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Montgomery County Friends of the Blues, 2002   Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMontgomery County Friends of the Blues, 2002 Fund Raiser — Image by kenne

Fundraiser at Tut’s
Friends of the blues are partying
In downtown Conroe.

Plenty of whiskey
As a chaser for the blues
With AJ and the gang.

Looking back in time
Blues is a mighty long road
One with twists and turns.

Dylan’s Heaven’s Door
Covered by Blues and Rock bands
Now a whiskey brand.

My dream has come true
A perfect combination
Whiskey and the Blues.

Showcasing Dylan’s
Black Buffalo iron gates
Cover each bottle.

— kenne

Main Street, As Night Follows Day   1 comment

Main Street Rain (1 of 1)_edit art blogMain Street — Image by kenne

a poet in Conroe 

on the corner
looking down
main street.

 it was raining.

 I was in my
short sleeves.


but I like the rain.

I stood by a

nobody came by.

who would
on a night like this.

 maybe a poet
in need of
of this moment.

as night
follows day
it will happen.

some night,
just not tonight —

there will be a poet
in Conroe.

— kenne

Somedays It’s Hard To Be An Outlaw When You An’t Wanted Any More   Leave a comment

BillyJoeShaver2006-07-03-18 8-24-10_art blogBilly Joe Shaver, Conroe, Texas (June 3, 2006) — Image by kenne

I was listening to NPR this morning and there was a segment on one of my favorite country singer/songwriters, Billy Joe Shaver. His songs are probably better known than he is — Billy Joe Shaver Writes Country Songs — And Lives Them, Too. If you didn’t hear the segment, click on the segment title — he’s real country!

If you want to get even more of a feel for who is Billy Joe Shaver, watch the following video:


Somedays, the hillbilly in me just comes out — like I can’t help it.


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Capturing The Moment — Blues Flashback   10 comments

Ruthie&Diunna at Conroe blogRuthie Foster and Diunna Greenleaf, Heritage Place, Conroe, Texas (June 2, 2005) — Image by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Campfire Stage   Leave a comment

Campfire2003-11-28-24 blogCampfire Stage, Conroe, Texas, 2003 Image by kenne

Capturing The Moment — Christmas Eve Alone   4 comments

porterdaviscornerpubThe original photo was taken at the Corner Pub in Conroe, Texas during the Christmas season.
It was a merry time, but this image of one of the band members out of Austin, on his cell phone gave a different image.

Christmas Eve Alone

In the shadows of street lights
Outside the courthouse walls
Mused as they access the night

Leaning against the door’s edge
Not sure if I should go in
Or stay out and take the pledge

Gazing into the dark pub
Not penetrating the door
Peppered by waiting eyes 

My shadow touching each eye
Knowing only my dark image
Masked in a fear of replying

So lonely are the shadows
Confined by all nearby objects
Blurring in with all that glows

— kenne

Good Things Come And Go   Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATexas Art Gallery in Conroe, Texas (December 2002) — Image by kenne

An art gallery
On the corner in Conroe —
Joy to eyes and ears.

Photos on the walls,
Lights softens listener’s mood —
Music captured once.

Good things come and go,
So say minstrels’ melodies —
Sometimes I move on.

— kenne

To Our Friends & Comrades in Bolton, Lancashire, England   3 comments

Michael Robertson – image by kenne

Like good wine, good poets get better with age — therefore, so too does the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council (MALAC) annual birthday celebration of America’s greatest poet, Walt Whitman. However, our event in Conroe, Texas, is but a baby when compared to the annual birthday celebration the people of Bolton, Lancashire, England have conducted since the 1870’s. Dare I say, Whitman may also be England’s greatest poet. If not, the people of Bolton are the true disciples of Walt.

As already noted in a previous posting, titled Worshipping Walt Whitman, our guest lecturer for the afternoon session on the campus of Lone Star College – Montgomery, was previous guest, Michael Robertson, author of the recent publication, Worshipping Walt – The Whitman Disciples. As part of his presentation, Michael set the stage for the Conroe event to give homage to our friends and comrades in Bolton. “The Lancashire Whitman celebration is unique, a product of the English fondness for the outdoors, intense interest in local traditions, the continuity of a democratic socialist tradition, and an openness to Whitman’s prophetic dimensions,” writes Robertson.

Worshipping Whitman brings to mind Emile Durkheim’s dichotomy between the sacred and the profane, which captures the universality of Whitman’s very being. No wonder he is revered by so many. But as Robertson writes, “More than any other poet, I think, Whitman evokes not just admiration but love. The disciples felt that love in the Leaves, they sought it from the man, and although things did not always turn out as they expected, none of them was entirely disappointed.”


Worshipping Walt Whitman   1 comment

Michael Robertson Image by kenne

“Conroe, Texas, does not seem, at first glance, a promising spot for poetry,” writes Michael Robertson in his 2008 book, “Worshipping Walt – The Whitman Disciples.” Robertson first experienced our annual celebration of Walt Whitman’s birthday in May 2005.

“ Parsons [Dave] kicked off the 2005 Whitman birthday celebration by inviting members from the audience to come up and read Whitman poems that matter to them,” Robertson continues on. “They had come to otherwise deserted downtown Conroe on a weeknight, not for aesthetic pleasure – or not only for that – but for the chance to testify to this poetry’s meaning in their lives.”

Robertson returned again for the celebration in 2007 and will be making his third appearance on May 20th, 3:00 p.m., in the Lone Star College – Montgomery library. Later in the evening (7:00 p.m.), he will participate in the “Gathering of Poets” reading Whitman poetry at the Corner Pub in downtown Conroe. For those of us who have been a part of the “Writers in Performance Series” and the annual Whitman celebration, and as the Montgomery County disciples of Whitman, it is an honor to be recognized by noted Whitman expert Michael Robertson.

We encourage all to come worship with us on May 20th. You will find that nobody will talk about Whitman as a spiritual leader, but as Robertson wrote, “ . . . that all expressed a deep personal connection to his poetry.”


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Townes and Hayes   3 comments

Hayes Tuts 2004 II blogHayes Carll at Tut’s in Conroe, Texas 2004

Recently I placed an entry on Facebook to my recent blog posting, “Another look at Shadow Lake,” which included a quote from Townes Van Zandt’s “Highway Kind.” I received a comment pointing out what many have said making a comparison with The Woodlands kid, Hayes Carll.  I couldn’t agree more. Let’s just hope Hayes lives longer than Townes – much longer!

Here are two links to photos I have taken of Hayes.


Posted May 10, 2009 by kenneturner in Music, Photography

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