Rick Broussard knows his rock and roll iconography the cover of his long--running Austin band Two Hoots and a Hollers self-titled 2005 CD utilizes the same composition (black-and-white images, pink and green lettering) as Elviss 1956 RCA debut LP and the Clashs London Calling, not coincidentally providing a substantial hint to the music within. Pegged as a cant-miss when the San Antonio native arrived on Austins roots-rock scene in the mid-80s, Broussard took a detour into drink and drugs, his substance-fueled antics becoming almost as legendary as his revved-up rockabilly licks and crystal-blue Rick Nelson tenor. Since cleaning up several years ago, Broussard has steered Two Hoots along a steady path that places the trio in a league with forerunners such as Joe King Carrasco and the Tailgators, Gulf Coast musical polymaths who dump rock and roll, swamp pop, honky-tonk, R&B, Cajun and conjunto into a cast-iron pot and make it boil. Things start simmering with the opening act, Arkansas neo-hillbillies Big Smith. 10 p.m. The Continental Club, 3700 Main. For tickets and information, call 713-529-9899 or visit www.continentalclub.com. $10.
Fri., May 9, 10 p.m., 2008