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Papa Don McMinn is a Memphis Music legend. He was instrumental in the rebirth of the Home of the Blues: Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee. During the mid-1980s, Papa Don’s band had the "house gig" at Rum Boogie on the corner of Beale and Highway 61. Everyone who was anyone was there, and when the big names came to town to record or perform, there was only one place to go - to see Papa Don McMinn and his Rum Boogie band.
Twenty five years later, Papa Don is still creating and perpetuating his special brand of Southern Music, a concoction of Delta and Boogie Blues. Papa Don's current band, Nightrain, is anchored by his sons, Doug on drums and Rome on bass.
Papa Don has performed all across the planet, working and recording with the likes of Memphis Slim, John Mayall, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Albert King, among others. Some of the notables who’ve made cameo appearances with Papa Don's band are Joe Walsh, Gregg Allman, Rufus Thomas, Jon Bonjovi, Bill...
Don McMinn is a legend in Memphis Music, period.
Twenty five years later Don is still creating and perpetuating his special brand of "Southern" music that ranges from Delta Blues to Boogie Blues. As an international entertainer, he has performed all across this planet for audiences of all ages. Again this year, Don will make the trip across the ocean to give them another taste of what Memphis Music is all about.
Giving back is just part of his nature, and to that end he is helping to preserve the future of the Blues by teaching another generation the musicianship and integrity that has become synonymous with his name. He even offers workshops to aspiring musicians and songwriters.