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Americana Music Association

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    September 19, 2014

    Robert Ellis Is In a New York State of Mind

    You can take the boy out of Houston, but...well, this is part of how Robert Ellis has found himself spending his time after moving to New York City a little more than a month ago. "There's actually a weird little honky-tonk scene in Brooklyn," says the singer-songwriter who relocated from Houston t ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Rolling Stone's Ridiculous Top 100 Country Songs: The Second Half

    Given the spread and the appeal-to-all-age-groups nature of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time," the possibility that the list was computer-generated seems more and more likely. Either that, or Rolling Stone is farming out its country blog to Best in Texas magazine? There are ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    The Five Best Shows In Houston This Week: Wolfmother, Band of Skulls, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, May 12 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 strutting their stuff for one ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Superchunk, Sting & Paul Simon, QOTSA, etc.

    Superchunk Fitzgerald's, February 7 Among the handful of '80s/'90s college-rock acts who have found equal if not greater success on the reunion circuit -- Pixies and Sebadoh come to mind, both due here later this month -- Chapel Hill's Superchunk melded the melodic roar of Husker Du with the quirks ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Less Than Jake, Alejandro Escovedo, Kanye, etc.

    Less Than Jake Scout Bar, December 6 Any band cool enough to admit an obsession with that chalk-like candy Pez has our devotion. Less Than Jake's "Pezcore" focus, along with their enduring ska-punk style, makes it worth the lame five-year hiatus between albums. We're stoked that they've finally put ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Robert Ellis' Return Leads Discovery Green Fall Concert Lineup

    It sure is hard not to make a Thin Lizzy joke right now, but you can watch this video if you want to. The returning Robert Ellis was among the acts announced Thursday morning for Discovery Green's fall concert series, which begins September 19 and switches title sponsors from UH-Downtown to ExxonMob ... 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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    December 27, 2012

    Robert Earl Keen: "I Do It How I Want to Now"

    If you only know Robert Earl Keen from "Merry Christmas From the Family," funny and true-to-life as it is, that's still a shame. The dark, pointed humor that has made that song (originally released on his 1994 LP Gringo Honeymoon) one of the most beloved holiday tunes of the past 20 years is veined ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    Last Night: Robert Ellis at the Mucky Duck

    Robert Ellis McGonigel's Mucky Duck July 5, 2012 Robert Ellis has a variety of tools. With his clear and nasal voice, he can communicate powerful emotions in just a few words. He is easily a session-caliber guitar player. But his simple language and sometimes skeletal song structures should not be ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Americana Music Association Nominates Robert Ellis As Emerging Artist Of The Year

    Houston's own globe-trekking Robert Ellis received an Emerging Artist of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Association Thursday afternoon. The ceremony was officiated by actor and musician John C. Reilly, and featured performances by Ellis and a few other big names like Lucinda Williams a ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Guy Clark To Play Galveston's Old Quarter In May

    Houston boys gone to Viet Nashville​ 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 been negotiating to get Clark to Galveston for some time, but ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Ten Albums That Should Be Grammy Nominated Over Linda Chorney's

    Photo by Jason WolterJason Isbell (left) and Amanda Shires (right) are both more deserving than Chorney.​The small world of Americana music is all a-twitter over New Jersey woman Linda Chorney's nomination for a Grammy in the Americana category. In case you haven't been following the story, Ch ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    November 3, 2011

    Survival Skills

    Jason Isbell sees a glimmer of hope in his true-to-life melancholy story-songs.

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    October 14, 2011

    The Gourds on Italian Sandwiches, Jaded Nashville and Life in a Van

    Photo courtesy Miller Outdoor Theater​The Gourds, Austin's loosest and most literate roots band, rolls into Dan Electro's Guitar Bar tonight. The occasion is the release of the band's latest album, Old Mad Joy. Produced by Bob Dylan/Levon Helm sideman Larry Campbell, the album has been getting ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Hayes Carll Leaving Lost Highway After Declining Option

    As if we haven't heard enough news about what trouble the major labels are having and the changing business model for labels and artists, Rocks Off learned over the weekend that Hayes Carll is leaving Universal Americana imprint Lost Highway. According to Carll's longtime manager, Mike Crowley, la ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Sheet Rocker

    Rod Picott's Welding Burns is bursting with hard-bitten blue-collar songs.

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    May 5, 2011

    Blessed

    Anderson Fair alumna Lucinda Williams returns to Houston.

