1935 - 2008
FREE GUITAR LESSONS - beginner and intermediate
- start January 10th at the Checotah Library - every Thursday Jan til May
at 5 pm - FREE!!
for info call (918) 855-0978
PS New CD Coming SOON!
BLUES CLUB open First Sat of
REOPENS with the
St Patrick's Weekend Season
Opener BLOWOUT Macrh 16, 17
- 5 bands all day and night Saturday and Sunday . . .
and restarting in March open with the WEEKLY
SUNDAY JAM SESSIONS
thru the Fest over Labor Day Weekend. . .
just like the last four years!!
Look who is coming to Rentiesville Labor Day
Weekend for the Festival!
Tee Dee Young!--- check him out!
Selby and Dan just back from recent tour, here at St Elmo's in Bisbee AZ - photo: Richard Byrd
THANKS to one and
all for supporting the blues and our Festival!!
Clutch, Miss Blues,
Dan Ortiz DD 22, Sept 1,
LABOR DAY WKND Aug 31,
Sept 1, 2 2012
Three days and nights, Three stages, indoors and
out... 35 bands, over 200 musicians,
kid's arts and
bar-b-que. We call it the 'world's largest back yard
party' and it is a fun time that attracts some 3,500
people to the historic rural Black Township
Rentiesville, the birthplace and home of OK Blues
Legend and founder D.C. Minner.
2012- Labor Day Wknd,
Fri Sat Sun
showcase of 18 regional groups and 5 nationally
acclaimed headliners. We are a family event with two
outdoor stages and lots for kids to do throughout
the three day Festival. Plus the Juke Joint which
goes after hours indoors (21 only)
What's Cool, What' Not:
Bring chairs or blankets unless you come early. No
coolers or pets.
Tickets are $10/day, $15/day at the gate (about
$1.50 a band!)
KIDS under 12 FREE! Volunteers FREE!
701 D.C. Minner St Rentiesville OK 74459
It takes a lot of people to do this - we have a
great deal for volunteers! The Volunteer
Option: help us out for 3 hours, get your $15 for
that day BACK and ½ off on a T-shirt!
Click here for
WHERE WE ARE:
DC Minner's Down Home Blues Club in Rentiesville, OK
(pop. 66) is in the rural township of
RENTIESVILLLE OK. Just off of US 69, follow the
signs into Rentiesville to DC Minner Street and you
are here....Rentiesville is 15 minutes South of
Muskogee, 70 miles SE of Tulsa, 1 hour West of Fort
Smith, 2 hours East of Oklahoma City -- 2 exits
north on US 69 from I-40;
Click for maps.
We recommend any major chain in Muskogee, 15 minutes
up US 69. Travel Lodge, Bacone Inn, Motel 6, Super
8, Ramada Inn. There are new motels in Eufaula, 15
minutes south near the lake.... In Checotah the
motel we recommend is America's Best across from the
truck stop, near Wal-Mart.
Parking is free across the road. Also primitive
camping. Or Lake Eufaula State Park, first come
first served, as it is a holiday weekend. There is a
KOA East of Checotah on I-40
SPONSORS help make this happen...OK
Arts Council, VSA Arts, The Current,
Yaffe Metals, Love Bottling, James
Hodge Ford in Muskogee, the Muscogee Creek Nation
Casino, People's National Bank in Checotah, The
Current, Budweiser, Coke, The Blues Festival Guide, KMOD, Jammin' John Peters, KGOU, Preview,
Tulsa World, The Muskogee Daily Phoenix, SW
Blues, BareBones Independant Filmmakers, Blues
Society of Tulsa, OK Blues Society (www.okblues.org),
lots of friends who come early and help...!
OKLAHOMA BLUES HALL OF FAME, FRIENDS OF RENTIESVILLE
(a 501 c 3 not-for-profit corporation) together
D.C. and Selby Minner founded it in 2003 so that the
Fest could grow into the new millenium.
Our mission is "to preserve and
develop African American Music through
education and entertainment".
miles SE of Tulsa – BA Exp, Hwy 51 South
125 Miles E of OKC
We are 2 exits south of Muskogee and 2 exits N of
off US 69
on Rentiesville Honey Springs Rd,
2 miles in Rentiesville Road to DC Minner St and you are
Shiron and Oscar Ray
Productions . . .
