Archive for the ‘Friends of the Blues’ Category

The Oldest Blues Bar In Texas   Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADouble Bayou Dance Hall (October 19, 2002) — Image by kenne

Down the road from Jackson’s Grocery 
the blues was hangin’ on the hot, humid breeze
at Pete’s place where Bar-B-Q was served on
white bread off the back of an old pick-up truck.

On weekends the blues would be swinging through
the tall gulf coast pines of southeast Texas
attracting outsiders from Houston to hear
Pete sing and play The Blues at the Double Bayou.

By chance the life of Pete and the dance hall ended in 2008 —
Hurricane Ike destroyed the dancehall in September,
and after years of poor health, Pete passed away
the following December. He was 70 — for Pete’s sake!

— kenne

 

 

Moe Hansum Band @ Ken & Mary’s Blues Project — The Last Waltz, 2017 Part I   Leave a comment

The blues is life itself.

— Billy Gibbons

Images and Video by kenne

Two Friends Win Awards Tonight In Memphis — Congratualtions!   Leave a comment

Diunna Greenleaf 09-14-12Jonn Del Toro Richardson and Diunna Greenleaf — Image by kenne

Tonight, two of our favorite blues musicians, Jonn Del Toro Richardson and Diunna Greenleaf, won awards at the 2017 Blues Music Awards in Memphis — Jonn for Best Emerging Artist Album and Diunna for the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female Artist). Congratulations to Jonn and Diunna, we love you both!

— kenne

Do You Want Be To Stay — Diunna Greenleaf, Jonn DelToro Richardson and Bob Corritore Video by kenne

Seduction   1 comment

Chris@The Moon6.21.03 II_Art blogSeduction (Chris Duarte at the Cactus Moon)– Computer Art by kenne

Live music can inspire you,

it can thrill and drain you,

sometimes get inside you

and fucking seduce you.

— kenne

Music Sunday   Leave a comment

This posting first appeared November 18, 2009.

Ray Bonneville at Ken and Mary’s Blues Project, November 18, 2009 — Images and video by kenne

I believe that all the little things in life add up to one’s life. So, it’s important to get them right, otherwise nothing else matters.  I’m here to tell you that Ken and Mary Harris have been getting it right for a long time.

They love people and they love the Blues, and for years now have been doing a lot of little things that have been adding up in the form of the “Blues Project.”

Several times a year, Ken and Mary open their home to friends and their guests to experience the best in blues music this side of Texas. Sadly, many have no idea what they are missing, and sometimes it can get lonely in the promise land by yourself.

One of the many musicians who have appeared at Ken and Mary’s Blues Project is Ray Bonneville. Just as Ray may write about a place he has lived, e.g., New Orleans, he is not from there. He is a traveler in other people’s reality, writing stories that serve as a portal to his existence.

“Firefly comin’ this way
a flickering light is to say
time ain’t but this long
here tonight, tomorrow gone.”

— from “Goin’ By Feel”

As a fellow traveler in the reality of others, I hope our paths will cross again soon.

kenne

Flickr Photo Set

 

Quiet Reflection, Memorial Day, 2015   Leave a comment

Calvin Owens A.J. & Francine Murphy 5116 blog IICalvin Owens, known for two periods of work as bandleader for blues legend B.B. King, A.J. Murphy who played with 60’s R&B band Archie Bell and the Drells and A.J.s wife Francine. Image by kenne

On Memorial Day I can’t help but think of our dear friends A.J and Francine Murphy and the image that appeared in the Houston Chronicle “Remembering The Fallen” on Memorial Day, 2009. Francine is probably in “quiet reflection” at the US Houston National Cemetery today.

kenne

Francine Murphy Chronicle

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