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Lefty Frizzell

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    November 17, 2014

    Sturgill Simpson at Fitzgerald's, 11/16/2014

    Sturgill Simpson Fitzgerald's November 16, 2014 Artists like Sturgill Simpson don't come along very often, but they do show up enough to prevent those of us who contend we love "real" country music from truly despairing. But honestly, what does that even mean anymore? In an age dominated by Florid ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    Houston's Historic Starday Records: The Earliest Singles

    In 1952, Houston jukebox operator and record distributor Harold "Pappy" Daily and Jack Starnes, Lefty Frizzell's manager, formed their own record label. A combination of both men's names, the tiny Starday actually began recording operations in Starnes' house in Beaumont and released its first 45, M ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 20, 2014

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

    In further efforts to reassure us that it is still relevant, Rolling Stone magazine recently started a country clickbait section called most cleverly (drum roll, maestro) RS Country. I know, the heart pitter-patters in anticipation. A brief perusal of the site finds basically the same crap, errr... ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Happy Anniversary KPFT: 44 Genres For 44 Years

    Today Rocks Off would like to salute 90.1 FM KPFT on its 44th anniversary, which it celebrates this Sunday under the "big top" behind McGonigel's Mucky Duck The lineup is a real hootenanny too, featuring Shinyribs, Del Castillo, Lisa Morales, Annika Chambers, Parker Millsap, recent Rocks Off 200 sub ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Dwight Yoakam at Arena Theatre, 12/20/2013

    Dwight Yoakam Arena Theatre December 20, 2013 An odd thing occurred at the Dwight Yoakam show at Arena Theatre Friday night: the cast of Federico Fellini's epic remake of Urban Cowboy showed up to party. Rhinestones, Jack and Coke, and all. While Yoakam and his band of musical throat-cutters ran t ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Honky-Tonk Traditionalist Moe Bandy Ain't Clowning Around

    A country-music traditionalist, Moe Bandy stands with guys like Johnny Bush and Johnny Paycheck as one of the true masters of the three veins of honky-tonk that matter most: loving songs, drinking songs, and cheating songs. If Bandy does a cover, he goes straight to the source code: Hank Williams an ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

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    December 7, 2012

    Coming Next Week: The Texas 30

    One day this summer, it must have been, a certain Mr. Craig Hlavaty brought a book he had found at a Houston-area thrift shop called (the) Genuine Texas Handbook into the office. This book is about everything you ever loved about Texas in the early '80s condensed into 200-something pages -- big hair ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Miss Leslie, Queen of the Honky-Tonks

    Who? Miss Leslie if you're country, Leslie Anne Sloane has played fiddle/violin in both the classical and country/bluegrass styles since age 5. In 2004, she started Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers, which can usually be found once or twice a month at finer roadhouses and honky-tonks in the greater ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Editon Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 3

    The further one digs into the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music, the deeper one's appreciation of the contributions of Houston's country-music pioneers becomes. Yeah, just check out the black circles under the eyes and drunk-ass grins on Leon Payne's band above. That photo alone sp ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Thanks A Lot: An Introduction To The Late Great Ernest Tubb

    Today would have been country legend and pioneer Ernest Tubb's 98th birthday. Born in 1914 in Crisp, Texas near Dallas, his hometown is now designated as ghost town. For forty years, Tubb was a mainstay on the country circuit and the charts, with songs like "Walking the Floor Over You", "Waltz Acros ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    George Strait's Top 20 Songs Of All Time: Nos. 20-16

    ​Tuesday, George Strait released Here For a Good Time, by our count his 39th album overall. Some may call that the Madness of King George, but Rocks Off the Elder and Younger have both heard Good Time; we both think it's one of his stronger sets, continuing the bout of second wind (Third? Four ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 26, 2011

    My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink: Five Songs For A Hangover

    funny.desivalley.com​Every now and then after a night out, Lonesome, Onry and Mean's head feels like it's been in a fight with some guy who owns a nail gun. While we may no longer be on a regular first-name basis with morning - nor, by way of waiver, are we particularly prone to over-serving o ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Brew Blog: Beer, Burgers and Gary U.S. Bonds at the Texas Beer Festival