Barebones Film Fest
Debbie Beanez Blackwell
Knut Roppesadt from
Norway brings his band
Shiverbone!! Back by
popular demand.. Selby
Festival and Band Founder D.C. Minner
It is a
to be –
Meet Selby Minner
Playing slide guitar on her Republic
'national steel' guitar
Selby and her late husband
DC Minner started the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival 20
years ago in his hometown of
Rentiesville, OK. With 3
stages and over 30 bands
playing for 3 days plus live
streaming on JukeZoo.com, BBQ,
dancing, play area for the
kids, it's the place to be
on Labor Day Weekend. Camp
out or stay in a hote...See
OF FAME 2012
about the St Pat's party we had in the
this was a great weekend of music and reunion of
sorts for those of us who do the
festival...raised some money :-) all good!
thanks to all who played and helped -
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
UPDATE FROM RENTIESVILLE:
Bulldozers are knocking down historic juke joints every day but
Rentiesville had a great year with Festival number 21 very well attended. We are
getting close to the half a million mark in the dollars paid to musicians since
the festival began in 1991 (!), with the help of the Oklahoma Arts Council and
other sponsors; Yaffe, Love, the Phoenix, the Current among them. We put
$10,000.00 state of the art electricity across festival field and upgraded the
club with Fr
ench doors and a larger deck.
The simplicity of
the Blues makes it user friendly to play and a
great ‘gateway music’ to playing all genres of music. We completed the ‘From the
Garage to the Stage Series’ – 11 events of workshops and coffee house night
performances were a rousing success as music students of all ages studied,
practiced and performed together. This
program was funded in part by a grant from the OK Arts Council
Both the OHS and the OJHOF have come to Rentiesville to study the Archive
of 60 photo albums and numerous unreleased songs penned by Minner.
The book on Minner’s life being
written by LaNelda Hughes is nearing
completion; we have editing help from Sareca Wilson and a lead on a publisher.
The photo exhibit
‘From Black Town to Blues Festivals’ – with a grant from the OK Humanities
Council - has shown at the OMHOF 2 weeks, the Checotah and Eufaula Public
Libraries 2 weeks each and the OJHOF (who improved it) close to 7 months. It is
slated to be at Connors State College this February.
Selby Minner and the Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc.
Bluefish will play The Festival this year!!!
SE of Tulsa – BA Exp, Hwy 51 South to 69 –
Stay on 69 thru Muskogee to the Rentiesville Oktaha Exit.
Turn right 4 miles, then Left (E) onto Rentiesville Honey
2 miles to DC Minner St and you are here.!! 125 Miles
E of OKC
Big Geo Brock Jr.Detonators & Jimmy Preacher Ellis
dancers Roland Bowling Band
Johnny Rawls "when my old lady asks me for
something I say yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!
and Selby sure knows how to throw a party!!! POOCHIE AND EUGENE HIDEAWAY BRIDGES
D.C. Minner and Selby Minner Fest Founders
WHAT A GREAT NITE WE HAD!!!
The Big Nite for the OK BLUES Hall of Fame at
the OK JAZZ Hall of Fame Depot - 1st and Boston
in Tulsa, was SAT the 2nd!
The lineup was huge - Selby Minner and 18 OK
Blues Hall of Famers brought the school of Blues
out of which D.C. Minner sprang, celebrating his
life and legend, to the Tulsa Jazz Depot. The
Blues Hall of Famers brought in 7 complete bands
- Dorothy 'Miss Blues' Ellis and the Blue Notes;
Steve Pryor; Chuck Blackwell with Junior Markham
...; Leon Rollerson; Selby Minner presented Rudy
Scott, Little Miss Peggy, ET Tanner, Frank Swain
and James Walker with her band - with Torrence
'Big Daddy Time' Cushinberry on traps. Walter
Watson and Pure Silk; Sonny Hill, Wes Reynolds
and Harry Williams performed with The Pat Moss
Band; Lem Sheppard was there as well as Harold
Aldridge. Other performers included Daniel
McBride who sat in with Miss Blues.
Eight hours of BLUES rocked the Depot, bringing
the famous good energy of the Rentiesville Blues
Festival to town! Tulsa turned out and partied.
Great BBQ and a gorgeous version of the Exhibit
from Black Town to Blues Fesivials. It will be
in the main hall for two months, thru the
Rentiesville Blues Fest which is slated for Sept
2, 3,& 4 at the home / family farm -turned -
venue of D.C. Minner, 70 miles SE of T -Town.
Many thanks to 'Selby Minner Presents' and
Jason McIntosh, Jeff Koss, Jacob, Chuck Cissel
and the entire staff at the OK Jazz Hall of Fame
The latest and the
greatest - HEAR SELBY AND THE BAND!
Just go to
. . . channel 8 TV in Tulsa... click on
'Good Day Tulsa'
. . . and then go to
. . . and then do a a search on
. . .
and ---viola! 6 minutes of the news
from Rentiesville and MUSIC!!
talented Selby Minner comes to rock the house. Inducted into the
Oklahoma Blues Hall of fame, recipients of the
prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive Award and
founders of the Rentiesville Dusk till Dawn
Blues Festival, Selby and her late husband D.C.
have been the hub of the blues scene for over 20
Selby has performed on stage with Albert
Collins, Drink Small, Hubert Sumlin, Lowell
Fulsom, Big Bad Smitty, Larry Davis, Smokey
Wilson, Little Johnny Taylor, Tony Mathews,
Harry and Debbie Blackwell, Lucinda Williams and
countless others. She has worked tirelessly to
develop the community and spread the good word
about Oklahoma Blues. She is now back on the
bass as she was for 28 years in the D.C. Minner band, and
is funkier than ever, carrying on D.C.'s
Minner's music - with lots of his originals,
deep in the good time Texas-Oklahoma Hotbox style.
