It doesn't matter if you're a music nerd or neophyte: Andy Bradley and Roger Wood can teach you some fascinating things about Houston's legendary SugarHill Studios (formerly Gold Star). In their new book, House of Hits, Bradley (SugarHill's chief engineer for the past 25 years) and Woods (a local educator, author and music historian) provide a detailed history of the nearly 70-year-old southeast-side studio where an absurdly diverse array of artists, including the likes of Bobby "Blue" Bland, George Jones and Destiny's Child, has laid down tracks. "Not only has the studio recorded Texas and southwest Louisiana music longer than any other, but it also has documented numerous seminal tunes and performances in an amazingly wide range of genres," Woods says. "The book is full of insider details about the sessions and circumstances that resulted in some of the most noteworthy and influential hits." The authors will sign copies of House of Hits after a presentation and Q&A session at 1 p.m. at Cactus Music and Record Ranch, 2110 Portsmouth Street. For information, call 713-526-9272 or visit www.cactusmusictx.com. Free.
Sat., June 5, 1 p.m., 2010