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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!


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.


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Posted October 22, 2009 by kenneturner in Blues, Music

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