Don't miss this opportunity to
experience true Oklahoma Blues by Selby Minner.
n.b..: 300 dpi versions of this postcard on the
photo exhibit here:Press Room
I got to be a judge at the Muskogee Azelia Fest
Harley 'Cowboy' Hamm
Blues is the language of African American
history. It is a living language; capable of
describing this history as it happens in the
present as well as the past. It expresses
not only events, but the reactions and
feelings of the people who live through the
events of their lives. D. C. Minner was and
is one of the greatest speakers of that
language in Oklahoma. He taught it to his
wife Selby and together they determined to
pass it on to the next generation.
- Rudy Scott
Also Torrence Bear Cushinberry (drums, )
nice quote from the
Oklahoma State Arts Council :
"Very nice line-up. Unique festival in an
isolated and underserved area of the state.
is an incredible example of a little money going
a very long way.
SE of Tulsa – BA Exp, Hwy 51 South to 69 –
Stay on 69 thru Muskogee to the Rentiesville Oktaha Exit.
Turn right 4 miles, then Left (E) onto Rentiesville Honey
2 miles to DC Minner St and you are here.!! 125 Miles
E of OKC
Some festival shots: main stage dance floor and
Kid's Village stage
the DC isms Tee and fans incl Ladydee
Congrats to Johnny Rawls performs in
and with Selby and his Soul Album of
the Year trophy!!
On this year's Blues Fest each night!!! Thanks
Festival!! thanks Frank
and Koko Taylor!
OK BLUES HALL OF FAME
Hall of Fame
All Hall of Fame Inductees
DC gets inducted by Tony Mathews and Miss
HEAR & Buy
Just in -a great
vote of support from the State Dept of
for DD number 20!!
Bil Wax XM Bluesville and me!
Selby with D.C. won the KBA in Education
for the work in the schools - work she continues
to this day,
most often with the help of Cryout. Music and
BLUES ON THE MOVE:
WITH LIL' ED!
SELBY MINNER & BLUES ON THE MOVE
Buy Selby and D.C.'s CD's >
GIGS COMING UP
SELBY & BLUES ON THE MOVE
miles SE of Tulsa – BA Exp, Hwy 51 South
to 69 –
Stay on 69 thru Muskogee to the
Rentiesville Oktaha Exit.
Turn right 4 miles, then Left (E) onto
Rentiesville Honey Springs Rd,
2 miles to DC Minner St and you are
here.!! 125 Miles E of OKC
|Selby gives guitar and bass
lessons at the blues club on
Monday afternoons - $15/ lesson,
call for an appointment.
918 855 0978 Plug in, tune up
Andrew Tolow 16 Miller
Sunset in Rentiesville - unretouched -
truth is more intense than fiction!
archives of this jam session on
www.JukeZoo.com! ! calling all blues
SUNDAY - JAMS!!
Ray Tubbs, a friend who played
keyboard and who also worked tirelessly to keep
the Festival going. We know you are with us Ray,
and we will play a lot of music to help send
you on your way . Selby and crew.
He just won the Ray Tubbs Keeping the
Blues Alive Award; Lifetime Volounteer
May 08, 2009 09:02 pm
love of the blues
Ruthenberg, Columnist (from Detroit
Ruthenberg is copy editor at the
Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached
Recently I have found myself feeling
a little homesick for the blues, and,
let’s be honest, while Enid has a lot to
offer, blues is not among those
offerings. Live music in Enid is
somewhat akin to the punch line in the
“Blues Brothers” movie when Jake and
Elwood stroll into Bob’s Country Bunker
Saloon and the bartender tells the boys
not to worry because the bar has “both”
kinds of music: “Country AND Western.”
So, off I went in search of some genuine
live blues in Oklahoma and let me tell
you, the pickings were rather scarce. So
imagine my relief when I found a juke
joint in a little town called
Rentiesville. Better yet, the club was
bringing in Lil Ed & The Blues
Imperials, one of the top blues acts out
of Chicago. But a pretty cool thing
happened along the blues highway; I not
only found some great blues but also
found a genuine love story.
Rentiesville is a small community about
75 miles southeast of Tulsa. It’s so
small it does not even have its own post
office, but it is the epicenter of
Oklahoma blues. It’s also one of only 13
towns remaining out of an original 40-50
communities that were founded in eastern
Oklahoma by freed black slaves following
the civil war with an eye toward making
the area the nation’s first all-black
state. Obviously that never
Rentiesville also is the home to D.C.
