LIVING LEGEND-MUSIC AWARD
D.C.Minner was born
in January 28, 1935 D.C was raised by his grand mother (LURA DRENNAN) who ran a corn whiskey house while D.C. grew up.
"There was no electricity anywhere around , So she would have the guys come over with their Acoustic Guitars - that
was my first time hearing LIVE MUSIC." D. C. says. D. C. moved away when he joined the service. When he returned he took up
bass, and worked out of OKC with Larry Johnson and the New Breeds. It was with this band that he performed behind O.
V. Wright, Freddie King, Chuck Berry, Eddie Floyd, Bo Diddley and many more. He moved to California in the late
60's. Had a band with Tony Mathews in Hollywood. Then he moved to the Bay Area, retired from bass, studied Yogananda, took up guitar
and ran into Selby. She was working the clubs in Berkeley and San Francisco with Jim Donovan playing and singing acoustic blues. Selby had bought an electric bass, and was looking to
learn how to play it... the couple got together, with the encouragement of friends, Selby as D. C.'s bass apprentice and left
the bay area together in 1977.
D. C., Selby and
Blues on the Move toured non-stop for 12 years, and then returned to D. C.'s home place and re-opened the Cozy Corner as the
Down Home Blues Club in 1988. It quickly became an after hours club. The Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival was founded in 1991
as a way to bring their fans and musician friends together from across the country, among other things. The couple has won
the Handy in Blues Education for their Blues in the Schools work; the Keeping the Blues Alive Award, and D. C. was inducted
into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, His proudest accomplishment to date has been having his hometown rename part of the Texas
Road that runs alongside the club in his honor. The pair now lives at 701 D. C. Minner Street. So if you're coming to the Festival, come into Rentiesville two exits up US 69 from I-40, and when you get
to D. C. Minner Street, you'll know you've arrived!