The Deep Elum Blues Alley

August 19, 2021

The Vaughan Brothers are featured in a new mural.

A new mural project in Deep Ellum, the live music capitol of North  Texas in Dallas, shines a light on Dallas’ influence over the Blues music genre by highlighting some of the city’s own.

Blues greats like Freddie King, Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins, "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, The Vaughan Brothers, and Robert Johnson inspired the project. Artist Dan Colcer and his wife, Oak Cliff native and lifelong Dallas resident Cathryn Colcer, came up with the idea for a “Blues Alley.”

“The Blues musicians were the ones who were the entertainers of the time,” said Dan Colcer. “The whole idea behind the blues alley is to pay tribute to these guys..."

Blues Alley consists of several murals lining the walls of Clover Street, between Henry Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. To bring the idea to life, the Colcers teamed up with the Deep Ellum Foundation and selected a handful of North Texas artists to participate.  artists were asked to use different shades of blue for their creations. Considering the history of Deep Ellum as a Freedman’s Town, Colcer said they were careful to include Black and immigrant artists.

Watch the video below to learn more, and make sure you have a look the next time you're in Dallas.

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