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Texas Dancehall Days   1 comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADouble Bayou Dancehall (October 19, 2002) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

DOUBLE BAYOU, THAT IS

There’s a sound
coming from a place
down on the bayou,
Double Bayou, that is.

A place where
houserocking blues lovers
would swing to the blues,
Texas Blues, that is.

I miss that place,
a dance hall
down on the bayou,
Double Bayou, that is.

Sixty-seven years
alone the gulf coast,
badly damaged by Ike,
hurricane Ike, that is.

I miss Pete Mayes,
legendary blues man
who ran the dance hall,
Double Bayou, that is.

A true blues man,
everything he sang
had that blues feeling,
Texas blues, that is.

A Pete Mayes concert
at the dance hall 
was a holidays tradition,
Christmas Holidays, that is.

“Old House Recognition”
sign how marks the place
where 
the blues rang
over the bayou,

Double Bayou, that is.

— kenne

 

Note: Click on the Double Bayou Dancehall below the top image
to see a video on the history of dancehall.

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

 

 

Bayou Blues   Leave a comment

Pete & John (1 of 1) art II blogBayou Blues (Pete Mayes and John Broussard at Double Bayou Dance Hall, May, 2003) — Computer Painting by kenne)

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

— Langston Hughes

Double Bayou, That Is   Leave a comment

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

DOUBLE BAYOU, THAT IS

There’s a sound
coming from a place
down on the bayou,
Double Bayou, that is.

A place where
houserocking blues lovers
would swing to the blues,
Texas Blues, that is.

I miss that place,
a dance hall
down on the bayou,
Double Bayou, that is.

Sixty-seven years
alone the gulf coast,
badly damaged by Ike,
hurricane Ike, that is.

I miss Pete Mayes,
legendary blues man
who ran the dance hall,
Double Bayou, that is.

A true blues man,
everything he sang
had that blues feeling,
Texas blues, that is.

A Pete Mayes concert
at the dance hall 
was a holidays tradition,
Christmas Holidays, that is.

“Old House Recognition”
sign how marks the place
where
the blues rang
over the bayou,

Double Bayou, that is.

— kenne

Houston Blues Legends: Mayes, Gaines, Owens and Hughes   Leave a comment

Billy Blues (1 of 1) x framedPete Mayes, Grady Gaines, Calvin Owens and Joe ‘Guitar’ Hughes at Billy Blues, June, 2000 — Image by kenne

For years, Sunday morning has been about the Blues, listening to Mr. & Mrs. V on KPFT, Houston. Thanks to Internet streaming, the Sunday morning tradition continues.

While listening this morning, I was going through some of my digital image files when I ran across these old black & white images I had scanned in 2010, which led me to start flipping through one of the best references on Houston blues, “Down in Houston – Bayou City Blues by Roger Wood. Of the four blues musicians in these images, Grady Gaines is the only one still with us. However, thanks to technology and radio personalities like Mr. & Mrs. V in Houston and Marty Kool (KXCI) in Tucson, their music is still with us — some of the best blues anywhere! Take the time to enjoy and share so this great music genre will always be alive and in the hearts of music lovers everywhere.

kenne

Billy Blues (1 of 1)-2 framed

Livin’ On Bayou Time   3 comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFront Door To Jackson’s Grocery, Double Bayou (The Place), Texas. — Images by kenne

All-time is created equal,
but we don’t use it equally.
Some are livin’ on bayou time,
while others in a New York minute.

My time is your time,
but it is not mine to give.
You can’t give away
something that isn’t yours.

…unless you share the moment.

— kenne

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Capturing The Moment — The Ghosts Of The Double Bayou   2 comments

The Ghosts of The Double Bayou — Image by kenne

The Ghosts of The Double Bayou

Full moon rising at the end of the road.
The still thick air clings to our sweaty skins,
Big drops roll down the curve in my back,
We follow the music coming from down the road.

The shadows of others reflected in the moonlight,
Drawn by the heavy blues, thicken by the air,
More real than ever in the old tin shack,
In the Double Bayou Dance Hall’s 61st wind-blown year.

Blues lovers started coming in the 1940’s
Creating generations of followers
Captured by the feeling of the blues
Returning often, or at least on Christmas Day. 

