The passing of Texas Johnny Brown last year hit me and a bunch of people pretty hard, so the September 12 death of Crusaders pianist Joe Sample was another slap in the face that many of Houston's musical heroes are closer to the end than the beginning. The latest bad news is that bluesmen I.J. Gosey ... More >>
There's an old saying in the music industry that you have your whole life to make your first album but six months to a year for your second. This is almost the reverse. Last year, when we started the Houston Music Hall of Fame to salute the 25th anniversary of the Houston Press Music Awards, the who ... More >>
There's a jazz renaissance in the Third Ward.
Third Ward singer Jewel Brown once worked for both Louis Armstrong and Jack Ruby.
Critics say KTSU has lost its listeners, not to mention its soul, by ditching its cutting-edge music and many of its veteran DJs.
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 >>
David Bush/ houstondeco.comThe Eldorado Ballroom in 2006Rocks Off was pleased as punch to report last week that, thanks to the efforts of the Texas Blues Project's R. Eric Davis and Project Row Houses, which has owned the historic Third Ward venue since 1999, the Eldorado Ballroom will receiv ... More >>
UPDATED at 4:49 p.m. with more information. Barrie Lee Hall Jr., whom Duke Ellington plucked out of Texas Southern University to join his orchestra and later became its leader, passed away Monday at age 61. The cause was complications from diabetes, Hall's wife Lula told Billie Duncan of th ... More >>
[Ed. Note: To help spread the word about next Friday's benefit for the Houston International Festival's education programs at Rockefeller Hall, featuring Texas Johnny Brown and Marcia Ball, Rocks Off asked iFest director of performing arts and former Houston Chronicle music critic Rick Mitchell to r ... More >>
The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>
[Note: Part 1 of The Nickel is here, and Part 2 is here.] Almost as forgotten as Hersal Thomas, Goree Carter was a Fifth Ward guitarist who was credited by late New York Times pop critic Robert Palmer with being the creator of the very first rock and roll record. This was his obscure 1949 singl ... More >>
Documentary follows the transformation of historical Houston neighborhood
Ideas toward a Houston-style musical Day of the Dead
A plea for monuments and musical preservation
The Trinity Jazz Festival
Ten of the year's most timeless records
Think you know local music? Take the Bayou City Music Mindbender and find out.
Roy Ames, child pornographer and record producer, dies at 66
Major to Minor (Self-released)
The proposed Museum of American Music History could be the solution to our "image problem"
Pam Kelly hopes to get a Buzz going about local music
How is a falling-apart Fifth Ward joint turning out the best burgers in town? Adrian's has history.
The Complete Blue Note Sessions (Blue Note)
The source of Billy Harper's aggressive tenor style lies in a power greater than himself
Architects design one-of-a-kind houses for the Fifth Ward, trying to prove that even lower-end houses don't have to be a cookie-cutter box
Shelly Berg learned jazz the hard way: He listened to the greats
Former jazz guitar prodigy Scott Hardy finds he's also in tune with the acoustic bass
Former drummer Ben "Scatman" Turner dies, and the heart of the jazz community skips a beat
Project Row Houses will revive Houston's first home of black music
Local Music Reviewed
Malcolm Pinson fights for bebop values
Grady Gaines helped Little Richard create rock and roll. And he's not finished yet
It has history, it has heritage. But does Wheatley High School have a real future?
Roy Ames and his Home Cooking records have spread the sound of Houston blues around the world. Some local musicians are wondering why he hasn't spread more of the wealth as well.