Museum of Human Achievement
"...Called "Little T-Bone" for his take on T-Bone Walker's jazz-tinged guitar style, Bell remained a staple on Austin's Eastside for 20 years, fronting his own band the Cadillacs and sitting in with such touring guit-slingers as B.B. King, Gatemouth Brown, Albert Collins, Bobby Bland, Freddie King, Lowell Fulson, and the big T-Bone himself...."
"...That event was a footnote compared to the true legacy Clark's helping expand. He's the latest car on that Texas blues train going from Blind Lemon Jefferson to T-Bone Walker to Lightnin' Hopkins to Freddy King, and continuing through Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, Gatemouth Brown, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan..."
"...Bell and Bowser both passed away in the mid-to-late 1990s, but their legacy remains through the band they formed twenty years ago, the Blues Specialists, which, in altered form, continue to hold down the Friday happy hour slot at the Continental. Electric guitarist Bell earned the nickname “Little T-Bone” for his style reminiscent of T-Bone Walker, while Bowser’s boogie-woogie piano was equally influential...."
"...The 72-year-old guitarist bookended a buoyant two-hour interview with a 40-minute deconstruction of the latter "institution" – initial comment since his merciless criticism back in the spring set off a firestorm of headlines – and an equally extensive oral history of collaborating with album art visionary Storm Thorgerson on 2010's Bingo! (coming to the Chronicle July 29). In between, the Dallas-reared bluesman detailed instrumental apprenticeship at the hands of Les Paul and T-Bone Walker, covering a trio of Jimmie Vaughan tunes on Bingo! ("My wife and I are doing nine shows in the next three years at Jazz at Lincoln Center about blues and Jimmie's the first artist I invited"), and going viral...."
"...She crossed paths with Duke Ellington, the Rolling Stones, T-Bone Walker, Mance Lipscomb, Billy Eckstine, Albert Collins, Count Basie, and countless blues and jazz legends. Her family was built out of tragedy and flouted racial mores of the day on the South Texas coast..."
"...Jamming with three of Coltrane's volcanic quartet equals a tiny fraction of historical landmarks at Lokumbe's crossroads, which include Jackie Wilson, Lightning Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Wikipedia lists among Lokumbe's collaborators tenor sax individualist George Adams, one of Charles Mingus' cult..."
"...The photos tell their own stories in vivid tones, historic ephemera showing cotton fields, advertisements, record labels, sheet music, juke-joint signs, and posters, some of the latter apt reminders that next to Robert Crumb, Austin's Jim Franklin created the most compelling images of blues artists. The faces tell another story of Texas blues: a stiff-backed T-Bone Walker in front a 1920s medicine-show tent; a brooding, pompadoured Freddy Fender hunched over – what else? – his Fender; Robert Ealy grinning and biting on a stogie; Shemekia Copeland's gold braids contrasted on her copper skin; a dapper Clarence Garlow; and Stevie Ray Vaughan, forever young with Paul Ray & the Cobras...."
"...Howard's drummer, who doubled on vibes, Lionel Hampton, grew up in Chicago, but when he formed his big band in 1940, worked out of L.A. During the mid-Thirties, the great blues singer and pioneering electric guitarist T-Bone Walker emigrated from Texas to L.A., and had an important impact on the scene there..."
"...In Texas, the jazz tradition has always had a strong, indelible blues sensibility; as such, jazz and rhythm & blues have long been close cousins. No doubt a youthful Sahm, as for many of us, upon hearing the likes of T-Bone Walker, Gatemouth Brown, and Bobby "Blue" Bland with full-blown horn sections devolved from the territorial swing bands that a generation earlier had barnstormed the state, took the next step of seeking out the jazz wellspring..."
"..."I'll be Your San Antone Rose," Jerry Jeff Walker..."
"...She blazed trails by blurring the distinctions between black and white music communities, not just in Austin, but coast to coast. In her careers from singer and songwriter to journalist and author, she crossed paths with Duke Ellington, the Rolling Stones, T-Bone Walker, Mance Lipscomb, Billy Eckstine, Albert Collins, Count Basie, and countless blues and jazz legends...."
"...9:07 PM: Robert Earl Keen's Jerry Jeff Walker-meets-Seventies-Bob-Dylan set would sound just fine with an acoustic guitar, but sounds much better with a full band in tow. The perfect Southwestern feel to cap a fine afternoon of music, although Jason was a hard act to follow (I already fessed up to my bias on that subject)..."
"...Jerry Jeff Walker (87)..."
"...Blues defined the 1970 debut, "Shuggie's Boogie" name-checking B.B. King, Son House, and T-Bone Walker, but even then the sound defied genre conventions...."
"...He won a regional Emmy Award for a PBS documentary he co-produced on the making of Ride With Bob, the Wheel's most recent album to Wills. There's also the T-Bone Walker Texas blues all-star tribute album he's dreaming up ......"
"..."Appearing Tonight -- Doug Sahm and Friends: Papa Link Davis, T. Bone Walker, Joey Long, C.L..."
"...I don't think the Victory Grill still had music at that point. On Monday they had amateur night at Charlie's, and Boz and I would go there and do songs like "Hideaway" and "Stormy Monday." Boz had an Epiphone guitar that used to belong to T-Bone Walker; Steve Miller's father was a doctor in Dallas and knew Walker..."
"...Worth's South University Drive, which was once the crossroads for hardcore country, blues, and jazz in Texas. In fact, Milton Brown and Bob Wills started swinging just miles away, and even before T-Bone Walker lit up the blues scene, the city's cemeteries and back alleys had long been the host of forbidden jam sessions pairing black and white jazz musicians...."
"...tenor sax patron Rocky Morales. It's nothing short of groover's paradise, Sahm's "Keep Your Soul" keeping time with T-Bone Walker's "Papa Ain't Salty." The hipster's barroom serenade "Stoned Faces Don't Lie" sets the stage for his hold-me-close reading of future Tornado Freddy Fender's anthem, "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."..."