Archive for the ‘Friends of the Blues’ Tag

Friends of The Blues   1 comment

Friends of The Blues, Mike Durbin and Kenneth Harris (November 14, 2009) — Image by kenne

Mike Durbin, the lead in the Moe Hansum Band past away a couple of weeks ago from ALS.
We are all still in shock.

— kenne

Friends of The Blues (FOB) Fund Raiser (09/06/02)   Leave a comment

Friends of the Blues Fund RaisersRaising Funds For The Friends of The Blues (09/06/02) — Images by kenne

FOB Fund Raiser



Diunna Greenleaf and Bob Corritore — The Rhythm Room   Leave a comment

The Rhythm Room-IMG-5001-art-72The Rhythm Room, Phoenix, Arizona (February 28,2020) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

It’s been several years since we have seen our good friend Diunna Greenleaf live.
So, when we learned that she was going to appear at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix,
On February 28th, we made plans. 

FOB - Early Meeting Charlie AJ Diunna Kenne Dale II-72Charley Parker, A.J. Murphy, Diunna Greenleaf, Kenne Turner, Dale Armet

We have known and loved her music since she worked with us to form
The Friends of The Blues — Montgomery County in the north Houston area in 2000.

Bob & Diunna-DSC_4470-72Bob Corritore and Diunna Greenleaf — Photos and Video by kenne

Since we first met Diunna, she has won many Blues Music Awards,
including the ‘Koko Taylor Award’ twice.

— kenne

Friend, AJ Murphy   Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFriend, AJ Murphy — Photo-Artistry by kenne

AJ Murphy past away 2003, a close friend
and the heart and soul of a young organization,
“Friends of The Blues, Montgomery County.”
In May of that year, the Friends held a celebration
at the Texas Arts Venue in downtown Conroe, Texas.
Click here for an article that appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

— kenne

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

Quiet Reflection, Memorial Day, 2015   1 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.


Francine Murphy Chronicle

Friends Of The Blues, 13 Years Out   2 comments


One of The Original Friends of The Blues Montgomery County, Charlie Parker, November, 2002 — Image by kenne

FOB 1st Blues Event II blog

The Original Friends Of The Blues Montgomery County, November, 1999
(L-R: Kenne Turner, Charlie Parker, Dale Armet, Sweet Mama Cotton, Diunna Greenleaf, A.J. Murphy)

Capturing the Moment – Blues Series, Fall ’03   Leave a comment

Sherman Robinson – Image by kenne

Charlie Parker — Friends of the Blues Tribute   3 comments

Image by kenne

Blues Up Stairs

Are we not all
standing in line
at heaven’s door?
who’s number
will be next.

Many are called
when they are ready,
most are not.
But, all are called before
others are ready
to pass through the door
to the big house of blues
that’s always rocking.

The house of the blues
where the music
goes on and on
at the house
with no last time around.
Charlie Parker,
your music
and images will remain.

Even as we
all wait to hear
our number called
to enter the ever-rocking
house of the blues,
the music goes on.
Until them,
we will miss you.


T99 Nelson, Charlie Parker & AJ Murphy – Image by kenne

Friends of The Blues – Ten Years Out   6 comments

FOB Dinner  8172 - 2009-11-06 at 20-41-42 blogA lot can happen in ten years. Some friends are no longer with us; some groups are no longer with us; some businesses are not longer with us. It was a little over ten years ago when Montgomery College began working with Twister Communications in Conroe to consider becoming Twister’s corporate university. It was at a luncheon meeting that Dale Armet and I got off the topic and began talking about the Blues. One thing lead to another and we called a few Blues people to meet with us on the topic of forming an organization called, Friends of The Blues – Montgomery County (FOB). As they say, “the rest is history.”

FOB Dinner  DiniceFrancineDale 8179 - 2009-11-06 at 20-43-44 blogAlthough, as an organization sponsoring an educational series at the College, called appropriately, “The Blues Series,” we only existed for a little more than three years. When the series ended, the reasons were several, but paramount among them was the death of A.J. Murphy, a founding member of FOB. Although we didn’t realize it until after his death, A.J. was the glue that our loose-net organization together.

Francine Murphy Chronicle blog

Francine Murphy @ Veteran's Cemetery on Veteran's Day, 2008

Much has changed in ten years, however much remains the same. In our own ways we continue to support the Blues and live music. There’s not a day without something reminding each one of us about FOB and A.J. Murphy, so when Joy and I decide to host a dinner for some of “The Friends,” it was super that Francine Murphy was able to attend. A fun evening was had buy all, and as always, A.J.’s spirit was in the house.


Posted November 13, 2009 by kenneturner in Blues, Friends, Music, Photography, video

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Another Fastforward to the Past   1 comment

FOB 1st Event blog

AJSax112000 art blogThis time,

Friends of The Blues — alive,

holding on to the past

so there will be a future.

Some of the friends are gone

leaving behind stories

forming lessons in

a mythic image

for future generations.


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Posted September 23, 2009 by kenneturner in Blues, Friends, Photography

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