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Leadbelly

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    We Nominate In the Ice Bucket Challenge...

    Even in today's viral culture, this "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise money for ALS research has taken many by surprise. Instead of quickly blowing over like so many digital fads, this one continues to yield more famous (and not-so-famous) people getting doused on Facebook and YouTube every day. Appar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    John Fogerty at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 10/20/2013

    John Fogerty Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion October 20, 2013 John Fogerty made an odd song choice about two hours into his set Cynthia Woods Sunday night: "Oh, Pretty Woman." No disrespect to the 1964 Roy Orbison standard, but come on. Who really needs to hear "Pretty Woman" again, even if it's Jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Not Fade Away Soundtrack Offers Up a Fistful of Blues, Stones

    Not Fade Away, Director David Chase's period piece about a burgeoning rock band in the '60s, is still playing on limited screens in New York and Los Angeles, but this week preview copies of the soundtrack hit mailboxes. It is a sprawling double-disc, double-LP collection featuring vintage Rolling St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Peter Case: Ex-Plimsoul Heads Back to San Francisco's Beatnik Nights

    Old-school punk impresario, power-pop godfather, and singer-songwriter extraordinaire Peter Case (The Nerves, The Plimsouls) continues to thrive on the weary road, armed with a sense of honesty and history in the newfangled digital era. Rocks Off spoke with him recently before he arrives in Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    The Coolest and Uncoolest Songs About America's Coolest City (Us)

    Above is Dean Martin doing "Houston" on his television show. Epic fail, but nice outfit. As you may have read, Forbes magazine recently determined that, by their measurement criteria, Houston is now America's coolest/hippest city. Of course, while the rest of the world has looked down its nose for ... More >>

  • Music

    January 12, 2012

    A God-Fearing Boogie Man

    Reverend K.M. Williams says the blues aren't the devil's music.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Hootenanny 101: Folk Songs to Help You Study for Finals

    Lead Belly​It's the last week of classes for most of us who are still in school, which means that next week is finals time. We here at Rocks Off feel your pain -- it's hard trying to cram for five finals on only 60 milligrams of Adderall. Hell, we have two projects due tonight by 7 p.m. and we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Pop Rocks on Sting: "Rock Stars...Is There Anything They Don't Know?"

    You rotten flexible bastard.​ Sting. He's the artist we love to hate: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova--herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha and daughter of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: Music Fans Love Their A-Holes

    You rotten flexible bastard.​Sting. He's the artist we love to hate. From The Atlantic: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova - herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Leadbelly's "Midnight Special" Prison in Sugar Land Closing (Although It Might Not Be the Prison He "Wrote" It in)

    Texas legislators are likely to agree to closing the century-old Central Unit prison in Sugar Land, mostly because it sits on land near the airport that can be developed. It's one of several Texas Department of Criminal Justice units in the area; a compound of four units is nearby in unincorporated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Five Murderers' Unreleased Children's Albums

    ​Reading this article from our San Francisco sister blog All Shook Down got Rocks Off thinking: If Leadbelly could murder a man in cold blood, yet also excel in the gentle whimsy of children's music, could there have perhaps been other killers who tried to record children's albums that, for on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Five Essential Boogie-Rock Albums

    ​Boogie-rock has probably been derided by critics more times than people have torched a doob while listening to BTO. Intellectual types tend to write it off as guys with feathered bangs, mustaches and shirts open to their navel playing songs about cars, girls and partying (and partying in cars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Six Things The White Stripes Leave In Their Wake

    ​In the wake of the White Stripes' official breakup last week, the music world reeled with the loss of one of the defining bands of the past decade. Some applauded the end of a band they saw as too simplistic, buoyed by a sub-par drummer and warbling attention-addict. Different strokes, y'all. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's Favorite Non-2010 Music Of 2010

    Editor's Pick: It was probably Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne, same as last year. So how about Nirvana's In Utero, which I dragged out of mothballs when we did our article about Nevermind's anniversary in September. In Utero fried my hair all over again, and then got me thinking about the band's cover of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Happy Anniversary, Nirvana's Nevermind

    ​This past Friday, a significant musical anniversary came and went with barely a peep. It was only 19 years to the day the last album to cause a legitimate sea change in popular music - both the industry and the art - was released. Rocks Off knows that was a few days ago, but hey, we had a bus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Johnny Falstaff And Friends Make Quite A Spectacle At Blanco's

    Photos by Melissa NobleLeft-right: Johnny Falstaff, Jo Bird, Carly Wolf​Lonesome Onry and Mean is a huge fan of Elvis Costello's Spectacle TV show. It would be wrong to say there was a "best" night, but our favorite is the Renee Fleming episode. Fleming, New York's reigning Metropolitan Opera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Friday Night: Dr. John At House of Blues And Jon Cleary At The Big Easy

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Dr. John/Jon Cleary House of Blues/The Big Easy August 20, 2010 In spite of all the BS whining that we don't "support the local scene" or that we have our head up somebody's ass, it's a great time to be a music journalist in Houston. Friday night was no exception, as Af ... More >>

