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Bob Wills

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    June 25, 2014

    Rolling Stone's Ridiculous Top 100 Country Songs: The Second Half

    Given the spread and the appeal-to-all-age-groups nature of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time," the possibility that the list was computer-generated seems more and more likely. Either that, or Rolling Stone is farming out its country blog to Best in Texas magazine? There are ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Acts to See at iFest's Second Weekend

    Asleep at the Wheel Ray Benson's Wheel has been rolling for more than 40 years now, quietly becoming quite a finishing school for many of the state's top country and swing musicians. Meanwhile, their impossibly tall front man has developed into the leading ambassador of Lone Star culture around the ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Five More Musical Texas Politicians

    In this week's Houston Press cover story, you can read about Kinky Friedman's completely serious campaign to become Texas' next Agriculture Commissioner in the November 2014, a position he hopes will allow him to be the state's leading advocate for marijuana legalization. This is not the first time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    The First Alt-Country Record? Flatlanders Rediscover The Odessa Tapes

    A lot of stellar music came out of that flat land known as West Texas. Bob Wills, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Terry Allen, Guy Clark, and the Sparkles are just a few artists who found something in the wind, the dust, the heat, the cactus, the mesquite, the sandstorms, the blizzards, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Guess the Country Star by Only His Cowboy Hat

    You'll ride a black tornado cross't the western skies Rope an ole blue norther, milk it till it's dry Bull dawg the Mississippi, pin it's ears down flat Long before you take this cowboy's hat. -- Chris Ledoux, "This Cowboy's Hat" A popular saying in Texas goes that a man who talks a good game but ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    A Feisty Texas Radio Road Trip with the Mike Stinson Band

    Lonesome Onry and Mean hasn't been out on the road with his son, Mike Stinson Band guitarist Lance Smith, in quite a while. But due to a propitious routing that took us to my father's place in Gatesville for a couple of days, LOM hit the highway with the band last weekend. It is worth noting that L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Edition Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 4

    Our fourth installment of Houston-area country-music pioneers honored with inclusion in the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music details the last of an amazing group of local musicians from the '30s, '40s, and '50s who left their brand on the people's music. While the Appalachian and ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Editon Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 3

    The further one digs into the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music, the deeper one's appreciation of the contributions of Houston's country-music pioneers becomes. Yeah, just check out the black circles under the eyes and drunk-ass grins on Leon Payne's band above. That photo alone sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Ray Benson: "Before Keith Richards, There Was Bob Wills"

    ​Although he grew up outside Philadelphia, Ray Benson is the quintessential Texas musician. Somewhere in his rambling South Austin studio/office compound is a proclamation declaring him the 2004 official state musician, not to mention the umpteen Grammys he's won as front man and bandleader of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Zoo Station: A Noah's Ark Of 75 Animal Songs

    And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Top Five Clint Eastwood Soundtracks

    pasoroblesfilmfestival.comDr. John, Clint Eastwood and producer/director Bruce Ricker in a publicity photo for "Piano Blues," Eastwood's installment of PBS' 2003 series The Blues.​Today the one and only Clint Eastwood turns 81 years old, and he can still kick your ass. According to the Interne ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    The Five Most Texan Types Of Music

    ​Happy San Jacinto Day, fellow Texans and people who wish they were; i.e. everyone else. If you don't know why today is special, shame on you. But since us Texans are a friendly sort, allow Rocks Off to fill you in. On April 21, 1836, Texian forces under Gen. Sam Houston (aka "Big Drunk") lau ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Day Of The Dead: Music In Memoriam 2009-10

    itscactus.com​Rocks Off doesn't mean to be morbid, but today is the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday and festival honoring those who have gone before. So instead of waiting until the end of the year, the more traditional time for such things, we wanted to compile a list of the notable name ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Aftermath: The Swingfield Playboys' Goofy "Martini And Western" And A Lap-Steel Legend At The Mucky Duck

    Photos by Brittanie Shey​ Ron Crick, rhythm guitarist for the Swingfield Playboys, calls the band martini country -- "Martini and Western music for the refined redneck." The septet, who performed Sunday night as part of their semi-regular gig at Mucky Duck, incorporates influences from Bob Wills t ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    They Were Kinky Before Kinky Was Kinky: Musicians Who Have Held Public Office

    From Ted Nugent to Bruce Springsteen to those adorable Dixie Chicks, "Masters of War" to "George Bush doesn't care about black people," musicians have never been shy about voicing their political opinions. But when it comes to putting their money where their mouths are and filing the necessary pape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: R.I.P. Western Swing Guitar God Jimmy Wyble

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    January 14, 2010

    Mark Morris Dance Group

    This dancer led performing arts group has made a real impact on Houston

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    November 5, 2009

    Wednesdays are Honky-Tonk Heaven In Houston, and Thursdays are Hillbilly Hell

    Photos by Chris GrayRobert Ellis & the Boys, under the blue neon​ It's no secret Rocks Off is a big fan of the country music, which is why we're starting to get a little excited about the inner-loop honky-tonk scene that's taking root. Over the weekend, we caught Sean Reefer & the Resin Va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    ACL Fest Preview: School of Seven Bells and Prescott Curlywolf

