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Bluegrass

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Michael Martin Murphey: Cowboys & Bluegrass

    When last we left Texas singer-songwriter and rancher Michael Martin Murphey, he was explaining how he went against the country-music grain of the late '80s by recording the improbably successful album of traditional trail songs and ballads, Cowboy Songs. Here he tells us how he continued exploring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    RIP Earl Scruggs: 4 Other Icons For Odd Musical Instruments

    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. ... More >>

  • Music

    January 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Del McCoury Band Decends on Conroe

    ​Conroe's Sounds of Texas Music Series has pulled a major coup that should have local bluegrass fans' hearts palpitating with their booking of the Del McCoury Band for February 4, 2012. McCoury and his band, which includes his sons Rob and Ronnie, both of whom are monster instrumentalists and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    HPMA Preview: Seven Nominated Bands Perfect For Ear Fatigue

    Photo by Liana LopezNick Gaitan and Umbrella Man​Oh, yes, it is that time again, time for the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase You can almost smell it...well, hopefully not. This week we will be profiling the bands who will be performing at this Saturday's HPMA showcase at venues all over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Tracy Nelson, Victim Of The Blues, Embraces Muddy & Lightnin'

    Robert Hakins​Long acclaimed as one of the truly great singers of the modern era, at 66 Tracy Nelson still has the fire for performing great songs. Her latest project, Victim of the Blues, is a loving caress to her original passion: Old-school blues, particularly the Chicago variety. Nelson's ... More >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011

    Delivery Man

    Danny Barnes's Pizza Box unclassifiable but cohesive.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Steeldrivers Continue Bluegrass Supremacy On Reckless

    Steeldrivers on Facebook​Expatriate Texas fiddler Tammy Rogers describes the formation of the Steeldrivers as a "dream come true." "I always wanted to be in a killer bluegrass band," says Rogers from her home in Nashville, where the band recently recorded their sophomore release Reckless. "S ... More >>

  • Music

    April 22, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Sickest, Most Twisted Musical Genre Isn't Gangsta Rap - It's Bluegrass

    Not really sure whether it's our alcohol mixture, some pharmacological imbalance our sex life or just male menopausal phenomena, but lately Lonesome, Onry and Mean has been on an evil bluegrass jag. Nothing like playing our Stanley Brothers 45-rpm of "If I Lose" - "If I lose, let me lose/ I don't c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Get Lit: Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times by Dr. Ralph Stanley With Eddie Dean

    ​While growing up in rural Virginia in the shadow of his beloved Clinch Mountains, a young Ralph Stanley was given his choice of presents to celebrate his 11th birthday: a pig or a banjo. Thankfully for the history of American country and bluegrass music, he chose the latter, even learning to play ... More >>

  • Music

    March 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Rotation: Steve Martin's The Crow

    Steve Martin The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo (40 Productions) www.stevemartin.com The scenario sounds laughable: comedian Steve Martin, a banjo and 15 original bluegrass songs. Is he kidding? Actually, no. Most of The Crow plays with as straight a face as Joaquin Phoenix ha ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 6, 2007

    9th Annual Village Bluegrass Festival

    The Chapmans share the bill with Triple “L” Band and Harris County Line

  • Music

    November 23, 2006

    Jim Lauderdale

    Jim Lauderdale performs Tuesday, November 28, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

  • Music

    February 24, 2005
  • Music

    November 25, 2004

    Boxing the Rock

    Six of the year's best multi-disc sets (and one of the worst)

  • Music

    February 26, 2004

    Stone Country

    Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys spark up some primo Western swing and trad C&W

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Toni Price

    Born to Be Blue (Antone's Records)

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Banjos and Body Piercings

    William Elliott Whitmore brings old-school bluegrass to the punk underworld

  • Music

    August 21, 2003

    Ratt Steaks

    Austin's Meat Purveyors beef up their songbook with unlikely grade-A covers

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Rock You like a Hurricane

    The Press Music Awards Showcase brings a category-five storm of tunes

  • Music

    May 29, 2003
  • Calendar

    April 3, 2003

    Good Folk

    Caroline Herring shows her South side

  • Music

    January 2, 2003

    The Whole Package

    Medicine Show is packed with talent, youth, and charm

  • Music

    October 31, 2002

    Mount Bonnell Breakdown

    The South Austin Jug Band's swingy bluegrass is mullet-free music

  • Music

    August 8, 2002

    Banjos on the Bayou

    Ralph Stanley and company come down from the mountain

  • Music

    April 4, 2002

    Traffic Jam

    The folks at Tapir Productions are trying to keep jam bands from skipping over Houston

  • Music

    June 28, 2001

    Playbill

    Jim Lauderdale

  • Music

    May 17, 2001

    Reptomania

    The Austin Lounge Lizards steal hearts and minds by feasting on sacred cows

  • Music

    February 22, 2001

    The Tony Furtado Band

    It's not just a jam band

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    Diane Craig

    Fortunes Told (Check to Check)

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Banjo Teacher

    Anton Ullrich

  • Music

    October 14, 1999

    Playbill

    Coming This Week

  • Music

    October 7, 1999

    Playbill

    Coming This Week

  • Music

    June 17, 1999
  • Music

    April 1, 1999
  • Music

    April 1, 1999

    The Dukes of Earle

    Steve Earle has beaten the country-music establishment by staying true to his muse

  • Music

    March 5, 1998
  • Music

    June 26, 1997
  • Music

    January 2, 1997

    Gracious Angel

    A box set doesn't mean Emmylou Harris's career is done; it may mean it's just beginning

  • Music

    September 12, 1996

    Simply Direct

    Gillian Welch heeds roots music's high, lonesome call

  • Dining

    August 22, 1996

    Deep-fried Country

    At Hickory Hollow, what fills your ears is as fine as what fills your mouth

  • Music

    April 11, 1996
  • Music

    September 14, 1995

    Critic's Choice

    All Bottled Up

  • Music

    August 17, 1995

    The Celtic Connection

    After 18 years, Houston's Irish Session is as much about family as music

  • Music

    May 4, 1995

    The Country of Rock and Roll

    From the ashes of Uncle Tupelo springs Wilco, genreless and great

  • Music

    December 15, 1994
  • Music

    October 13, 1994
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