I'm sad and grateful with tears for Marion Washington, better known by his nickname "Little Joe." I am grieving more deeply than I would have guessed for what was obviously inevitable, given his 75 years and his frail and failing health in recent months. If you want to understand where this tale ... More >>
Blues artists -- like real, legitimate rhythm-and-blues players -- aren't in the headlines very often these days. But whenever they are, Rocks Off is both happy and proud to point out that unlike most other places, Houston still has quite a few of them, many of whom continue to do excellent work. T ... More >>
Houston sax lion has always been in the "hottest band around."
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 >>
One righteous vintage vinyl party.
West VitaRight 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 >>
The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>
Ah, that nasty Grim Reaper took a lot of great musicians this year, and his scythe cut a wide swath across all genres, including many heavyweights in the blues and R&B world. The greatest loss comes in the form of someone who was a man, a song, and a beat all in one... Bo Diddley, singer-songwriter ... More >>
2007's best Texas albums, from Houston, Austin and beyond
The Calvin Owens Orchestra and special guests perform 9 p.m. Saturday, August 4, at the Howling Coyote, 6536 FM 1960 West, 281-444-3401.
The Bayou City's biggest festival continues making strides toward total recovery
Honky-tonk hero explores his hardscrabble Houston roots with an autobiography and a CD
Allen Hill leads the cheers for Houston's only American Idol contestant
I'm Still Here
Tuesday, February 14, McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
The North Mississippi Allstars and Houston DJ Jimmy D team up on a revolutionary EP
New Model Army's show will have all of punk's power -- at a reasonable volume
The blues is back -- rawer and louder (and punker) than ever
Southern rock comes in for another revival
The proposed Museum of American Music History could be the solution to our "image problem"
Plus: Defining Moment, Egg on the Face, Get Off Death Row!
Plus: Oliver Returns, Mary's Memories, No Yellow-Dog Democrat
Jump Start (Gulf Coast Records) / The House Is Burnin' (Sawdust Alley)
How is a falling-apart Fifth Ward joint turning out the best burgers in town? Adrian's has history.
Mary Cutrufello's leaving makes us wonder: Is your band a Krogers, Randalls or a Fiesta?
Cedric Turner ventures into an abyss far deeper than ones traveled by most bluesmen
Pinpointing when Texas music jumped the shark
Stop Lying in My Face (Sawdust Alley)
Storage Containers, Not Ready for Prime Time, The Well Runs Dry
A concert for under-the-weather bluesmen
The '70s Soul Revue and The Lone Star Shootout and Gulf Coast Blues Blowout
Out In Sight
Roy Ames and his Home Cooking records have spread the sound of Houston blues around the world. Some local musicians are wondering why he hasn't spread more of the wealth as well.