The Original

Texas Boogie King

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.

I had the pleasure of performing with Mr. Lipcomb as 17 year old kid, trying to learn, what these Blues was all about. He was patient and shared his knowledge with me and anybody else who wanted to know this music. He was a pioneer in the music along with the other greats of Texas Blues, such as lighting Hopkins, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Texas Alexander.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Ms Crawford (chief cook and bottle washer) and many of the supporters of the Navasota Blues Fest, back in July for lunch. I witness the enthusiasm and passion the group has for the music and the musicians as well. We all know success is no accident. The 11th annual Navasota Blues was well organized and more importantly, representative of the wide spectrum of the Blues as a music and an art form

I am looking forward to working with this group of people to promote an educational program to serve the community’s underserved population; the children and senior citizens.

Mary K. Promises that next year’s fest will be even better. And I believe her. She is a woman of conviction and commitment.