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.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Hash Brown made this post this week on NTB:

The following gear was taken from my van last night:
1 Crate PA head(6 channel) w/tuki cover
2 1X15" w/horn PA cabinets w/tuki covers
1 Fender Blues Junior limited w/cover Ser# B254415
1 Carvin PA AG 100D w/cover
1 CD Case w/60 Cds
1 SKB microphone case with:
3 Shure SM58's, 3 mic cables, 3 speaker cables and 20' powerstrip
1 small gym bag with:
1 Boss Tu-12 tuner
1 vibrato/flanger
1/SM58 w/cable
10 guitar cables
2 amp power cables

Anyone sees this stuff, I will give a reward!
Brian 214-673-0309

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Here is the info I received last night from Jackie Don Loe:

Tonight's Sunday Blues Happening Jam at Nate's Seafood in Addison will be dedicated to the memory of bassist Johnny Woods. Johnny held the bass spot for the entire 3 1/2 years of the jam, never missing a Sunday. Donations to help with Johnny's funeral costs will be collected at the jam. Carl Bush will stand in tonight on bass with the band.

I've said many times, this jam is by far the best in the Dallas/Ft Worth area because everyone feels welcome, and the jams represent the whole of the blues: traditional, soul, classic, country, funky and always fun! Johnny was an intricate part of this, and will be missed by all his friends and fans alike. Come out tonight, sit in, jam, and pay your respects to a classy Old-School Bluesman, our friend Johnny Woods.

Services for Johnny will be:
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
11 a.m.
Damascan Missionary Baptist Church
3600 Cleveland Ave
Dallas, Tx

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Thanks to Joanna Iz from Southwest Blues Magazine for sending this on to me so that I can share it with you.


This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago. Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and
knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered
a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating,
choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms. When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because-why, exactly?
We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?As a junior high student in the late 1970's, when Desoto, Texas was a close minded, tiny, backwards little country town that thought itself a big city, an enlightened history teacher turned one class over to me to talk to my classmates about the struggles of women just to have basic rights. All these years later, exercising the right to vote is still one of my passions. Women (and thinkers of both genders) we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.' Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know. We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party – remember to vote.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


We are thrilled to part of the line-up for the 9th Annual Frog Blues Festival. Especially exciting is the chance to see Miss Lavelle White! Miss Lavelle is one of Blue Lisa's all time favorite Blueswomen - an awesome voice and stellar stage presence. You don't want to miss this show!
Here's the schedule. You can find it, directions, and more info on the web site at:

Festival Schedule - All Subject to Change

Presenting Mistress of Ceremonies.....Lady Too Tall
6:45 to 7:30- Blue Lisa & Big "D" Playboys / Special Guest: Cheryl Arena
7:45 to 8:30- Joe Moore
8:45 to 9:45- Miss Lavelle White
10:00 to 11:00- Lil Dave Thompson
11:15 to 12:05- AFTER PARTY with James Butler & The Cool Show Band / Special Guest: Johnny Ray Kimbrough and Captain Jack(Same Location)

Friday, July 04, 2008


I'm delighted to announce the birth Wednesday of Kaylynn Denney, daughter of our drummer Darren, his wife Hali (who, let's face it, did all the REAL work Wednesday!) and new big brother Spencer. At 9 pounds 9 ounces and 20 inches long, Kaylyne is a big girl - a Texas-size beauty. Congratulations to the Denney's on their new addition.

I'm just hoping Darren will encourage her to be a drummer, like he's been doing with Spencer. There's never enough great drummers, and Kaylyne and Spencer couldn't have a better teacher than The Professor!

Friday, June 20, 2008


I am a BIG Hard Rock Cafe fan. After all, it started in London, and I'm a Anglophile to the bone. When I learned back in the 80's that Dallas was getting a HRC, I was so excited, I made my boyfriend at the time drive me to the construction site at 3 am, climbed the fence, and snuck in. (I wanted to be the first one in the new place!). At that time Dallas felt so behind the rest of the world in cool big city amenities. Getting a Hard Rock felt glamourous. And I still seek out the local HRC in every place I visit. It's still fun to me.

