Selby and her slide guitar tells Rentiesville story:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=417252397972&set=vb.820502972&type=2&theater
Alice April catches the Minner Band – Selby and Dan Ortiz – at the festival
Selby with Eugene Hideaway Bridges and Johnny Rawls ans Leon Blues and Harry Blackwell at her Rentiesville Blues Festival 2911
One of the few remaining juke joints outside of Mississippi is in Rentiesville, Oklahoma. If you can imagine a Blues Hall of Fame in a juke joint then you are on your way to understanding. The Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame is happy to announce the recognition of their 2006 inductee, Selby Minner, as a Music Legend. This last week the 15th Annual Bare Bones International Independent Film, Arts & Music Festival program proclaimed: Honorees – Music Legend 2014 – Selby Minner – Blueswoman, Artist & Founder Of The OK Blues Hall Of Fame.
It went on to say, “Selby has worked tirelessly to develop the music community and spread the good word about Oklahoma Blues. From forming the Shady Lady Blues Band to becoming a co-founder of the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival, Selby has had held her own in the International Blues scene for decades. Selby is headquartered in what was once a whiskey house operated by DC Minner’s grandmother Lura (from 1936 to 1968), in Rentiesville Oklahoma, a historically all Black town. Selby & DC Minner left years of traveling around the world to return to his birthplace to open the Down Home Blues Club (1988), then the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame (2004) and the 20+ years of the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival (every Labor Day Weekend since 1991). The festival was started by this husband and wife musical team as a showcase of the region’s wealth of unknown blues talent. Since singer-guitarist-songwriter DC’s death in 2008, Selby and the non-profit Friends of Rentiesville Blues, Inc are continuing the legacy by keeping the festival alive and the blues alive. Whether teaching, performing solo guitar, or on bass and vocals fronting her band Blues On the Move – with newest addition Dan ‘Oklahoma Slim’ Ortiz on guitar – Selby demonstrates her prowess as the Blueswoman.”
There was a gala in Muskogee Sunday April 13th to close the two week Film Festival which presented some 300 indie films, bringing in film makers from across the region and further distances; California, Hawaii, New York, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia, Germany, Paris France. Selby received her trophy and medal and was serenaded by two of the young blues players she has inspired and mentored.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVALS
Shiron and Oscar Ray’s festival was created by filmmakers, screenwriters and actors and created for filmmakers, screenwriters and actors who are involved in independent motion picture projects anywhere in the world. Named one of the “25 Festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine and named one of the “20 best festivals for new and emerging filmmakers.” PBS included Bare Bones as one of the top 20 documentary festivals. The Bare Bones Film Festival experience has long been touted as the “Friendliest Film Festival” by the many filmmakers who return year after year. Selby Minner is indeed honored to be chosen as their Music Legend 2014.
The 16th Annual Bare Bones International Independent Film, Arts & Music Festival April 7-12, 2015. The 24th Annual Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn BLUES Festival are this August 29, 30, and 31st, 2014.
It is rated a “must-see to say you are in touch with blues in this country today” by the Blues Foundation, presenting music praised as the “best thing to come out of Oklahoma since oil” by fans! In 24 years it has put about $500,000.00 into the hands of worthy musicians for their performances.
RENTIESVILLE is on US 69 in eastern Oklahoma 2 exits north of I-40 or two exits south of Muskogee. The blues fest is 125 miles E of Oklahoma City and 70 miles SE of Tulsa; one hour west of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Three days and nights, Three stages, indoors and out, 35 bands, over 200 musicians, workshops, a Kid’s Village, 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 Blues Festival is the main event of the OBHOF, and we showcase 18 regional groups and 5 nationally acclaimed headliners. We are a family event with lots for kids to do throughout the three day music extravaganza. Plus the Juke Joint which goes after hours indoors (21 only)
Tickets are $15/day at the gate (about $1.50 a band!) KIDS under 12 FREE! Volunteers FREE!
