Taylor Swift recently won her sixth straight Nashville Songwriters Award, as well as Artist of the Year at last Sunday's American Music Awards. I'm no hater, but let that sink in for a minute. Six. In a row. Taylor Swift. I'm no one to disparage her talents. She writes good, catchy songs that stic ... More >>
A look at the Houston "music scene" of the early 20th century.
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Kevin Taylor Kendrick is a family man. ... More >>
This past week, when American Idol concluded its twelfth season by crowning Candice Glover (who edged out Woodville's Kree Harrison), it was also announced that the show's latest lineup of judges is kaput. Randy Jackson went first, followed by Nicki Minaj. We're guessing that leaves Keith Urban and ... More >>
A lot of stellar music came out of that flat land known as West Texas. Bob Wills, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Terry Allen, Guy Clark, and the Sparkles are just a few artists who found something in the wind, the dust, the heat, the cactus, the mesquite, the sandstorms, the blizzards, t ... More >>
When last we left Texas singer-songwriter and rancher Michael Martin Murphey, he was explaining how he went against the country-music grain of the late '80s by recording the improbably successful album of traditional trail songs and ballads, Cowboy Songs. Here he tells us how he continued exploring ... More >>
Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery 584 pp., $29.99, Fantagraphics Books It was a scene like out of the hardboiled detective novels that Paul Nelson loved so much when police broke into his New York apartment in 2006. What they found was a dark ... More >>
Rocks Off understands the need for a good detox now and then, as most of our evening antics often leave us feeling less than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed come morning. We also imagine the damage inflicted by lifetime of hard partying and endless touring in the company of morally compromised music-in ... More >>
Word has reached Rocks Off that veteran Houston singer-songwriter Leslie Newman has succumbed to leukemia. According to sources at Last Concert Café, Newman died around 8 a.m. Monday morning. Apparently Newman's condition worsened considerably three days ago and he had been unable to eat si ... More >>
Garland RobinetteYes, this is the real Jazz Fest 2011 poster, and that's really Jimmy Buffett.Every spring, New Orleans puts on something called the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. But as Jazz Fest has grown more and more popular, the headlining acts have had less and less to do with ja ... More >>
Canada's Cowboy Junkies enter their 25th year louder and angrier than ever.
Like many of you, Rocks Off has friends and family members who have served (or are serving) in our armed forces. Memorial Day is when we honor the sacrifice so many of them have made - and are still making - fighting America's wars. Songs about the hardships suffered by soldiers and their familie ... More >>
Lonesome Onry and Mean is torn as to his whereabouts this evening. Drive-by Truckers will be knocking down walls and eardrums at House of Blues, and that's where we'll probably end up. But if Galveston was 70 miles closer - it's not the drive down, it's the drive back! - we would certainly be hea ... More >>
Old Crow Medicine Show's new CD of original material as rough-edged as their traditional covers
When author and New Yorker journalist Alec Wilkinson first approached folk-music icon Pete Seeger about writing an expansive biography, the modest performer - who turned 90 years old Sunday - demurred. Seeger instead challenged him to pen a tome that "could be read in one sitting." The result, based ... More >>
ArtStorm showcases two local, folk-inspired artists
This MFAH exhibit features live shots of popular music's greatest contributors
...otherwise known as the H-Town 20
That's my Bush!
Thursday, September 14, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999
The Devil You Know
Taking the Long Way
Friday, June 24, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-529-9899.
Thea Gilmore plots a folk-rock revolution on the cheap with great songs and $60 videos
Saturday, February 21
Wednesday, February 4
Saturday, August 16
Shoot Out at the OK Chinese Restaurant (Vanguard)
Jimmie Dale Gilmore loses fans over his political views
Lucinda lays bare her Essence
Early success was almost the end of Ray Wylie Hubbard
Stardom might be cool for Adam Carroll. But mainly he just wants to be your friend.
Smithsonian Folkways releases Broadside magazine's long-forgotten tracks
Bob Dylan and Paul Simon tour together
Colorful characters fill James McMurtry's Tex-rock sound
Not all the vibes were good at this year's folk festival
In music, as in law, David Rodriguez tries to fit things together