Now standing badly damaged by hurricane Ike,
Surrounded by overgrown weeds and storm debris,
Yet inside the house still rocks
By the ghost of Pete Mayes and his House Rockers.

(This was written about one of our visits to the Double Bayou Dance Hall, Christmas Day, 2002. Hurricane Ike came through September 13, 2008.)

kenne

Pete Mayes and The House Rockers — Image by kenne

Double Bayou Dance Hall In Chambers County   5 comments

Sweet Mama Cotton with Pete Mayes & The Texas Houserockers at The Double Bayou Dance Hall — Image by kenne

This revisit came about by an email I receive yesterday from Sheryl Shaw, who is with the Chambers County historical commission. They are gathering photos and memorabilia from Double Bayou Dance Hall and Pete Mayes and the Texas Houserockers for exhibiting at the museum. She requested use of the video of photos I a short time after Pete’s passing away, which would be an honor for it to be a part of the exhibited.

For the uninitiated, The Double Bayou Dance Hall, in the small black community of Double Bayou in Chambers County sixty miles east of Houston. I dedicated to the memory of Pete Mayes and Billie Dietz. It was through Art and Billie Dietz that we learned about the Double Bayou Dance Hall. Steve Bucher also educated me on Dance Hall. The old Double Bayou Dance Hall still exist, but barely since hurricane Ike played hell with the 1941 structure. As secretary for the historical commission, Sheryl is helping to renew interest in restoring the dance hall. If you would like to learn more about their efforts, you can contact Sheryl at Dunkit42@aol.com.

kenne

Capturing The Moment – Double Bayou Dance Hall — Revised   Leave a comment

Double Bayou Dance Hall, 2002 – Image by kenne

Pete Mayes at The Double Bayou Dance Hall, 2002 – Image by kenne

Double Bayou Dance Hall, 2002 -Image by kenne

Reminded of Pete Mayes   Leave a comment

Pete Mayes and John Broussard at the Double Bayou Dance Hall — Image by kenne

Yesterday I was reminded how much we miss not having Pete Mayes around any more, because of a comment I received on a video I placed on YourTube after his death December 17, 2008. (Click on the date for a link to Andrew Dansby excellent article on Pete’s death.) The video is something I put together of photos I had taken on several occasions at the Double Bayou Dance Hall, owned by Pete.

In an earlier article by Dansby, Pete was asked what makes Texas blues Texas blues, and he replied, “Texas blues swings,” he says. “Do you understand what I mean? Chicago blues, they beat you over the head with the beat. Boom boom boom boom. Yes, yes.”

We miss you, Pete!

kenne

Capturing the Moment — Pete Mayes   Leave a comment

Pete Mayes & John Broussard at The Double Bayou Dance Hall, May, 2003 – Image by kenne

Pete Mayes Died Tuesday, December 16, 2008   3 comments

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Luv Ya Pete Mayes

When the Friends of the Blues – Montgomery County started the Blues Series at Montgomery College (now Lone Star College – Montgomery), we were very interested in getting Pete Mayes out for an evening.  Even though Pete’s good friend, Art Dietz was a member of the FOB, Pete’s health, and the need for someone to drive him, made the logistics for Pete’s participation very problematic. (The Blues Series was scheduled each semester from the spring of 2000 to the spring of 2003.)  Although he didn’t appear in the series, Art did see that Pete was part of the 10th Anniversary community celebration of the opening of the Montgomery College campus in August of 2005.

doublebayou-ll-b-w-blogMost people who love Pete Mayes know that the best place to experience Pete and his music was at his place, the Double Bayou Dance Hall, near Anahuac, Texas.  We were fortunate to see Pete several times at the Dance Hall.  Pete and his live music will be missed.  You can read more about Pete at the following sites:

Houston Chronicle September 2008
Houston Chronicle December 2008
Beaumont Enterprise
Houston Press
The Examiner

In the just-published “The Rise of A Contemporary Sound – Texas Blues,” by Alan Govenar, Pete wrote:

“The blues is the truth. If you start doing blues and there’s something about it that isn’t true, there’s no way for you to sell it to the people. If you’re telling the truth, the people can feel it, but if you’re telling a bunch of lies, it’s not going to work too well.”

We luv ya, Pete! May you rest in peace.

kenne

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Posted December 18, 2008 by kenneturner in Blues, Music

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