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Kenny Rogers (Musician)

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Cowboy or Club Roxy, Galleria Nightspot Had Quite a Run

    Quietly, the Roxy shut its doors several months back after billing itself for years as Houston's "longest-running nightclub." Whether that statement is true or not, an extensive, eclectic history lies within the now-empty space near W. Alabama and Sage Rd. Personally, I remember the Roxy's teen ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The Houston Music Hall of Fame Class of 2014

    There's an old saying in the music industry that you have your whole life to make your first album but six months to a year for your second. This is almost the reverse. Last year, when we started the Houston Music Hall of Fame to salute the 25th anniversary of the Houston Press Music Awards, the who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Three Stupid Things People From Other Places Think About Houston

    Houston is often criticized or lampooned by people from other parts of the country, but all that really means is that this city is notable enough to draw fire. People don't usually talk about boring places. Still, a lot of the stereotypes that get flung our way are just silly, and any Houstonian wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Freedom Over Texas, Tony! Toni! Tone!, etc.

    Freedom Over Texas Eleanor Tinsley Park & Sam Houston Park, July 4 Now in its 28th year as the City of Houston's official star-spangled salute to the good ol' U.S. of A., Freedom Over Texas is speaking with a noticeable country twang this year. Featuring four stages and numerous other "zones" sprea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee at Stafford Centre, 6/25/2014

    Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour Feat. Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee Stafford Centre June 25, 2014 Urban Cowboy has had an unusual half-life. As fiction, it comes up somewhat wanting today; its star-crossed lovers Bud and Sissy ain't exactly Romeo and Juliet. But the film did have the good fortune to be larg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Rolling Stone's Ridiculous Top 100 Country Songs: The Second Half

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    The Urban Cowboy Soundtrack Holds Up Pretty Well

    Have you watched Urban Cowboy lately? It's actually on Netflix right now if you never have. But the movie that in many ways put Houston on the map in the world's eyes -- how come nobody ever brings up Terms of Endearment, though? -- frankly hasn't aged all that well. Pulpish B-movie fare to begin w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Dolly Parton's 10 Best Songs of All Time

    We really couldn't adore Dolly more. As a songwriter, performer and even an actor, she's proven herself worthy time and again. She holds a number of career milestones -- 25 gold, platinum, and multiplatinum awards, 41 career Top 10 country albums, and eight Grammys, just to name a few -- but more th ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    Pomp and Circumstance

    Rice vs. UH: the battle for musical bragging rights.

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    March 21, 2014

    Rice vs. UH: Who Has Musical Bragging Rights?

    Many moons ago, or one or two anyway, our friends over at L.A. Weekly's West Coast Sound decided to evaluate Southern California's two main universities, USC and UCLA, using a set of music-oriented criteria and declare a winner. We're not talking matriculation either, though that's certainly part of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Voice Champ Danielle Bradbery Lights Up City Hall Tonight

    This time last year, Danielle Bradbery was a 16-year-old student at Cy Ranch High School who loved dancing and riding horses and hadn't done much singing outside her own bedroom. Then her family entered her into the Dallas auditions for NBC's high-rated singing show The Voice -- without asking her f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    10 Glaring Omissions From the Country Music Hall of Fame

    This Sunday the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will correct a grievous oversight when it inducts the late Jack Clement, who wrote an early hit for Johnny Cash ("Ballad of a Teenage Queen"), effectively desegregated country music by adopting Charley Pride as a protege, and produce ... More >>

  • Music

    October 10, 2013

    Ever-Smiling Pop/R&B/Country Singer Lionel Richie Still Can't Slow Down

    SInger proves he's at his best when Lionel does Lionel.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    10 Albums Any True Urban Cowboy Should Own

    There's no telling the reasoning that caused Kings of Leon to call their sixth album, released late last month, Mechanical Bull. But to venture a wild guess, could be the Nashville-via-Oklahoma rockers are trying to put across a general image of toughness after a difficult few years, or perhaps sugg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    RIP George Jones: Texas-Born Country Legend Dies at Age 81

