Houston's Top 25 closed music venues.
Before we go any further, this isn't over. Houston fancies itself as forever moving forward, a "city of the future," but in a relatively short time span -- the past 40, maybe 50 years -- it's managed to rack up an impressive number of live-music stages that have come and gone, and left quite a lasti ... More >>
The following is a dispatch from San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival from our VVM Bay Area sister paper, SF Weekly. -- ed. Stevie Wonder Outside Lands Festival Golden Gate Park, San Francisco August 12, 2012 Stevie Wonder, in theory, is an American artistic treasure. He's more than our Beatles ... More >>
The late Rocky Hill was a handful. Even his widow, Joy, told the small but attentive Saturday-afternoon crowd celebrating the (very) belated release of Hill's album Lone Star Legend at Cactus Music's Record Ranch that being his bride was "like being married to a tornado." Hill was a man of tremendo ... More >>
Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>
Photo by Ginny Braud Warren's Inn is, unquestionably, a revered downtown Houston landmark. No stranger to winning Best of Houston® awards, most recently for Best Downtown Bar 2010, Warren's boasts charm, character and cordial, heavy handed bartenders. The space definitely has a vintage vibe, ... More >>
Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.
bobmargolin.comLondon, 1979 (l-r): Bob Margolin, Johnny Winter, Muddy WatersBeaumont-born bluesman Johnny Winter is having a very busy year for a man who is 67. Not only is he set to release his first album of newly recorded material in eight years, Winter is also featured on I'm Back! Family ... More >>
David Bush/ houstondeco.comThe Eldorado Ballroom in 2006Rocks Off was pleased as punch to report last week that, thanks to the efforts of the Texas Blues Project's R. Eric Davis and Project Row Houses, which has owned the historic Third Ward venue since 1999, the Eldorado Ballroom will receiv ... More >>
Project Row Houses/ houstondeco.orgThe Eldorado Ballroom in the 1940sA year ago, Third Ward had no music-related official Texas historical markers. Soon, it will have two. Last month, the Texas Historical Commission approved a marker application filed by Project Row Houses for the Eldorado B ... More >>
George Thorogood is a funny, talkative fellow. In this week's print edition, he told us how the Rolling Stones turned him onto the blues, how playing in a strip club helped his band the Delaware Destroyers "claw our way to the middle" and his amusement at how often the familiar riff from 198 ... More >>
Shore Fire Media In this week's print edition of the Press, Warren Haynes talks about juggling his membership in the Alpha and Omega of jam bands, the Allman Brothers Band and The Dead, with the musclebound blues-rock engine he started in 1994, Gov't Mule. The Mule pulls into House of Blues Satur ... More >>
The short but storied past of Houston's legendary live music venue.
Who Dat? www.myspace.com/jerrylynnwilliamsI'd forgotten about Fort Worth rocker and soul man Jerry Lynn Williams until the other day when I was reading Eric Clapton's autobiography. Warner Bros. had returned Clapton's tapes from sessions in Montserrat and, to keep his Warner's deal, Clapton ... More >>
Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event
When the jukebox is an art form
More Songs About Houston
Friday, September 2, at Texas Tumbleweeds, 13101 Kuykendahl, 281-872-7829.
Release the Hound (Alligator)
At the end, Warren Zevon's past is finally unearthed
Fitchburg Street (Yep Roc)
For Austin's Weary Boys, energy and exuberance trump technique
Rocky Hill hopes to find a smooth patch on his rocky road
The Kinsey Report's findings: Blues, rock, funk and reggae can coexist in one band, but the blend won't make you famous
"The Big E" isn't your typical DJ
Indigenous's rock springs from the deepest roots in North America
Tell Me Why (Gold Rhyme)
Omar Dykes keeps finding ways to push the blues out there
Former drummer Ben "Scatman" Turner dies, and the heart of the jazz community skips a beat
Clandestine -- Dave Nevling and the Blues Kats -- Tommy Dardar and the Sheetrockers
Essential bassist Tommy Shannon hangs in there
Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo
Jerry Lightfoot struggles in Houston -- and wins