Third Ward singer Jewel Brown once worked for both Louis Armstrong and Jack Ruby.
bobmargolin.comLondon, 1979 (l-r): Bob Margolin, Johnny Winter, Muddy WatersBeaumont-born bluesman Johnny Winter is having a very busy year for a man who is 67. Not only is he set to release his first album of newly recorded material in eight years, Winter is also featured on I'm Back! Family ... 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 >>
What a few musicians want under their trees this year
L-R: Jerry Lightfoot, Texas Johnny Brown, Joe "Guitar" Hughes, "Spare Time" Murray (obscured) and Pete Mayes James Nagel/www.jerrylightfoot.com Veteran Houston bluesman Pete Mayes, a guitarist and singer whose uptown jump-swing style a la Louis Jordan belied his rural Texas roots, has passed away ... More >>
A rundown of every act on this year's bill
Jumpin' at Apollo (Delmark)
Eugene Hawthorne ditches his bass and goes barefootin' with soul-jazz
Some 12-bar specialists serve only themselves. I.J. Gosey serves the greater good of the music.
Clandestine -- Dave Nevling and the Blues Kats -- Tommy Dardar and the Sheetrockers
Pete Mayes, Houston blues' premier nice guy, finally gets busy