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2008 Stories by William Michael Smith

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  • Lonesome Onry and Mean: Only a Week Until Robert Plant/Allison Krauss

    published Sep 19, 2008

    cmt.com Only a week until the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss/T-Bone Burnett show at the Woodlands Pavilion - which is still on the Ike-damaged facility's books - but that doesn’t mean it’s too early... More >>

  • Irma Thomas: Simply Grand

    published September 18, 2008

    File Irma Thomas's new Simply Grand under "Why didn't I think of this?" Pair the New Orleans vocal icon/national treasure with great... More >>

  • Flaco Jimenez

    published September 18, 2008

    Rumor has it Flaco Jimenez has been known to take a drink or two. There are also those who claim, "That cat is messed up all the time."... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry and Mean: Tell the Truth Until They Bleed: Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll by Josh Alan Friedman

    published Sep 09, 2008

    Like all great feature writers, Josh Alan Friedman has a telephoto eye for the telling tidbit. Tell the Truth Until They Bleed: Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll, his rec... More >>

  • Drew Smith: Drew Smith's Lonely Choir

    published September 11, 2008

    Drew Smith's Lonely Choir has restored my faith in Austin somehow. It's such a cool, in-the-moment pop record with some kind of... More >>

  • Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith

    published September 11, 2008

    Guy Clark, who has recently overcome both a bout of cancer and a broken leg, is the unparalleled dean of living Texas songwriters. A product of... More >>

  • Tonight: Tommy Hall Schedule at the Old Quarter in Galveston

    published Sep 06, 2008

    When they do the Mount Rushmore of Texas rock, they’ll need a huge section of mountain right in the middle for the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. Histories of the legendary Austin band credit jug ... More >>

  • Tonight: Tommy Womack at a Pasadena House Concert

    published Sep 06, 2008

    Tommy Womack is one of the wackiest, most manic songwriters to ever pass through Nashville. He’s probably somewhere on a par with guys like Phil Lee, only Lee doesn’t publish books, blog incessa... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry and Mean: Jon Byrd Tunes Up Country

    published Sep 03, 2008

    www.jonbyrd.com When you open the mail and find a record like Jon Byrd's Byrd’s Auto Parts, for a moment things seem right with the music world. Byrd lives in Nashville, but his music and ethic is... More >>

  • Johnny Flynn: A Larum

    published September 4, 2008

    The first time I heard Englishman Johnny Flynn's amazing A Larum, I thought it sounded like Ray Davies working with the Pogues. What... More >>

  • The Iguanas

    published September 4, 2008

    There was a time when the Iguanas seemed to be virtually in residence at Houston's Fabulous Satellite Lounge. The group's heady mixture of New... More >>

  • Aftermath: Corb Lund & The Hurtin' Albertans at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    published Aug 27, 2008

    Photos by Chris Gray I wasn’t sure I particularly liked Corb Lund’s “Hayseed” look. A woman at the bar told me not to worry. “The ladies like it fine.” I guess everything is in the eye... More >>

  • Lonesome, Onry and Mean: Pat Green's Instant Karma

    published Aug 21, 2008

    [Ed. note: Turns out this story was exaggerated just a bit. Wishful thinking, maybe? See the comments for the clarification. We decided to leave this up because it's still hilarious.] I’ve wri... More >>

  • Aftermath: Heybale! at the Continental Club

    published Aug 18, 2008

    Photos by Matt Smith Per our recent blog pondering the slow death of honky tonk and the wisdom of pursuing that genre as a career path, after Heybale!’s masterful show at the Continental Club I th... More >>

  • Tonight: Lowell Thompson at Rudyard's

    published Aug 14, 2008

    jmwimages.com Burlington, Vermont, singer-slinger Lowell Thompson has that angst-ridden delivery that screams “this is alt-country.” A pointed No Depression/Jeff Tweedy-ness abounds on Thomps... More >>

  • String-Scraping Rock Stars Two Star Symphony

    published August 14, 2008

    When the Rice University Theater kicks off its 2008-09 season with the multimedia laser light show production Synesthesia, Two Star... More >>

  • Fever Tree Rising

    published August 14, 2008

    Forming near the tail end of Houston's prolific psychedelic era, Fever Tree brought a Doors/Jim Morrison brand of dramatic theatricality almost... More >>

  • Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears

    published August 14, 2008

    One look at this Austin-based blues band, who played Lollapalooza in Chicago a couple weeks back, and you know they're cool. Black Joe Lewis, a... More >>

  • Sam Phillips: Don't Do Anything

    published August 7, 2008

    The jewel-case graphics for Sam Phillips's Don't Do Anything dangle these teasers, all circled with red pen like a teacher ticking off... More >>

  • Sonny Landreth

    published August 7, 2008

    Look in the most rarified air in the world of electric guitar, and Sonny Landreth will be right there alongside better-known names like Mark... More >>

  • Tonight: Teresa Kolo at Waldo's

    published Aug 01, 2008

    Take one look at Teresa Kolo, and if the word “brains” doesn’t pop into your head, you need corrective lenses. Kolo is one of those people you’d say has “pluck,” like the girl in Tru... More >>

  • Jubal Lee Young

    published July 31, 2008

    Jubal Lee Young comes from exceptional musical bloodlines. Father Steve Young, the Buddhist outlaw, wrote several of Waylon Jennings's biggest... More >>

  • Tony Joe White

    published July 31, 2008

    Not just an electrifying performer, Tony Joe White is also one of the great rock and roll writers of the past 40 years, registering cuts with... More >>

  • Kirk Farris

    published July 17, 2008

    Activist, poet, artist, performer and former investigator for the Harris County Pollution Department, Kirk Farris is well-known to... More >>

  • Lonesome, Onry and Mean: The Death of Honky-Tonk? (Part 1)

    published Jul 15, 2008

    Although the sterile country-crap radio in our fair city may not know honky-tonk music from the Muzak in an elevator, suddenly there are a number of stellar honky-tonk records out. Arty Hill’s... More >>

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