Welcome to the official website of
The Original Texas Boogie King
Thank you very much for viewing my site, I hope you will be entertained, informed and inspired as I try to share my passion, love and enthusiasm for America’s music with you and the rest of the world. Viewed through the prism of Blues music, America’s history and culture has influenced every aspect of art globally with the tonal and rhythmic sophistication of its music. America through its music has spoken quite succinctly to the human spirit and has shown the world that the human and the spirit are one as they cohabitate, create and document the life and aspirations in the pursuit of ones liberation and happiness.
Blues Music is the Classical Music of the 20th Century
Bluesman/educator Nathaniel “Nat” Dove is a man on a mission. If you’ve ever met or talked to him, chances are you’ve been affected by the passion that’s fueled his every step since he emerged from Mumford, Texas in the early 1950’s to take his place as a proud torch bearer of the blues/boogie-woogie/barrelhouse piano tradition. His impressive resume as a musician includes membership in the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, several world tours with his own band, performing and recording turns with Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker and Robert Cray (to name but a few) and writer of the original score for the Rudy Ray Moore classic 70’s film, “Petey Wheatstraw.”
His credentials as an entertainer might be enough to last some of his peers a lifetime, but Nat Dove views his calling “to promote blues and jazz through education…” as sacred—and he’s devoted more than three decades to it. He’s authored books on the genre, lectured at universities around the world on topics ranging from blues’ true origins to the role of Duke Ellington in the Harlem Renaissance of the 20’s and founded the Bakersfield Blues Preservation Society. The Blues Foundation Presented Dove with their highest award (lifetime Achievement for Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) for Blues Education.
“Blues, gospel and jazz music is America’s gift to the world,” says Dove. He has created the Boogie Blues Connection boogiebluesconnection.com to help spread that message. Simply put, BBC is a one-stop organization designed to teach and promote America’s indigenous musical art forms in schools, universities, corporate gatherings and to the public-at-large through a variety of programs, workshops, clinics and lectures. Nat Dove is the glue that holds this organization together and he’s devoting significant time to promoting its importance through a series of media interviews on television, radio, print and the internet.