Given the spread and the appeal-to-all-age-groups nature of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time," the possibility that the list was computer-generated seems more and more likely. Either that, or Rolling Stone is farming out its country blog to Best in Texas magazine? There are ... More >>
The locals who have captured our ears, from rock to rap to synth-pop.
Dwight Yoakam Arena Theatre December 20, 2013 An odd thing occurred at the Dwight Yoakam show at Arena Theatre Friday night: the cast of Federico Fellini's epic remake of Urban Cowboy showed up to party. Rhinestones, Jack and Coke, and all. While Yoakam and his band of musical throat-cutters ran t ... More >>
After 31 years, the River Oaks bar and music venue says good-bye.
One of the damndest things Rocks Off has seen in our five-plus years in Houston is the way word of mouth spread like a brush fire among the local indie scene about "Whiskey Wednesdays." Starting in late, late 2009, scenesters both shaved and unkempt (more the latter) flocked to Mango's and then Fitz ... More >>
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? Sometimes a hunch will pay off. Kimber ... More >>
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. UPDATED (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.) Corrects the ... More >>
The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday that private River Oaks prep school St. John's has purchased a 13-acre tract of land that includes Blanco's, central Houston's only remaining traditional country-western music venue (or "honky-tonk"). However, the school's headmaster said there were no immediat ... More >>
Eric Brace (left) and Peter CooperThe senior music writer and columnist for Nashville daily The Tennesseean and a professor of country music history at Vanderbilt University, Peter Cooper also steps out as a performing songwriter when his schedule permits. He rolls into town Friday night at M ... More >>
Overnight, Lonesome Onry and Mean received word that the Wagoneers, one of Texas' earliest alt-country bands, are coming back from the dead. The hard-twanging roots band that was essentially a precursor to the Americana movement will perform for the first time in 22 years at the Austin Chroni ... More >>
"Hank Williams' pain songs, Newbury's train songs/ And 'Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain' - Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings, "Luckenbach, Texas" Lonesome, Onry and Mean was sitting around having a few cold pops the other night when we put on The Best of Mickey Newbury. It wasn't long before the ... More >>
Lonesome, Onry and Mean just noticed that venerable listening room McGonigel's Mucky Duck has a major streak of high-grade talent Nov. 12 through 17. Beginning with the Subdudes on the 12th, the Duck quickly plows through Texas legend Ray Wylie Hubbard (13th), troubadour-poet Tom Russell (14th), on ... More >>
"Wine Me Up," live at D&L's Texas Music Cafe, Austin, SXSW 2005 I remember a time when it seemed like I went to Blanco's every week. If it wasn't the Hollisters, it was folks like Jim Lauderdale or Chris Wall or some other totally legit act that would pack the little joint like a sardine can. Un ... More >>
Right on the heels of Wednesday's announcement of Vanguard's new Doug Sahm tribute album comes Yep Roc's tribute to Chris Gaffney, The Man of Somebody's Dreams. Ironically, it includes some of the same high-profile roots artists who pay tribute to Sahm: Dave Alvin, Los Lobos and Alejandro Escov ... More >>
Photos by Matt Smith Per our recent blog pondering the slow death of honky tonk and the wisdom of pursuing that genre as a career path, after Heybale!’s masterful show at the Continental Club I think it’s safe to assume that honky-tonk is still alive, even if only as a few enclaves among the ba ... More >>
(Rooting through yellowing copies of the Press, I found the following listings from ten and 15 years ago) 15 years ago in Houston music: The Boredoms and Brutal Truth opened for Pain Teens at Emo’s…Then-Press music editor Brad Tyer highly recommended readers to go see Jason Nodler’s play ... More >>
Jim Lauderdale performs Tuesday, November 28, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
Thursday, May 25, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2524 Norfolk, 713-528-5999
Thursday, April 13, McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2524 Norfolk, 713-528-5999
Saturday, October 15, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.
Free show: Saturday, April 9, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717
Circo (Dualtone Records)
Genuine (Lucky Dog)
Pam Robinson is transforming Washington Avenue one bar at a time
SXSW turns a cold shoulder to the Houston music scene
Buddy and Julie Miller's rings don't burn their fingers
In his first 24 years of life, Brad Turcotte has already become a music-business veteran
Jesse Dayton knows a great many words - and how to sell them
Jack Ingram takes his rightful place in the long line of masterful Texas singer-songwriters
Buddy and Julie Miller --
Jim Lauderdale is a living lesson in how to profit from Nashville's fringes
Nick the Knife's regained his edge, and the world's a better place for it
Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones! (Yawn...)