Remembering Mean Gene Kelton — One Year Out   1 comment

Mean Gene Kelton — Image by kenne

One year ago today, our very good friend, Mean Gene Kelton died in an auto accident. I first met Gene at a Houston Blues Society (HBS) board meeting we were attending to explore how a group we were forming, Friends of the Blues — Montgomery County, might work with HBS. The focus of our group was an educational series on the Blues, which would be offered through the continuing education department at Montgomery College. Gene expressed an interest in being a part of our new project, and for the next year he and Joni would drive from Baytown to The Woodlands once a week — to say the least, we were impressed and appreciative of their involvement. That kind of support and commitment says more than words as to the kind of man Mean Gene Kelton was.

Over the past decade I had plenty of opportunity to photograph Gene, and in recent years to also video some of his gigs. (See links below.) As fate would have it, Joy and I were in Houston over the holidays last year and were planning on being at his New Years day matinée at Rowdy Bucks in Crosby, Texas, which we had also attended two-years earlier. The video on this post contains clips from the events that followed Gene’s tragic death.

Tragedy

Brings shock and uncertainty –

Shocked,

By sudden erratic change,

Evading control –

Uncertainty,

For the future.

In the end, it’s

How we act that

Serves to

Nurture new beginnings.

kenne

Blog Postings

https://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2008/05/07/gene-kelton-ken-marys-blues-project-may-5-2008/

https://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/mean-gene-kelton-the-corner-pub/

https://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/20-years-and-out-mean-gene-kelton-the-texas-saloon/

https://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/mean-gene-kelton-westfield-by-the-railroad/

https://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/capturing-the-moment-mean-gene-kelton-t-99-nelson/

https://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/capturing-the-moment-memories-of-mean-gene/

https://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/they-call-it-stormy-monday-mr-v-with-mean-gene-kelton-the-die-hards-revisited/

https://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/mean-gene-kelton-the-corner-pub-august-2008/

https://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/mean-gene-you-gave-so-much-now-its-our-turn/

https://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/mr-mrs-v-kpft-remember-mean-gene-kelton/

Flickr Sets

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/sets/72157612015323911/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/sets/72157604902077550/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/sets/72157604138948800/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/sets/72157602416286003/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/sets/72157601104138219/

Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_r6fJhiRAE&

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g86mC0Y5TV8&

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuQRp-2g2fs&

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WooiK2tMfuo&

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIzt8CFM8CQ&

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