Minner’s Down Home Blues Club which is
run by Selby Minner, the charming,
engaging and talented widow of the late
D.C. Minner, a member of the Oklahoma
Music Hall of Fame who, aside from being
an established blues star in his own
right, played alongside musical greats
like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Freddie
King. And for Rhode Island native Selby
Minner, who has called Rentiesville home
since 1988 when she and D.C. moved here
after spending several years touring the
nation, with a heavy emphasis on the
West Coast, this has become a true labor
of love in every sense of the word.
Together, D.C. and Selby (they married
in 1979 after meeting in California)
became the first couple of Oklahoma
blues when they made the decision to
renovate the property where D.C.’s
grandmother operated a “corn whiskey
house” several decades earlier. “It was
a place with a jukebox and where people
came for entertainment and bootleg
whiskey,” Selby told me while taking me
through a tour of the blues club. “They
also made and sold choc beer,” which I
learned was good old-fashioned
The blues-loving couple completed
renovating the house a few years after
moving back home. “D.C. did all the work
by hand,” Selby explained. But it didn’t
Together, the Minners established the
Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame in 2004.
“That’s what D.C. wanted — he understood
he wasn’t going to get wealthy playing
blues, but at the end of the day what
made it worthwhile was the recognition
by his peers. We wanted to share that.”
The couple went on to organize the
three-day outdoor “Dusk Til Dawn” blues
festival which takes place every Labor
Day weekend on the grounds of the blues
club and, in 1999, also were recipients
of the prestigious “Keeping the Blues
Selby continues to do more than her part
in “keeping the blues alive” through the
“Blues in the Schools” program as well
as offering young people a place to
perform on the first Friday of each
month (the club is only open the first
weekend of each month), with a
coffeehouse atmosphere where the bar is
closed off and young people are invited
to perform during their “Java Jam.” (NB:
the club will also be open EVERY Sunday
for jam sessions 2 pm - 2 am beginning
On this night, Selby’s band, “Blues On
The Move” opened up for Lil Ed and
Selby’s engaging stage presence, on
guitar and vocals, demonstrated how her
love of the blues, and for D.C., (who
passed away last year at the age of 73)
clearly keeps her going. She sang some
of D.C.’s original material — apparently
there is a veritable treasure trove of
unpublished D.C. Minner-penned tunes —
and then later jammed onstage with the
This funky little juke joint seemingly
in the middle of nowhere is not,
however, just about the blues. It stands
as a living, thriving testament to the
enduring bond between Selby and D.C.
that remains today. You can see it in
her eyes and feel it in her words when
she speaks about D.C. and, most of all,
you feel it in her music.
We should all be so lucky to have such a
passion and purpose in life.
Those of us who love the blues are
fortunate to have Selby Minner.
"Dear Selby – This is so sweet and
wonderful. It is also very
deserved. I hope it brings you many
patrons.Thanks for all you do for
the the blues."
Wax, Proprietor of Low-Fi's Bar and
Pool Hall in the heart of XM Radio's Bluesville.
class at the Checotah library
FRIENDS OF RENTIESVILLE BLUES INC.
It's hard to believe it went by so fast. It was
a beautiful festival with many people working to
make it happen and LOTS of WONDERFUL music!
PHOTOS COMING SOON!! we transformed Downtown
Checotah and they seemed to like it as the
banners stayed up a few extra days after the
Debbie Blackwell and W Slim here in R'ville ,
Randy McAllister, Vernon Garrett
Harps & Kidz
Eric Alan S
Miss Blues in her Finery lby in Tulsa,
Bill Davis Wes Reynolds
Earnest 'E.T.' Tanter Chester Thompson
Walter Watson and Pure Silk
Mike Kern - Education
Jammin John Peters
Volunteers of the Year:
Donna & Lee Mayo
Some Neat Viewing, courtesy of Kit love
and a neat link from Jarrell of Checotah:
of this year's Fest are at slrtulsa.com -
photos by Dr David Jones of Muskogee
OK ARTS COUNCIL LINKS
(on two rosters; Teaching and Touring Arts )
for Neva's take on the fest--!
State blues legends honored by hall of fame
Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame co-founders D.C. Minner
and wife Selby perform together at last year’s Dusk
Til Dawn Blues Festival.
Click for BLUES HALL OF
By JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Last Modified: 5/21/2008 2:35 AM
When it comes to playin' the blues,
well, "nobody does it to get rich," said OK Blues Hall of
Fame co-founder Selby Minner in a recent telephone interview
from her home in Rentiesville.
Indeed, eight of this state's most noted blues performers
will be honored Saturday in a Hall of Fame founded by the
legendary bluesman D.C. Minner himself as a way to give back
to the music community.
"We realized that, when D.C. was inducted into the Oklahoma
Jazz Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and later the
Spot Music Awards Hall of Fame, that he could stop pushing
so hard," she said.
"To be recognized for a lifetime of dedication is a huge
achievement in itself."
