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    April 2, 2014

    Merle Haggard at Stafford Centre, 4/1/2014

    Merle Haggard Stafford Centre April 1, 2014 Bet you 20 bucks that Keith Richards really digs Merle Haggard. He is one cool cat. The Hag doesn't say much onstage at first, and barely moves apart from gesturing to one band member or another when it's time for a solo. His low-key style has been both ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Kevin Fowler at the Rodeo Cookoff, 3/1/2014

    Kevin Fowler World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, Reliant Park March 1, 2014 Because it's swirled together with so many other events, the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest feels somehow underestimated in Houston's annual onset of rodeo fever. The trail riders get plenty of coverage before a ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    The Big Easy Salutes 20 Years of Bayou City Blues

    Houston blues lovers showed up in throngs Friday night as Upper Kirby blues dive The Big Easy celebrated its 20th anniversary under the direction of Tom McLendon. One more person and the Fire Marshal couldn't have squeezed in to shut the place down if he had to. Over two decades McLendon has kept h ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Kevin Anthony, 45 Southbound Man

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? It's not even Mardi Gras ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Is Texas Country as Appalling as Nashville's Brand?

    If you grew up loving country music at all (like us), you may well have turned on a country station in the past year or two and been appalled. But between the rise of Taylor Swift, the collapse of rock radio, and the general dumbing down of our social-media-mad culture, country music has emerged as ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Five Waylon Jennings Albums You Should Own

    "Ladies love outlaws," Waylon Jennings once sang, and well knew. Yes they do, and so do plenty of fellers, who may love the late Littlefield-born musician -- who was a losing coin flip away from being on Buddy Holly's doomed plane in February 1959 -- even more. Jennings would have been 76 this past ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Delbert McClinton: "Honestly, I've Never Figured Houston Out"

    At 72, Delbert McClinton has been about everywhere and done about everything you can do: hung out with the Beatles; worked as a sideman for Bruce Channel where he played harmonica on a national hit, "Hey, Baby;" wrote a No. 1 hit for Emmylou Harris, "Two More Bottles of Wine"; dropped four albums th ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    5 Artists Whose Second Acts Surpassed Their First

    Rocks Off has always had a soft spot for Rick Nelson. Although our oldest memory of him is probably hearing about the plane crash outside Texarkana that killed him, his band and his fiancee on New Year's Eve 1985, we're also old enough to remember actually his songs like "Hello, Mary Lou," "Lonesome ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Houston Scores Big Time In Latest Editon Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 2

    Our second installment of Houston connections in the recently published second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music is a truly monumental list of writers, performers and performances that show that while Houston may not have been the musical business center that Nashville became, the Bayou C ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Thanks A Lot: An Introduction To The Late Great Ernest Tubb

    Today would have been country legend and pioneer Ernest Tubb's 98th birthday. Born in 1914 in Crisp, Texas near Dallas, his hometown is now designated as ghost town. For forty years, Tubb was a mainstay on the country circuit and the charts, with songs like "Walking the Floor Over You", "Waltz Acros ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    RIP Joe Gracey, Austin Media Giant

    ​Another Austin music legend, Joe Gracey, passed away this morning of cancer complications. He was 61. When Lonesome, Onry and Mean arrived in Austin in June, 1973 after having worked in radio in West Texas, Gracey immediately became our hero. A disc jockey at the notorious KOKE-FM, Gracey an ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Top 10 Honorary Texas Musicians

    West Vita​Right here, right now, and in print all damn week, you can read the Houston Press' interview with perhaps the hottest new band on the South 40, San Antonio's Hacienda (above). Whether or not they go on to become a South Texas Kings of Leon - Hacienda is also three brothers and a cous ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Before the Flood

    West Texan Ned Sublette reflects on pre-Katrina New Orleans in a new memoir.

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    January 14, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: "Nashville Phantom" Goes Off on the Scene's Country Music Poll

    ​Another 30-plus-year vet of Viet Nashville got his bowels in an uproar about the Nashville Scene's country music poll. In a long email to Lonesome Onry and Mean, this denizen of the songwriting trenches and the recording alleys who has had songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and other g ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    How Texas and Alabama Match Up... Musically

    ​ For once, Rocks Off is grateful for this sinus-splitting headache (thanks, Mike Stinson!), because it gives us something to focus on besides the fact that we are crawling out of our skin waiting for kickoff tonight. At this point, sports pundits have analyzed the Longhorns and Crimson Tide to wi ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Five Days of Giftmas: Music Lovers

    Photo by GroovehouseThe old Cactus Music sign​Sick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas. Hair Balls is headed to Cactus Music tonight for another in-store, and it got us thinking -- Cactus ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Stoney Edwards, Another Lost African-American Country Singer

    In our previous story regarding black artists who took the country music route, we omitted a huge talent who, though he never achieved Charley Pride's level of commercial success, was a respected artist among those in the know in Nashville. Stoney Edwards was a farm boy from Oklahoma who eventually ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Honky-Tonk Revival

    Is Houston ready for country? Again?

