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  • Guy Clark To Play Galveston's Old Quarter In May

    published Feb 22, 2012

    Guy Clark, the quintessential Texas singer-songwriter, has just announced a one-off gig at Galveston's historic Old Quarter Acoustic Café for May 15. According to club owner Wrecks Bell, he had bee... More >>

  • Big Night

    published February 23, 2012

    As we laid out in the Houston Press cover story last year ["Old School," August 31, 2011], there's plenty of muscle and swagger in the... More >>

  • Oklahoma Dust Storm

    published February 16, 2012

    Dusty, isolated and bleak, Elk City in far western Oklahoma seems an unlikely burg to birth one of America's greatest songwriting and composing... More >>

  • Introducing...The Beatles: Celebrating Their First Ed Sullivan Performance

    published Feb 09, 2012

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean didn't get in much trouble in school. So his parents were a little disturbed to find the eighth grader in the principal's office on the afternoon of February 10, 1964. He and h... More >>

  • Happy Birthday Joe Ely: The Lubbock Flash Turns 65

    published Feb 09, 2012

    I was living in Holland in 1977 when my younger brother, who had attended Wayland Baptist University on a track scholarship until booze and girls were discovered in his dorm room, came for a visit. Wh... More >>

  • Kinky Songs Get the Dayton Treatment

    published Feb 08, 2012

    In our recent interview with Kinky Friedman, performing tonight at Dosey Doe in the Woodlands, we mulled over Jesse Dayton's on-going project of an album of Friedman's songs. Friedman was very enthusi... More >>

  • Machine Head

    published February 9, 2012

    Any list of great thrash-metal bands — Slayer, Metallica, Hatebreed and a few others — has to include Oakland's Machine Head.... More >>

  • Natalie Cole

    published February 9, 2012

    Few children of superstars ever seem to get out from under the cloud of their famous parents, but jazz legend Nat King Cole's daughter Natalie has... More >>

  • Southern Discomfort: Kinky On the Road

    published Feb 07, 2012

    The one-liners come out of Kinky Friedman's mouth so fast you need a protective shield. "The only thing Rick Perry managed to do with his Presidential campaign was to make George W. look like Thoma... More >>

  • Legendary Composer Miles Davis Honored with Stamp

    published Feb 01, 2012

    Jazz giant Miles Davis, along with immortal French chanteuse Edith Piaf, was honored last week with a commemorative stamp by the U.S. Postal Service. Davis's image is the well-known 1970 black-and-wh... More >>

  • Los Lobos

    published February 2, 2012

    Is any band in America more revered or respected than East Los Angeles roots vatos Los Lobos? An American musical treasure, the core band... More >>

  • Elizabeth Cook

    published February 2, 2012

    With her charming Deep South voice and aw-shucks manner, Nashville chanteuse and disc jockey Elizabeth Cook comes off as a pixie-ish, barefoot,... More >>

  • The Comeback Cowboy

    published February 2, 2012

    Perhaps no musician screams "Houston" more than original urban cowboy Mickey Gilley, who will forever be identified with the Pasadena club named... More >>

  • Some Questions About the Texas Music Awards 2012 Ballot

    published Jan 31, 2012

    If you think we were flabbergasted by songwriter Bob Cheevers touting his election as 2011 Songwriter of the Year in the Texas Music Awards sponsored by and "sanctioned" (a hedge word... More >>

  • What Every Musician Needs: Better Shut Up Lines

    published Jan 31, 2012

    We all hate the trope "Houston, we have a problem," but we do have a problem in Houston with talkative, inattentive crowds at live shows. Scanning back over reviews from the past two years, at least... More >>

  • Ragin' Cajun Jo-El Sonnier Plays Nutty Jerry's Saturday

    published Jan 27, 2012

    Nutty Jerry's in Winnie has been doing a great job bringing in legacy acts like Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Guess Who, Mickey Gilley, Ronnie Dunn, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. But the club really got... More >>

  • No More "Wild Thing" For the Troggs

    published Jan 26, 2012

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean was sad to learn via Chuck Prophet's Facebook page this morning that Reg Presley, lead singer of Sixties proto-punkers the Troggs, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The Tr... More >>

  • UPDATE: Linda Chorney, Listen Up

    published Jan 25, 2012

    UPDATE -- a note from the author: We spoke to Mr. Ames again this afternoon. He informed us that he thought the conversation would not be used in our article and that it was only for background inform... More >>

  • Delicate Cutters: NOT Like Civil Wars

    published Jan 24, 2012

    We received the new Delicate Cutters 2011 album Some Creatures on the same day that we received the new Dead Fingers album from one of our favorite labels, Big Legal Mess, the offshoot successor to Fa... More >>

  • Drew Kennedy, Walt Wilkins, Jason Eady, Josh Grider, Susan Gibson, The Trishas

    published January 26, 2012

    Venerable southwest Houston tonk Firehouse Saloon hosts six "Texas music" acts for an acoustic showcase similar to KIKK-FM's Ten Man Jam series.... More >>

  • Hans Frank: Not Safe For Work

    published Jan 24, 2012

    After several weeks of semi-classical, jazz, and folk music, Leon's Lounge takes a major swerve tonight with spiky haired Hans Frank. The front man of cow-thrash punkers Glambilly, Frank looks like he... More >>

  • Etta James: A Closer Look Into One Of The Greatest Voices Ever Heard

    Etta James: A Closer Look Into One Of The Greatest Voices Ever Heard

    published Jan 20, 2012

    Etta James, almost universally praised as one of the finest voices of our era, has passed away at 73. Ironically, Ms. James had been discovered and recorded by rhythm and blues pioneer Johnny Otis, wh... More >>

  • RIP Johnny Otis, the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues

    published Jan 20, 2012

    Johnny Otis, one of the creators of rock and roll but primarily remembered as the godfather of rhythm and blues, has passed away at 90. Otis died at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena. A ... More >>

  • Duct Tape Messiah Redux

    published Jan 19, 2012

    Part of a storied singer-songwriter scene, former Houstonians Gurf Morlix and Blaze Foley were living in Montrose during the Urban Cowboy craze but were not impressed. In fact, according to Morlix, th... More >>

  • Chris Knight

    published January 19, 2012

    Broken beer bottle in one hand, skinning knife in the other, with a couple of warrants in his shirt pocket, Kentuckian Chris Knight comes from the... More >>

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