January 28, 1935 – May 6, 2008
Blues singer and guitarist D. C. Minner was born on January 28, 1935. Prior to leaving Rentiesville for the military service, Minner picked up some guitar fundamentals from musicians who played at his grandmother’s juke joint. His grandmother raised him and ran the juke joint in the 40’s, 50’s and part of the 60’s, on the grounds of the Down Home Blues Club. When he returned he took up bass, and worked out of Oklahoma City with Larry Johnson and the New Breeds. He began playing bass guitar professionally at the age of 22, and performed with O. V. Wright, Lowell Fulson, Chuck Berry, Freddie King, Chuck Berry, Eddie Floyd, and Bo Diddley. He moved to California in the late ‘60s.
He served in the Army as a medic during the Korean War.
Minner met his wife Selby on the West Coast, and hired her as a bassist for his Blues on the Move band. They toured the United States with their band for 12 years. They established Rentiesville’s ‘Down Home Blues Club’ in 1988. Minner hosted his annual Labor Day weekend festival “Dusk ‘til Dawn” at the club. Selby continues to host the festival.