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Johnny Cash

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    The 25 Best Songs We Heard Last Month

    Augustines, "Kid You're On Your Own" The Brooklyn trio's whole album Augustines is fantastic, like War-era U2 with bonus folk inflections. I can tell it's going to be one where I have a different favorite track every couple of weeks; right now it's "Kid You're On Your Own." JOHN SEABORN GRAY Aloe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Essential Rock and Roll Literature For Budding Music Writers

    Right about now young, budding rock writers and nerds are sitting on gift cards and credit from the holidays, and may need to know what books to pick up at the local bookstore or Amazon to further their education. It's not enough to just read every new music blog or (gasp!) pick up a few music mag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Return to Glory: Rick Rubin's 5 Best Comeback Productions

    Recently, Black Sabbath confirmed that record magnate and production auteur Rick Rubin would be twiddling the knobs on their new record, set to be released next year. It will be their first with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978, and a lot of their reputation is riding on this. Not that it will ma ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 23, 2012
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    February 22, 2012

    5 Treehugging Tunes By Conservative Country Artists

    ​Today is the Girl Scouts of America's annual World Thinking Day, which they celebrate each year by dedicating 24 hours of contemplation on the world and the people in it. Now, Rocks Off isn't a Girl Scout, but we keep a close eye on them because we've proven in the past they are in fact our o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Unchained: The Man In Black's Late-Life Comeback

    The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings By Graeme Thomson 254 pp., $19.95, Jawbone Press In 1993, Johnny Cash may have been a country-music icon, but for all intents and purposes, he was also one in need of some serious restoration. Two decades removed from his la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    10 Great Pictures Of Johnny Cash

    ​Do you remember where you were when you found out that Johnny Cash passed away, on September 12, 2003? This member of Rocks Off was in our tiny S-10 pickup, delivering pizzas somewhere in Pearland, when one of the country stations he was flipping through delivered the news that the Man In Bla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    R.I.P. Marshall Grant, Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two Bassist

    Marshall Grant, the Memphis bassist who along with Carl Perkins' brother Luther, were the members of Johnny Cash's seminal band the Tennessee Two, died early Sunday in Jonesboro, Ark. Cash's daughter Roseanne reported via her Twitter account Sunday that Grant had died of aneurysm, and that she h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011
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    March 9, 2011

    Rocks Off's Fantasy RodeoHouston Lineup

    Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & RodeoGeorge Strait in 1996​If you walk through Reliant Center, hanging from the ceiling are banners listing almost every musical performer RodeoHouston has hosted since the '60s. The names reflect the hallowed history of country and fleeting fancies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Gothic Council Debates Unionization, Johnny Cash

    evilpoppy.org.uk​In Wisconsin, there's a huge political fight over what form of bargaining state-worker unions will be able to use in the future, and it got us thinking. After all, goths provide many valuable goods and services to the community, such as dark music, disturbing art, and a whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Future Elvis: What If The King Had Lived?

    ​Do you realize that Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, the dude who was in the Darth Vader suit, and Ron Paul are all the same age as Elvis Presley would be on Saturday? Look at Woody Allen next time you see him on TMZ and just think, he's as old as Elvis. In order to get in the frame of mind to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    What Do Rappers Read?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Chingo Bling, The ARE, Kyle Hubbard, Rob G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    The Ten Bleakest Songs In Country Music History

    decodedstuff.com​Country music isn't all high-tech rednecks and honky tonk badonkadonks. Country artists have a tendency to, every now and then, sing about some dark, disturbing stuff. Sometimes scary, sometimes violent, and sometimes just weird, here are some country songs that rival the blac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    The Music of True Blood, Episode 1.7: Getting Crispy With Johnny Cash's "The Fourth Man In the Fire"

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. With Season 2 just completed, Rocks Off is now working our way backw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    I Gave Her a Ring...: Musical Minutiae About Fingers and Birds

    ​Although we recently discovered how to access the primitive version of Facebook on our non-iPhone (so watch out), Rocks Off generally lives in an Internet-free bubble outside the office. And happily so, so it took until Monday's late local news for us to see - and subsequently laugh our fool head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Another Chapter of the Rocks Off Beatles Rock Band Saga Is In the Books