  • Music

    April 29, 2010

    Beyond His Years

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

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Shadowy Depression-Era Roots of Modern Country and Bluegrass

    As LOM promised in last week's blog about bluegrass, here are some precursors to that art form. These are some wonderful tunes to listen to on your boom-box or iPod while tending your illegal still. Charlie Poole: Charlie Poole is the iconic model for every hard-drinkin', guitar-plunking, Appalachi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    True Blood, Episode 8: Lyle Lovett's Prison Song and Redemption on a Dallas Hotel Roof

    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. Though we're picking up midway through Season 2, from here on out as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    House of Blues Takes Area Students to Blues School

    Photos by Chris Gray Class has begun, school is in session and all the pupils are attentively waiting to hear what the teacher has in store. But there are no desks, tests or No. 2 pencils anywhere in sight. These H.I.S.D. students are seated at a special assembly to receive a lesson of great importa ... More >>

  • News

    May 21, 2009
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    May 14, 2009
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    April 10, 2009

    Eyeballin': Rory Gallagher Live in Cork

    By the time of his 1995 death at the age of 47 due to complications from liver transplant surgery, Rory Gallagher was already a giant blues-rock guitar hero - albeit in pretty much every country besides the U.S. And it's a shame that these shores never cottoned to the Irishman, who in his prime cert ... More >>

  • Music

    June 19, 2008

    God, Texas and Tom Waits

    Tom Waits may not come from around here, but a good chunk of his favorite music does

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Nirvana’s Unplugged on DVD

    Think about all that’s changed in the past 14 years: Music is very much just a few ones and zeroes on a hard drive. Bands give away albums for free. Most artists only get in the business so they can try to sell you their clothing line. In 1993, Miley Cyrus was just a screaming, toothless infant be ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2007

    Free for All

    A brief history of musicians giving it away

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2007

    Day of the Dead at the Graves of Southeast Texas Music Legends

    As some of you may remember, I wrote about visiting the graves of southeast Texas music legends on Day of the Dead. Last Friday, Press music listings editor Brett Koshkin and I did just that. Or tried to, at least. The plan was to head up to Navasota’s Oakland / Resthaven cemetery, where both Ma ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 1, 2007
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    October 17, 2007

    Radio Houstoned: Black Pearl Sings at Stages Repertory Theatre

    Click the button below to listen to a podcast with Night & Day Editor Olivia Flores Alvarez and playwright Frank Higgins. Black Pearl Sings by Frank Higgins makes its world premiere at Stages Repertory Theatre this week. The story follows Susannah, an ambitious song collector for the Library of Co ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 11, 2007

    Black Pearl Sings

    Stages presents world premiere

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Hall of Fame Nominations a Big Cleveland Steamer

    Late Friday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their nominees for its class of 2008: Madonna, John Mellencamp, Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, Leonard Cohen and Afrika Bambaataa are the heavyweights. Mind you, these are just nominees. Oh, I forgot to mention that Chic somehow rates a nomination, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2007

    A Paean to Texas Blues in Arlington?

    Some cities are famous for their unique cultural contributions: Philly and cheesesteak. New Orleans and jazz. Arlington and…the blues. Yup, developers in Arlington want to turn some vacant land by the Rangers ballpark into a $300 million paean to Texas blues. The complex, which right now is just ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Houston's Very Best Songs Ever

    ...otherwise known as the H-Town 20

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2007

    Lomax on Lomax

    “Wasn’t your grandfather the guy who discovered Leadbelly?” Having the same name and being in the same trade as John and Alan Lomax, I get questions like that a lot. And yes, I am related to both of them, but neither was my grandfather. John Avery Lomax was my great-grandfather, and Alan Loma ... More >>

  • Music

    October 13, 2005

    Rockin' Renewal

    The imminent launch of new venue Warehouse Live makes it official: Downtown is now Houston's live music hot spot

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    The Real Deal

    Who is the more "authentic" bluesman -- Bobby Bland or T-Model Ford?

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    Armand Van Helden

    New York: A Mix Odyssey (Tommy Boy)

  • Music

    March 4, 2004

    Blues Lucifers

    San Antonio's Boxcar Satan rumbles in from the west with its punk-roots noise

  • Music

    February 5, 2004

    The Gossip

    Saturday, February 7

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Banjos and Body Piercings

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

  • Music

    November 6, 2003

    City Under Siege

    Musicians provide HPD with plenty of overtime pay

  • Culture

    March 27, 2003

    War on War Songs

    Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest

  • Music

    March 29, 2001

    Meet the New Boss

    John Nova Lomax

  • News

    January 13, 2000

    Lost Legends

    Tary Owens helped rescue the early roots of Texas music. Then those songs saved Owens from himself.

  • Music

    December 16, 1999

    Blast from the Past

    Bridging Lead Belly is a new release of recently discovered songs

  • Music

    July 15, 1999

    Mo' Better Blues

    Art imitates life in the music of Keb' Mo'

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