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Johnny Winter

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    November 12, 2014

    Derek Trucks Keeps It All In the Family Band

    For many a bluesman, standing at the Crossroads is a mostly apocryphal experience, the stuff of myth and legends. But when Rocks Off reached Derek Trucks at his New York hotel room last month, the myth is quite real. In a few days, he'll take the stage with the Allman Brothers Band for their annual ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Skatestock III, Grindfest 2014, Brand New, etc.

    Cheetah Chrome Fitzgerald's, October 17 Alongside fellow contenders like Johnny Ramone, Cheetah Chrome became one of the titanic guitarists of CBGB-era American punk. His origins, though, erupted a few years earlier in down-and-out Cleveland, where he helped propel two groundbreaking units there: R ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Joe Perry Walks His Way In New Memoir

    While they may not be blood brothers, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, singer and guitarist for Aerosmith, respectively, might as well be for the relationship they've had for more than 45 years. It's a love/hate story that Perry details extensively, along with his own life, in his new autobiography writ ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Revisiting Johnny Winter's Hell-Raising Memoir

    Raisin' Cain; The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter By Mary Lou Sullivan Backbeat Books, 384 pp., $24.99 As is the case when any musician dies, widespread interest in his or her career and catalogue shoots up in the immediate aftermath. And that has certainly been the case with blazing blues ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Billy Gibbons, Others Remember Johnny Winter

    Tributes are pouring in for Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who passed away overnight Wednesday while on tour in Switzerland. The Beaumont native was found in his hotel room in Zurich, a spokesperson said. He was 70. The albino Winter, two years older than his rock-star brother Edgar (of "Frankenst ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    RIP Johnny Winter: Texas Blues Icon Dies at Age 70

    Guitarist Johnny Winter, one of the true greats of Texas blues, passed away Wednesday night in Switzerland. His publicist sent the following message at 5 a.m. Thursday, and said a longer official statement would follow "at the appropriate time." "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Liberty Hall Founder Michael Condray Recuperating After Brain Surgery

    I last saw Michael Condray five years ago at his home outside Porter. I was working on a story about his legendary Houston venue, Liberty Hall, where Bruce Springsteen found his first success in Texas and where a budding guitarist named Billy Gibbons would occasionally work out. Condray loaned us so ... More >>

  • Music

    March 20, 2014

    Copycats

    Houston promoters Pegstar launch a new series of benefit shows this weekend.

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    March 10, 2014

    Bob Dylan's Star-Studded "Halftime Show" Gets Deluxe Treatment

    "Thanks Bob! Thanks for having Bob Fest!" Neil Young enthuses at one point during his set at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert. And though methinks that the October 1992 show at Madison Square Garden paying tribute to the Bard of Hibbing was due more to the planning of Columbia Records than t ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    A Summer Place

    Free Press Summer Fest unveils its pricier 2014 lineup.

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    February 11, 2014

    Texas Guitar God Johnny Winter Is Forever True to the Blues

    A December 1968 edition of Rolling Stone featured Texas musicians who were at the time making inroads into the magazine's home city of San Francisco. Featuring a cover photo of cowboy-hatted Doug Sahm (balancing toddler son Shawn on his knee), it mentioned players and singers both known (Janis Jopli ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Lightnin' Hopkins Finally Wins a Grammy

    It took the Texas Historical Society long enough to appropriately recognize Houston bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins, but not as long as the Grammys. As part of the run-up to Sunday night's 55th annual Grammy Awards, its governing body the Recording Academy announced that Hopkins, who died in 1982, will ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Prom Night, Rocky Hill, Yann Tiersen, Etc.

    Sorry we're late this week, but the good ol' Allen Oldies Band wants to help you start your weekend by rocking your socks off this evening at Natachee's Supper & Punch. Also, it's Prom Night down the street at the Continental Club. Boondocks is promising "Nu Disco, Italo, Cosmic Synth, Nu No Wave, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Upcoming: Young The Giant, Old 97's, Anvil, Mason Jennings, Poor Pilate

    Anvil: Thu., Feb. 9. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Aaron Lewis: Thu., Jan. 12. Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, Houston. Andy Grammer, Ryan Star: Fri., Feb. 17. The Bronze Peacock Room @ House Of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. ​Anthony Green, The Dear Hunter: Tue., Jan. 31. ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Texas Pop Festival Finally Getting Historical Marker

    Mike PorterBathe, hippies, bathe!​Rocks Off can't do anything about the drought, but this weekend we will be breaking our own personal drought and returning to the Austin City Limits Music Festival after taking 2010 off. But long before ACL, there was another massive musical gathering in Texa ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Johnny Winter's New Orbit: Roots, William Shatner & Sly Stone

    bobmargolin.comLondon, 1979 (l-r): Bob Margolin, Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters​Beaumont-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 >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Candy Golde Set To Kick In Some Faces At SXSW Debut

    ​If there is a must-not-miss show for Lonesome Onry and Mean at Austin's annual springtime musical clusterfuck next week, it's Candy Golde at Club Deville, 11 p.m. Friday night. A scary-good Chicago lineup of grizzled veterans - Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Wilco's John Stiratt, and gui ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Bedtime Stories

    Natalie Merchant finds poetry in new album.

