|photography by Elizabeth Lavin|
The Blue Shoe Project, their nonprofit, aims to educate grade-school kids about the blues. The Dysons and their bluesmen have appeared at many local schools, not only singing songs but swapping tales. The storytelling is just as appealing as the singing and what Jeffry first loved about the blues: listening to Pinetop Perkins’ Portrait of a Bluesman, reveling in the stories Perkins told between songs. The Blue Shoe model is catching on, too. Thanks to some national publicity, last month “Honeyboy” Edwards and the Dysons performed their first program outside the Dallas area, in Bethesda, Maryland. Future programs at elementary schools are scheduled for Abilene, Lubbock, and Austin.