Wednesday, January 30, 2008

David Lee Durham Passes...

It is with deep sorrow that I tell you about the death of David Lee Durham on this past Thursday. We all know that he was an incredible blues man. He touched the life of everyone that he met. Many have called me to offer condolences. What I keep hearing said is that David Lee Durham was a good man and it was a joy to have known him.

He was a wonderful man who gave of himself to everyone. He welcomed to the stage the seasoned performer and the beginner. David Lee Durham was all about others.
He died at home on Thursday morning January 24th of natural causes. When he dropped me off from a blues affair the night before he died, his thought was of getting some of his famous potato pies made for some visiting blues folks. I have been told that pies were in the oven as the ambulance brought David Lee to the hospital.

He was my dear friend and I will miss him. At this time, musicians are talking about having some blues benefits and memorials for David Lee. I will try to let you know what I know as these are announced. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd, at 2 pm at Reverend Walker's Church on Church Street, Indianola Mississippi. I have no other address.

In the all the time that I have known David Lee he never failed to tell me when we parted "I will see you tomorrow if it is God's will".

--Carol Marble

Monday, January 28, 2008

David Lee Durham 1942-2008

David Lee Durham, legendary bluesman, suddenly passes away January 24, 2008 at his home in Indianola Mississippi.  He played on the same shows with Clarence Carter, Blues Boy Willie, Blind Lee, and Shirley Brown. He has opened for B. B. King and Bobby Bland, and has played on the same show as Bobby Rush
and Ray Charles. He has toured with Willie Foster. He has opened over 20 times for B.B. King in Indianola, MS He plays and
sings his original blues songs as well as the standard blues favorites.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

IBC - January 31 to February 2

For the 24th year, Blues musicians from around the world will compete for cash, prizes, and industry recognition as The Blues Foundation presents the 24th annual IBC beginning January 31 and continuing February 1-2, 2008 in Memphis, TN. The world's largest gathering of Blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their act to the international stage. In 2007 over 90 bands and 60 solo/duo acts and even greater participation is expected in 2008, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the semi-finals on Thursday and Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

4th Annual Mississippi Delta Regional Blues Challenge

The 4th Annual Mississippi Delta Regional Blues Challenge was held November 3, 2007 at the Historic Club Ebony in Indianola.  The performers were great, the crowd was awesome and the judges had difficult decisions to make.  As you can see in the pictures everyone had a great time.  Get all the details at