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    November 5, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs That Remind Us of Our Grandfathers, Part 2

    He Said Grandpa Songs He Said was lucky to have spent twenty-five years on Earth with his Grandpa Hlavaty, who passed away in the summer of 2008 of a brain hemorrhage. The man was arguably one of the biggest musical influences in He Said's life. The intrepid and stealthy Grandpa Gonzalez is kicking ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Listology: Honky-Tonk Man Mike Stinson Chooses His Favorite Drinking Songs

    Markus Cuff​Honky-tonk man and recent Houston transplant Mike Stinson knows a thing or two about a bottle. Lonesome Onry and Mean asked him to list his all-time favorite drinking songs, many of which you will no doubt hear this evening at Under the Volcano. "So many classic drinking songs, I could ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009
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    February 17, 2009

    Tonight: Greg Ginn & the Taylor Texas Corrugators at Last Concert Cafe

    If we were to tell you that one of the most influential guitarists and innovators in the early '80s hardcore movement was living in the tiny town of Taylor (30 miles outside Austin) you would call us crazy. But that's where Greg Ginn, founding guitarist of hardcore's lode-bearing Black Flag has been ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Album of the Day: Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel's Willie and the Wheel

    Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel Willie and the Wheel www.willieandthewheel.com The late Jerry Wexler, who passed away last August at age 91, was best known as an advocate and producer for top R&B and soul artists like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. But Wexler was a ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009
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    January 15, 2009

    Sole of Houston: Airport Drive, The Finale (Including Unwanted Puke)

    And here is the final installment of David Beebe and John Lomax's 20-plus mile hike from Intercontinental Airport to Spanish Flowers restaurant. Part one is here and part two is here.David Beebe's accounts of the same hike are here and here.Airline's furthest reaches are lined by sprawling and run-d ... More >>

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    February 21, 2008

    A New Official State Song for Texas?

    A case for a new — or different, anyway — state song

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    June 28, 2007

    Merle the Pearl

    Is the Hag the greatest three-tool talent in country music history?

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    February 15, 2007

    Spencer Durham

    Much More Than Words Cavender Castle

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    January 18, 2007

    Playbill: Johnny Falstaff

    Johnny Falstaff CD Release Yep, that's John Evans (l)jamming with Johnny Falstaff. Back when Proletariat was the Blue Iguana, Johnny Falstaff's double bills with Greg Wood's Horseshoe were the stuff of legend. There were nights when it seemed every off-duty topless dancer, bartender, and hepc ... More >>

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    December 21, 2006

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter

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    July 6, 2006

    The Full Nelson

    A Rhino rerelease celebrates Willie's new concept for country

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    February 2, 2006

    Mercy Eventually

    More than 20 years down the road, Mary Gauthier is finally an emerging artist

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    September 16, 2004
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    May 6, 2004

    Defending the Dirty Thirty

    And coping with Yankee slander

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    August 21, 2003

    Ratt Steaks

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

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    August 7, 2003

    Endless Boogie

    Former Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus gets back to basics

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    June 5, 2003

    Dirty Mothers For Ya

    The Supersuckers clean up their act offstage, but the songs remain the same

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    August 16, 2001

    Racket

    Pinpointing when Texas music jumped the shark

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    June 14, 2001

    World Class?

    Houston can't join the ranks of other cities until it has an anthem of its own

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    July 20, 2000
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    May 4, 2000
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    June 10, 1999
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    September 10, 1998
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    September 3, 1998
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    October 16, 1997
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    August 31, 1995

    Postmarked Texas

    Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo

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    December 15, 1994
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    December 15, 1994
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    June 23, 1994

    Pure-D Purty

    Don Walser's yodeling can bring tears, even to the eyes of a Nashville record exec

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    June 9, 1994

    Musical Labels

    Tish Hinojosa hops from one style, and company, to another

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