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Stacy a Jeffress
A Conversation with Ron Teamer
Interview with Ron Teamer, a Kansas City blues musician and guitarist/vocalist for the Ron Teamer Band. In the article, Teamer discusses when he first started playing guitar and life experiences that have...
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, In Rememberance
A collection of stories by various Kansas City musicians in remembrance of Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, "Kansas City's Queen of the Blues," who passed away on Dec. 25, 2007.
Another Festival That Once Was
Article citing the lack of attendance and support for the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, leading to its cancellation in 2002.
Another Kansas City Great
Profile article on Tulsa Read, "one of the most respected professional harmonica players" in Kansas City. Read was inducted into the America's Old Time "Country Musical Hall of Fame" by the National Traditional...
Arts: Keeping the Blues Alive in KC
Photo and article about the history of the Kansas City Blues Society, founded in 1981 at the Charlotte Street Mission and growing to become "a national force" by 2001 with signing of several prominent...
February 21-27, 2013
Article chronicles the 2013 board election of the Kansas City Blues Society. The organization's history is described. Former members and previous editors of Blues News, the KCBS newsletter, are interviewed...
Big Joe Turner
November 25, 1985
Obituary article about Big Joe Turner, an early Kansas City blues singer dying at the age of 74 on November 24, 1985 in California. Former singer and bartender "at the Sunset Club, owned by Felix Payne,...
Biography of Little Hatch (1921-2003), Blues Musician
Bye-Bye Jazz and Blues Fest
Article lamenting the loss of the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival. Reasons for the festival being cancelled in 2002 are described.
Clear Your Calendar -- Stan's Big Joe Turner Birthday Bash Coming May 20!
May 1, 2006
Article announces the May 20, 2006 celebration of Big Joe Turner's birthday by the Kansas City Blues Society. Turner (whose birth date is actually May 18th), is best remembered for his original version...
Profile article on local musician and guitarist Dennis "DP" LaPlant. Born in Sedalia, Missouri, LaPlant started his first band at age 10. During his musical career, he performed and recorded with the Jerry...
Famous Local Musician: Jim "Sweet Lips" Wilson
Profile article on Jim Wilson, a local saxophonist, who got his first professional gig at the age of 15 with Larry Emmett & the Sliders playing West coast swing music. Wilson has played with the likes...
Finding Juke Joints in Kansas City in the '50's
March 1, 2006
Article recalls the author's experiences in historic Kansas City "juke joints," known for their blues music and barbecue. Mentioned by name are the Jackson Inn at 39th and Jackson (also once known as the...
K.C.K. to Honor Legendary Blues Promoter
November 2-8, 2012
Article announces that Roger Naber will be honored during the 2012 Historical Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance. Naber's past role in organizing the dance is discussed. Details regarding Naber's 33 year career...
Kansas City--A Music Mecca (Blues)
Overview of the state of blues music in Kansas City in 2005, penned by the president of the Kansas City Blues Society.
KC Blues Performer Takes Own Life
January 11, 2006
Article describing the apparent suicide of Kansas City blues guitarist Lester "Wizard" King. King, an accomplished blues guitarist and performer, reportedly fired shots on the premises of Midwest Lighting...
KC Blues Scene Mourns Singer
December 26, 2007
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, local blues singer, died December 25, 2007, at the age of 76. Her death was due to complications from a stroke. "She was a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society...and...
Keepin It in the Family
Interview with the three members of Trampled Under Foot (TUF), a local blues band consisting of siblings Nick Schnebelen, Kris Schnebelen, and Danielle Schnebelen. The three were raised in the Kansas City...
Lindsay and Jo Shannon Bring Us the Blues
December 1, 2006
Interview with Lindsay Shannon, a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society, and the owner of B.B.'s Lawnside Bar-B-Q. Shannon discusses his experiences with live blues and blues on radio in Kansas...
Mama Ray Marks 20 Years
August 1, 2006
Article reports the 20 year anniversary of Diane "'Mama" Ray's vocals at the Saturday afternoon blues jam session at Harling's Upstairs (3941 Main St.). The author writes that the tradition actually began...
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