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Academy of Country Music

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    April 2, 2014

    Merle Haggard at Stafford Centre, 4/1/2014

    Merle Haggard Stafford Centre April 1, 2014 Bet you 20 bucks that Keith Richards really digs Merle Haggard. He is one cool cat. The Hag doesn't say much onstage at first, and barely moves apart from gesturing to one band member or another when it's time for a solo. His low-key style has been both ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Debonair Lounge, Merle Haggard, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, March 31 Since approximately Labor Day 2013, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- this week's "Ladies Nigh ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Your Two-Steppin' Guide to the Rodeo Cookoff Bands

    As one of the biggest entertainment-based enterprises on the planet, not just in Texas, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is one of the few local events that people halfway across the country and around the world travel to see. As such, its concert calendar has become increasingly crowded with pop ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    R.I.P. Ray Price: Iconic Country Crooner Passes Away at 87

    Ray Price, one of the singular voices of country music for 60 years, has passed away, according to country-music elder Bill Mack, who posted "Ray Price left for heaven about 4:43 p.m. Central time" on Facebook about 25 minutes ago. Price was 87, and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year a ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Randy Rogers Band Springs Surprise Trouble Release Show at Firehouse Saloon Tonight

    The Randy Rogers Band has become a big enough name on the highly competitive Texas country/Red Dirt circuit that the quintet was chosen to open for George Strait and Martina McBride on Strait's Houston stop of his "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour at Reliant Stadium back in March. Reached by phone from " ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Just Be 'Cos': Eight Music Artists Perfectly Suited for Cosplay

    Cosplay, short for "costume play," is the art of normal, everyday people going balls-out to depict themselves as their favorite fictional characters from comics, movies, video games and television. It's hugely popular, thanks to ComicCon and our obsession with all things pop-culture. Cosplayers gat ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Eli Young Band: "We Like to Stay Busy"

    Now more than a decade old, the Eli Young Band is the rare Texas country act whose lyrics are not dominated by their home state and its musical heroes. Their music is largely fiddle-free, rather cut from the same cloth as pop-rockers like Tom Petty, Matchbox 20 and the Wallflowers, and if someone in ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week

    Punch Brothers Fitzgerald's, January 29 It's easy to call Punch Brothers a thinking-man's bluegrass band, but even that doesn't describe the kind of ambition and virtuosity we're dealing with here. After flirting with the mainstream on a few pop-tinged albums, Nickel Creek banjo prodigy Chris Thiel ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Laura Bryant: Waco Nurse Lives Vegas High Life At ACM Awards

    You win a contest, all expenses paid, to a major country-music awards show in Las Vegas. What happens next? Rocks Off will admit we had never even pondered that question until someone from Reliant Energy offered us a chance to interview the winner of Reliant's "Dream Trip of a Lifetime." The packag ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Dick Clark, Rock & Roll Benefactor, Dead At 82

    Television producer, idol maker, and eternal teenager Dick Clark has died today at the age of 82 from a massive heart attack, TMZ is reporting. Clark's show American Bandstand helped foster rock and roll's development through its early years, and later he branched out into other television franchis ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw Playing Reliant Stadium August 4

    Rocks Off is used to seeing these kinds of announcements only around the Rodeo or at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. But two of country music's top alpha males, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, will bring their "Brothers of the Sun" tour to Reliant Stadium Saturday, August 4, promoter AEG announced today ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    15 Things Rocks Off Learned Watching The ACM Awards

    Sunday nights, I usually like to watch The Amazing Race after 60 Minutes. I don't usually watch much reality television at all, but something about the combination of total incompetence, vicious backstabbing and exotic locales as several, two-person teams race around the globe is completely intoxica ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    RodeoHouston Wants To Send You To Vegas

    The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is well on its way to drawing a couple of million more (mostly) country-music fans to Reliant Stadium again this year. Now the rodeo and Reliant Energy want to send one lucky fan to the Academy of County Music Awards in Vegas April 1. No foolin'. All the couple hu ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Last Night: Eli Young Band At Reliant Stadium

    Eli Young Band RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 5, 2012 Texas country fans ain't your average, run-of-the-mill country fans. We're not referring to country lovers who live in Texas, either. When we speak of Texas country, we're talking about the strain of country music that's reared on the small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    So Kenny Chesney Is Playing Discovery Green After All

    Kenny Chesney models what will now be known as "The CultureMap Smirk."​Looks like CultureMap - and their "anonymous" sources - had it right. Way to go, guys. After the Houston digital daily broke the story (to Rocks Off's extreme skepticism), The NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS announced later Th ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Kenny Chesney Joining Final Four Concert Series... Maybe

    Bryan WilliamsKenny Chesney at RodeoHouston, March 2010​CultureMap thinks it has a "scoop" for you. According to Houston's glossiest lifestyle Web site, barefoot beach-lover Kenny Chesney "appears to be" coming to join Kings of Leon at the NCAA's "Big Dance" concert series the weekend of April ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009
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    December 3, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Rockabilly Country Soul of Big Al Downing

    Maybe the most successful African-American country artist of the post-Charley Pride period was Big Al Downing. Talk about a guy who could blur the line between country and soul. An affable Oklahoman, Downing had a huge baritone voice that could melt hearts. Downing's career began in rockabilly. Aft ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Between Darius Rucker and Charley Pride, There Was Otis Williams

    Darius Rucker's award as the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year recently made him the first black artist to take a significant country award since Charley Pride ruled Nashville in the early '80s. Rucker's "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" marked the first time a black artist had e ... More >>

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    June 17, 1999

    Living Doll

    Mary Chapin Carpenter's new tour will rekindle old flames

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    March 4, 1999

    It Takes One

    Lonestar returns to the Lone Star State in a blaze of glory

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    June 18, 1998

    "Think" Not

    A Texas housewife/songwriter claims country hunk Collin Raye stole her song

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