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  • Joe Ely, Bobby Womack Top Early 2011 Concert Picks

    published Dec 29, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean got a Facebook event invitation Monday that caused us to panic and pull our credit card out so we could be sure we had a ticket. And in doing so, we realized that 2011 is upon u... More >>

  • Five Great 2010 Albums Lonesome Onry And Mean Forgot

    published Dec 28, 2010

    Other than it just being a form of lazy journalism, one reason LOM hates making best-of lists is that there are always items that we forgot about, or considered but felt like they just barely didn't m... More >>

  • Terry Reid, Nearly Led Zeppelin's Singer, Resurfaces At Leon's

    published Dec 27, 2010

    Who Dat? When Jimmy Page began to put together his New Yardbirds, he scoured the British scene looking for the right vocalist. Eventually, Page offered the job in his new band -- now called Led Zepp... More >>

  • The Happen-Ins

    published December 23, 2010

    Formed in early 2009, unkempt, slightly androgynous Austin rockers the Happen-Ins rapidly gained cachet in their hometown. Born out of the... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry And Mean's Top 11 Obscure 2010 Albums

    Lonesome Onry And Mean's Top 11 Obscure 2010 Albums

    published Dec 21, 2010

    As per previous years, Lonesome Onry and Mean isn't going to bother with running down all this year's major-label releases. Ranking the relative merits of Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert ... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry And Mean's Top 11 Shows Of 2010

    published Dec 17, 2010

    Along with the season of shopping madness and suicidal depression comes the season for Best-ofs. Live show-wise, 2010 was very benevolent to Lonesome Onry and Mean. Some of our favorites from 2010: ... More >>

  • Jack Williams

    published December 16, 2010

    Never heard of Jack Williams? Maybe so, but the list of people he has accompanied, written with and produced in almost 50 years in the business is... More >>

  • Midnight Flyer

    published December 16, 2010

    To say Amber Digby grew up in country music is no stretch. Father Dennis played bass for major Nashville acts like Carl Smith and Loretta Lynn,... More >>

  • Willie Nelson's Tour Bus: An Inside Look

    published Dec 13, 2010

    As we reported to you Friday, Nashville writer, singer and bon vivant Marshall Chapman spent four days on Willie Nelson's tour bus two years ago as she gathered material for her book They Came To Nash... More >>

  • Marshall Chapman's Phases And Stages With Willie Nelson

    published Dec 10, 2010

    The final chapter of Marshall Chapman's new book, They Came to Nashville, is probably as close as most of us will ever get to riding on Willie Nelson's tour bus. Chapman, who has known Nelson since me... More >>

  • Slaid Cleaves

    published December 9, 2010

    Since 2000's Broke Down vaulted him to national prominence, Slaid Cleaves has released a handful of soulful albums. Good as they are,... More >>

  • Stanton Moore feat. Anders Osborne Trio

    published December 9, 2010

    Unless you are from New Orleans or are the kind of music nerd who reads drum magazines — who knew, right? — chances are Stanton Moore... More >>

  • German Shepherd

    published December 2, 2010

    Johnny Falstaff, who releases his new album Live in Köln Germany this Thursday at Blanco's, has been a fixture on the Houston... More >>

  • Willie Nelson's Pot Bust: A Milestone In Marijuana Policy?

    Willie Nelson's Pot Bust: A Milestone In Marijuana Policy?

    published Nov 30, 2010

    You gotta love a sumbitch like Willie Nelson who, unlike Bill "I-Never-Inhaled" Clinton, has always 'fessed up to using copious quantities of herb. Two days ago, in response to his pot bust last Frida... More >>

  • Lonesome Onry And Mean Plays "Spin The iPod" (Almost)

    published Nov 29, 2010

    Facebook, that great time-waster, is always a source of mindless brain candy. Just a few moments ago, Lonesome, Onry and Mean was tagged in a note titled "15 Random iPod Songs." The rules were fairly... More >>

  • News Flash: It's <em>Not</em> All About The Music

    News Flash: It's Not All About The Music

    published Nov 17, 2010

    Music writers are bombarded with deadwood clich├ęs, which usually arrive in gloriously overdone press releases as we go about our day-to-day rat-killing. But out in public or in the comments sections ... More >>

  • Blinded by the Light

    published November 18, 2010

    Preparing to record a debut album, Lucas Gorham and his band Grandfather Child seem to be on the cusp of catching fire. Anyone who saw the... More >>

  • Stuff You Should Know About: Maddox Brothers And Rose

    Stuff You Should Know About: Maddox Brothers And Rose

    published Nov 16, 2010

    "America's Most Colorful Hillbilly Band" Lonesome, Onry and Mean was watching a YouTube of Merle Haggard's "Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)" recently and, as he introduced the song, Merle commented that... More >>

  • Los Skarnales

    published November 11, 2010

    Like a good hand grenade, when the pin is pulled on a Los Skarnales gig, there's usually an explosion. Felipe Galvan, "El Tiburon" and the... More >>

  • Mickey Newbury: Houston's Forgotten Genius

    published Nov 09, 2010

    "Hank Williams' pain songs, Newbury's train songs/ And 'Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain' - Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings, "Luckenbach, Texas" Lonesome, Onry and Mean was sitting around having a few c... More >>

  • Last Night: Hacienda At Under The Volcano

    Last Night: Hacienda At Under The Volcano

    published Nov 05, 2010

    Hacienda Under the Volcano November 4, 2010 How long did it take Hacienda to warm up and find the rock groove Thursday night? About two drum beats. For a bunch of peaceful, soft-spoken, just-gratef... More >>

  • Gallant Knight Closing, Or Switching Hands, In Landlord Dispute

    Gallant Knight Closing, Or Switching Hands, In Landlord Dispute

    published Nov 04, 2010

    Citing a landlord dispute, management of the Gallant Knight announced this morning that the club will be closing Dec. 31. However, according to a report circulating on this afternoon, i... More >>

  • Hit Nashville Songwriter Takes Skynyrd-AC/DC Detour

    Hit Nashville Songwriter Takes Skynyrd-AC/DC Detour

    published Nov 04, 2010

    We were talking about bluegrassers Steeldrivers with a mainstream Nashville producer recently when he remarked that the band's former singer-songwriter, Chris Stapleton, is "the most talented guy in N... More >>

  • Steeldrivers Continue Bluegrass Supremacy On <em>Reckless</em>

    Steeldrivers Continue Bluegrass Supremacy On Reckless

    published Nov 02, 2010

    Expatriate Texas fiddler Tammy Rogers describes the formation of the Steeldrivers as a "dream come true." "I always wanted to be in a killer bluegrass band," says Rogers from her home in Nashville, ... More >>

  • Loud Is the Night

    published November 4, 2010

    It's an old saw: "I'd rather be lucky than good." But for exploding San Antonio rock band Hacienda, which makes its Houston debut Thursday night,... More >>

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