroads, the talented guitarists empowered some of Clapto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    KNON's Don O. Knows The Dallas Blues

    Don O. has been spinning blues records on KNON since 1983, literally about a month after they went on the air. See, he was a listener of the pre-KNON station at that frequency, KCHU, from '75 until they were switched off in '77. Heartbroken at the station's demise and subsequent absence of blues on ... More >>

  • Music

    January 26, 2012

    Knon's Bluesfest

    Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29, at Poor David's Pub

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    Hidden Away: Uncovering Dallas' Faded Blues

    Blues veteran Jim Suhler takes us on a tour of the city's musical past.

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Tour Celebrating Robert Johnson's 100th Birthday To Come To Dallas In Early February

    Robert Johnson‚ÄčIt's kind of tough to wrap your head around the fact that, next year, legendary bluesman Robert Johnson would have turned 100 years old. Given the gravitas that surrounds his mystique, you'd think he'd be older, no? Sure enough, though: May 8, 1911 was his birthday. And, to celebrat ... More >>

  • Music

    July 8, 2010
  • Music

    March 4, 2010

    Doyle Bramhall, Bugs Henderson

    Saturday, March 6,at the Granada Theater

  • Film

    December 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    The Last Of The Great Mississippi Delta Blues Men Took To Dallas

    They wheeled David "Honeyboy" Edwards, 93, to the edge of the stage. People in the shadows helped him to stand, and he crossed into the spotlight, taking slow deliberate steps, carefully placing each foot until he reached the plain wooden chair placed in the stage's center. The crowd, full of st ... More >>

  • Music

    October 9, 2008

    Pops Carter and the Funkmonsters

    Friday, October 10, at the Boiler Room, Denton

  • Calendar

    August 28, 2008

    Friends Of Freddie

    Celebrate the King of Big D blues

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2008

    Video: Hash Brown on Dallas Blues History

    I came across this excerpt from an upcoming documentary on blues music in Dallas over the weekend. From the looks of this clip from Dallas Electric: The Texas Blues Story, it's going to be an interesting flick. The video offers a glimpse of Hash Brown delving into Dallas' blues history and it's draw ... More >>

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    John Lee Hooker

    Hooker (Shout Factory)

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2006

    Blues for Sam Myers

    Local blues great Sam Myers died this morning. He was 70. We just received the sad news that local blues singer and harp player Sam Myers died this morning, after battling with throat cancer since being diagnosed with it in January 2005. According to his friend, local blues singer Kathy Prather, he ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 9, 2006

    So Blue

    These musicians have the blues, but they're happy to be here

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Blue Christmas

    Year-end releases prove that down-and-out is still alive and well

  • Music

    September 22, 2005

    Buddy Guy

    Friday, September 23, at Billy Bob's

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Fat Boys

    An elderly gang of seedy Mississippi bluesmen anchors Fat Possum Records and the label's documentary

  • Music

    July 3, 2003

    Buddy Guy

    Blues Singer (Silvertone)

  • Music

    February 22, 2001

    Dirty South

    For the North Mississippi Allstars, the blues ain't nothing but dance music

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Jimi Hendrix

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

  • Music

    March 23, 2000

    A mother of a father

    Bo Diddley created rock and roll -- now, where's his check?

  • Music

    May 27, 1999

    Seeing it through

    Blind Lemon Jefferson musical (or is it?) finally opens its eyes

  • Music

    July 2, 1998

    Little boy blues

    Andrew Baxter Jr. may be a mere child, but the 11-year-old guitarist is no novelty

  • Music

    September 25, 1997

    Jukin' with the Reverend

    The improbable rise of blues rulebreaker Robert Ealey

  • Music

    June 5, 1997

    Going against typecasting

    Don't call Carolyn Wonderland and the Imperial Monkeys a blues band

  • Music

    May 22, 1997

    Keeping up with the Joneses

    Dallas blues history according to two who lived it

  • Music

    October 17, 1996

    House of David

    Fathead comes home

  • Music

    September 19, 1996

    The good fight

    Keb' Mo' makes the fat ladies get up and dance

  • Music

    June 27, 1996

    The maitre d' of R&B

    Elvis T. Busboy drives his soul train into the future

  • Music

    June 27, 1996

    Electric blue

    Jim Suhler talks about life and the local bluesman

  • Music

    May 9, 1996

    Fire and fury

    Blues hero Sam Myers is the Rocket in the pocket

  • Dining

    March 21, 1996

    Blues exchange

    Texas Blues Cafe brings more than brisket to the 'burbs

  • Music

    February 15, 1996

    Lonely Hunter

    After a self-imposed exile in Mexico and obscurity, a Texas bluesman comes home

  • Music

    July 20, 1995

    Unsung diva

    R&B great Etta James ponders the fame that got away

  • Music

    July 13, 1995
  • Music

    April 6, 1995

    Good rockin' last night

    Dallas' forgotten Star Talent Records label got there before Sun's rise

  • Music

    January 26, 1995

    Trouble blues

    Buddy Guy doesn't want money or fame, just a little respect

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