"Jazz is a language," Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Bill Evans said to a small crowd gathered inside the University of Houston's Moores School of Music Opera House green room Tuesday evening. He and Noe Marmolejo, the band director, were prefacing a night of music performed by the UH Jazz En ... More >>
Rocks Off was saddened to hear this morning that bluegrass great Earl Scruggs passed away Wednesday in a Nashville hospital at age 88. It's safe to say that the North Carolina native, best known for his fruitful partnership with guitarist Lester Flatt, was the most famous banjo player in the world.
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For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>
Texas: You're soaking in it.Happy Texas Independence Day, everyone. Today The Only State That Matters officially enters its 175th year of pissing off the lesser 49 states and producing the best music anywhere on Earth. One of Texas' biggest honky-tonk heroes is of course Billy Joe Shaver, who ... More >>
What is classic rock in 2010? 15 years ago, it was was the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, anything Eric Clapton touched and every band your dad played in his car while he was making out with the girls he met before your mom.
That's how we know classic rock: Big riffs, big voices, in ... More >>
Venerable windbag Andy Rooney took a break last Sunday from complaining about Hispanic ballplayers and the number of non-functioning typewriters he owns to address the problem of unemployment:
Rooney understands your problem, because he's been out of work too...though apparently not since 19 ... More >>
It went without much notice, but jazz/western swing guitar great Jimmy Wyble passed away Jan. 16. Wyble, born Jan. 25, 1922 in Port Arthur, was a popular guitarist on Houston radio during the 1940s. He had a show with Cameron Hill, another noted local guitarist.
Wyble and Hill moved to Los Angeles, ... More >>
Life magazine has thrown open its photo archives. Already, 500,000 of what they say will be 10,000,000 images are on the Web. I did a quick search, and the shots are pretty fantastic, but apparently Life’s photographers weren’t all that drawn to Houston’s music.
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