    George Jones, the Southeast Texas-born Country Music Hall of Famer whom most agree would be a face on Nashville's Mount Rushmore, has died at age 82. According to Fox News, repeating information from Jones' longtime publicist Kirt Webster, the singer died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center late ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    RIP George Jones: Texas-Born Country Legend Dies at Age 81

    George Jones, the Southeast Texas-born Country Music Hall of Famer whom most agree would be a face on Nashville's Mount Rushmore, has died at age 81. According to Fox News, repeating information from Jones' longtime publicist Kirt Webster, the singer died early Friday at Vanderbilt University Medica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Red, White, and Rehab: Country Music's 10 Douchiest Moments

    It might be hard to believe, but the same musicians responsible for singing lyrics about big green tractors and diggin' up bones are also responsible for a lot of my Internet entertainment. You see, when famous people do douchey things, it makes me giggle. When those acts are committed by people t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Blake Shelton Has Helped Country's "Old Farts" More Than They Seem to Know

    "Can't they just shut up?" That's the question many country music fans proffer when musicians publicly express opinions that dare venture outside of benign Q&A quicksand and into the murky waters of relevant social issues. Country consumers from both sides of the political aisle can get riled up i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    The Best Shows In Houston This Week: Tame Impala, Dropkick Murphys, Zac Brown Band, Nosaprise, Etc.

    Tame Impala With The Growl Fitzgerald's, February 25, 8 p.m. Tame Impala's late-2012 effort Lonerism plays like the Beatles circa Abbey Road channeling T. Rex's The Slider, with a hefty helping of early '10s dream-fuzz. The Australian act has come along way from opening for MGMT in 2010, a tour in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Kenny Rogers' Luck: The Gambler's Story More Than Breaks Even

    Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir By Kenny Rogers William Morrow, 304 pp., $27.99 Having recently produced a television special commemorating his 50 years in show business, this memoir from the Gambler seems long overdue. And indeed, during his '70s and '80s heyday, Kenny Rogers was an artist t ... More >>

  • Music

    August 30, 2012

    Mel Tillis: Coca-Cola Cowboy

    At 80, first-time author isn't done yet.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2012

    RIP Gene Thomas: Swamp-Pop Singer of "Sometimes" Passes Away at 74

    Gene Thomas, the Texas singer and songwriter whose 1961 swamp-pop hit "Sometimes" was recorded at Houston's Gold Star Studios (later SugarHill), and was later covered by Doug Sahm, passed away Sunday morning. Houston musician Buzzy Smith announced Thomas' death on his Facebook page. The Palestine n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Aliens Welcome: A Playlist for World UFO Day

    Having grown up on Unsolved Mysteries and Time-Life books... as well as being completely ignorant of organized religion, my head is full of a thousand examples of Fortean phenomena, unexplainable happenings, and tales of a eldritch and incomprehensible world that gnaws at the edge of reality like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Laura Bryant: Waco Nurse Lives Vegas High Life At ACM Awards

    You win a contest, all expenses paid, to a major country-music awards show in Las Vegas. What happens next? Rocks Off will admit we had never even pondered that question until someone from Reliant Energy offered us a chance to interview the winner of Reliant's "Dream Trip of a Lifetime." The packag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Cracker Barrel Is iTunes For Old People

    If you have been paying attention to obscure press releases, you would know by now that Cracker Barrel, that folksy restaurant chain with all the rocking chairs out front that your grandparents love, is now a music retailer to boot. Yes, in addition to all those cool wooden toys and puppets, you c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

    Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Lionel Richie Vs. Chuck Norris: Who Would Win?

