Houston Blues Community Joins Hands for Huge Food Drive for the Holidays

By Ida Mae McLemore

It’s that time of year again for the 25th annual Blues For Food Celebration, Sunday, November 9th at The Shakespeare Pub Located at 14129 Memorial Drive at Kirkwood just off I-10 West. Join us for over 12 hours of intense live blues with 17 top Texas blues acts. It’s almost hard to believe this BLUES FOR FOOD has been going for a quarter of a century now. Started by KPFT 90.1 DJ and benevolent Houston blues shouter Big Roger Collin in 1990, it was even a precursor and in some ways setting the stage for our partner the Houston Blues Society. Big Roger died in October of 2000 and Houston blues harp man (Houston Blues Society founder and keeper of the flame) Sonny Boy Terry took over the production right away.  “I felt we needed to keep the tradition going, “ said Sonny Boy. “It has always been important to me to honor Big Roger’s name and protect the integrity of Blues For Food. I know the new owners at The Shakespeare Pub feels the exact same way.” This is a wonderfully diverse array of musical talent featuring the amazing blues legend Jimmy Louisiana Dotson, the powerful Miss Trudy Lynn, talented upstart blues vocalist supreme Annika Chambers, critically acclaimed slide guitar giant John Egan, along with John McVey and the Stumble, The Ezra Charles Band,  The Sonny Boy Terry Band and from Austin (we’re not too biased here in Houston)  killer blues harp player  Greg Izor  backed by the Erin James Band  and any more. Admission is any non - perishable food items or cash. With your donation you get a free plate of down home Texas BBQ. Music starts at 1pm with John Eagan and is topped off with Spare Time Murray and the Honey Makers World Famous Blues Jam going until the wee hours till 2am. No one should go hungry during this holiday season so get ready to shake your blues thang once again by giving back.  Join KPFT 90.1, The Houston Blues Society, Keith Alan Guitars and The Shakespeare Pub for the centerpiece of Houston Blues events. It’s the largest collection of Houston blues artists on stage of the year  - all donating their time and talent to feed the hungry during the holidays. There will raffles, 50/50 give-a-ways and a silent auction. This year we will even be auctioning off a hand crafted commemorative Blues For Food 25th Anniversary Cigar Box Guitar – a true collectors item and a one of a kind creation.  It’s not a guitar or memorabilia.  It’s folk art as well as being a real professional player. Once again, that’s Sunday November 9th for the 25th Annual Blues For Food celebration.  All proceeds benefit the Houston Food Bank.  Please visit www.kpft.org, www.facebook.com/bluesforfoodhouston or www.theshakespearepub.net for more information.  For publicity information, please call Sonny Boy Terry at 713.822.0437

JOHN EGAN 1PM – 1:45

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    Harmonica lessons are the prefext gift for anyone wishing to learn to play harmonica!

    Houston Harmonica Lessons is the official sponsor to the Texas Harmonica Festival and Clinic that has featured performers and instructors well known in the blues industry like Adam Gussow, Ronnie Shellist, RJ Mischo, Rob Roy Parnell and many regional Texas performers. Founded by Houston based bluesman Sonny Boy Terry, we offer private harmonica lessons at Terry's home studio, lessons by Skype, as well as group lessons for educational institutions, hospitals, non profits, churches and corporate retreats. You may also purchase Christmas gift certificates customized to a special individual.  Sonny Boy Terry is a well known recording artist in blues making his own solo albums along with recording with such luminaries like Joe Guitar Hughes, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Rich Degrosso/Jonn Richardson, and former BB King band leader Calvin Owens. You can learn folk, blues, rock, country or even a few jazz stylings. Sonny Boy terry also plays guitar so if you wish to learn harmonica on a rack like Bob Dylan or Jimmy Reed, he can certainly guide you and help you reach your goals and dreams. Excellent for beginners or any age group from 8 to 80 or those with experience at any level. Terry has taught specifically at Hill Country Harmonica in northern Mississppi, School of the Woods in Houston, Project Row Houses, College of the Mainland, University of Houston, the Non profit Music Doing Good. As founder and former president of the Houston consulted and assisted in developing thier award winning blues in schools program and also worked as resident teacher at the private school Houston Outdoor Learning Academy (HOLA) for three consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.houstonharmonicalessons.com and remember you can provide a wonderful gift for someone who already has everything. To contact Houston harmonica lessons, feel free to email us at sbt@houstonharmonicalessons.com or simply give us a ring at 713.822.0437 or at our studios at 713.869.7746.