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Despite some technical difficulties that got things off to a late start, Rocks Off and several of our friends had a fine time at our "Helter Skelter Halloween" party Tuesday evening at Coffee Groundz. Special thanks to the one or two of you who actually showed up in co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Slide Show: Albums That Went Darker

    ​ For most rock acts, the traditional way to deal with success is to rework their lyrics, image and sound to become palatable to a larger audience. Usually this means brightening the subject matter, cleaning up the bad words, softening the sharp edges on those power chords and getting haircuts tha ... More >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2009
  • Music

    March 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    They Don't Make Cop Concerts Like They Used To In Beaumont

    Via Bayou, the Beaumont Enterprise's lively blog, we got directed to an old posting on the Octane Radio Network.And let's just say -- they don't make police concerts like they used to. In 1957 -- when Rock and Roll was still the Devil's Music -- the Beaumont cops bring in Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee ... More >>

  • Music

    October 30, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Johnny Cash Up In Da Club

    That sound you hear is Johnny Cash spinning in his grave as remixers from all over the 12-inch spectrum get their mitts on “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Country Boy” and ten others on Johnny Cash Remixed, out today on Houston’s Compadre Records. Or might it be the Man in Black actually dancing? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    Stageside Blogging: Snoop Dogg Walks the Line

    Orq is closing out with that song from his new CD To the Bone about the woman who "puts the 'ho' in 'Houston'" (hey, we don't judge), and Brett is off bringing back a "report" from the food table in the back of the room. Meanwhile, we got the lowdown on some recent activity at Music World Entertainm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    Aftermath: Twotenanny at the Mink

    The sequel to January’s wildly successful “Hootenanny” cover night, “Twotenanny” is likewise a magnificent concept, but its execution Saturday night revealed a few minor flaws. If you were one of the five people in Houston who didn’t make the sweaty foray, it was ten of the city’s best ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 5, 2008

    Vinyl Ranch’s tribute to Urban Cowboy

    Leon’s monthly country-music installment pays tribute to classic country cinema

  • Music

    May 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    Pop Numerology: How High Can You Go?

    Futzing around with my iTunes, I discovered I have a song with every number in it up through the number 25. I stall out at 26. Anybody know one with that number in it? Here’s my list: “Splash 1,” Thirteenth Floor Elevators “Two Girls,” Townes Van Zandt “Three Sixteens,” U.G.K. “Fou ... More >>

  • Music

    May 24, 2007

    The Sad Kermit Video

    Kermit hurt himself today

  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Various Artists

    Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly

  • Music

    August 10, 2006

    Hope Springs Eternal

    A northern suburb tops our third installment of rating greater Houston's taste in music

  • Music

    July 13, 2006

    Johnny Cash

    American V: A Hundred Highways

  • Home Entertainment

    March 2, 2006
  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Never Go to a Party in Friendswood

    Where does your town rank in the Houston-area good-taste stakes?

  • Film

    November 17, 2005

    Hello, He's Not Johnny Cash

    Walk the Line never strays from the dull telling of a tall tale

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Neil Diamond; Bobby Bare

    12 Songs; The Moon Was Blue

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Calendar

    April 1, 2004

    Those Bastards!

    Johnny Cash's legacy lives on

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Let the Picture Paint Itself

    The Houston Kid hits his stride a quarter-century into his recording career

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Banjos and Body Piercings

    William Elliott Whitmore brings old-school bluegrass to the punk underworld

  • Music

    September 25, 2003

    Reprogram Your Life

    An omnivorous three-headed DJ monster wants to rewrite your old musical code with hip-hop vibes

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Toy Store

    G&G Model Shop

  • Music

    August 16, 2001

    Prodigal Sons

    The Man in Black claims his Bastards

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash

    Walk Alone (Ultimatum Music)

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    Houston Kid

    Rodney Crowell sets his topsy-turvy East End childhood to music

  • Music

    August 28, 1997

    Wanted Man

    Johnny Cash may just be a legend, but he's never sounded better

  • Music

    December 12, 1996
  • Music

    May 26, 1994
  • Music

    March 24, 1994

    Down and Dull in Austin

    South by Southwest disappoints -- again

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