Longtime Houston bluesman Don Kesee, known by all who met him for his good nature and huge, friendly smile, passed away Wednesday afternoon after an extended illness. He had been on dialysis for some time and, according to folks who saw him at a benefit in November, he had not looked at all well lately.
photo by Sherman Hatton Don Kesee (far right) with Texas Johnny Brown, Little Joe Washington, Milton Hopkins (standing), Eugene Moddy, George Brown at the Big Easy, August 2011
Kesee was one of the elder statesmen of the local blues scene included in our August 31, 2011 cover story about the Houston blues community.
photo by Sherman Hatton Don Kesee
Kesee was born near Hempstead and began playing guitar when he was 9. His father had been with the Five Blind Boys of Alabama for some years. After a teenage apprenticeship in blues bands in Hempstead and LaGrange, Kesee moved to Houston in the early Sixties, joining The Esquires.More »