The passing of Texas Johnny Brown last year hit me and a bunch of people pretty hard, so the September 12 death of Crusaders pianist Joe Sample was another slap in the face that many of Houston's musical heroes are closer to the end than the beginning. The latest bad news is that bluesmen I.J. Gosey ... More >>
Asleep at the Wheel Ray Benson's Wheel has been rolling for more than 40 years now, quietly becoming quite a finishing school for many of the state's top country and swing musicians. Meanwhile, their impossibly tall front man has developed into the leading ambassador of Lone Star culture around the ... More >>
Houston sax lion has always been in the "hottest band around."
After 50 years as one of Texas's top powerhouse entertainers, Roy Head calls son Sundance the real star in the family.
Johnny Otis, one of the creators of rock and roll but primarily remembered as the godfather of rhythm and blues, has passed away at 90. Otis died at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena. A consummate band leader and showman who was of Greek descent and changed his actual last name, Veliot ... More >>
I was randomly scrolling back through past Idol Beats last night, doing my best to ignore mentally unbalanced dental hygienist Christine McCaffrey's butchering of "I Hope You Dance," when I realized something. The American Idol beat for Rocks Off is basically the Defense Against the Dark Arts ... More >>
Rocks Off is celebrating Elvis week this week - the King would be 76 years old on Saturday. (Or hell, maybe he will be 76 years old on Saturday.) That's more than three-quarters of a century, but it just doesn't seem like a very long time. Maybe that's because whether or not he actually died ... More >>
The punk/ska band adds New Orleans funk.
Stan Ridgway is still tuning in "Mexican Radio."
Movie musical of the musical of the movie is nowhere near divine
Wednesday, February 4
At long last, the spotlight replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers
Space City's tallest and shortest musicians rule the 2002 Houston Press Music Awards
Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002
South Park Mexican carves out his place in history with the 2001 Music Awards
Grady Gaines helped Little Richard create rock and roll. And he's not finished yet
At 20, Shemekia Copeland is more than old enough to sing the blues