I'll even admit to shedding a few tears earlier this year when I finally got up the nerve to drive by the now empty corner of McKinney and Routh, where they not only razed the building to the ground, but a level below - to the basement. I'm easily bored and thrive on change, but having lived here my whole live, I DO have an emotional attachment to a few places (including the Granada Theater - God bless Mike Schroder for loving the place as much as me! He is one of my heroes for taking such good care of her) and the Dallas Hard Rock Cafe was one of those. I had so much fun there over the years. I once kissed John Waite in the lobby, and played on the stage many times with 5 different bands, sharing many a plate of nachos with my awesomely cool niece Amanda, not to mention celebrating plenty of my birthdays there, attending Guitar Show parties and seeing some great bands. The HRC partnered with KNON on several occasions, including a Thursday night blues series I hosted several years back. I was enraged at the closing - that a city our size, with the surrounding teeming Metroplex, couldn't keep it open. I really blamed the city for taking the focus off UpTown as a destination for tourists, and sending them instead to the bland lets-pretend-we're-Times-Square Victory Plaza outside the AAC.

So I was thrilled to read the following article this morning. All is not lost. Hey, you can take the girl out of rock (and give her the blues), but you can't take the rock out of the girl.

And I'm betting they'll resume their relationship with the local Blues scene, unlike that other big chain restaurant/concert place that recently came to town, that refuses to even acknowledge KNON or Southwest Blues......

So, Yes, a New Hard Rock Cafe's Coming to Dallas. Hard Rock Hotel Too.
Thu Jun 19, 2008 at 08:47:29 AM
Gone, but absolutely not forgotten.
A very curious note this morning, courtesy The Miami Herald. Because in its story about the Seminole Tribe striking a deal to put a Hard Rock Cafe inside the new $1.3-billion Yankee Stadium, along with an eatery called NYY Steak, there was this reference to the tribe's plans for expanding the chain: "In total, the tribe owns 127 Hard Rock Cafes, not including the new one to be built in Yankee Stadium plus two others planned in Seattle and Dallas." Pardon?
After the jump, the official word.
Of course, the old McKinney Avenue location's was razed in January. And we've heard rumblings about a Hard Rock Hotel: That was, in fact, the original plan for the St. Regis Hotel site in Uptown, says its developer; and there have been rumors swirling for more than a year that it might yet wind up in Victory Park.
New York-based publicist Marissa Mastellone, who handles PR for the Hard Rock's hotels and casinos, tells Unfair Park this morning that there are "no plans for a Hard Rock Hotel Dallas," at least in the next two years. "But I have a call already in to my development team based at the Hard Rock Corp. headquarters in Orlando to give me info on if they are at least 'looking'," she says, and promises to get back with more later.
As for a new Hard Rock Cafe here, Florida-based John Gogarty, who handles that side of the chain's publicity, is in transit from New York and has been unavailable for comment. We've left messages at his office and on his cell, and we'll update when he calls back.
Update: Gogarty has called back, but he's not sure "whether [the Miami] reference was a line from a press conference or something else." He too has said he will "check to see what's cooking" and get back later today with an official statement. But he does not that "Dallas is obviously a very important location to Hard Rock, and unfortunately it didn't work out there the first time." Which doesn't mean there won't be a second.
Update to the Update: At 9:25 a.m., Amanda Early, another publicist for Hard Rock, sends the official word: It's a go. Dunno where, dunno when. But Hard Rock returns. As in:
Below please find the statement released on behalf of Hard Rock International regarding plans for Hard Rock Cafe Dallas.
We believe that Dallas, and surrounding areas, are important markets for Hard Rock International.
We are actively exploring other opportunities in the area, including a Hard Rock Hotel/entertainment complex and more strategic locations for a Hard Rock Cafe in this market. A number of locations are currently under consideration.
We expect to return to the Dallas market, at the right time in the right location.So, indeed: a hotel and a cafe. Overpriced burgers for everyone! --Robert Wilonsky

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Greetings to you all from me and the guys! Hope you are keeping well and cool, and have lots of fun things planned for your summer. Here's two events to add to that list...

