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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Photo Of The Week: Jimmy Pryor

This is a nice pic of Jimmy Pryor taken during one of the Central Iowa Blues Societies pub crawls. At the end of the night there is usually an after hour jam, and you would always find the Midnite Cowboy ready to go no matter what time it was. Jimmy was a night owl, and was used to playing the blues late at night. In fact, the reason he came to Des Moines in 1960, was because Iowa still had key clubs, and were open 24 hours. When the Key Clubs closed in the mid 60s and the state enforced a 2am closing time on clubs, Jimmy played at after hours joints. He was still playing them as late as the mid 90s. He asked me a couple of times to go play with him at an after hour joint, but for some reason I never was able to get free to do it.

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