Above: Walter Barnes and the Royal Creolians, the first kings of the Chitlin' Circuit
Most music critics, writers, historians, and aficianados in Houston don't think this city has ever gotten enough credit for its contributions to blues, soul, and, the Holy Grail, the birth of rock and roll. Well, ... More >>
Six years ago today, on June 6, 2006, the world lost Houston-born musician Billy Preston. The session man, kind soul and all-around secret weapon was in the mix for some of the best and brightest moments of rock's heyday. The man backed up Little Richard and Sam Cooke, and as a child prodigy he play ... More >>
Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. This is our final installment.
Great Houston blues guitarists makes a long and storied list indeed, arguably headed up by Albert Collins, Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny "Guitar" Watson ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseNitzer Ebb
November 29, 2010
It was an odd feeling, watching Nitzer Ebb at Numbers Friday night.
It was an odd feeling, because of the déjà vu. Nitzer Ebb was the first band Aftermath ever saw live - ever - opening Depeche Mode's Violator tour at the Woodlands ... More >>
Four postcards included in the limited edition of The Beatles: Rock Band
Looks like Beatlemania 2.0 is in full swing. Rocks Off may have mentioned how excited we are to play The Beatles: Rock Band at Coffee Groundz tonight, with prizes, drink specials and much laughter as we try to gnash our way ... More >>
The Soul of Kijana Unfolds In Music (Mahdi Records, 1976)One of the coolest DIY album covers in COB's collection is courtesy of a suave California crooner named Kijana. We've had this record for some time, and have always wondered who this guy was. "Kijana" is a Swahili word meaning "youth ... More >>
www.myspace.com/jerrylynnwilliamsI'd forgotten about Fort Worth rocker and soul man Jerry Lynn Williams until the other day when I was reading Eric Clapton's autobiography. Warner Bros. had returned Clapton's tapes from sessions in Montserrat and, to keep his Warner's deal, Clapton ... More >>