We forget if it was Muhammad the Prophet or a different kind of prophet, Willie Nelson, who answered the question about why he climbed the mountain with a simple, "Because it's there."
In Willie's case, the question would probably be why he continues to tour, but the answer is the same. In this wee ... More >>
A few days ago I asked Rocks Off fans on Facebook what the most they had ever spent on a concert tee was. Most people topped out at $50 for touring legacy acts, while some shelled out a lot more for hoodies and limited-edition tees.
Now the world of concert posters is a whole other animal unto its ... More >>
Did Pat Green save country music? That is a contentious question no matter on which side of the Red River you're standing, but it's also a little beside the point. Nurtured by the storytelling culture of legendary Central Texas singer-songwriter rooms like New Braunfels' Gruene Hall and San Marcos' ... More >>
Earlier this morning, Rocks Off talked to Texas country star Pat Green, who plays the Coastal Conservation Association's "Concert for Conservation" Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park with his hero Jerry Jeff Walker, Sammy Kershaw, Gene Watson, and a few others.
After more than a decade as both one ... More >>
Texas singer-songwriter and real by-god cowboy Michael Martin Murphey has already walked Rocks Off through a healthy bit of the past 100 years of American folk music this morning, as well as a good bit of his own. But dissatisfied with the folk scene he found out in late-'60s Southern California, he ... More >>
Mickey Newbury paved the road from Houston to Nashville for a Hells Angels-ish, hard-drinking, hard-drugging gaggle of songwriters who, like Newbury, would go on to make a serious mark on Music City.
Ornery, belligerent, cocky, literary, opinionated, and super-talented, this group of Houston transp ... More >>
When Pete Bernard received a package postmarked from Lynchburg, Tenn., he may have felt his mouth watering. That particular point of origin is the well-known home of the Jack Daniels distillery and indeed, inside the singer/guitarist for The Devil Makes Three found inside a little "thank you" from t ... More >>
Photo by bhamsandwichAll this and more can be yours...A common complaint of Medical Center denizens -- whether they're in the area to work, to receive treatment or to visit someone in one of the maze-like hospitals -- is that there are very few decent places to eat and drink. (You thought we ... More >>
America: Fri., June 25. Stafford Centre.
American Sharks, Scorpion Child, Betaplayer: Thu., April 22. Boondocks.
Cyndi Lauper: Thu., Aug. 12. House of Blues.
Colbie Caillat: Fri., Aug. 27. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
Delta Spirit, David Vandervelde, The Romany Rye: Wed., July 16. Mango's.
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Texas music legend Rusty Wier has passed away according to a post from North Texas disc jockey Shayne Hollinger on the Galleywinter Texas music chat site.
One of the original Austin Cosmic Cowboys with the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker and Michael Martin Murphy, Wier has been a fixture on the Texas ... More >>
"3rd Annual Texas City Music Fest" With Jerry Jeff Walker, John Conlee, Texas Johnny Brown: Sat., Oct. 24. Nessler Park, Texas City.
Bob Schneider: Fri., Sept. 25. Warehouse Live.
The Bravery: Sat., Oct. 24. Warehouse Live.
Cobra Starship, Boys Like Girls, A Rocket To The Moon, The Maine: Sun., ... More >>
In the third in our continuing series on the music of the five states of Texas, we examine the fictional state of New Texas, comprising Austin and the Hill Country. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
Patron Saint: Willie Nelson
Lesser Icons: Roky Erickson/Thirteenth Floor ... More >>
The 1894 Grand Opera House, socked with eight feet of water by that bastard Ike, is back.The facility officially reopens tomorrow with a free party featuring tours, sing-alongs and people reading from the best Ike survival stories. Then Jerry Jeff Walker will bring the place back for paying customer ... More >>