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    July 22, 2010

    Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

    The greatest of guitar greats dazzle during a two-hour film documentary

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    April 29, 2010

    Beyond His Years

    A bluesman since age ten, Bernard Allison has learned his lessons well.

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    April 13, 2010

    Distant Early Warning: Athlete, The Bangles, Cypress Hill, Imogen Heap, MGMT, O'Jays, Rush, Talib Kweli, Etc.

    ​Athlete, Carney: Sat., June 26. Walter's on Washington. All Leather, Balaclavas, Yip-Yip: Sat., May 15. The Mink. The Bangles, Tonic: Sat., May 29. Moody Gardens Outdoor Amphitheater. Tyagaraja, Black Queen Speaks, Peekaboo Theory, Robert Ellis & The Boys, The Tontons, VerseCity, Wayside Dri ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    The Music of True Blood, Episode 1.12: Closing Up Shop With a Ditty Called "Ain't No Grave"

    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 >>

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    August 6, 2009
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    July 23, 2009

    Back to the Dead

    Black Leather Jesus's Richard Ramirez resurrects the Dead Audio Music Festival.

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    July 15, 2009

    Houston 101: The Brief, Groovy Life Of The Love Street Light Circus & Feelgood Machine

    The Sixties. A time when you could open a club called the Love Street Light Circus & Feelgood Machine. Unironically, too!I mean, look at that picture. It looks like it's from a very bad Hollywood movie -- you can almost hear the lame attempt at psychedelic rock, the wavy light show, the tortured ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    September 25, 2008
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    April 11, 2008

    Marty Stuart's American Odyssey Does Houston

    Marty Stuart is definitely one of the more interesting also-rans of Travis Tritt-era popular country. He only had a couple of real hits - "Hillbilly Rock" and "Little Things" both reached No. 8 in 1990 - but he's got a great pedigree. He was married to one of the Carter daughters, and was a good pal ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007
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    November 28, 2007

    Lingering Long on Love Street

    Before you check out the Black Angels this weekend at Warehouse Live or watch Roky Erickson’s recently taped Austin City Limits episode (featuring special guest Billy Gibbons; scheduled to air January 12), David Adickes will help you brush up on the early days of Texas psych 7:30 p.m. tonight at N ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007

    Johnny Winter

    Texas musician plays red-hot blues

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    September 17, 2007
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    August 23, 2007

    Alan Haynes

    Blues guitarist comes home

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    June 20, 2007

    B.B. King, circa 1970-something

    I remember seeing B.B. King a few months after the Hofheinz Pavillion opened on the UH campus (1970?). It was King’s birthday. Blues phenom Johnny Winter opened the show and then King and his band, which included half a dozen Houstonians, roared through a huge set that culminated in his mega-hit ... More >>

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    April 24, 2007

    Dropping Today

    Keiko Matsui's Moyo is being released today. The contempoary jazz pianist recorded the CD in Japan, South Africa and the U.S., joined forces with drumer Akira Jimbo, legendary trumpeter Hugh Masakela, and saxophonist Gerald Albright. Click listen to hear Moyo's title track. Artic Monkeys' so ... More >>

  • Music

    November 16, 2006

    Johnny Winter

    Johnny Winter performs Sunday, November 19, at Fitgerald's, 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838.

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    December 16, 2004

    Yin and Yang

    The killing of Dimebag Darrell rains on Michael Haaga's Continental Club Plus and Minus Show parade

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    July 1, 2004

    Johnny Winter

    I'm a Bluesman (Virgin)

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    August 28, 2003

    Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

    Roy Ames, child pornographer and record producer, dies at 66

  • Music

    May 8, 2003

    Dark Riders

    The good, the bad and the ugly rock-star performance contracts

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    October 26, 2000

    Bert Wills

    Tell Me Why (Gold Rhyme)

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    October 29, 1998
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    February 12, 1998
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    January 15, 1998

    Cry Tough

    Essential bassist Tommy Shannon hangs in there

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    February 27, 1997
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    July 13, 1995
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    December 29, 1994

    That Indefinable Something

    Chris Duarte brings a retro energy to rockin' blues and bluesy rock

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    April 28, 1994

    A Hard Case of the Blues

    Roy Ames and his Home Cooking records have spread the sound of Houston blues around the world. Some local musicians are wondering why he hasn't spread more of the wealth as well.

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    March 17, 1994
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    December 9, 1993

    The Chill is Gone

    Texas guitar legend Albert Collins passes at age 61

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