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Tuesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 30 Aug 2011

Today in the roundup: Remembering David Honeyboy Edwards, saving a life in Fort Worth and words with Lyric’s Mama Rose.


DEATH ON THE DELTA: David Honeyboy Edwards, part of the first generation of Delta Blues singers, has died. He was 96. Edwards has many claims to fame, not the least of which was his close association during the 1930s with Robert Johnson, the King of the Delta Blues. Many, many years later – in 2008 – Edwards won a Grammy for Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas, an album he recorded with Pinetop Perkins, who died in March.

DENTIST OF DESTINY: File this one under “stories you couldn’t make up.” On Monday, just as a Fort Worth dentist office was about to open, a car plowed through one of the examination rooms. Julie Watson, who works in the office, immediately went to work on the unconscious driver, shocking him with a defibrillator before performing CPR until paramedics arrived. The driver was later identified as Ron Tyler, who retired in April as the director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. It’s thought he had a heart attack while driving. He’s listed in fair condition at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, according to star-telegram.com.

QUOTABLE: “I would like to think of it as oscillating within the entire color spectrum.”

– Singer Sue Mathys, when asked by theaterjones.com to describe her voice in one sentence. Mathys plays Mama Rose in Lyric Stage’s upcoming Gypsy.