Thursday night finds us at one of our all time favorite places, Nate's Seafood in Addison, for a very special night of Diaper Blues. Our drummer, the fabulous-in-every-sense-of-the-word Darren Denney and his beautiful wife Hali are expecting their second child, a daughter, very soon. (Their son Spencer is really excited about being a big brother too!)

We're asking that guests bring diapers (any brand, any size but the smallest - she's going to be a big girl), wipes, or baby care products to assist our soon to be Mr. Mom. Darren & Hali are also registered at Babies R Us.

Please join us in celebrating the eminent arrival of a new Princess!

Diaper Blues
Thursday, May 29th 6:30pm – 10:15pm
Nate’s Seafood & Steakhouse 14951 Midway Rd
Addison, TX 75001 (972) 701-9622

Saturday, we head north to McKinney for an evening of delectable food and hot Texas blues under the stars at Poppy's Garden Cafe. Rob and I did the duo thing here in April, but this will be the first time we've played here as a band. The beauty of the surroundings at Poppy's is surpassed only by the deliciousness of their food.

See for yourself on their web site at:
Saturday, May 31st 7 pm - 11 pm
Poppy's Garden Cafe
107 S Church Street, McKinney, Texas 75069
Reservations - 972.562.8386

We hope you will make time in your busy schedule to join us for both of these shows!

Monday, April 07, 2008


On a bill with Anson. Only wish Son Henry was here for this.


Sometimes laughing at yourself is the only way to make it thru to another day. Thanks to my friend Ginny Bluzgal Ivey for this.

1. It becomes more important to find a place on stage for your fan than your amp.
2. Your gig clothes make you look like George Burns out for a round of golf.
3. All your fans leave by 9:30 p.m.
4. All you want from groupies is a foot massage and back rub.
5. You love taking the elevator because you can sing along with most of your play list.
6. Instead of a keyboard player, your band wants to spring for a roadie.
7. You don't know (or care) who any of the new bands are.
8. You need your glasses to see the amp settings.
9. You've thrown out your back jumping off the stage.
10. You feel like shite before the gig even starts.
11. The waitress is your daughter.
12. You find your drink tokens from last month's gig in your guitar case.
13. You refuse to play without earplugs.
14. You ask the club owner if you can start at 8:30 instead of 9:30.
15. You check the TV schedule before booking a gig.
16. You're related to at least one member in the band.
17. You need a nap before the gig.
18. During the breaks, you now go to the van to lay down.
19. You prefer a music stand with a light.
20. You don't recover from a Saturday night gig until Tuesday afternoon.
21. You buy amps considering their weight and not their tone or cool factor.
22. Feeling guilty looking at hot women at the bar 'cause they're younger than your daughter. 23. You can remember seven different club names for the same location.
24. Your entire set list is 'danceable'.
25. You're playing the same venue in three months time so you ask the club owner if you can leave your amp.
26. Your son is waiting for the gig to end to drive you and your gear home, then go back out to party
27. Your date couldn't make it because she 'couldn't find a sitter for the grandkids'.
28. In consideration of your age, the audience requests some 'British Invasion' songs.
29. Instead of keeping it secret, you start listing your truss as a "business expense".
30. If you get a "Cease and Desist" letter from the Spandex co.
31. You play a Wednesday night gig and call into work sick on both Thursday and Friday.
32. Your hearing has deteriorated so badly that you actually ask the guitar player to turn himself up.
33. You call out the next song only to have someone remind you played it 10 minutes earlier.
34. Your drugs are keeping you alive rather than killing you.
35. You worry more about breaking a hip than being hip.
36. Musicians half your age are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or have appeared on postage stamps.