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Ernest Tubb

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    June 20, 2014

    Rolling Stone's Ridiculous Top 100 Country Songs: The First Half

    In further efforts to reassure us that it is still relevant, Rolling Stone magazine recently started a country clickbait section called most cleverly (drum roll, maestro) RS Country. I know, the heart pitter-patters in anticipation. A brief perusal of the site finds basically the same crap, errr... ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Jamey Johnson at House of Blues, 4/3/2014

    Jamey Johnson House of Blues April 3, 2014 Can you sing along to "The Yellow Rose of Texas"? Don't be silly; of course you can. Right? But try it, and it's tougher than you think. Jamey Johnson knows the words, as well as those "O Susannah," which is of similar vintage and perhaps even closer to ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    10 Albums Any True Urban Cowboy Should Own

    There's no telling the reasoning that caused Kings of Leon to call their sixth album, released late last month, Mechanical Bull. But to venture a wild guess, could be the Nashville-via-Oklahoma rockers are trying to put across a general image of toughness after a difficult few years, or perhaps sugg ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Our Top Five Hank Williams Sr. Covers

    Kids, there's a reason Hiram "Hank' Williams, who would have been 90 years old September 17, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dead of an overdose of pain killers in the back of his long white Cadillac at 29, Williams was, in his brief interval in Nashville, not only a hit-making country star bu ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Our 11 Favorite Drinking Songs. Cheers!

    Many drinkers have a dialogue in their heads that also plays out in great drinking songs throughout the ages. "Why do you drink?" asks the great prophet Bocephus. "It's five o'clock somewhere," reply the equally sage Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. Rocks Off wanted to know our writers' favorite dri ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Proud UH Alum Larry Gatlin: If You Don't Like His Songs, "I Still Wrote Them"

    Rocks Off reached native West Texan and proud UH alumnus Larry Gatlin, of 97.1 Country Legends mainstays Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Band, first by phone at his hotel in Colorado, then again by phone the next day in San Antonio. Gatlin plays the Dosey Doe's "Big Barn" in The Woodlands Sunda ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Top 10 Heartbreaking Holiday Covers

    Last week we took a look at some of the most holiday spirit-dampeningly awful songs ever recorded. We aren't quite done ruining your holiday spirit just yet however, as this week we have compiled ten of the saddest holiday cover songs ever recorded. Rewind: The 10 Worst Holiday Cover Songs Ever ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    The 10 Funniest & Weirdest Country Song Titles

    Country music has come a long way as far as popularity goes over the years, from the likes of such bygone greats as Ernest Tubb and Eddy Arnold to current favorites Sugarland and Dierks Bentley. But it has always had some rather... interesting-sounding song titles to grace listeners' ears. Shall we ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Edition Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 4

    Our fourth installment of Houston-area country-music pioneers honored with inclusion in the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music details the last of an amazing group of local musicians from the '30s, '40s, and '50s who left their brand on the people's music. While the Appalachian and ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Houston Scores Big Time In Latest Editon Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 2

    Our second installment of Houston connections in the recently published second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music is a truly monumental list of writers, performers and performances that show that while Houston may not have been the musical business center that Nashville became, the Bayou C ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Happy Birthday Joe Ely: The Lubbock Flash Turns 65

    Courtesy LC Media​I was living in Holland in 1977 when my younger brother, who had attended Wayland Baptist University on a track scholarship until booze and girls were discovered in his dorm room, came for a visit. While living in Plainview, his stomping grounds had been the gin joints of Lub ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Thanks A Lot: An Introduction To The Late Great Ernest Tubb

    Today would have been country legend and pioneer Ernest Tubb's 98th birthday. Born in 1914 in Crisp, Texas near Dallas, his hometown is now designated as ghost town. For forty years, Tubb was a mainstay on the country circuit and the charts, with songs like "Walking the Floor Over You", "Waltz Acros ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Top Five Christmas Movies From Alternate Realities

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayChristmas in an alternate dimension has the potential to be significantly more badass.​If, as so many quantum physicists and dubious science-fiction shows suggest, there are infinite alternate dimensions, then of course that means there are infinite poss ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: "Nowhere Man" and Houstonian-Turned-Superproducer Frank Liddell's Other Early Favorites

    Houston native Frank Liddell, whose Nashville production credits include roots-rocker Chris Knight, Texas music phenom Jack Ingram, budding megastar Miranda Lambert, and his wife Lee Ann Womack, has a surprising set of early music impressions. "I can't remember the first one but there were a lot of ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    How Texas and Alabama Match Up... Musically

