I last saw Michael Condray five years ago at his home outside Porter. I was working on a story about his legendary Houston venue, Liberty Hall, where Bruce Springsteen found his first success in Texas and where a budding guitarist named Billy Gibbons would occasionally work out. Condray loaned us so ... More >>
Steve Fromholz, who witnessed the flowering of the Austin music scene in the early '70s and for many folks became the official face of Texas country music for his Tex-centric "Texas Trilogy," died of an accidental gunshot wound Sunday. According to numerous reports, Fromholz, 68, was on a feral hog ... More >>
Not all that long ago, Rocks Off saw some comment on a Facebook thread where a guy claiming to be a poet said he didn't think Townes van Zandt was the great poet/lyricist so many seem to think. His complaint: he felt like in every Townes song there was some flaw, some line that shouldn't have been a ... More >>
When Rocks Off published our choices for "Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues" back in July, we knew all along there would be a Part 2. We just didn't know how many were left. Today, after excavating the memories of 25 more, we're still probably not done. Please let us know what else we missed, an ... More >>
Rocks Off hadn't seen Eric Taylor, once a contemporary of Townes Van Zandt, since his last Houston date at 14 Pews in January 2012. But with the release party for Taylor's latest CD, Studio 10, this Sunday at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, we caught up with the veteran Texas singer-songwriter behind "Shoes ... More >>
Houston boys gone to Viet Nashville Guy Clark, the quintessential Texas singer-songwriter, has just announced a one-off gig at Galveston's historic Old Quarter Acoustic Café for May 15. According to club owner Wrecks Bell, he had been negotiating to get Clark to Galveston for some time, but ... More >>
Eric Brace (left) and Peter CooperThe senior music writer and columnist for Nashville daily The Tennesseean and a professor of country music history at Vanderbilt University, Peter Cooper also steps out as a performing songwriter when his schedule permits. He rolls into town Friday night at M ... More >>
No discussion of Houston music history is complete without mentioning Montrose folk venue Anderson Fair. The list of performers alone is staggering, but there's more to the old spaghetti restaurant than just the people who've graced the stage, and that's what documentary For the Sake of the S ... More >>
City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.
One of the cinematic highlights of SXSW was yesterday's world premiere of For The Sake of The Song: The Story of Anderson Fair. Produced by Houstonians Bruce Bryant and Jim Barham, the film documents the forty year history of one of the most storied Texas music venues. The old spaghetti rest ... More >>
Two alumni of Houston's fabled folk scene return to Anderson Fair this weekend. Vince Bell lives in Santa Fe, N.M., these days, but he will always be associated with the heyday of the Houston folk scene and Anderson Fair. Mentored by Townes van Zandt and Guy Clark, Bell had a major influence on Lyl ... More >>
Vince Bell's Houston roots go way, way back. When Anderson Fair opened its doors in the early '60s, Bell was one of the troubadours who not only played the joint, he also lived in the Montrose. If you can believe him, he ate so many of his meals at the club that he often refers to Anderson Fair i ... More >>
The short but storied past of Houston's legendary live music venue.
Unless you were around here almost 30 years ago and traveling in the music scene, Mickey Clark probably means nothing to you. But the inside liner sleeve on Clark's new album, Winding Highways, is the Anderson Fair music calendar for March 1980. Nanci Griffith and John Grimaudo both had two-day ... More >>
Native Houstonian creates Web site for boomer music fans
My first inclination was to name this column “Lonesome Onry and Mean on the Heartworn Highway of Dust That Lefty Bit Down South.” In spite of its unwieldy length, that reference to two famous songs by godfathers of the Texas music movement plus the 1981 documentary on the infant Texas singer-son ... More >>
Lucinda Williams Happy Woman Blues Smithsonian-Folkways Way back in 1980, long before she was on all those magazine covers, long before the Grammys and all the other accolades and her status among the NPR set, the woman who would be the Queen of Americana made this gentle, rootsy and unassuming li ... More >>
I'd heard of Darden Smith for years but never seen him or given him a fair listen. His reputation preceded him; my impression was of a wan, mopey, earnest, trying-so-hard-to-be-meaningful balladeer. That all changed when I got a dose of Sunflower (2002). It certainly wasn't party music, but Smith de ... More >>
Finding the coolest runnings at this year's Jamaica-themed Houston International Festival
Saturday, January 21, at Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant, 713-528-8576.
Made of Mud
Randal Calcote, Houston's most dangerous folkie, needs your help
Tuesday, April 19, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
Nightclub owners provide a feeding place for musicians
South Park Mexican carves out his place in history with the 2001 Music Awards
A preview of this year's show
The 5th Ward Boyz may not be saints, but they're not sinners either
Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones! (Yawn...)