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Eddie “Devilboy” Turner — 2012 Bisbee Blues Festival   1 comment

Eddie Turner and Trouble Twins at the 2012 Bisbee Blues Festival — Images by kenne

On the morning of the festival, Joy and I met Diunna Greenleaf, Blue Mercy band members, (Jonn, Josh and Veron) and Bob Corritore for breakfast in Tucson. The plan was for Joy/Kenne and Bob to drive everyone to Sierra Vista to the event hotel, then on to Bisbee. After making a wrong turn (thanks to a smart phone’s DPS), we finally made it to Bisbee. As a result, we were only able to see Eddie’s last few songs before Diunna and the band came on. However, we saw enough to know we missed a great session.

Sunday morning, Joy and I had an opportunity to share a table out by the pool with Eddie — great conversation.


Video by kenne

Diunna Greenleaf — Do You Want Me To Stay?   3 comments

Jonn Richardson, Diunna Greenleaf & Bob Corritore at the Tucson Rhythm & Roots Concert Series

While in southern Arizona, Diunna Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy (Jonn, Josh & Veron) appeared at the Rhythm & Roots Concert Series
in Tucson 
and headlined the Bisbee Blues Festival in Bisbee, with special guest, Bob Corritore. At each appearance, they ended their show with
Sly Stone‘s “Do You Want Me To Stay?”

This video contrasts the two starting with the Tucson version, changing to the Bisbee version about half-way through.  
In the club setting, I title it the Koko Taylor version, and the festival is the Etta James version.
Southern Arizona was treated to two super shows.


Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy with Special Guest Bob Corritore on Stage at the Bisbee Blues Festival.

Diunna Greenleaf — Images by kenne

Houston’s Jewel In The Blues Crown — Diunna Greenleaf   5 comments

Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Diunna Greenleaf — Image by kenne

The one thing I miss most about not living in southeast Texas is the abundance of great blues music. Over the years there, I got to see a lot of live music and get to know a lot of great musician — some who have become close friends over the years. And as I have already acknowledged in an earlier posting, I was very pleased to learn earlier this summer that Diunna Greenwood and Blue Mercy lead guitarist, Jonn Richardson were going to be heading this year’s Bisbee Blues Festival. We immediately made plans to be at the festival, but I let Diunna know that she needed to get a gig in Tucson — long story short, she was booked to perform in the Rhythm & Roots Concert Series with special guest Bob Corritore, which took place this past Friday, September 14, 2012. This video is one of several I recorded.

Embodied in this award-winning Texas blues singer, Diunna is the voice of female blues singer legends. This video is almost ten minutes long, but short of having been at the plaza, you will find it well worth the listen, especially with good speakers or ear phones.


Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy In Tucson & Bisbee This Weekend   4 comments

Diunna with Blue Mercy lead guitarist, Jonn Richardson — Images by kenne

Friends of The Blues: Charlie Parker, AJ Murphy, Kenne Turner, Diunna Greenleaf & Dale Armet

Diunna & Joy

This weekend Diunna Greenleaf and her band, Blue Mercy will be in Tucson and Bisbee — Friday night as part of the Rhythm & Roots Series in Tucson, then Saturday she will be headlining the Bisbee Blues Festival. Diunna is a popular Houston blues singer that Joy and I have known since 1999, when she worked with some Montgomery County blues lovers to form the Friends of The Blues – Montgomery County and start an educational blues series at Montgomery College.

Diunna’s blues style is her own, developed from the legendary male & female Texas blues singers. Diunna and Blue Mercy have performed throughout the United States and Internationally.

This year Diunna has been nominated for the “Koko Taylor Award-Traditional Blues Female” and “Traditional Blues Album-Trying To Hold On” at the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN on May 5th, 2012. Her new CD “Trying To Hold On” s #1 on XM/Sirius Radio Bluesville Chart, #1 on French Blues charts, #1 on Living Blues charts for December, and is at the top of Blues charts in UK, Australia and USA.

If you are in the Tucson area this weekend, I urge you to go see Diunna — you will witness some of the best blues anywhere. We are looking forward to seeing Diunna and the band.

If you are into Arizona blues, then you know Bob Corritore. He will be Diunna’s special guest, both in Tucson and Bisbee.


Diunna Greenleaf with Bob Corritore at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix

Tab Benoit — Bisbee Blues Festival 2010   1 comment

Tab Benoit at The Bisbee Blues Festival 2010 — Image by kenne

The Bisbee Blues Festival was a very fulfilling day under the clear blue southern Arizona sky. As the final act,
Tab Benoit provided a fitting close to the festival by living up to the title of Louisiana’s #1 Roots Music entertainer.


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Posted October 28, 2010 by kenneturner in Blues, Music, Photography, video

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Shemekia Copeland — 2010 Bisbee Blues Festival   Leave a comment

Image by kenne

Here’s a little of what the Bisbee Blues Festival 2010 program had to say about Shemekia Copeland:

At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the Blues.
While still in her 20’s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, Headlined at The Chicago Blues Festival
and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic
and share the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal and John Mayer.
Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor,
Copeland’s shot at the eventual title of Queen of The Blues is pretty clear. By some standards,
she may already be there.

All be it a promotional statement, Shemekia’s goes a long way toward her eventually being
recognized among the great Blues singers.
She and her band put on a packed with talent show.


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Posted October 24, 2010 by kenneturner in Blues, Music, Photography, video

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Shemekia Copeland — Bisbee Blues Fest Posting Preview   4 comments

Shemekia Copeland — Image by kenne

Saturday afternoon and early evening, Joy and I were entertained by some of the best blues musicians in the U.S. at the Bisbee Blues Festival. For the unaqunted, Bisbee is located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, 25 miles east of Sierra Vista, 22 miles south/southeast of Tombstone and approximately 4.0 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border.

This annual blues festival, located the old mining community of Bisbee, AZ, started six years ago as a small, grassroots effort. Its popularity has been driven by blues lovers all over the southwest. Two years ago the festival moved from the cozy confines of the Bisbee City Park in the very picturesque old downtown Bisbee to a ballpark south of the Lavender Open Mind Pit. Although much less picturesque, the ballpark allowed for a larger attendance, last year featuring The Tommy Castro Band and the legendary Pine Top Perkins.Too bad we can’t have the “best of both worlds!”

More photos and video to come later this week.


Posted September 27, 2010 by kenneturner in Blues, Music

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