    ​ For once, Rocks Off is grateful for this sinus-splitting headache (thanks, Mike Stinson!), because it gives us something to focus on besides the fact that we are crawling out of our skin waiting for kickoff tonight. At this point, sports pundits have analyzed the Longhorns and Crimson Tide to wi ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Hank Snow, "Movin' On" to Altman's Nashville... and George Wallace

    "You switched your engine now I ain't got time For a triflin' woman on my main line 'Cause I'm movin' on, you done your daddy wrong I've warned you twice, now you can settle the price 'Cause I'm movin on - Hank Snow, "I'm Movin' On" Thanks to earnest guidance from his parents and maternal grandmoth ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs That Remind Us of Our Grandfathers, Part 2

    He Said Grandpa Songs He Said was lucky to have spent twenty-five years on Earth with his Grandpa Hlavaty, who passed away in the summer of 2008 of a brain hemorrhage. The man was arguably one of the biggest musical influences in He Said's life. The intrepid and stealthy Grandpa Gonzalez is kicking ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Dive Bars

    A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.

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    August 12, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas, Part 2: "Trinity"

    [Note: This week Rocks Off is looking at the musical heritage, highs and lows, for each of the five possible states that might result should Texas secede from the U.S. like Gov. Rick Perry wants it to. Yesterday we began with the Panhandle/West Texas "Palo Duro" territory; today it's northeastern qu ... More >>

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    May 22, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: R.I.P. Vern Gosdin

    Foreground: Faron Young (leaning on piano), Tammy Wynette (at piano). Back row (l-r): Unidentified man, Hank Thompson, George Jones, Vern Gosdin, Marty Robbins "Don't you think you should've called To tell me you were coming down Oh, you look so out of place On this troubled side of town" - Vern Go ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    SXSW Update: Watch Out for Devo; Peter, Bjorn & John; Justin Townes Earle; Hungry Villagers and More

    Devo on the BBC's Top of the Pops 2 With the big bad final band announcement coming next week, all is quiet on the SXSW front. For now. This past week was slow, with the biggest names confirmed being Devo, Cursive, Peter, Bjorn & John, and Justin Townes Earle. Devo will be closing out the ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009
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    September 3, 2008
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    August 7, 2008
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    May 16, 2008
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    April 15, 2008

    Introducing…Lonesome Onry and Mean

    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 >>

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    April 11, 2008

    Marty Stuart's American Odyssey Does Houston

    Marty Stuart is definitely one of the more interesting also-rans of Travis Tritt-era popular country. He only had a couple of real hits - "Hillbilly Rock" and "Little Things" both reached No. 8 in 1990 - but he's got a great pedigree. He was married to one of the Carter daughters, and was a good pal ... More >>

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    October 29, 2007

    R.I.P. Porter Wagoner

    Wagonmaster: A shoo-in for many year-end Top 10 lists even before Porter Wagoner's death Sunday. Porter Wagoner, the rhinestone-clad host of the Grand Ole Opry for the past 12 years and one of country music’s last surviving links to the time of Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb, passed away from lung ... More >>

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    Starry Lullabye

    Ailing Houston-area native David Schnaufer has taken the Appalachian dulcimer to the mountaintop

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    February 9, 2006

    BR5-49

    Wednesday, February 15, the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.

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    December 1, 2005

    Let It Blow

    The Original Dirty Rapper is still coming up with new ways to scandalize

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    February 24, 2005
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    January 6, 2005
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    August 26, 2004
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    May 6, 2004

    Defending the Dirty Thirty

    And coping with Yankee slander

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    February 26, 2004

    Stone Country

    Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys spark up some primo Western swing and trad C&W

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    December 11, 2003

    He's Gone Country

    Jason Allen finds himself in the music he once tried to escape

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    January 16, 2003

    Guit With It

    Turning a pedal steel into a trombone, and other tricks of Junior Brown's trade

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    October 31, 2002

    Mount Bonnell Breakdown

    The South Austin Jug Band's swingy bluegrass is mullet-free music

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    August 23, 2001

    Racket

    At Tim Murrah's Metropol, it's about music, not style

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    August 16, 2001

    Racket

    Pinpointing when Texas music jumped the shark

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    January 20, 2000

    Playbill

    Hot 'n' Heavy: Sinis. Also, Eugene Chadbourne

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    May 20, 1999

    Night & Day

    May 20 - 26, 1999

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    September 3, 1998
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    November 27, 1997
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    August 22, 1996

    Vintage Sounds

    Wayne Hancock is a new-fashioned guy with old-fashioned desires

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    December 28, 1995
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    June 29, 1995

    Full Nelson

    With a new disc and a boxed history, Willie Nelson wonders who'll buy his memories

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    December 15, 1994
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    June 23, 1994

    Pure-D Purty

    Don Walser's yodeling can bring tears, even to the eyes of a Nashville record exec

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