Austin City Limits wasn't always a cultural institution, nor a repository of some of the finest musical performances ever committed to videotape. In the show's earliest days it was an unusual experiment even for public television, and creator Bill Arhos and his staff did not have the benefit of the ... More >>
Above: Walter Barnes and the Royal Creolians, the first kings of the Chitlin' Circuit Most music critics, writers, historians, and aficianados in Houston don't think this city has ever gotten enough credit for its contributions to blues, soul, and, the Holy Grail, the birth of rock and roll. Well, ... More >>
Researching what the Houston music scene was like 20 years ago has been an eye-opening experience, to put it mildly. In that benighted era, the world was very analog. Musicians could design a gig flyer or type up some lyrics on their computers, maybe fiddle around with some primitive MIDI-type softw ... More >>
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 >>
Boz Scaggs turns to jazz, knows his Lightnin' Hopkins.
These days, it's good to be the Wizard of Boz. In recent times, Boz Scaggs has been recording and touring as he pleases, including a highly successful road jaunt with Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and ex-Doobie Brother Michael McDonald as "The Dukes of September." Outside of music, he's got a Sa ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatyJanis Joplin's carRocks Off visited the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur this past Friday while on the the way to Louisiana for a quick vacation. The downstairs area is full of artifacts pertaining to the founding of the land around Port A, like military and anim ... More >>
Brooding folk for the Twilight crowd.
[Note: Click on the numbers for parts 1, 2 and 3.] Fifth Ward music mogul Don Robey was so taken with Gatemouth Brown's talents that he built his entire Peacock label around him. Robey already owned the Bronze Peacock night club and various other business interests, but it was his meeting of Br ... More >>
Back in its heyday, the corner of Jensen Drive and Lyons Avenue was known as "Pearl Harbor, the Times Square of the Bloody Fifth." You wouldn't know it today - the entire area is a vast wasteland of tired and abandoned lots and boarded-up shacks, but for much of the 20th Century this area was the ne ... More >>
Bill White offends Georgians
Back in 2005, in one of the -- if not quite the -- last times he would set foot in a recording studio, Texas swing master Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown recorded the old Blind Lemon Jefferson Texas blues staple “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.” The Gulf of Mexico had other plans. Later that ... More >>
Gatemouth Brown: Long live the king of Gulf Coast music Back in 2005, in one of the very last times he would set foot in a recording studio, Texas swing master Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown recorded the old Blind Lemon Jefferson Texas blues staple “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.” The Gulf ... More >>
Verve Records One of my favorite blues songs of all time is Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean." Especially these lyrics: Did you ever hear that coffin sound Means another poor boy is under the ground Creepy! Jefferson's song has been covered by many, many people over the y ... More >>
Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event
Our rockin' little brother has compiled a list of the 100 Best Bayou City Songs Ever. Robert Earl Keen? Gatemouth Brown? Lucinda Williams? Guy Clark? Scarface? Willie Nelson? Freddy Fender? Esther Phillips? Archie Bell? Big Moe? Yep, they're all on there. Blue October and Nickelback? Nope. Sorry. ... More >>
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