In years past, the event has run concurrently with the Dusk
Til Dawn Blues Festival, an event also founded by the
Minners, in the heartland of Oklahoma blues — the tiny town
of Rentiesville. D.C. Minner recently passed away at age 73.
While he was growing up in Rentiesville during the
Prohibition years, his grandmother owned a corn-whiskey
In 1988, the Minners reopened its doors as the Down Home
Blues Club. It's now renowned for its all-night blues
showcases and preservation of the uniquely American
genre of blues.
The 2008 Fest was be a tribute to D.C. who we lost in
The day of the funeral was a
beautiful day and we all thank those who attended, sent
flowers, made donations to FOR Blues inc or sent us their
thoughts and prayers.
D.C. Minner photo by Michael Wyke, Tulsa World
in the Daily Oklahoman
D.C. Minner, who founded and operated
the Dusk 'Til Dawn Blues Festival in
Rentiesville for 17 years, died Tuesday.
Minner played the blues with the same
passion that he brought to running his
festival, and those who heard him play
guitar remember a man with a big heart and
“He had such a soulful feel, and you
can't separate his vocals from his playing,”
Jim Johnson, program director at KGOU
and host of the station's weekend blues
programming. “He was the full package.”
Born in 1935 in Rentiesville,
Minner and his wife, bassist
Selby Minner, founded the Down Home
Blues Club in 1989 at his grandmother's
former home, where she sold whiskey and
homebrewed Choc beer to local residents. In
Minner said that his grandmother's
do-it-yourself philosophy provided the
building blocks for his life's work.
“She said anything you like, you should
learn how to do yourself,”
The Oklahoman. “That doesn't mean you
have to cook every sweet potato pie
yourself, but you need to be able to do it
Minner was a respected sideman who
played bass for
Freddie King and
Chuck Berry while living in California.
But when he returned home, he also became a
blues educator as well as entertainer.
Selby Minner created the Blues in the
Schools program through the
Oklahoma Arts Council, performing music
in classrooms and talking to students about
The Minners won both a W.C. Handy Award
Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues
Alive Award for their efforts.
D.C. Minner was inducted into the
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999.
Minner had so many accomplishments in
the world of the blues, but I most remember
him as a gentle man that loved blues music
and loved spreading his music to everyone
around him, especially children,” said
Joann McCarty, president of the
Oklahoma Blues Society.
Johnson, KGOU, said
Minner, who had faced several illnesses
and underwent dialysis, would often manage
his festival via walkie talkie from his bed.
“He was such a wise man, a gentleman,”
Johnson said. “He was just a sage, you
Services are pending at
Ragsdale Funeral Center in Muskogee.
(click here to: watch
of the Inductions held here May
- click on the above link or go to
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Video Description ---- Promo video for Dusk
'til Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville,
Oklahoma, Labor Day Weekend, 2007. 30 seconds.
Minner knew the Blues is life
By James Beaty
McAlester News Capital
“The blues ain’t nothin’ but a good man feelin’ bad.” —
Oklahoma music legend D.C. Minner has died, following a long
career making people happy by playing and singing the blues.
Minner, 73, died on Tuesday. The cause of death was not
Minner, and his wife, Selby, have hosted the annual Dusk Til
Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville, near Checotah, for the
past 17 years.
Locally, they brought their Blues in the Schools educational
program to McAlester and once served as the featured concert
act at Hard Times Day Festival in Hartshorne. During his
career, he and Selby toured and played at hundreds of
concerts and festivals across the U.S.
McAlester News-Capital Editor Matt Lane has some personal
memories of Minner.
“For the Lane family, D.C. was not only a great bluesman,
but a great and dear friend,” Lane said.
“His house of blues was less than a mile from my family’s
old home place on Pumpkin Ridge.
“D.C. was good friends with my grandpa, Virgil Lane, and
especially good friends with my uncle, Curtis Lane.
“Our family, like many families, held get-togethers during
the summer. D.C. and Selby would often come and perform,”
“At one particular occasion, I thought I might sit in on
keyboards with D.C. and Selby.
“After playing about one measure of a familiar blues tune,
D.C. turned around and shot me a withering glance that drove
me from the stage,” Lane said.
After that, Lane just looked on and enjoyed the music of one
of the country’s best bluesmen.
John Peters, who hosts Jammin’ John’s Boogie Down Blues Show
on McAlester Radio’s 105.1 FM station from 6-8 p.m. each
Tuesday and Thursday, said Minner will be missed by the
“He was the blues when it came to Oklahoma,” Peters said
today, citing Minner’s work with the schools and with his
“He taught us all. He brought so many young musicians and he
gave people a place to play.”
“He was Mr. Blues. We’ll miss him.”
D.C. and Selby Minner were honored with numerous awards,
including the Handy People Award from the Blues Foundation
in Memphis, Tenn. for their Blues in the Schools music
D.C. Minner is also a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of
Fame and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. The street outside
the Down Home Blues Club has been renamed in his honor.
