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Martina McBride

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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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    June 19, 2014

    The 10 Best Country Songs of the '90s

    Remember when there was no such thing as "bro-country" or "hick-hop?" We do, and it was a little time called the '90s. That was basically the best decade ever for country music. Garth Brooks was at his best, and artists like George Strait and Clint Black were killing it with every single move. Oh, ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    The Five Best Ways to See George Strait This Weekend

    George Strait trivia time: do you know the second-to-last place King George will have ever played as a regular touring artist? If you had the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo Thursday night, you win, but sadly we still can't help you get tickets to the grand finale tomorrow night in Arlington's AT&T Stadium. ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Gregg Allman Invites All-Star "Friends" for Epic Jam in Atlanta

    All My Friends - Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman 2CD/1DVD Rounder Records What sometimes gets lost in consideration of Gregg Allman's career - both with the Allman Brothers band and as a solo artist - is the actual quality of his songwriting. The melodies, the lyrics - though it's all ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride at Freedom Over Texas, 7/4/2013

    Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride Freedom Over Texas, Eleanor Tinsley Park July 4, 2013 Watching Sheryl Crow and her six-piece band perform "Soak Up the Sun," her second-to-last song at Thursday's Freedom Over Texas festival, I felt a sudden and unexpected upwelling of patriotism. Of course there was no ... More >>

  • Music

    July 4, 2013

    By Dawn's Early Light

    Martina McBride Reflects On ThePoetry Of "Independence Day"

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    July 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Trae Tha Truth, Geto Boys, Freedom Over Texas, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, July 1 Earlier this year, John Egan competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where the Houston kinda-acoustic bluesman advanced to the semifinal round of 28 -- so by that reckoning, Egan is one of the Top 30 solo acts of his kind in the world. "Perhaps I wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Martina McBride Reflects on the Poetry of "Independence Day"

    Like the heroine in her 1994 hit song "Independence Day," Martina McBride has been also known to light up the sky. The country-pop star also known for "Wild Angels," "A Broken Wing" and last year's "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" admits she has a thing for fireworks. When she's not on tour, McBride ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Upcoming: Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Michael Buble, Better than Ezra, etc.

    Better than Ezra: Thu., Aug. 29, 8 p.m., $23. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston, 888-402-5837. James Balke: Tue., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., $22.50. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston, 888-402-5837. Muchael Buble: Sun., Oct. 20, 8 p.m., $59.50 to $115.00. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, Houston, 713-758- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Randy Rogers Band Springs Surprise Trouble Release Show at Firehouse Saloon Tonight

    The Randy Rogers Band has become a big enough name on the highly competitive Texas country/Red Dirt circuit that the quintet was chosen to open for George Strait and Martina McBride on Strait's Houston stop of his "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour at Reliant Stadium back in March. Reached by phone from " ... More >>

  • Music

    March 28, 2013

    Goodbye, George?

    Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour closes out this year's rodeo.

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    March 18, 2013

    Last Night: George Strait at Reliant Stadium

    George Strait Reliant Stadium March 17, 2013 Sunday night, George Strait wrangled 80,020 fans into Reliant Stadium for what is surely to be just one of his first "farewell" shows here in Houston. This glut of country fans -- only few thousand short of the total population of Santa Monica, Californi ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2013

    Fair Play

    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo wii do whatever it takes to keep its revolving stage from going dark.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Rodeo Touches Every Corner of Pop Universe, Almost Misses Texas

    I live too far away from the coasts to care about Coachella all that much, and have done far too much time in both the ACL and SXSW trenches to get too excited about anything that happens in far west Houston anymore. So instead, I have started looking forward to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Toby Keith, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan Kick Off RodeoHouston 2013

    Moments ago, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo announced its first four non-George Strait entertainers for the 2013 season: Toby Keith (February 25), teen stars Demi Lovato and Austin Mahone (March 3), Jason Aldean (March 11) and Luke Bryan (March 16). As usual, the rodeo is offering two pocket-si ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012
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    September 26, 2012

    The Cowboy Prepares to Ride Away: George Strait Announces His Touring Retirement

    Today country legend George Strait -- King George around these parts -- announced during a live YouTube broadcast from Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame that he is hanging up his touring boots and saddle after decades on the road. Strait is still slated to close out RodeoHouston's 2013 seaso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    A July 4 Playlist That Goes Boom!