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    February 7, 2011

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

    The Gourds on Facebook​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 that Helm's guitarist Larry Campbell will produce their tenth studio a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    The Worst Music Trends Of 2010

    ​Editor's Pick: Shit. I spent my whole year either avoiding or ignoring trends. No reason to change now. Marc Brubaker: Many a person instructed me to place Ke(Dollar Sign)ha in this spot, but she's become so ubiquitous that I can't help but laugh when I hear her now. No, fine sirs, this awa ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Music's Biggest Surprises Of 2010

    Faith Silva​Editor's Pick: The renewed, and continuing, interest of local indie-rockers and hipsters (and people who are a long way from neither) in traditional honky-tonk as played by Robert Ellis & the Boys and as documented by a certain Lonesome Onry and Mean and myself this summer. Encoura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Ex-Bob Dylan, Steve Earle Steel Player Joins Joe Pug At Mango's

    Photos by Jason WolterBucky Baxter (right) lent some instrumental fireworks to Joe Pug (center, with harmonica) Saturday night.​It was a hard decision, but Lonesome Onry and Mean tore ourselves away from the atomic rock party at the Continental Club's tenth anniversary celebration Saturday to ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Mavis Staples Will Take You There - Conroe - Friday Night

    ​Apparently there are still plenty of tickets for Mavis Staples in Conroe Friday night. Part of the Sounds of Texas Music Series at the Crighton Theater, the show also includes gospel-rocker Mike Farris. Staples, a recent Best Contemporary Blues Grammy nominee for her Live: Hope At The Hideout, is ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    The Night BYOB-Packing Jason & The Scorchers Fans Trashed The Fabulous Satellite Lounge, And 3 Other Great Shows

    [Part 1 of a three-part series.] ​ Houston International Festival Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell's recent remembrance of great shows he saw at Rockefeller's got LOM to thinking about great shows next door at the funky old Satellite Lounge. We spent way more nights in the Satellite, our ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    "We're Ashamed The President Is From Texas" And Other Acts Of Career Suicide

    Seven years ago this week, the Dixie Chicks had the No. 1 country single in the U.S. with Bruce Robison's lump-raising "Travelin' Soldier." Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the Bush Administration was putting the finishing touches on its Iraqi invasion strategy, which prompted Chicks lead singer Nat ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Previewing Saturday's Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival

    ​Lonesome Onry and Mean has to hand it to those people in Conroe: they know how to book a cool festival lineup. In fact, the list of performers for the Go Texan! Wine & Food stage at Saturday's Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival is downright scary from the standpoint of cutting-edge, less-than-high ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: My Son, the Guitar-Slinger

    William Michael SmithLance Smith (left) and Mike Stinson​ LOM grew up in the oil patch, made a good living in it, saw the world because of it. So it made sense to want our son, Lance, to grow up to be a petroleum engineer. Alas, it was not to be. Now he's a guitar player. Two years into the petrol ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009
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    May 4, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: "Killing the Blues" with Plant and Krauss

    Led Zeppelin shouter Robert Plant and country/pop vocalist Alison Krauss seem like a highly unlikely duo. When I heard they'd made an album together called Raising Sand, the pairing seemed so odd I didn't really even want to hear it. I thought their two voices would clash like Lucinda Williams and R ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Good Trouble for Hayes Carll in 2008

    We freely admit we are homers, as big a fans of Hayes Carll as Milo Hamilton is of the Astros, but the Press isn't the only media outlet in the country impressed by Carll's first Lost Highway album, Trouble in Mind. The album, which featured the Americana Music Association's song of the year, "She L ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Tonight: Hayes Carll at Warehouse Live

    Woodlands native turned Austin dweller Hayes Carll had an up-and-down year in 2008. His first Lost Highway release, Trouble In Mind, garnered worldwide attention. As he relaxed in the Ozarks with his in-laws before heading to Warehouse Live for tonight's gig with Band of Heathens and ... More >>

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    September 20, 2008

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Hayes Carll Wins Americana Song of the Year

    Woodlands native Hayes Carll took home honors for Song of the Year at the Americana Music Association Awards show in Nashville Thursday night. Carll wrote “She Left Me for Jesus” with former Austinite Brian Keane, who relocated to Nashville earlier this year. The song appears on Carll’s 2008 L ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008
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    January 17, 2008
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    February 2, 2006

    Mercy Eventually

    More than 20 years down the road, Mary Gauthier is finally an emerging artist

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    July 24, 2003

    Two Cow Garage

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