DIUNNA GREENLEAF & BLUE MERCY with JIM PUGH
FRIDAY NIGHT BLUES 8:30 pm HISTORIC EUREKA THEATER
Seventeen time Blues Music Award nominee. Two time winner of the Koko Taylor award for best female traditional blues artist. Three time nominee in 2023 including Best Vocalist, Best Contemporary Blues Album, Koko Taylor Best Traditional Blues Female Artist. Living Blues Magazine's 2022 Best Album of the Year Critics Awards for her Little Village recording I Ain't Playin .
Bell, Big Bill Morganfield, Smoking Joe Kubek and B’NoisKing, Anson Funderburge, Sam Meyers and the Rockets, Bernard Allison, Odetta, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, I.J. Gosey, Sherman Robertson, Kenny Neal, Percy Sledge and the late great Teddy “Cry Cry” Reynolds, and numerous others. Diunna's commitment to Blues goes well beyond performing on stage. She served for three years as
DIUNNA GREENLEAF, the leader of BLUE MERCY, is a native Texan (Houston) who has a background steeped in gospel music. Influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her own parents Ben & Mary Ella Greenleaf (Gospel). She has developed "Diunna's style of Blues" in the same tradition as so many other great Texas blues men and women. She combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind of blues that takes one on an emotional roller coaster ride. Diunna and her band Blue Mercy have performed throughout the United States and internationally. She has performed at Switzerland's
President of the Houston Blues Society, making history as the first woman ever elected to this position. During her presidency she used her professional guidance and grant writing skills to produce the Willie Mae Thornton Blues Festival, bringing in such talent as “The Queen Of Blues” Mrs. Koko Taylor, Mr. Bernard Allison, Texas Johnny Brown, I.J. Gosey, Diane Price, Mel Waiters, Betty Lewis, Gary Clark, Jr., Jeremy and The Hotboys, along with many others. Diunna started the annual Houston Blues Society Founders Day and actively continued the Blues In Schools Program throughout the state. She is one of the founders of Friends of Blues Montgomery County.
Lugano Blues Festival and the Bern Jazz Festival, as well as the Cahors Blues Festival in France. Diunna has opened for and performed with the likes of Bob Margolin, Keb Mo, Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, James Cotton, Carrie
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