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  • The Mastersons Fly South To Familiar Territory

    published Mar 23, 2011

    Chris Masterson and wife Eleanor Whitmore may live in Brooklyn these days, but like many New Yorkers, they are avid snowbirds. So much so, their new album will be titled Bird Fly South. "We're like m... More >>

  • Arlo Guthrie

    published March 24, 2011

    After 45-plus years on the road, Arlo Guthrie remains one of the most enduring American troubadours, an evergreen act and virtual folk-music... More >>

  • Todd Snider

    published March 24, 2011

    Combining the essence of late comedian Bill Hicks, the back-alley X-ray vision of John Prine and the damaged-guru spirituality of Ray Wylie... More >>

  • RIP Pinetop Perkins: Blues Legend Dead At 97
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    RIP Pinetop Perkins: Blues Legend Dead At 97

    published Mar 21, 2011

    Ralph Mooney, former Waylon Jennings steel guitarist, also dies Legendary multi-Grammy-winning blues pianist Pinetop Perkins has died at his home in Austin, according to his Web site. Perkins, who w... More >>

  • SXSW With LOM: Gourds Kill, Grandfather Child Wins, Candy Golde Shines

    published Mar 19, 2011

    Day Two found Lonesome Onry and Mean at the Vanguard Records day party, where the label was intent on showcasing several of its newest acts. While Viva Voce may not be the best band name ever, the Pix... More >>

  • SXSW With LOM: French Rockers, Free Tequila And MXMW

    published Mar 18, 2011

    So we're checked in and we're on the way up to the room. Who's in the elevator with us? John Popper from Blues Traveler. In person, he looks like a cartoon character, something waxy and a bit spooky a... More >>

  • Weary Boy

    published March 17, 2011

    Alt-country phenom Ryan Bingham's career has been meteoric. From ground-zero singing at livestock impresario Jim Bob Altizer's rodeo events for... More >>

  • Candy Golde Set To Kick In Some Faces At SXSW Debut

    published Mar 10, 2011

    If there is a must-not-miss show for Lonesome Onry and Mean at Austin's annual springtime musical clusterfuck next week, it's Candy Golde at Club Deville, 11 p.m. Friday night. A scary-good Chicago l... More >>

  • 2011 South By Southwest Supplement

    published March 10, 2011

    Buxton may be the hottest band to germinate along the Houston Ship Channel — Deer Park and La Porte, specifically... More >>

  • Gourds, Bramhall Play Miller Outdoor Free Show July 22

    published Feb 28, 2011

    Austin roots band the Gourds just announced via their Facebook fan page that they will play Miller Outdoor Theatre July 22. The band last played at Miller July 9, 2009, opening for the Fabulous Thunde... More >>

  • Soul City: Unsung Blues Legend Joe Guitar Hughes
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    Soul City: Unsung Blues Legend Joe "Guitar" Hughes

    published Feb 28, 2011

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. This is our final installment. Great Houston blues guitarists makes a long and storied... More >>

  • Soul City: Talent Scouts Lola Anne Cullum And Lela Macy
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    Soul City: Talent Scouts Lola Anne Cullum And Lela Macy

    published Feb 24, 2011

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. At a local blue... More >>

  • Last Night: Fred Eaglesmith At McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    published Feb 23, 2011

    Fred Eaglesmith McGonigel's Mucky Duck February 22, 2011 Rocks Off Sr. wanted to know, and he wanted to know now. "What kinda crowd is this? Canadians?" "Yeah, some, for sure." Aftermath understand... More >>

  • Mojo Working

    published February 24, 2011

    The bullhorn-voiced San Diego shock-rocker Mojo Nixon is the Foghorn Leghorn of rock and roll, known for his over-the-top, frequently pornographic... More >>

  • Fred Eaglesmith Is Back, Existential As Ever
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    Fred Eaglesmith Is Back, Existential As Ever

    published Feb 21, 2011

    "My life is about not being accepted. That really is where it started and where it ended." - Fred Eaglesmith in the documentary There Ain't No Easy Road ​Always at the forefront of indie music op... More >>

  • Soul City: The Amazing Jazz Crusaders

    published Feb 15, 2011

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. "Hey, let's get... More >>

  • Soul City: Boogie-Woogie Godfather Amos Milburn
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    Soul City: Boogie-Woogie Godfather Amos Milburn

    published Feb 08, 2011

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. Born in Third ... More >>

  • Americana Pioneers Wagoneers Reuniting, Playing Houston

    published Feb 08, 2011

    Overnight, Lonesome Onry and Mean received word that the Wagoneers, one of Texas' earliest alt-country bands, are coming back from the dead. The hard-twanging roots band that was essentially a precurs... More >>

  • Gourds Land Dylan Vet, Levon Helm's Studio For Next LP

    published Feb 07, 2011

    With their homespun, loosey-goosey style, The Gourds have often been compared to The Band and to Levon Helm over the course of the Austin roots band's 16-year career. Late Friday, the Gourds announced... More >>

  • Wanted More Dead Than Alive

    published February 3, 2011

    "From Austin, Texas comes the true story of a man destined for obscurity" — Blaze Foley: The Duct Tape... More >>

  • Carolyn Farb On Producing New Kinky Musical

    published Feb 01, 2011

    The musical Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman, which will star former Houstonian Jesse Dayton as the Texas author, humorist, novelist, musician and two-time gubernatorial candidate... More >>

  • Jesse Dayton Lands Kinky Friedman Role In New Play

    published Jan 31, 2011

    Houston socialite Carolyn Farb co-producing dramatization of eccentric Texan's life Former Houstonian Jesse Dayton has been tapped to play the lead role of Kinky Friedman in Becoming Kinky: The World... More >>

  • Last Night: Vince Gill At Arena Theatre
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    Last Night: Vince Gill At Arena Theatre

    published Jan 28, 2011

    Vince Gill Arena Theatre January 27, 2011 Nashville superstar and Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill spent his Thursday hanging with former President George H.W. Bush, but that and four margarita... More >>

  • How Willie Nelson & Charley Pride Integrated East Texas
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    How Willie Nelson & Charley Pride Integrated East Texas

    published Jan 27, 2011

    Willie Nelson's Conroe buddy Larry Butler was not only a performer, he also ran a series of clubs in the area over the past 50 years, including Willie Nelson's Night Life on FM 1960 during Willie's IR... More >>

  • Charlie Louvin, Country Music Hall Of Famer, Dies At 83
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    Charlie Louvin, Country Music Hall Of Famer, Dies At 83

    published Jan 26, 2011

    Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Louvin, who with his brother Ira ranked with Ralph and Carter Stanley as one of the greatest duos in bluegrass history, passed away overnight. Louvin, 83, had... More >>

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