The Five Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Ronnie Milsap, Mineral
Ronnie Milsap with Risa Alexander Dosey Doe
2014 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Milsap has sung so many hits, he could not only fill this weekend's stand at Dosey Doe with No. 1 country singles alone, with no repeats from one night to the next, but add a third night devoted to songs that merely(!) made the Top 10. The 70-year-old North Carolina native has won enough Grammys and CMAs to fill the top of a Steinway, and sent many of those smooth-sailing songs into Billboard's Adult Contemporary and Hot 100 charts as well. Milsap earned strong reviews for this year's Summer No. 17, a collection of pop and R&B covers spanning the '50s through the '70s and concluding with his 1985 classic "Lost In the Fifties Tonight."
There's a good chance that any of the bands you may have heard that are part of the new emo revival are influenced by Mineral directly or by any number of bands that were influenced by Mineral. Sure, they never reached the heights of other Middle American emo acts like The Get Up Kids, but give "Gloria" a refresher and listen and think about how many bands are trying really hard to get that hard/soft thing worked out. Mineral finally return to the city that birthed them - yeah, yeah, they didn't become popular until after moving to Austin, but origins are origins - having reunited earlier this year, just in time for their 20th anniversary. If you've missed their many festival appearances over the past few months, get ready to get in touch with your late-'90s feels.
No Refund Band The Big Easy
Like their name implies, No Refund Band are professionals. On No Refund Band's second LP Current State of Blue, Ricky Jackson's H-Town unit stirs up a full-bodies sound that holds up against high-powered national acts like Roomful of Blues with about half the manpower - although the album is augmented by a few guest musicians, at the core there's only five of 'em. Furthermore, the band members wrote every song here except three, mastering a broad swatch of styles from early Fleetwood Mac (the Latin-tinged "Love Unmade") to the Meters-like swamp-funk of "Bought & Sold." Well-chosen covers of Derek & the Dominos' "Bell Bottom Blues," Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" and Northern Irish guitarist Gary Moore's anguished 1990 hit "Still Got the Blues" only add to the fun.
TWO MORE SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
Joe Ely: One of Texas' most enduring voices. (Mucky Duck, January 9)
Steve Tyrell: Legendary producer/singer/jazz musician returns home (Galveston, close enough) in support of an upcoming album of R&B standards. (The Grand 1984 Opera House, January 11)
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