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Nat Dove Memorialized in Texas Blues Mural

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Nat Dove, director of the Bryan Texas Blues Festival has been memorialized in a mural that features many of the true legends of Texas Blues music. Navasota has been known as the capital of Texas Blues for many years. The city has shared its official designation with the surrounding areas. The annual Navasota Blues Fest is a tradition. Just as in days of old, each year in August people come from miles around to hear the Texas Blues performed by true Texas musicians. Long before all of the wannabes decided that this music was of any significant value as an art form.

Nat Dove, Lightning Hopkins and other Texas Blues greats (pictured). 

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Homeboys Come Home

Souvenir Book Cover The “homeboys” are coming home to bring some down-home Blues to Bryan’s 1st Annual Blues Festival. The festival is being held at The Palace Theater located in the beautiful Historic Downtown Bryan, June 15th and 16th, beginning at 7:00 each night. The Brazos Valley African American Heritage and Cultural Society (BVAAHCS) are the hosts of the festival with support from the City of Bryan.

Musicians performing at the Blues festival have roots right here in Bryan, Texas! The artists of the “Homeboys Come Home” Blues festival are Nathaniel “Nat” Dove, Donald “Ray” Johnson, Sunny Nash, Damu Sudi Ali (Albert Griffin), William Walker, and Sterling Williams. Each of these artists ventured out after completing their education at E. A. Kemp High School to pursue their musical careers in the Blues industry.

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Nat Dove’s Dreams Came True

Dawn Lee Wakefield
Texas A&M University Arts Examiner

On Friday night at the Palace Theatre in Downtown Bryan, Texas, Nat Dove’s dream to launch a blues festival in Bryan came true, and it only took 50 years to happen. The state of Texas is well known and beloved for the blues, but it’s been nearby neighboring Navasota, Texas, just 20 miles south of town, that’s had the lock on the blues. Until this weekend, that is.

Dove is an internationally acclaimed blues musician, a native of nearby Mumford, Texas. And, it was his dream over 50 years ago to bring the blues to Bryan. But things just kept delaying that dream. From California to New York City, Dove has been a professor of ethnomusicology at Cal State Bakersfield, and he’s lectured at New York University, at Tokyo’s Kunatachi Academy of Music, and in Paris at the American Cultural Center. Born in 1939, Dove says he first learned the history of the blues in Bryan.

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Bryan Texas Blues Festival

Bryan Texas Blues Festival - B-CS embraces its blues culture!
June 15 & 16

It had to happen... after seventeen years promoting the Navasota Bluesfest, that some neighboring town would pick up on our success. And so be it, it can only strengthen our claim as the "Blues Capital of Texas"!

Nat Dove, from nearby Mumford, Texas, is called the Texas Boogie King. Announcing the inaugural Bryan Texas Blues Festival and Celebration. My friend Nat Dove and some of his old Bryan blues buds have put together a show that will make history, and start a Brazos Valley tradition, as it showcases the world class blues talent that was spawned right here.

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Nat Dove Blues Music Master Class

Blues Music in Education

Nat Dove, world renowned Blues singer and pianist, will conduct FREE MUSIC WORKSHOPS #1&2 on July 12 and 13 at the Neal Recreational Center, 600 North Randolph Avenue, Bryan, Texas 77803: Phone (979) 209-5210. The workshops, BLUES MUSIC 101, will be conducted both days from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Dove will also conduct FREE MUSIC WORKSHOP #3 on June 13 at Camp Hero, located at Bowen Elementary School, 3870 Copperfield Dr., Bryan, Tx 77802. Workshop #3 will be conducted from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. While the workshops are open to the public, youths are especially encouraged to attend.

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Nat Dove Appointed Blues Festival Director

Nat Dove, blues musician-historian and native of Bryan, has been named Director of the Bryan Texas Blues Festival presented on June 15th and 16th 2012, at the Palace Amphitheater located in downtown Bryan at 105 S. Main St. Concerts will be 7:00 PM-11:00 PM both evenings. The Palace Theater is a covered public outdoor stage and has seating for 400 people. It is owned and operated by the City of Bryan, Texas.

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Nat Dove At The 2011 Smithsonian Institution 45th FolkLife Festival

Nat Dove, “The Texas Boogie King,” is an internationally acclaimed blues pianist, producer, arranger, recording artist, and performer. Born in Mumford, Texas, in 1939, Dove was playing piano by the age of four and later mastered the bass, trumpet, and drums. By the 1960s, he was in Los Angeles performing and working as a studio musician. Among the recordings he can be heard on is Little Johnny Taylor’s 1963 best-selling hit, “Part-Time Love.”

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Nat Dove Lectures at UCSB

Blues Master Lectures at UCSB
Nat Dove Seeks to Ensure Genre’s Survival
By Todd Prodanovich

Friday, August 14, 2009

Blues is a genre of music as American as hot apple pie, and just a delectable to the senses. Sadly, it also seems to be slipping out of popular culture due to the loss of many of the greats of yesteryear and the crying need for a generation to pass the torch to. Blues master Nat Dove, also known as the “Texas Boogie King,” is taking his love for the music on the road to drive home to tomorrow’s musicians and scholars, and also artists in other mediums, the importance of this musical genre.

