Nice live recording by Lee Bell at the Hull Ave. Photos are from a years worth of showcases. hard to believe that we have been playing the blues on Sunday night for over a year! Thanks to all our fans and the Blues Army of Des Moines for keeping the show alive! As Johnny says we love to play the blue for you!
How to Use This VLOG
unlike a regular blog filled with blog posts, this is a Vlog, or Video Blog. To find a particular video you can either browse, or check out the side bar for tags, I have tagged each video by the name of the performer or band, and the song. So if you are looking for a particular performer or song just look for the link in the sidebar, click and you are there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy! Also don't forget my other blog Blues Historian. for more great blues news, and our face book page The Blues Army of Des Moines, Join the Blue Army and help keep the blues alive in Iowa.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014
One of the oldest blues bands in Des Moines. Scotty and the wingtips keep it going with three original members! Scott Hartung, Mike Tyler, and Ernie Terrell. This is the small band without the horn and keyboard section. Always a good time.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Amazing Janey Hooper, and Sam Salomone. Sammy is the best keyboard player around. He has been sick for awhile, but slowly is making his way back on the scene. He is the best you need to catch him the next time he plays in town.
One Shot deal, featuring Marshalltown legendary bluesman John Lukehart on guitar and vocals, and the late great Doc Lawson on the Keyboard! I was at that show, and it was great fun!
Tina and Brandon from Bella Soul, with Christopher and the conquered. Very nice!!! Looks like this was at the Fort Des Moines
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
My hit single with over 25,000 views:-) thanks to everyone who has viewed this! Don't ask me why this song is popular, or why my CD has been downloaded on multiple free download sites. I have no clue. I think it is a good Cd, but not worth all this attention.
another video of Kent Burnside. Stopped in at the Hull Ave Sunday night, before heading off to Europe. We will miss him while he is on tour. Glad to see that he is staying in Des Moines even with all of his success! We are blessed.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Dennis Kain one of the most eclectic performers in Des Moines. Plays delta blues to progressive rock. Get passed the instrumental, and you will be treated to a great acoustic blues song called Dirty Diaper blues. It is worth the wait.
Dennis Kain and myself playing an original song by Dennis called Thats the Blues to Me. It is about Jimmy Pyror, playing the blues, and life in general. Most of the pictures come from a fund raiser we had for Jimmy during the last year of his life. Jimmy was given the keys to the city on that day, which was very cool! A lot of musicians came out and played for Jimmy, and he performed most of the show while he was sick! As always with Jimmy the show came first.
The Midnite Cowboy Jimmy Pyror. A true legend and bluesman. Came from Detroit to Des Moines in 1960 to play two weeks at Mel Harpers club in the old Bilikin Ballroom, and stayed for 45 years! Here he is playing with Fat Tuesday, and it is nice to see a quality video of him! This video brings back a lot of good memories.
Big D is one of the truly legendary figures that people had talked about but rarely seen, until recently that is. He is now plays every weekend at Fat Tuesday's a cajin/New Orleans style restaurant on SE 9th in Des Moines. Big D new Jimmy Pryor back in Detroit. He was known for his blues in after hours joints in the inner city. I first heard about him from Billy Burch a sax player who spent many hours playing in after hour joints. I finally got to see him this Spring. Why he isn't in the Iowa blues Hall of Fame is a mystery to me.
Steve Robinson is also a local performer who I have only seen a couple of times. He is very good and plays a variety of music. He opened for our 420 show at the Hull Ave. Steve is extraordinarily talented you should check both of these guys out if you are ever in town.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The Late Great Jimmy Pryor and his amazing Kazoo singing with Fat Tuesday and the Greasefire Horns.
Not sure when or where this was recorded, but it is classic Jimmy!
Kent originally born in Mississippi, but is a Iowan now. When he is not on the road you can catch him at the Hull Ave on Wednesday and Sunday nights. This video features DSMs own Emmitt Butts on bass. Kent is currently on the road promoting his newest CD The World Is So Cold. However, he said he would be back in a few months, so we look forward to his return.
Bella Soul featuring the vocals of Blues Diva Tina Haase Findley.
Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Steve George. The back up band I think is from Fairfield Iowa. Very Cool!!
Monday, May 12, 2014
Molly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! Miss her a lot! Song is called Something for Nothing. Kinda of a ska, blues, mix. Molly lives somewhere in Minnesota, but she is still an Iowan in our hearts.
I have added Bob and the Blue Band to Des Moines bands because they have played in Des Moines probably more than their own home town of Cedar Falls. Plus Bob has done more for local bands with his old Down on the Corner radio show, and his current Blues Ave show on IPR.
Monster guitar man Matt Woods.
Welcome to The Best of Des Moines blues. A Vlog dedicated to promoting blues in Des Moines. This Vlog is part of the Blues Army of Des Moines mission to support and promote local blues. To Join the Blues Army of Des Moines Click HERE This page will mostly be videos of local bands, this is why I am calling it a Vlog, or Video Blog. Since I am a long time blogger on Blogger. I felt that this would be as good as a format as any to put our videos. To check out my old Blues Historian blog Click HERE. If you would like a video added to our list contact our the Blues Army of Des Moines facebook page.