Born on Jan. 28, 1935, and brought up by his grandmother,
Lura Drennan, Minner grew up hearing acoustic blues played
at her juke joint in Rentiesville.
He later moved to Oklahoma City and played bass guitar with
a band known as Larry Johnson and the New Breed.
With that band, Minner played behind such future Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame members as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, as
well as the great Texas-Oklahoma bluesman Freddie King and
soul singer Eddie Floyd.
After moving to California, he started playing lead guitar
and met Selby in a club in the Bay area, where she played
They toured together for 12 years, with Selby now playing
bass guitar, before D.C. moved back to Rentiesville in 1988
and reopened his grandmother’s old place as the Down Home
In 1991, he and Selby started the Dusk Til Dawn Blues
Festival, which has become a Labor Day weekend tradition for
many lovers of blues music.
Funeral services are pending with Ragsdale Funeral Center in
Contact James Beaty at email@example.com.
last year's poster...plans under way for 2008 August 29,
30, 31...please check back soon!
300 dpi version in Press
D.C. Minner, blues musician and co-founder of
the annual Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival, passed away
Tuesday. He was 73.
Born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma in 1935, Minner would
later say he knew he was going to play music for living when
he was a preschooler.
After serving as an Army medic in the Korean War, Minner
lived in California, where he played bass for Larry Johnson
and the New Breeds, which backed up O.V. Wright, Freddie
King, Chuck Berry, Eddie Floyd and Bo Diddley. He would also
meet his wife, Selby, while she was playing acoustic blues
in northern California. D.C. switched to guitar and the
couple toured as the blues duo Blues On The Move for 12
In 1988, the couple turned Minner’s grandmother’s
prohibition-era corn-whiskey hall, The Cozy Corner, into the
after-hours club, The Down Home Blues Club. In 1991, they
would start the annual Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival.
The Minners would later create the Blues in the Schools
program through the Oklahoma Arts Council, performing music
in classrooms and educating students about the blues. The
couple won a W.C. Handy Award and the Blues Foundation’s
Keeping the Blues Alive Award for their efforts.
D.C. Minner was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of
Fame in 1999 and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2003.
“If you play blues to get rich, then you really are
making a mistake. So we don’t do this for the money. What we
do do this for is for the love of the music.”
- D.C. Minner
“Music has lost a great blues man today
in the passing of D.C. Minner. All of us involved with the
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame extend our sympathy to (his
wife) Selby and his family, and our gratitude that D.C. left
us all the gift of his music.”
- Sue Harris, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame President
“D.C. Minner had so many accomplishments in the world of
the blues, but I most remember him as a gentle man that
loved blues music and loved spreading his music to everyone
around him, especially children.”
- Joann McCarty, Oklahoma Blues Society President
“He had such a soulful feel, and you can’t separate his
vocals from his playing. He was the full package.”
- ‘Hardluck’ Jim Johnson, host of “Weekend Blues” and
program director at KGOU-FM 106.3
“He was just a fine fellow. I met D.C. eight or 10 years
ago when my son was in high school. One of Minner’s deals
was educational outreach. He encouraged young people to get
involved in music, So he toured the region and gave
workshops. He made music available to everyone.”
- Mike Jett, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame board member
“He knew music can do a lot for people and that people
can do a lot for music.”
- bassist Earnest ‘Bronko’ Carr
“He was the blues when it came to Oklahoma. He taught us
all. He brought so many young musicians and he gave people a
place to play. He was Mr. Blues. We’ll miss him.”
- John Peters, host of “Jammin’ John’s Boogie Down Blues
Show” on McAlester Radio’s 105.1 FM station
D. C. Minner
1935 - 2008 (this includes
the accurate list of awards etc. )
Minner, founder and operator of the Dusk Til Dawn Blues
Festival, quietly left us on May 6th, 2008. The only child
of Clarence and Helen Pearson Minner, he was raised by his
grandmother, Lura Drennan, in Rentiesville, OK where he grew
up hearing acoustic blues played at her juke joint called
the “Cozy Corner”. D. C. received his education in
Rentiesville. He joined the U. S. Army and during this time
he married Miss Doris Haynes. D. C. later moved to Oklahoma
City where he played behind such future Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame members as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, as well as the
great Oklahoma Bluesman, Freddie King and soul singers O.V.
Wright and Eddie Floyd. After moving to California, he spent
a winter wood shedding in Humboldt County, where he taught
himself guitar and wrote twenty-eight songs. Needing a
workshop to try out his new material he returned to the Bay
area and met Selby in a club where she played acoustic
blues. They married and toured together as “Blues On The
Move” for twelve years, with Selby now playing bass guitar,
across the U.S. and overseas. The couple returned home to
Rentiesville, in 1988 and reopened his grandmothers old
place as the “Down Home Blues Club”. D. C. had a gift for
working with young students in Oklahoma Schools and across
the nation doing Blues in the schools. Oklahoma Arts Council
Director Suzanne Tate said D.C. was a highly esteemed artist
included in both the Council’s Touring and Teaching Rosters.
