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In Austin, Charlie Sexton is the man who needs no introduction. Seemingly destined for stardom since his early teenage years, the 49-year-old musician cut his o...wn path instead. Raised in blues clubs and launched into the pop-idol spotlight before he could vote, Sexton ultimately has built a life not as a marquee performer, but as a masterful force just beyond the focus of center stage.”

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In Austin, Charlie Sexton is the man who needs no introduction.
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We've been hearing about declines in guitar sales for years. Now, one of the most storied guitar makers in history — Gibson — may be in serious trouble.
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Tarrant County Sheriff's Office added 41 new photos.

The Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force recently recovered several stolen trailers during an investigation. The trailers contained a large amount of propert...y that is believed to be stolen from around the Fort Worth area. The photos are attached to be viewed. If you believe any of these items are yours please contact Detective H.R. Johnson at 817-560-6560 (Ext 21) or by email at hrjohnson@tarrantcounty.com. Please reference case #17-277.

(You will need proof that these items are yours…)

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From Thomas McLendon, owner of The Big Easy: “The Late, Great Tommy Dardar left us unreleased vocals when he departed this world far too soon. This material has been produced by Tony Braunagel
with an All Star collection of Musicians. Tonight, a CD Release and Listening Party will be held at TBE at 7 o'clock. Following will be a reunion of Tommy's old band mates for a remembrance of the Man and his Music. We hope to see you there.”

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James Nagel to Houston Blues Society

Get yourself to the Fat Tuesday party celebrating the release of Tommy Dardar's CD, "Big Daddy Gumbo".

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"I'm down with the blues thing, but if I were to become the American Adele, I'm totally not opposed to that."
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Ally Marie Venable is with Traci Petty Owings and 18 others.

I'm so excited to FINALLY tell you guys about my album with Connor Ray Music :

Puppet Show

💥This album has a variety of songs that... I've written, along with some cool blues classics on there as well!
**I'm also excited about having several of my close musician friends as special guests on the album : Lance Lopez & Gary Hoey on guitar, Eric Steckel on keys & Steve Krase on Harmonica!

& OF COURSE my HOT rhythm section Elijah Magee Owings & Bobby Wallace & engineer/producer Rock Romano hit this album hard!
I'm so thrilled to be putting this out for you guys to hear & I hope y'all enjoy it as much as I loved creating it for you! 🤘🏼🎸🎶💥

Pre-Release date: March 9
Release date: April 13
WE WILL HAVE PRE-RELEASE CD'S on the March.9th- Poor David's Pub Show in Dallas,Tx. I have MORE SURPRISES coming up as well so stay tuned! 🙂

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One of my favorite songs from ‘Burn The Ships’ album. Beautiful, slow and soulful song.

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"UNDERNEATH"

"I've seen firsthand how bitterness and anger can destroy a person from the inside out. This song is about that, but also saying "I understand what... happened, and I'm sorry you went through the painful things that brought you to this point" Keep your heart free, forgive people even if they don't deserve it."

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Viva Puerto Rico! Help is on the way!!!

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Puerto Rico Tourism Company to Host Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Music Event!!

The Sold Out Legendary Rhythm & Blues Charter Cruise is visiting San Juan, Pue...rto Rico on Wednesday February 7, 2018 aboard the Holland America Line Koningsdam. The LRBC will present a day of Free music from 2:30P - 8:00P in tandem with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company at the beautiful Paseo La Princesa. The day’s music will feature Blues Music stars for the United States mainland and some of San Juan’s premier Salsa/Jazz musicians.

Scheduled to perform are 3 time Grammy Award Winner Taj Mahal and his Trio.Taj Mahal is the current 2018 Grammy recipient for Best Contemporary Blues Record, “Taj/Mo”. Additional performers are blues cruise favorites Tab Benoit from Southwest Louisiana, Rock ’n Roll pianist Commander Cody and Puerto Rican trumpet extraordinaire, Jerry Medina Salsa Septet.

It was previously reported that the Old San Juan event may not happen, however the Puerto Rico Tourism Company has collaborated with the LRBC’s Koningsdam schedule and provided various resources to come together and partner a day for unity in recovery and music says LRBC, CEO, Roger Naber.

“We want the people of Puerto Rico to know the blues musicians and fans alike who sail on the LRBC’s annual events to the Caribbean islands care about the travesty the Island has suffered with the 2 major hurricanes in 2017.We wish the island only the best for full recovery in the years to come” states Naber.

The event will also raise some funds for the 501 C-3 nonprofit Second Harvest Food Bank which has been a major factor in delivering provisions to the citizens who have suffered months without electricity, clean drinking water, and many without shelter.

The Annual LRBC sails from Ft. Lauderdale February 4-11, 2018 and will present Free live music at all 3 Islands it is visiting during the weeklong cruise, including Grand Turk and Tortola B.V.I.

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James Nagel is with Tommy Dardar.

Long awaited CD by Tommy Dardar scheduled for release

“Big Daddy Gumbo” Tommy Dardar
The July 18, 2017 death of Tommy Dardar stunned the blues community and lef...t a void that will never be filled. His 1999 release, “Fool For Love,” served notice to the world what his family, friends, and fans had known for years, that Tommy was an extremely gifted songwriter, powerful vocalist and one of the finest harp players on the Gulf Coast. With his untimely death, many feared that release would be his last. He had begun work on a follow-up project in 2001, but financial considerations and life have a funny way of showing up and putting the best laid plans on the back burner. His closest friends and musical cohorts were aware of these unfinished recordings and undertook the effort to see that they were not left on a shelf to gather dust. Enter Grammy Award winner Tony Braunagel, life-long friend and musical collaborator, who took it upon himself to pick up the baton and finish the project in his memory. Nine tracks were initially recorded at Ultra Tone Studio (Studio City, CA) in 2001 around core musicians, Tony Braunagel (drums), Hutch Hutchinson (bass), Jon Cleary (piano), and Johnny Lee Schell (guitar). To complete the project more of his musical family were brought in, including Mike Finnigan and Barry Seelen (Hammond organ); Joe Sublett (saxophone); Teresa James, Tommie Lee Bradley, Terry Wilson and Larry Fulcher (background vocals); and Jimmy Rose (percussion).

This swamp masterpiece has been a labor of love and is now ready to be shared with the world.

Two CD release/listening parties have been scheduled for Houston.

Appropriately enough, the first event will be on Fat Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (7-9:30 pm), at The Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club (5731 Kirby). Some of Tommy’s closest musical friends will be performing in honor of this release. They include Tony Braunagel, Jim Fulton, Jimmy Rose, Phil Florian, Brad McCool, Barry Seelen, Skip Nallia, James Wilhite, and Tommie Lee Bradley.

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (5:30-6:30 pm) there will be a listening party at Cactus Music (2110 Portsmouth).

CDs will be available for purchase at both events and proceeds will go to family members.

Please help us share this information with all those who loved Tommy and his music.

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Matt James of Blacktop Mojo performs with our band for this classic song: Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin 🤘🏼🎸🎶💥

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They told her there was very little hope, but instead she made a very firm decision . . .

Though chances are slim, she knew the decision she had to make.
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