For the first eight years of the festival in Linden, Diane & her husband, David, were year-long volunteers. Both were active with the Music City Texas Theater and key organizers and planners of the festival. Diane was tireless in her role as the Producer of the Festival Support Staff and a non-stop worker at the festival itself. We all loved her and she leaves a space to fill in our tasks that is large as the place she holds in our hearts.
Vaya con Dios
The festival lost two dear friends recently; Jason Dressman and Jim Cobb. Both men were representative of the volunteer spirit of our festival staff and supporters. And both were dedicated to keeping the blues alive.
Jason Dressman (pictured to the right) was a founding member of the Advisory Board; his wife Sharla was a founding member of the Board of Directors. Together they sponsored the Hospitality Suite for the first nine years of the festival and
were leaders in the planning of the support for our visiting musicians and sponsors. The consummate salesman, Jason provided key input to the development of revenue streams to support the festival and the Corporation's activities. Jason was loved by all. We will miss his high energy and laughter.
Jim Cobb was both a friend to the festival and a from-the-heart bluesman. Jim brought his style of blues to our audience many times during our first nine years. As the front man for the Diddley Squat Band, and then the Jive Jumpers, Jim & Sylvia Carroll, along with the rest of their band, kept the audiences toe-tapping or dancing with their smooth, graceful rhythms. Jim is an East Texas legend.
We were blessed to have had Jason and Jim as members of our family.