STORY HERE http://bluesfestivalguide.com/selby-miner-honored-as-2014-music-legend/
Track Record: Selby Minner recently was awarded Music Legend Award 2014 from the International Barebones Film Festival!! She is an inductee to the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame as well. Selby has performed on stage with Albert Collins at Mayfest in Tulsa, opened for Albert King at the OJHOF Juneteenth Festival for 20,000 people, Johnny Rawls at the Cimarron in Tulsa and in his band for several years at the Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival over Labor Day weekend, Drink Small, Hubert Sumlin, Lowell Fulsom in Tulsa at the Juneteenth on Greenwood Festival and in OKC at Traditions 89, Big Bad Smitty, Larry Davis, Smokey Wilson, Little Johnny Taylor, Tony Mathews, Harry and Debbie Blackwell, Lucinda Williams at the Cains and countless others. She has worked tirelessly to develop the music community and spread the good word about Oklahoma Blues.
Selby Minner Is busy keeping the music alive and kicking working both as a solo and fronting her band, Blues On the Move. She recently has added guitarist Dan Ortiz to the band. Dan is from Lawton OK, having had his own bands in Lawton, Zirndorf Germany, and Ocala Florida. He is an exciting guitarist, Selby is on the bass and the pair recently returned from a month tour to Southern Arizona – Tombstone, Bisbee, Green Valley, Patagonia… and plan to return in February. .
Track Record: Selby has performed on stage with Albert Collins at Mayfest in Tulsa, opened for Albert King at the OJHOF Juneteenth Festival for 20,000 people, Johnny Rawls at the Cimarron in Tulsa and in his band for several years at the Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival over Labor Day weekend, Drink Small, Hubert Sumlin, Lowell Fulsom in Tulsa at the Juneteenth on Greenwood Festival and in OKC at Traditions 89, Big Bad Smitty, Larry Davis, Smokey Wilson, Little Johnny Taylor, Tony Mathews, Harry and Debbie Blackwell, Lucinda Williams at the Cains and countless others. She has worked tirelessly to develop the music community and spread the good word about Oklahoma Blues.
OK Blues Hall of Fame Presents at the OK Jazz Hall of Fame – From Rentiesville to Tulsa!
The Photo exhibit of DC Minner’s Career and his Blues festivals entitled “From Black Town To Blues Festivals” opened at the OK Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee and soon after in Tulsa at the OK Jazz hall of Fame, Both events were actually eclipsed by the Show Ms Minner brought to these venues to celebrate the openings…17 count seventeen OK Blues Hall of Fame inductees and their bands put on resounding shows from 6 pm until 2 am…and Minner brought the entourage back to the OJHOF last fourth of July as Well!!
Minner was born in Providence RI in 1949 and attended art school there at the RI School of Design. Her friends dragged her to a concert by Janis Joplin in the school dining hall and her life was changed on the spot. All of a sudden the blues she had been finding and listening to seemed accessible, and Selby knew she had to try and sing the blues no matter what. Soon after a four hour Jimi Hendrix concert at Brown University in the old gym was another great inspiration.
She left Providence in 1971 with guitarist Jim Donovan. They formed the acoustic blues group Home Cookin’ and worked coffee houses in Chicago , DC , New Orleans and eventually gravitated to the flourishing Oakland – Berkeley – SF blues scene. They worked the clubs for 4 years. The group disbanded and Selby worked as a solo, also forming the Shady Ladies Blues Band. Longing to play electric blues she bought a bass from Peggy Mitchell and started the transition. Soon she met and grouped with D.C. Minner who had retired from 18 years as a bassist backing such luminaries as Freddy King and OV Wright…D.C. was now on guitar, needing a bassist, and a ‘match made in heaven’ got together and got busy. D.C. Minner, Selby and Blues on the Move. The band lived on the road for 12 years booking themselves from border to border and eventually to Europe . They worked as a three piece, finding local drummers along the way. The pair returned to D.C.’s birth place in Rentiesville and reopened his Grandmother Lura’s corn whiskey house as a blues club in 1988. They start5ed the Dusk til Dawn Blues Fest started in 1991. By this time the couple was on the Touring Arts and Artist in Residence rosters of the Oklahoma Arts Council. This led to lots of Blues in the Schools work, eventually garnering them the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Handy people in Memphis ; An international Award in Education in 1999. D.C. passed away in 2008, and Selby, together lots of help from friends, and boyfriend Dan Oklahoma Slim Ortiz, and the non-profit Friends of Rentiesville (F.O.R.) Blues Inc., is keeping the Festival alive. There are great plans for the development of the OK Blues Hall of Fame.