Blues Musicians - Want Your Gigs Listed On This Calendar?

Dallas/Ft Worth/N Texas Blues Musicians - Want to see your weekly gigs listed on this calendar and have them read live on the air on KNON's BIG TEXAS BLUES program?

Email (no texts, messages to this blog or Facebook posts accepted) your gigs for the upcoming week NO LATER THAN Tuesday Evening to:

Please include the following:
Your name * Band Name (if Applicable) * If it is full band gig, solo or duo * Name of Venue * City Venue is located in * Time your show starts and ends

Remember - this is a BLUES calendar posted on a BLUES blog and read on a BLUES radio show, so please only include BLUES gigs. Also, only include shows within the Dallas/Ft Worth/N Texas area.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


I hope you have enjoyed BIG TEXAS BLUES throughout the month of March as I've celebrated National Women's History Month by featuring the recorded works of Blueswomen, and by having local Blues Diva's Miss Marcy and Cheryl Arena in the studio as my special guests. Thanks again to both of them for taking a break from their busy schedules to share their time, talents and insights with all my listeners.

We've got one more Thursday in the month - the one coming up, March 28th. I'll be presenting a blues history segment on The Queen of the Blues herself - Dinah Washington, who strangly enough, died the day I was born - December 14, 1963. But what an interesting, life she had. Find out more about it in the first half of Thursday's show.

The last half of the show, my special guest live in the studio will be 17 year old blues guitarist Jessica Munn. Jessica will be making her very first (of what I hope to be many) appearance on BIG TEXAS BLUES doing the "12 Bar Blues" series.

If you've been lucky enough to see her play, you already know she is a talented guitarist. What you may not know is what an intelligent and gracious young lady she is. Always a pleasure to share a stage with, Jessica has a talent that ranks her right up amongst the much older, more experienced pros - she listens and plays WITH the band. Trust me, some people NEVER figure that out. Quite clever of her to get it so young. And that's part of the reason why so many of us - myself, Andrea Dawson, Jackie Don Loe - have taken her under our collective wings.

You know me, I'm a big believer that there's always room for another Blueswoman, and I can't wait to hear from Jessica herself what has influenced her to choose the Blues. Listen carefully folks. It's the young women like Jessica Munn and Kayla Reeves that are the future of the blues. (I'm thinking we're in good hands here.)

So set your alarm sleepyhead, and tune in Thursday at 9 am sharp so you don't miss the fun!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


As the celebration of Women's History Month continues on BIG TEXAS BLUES, my special guest in the studio Thursday morning will be harmonica queen Cheryl Arena. Cheryl will be presenting a blueswoman history segment on Sister Rosetta Tharpe, as well as bringing in and playing music by other influential blueswomen. Cheryl has taken the DFW area captive since moving here from Boston. Tune in and hear her discuss some of her favorite blueswomen.

My thanks to last weeks guest, the inimitable Miss Marcy. If you missed it, well, so sad for you. Boy, did we have some (naughty) fun!

And next week, Thurs. March 29th, my special guest in the studio will be 17 year old blues guitarist Jessica Munn. You've seen her out at many of the local jams, and she's played gigs with me and the T-Bonz at the Cadillac Pizza Pub in McKinney and also joined us for our set at last years Southwest Blues Heritage Foundation Festival in Irving.

Jessica will be doing the "12 Bar Blues Series", and bringing in the songs that have influenced her as a musician. In the local blues community, we often talk about needing to get the younger generation interested in the Blues so that it does not die away, so I think it will be particularly interesting to hear what things have influenced this 17 year old young woman to choose blues. Maybe we can all learn something about what we need to pass on to the next generation to keep the blues alive.