His tremendous efforts to promote the magic called the Blues
have made him an Oklahoma favorite. He will be greatly
missed, said Tate. D.C. received many awards and citations
including the Governor’s Art Award in 2006, W.C. Handy
Award- the KBA (Keeping the Blues Alive) Award in Education,
induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma
Music Hall of Fame, the Tulsa World Hall of Fame and
numerous other awards. On September 1st, 2006 , Gov. Brad
Henry declared “D.C. and Selby Minner Day”. May 17, 2008,
was declared D.C. Minner Day in Muskogee. But his favorite
honor was when the town of Rentiesville renamed part of the
Texas Trail that runs along the Blues Club D.C.Minner
founded the Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc. as a
non-profit to oversee the continuation of the Festival and
the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame at the Family Home / Blues
Club in Rentiesville. He was very committed to seeing these
things into the future. With the help of friends Selby will
be keeping a band together, working through the OK Arts
Council as an educator and performer and "keeping
with the Festival and other upcoming events.
ALSO: The BLUES CLUB is OPEN each 'first Saturday'
Nite of the month.... $4 at the door...Selby
and Blues on the Move and
IT's A JAM! Pat Moss, Tiny Davis and more!
JAM BAND (open opportunity for learners) NOW
2nd and 4th Saturdays, 4 - 6 PM
please call before you drive 918-473-2411
The E-Zine from Blues Festival Guide reported on our
BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTS HONOREES
DC and Selby Minner and the Friends of
Rentiesville Blues Inc. hosted the 2007 Inductions
into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Saturday May
26th. This was the first time the awards have been given
at an event separate from their annual Dusk til Dawn
Blues Festival, and it was a rousing success! There
were performances and jams by inductees Miss Blues,
Watermelon Slim, Tony Mathews, DC and Selby
Minner. Also youngster (age 12) Blue Fire Foley
performed, as well as Sunset and Sunshine. A full
slate kept the time worn juke joint DC inherited from
his family rocking until close to daylight!
Media awards were given to writer and managing editor Jack
Fowler of the McIntosh County Democrat (the Checotah
paper) and the Muskogee Phoenix. The
has created and inserted the Dusk til Dawn Blues
Festival program into their general circulation since
the festival's infancy in 1993. The editor of the
Weekender, Leif Wright, received the award for
Baskets and trophies went to the inductees. Their photos
are now on the Hall of Fame wall in the Blues Club.
Selby Minner said "At some point we hope to build a
concert hall upstairs which will be the true Hall of
Fame, complete with exhibits of our inductees. We work
to honor musicians and others with a lifetime in this
roots. We are starting with inscribed bricks people can
order which will create a walk of fame in from the
corner. The corner of
Hope Franklin Blvd.
Minner is an Oklahoma blues legend who started his
career as a bassist working in the bands of Chuck
Berry, Bo Didley, OV Wright and Freddie King....He
started singing and writing songs and switched to lead
guitar in the early 70's. DC grouped with his
wife/bassist/vocalist Selby Minner in
in 1976. After 12 years living on the road performing
the couple settled back in Rentiesville and has been on
the OK State Art's Council Touring Arts and Artist in
Residence rosters since the early 90's.
Having been included in 5 halls of fame around the state
himself, Minner is proud to share the spotlight and
honor other worthy players - while they are alive, if
possible. The Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc has been
created to keep the Festival and Hall of Fame moving
forward well into the future.
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BLUES HALL OF FAME
2006 inductees: Elvin Bishop, Jr.
Markham, Selby, Steve Pryor, Frank Swain, James
Walker & D.C. Got Lifetime Achievement
DC ends set at OK MUSIC
Hall of Fame
Induction to a standing
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had a GREAT TOUR.
Tom& Cheryl Yearnshaw
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the News ON THIS SITE: ...
OK Arts Council Touring Arts ROSTER
BLUES in the
SCHOOLS click ABOVE on Main
performer D.C. Minner sits in the middle of
his 16th annual Dusk To Dawn Blues
Festival in Rentiesville, on Sept. 2. Minner
returned to his
in 1979 and stayed.
MICHAEL WYKE /
Black Town Tour
Great review in the Blues Festival
Guide's E -Zine!
THE BLUE HIGHWAY WITH
Just A Family Affair…
16th Annual Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival was held
over this past Labor Day weekend in the
Rentiesville, Oklahoma back yard and home of
founders DC and Selby Minner, . Back yard
and Home??? That’s
Right!!! But there’s a story here.
ago, DC’s grandmother ran a “corn whiskey
house” on this hallowed site in rural Oklahoma.
