Mark C. AustinKings of Leon at Verizon Wireless Theater, October 2008Just a couple of days now before Rocks Off - the person and the blog - proudly presents Shot In the Dark: Houston Press Concert Photography, our first-ever exhibit of live pics we've collected in about three and a half years ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterElizabeth Cook (first set) McGonigel's Mucky Duck March 11, 2011 Rocks Off always appreciates a country artist who comes by their tales of low lives and high times honestly, and Elizabeth Cook certainly qualifies. The offspring of a mother who honed her musical skills i ... More >>
The album that started the whole thing.Rocks Off Sr. was straightening up our office a few days ago, something that happens like clockwork every time Middle Eastern governments start toppling like dominos. In one of the piles and piles of al fresco CDs, we ran across two of our favorite album ... More >>
Amber Digby, honky-tonk traditionalist, is a busy woman.
Believe it or not, some of us get by just fine without cable or satellite TV. When Rocks Off goes home at night - the odd evenings we stay home, that is - not only do we enjoy the finest network television has to offer, but the cornucopia of choices across the digital-TV spectrum: B- and C-mo ... More >>
Most mornings, Rocks Off wakes up to Elizabeth Cook's country-as-cornbread drawl on her Outlaw Country satellite-radio program, "Apron Strings" (Sirius 63, XM 13, 5-9 a.m. Mondays). On her 2007 LP Balls - produced by the Houston Kid himself, Rodney Crowell - Cook was as frank and charming on song ... More >>
Other than Buck Owens, no artist had a bigger effect on Dwight Yoakam than "The Singing Fisherman," Johnny Horton. This East Texas rockabilly cool cat grabbed Rocks Off's attention every time his name was mentioned or a song of his came on the radio. We suspect it was the same for Yoakam, who chann ... More >>
Dwight Yoakam live at Rockefeller's, October 1986The late Bob Claypool did exhaustive research for his book Saturday Night at Gilley's.Other than his adopted Los Angeles, Houston may be the most important city in country singer Dwight Yoakam's career. Yoakam's music finally found a rabid country ... More >>