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Earl Gilliam

15 years ago by John Nova Lomax
With criminally little fanfare, Austinite Eddie Stout has been cutting some of the finest blues records in America during the past five years, many of them starring Houston-based artists such as Little Joe Washington, Gloria Edwards and, now, Tomball keyboardist Earl Gilliam and southside guitarist I.J. Gosey. Though he was...

Earl Gilliam Blues Review

13 years ago by William Michael Smith
If Houston isn’t the home of the blues, it certainly has always been somewhere between a cradle and a halfway house for it. It’s guys like piano man Earl Gilliam who continue to give Houston its blues cred as we speed forward in the 21st century. Yes, Gilliam has changed...

Blues Community Going To The Doghouse For Earl Gilliam

9 years ago by William Michael Smith
The Houston blues community will come together Sunday to pay homage to one of the godfathers of blues piano, Earl Gilliam. Gilliam, whose youth was spent in the company of giants like Albert Collins, Gatemouth Brown, Ivory Lee Simien, and Johnny Clyde Copeland, worked extensively with another Houston guitar legend,...

Tonight: Earl Gilliam Blues Revue (But No Earl) at the Big Easy

11 years ago by Chris Gray
Houston-area bluesman Earl Gilliam, who turned 79 Tuesday, was hospitalized earlier this month for a partially collapsed lung. He's home and recovering now, but still unable to perform. However, his birthday show with the Earl Gilliam Blues Revue, originally scheduled for last Friday, will proceed as scheduled tonight minus Gilliam, but with...

Tonight: Earl Gilliam and I.J. Gosey at the Big Easy

11 years ago by William Michael Smith
Other than getting to live through umpteen 100-plus degree days each summer and a massive hurricane every now and again, one of the supreme privileges of being a Houstonian is easy access to blues giants like Earl Gilliam and I.J. Gosey. Between them, these two guys know more licks than...

Everybody's Invited to Bluesman Earl Gilliam's 80th Birthday Party

10 years ago by Craig Hlavaty
Tomorrow night at the Big Easy, come out to help Houston blues legend Earl Gilliam celebrate joining the octogenarian club with what is sure to be a packed crowd. The blues pianist has been laying waste to crowds since the New Waverly native fell into the Houston scene in 1950...

Houston "Doghouse" Blues Pianist Earl Gilliam Dead At 81

9 years ago by Chris Gray
Rocks Off contributor William Michael Smith just called in to regretfully inform us that Houston blues musician Earl Gilliam has passed away. Gilliam's friend and manager Sheri Goodman told Smith that Gilliam died at his home near Tomball of advanced lung disease. The piano player was famous for hosting his...

Earl Gilliam: "A Huge Loss That Can't Be Filled"

9 years ago by William Michael Smith
Another of Houston's unique blues treasures, the effusive, ebullient and always stylish pianist Earl Gilliam, has moved on to the big juke joint in the sky. Gilliam, 81, died peacefully this morning at his home in Tomball of advanced lung disease.

Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Eric C. Hughes from El Orbits, Freddy Steady Five, Allen Oldies Band

12 years ago by Chris Gray
Eric says he's "married with dogs." HPMA Must-See's: The Mighty Orq, Miss Leslie, Espantapajaros Your Votes: Lady D for Best Zydeco -- never heard of her. Flamin' Hellcats for Best Roots Rock Earl Gilliam for Best Blues "Most Played" Tunes in Your iPod: Todd Rundgren, Matthew Sweet...
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The Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club

The Big Easy is big fun. Nowhere else in Houston can you find live blues six nights a week. The venue features music legends like Guitar Shorty (Jimi Hendrix was a fan) one night and local favorites like Tony Vega or Earl Gilliam the next. They take turns keeping the...

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