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Grand Ole Opry House

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Five Unknown Songwriters Who Deserve to Be Heard

    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 >>

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    April 5, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Josh Turner, K-Rino, Romeo Santos, etc.

    Josh Turner Nutty Jerry's (Winnie), April 5 It's hard to keep up with every new country crooner that comes over the pop-twang airwaves, but thankfully Josh Turner's deeper-than-the-holler voice manages to stand out from the Keith Urban clones, sounding way more trad-country than those other guys at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    RIP Kitty Wells: Onetime Queen of Country Music Dies at 92

    Legendary Nashville singer Kitty Wells has died at age 92, according to reports from Associated Press within the past hour. Wells was the first female to top the country charts with her song "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-tonk Angels" in 1952. The song was a reply to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Our Friends Puscifer Playing Bayou Music Center June 27

    One of the most memorable shows I've seen in Houston thus far was Puscifer, the band that does for lascivious alternative electro-rock what Maynard James Keenan's other band Tool does for progressive metal. When Puscifer played Jones Hall in November 2009, I was expecting something like the grind-y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Editon Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 3

    The further one digs into the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music, the deeper one's appreciation of the contributions of Houston's country-music pioneers becomes. Yeah, just check out the black circles under the eyes and drunk-ass grins on Leon Payne's band above. That photo alone sp ... More >>

  • Music

    February 2, 2012
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    February 2, 2012

    Together Always: Country Duets for Valentine's Day

    Maybe it's because I'm a Libra, but I believe that everything in life should be as harmonious as possible-love, especially. Duets might be the ultimate musical testament to such a theory. I'm not talking about the resonance that's created when a woman is vacuuming while her man watches television. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Executive Entertainers: America's Most Musical Presidents

    Big-money supporters were treated to the first indelible moment in Barack Obama's reelection campaign last Thursday when the President crooned the opening lyric from Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" from the stage of the Apollo Theater in Harlem. It was just the sort of off-the-cuff instance that c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Del McCoury Band Decends on Conroe

    ​Conroe's Sounds of Texas Music Series has pulled a major coup that should have local bluegrass fans' hearts palpitating with their booking of the Del McCoury Band for February 4, 2012. McCoury and his band, which includes his sons Rob and Ronnie, both of whom are monster instrumentalists and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 1, 2011
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    May 16, 2011

    Saturday Night: Josh Groban At Toyota Center

    Photos by Jay Lee​Josh Groban Toyota Center May 14, 2011 Josh Groban is an unusual pop star. Unusual for 2011, anyway. One hundred years ago, many "pop stars" as we think of the term today drew their repertoires from light opera and Italian bel canto. The vocal techniques and subject matter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Top 10 Louisiana Bands Of All Time

    ​Pardon the geographical pun, but besides Texas, our neighbor to the east may be the most musical state in these United States. And in terms of per capita, Louisiana, which ranks 25th in population to Texas' second, is probably second to none. Outside Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the program m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Top 10 Musical U.S. Presidents

    "The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music." - Gerald Ford gwu.eduWhen else are we going to use this picture?​Today is President's Day, and if you'll think back to high-school U.S. History, you'll remember that potential Commande ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Charlie Louvin, Country Music Hall Of Famer, Dies At 83

    ​Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Louvin, who with his brother Ira ranked with Ralph and Carter Stanley as one of the greatest duos in bluegrass history, passed away overnight. Louvin, 83, had been receiving experimental treatment for pancreatic cancer. Nashville-based entertainment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Answers To Rocks Off's Musical Nickname Quiz

    ​Rocks Off hopes you enjoyed our musical nickname quiz earlier today. We have had a few nicknames ourselves over the years - our dad called us "Boog" after former Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell, and we were known for years around the Austin Chronicle offices as "Weezer," which we ... More >>

  • News

    August 19, 2010

    Honky-Tonk Houston

    Readers weigh in on the pros and cons

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    What If The KTRU And Fitzgerald's Sales Were Reversed?

    ​Rocks Off is quite keen on alternate realities, the kind where The Joker is actually a superhero or Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four. That kind of thing. This summer has seen two of Houston's seemingly most-stable institutions thrown into complete chaos. First, Sara Fitzgerald turned ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Flaming Lips Still On For Summerfest... For Now

    Neuski via flickr.com​ The Grand Ole Opry, which was supposed to celebrate its 85th birthday party May 25, is currently underwater, like most of Nashville (above). Nashville Public Radio is reporting that the Cumberland River crested at a whopping 52 feet. When does hurricane season start aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Irlene Mandrell: Work Those "Thighs Of Texas"

    ​ Irlene Mandrell Texercise (1983) You already know the greats of Texas' recorded history. Roy Orbison. Lightnin' Hopkins. ZZ top. Jandek. But no Texas record collection is complete without this regional remnant of the exercise album craze, Irlene Mandrell's Texercise. Born in Corpus Christi, Irle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Vince Gill Confirms for Conroe's Crighton Theater

    Lise Liddell​ Lonesome Onry and Mean has been holding his breath for a few days, keeping a secret. We've been waiting on one last signature on the contracts before announcing one of the biggest shows ever at Conroe's Sounds of Texas music series. But Wednesday night we got an email from Mark Germi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    American Central Dust: The Americana Class of 2009, Part 2

    ​5. Great Lake Swimmers, Lost Channels (Nettwerk) Great Lake Swimmers frontman Tony Dekker has written his fair share of heartbreaking, reverb-soaked ballads in the past, but Lost Channels finds him and his band also dabbling in Waterboys-style folk rock. What results is the Swimmers' most varied ... More >>

  • Music

    February 19, 2009
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    February 18, 2009

    Aftermath: Hank III & Assjack at Meridian

    Photos by Daniel Kramer/ Click here for a slideshowRight now there are about 1,000 people in the Greater Houston area nursing crippling hangovers, and Aftermath is right proud to be among their ranks. Must've been the pills I took. No, wait, that's not it. Pretty sure it was the whiskey. And ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009
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    January 15, 2009
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    December 4, 2008
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    August 7, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
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    April 11, 2008
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    December 7, 2007
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    October 29, 2007
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    October 11, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    December 14, 2006
  • Film

    June 8, 2006

    The Long Good-bye

    Garrison Keillor's Prairie makes a fine pasture for Altman

  • Music

    February 17, 2005

    He's Gone Country

    The Nightfly tries out as the next Bocephus at Sam Houston Race Park

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2003

    Blue Christmas

    Joe's Roadhouse pays homage to the melancholy side of the season

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    June Carter Cash

    Wildwood Flower (Dualtone)

  • Music

    June 28, 2001

    Being Gary P.

    He packs dance halls across Texas. But how does he play in Peoria?

  • Dining

    February 15, 2001

    Holy Water

    Saint Arnold's finds a little divine guidance in the form of Father Andrei Davydov

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    Rodney Hayden

    True to Texas

  • Music

    February 17, 2000

    Fill 'Er Up

    Ten-gallon hats and ten-gallon gas tanks come to mind when BR5-49 plays

  • Music

    May 28, 1998

    Under(ground) Achievers

    Can Nashville's creative underbelly save country from Music Row?

  • Music

    September 4, 1997

    Honky-Tonk History

    He had 78 hits over 50 years and revolutionized country music. Now, Hank Thompson gets a new green light.

  • Music

    January 16, 1997
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    January 16, 1997

    Louvin It Up

    The high, lonesome hardships of country's best duo are getting easier to hear

  • Music

    October 10, 1996
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    June 8, 1995
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    May 18, 1995
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    October 13, 1994
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