Dallas Blues

  • 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

    September 5, 2013

    How R.L.'s Blues Palace #2 Survived Dallas' Blues-Club Crash

    R.L. Griffin is standing outside his Blues Palace, a squat beige building a few tattered blocks from Fair Park. A sign in the parking lot touts "Blues Palace II: Live Entertainment," and without it there would be no way to tell from the street what you might find inside, unless you noticed the walls ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    For Your Thursday Listening Pleasure: 1917's "Dallas Blues," From the Library of Congress

    ​So. Funny thing. A couple of weeks back, while writing about 508 Park Ave. and Robert Johnson's 100th, I pulled down a few blues histories-of to dig a little deeper. Among the stacks: Elijah Wald's essential Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, published in 2004, whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    Unfair Park Mixtape Vol.1

    For those of you in need of a Dallas music edumication, every couple of weeks the old fart stinkin' up the Unfair Park offices will scour his dusty collection of 78s and eight-tracks and upload a hopefully not too random collection of songs made by or in Our Fair City. This week's offering, hosted ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 10, 2006

    Unbound by Wourds

    Dallas' annual literary festival returns

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2006

    "Dallas Rag" and Other Stomps

    Blind Lemon Jefferson: Ya know, he's not just the namesake of a failing club in Deep Ellum. Over the weekend, a friend wondered precisely what good reason this city had for not having a Dallas music museum in, say, Deep Ellum, where Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly hopped off the train some 80 ye ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 12, 2003
  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Blues Club

    R.L. Griffin's Blues Palace #2

  • News

    May 14, 1998