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Billy Blues shares top billing (so to speak) in a new cable access show covering the genre's primo talent as they rip it up live at the Richmond Strip nightclub. Self-described "blues-rocker-turned-TV-producer" Gene Kelton is the man behind the unimaginatively titled Gene Kelton's Texas Blues Showcase. An unquestioned jack of all trades (he's worked as a booking agent, band manager, magazine publisher, DJ and label flack, among other jobs), the guitarist also fronts his own blues band, Gene Kelton and the Diehards, whose raucous novelty number, "My Baby Don't Wear No Panties," has become this year's guilty pleasure with KPFT (90.1 FM) listeners.

Taped live at Billy Blues each Wednesday, the show will begin airing in September in various time slots on Access Houston. It features a mix of local, regional and national acts. Guests so far have included Sunset Heights, Jay Hooks, Lady D, High Chicago and the Tweeds.

"There are a lot of bands that don't get the opportunity to play in our venue," says Billy Blues manager Mark Escobedo. "This is a good vehicle for them and for us.

 
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