If you had to find a CD by Tommy Castro, chances are you'd find one (or all) of them in the "Blues" section. But with his most recent release, The Devil You Know (Alligator Records), the 59-year-old California native who has been making records for 20 years consciously wanted to do something differe ... More >>
Lightnin' Hopkins marker photo by Matthew KeeverIt was a real pleasure for Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean to bring you this week's Houston Press cover story, "Old School," but it was also bittersweet. Not to put too fine a point on it, but none of these people are getting any younger - ... More >>
A bluesman since age ten, Bernard Allison has learned his lessons well.
Ed. Note: Here are Houston International Festival Director of Peforming Arts Rick Mitchell's choices for can't-miss acts for the festival's second weekend, spread over five categories. Rick should know; he books all the artists. Rocks Off will follow with a few more picks of our own a little later o ... More >>
The bluesman spends his b-day on stage
Blues music releases
Welcome to the inaugural installment of Catfish Reef, Houstoned Rocks's ongoing exploration of Houston's rich musical history. Once a week, we'll rifle through the crates in the Bayou City's collective trash can and dust off a record you really ought to hear and why you ought to hear it. We'll beg ... More >>
Guitar Shorty performs Saturday, January 13, at the Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999.
As a young man, Houston born Guitar Shorty was a sideman on shows with artists like BB King, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. But once he became a solo artist, opening spots became harder for him to land. Guitar Shorty spoke with the Houston Press about his new CD We the People. Houston Pre ... More >>
Release the Hound (Alligator)
Greyhound Blues (Dialtone)
Marcia Ball signs with Alligator and gets a new groove on
The '70s Soul Revue and The Lone Star Shootout and Gulf Coast Blues Blowout
Tary Owens helped rescue the early roots of Texas music. Then those songs saved Owens from himself.
At 20, Shemekia Copeland is more than old enough to sing the blues
The Kinsey Report and its familial blues-funk
A guide to who's who in the Press Music Awards ballot. Plus, the where and when of the Press Music Awards Showcase!
Johnny Copeland's music stretches from Houston to Africa and beyond