    This site was created by Houston blues harmonica, guitarist, vocalist, and recording artist stalwart Sonny Boy Terry to serve the greater Houston area for all things harmonica. Yes, it's true - there are meny fantastic harmonica sites on the web. The only thing we are trying to do different here is do it from, but not limited by, a Houston vantage point. Here, we hope someday you can find out anything and everything harmonica around Houston or beyond. We want to support anything harmonica here at Houston Harmonica Lessons.

    The primary focus is serving the greater Houston area as a source for private, corporate, educational or group harmonica lessons. Let's face it. Houston is a huge city and under represented in the harmonica world. Whether you are a total beginner or someone wanting to step up thier game wanting to play a better blues harmonica.  Here, we can teach anybody to play music while understanding a lot more about harmonica than you could have ever imagined..

    You can buy private lessons online, watch videos, listen to cool harmonica blues, check out historic pics, chime in, debate, or plug a gig on the message board, buy cds, books, tickets, and other things harmonica.

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    Students are now also able to do online video harmonica lessons over Skype for a huge pro rated discount. Now you can purchase lessons, on this web site through paypal and take your lessons never leaving your house. Convenient, ideally suited for a busy person or someone a long way from Sonny Boy terry studios. You can buy lessons at a low price of 50 dollarsan hour or two hours for 75 dollars. You may also purchase lessons by Skype 10 one hour lessons for 250 dollars. 

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      Elegant holiday and birthday gift certificates are also available for a wonderful presentation for that special someone. Printed on your choise of 8.5X11 grey card stock or whitecloth resume paper or you can pay online and we will email you the certificate so you can print it out yourself saving time and money. We can provide your harmonicas and instructional guide too as part of a specially priced bundle with the lesson purchased. 

    the background -

    Terry is a full time professional blues harmonica player who cut his teeth performing and recording with the likes of Joe Guitar Hughes, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Jerry Lightfoot, and Calvin Owens the past thrty years. He has two excellent solo albums on the Austin boutique label Doc Blues Records
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    Sonny Boy has produced and played on sound tracks for documentaries, played harmonica on jingles for commercials, worked as a session musician for blues, rock, folk and country records and produced serveral of his own albums. 
    Sonny Boy Terry performs with his top notch Texas blues band regularly all across the Texas gulf coast, the midwest, Europe and beyond.  He also works in a duo format regionally with renown mandolin playin' bluesman Rich Delgrosso and can even be seen occasionally with a harmonica on a neck rack while strumming a guitar emulating blues heros like Slim Harpo, Bob Dylan, Juke Boy Bonner and Jmmy Reed.

      why teach? enlightened self interest -

    Sonny Boy Terry has been teaching private harmonica lessons to people from all walks of life for over 25 years now in music stores,  in his home, or if needed, video conferencing or at other people's homes. He has taught continuing education courses at local community colleges on a frequent basis. Not to mention, Terry has even worked  as a teacher giving group lessons at churches, non profits and corporations such as Shell Oil at House of Blues and hotel conferences for team building. it started out as a way to support his art and lifestyle as an authentic bluesman. But soon Terry got serious about it because every day, it keeps him focused on making music, studying his craft so he can communicate it to others.

    Extremely comfortable and entertaining teaching in large groups like corporate conference environments with multi media or power point, in smaller workshops, school rooms or private one on one situations, Terry is experienced working with youth groups, retirees and everybody between. 

    "I find teaching extremely rewarding", says Terry. "I get to know people on a one on one basis and I get to know folks from all walks of life," he states. "I realize how deeply important it for many people to be able to learn how to make music, even if it's just for personal enjoyment as a hobby or mentoring someone to become a professional. I take that very seriously, but at the same time, I want to help them have fun and inspire them to put that effort in everyday"

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