    So far the musical comeback of the year has been Lionel Richie, hands down. Last week the Alabama-born crooner's new album in three years, Tuskegee, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with sales of almost 200,000 copies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, if about 185,000 copies of Madonna's MD ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Edition Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 5

    While Houston played a huge part in the early history of country music, by the end of the 1950s a new breed of artist was coming on the scene. Western Swing, for all purposes, was a relic, and although honky-tonk was still a force in the charts and on radio, its share of the pie was waning. The arr ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2012

    Promised Land

    SXSW 2012, from Bruce Springsteen to Buxton.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    RodeoHouston Wants To Send You To Vegas

    The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is well on its way to drawing a couple of million more (mostly) country-music fans to Reliant Stadium again this year. Now the rodeo and Reliant Energy want to send one lucky fan to the Academy of County Music Awards in Vegas April 1. No foolin'. All the couple hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Wednesday 3/14/2012

    ​If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2012
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    December 16, 2011

    Remember Max Headroom?: Creepy And Stupid Christmas Videos From Holidays Past And Present

    ​Yeah! It's almost Christmas! With each minute we are all one step closer to the day when we can stop posting lists about things pertaining to the holiday. Seriously, by the second week in December you almost type "Christmas" instead of your own name sometimes, and your brain atrophies wheneve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    9 Musical Costumes Couples Should Avoid This Halloween

    Norman See/last.fmNice threads, but... yeah. Don't go there.​The other day, a friend of ours asked us for our opinion on some ideas for "couple costumes," as in Halloween, including Han Solo and Princess Leia. Ugh. Do you happy couples really start this early in September? Rocks Off thinks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Top 10 Texas Movie Soundtracks

    ​This weekend, as the rest of the world catches Harry Potter mania for (perhaps) the final time, Houston gets a serious dose of Urban Cowboy nostalgia. Theater Under the Stars' production of the Tony-nominated 2003 musical - which The New York Times called "a conclusive demonstration that it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Idol Beat: The Doom That Came To Haley

    May the best...oh, who am I kidding?​Two hours. We're down to three contestants and the program last night lingered for two freaking hours. It's hard to blame Fox. NBC is coming up on the outside with The Voice, ABC has a slew of new programs debuting in the fall (a reboot of Charlie's Angels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Mickey Newbury: Houston's Forgotten Genius

    "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 >>

  • Music

    February 25, 2010
  • Music

    February 4, 2010

    Whiskey in the Jar

    The Blaggards warm up for an Irish tour by rocking the Rory Miggins Memorial Irish Stew Cook-Off.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    How Texas and Alabama Match Up... Musically

    ​ For once, Rocks Off is grateful for this sinus-splitting headache (thanks, Mike Stinson!), because it gives us something to focus on besides the fact that we are crawling out of our skin waiting for kickoff tonight. At this point, sports pundits have analyzed the Longhorns and Crimson Tide to wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Post-Valentine's Day Relationship Rescue Songs

    So Valentine's Day is over, and you spent all your dough on Cupid swag for that special sweetie, which hopefully bought your way out of the doghouse for the time being. But if not, Casanova, your Rocks Off homies still have your back - provided you have an iTunes account. Sentimentally speaking, wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Sole Of Houston: Airline Drive, Complete

    The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a potent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Mail Call: What's in the Crate?

    It's one of God's little jokes that no matter how hard we try, we really can only do one thing at a time. Certain tasks always seem to get relegated to the back burner, and for Rocks Off, for some reason, it's the mail. I think it has something to do with believing that as long as you don't open a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    The Roaster Meets Cracker Barrel

    Perhaps it was inevitable: Allen Parkway Village native Kenny Rogers, who owned his own chain of rotesserie-chicken restaraunts in the '90s and shall forever after be known as "The Roaster," has partnered with home-cooking restaraunt franchise Cracker Barrel (mmm... that's good eatin') to release a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    More Googlism Poetry

    Back in January, I plugged the names of Houston musicians into the endlessly amusing but mostly pointless site Googlism and generated a few poems composed entirely of the collective conventional wisdom of the web. (Read the results here.) This time, it's the turn of Kenny Rogers, King's X and Micke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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