DFW Music News

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, daughter of late blues legend Freddie King, Don O of KNON-FM 89.3 blues radio fame and Pat Bywaters, grandson of famed Dallas Nine member Jerry Bywaters, are trying to honor the city's contribution to the blues -- a contribution that seems to be better known worldwide than it is here at home.

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Christian McPhate is an award-winning journalist who specializes in investigative reporting. He covers crime, the environment, business, government and social justice. His work has appeared in several publications, including the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Miami Herald, San Antonio Express News and The Washington Times.