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Gone, But Not Forgotten   Leave a comment

Rhythm Room (1 of 1) blog framedMean Gene Kelton at The Rhythm Room On Washington in Houston, June 14, 2003 — Image by kenne

gone

Smokin’ Joe’s Roadhouse, gone

The Rhythm Room, gone

Mean Gene Kelton, gone

gone, yes, but not forgotten —

the blues will never die.

— kenne

The Blues Always Tells A Story!   Leave a comment

The Blues Always Tells a Story!

At a February of 2009 fundraiser
for Diunna Greenleaf, Mean Gene Kelton
was one of several musicians playing for the cause.
In addition to being a great musician,
Mean Gene is a master storyteller
in the oral tradition of what I refer to as
“Rural Mississippi Backporch” style — I love it!

In this video, Mean Gene shares a Dallas Texas gig experience
he and his band had traveled with Diunna, before going into
playing, “I Play the Blues for a Livin’.”

kenne

Video at the Big Easy in Houston, Texas

A Song of Silence   Leave a comment

Mean Gene KeltonA Song of Silence — Mean Gene Kelton Computer Art by kenne

A Song of Silence

Music is
what enables you
in your work,
soothes you
when you rest
reminds you
of images past
of dreams yet fulfilled.
It is not the words,
nor the beat,
nor the instruments,
nor the relationships.
It is the rhythm
of the moments,
composed by
the silence between.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — gone, yes, but not forgotten   1 comment

Rhythm Room (1 of 1) blog framedMean Gene Kelton at The Rhythm Room On Washington in Houston, June 14, 2003 — Image by kenne

gone

Smokin’ Joe’s Roadhouse, gone

The Rhythm Room, gone

Mean Gene Kelton, gone

gone, yes, but not forgotten —

the blues will never die.

— kenne

Blues At The Blue Door Biker Bar — Seven Years Out   Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlues at the Blue Door Biker Bar — Seven Years Out — Image by kenne

Biker Bar Blues

Sunday afternoon

at the crossroads,

two wheels

of chrome warriors

rallying

in the piney woods,

longnecks in hand

sweating ruggedness,

white men

sing the blues —

“What good amid these?”

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Memories of Mean Gene Kelton   Leave a comment

Mean Gene Kelton_Sepia blogMean Gene Kelton (April  10,1953 – December 28 2010)– Images by kenne

Memories form pages

to the book of life.

Words shared in friendship

are gentle, but firm.

— kenne

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If This Guitar Could Talk   1 comment

Mean Gene KeltonThe late Mean Gene Kelton — May 3, 2008 Image by kenne

“If this guitar could talk – don’t you think you might hear

How the road goes on forever, just follow the trail of tears”

— from “If This Guitar Could Talk” by Mean Gene Kelton

*****

Mean Gene Kelton was one hell of a rockin’ bluesman. He was also that down home Mississippi boy who loved sitting around picking, playing the harp and telling stories — never a moment to write about in “Gigs from Hell.”

I recall Gene telling me that he was getting tired of the “regular gig thing,” which is one of the reasons he started his weekly acoustic “Rooster Jam” at Rooster’s in Baytown.

In May of 2008, Ken & Mary’s Blues Project provided one of those perfect “under the stars” venues for the “unplugged” Gene.

And yes, we are still following “. . . the trail of tears.”

kenne

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&

Rhythm Room, Smokin’ Joe’s Roadhouse and Mean Gene Kelton — Stardust of Yesterdays   2 comments

Joe Montes of “Smokin’ Joe’s Roadhouse” and Mean Gene Kelton at Houston’s Rhythm Room, 2003 — Image by kenne

Throughout a good part of the last decade, the Saturday KPFT programing included Smokin’ Joe’s Roadhouse, which appropriately Joe would take on the road to the Rhythm Room, later Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar, once a month. In June 2003 Mean Gene Kelton was live from the Rhythm Room on Joe’s show. Sadly, Smokin’ Joe’s Roadhouse, the Rhythm Room and Mean Gene Kelton are no longer with us. 

