The Original

Texas Boogie King

What Blues Means to Nat Dove: Irony and Descending Scales

By Todd Prodanovich
Santa Barbara Independent

Texan blues master Nat Dove graced the campus of UCSB on Wednesday, August 19, with a lecture on the origins of blues music in the United States. He came at the request of Black Studies Department professor Clyde Woods. The lecture lasted for roughly an hour, which Dove spent showing film, photos, and other images from the early days of blues music, and demonstrating the musical differences between his craft and the music of the time. Dove was also greeted in Woods' classroom by some prominent members of the Santa Barbara Blues Society, which has deep roots in the community and much recognition abroad. "I think the Santa Barbara Blues Society is the oldest blues society in the world," Dove said. The Texan blues master explained that he has had a relationship with the society for 35 years, and that they have allowed for the blues to have a significant presence in the community.

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

Bakersfield Californian

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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Reviews of Petey Wheatstraw

Nat Dove is known world wide as a Blues singer, pianist, music arranger, songwriter, record producer, music educator-lecturer and founder of the Bakersfield Blues Preservation Society. Dove has been playing blues, boogie-woogie and barrelhouse music for over four decades. He has been featured on many of 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.

On the 1977 movie sound track recording of Petey Wheatstraw, Nat Dove and his funky combo the Devils lay down a monster set of grooves that virtually define the Blaxploitation sound for a generation of fans and Includes the highly sought after funk classics "Junkie Chase", "Zombie March", "Ghetto Street U.S.A" All composed by Dove, and has been sampled by the rappers world wide. The film's soundtrack really shines. It the funk and r&b that really kicks. It's not as slick as some of the other soundtracks of the time like Superfly or Black Caesar but that's part of its charm. It just funk music at its best.

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Nat Dove keeps the piano rocking

At Warren Hall, Nat Dove keeps the piano rocking
May 12, 2008 6:59 AM

On Saturday night at Warren Hall, class was in session and the professor had the true-blue blues. Nat Dove is not only a solid, veteran blues pianist and singer, but also a teacher at California State University, Bakersfield, an author and general historian on the music that has defined his life. Another fitting attribute is his directorship of the Bakersfield Blues Preservation Society, appearing here under the auspices of the Santa Barbara Blues Society.

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Blues & Rhythm Magazine

By Norman Darwen
Blues & Rhythm Magazine

Don't Mess With Texas/ Rockin' And Moanin' At Midnight/ If Your Ship Don't Come In/ Has The World Gone Mad?/ Dressin' Trashy/ Lie To Me/ Welfare System/ Wad Of Money/ Leave It Where It's At/ Play Them Blues/ I'm Coming Home/ The Song A Bluesman Sings

Neo-Classic? Wasn't Nat involved with free jazz in France? How come he describes the opening number as 'rock-blues'? And just what is he doing quoting Ernest Hemingway? OK, OK, don't worry – this is the Nat Dove who was the subject of an absolutely fascinating interview in 'Blues Unlimited' around 30 years ago, who played piano on Little Johnny Taylor's 'Part Time Love' and has in the intervening years worked with the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Freddy King, George Smith, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, Big Joe Turner, Robert Cray, Lonesome Sundown and many, many others, including Phillip Walker with whom he has toured the UK. The Neo-Classic Blues Ensemble comprises Johnny Dyer on harp, guitarist Charlie Tichenor, bassist Tim Jones (replaced by Ernie Tichenor on one number) and Johnny Tucker on drums – so no complaints on that score.

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Nat Dove at the Navasota Blues Fest 2007

By Russell Cushman
Navasota Examiner

Bryan's own Nat Dove, a seasoned world traveler now based in California, brought his special affinity for Brazos Valley and all its blues heritage. He sat down like a majestic loin looking over his domain. And, after technical troubles, he played Ms. Cottons's piano as a trained master, leaving no one in doubt about his claim to be the Texas Boogie King. The impeccable skill and class of his performance was a music history moment.