All of these things and more (including the Weekly Live Blues Calendar at 11 am) on BIG TEXAS BLUES, Thursday mornings from 9 am until Noon on KNON 89.3 FM Dallas/Ft. Worth, and also worldwide on the web from the link at

Friday, March 16, 2007


I was so busy in December and January that I didn't even have time to post about one of the coolest things that's ever happened to me - making the cover of Southwest Blues Magazine.
I am so humbled and honored. Thanks are in order here.
Thank you Jackie Don Loe, for your devotion and dedication to writing my story. What an awesome job you did. Talk about getting our kicks in 2006! Boy, do I owe you one.
Thanks to Lon Buckley who shot the beautiful cover photo. You are such a sweet and talented man. You brought out the best in me. This is my very favorite picture of me ever. If only I looked that good everyday!
Most of all, I want to thank SWB publisher Joanna Iz for thinking my story worthy of being told. What a beautiful thing you have done for me. Thank you so very, very much. You, as always, have my utmost love and admiration for all you do for all of us in the blues.
You can see the cover and order a back issue if you didn't get a copy at

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Those of you who are regular listeners to Big Texas Blues already know that March is Women's History Month.

In celebration of that, for the entire month I'll be playing all Blueswomen on the show. (For those of you who got your huff up there, how many times have you tuned into a blues show an heard nothing but bluesmen? Huh? And you never even thought about it, right? Thought so. So put on your big boy panties and deal with it.)

In celebration of fabulous females, I've asked a few other local blueswomen to come in and guest on the show. On Thursday, March 22nd, local blues harmonica queen Cheryl Arena will be my special guest from 11 am until Noon presenting a blues history segment on Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

And this week, March 15th, my guest will be the sensational and uninhibited Miss Marcy. What will that be like? Well, here from Marcy's website is her take on it:

Miss Marcy KNON 89.3 fm - March 13, 2007
Thursday Morning. 9-12 pm. I am the guest DJ for KNON 89.3 fm. This will be a show dedicated to the fabulousness of Woman; her scent, her aura, her passion. I will be playing tunes that will make you want to call all your old girlfriends and confess that you were a fool. Women will want to stop everything they are doing and put on their red lipstick. These are tunes that celebrate a woman’s purpose, to be loved by a man. Whether you are going to work in the morning or just getting home, tune into KNON 89.3 fm. Live on the net www.knon.orgEvery Thursday 9-12pm Blue Lisa brings Dallas/ Ft. Worth the Blues!

Check her out at Marcy is a woman's woman, so she's a perfect guest host choice for Women's History Month, but my God how the men lust for her! (Have you seen her lately - she's been working out and looks amazing. And all you boys be warned - she can run faster than she used to. No way you can get away from her now!)

So tune in for all the fun. Pity for you listeners is that no matter how much fun we have or what we say on air, you'll never get to hear the racy off-air talk. Maybe that's just as well. I think Marcy's last restraining order was just throw out. Best not get her right back into another!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


For those of you who do not know, Southwest Blues Magazine is owned, managed, edited, and published by one awe-inspiring woman, Joanna Iz. For 10 years now she has made sure Southwest Blues has kept you in the know with all the blues news you can use.

As you can imagine, it's no small task to keep a magazine coming out month after month. And it's not cheap either. It's free to you, the general public, but there are lots of costs associated with keeping it alive. (Not to mention blood, sweat and tears!)

So this Sunday, March 11, please join me in supporting Southwest Blues Magazine by attending the fundraiser taking place at Poor David's Pub , located at 1313 S. Lamar in Dallas - 214-565-1295. Cover charge is just $15 and gets you in to see an amazing array of blues royalty on stage for this special night - Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Bnois King, Anson Funderburgh, Hash Brown, Wanda King, Chris Ruest and Kirby Kelly.

My educated guess is that the celebrities in the audience will actually out number the ones on stage - all the local musicians love Joanna and SWB and will be out in full force showing their support. I say it all the time, but we have such a fabulous blues scene here in the DFW area, and that it due to a number of things: the plethora of Blueswomen and Bluesmen who make the DFW area their home, KNON's blues programming and Southwest Blues Magazines coverage of the musicians and events. Most of all, you, the Blues loving audience. Without you, there is no need for any of us.

So, if like me, you eagerly await the new issue of Southwest Blues Magazine every month, can't wait to see who made the cover, read the stories and reviews, check out the calendar to see who's playing where, try to master the licks in Jackie Don's monthly guitar column and love the fact that we have such a cool magazine in the local area, join me at Poor David's Pub this Sunday, March 11.