When DC and Selby decided to take some of
the “move” out of their road-weary band,
“Blues On The Move,” DC grabbed Selby and
headed “back home,” where they moved into
Grandma’s old place, settled into the ‘quiet
life in the country’ (HA!!!), and set part of
their house aside to be ‘The Down Home Blues
Til Dawn -- that’s 5 PM to 5 AM, folks,
‘cause it’s usually warm in Rentiesville in
the daytime -- grew from its origins as an annual
event at the club. A few years back, as the
show got bigger, DC and Selby converted their
unofficial not-for-profit child into a full
fledged, official 501(c)(3) non-profit
‘teenager,’ including many from their
dedicated ‘family’ of volunteers on the Board.
about Dusk Til Dawn is a ‘family’
affair. The Minners are still very dedicated
and integral to the show, taking the lead role in
organizing and presenting the event and in
performing twice nightly for the three-day show.
Their extended ‘family’ includes 12 Board
Members, over 100 volunteers, and thousands of
dedicated fans. Many of these folks have
been returning each year since the very beginning.
weeks before the show, volunteers, some who come
several thousand miles to help, begin to work the
magic that transforms the ‘back forty’ into
the festival site. Three-foot tall grasses
are mowed into a comfortable ‘lawn.’
Power is run so vendors can sell t-shirts,
jewelry, barbeque, fried fish, candy, ice cream,
and even ‘fried pies.’ The Kid’s
Village sprouts up around an old school bus (the
Kid’s Village is just too much and gets a
paragraph of its own below), and a circus-sized
tent miraculously appears before the main outdoor
stage to complete the ‘mirage.’ The
“Down Home Blues Club,” which is now in
semi-retirement and only open once a month, gets a
quick dusting, some posters and lights to liven
its interior, and its Festival time.
DC, Tony Mathews, Selby Minner
year’s show presented 30 bands on three stages
over the three-day run. The mix, as it has
been from the beginning, was rich in the Oklahoma
blues tradition (James Walker, Tony Matthews,
and Barry Harris – to name just a few) but
also included national and regional acts such as Rory
Block, James Peterson, and Johnny Rawls.
The line up even included several groups of
young blues musicians from as far away as Dallas,
and to keep things moving between acts, a rich
variety of acoustic blues was presented throughout
keeping with DC’s and Selby’s active
participation in the Oklahoma school system
through their innovative ‘Blues in the
Schools’ programs, the Kid’s Village has also
been a big part of the event. Face painting,
costumes, ‘dragons’ (a la Chinese New Years
parades), clay pottery, and puppet shows are made
lovingly available by a group of exceptional
volunteers. These are all hands-on
activities, keeping young minds occupied while the
hypnotic sounds of blues slowly soak into the
young minds that will be the future of the blues.
This Kid’s Village is unlike anything we’ve
5 AM Monday morning, the mirage begins to fade.
The corner of Rentiesville Road and DC Minner Road
slowly begins its transformation back to a
peaceful country corner, the echoes of 30 great
bands being slowly absorbed into the still
Oklahoma dawn. The Down Home Blues Club lets
out a slow sigh as it slips back into the comfort
of semi-retirement, and the grasses are already
starting to grow back. But this is truly a
play land with a once-a-year mission to spread its
owner’s vision of The Blues far and wide.
are fitting footnotes to this story and to DC and
Selby Minner’s long devotion to the blues
tradition. Over the weekend, Selby Minner
(along with Elvin Bishop, Junior Markham, Steve
Pryor, James Walker, and Frank Swain) was
inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame, DC
Minner received a “Lifetime Achievement
Award” from the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame, and
September 1, 2006 was declared DC Minner Day
throughout Oklahoma by Governor Brad Henry.
‘Congratulations’ are indeed in order for all.
After saying goodbye to our
new found family in Rentiesville we’re back on
the road in Blues Country and will keep you
-- Tom and Cheryl Yearnshaw
In 1935, Blues legend D.C.
Minner was born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma, on
the spot where the Down
Home Blues Club now sits and where his
family has operated a business since
For years he
traveled the nation as a bassist with Blues
legends Freddie King, O.V. Wright, Chuck Berry,
and Bo Diddley. He then started his own band
and met his bassist and wife, Selby, who
was living and singing in Berkeley,
California. They toured for 12 years
non-stop as the Blues on the Move; AZ, NM,
CA, WA, OR, RI, MA, etc.
In 1988, they returned home to
re-open his Grandmother's Cozy Corner as the Down Home Blues Club,
which is gradually being transformed into a living
Blues museum. The couple founded the annual
Dusk 'til Dawn Blues
Festival in 1991.Their friends came on
Board as Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc in
Go to "About DC
and Selby" for more bio
can join! $15 - call Selby at (918) 473-2411
details of membership: Friends of R'villes
Our mission is "to preserve and
develop African American Music through
education and entertainment".
if walls could talk...!!