    Home Brew Demo at Texas Beer Festival. For a slideshow of the event, click here.​Last week's post about the Texas Beer Festival garnered some interesting responses. Most seemed excited about an event born out of the desire to showcase Texas beers. A few notable exceptions were voiced. Well, no ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010
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    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 >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Dave Matthews Band's Seven Best Covers

    Craig Hlavaty​Tonight the Dave Matthews Band hits the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Austin's Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears as their supporting act. Now into their second decade of massive touring schedules, the DMB is now a cash machine on wheels - a sort of cleaner and less hairy Gr ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    How Texas and Alabama Match Up... Musically

    ‚Äč 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 >>

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    December 24, 2009

    Somewhere Trouble Don't Go

    The best Texas albums of 2009...or what we could squeeze in.

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    December 2, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Stoney Edwards, Another Lost African-American Country Singer

    In our previous story regarding black artists who took the country music route, we omitted a huge talent who, though he never achieved Charley Pride's level of commercial success, was a respected artist among those in the know in Nashville. Stoney Edwards was a farm boy from Oklahoma who eventually ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009
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    August 12, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas, Part 2: "Trinity"

    [Note: This week Rocks Off is looking at the musical heritage, highs and lows, for each of the five possible states that might result should Texas secede from the U.S. like Gov. Rick Perry wants it to. Yesterday we began with the Panhandle/West Texas "Palo Duro" territory; today it's northeastern qu ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009
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    October 30, 2008
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    September 27, 2008

    Patty Griffin and Jenny Lewis: Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Fire

    Jenny Lewis (Mark C. Austin) Blondes have more fun. Brunettes can read. Redheads, they sing. Friday afternoon of ACL saw two such enflamed songbirds. Sunday will feature two more, but until then... Local chanteuse Patty Griffin whipped up the fest's first recorded breeze with opener "Heavenly Day, ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    May 1, 2008
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    April 29, 2008

    Last Night: Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys at Boondocks

    Photo by Rosa Guerrero Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys Boondocks April 28, 2008 Better Than: A double drive-in bill of Dazed and Confused and Reefer Madness, reenacted Rocky Horror-style. Download: The Velvet Underground's "Heroin," so nobody feels left out. If you go see Sean Reefer & the ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007
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    September 27, 2007

    Houston's Very Best Songs Ever

    ...otherwise known as the H-Town 20

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    June 28, 2007

    Merle the Pearl

    Is the Hag the greatest three-tool talent in country music history?

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    March 8, 2007

    Johnny Bush

    Honky-tonk hero explores his hardscrabble Houston roots with an autobiography and a CD

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    August 24, 2006

    Starry Lullabye

    Ailing Houston-area native David Schnaufer has taken the Appalachian dulcimer to the mountaintop

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    May 6, 2004

    Defending the Dirty Thirty

    And coping with Yankee slander

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    January 15, 2004

    Midtown Honky-tonkin'

    Trains and the vintage sounds of the Swank Countrypolitans bring a time warp to the Continental Club

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    October 23, 2003
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    September 4, 2003
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    October 10, 2002

    Songbird Silenced

    Pioneering singer/songwriter and native Houstonian Mickey Newbury passes away

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    January 17, 2002

    Musical Chairs

    It's never the same show with the Good Luck Band

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    December 21, 2000

    Achy Breaky Voice

    Despite a vocal cord disorder, Johnny Bush still sings the praises of traditional Texas country music

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    November 23, 2000

    On the Off-Road Again

    Country legend Ray Price continues to take the path less traveled

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    January 21, 1999
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    March 12, 1998
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    September 25, 1997
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    April 3, 1997
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    April 11, 1996
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    February 29, 1996

    Master of the Universe

    From presidents to pop stars, Merle Haggard has a song for everyone

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    December 15, 1994
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