Today the Rhythm Room has been replaced by condos, Smokin’ Joe’s Roadhouse replaced by the program, “Deadbeat” and Gene, well you can’t replace Mean Gene Kelton. However, he will always be in the hearts of  the “Die Hards.”

Today while looking for some of my Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, I ran across some of my 2003 Rhythm Room photos, each causing a trip back in time. I thought about writing a new poem, then recalled my 2005 “Stardust Memories” poem, which I share again.

Stardust Memories 

The past,
is not for replay,
only for the stardust of yesterdays

Yesterdays,
in a time and place,
gently massaging forgotten dreams

Dreams,
giving clues to
our stardust memories

Memories,
fading for now,
only reborn to our imagination

Imagination,
directing the soul to
reconstruct old moments

Moments,
experiencing rapture
in the joy of our love

Love,
is the stardust of yesterday,
the music of the years to come

May these words and images gently sprinkle down on our collective stardust memories.

kenne

Capturing the Moment — Mean Gene Kelton & T-99 Nelson   1 comment

T-99 Nelson & Mean Gene Kelton — Image by kenne

In November of 2001, T-99 Nelson was the guest presenter in the Montgomery College Blues Series. As he did in the early days of the Series, Mean Gene Kelton played with Charlie Parker and Pee Wee Stevens in support of the guest presenter.

kenne

Mean Gene, You Gave So Much, Now It’s Our Turn!   15 comments

Mean Gene Kelton & Joni — Image by kenne

The Houston music community is in shock over the sudden lost of Mean Gene Kelton. Not only will talent be missed, but even more so will be his rare ability to give of himself and share his passion for life. This is way those of us who loved his music also loved the man — a combination rare among many artists.

Now it’s our turn to show our respect and love by demonstrating our ability to return the favor. Like so many musicians Gene didn’t have insurance to cover the expenses his family will incur.

This blog, as well as Gene’s friends on Facebook will pass on information on how you can help. For starters, the Die Hards will be playing the previously schedule New Years Eve afternoon party tomorrow at Rowdy Bucks.

Stay tuned!

kenne

P.S.  FUNERAL SERVICE FOR MEAN GENE:VIEWING: Tues. Jan 4th @Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home: 6123 Garth Rd., Baytown 12-7 family will be there from 4-7…..SERVICE: Wed. Jan. 5th 6:00 pm @ Houston Raceway Park, 2525 FM 565, Baytown Uncle Dave Lancon Presiding…In lieu of flowers; Donations can be made to one of the 4 Die Hard Charities:Harley’s Angels, St. Jude, BACA (Bikers against Child Abuse) or Texas Equusearch.

20 Years and Out – Mean Gene Kelton @ The Texas Saloon   1 comment

MeanGeneVIII web IIMonica Marie & Mean Gene Kelton – image by kenne

If you were to use Gene Kelton as a “rule of thumb” to measure hard working musicians, few work harder than Gene. Not only does he work hard at the job he loves, but also if you are lucky enough to know Gene, he will always be there in your time of need.

Doing benefits for friends is not new for Gene, so it was not unusual a few years back when Gene organized a benefit for Tony Lee. Tony and his wife Monica Marie, along with their band The Blues Cruizers, were a driving force in the Houston music scene in the early 2000’s. During the time of Tony’s illness and since his death, Gene included Monica in many Die Hards shows. To quote Gene: “Monica Marie is a dynamic, little blues bombshell with a soulful voice that belies her petite frame. She is of the same star quality as Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi. When she does her versions of Tina Turner and Janis Joplin hits… people go wild! Standing ovations and screamin’ and cryin’ and all that. It is an honor for us to be able to work with her.”

This Sunday (October 25th), Mean Gene Kelton & The Die Hards will be at the Texas Saloon (7337 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, Texas), and guest what, their special guest will be Monica Marie. If you haven’t heard Monica Marie, when you do, she will blow you away.

kenne

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Posted October 22, 2009 by kenneturner in Blues, Music

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