All My Friends - Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman 2CD/1DVD Rounder Records What sometimes gets lost in consideration of Gregg Allman's career - both with the Allman Brothers band and as a solo artist - is the actual quality of his songwriting. The melodies, the lyrics - though it's all ... More >>
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival wrapped up its 45th anniversary celebration this weekend with an announcement that Shell Oil will remain the festival's presenting sponsor for at least five more years, when it will turn 50. The seven-day event was blessed with near-perfect weather and play ... More >>
According to Warren Haynes, singer-guitarist-songwriter for Gov't Mule, it is the first time something like this ever been done by any band -- and he's probably right. Shout!, The group's first studio album in four years and debut for a new label (Blue Note), is a two-CD set. The first contains 11 ... More >>
This week and into next, the State of Texas and the rest of the world will join together in saluting American hero Willie Nelson on his 80th birthday. Rocks Off would certainly like to add our congratulations, but we woke up today -- well, yesterday -- looking to start an argument. The standard li ... More >>
Five reasons EDM shows are better than rock concerts.
Rocks Off spoke to Kris Kristofferson by phone from his home in Hawaii where he describes living a life as spare and literal as the records he makes with producer Don Was. Twice he told us that he's old, once he told us that he's brain-damaged and then he told us that his favorite place on Earth is ... More >>
We live in an era of classic-rock revivalism. We go crazy for reunions, we buy as many tickets as we can, and sometimes we even pay attention to the new records these bands put out, even though the general consensus is that no reunited band will ever put out a record as good as the ones they did in ... More >>
Old Crow Medicine Show House of Blues, November 30 The Old Crow boys seem to be the cooler Americana gateway drug of choice for younger listeners. A sort of anti-Mumfords you can rep without looking like a radio-rock tool, the pickers don't bash you over the head with dear melodies, just gritty sto ... More >>
Music Feature: Streets of Where I'm From This is an exciting time to be an Old 97's fan. Out of nowhere, almost, the Dallas quartet is now one of the longest-tenured and most successful Texas bands of its generation. All four original members are intact, they never "took a break," and they've never ... More >>
The last time Rocks Off caught up with Jesse Dayton, he was up to his eyeballs in alligators with his film project Zombex, working on an album of Kinky Friedman cover songs, and playing Kinky for a bunch of New York art types in Marfa. One of the hustling-est hustlers in show business, Dayton has pl ... More >>
Vicky SappNerds like us - you have to be a music nerd if you're reading a blog on Don Was - have favorite producers, like some sports guys have favorite coaches. Sometimes we listen to an album just because someone we like produced it, or it somehow gives it us extra cred even if we may not l ... More >>
Anderson Fair alumna Lucinda Williams returns to Houston.