Tributes are pouring in for Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who passed away overnight Wednesday while on tour in Switzerland. The Beaumont native was found in his hotel room in Zurich, a spokesperson said. He was 70. The albino Winter, two years older than his rock-star brother Edgar (of "Frankenst ... More >>
The Jamail Skatepark ignites Houston's music culture.
Hearts are heavy in the Houston blues community tonight as word spreads that 85-year-old Texas Johnny Brown, one of the classiest acts on the scene and the author of Bobby Bland's epic "Two Steps From the Blues," has passed. Brown's son Shawn had been handling his father's care, and he tweeted news ... More >>
Reverend K.M. Williams says the blues aren't the devil's music.
Hubert Sumlin, former guitarist with Howlin' Wolf and member of the Blues Hall of Fame is dead at the age of 80. Sumlin was ranked at number 65 in Rolling Stone's greatest guitar players of all time and has been cited as an influence on a wide range of blues and rock guitarists. He was born ... More >>
Photo by Brittanie SheyLittle Joe WashingtonIn the movie Adventures in Babysitting, Houston native bluesman Albert Collins inadvertently assists the getaway of young Elizabeth Shue (meow) and her charges from a gang of thugs, but only after she sings. Collins blocks the attackers with the sam ... More >>
Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.
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 >>
A jukebox musical entrances audiences at the Ensemble.
Ralph Mooney, former Waylon Jennings steel guitarist, also dies Steve Azzato/pinetopperkins.comLegendary multi-Grammy-winning blues pianist Pinetop Perkins has died at his home in Austin, according to his Web site. Perkins, who was part of Muddy Waters' band for years, was 97. No cause of ... More >>
Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. Jody PerryTexas Johnny Brown, one of the few Houston musicians who remembers "Mrs. Cullum"At a local blues j ... More >>
Rocks Off hopes you enjoyed our musical nickname quiz earlier today. We have had a few nicknames ourselves over the years - our dad called us "Boog" after former Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell, and we were known for years around the Austin Chronicle offices as "Weezer," which we ... More >>
A bluesman since age ten, Bernard Allison has learned his lessons well.
No record deal, no recordings — no problem for the South Memphis String Band.
Raw and untamed in its sound, performed by larger-than-life characters who might have popped out of fiction, and shrouded in a (often self-mythologizing) mystery, it's no wonder that the Delta blues attract such interest and scholarship, and is lauded as the most "true" distillation of the genre. Co ... More >>
Even the most naïve and surface Led Zeppelin listener tell you at least that they were influenced "by the blues." But this insightful and surprisingly solid documentary goes way further in delving into the sound and the performers which were in the minds (and on the home stereos) of Mssrs. Page and ... More >>
Spinning Blues into Lies
Dont miss the chance to see a premiere blues guitarist in a small setting
Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event
Some cities are famous for their unique cultural contributions: Philly and cheesesteak. New Orleans and jazz. Arlington and…the blues. Yup, developers in Arlington want to turn some vacant land by the Rangers ballpark into a $300 million paean to Texas blues. The complex, which right now is just ... More >>
The bluesman spends his b-day on stage
Blues music releases
Nominee Marcia Ball Ten Texans snagged nominations for the Blues Foundation's Blues Music Awards. They are: Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Marcia Ball Instrumentalist-Horn Calvin Owens Instrumentalist-Other Sonny Rhodes - Steel Guitar Sou ... More >>
The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter
Remembering Chris Whitley, the universal bluesman
An elderly gang of seedy Mississippi bluesmen anchors Fat Possum Records and the label's documentary
Who is the more "authentic" bluesman -- Bobby Bland or T-Model Ford?
I'm a Bluesman (Virgin)
Saturday, February 7
Wednesday, February 4
The blues is back -- rawer and louder (and punker) than ever
Saturday, November 30
Head On! (Music Club)
Cedric Turner ventures into an abyss far deeper than ones traveled by most bluesmen
Searching for the First Rock Song
Calling All Blues: The Chief, Profile and USA Recordings (Fuel 2000 Records)
Tell Me Why (Gold Rhyme)
One of the great players
Omar Dykes keeps finding ways to push the blues out there
A concert for under-the-weather bluesmen
Harlem Slim: Delta Thug
Marcia Ball signs with Alligator and gets a new groove on
Harlem Slim is what happens when a talented white guy with sales experience jumps into the blues
Houston native Vince Converse takes homegrown blues sound to heart
Local Jimmy "T-99" Nelson sets the blues straight