    Amanda MertenSchool of Seven Bells​For the next three weeks, Rocks Off will be bringing you two or three short previews a day of artists playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park October 2-4. That's right, ACL is 17 days away - where is this year going? (Same place as all the ot ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009
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    August 7, 2009

    George Strait Week, Part 5: Texas George

    Like the man himself said, easy come, easy go. Happy as we are that it's Friday, and almost quitting time to boot, Rocks Off a little sad too, because that means George Strait Week is almost over. But not quite. We're putting it to bed the only way we know how - with the King's five best Texas song ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Hoyle Nix and Big Spring's Stampede Club

    Photo courtesy of Jody NixHoyle Nix (left) and Bob Wills, mid-1950sThere's an old saying in West Texas about Midland and Odessa, two oil towns only 20 miles apart in the middle of nowhere: raise your kids in Midland, raise hell in Odessa. True enough, Midland has all the soul of a loaf of Rainbow br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Jody Nix Does Western Swing Right

    As we reported some weeks ago in this column, if you're down with hardcore Western Swing twin fiddle dance music of the Bob Wills variety, you should be in heaven Saturday when Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys make a rare Houston appearance on the iFest Texas Stage. Nix is old-school, so old school h ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    February 26, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Western Swing Royalty at iFest

    Looking ahead to the Houston International Festival - never mind the SXSW bollocks - I was pleasantly surprised to see that Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys will be playing on the Texas Stage at 6 p.m. on April 18. Not long ago in these cyberpages, we examined the gloom and doom that surrounds the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Album(s) of the Week: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, The Tiffany Transcriptions

    [Yes, that's right, it is Western Swing day on Rocks Off today...] Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys The Tiffany Transcriptions www.collectorschoicemusic.com Western Swing is an enigma for people outside Texas and the Southwest, who - if they spare a thought for it at all - tend to write it of ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009
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    May 29, 2008

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Justin Townes Earle, Dustin Welch and Jubal Lee Young Crawl Out of the Shadows

    In spite of the old Surgeon General-like warning among industry insiders about musical fathers and sons (“like father, like hell”), several sons of important Americana figures seem to be rapidly coming well into their own. Longtime left-of-center Nashville writer Mark Germino, whose songwriting ... More >>

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    December 27, 2007
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    October 10, 2007

    Pop Numerology: How High Can You Go?

    Futzing around with my iTunes, I discovered I have a song with every number in it up through the number 25. I stall out at 26. Anybody know one with that number in it? Here’s my list: “Splash 1,” Thirteenth Floor Elevators “Two Girls,” Townes Van Zandt “Three Sixteens,” U.G.K. “Fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Charles Brown to Sippie Wallace

    The Houston 100 continues. Follow the links for numbers 81-90 and 91-100. 80. “Please Come Home for Christmas,” Charles Brown, 1960. A minor hit for Texas City’s Brown, the song has endured for decades to become the second of his Yuletide staples. Think you’re miserable at Christmas? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2007

    Playbill: Jake Hooker

    How many cowboys do you ever see in sunglasses? Jake Hooker has a classic honky tonk jones as big as Fort Worth. Across a four album span, it's hard to tell Hooker's own songs from covers of Ray Price and Johnny Bush. Dressed in retro tonk style, this fiddle-and-steel ensem ble flawlessly nails b ... More >>

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Goodbye Joe, Me Gotta Go

    There are 25,000 Cajuns in Houston. Almost none of them play Cajun music. Why not?

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Close to the Vest

    Some HPD officers aren't so hot about safety

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Grupo Fantasma

    Wednesday, April 7

  • 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 30, 2003

    Jorma Kaukonen and Blue Country

    Wednesday, February 5

  • Music

    August 23, 2001

    Truth Be Told

    Lee Roy Parnell finds his roots everywhere but Nashville

  • Music

    August 9, 2001

    Playbill

    Willie Nelson's Family Picnic

  • Music

    December 21, 2000

    Achy Breaky Voice

    Despite a vocal cord disorder, Johnny Bush still sings the praises of traditional Texas country music

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Jukebox

    Warren's Inn

  • Music

    July 8, 1999
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    April 16, 1998

    You're Not from Texas

    Deep in the heart of western swing with a Scot on a mission

  • Music

    December 5, 1996

    Right Number

    BR5-49 lives to see the day when Hee Haw is hip

  • Music

    July 25, 1996
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    February 29, 1996

    Master of the Universe

    From presidents to pop stars, Merle Haggard has a song for everyone

  • Music

    July 27, 1995

    Junior or Joke?

    Bob Wills' family disowns the man claiming to be the prince of Western swing

  • Music

    September 29, 1994

    Somber News from Nashville

    Townes Van Zandt hospitalized with lung problems

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