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Mark

KNON Blues DJ since 1998

I blame it all on Jimmy Reed.  If it wasn’t for his music, my introduction to the blues may have been delayed for quite some time.  As a teenager, when I heard “The Best of Jimmy Reed” on VeeJay Records, everything changed for me.  I decided that I needed to know everything there was to know about this kind of music.  Some forty years later, I’m still pursuing everything blues and I probably will be until my last days.

In the course of my pursuit of the blues, I have been very fortunate to have seen Jimmy Reed perform live along with many other of the “Masters” like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Hound Dog Taylor, Otis Rush, Junior Wells and many others.  I was able to see all these bluesmen in around Chicago in the late 60s where I worked in the steel mills during the summer to pay my way through college.

I listen to all styles of blues, but if I had to choose one to be more partial to, it would probably be the Post-War electric blues of the late 40s and 50s.  To me, these guys were true innovators.  They were using electric guitars and amplifiers for the first with no one before them to use as examples.  They were it.  And blues is still played pretty much the same way the pioneers of the 50s played it.
 

As far as personal favorites go, my list is way too long and I’m sure I would leave someone out.  You will most definitely hear my favorites whenever I do my new Tuesday night show.  That’s right, I am the new Tuesday night DJ, no longer the “6th Man” of Texas Blues Radio.  I no longer fill in whenever one of the other guys or girls is too lazy or unmotivated to do there own show.  But if you’ve noticed, the regular DJs almost always show up for their shows.  I have also designed several of the t-shirts for Texas Blues Radio and six KNON Blues Festivals as well as the posters and fliers.  You will also find me working the door at the various Texas Blues Radio benefit shows, of which there are several every year.  So stop by and say hello.
 

Mark and Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard
Don O. allowed me to program my first hour of blues in 1998.  I became a regular substitute DJ in 1999 and have done over seventy shows since then.  Some of my favorite blues CDs of 2009 are:
  • Nick Moss-Live at Chan’s, Combo Platter #2
  • Rick Estrin-On the Harp Side
  • John Primer-All Original
  • Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials-Full Tilt
  • Duke Robillard-World Full of Blues

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KNON's Texas Blues Radio  Last Update: Wednesday December 28, 2011