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Blues musician and music historian Nat Dove will showcase Ellington's life and music

Bakersfield-based blues musician and music historian Nat Dove will showcase Ellington's life and music at the museum Wednesday.

While the Harlem Renaissance began primarily as a literary and social movement, it quickly expanded to the arts, including music. Duke Ellington and his orchestra figured heavily on the music scene, serving as the house band for Harlem’s Cotton Club from 1927 to 1931. During his tenure at the world-famous nightclub, Ellington earned an international name for himself via weekly radio broadcasts.

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Nat Dove Performs and Lectures on Blues Music at New York University

Nat Dove has been invited to New York University to participate along with many other intellectuals, scholars and academics in an international symposium to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade by the United States of America.

The symposium Slave Routes: Resistance, Abolition and Creative Progress, will run from Thursday, October 9th through Saturday, October 11th, 2008. New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs and Africana Routes Project is hosting the symposium, and it is co-sponsored by UNESCO’s Slave Routes Project. NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, Inc., the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the African Diaspora Slave Routes Organizing Committee.

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Blues In The Schools

Monday, January 29 - Thursday, February 1

BITS Presentations in Memphis area schools with Nat Dove, Hawkeye Herman and Fruteland Jackson, funded in part by Arts Build Communities grants, a program funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Greater Memphis Arts Council.

Petey Wheatstraw Original Soundtrack Reissued

Official reissue of this lost funky soundtrack from 1977 that features the one and only Rudy Ray Moore, otherwise known as Dolemite, and his band Nat Dove and the Devils! Nat Dove has been playing blues, boogie-woogie and barrelhouse music for over four decades. And, as one of the last of a breed of blues pianist, Dove is the most sought after and respected blues pianist in the western United States. Dove has been featured on the recordings of Robert Cray, George "Harmonica" Smith, Freddie King, Big Mama Thornton, T-Bone Walker, Pee Wee Crayton, Louis Meyers and Big Joe Turner... just to name a few.

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Movie Score Soundtrack of 1977 Hit "Petey Wheatstraw" Officially Reissued

Official reissue of this lost funky soundtrack from 1977 that features Nat Dove and the Devils! Nat Dove and his funky combo The Devils lay down a monster set of grooves that virtually define the Blaxploitation sound. Most of the tracks on here are instrumentals, and a few of the cuts have vocals by Mary Love. The original is so rare it is impossible to find, and this reissue has excellent sound quality taken from the original master tapes. Includes the highly sought after funk classics “Junkie Chase”, “Zombie March”, “Ghetto Street U.S.A”, and “Petey Wheatstraw” along with the original track listing and cover artwork.

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Locals remember a special side to The Godfather of Soul James Brown

Music legend James Brown died on Christmas day at an Atlanta hospital. He was 73. Bakersfield musician and teacher Nat Dove recalls Brown not only as a musical pioneer who influenced many, but Brown had a special side not always seen by everyone.

"I met James Brown in 1955 in Houston, Texas. He was getting a little bit of air play of his first recording, 'Please, Please, Please," recalls Nat Dove.

An accomplished blues musician himself, Dove is executive director of Bakersfield Blues Preservation Society. Dove was dozing off early Sunday morning when he heard the news report that James Brown, The Godfather of Soul had died of heart failure at an Atlanta hospital.

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Nat Dove To Spend One Week Of Leisure In Japan

Nat Dove has decided to take a well-earned holiday albeit a short one. Dove leaves on September 7, 2006, for a one-week holiday in what has been his second home in the last few years. In the last years of the 20th century, Dove spent most of his time in Japan. Dove states, he has made many friends and met many Blues fans in the land of the rising sun.

Since 1980 Dove has conducted Blues music clinics, workshops and seminars throughout Japan. The recording “Deep Blues Experience” was recorded in Fukuoka, Japan. Dove’s backing band was Nagasaki Slim Blues Band, a great Blues band based in the southwest island of Japan.

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11th Annual Navasota Blues Fest A Success

This year I was asked to attend the Navasota Blues Fest by the 1st Lady of Texas Blues, Ms Mary K. Crawford. I call her the 1st Lady because her town Navasota, is now the official Blues Capitol of Texas.

Navasota is a small sleepy little town, twenty-seven from my hometown of Bryan, TX. I played music there as a teenager with various bands, both local and from Houston, TX which is about seventy miles from there.

The most notable local musician was an older gentleman Mr. Mance Lipcomb who played guitar and sang Blues and other types of music. He referred to himself as a songster. The Navasota Blues Fest is an annual dedication to Mr. Mance Lipcomb.

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Nat Dove Returns To Show Appreciation To Dr. Waymon T. Webster, Ph.D

Nat Dove returns to his roots to show appreciation to his former teacher and mentor, Dr. Waymon T. Webster, on Saturday July 22, 2006, 12:00 noon at the Grand opening, dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Brazos Valley African American Museum, located at 500 East 20th Street in Bryan, TX.

Dove states: “I owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Webster and the vision he had for us.” He had the foresight to share his vast knowledge with these young musicians. We were trained professionals by the time we finished high school. We were taught harmony, music theory, music conducting, orchestration music arranging ETC, all this in high school.” Dove goes on to say: I did not realize it at the time, but later found out that, E.A. Kemp High School, in Bryan, Texas was the only high school in the United States where this was happening.

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