"Barrelhouse Bonni" McKeown, the author of "West Side Blues Blog," has
played piano and written about blues music for over 15 years.
www.barrelhousebonni.com She has led classes for young and old on how to
make up their own blues tune. www.chicagoschoolofblues.org
She stayed on the West Side from 2004-05, then wrote articles on West Side
Blues for Big City Blues Magazine and has helped promote West Side Chicago blues singer and drummer Larry Hill
Taylor (stepson of guitarist Eddie Taylor). www.larrytaylorchicagoblues.com
She co-produced Larry Taylor's 2004 debut CD They Were in This House,
reissued in 2011 by Wolf Records. She is in the process of producing a movie based on Taylor's life story starring Leon as Larry's stepfather and Guy Davis in the role of Jimmy Reed: The Rhythm and the Blues
Bonni returned to stay in Austin in 2017, and continues her efforts to increase blues education to keep kids off the street. She promotes blues as a point of local pride and a possibility for economic development and tourism to benefit the community.
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