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Houston Blues Society

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    The Big Easy Salutes 20 Years of Bayou City Blues

    Houston blues lovers showed up in throngs Friday night as Upper Kirby blues dive The Big Easy celebrated its 20th anniversary under the direction of Tom McLendon. One more person and the Fire Marshal couldn't have squeezed in to shut the place down if he had to. Over two decades McLendon has kept h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    High-School Journalists Review Recent Houston Releases

    Last year, my kids' bands teamed up for an idea to attract younger local followers. They sent sampler CDs to the entertainment editors of about two dozen area high schools and asked them to review the music in their school newspapers. To prove they weren't entirely self-serving, they included a lis ... More >>

  • Music

    July 11, 2013

    Another Skate of Mind

    The Jamail Skatepark ignites Houston's music culture.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    There Goes the Blues: Tributes Pour In For Texas Johnny Brown

    Even for an 85-year-old bluesman who wrote his best-known song during the JFK administration, Monday night social media was full of love for Texas Johnny Brown, the soft-spoken, sharp-dressed guitarist who passed away earlier in the day after a relatively brief battle with liver cancer. "It is with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    RIP Jackie Gray: Affable Longtime Houston Blues Drummer Passes Away

    Jackie Gray, a longtime fixture on the Houston blues scene, passed away Sunday, reportedly of lung cancer. Details are sketchy, but by several accounts Gray had been ill for some time. He passed away at a local hospice facility. As of Monday, no arrangements for burial had been made due to lack of ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012

    Big Night

    A well-timed NEA grant finally brings several local blues greats to the Jones Hall stage.

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    2011 Music Awards Showcase

    Your guide to the bands and venues.

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    HPMA Preview: Nobody Leaves Without Singing The Blues Edition

    Photo by Brittanie SheyLittle Joe Washington​In the movie Adventures in Babysitting, Houston native bluesman Albert Collins inadvertently assists the getaway of young Elizabeth Shue (meow) and her charges from a gang of thugs, but only after she sings. Collins blocks the attackers with the sam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Houston "Doghouse" Blues Pianist Earl Gilliam Dead At 81

    ​Rocks Off contributor William Michael Smith just called in to regretfully inform us that Houston blues musician Earl Gilliam has passed away. Gilliam's manager, Sheri Goodman, told Smith that Gilliam died at his home near Tomball of advanced lung disease. The piano player was famous for host ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Earl Gilliam: "A Huge Loss That Can't Be Filled"

    Another of Houston's unique blues treasures, the effusive, ebullient and always stylish pianist Earl Gilliam, has moved on to the big juke joint in the sky. Gilliam, 81, died peacefully this morning at his home in Tomball of advanced lung disease.

  • Music

    May 26, 2011

    Here to Stay

    Thanks to the Houston Blues Society, local scene is healthier than ever.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Last Night: Pete Anderson At Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Pete Anderson Dan Electro's Guitar Bar May 2, 2011 Pete Anderson showed up a few minutes late Monday night. He'd gone to the address where he sent the posters for his show and discovered that was Dan Electro's owner Bob Edwards' home, not the club. But once the GPS was ... More >>

  • Music

    November 25, 2010

    Old Familiar Friend

    Brendan Benson relaxes after The Raconteurs.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins Dedication Draws Overflow Crowd

    Photos by Matthew KeeverL-R: R. Eric Davis, Texas Johnny Brown, Milton Hopkins. For more photos from Saturday, see our slideshow here.​Lightnin' Hopkins is official. Saturday morning, a crowd that overflowed the tent erected due to the inclement weather (though it never actually rained) showe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins' Six Best Songs, By Mr. Blues In Hi-Fi

    ​Tomorrow, Rocks Off - and, we hope, a lot of our readers - will drag our raggedy asses out of bed and over to Project Row Houses in Third Ward at 10 a.m. to witness something incredible: The dedication of a Texas State Historical Marker to the greatest bluesman to ever hang his hat in Houston ... More >>

  • Music

    February 11, 2010

    Lightnin' Strikes

    The late legendary Houston bluseman finally gets an official historical marker.

  • Music

    January 28, 2010

    Anatomy of a Diss

    Breaking Curfew, Houston rapper MC Kane explains the protocol for putting people down.

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Harris County Historical Commission Approves Lightnin' Hopkins Marker

    ‚ÄčOver the weekend, Rocks Off received some very encouraging news from Eric Davis, whose efforts to secure local blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins a long-overdue historical marker we wrote about a couple of weeks back. Davis says his proposal was unanimously approved by the Harris County Historical Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker One Step Closer To Reality

    ‚ÄčOver the weekend, our sister blog Rocks Off received some very encouraging news from Eric Davis, whose efforts to secure local blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins a long-overdue historical marker we wrote about a couple of weeks back. Davis says his proposal was unanimously approved by the Harris Cou ... More >>

  • Music

    November 12, 2009

    The Boys Are Back

    Kansas City's Get Up Kids have Something to Write Home About all over again.

  • Dining

    September 7, 2000

    Trend-scendent

    Lunch with: Melissa Noble

  • Music

    October 8, 1998
  • Calendar

    October 24, 1996
  • Music

    May 2, 1996
  • Music

    January 18, 1996
  • Music

    December 22, 1994

    The Lame and the Great

    Lists you've been waiting all year for, in no particular order

  • Calendar

    July 21, 1994
  • Music

    April 28, 1994

    On the Blues Highway

    Trudy Lynn recalls her journey to musical acclaim

  • Calendar

    December 9, 1993
  • Music

    December 9, 1993

    The Chill is Gone

    Texas guitar legend Albert Collins passes at age 61

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