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Billy Blues

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FeaturingAdmiral Bob, Bill Ray, ElRon XChile, Electronico
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Jammin’ at Billy Blues

ElRon and I played once a week in a blues band called Cool AC at the Houston location of Billy Blues on Richmond Avenue from 1995 through 2000.

Listening to Admiral Bob’s Walkman Blues, it reminded me of our weekly opening shuffle. With Admiral Bob and Bill Ray, we recreated a shuffle similar to the Cool AC opening shuffle and 1000s of other uptempo swing shuffles.

Da Band
Bass: Admiral Bob
Rhythm Guitar: Admiral Bob
Drums: Bill Ray
Piano: Electronico
Lead Guitar: ElRon XChile
Horns: Bay Saint Louis Horns

During its tenure, Billy Blues was the largest and most bodacious blues venue in Houston featuring local, regional and national acts, and conspicuously highlighted by its 70 foot tall saxophone, Smokesax, fashioned in part from an inverted Volkswagen beetle.

How the band got its name: The blues band played for Rayfield “Guitar Slim” Jackson’s weekly showcase at Billy Blues. Initially, the band had no name. When Billy Blues installed air conditioning in the blues showroom, the announcement on the street sign read Guitar Slim and Cool AC. Obviously, our band was Cool AC.

"Billy Blues"
by texasradiofish

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