    July 4 is truly America's national holiday, because it combines two of the country's grandest traditions: Taking the day off work and blowing shit up. Because freedom isn't free, fireworks and other explosives are embedded in America's formative myths and our national character. Also, they're pretty ... 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 18, 2012

    Strait Bonin' Turns Our Beloved Icon Into King Of Porn Country

    Of course you all know that today is George Strait's 60th birthday, and the King Of Country just announced that he is coming back to RodeoHouston next spring for a March 17th date with Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band. What a great end that will be to a torrid week at SXSW in Austin. This w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Darrell Scott: Loving Life Way Outside The Nashville Mainstream

    Since moving to Nashville in 1995, 52-year-old Darrell Scott has had a career most who take that Hillbilly Highway to Music City USA would envy. A triple-threat talent, Scott was for years a session warhorse, a guy who could play about anything with strings on it as well as possessing a fantastic ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    RodeoHouston Adds Special George Strait Concert March 17

    It's getting a little late, but Rocks Off figured we can go ahead and tell you now. The Houston Livestock Livestock Show and Rodeo just announced a tweak in its schedule: There will be no bulls or broncs the final day of RodeoHouston 2013 -- a Sunday that happens to fall on St. Patrick's Day, March ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    15 Things Rocks Off Learned Watching The ACM Awards

    Sunday nights, I usually like to watch The Amazing Race after 60 Minutes. I don't usually watch much reality television at all, but something about the combination of total incompetence, vicious backstabbing and exotic locales as several, two-person teams race around the globe is completely intoxica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Upcoming: Basshunter, Escape The Fate, Gipsy Kings, High On Fire, Jesus & Mary Chain

    7horse: Mon., April 9. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Allen Toussaint: Fri., March 9. Dosey Doe Coffee Company, 25911 I-45 N., Spring. The Wheeler Brothers, The Asteroid Shop, Antonio Estevan Huerta: Sat., April 7. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Basshunter: Fri., Feb. 24. Rich ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Last Night: Ten Man Jam At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Michael LanierAlan Jackson​Holy honky-tonk hell, Houston. When you put on your cowboy boots, cowboy hats and drinking pants, you sure can throw down with the best of them. Wednesday night at Verizon Wireless Theater, 100.3 KILT continued its annual Ten Man Jam, with quite a solid li ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Rocks Off's Annual Descent Into Sunny 99.1's Christmas Music K-Hole

    Since 2008, I have spent an hour listening to Sunny 99.1 FM's Christmas music for the Rocks Off blog. Right after Thanksgiving, it's the first thing on my checklist, right next to finding new, weird holiday music for you and trying not to gain 20 pounds in merriment by January. Most of the time on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    11 Albums with 11 in the Title at 11:11:11 on 11/11/11

    ​Personally, we're all pretty sick of the whole 11/11/11 thing. We know that "it goes to 11!" (thanks, Nigel) and it's funny how numbers work, but internet nerds seem to love it. So, in honor of all you nerds, we give you 11 albums with 11 in the title. Just for you, we even posted this at 11 ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    George Strait's Top 20 Songs Of All Time: Nos. 15-11

    ​Today's installment of our 20 favorite George Strait songs, which we began Wednesday, comes with word that Billboard is projecting his brand-new Here For a Good Time to debut on top of next week's Billboard 200. It will take some work, but he could just knock off Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Idol Beat: Durbin Warfare

    It's James' world; we just live in it.​That wonderful sound you heard last night - that distinct lack of atonal screeching that used to climb up your spine like a mongoose wearing stiletto heels - was the sound of a Jacob-free American Idol. What a beautiful thing. I'm not sure which was more ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Last Night: Jason Aldean At RodeoHouston

    Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo​Jason Aldean Reliant Stadium March 20, 2011 You can tell everything you need to know about Jason Aldean by looking at his steel guitarist's forearms Sunday. First, he had a steel guitarist. Of the handful of Rodeo acts Aftermath saw this year ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011
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    March 10, 2011

    Last Night: Martina McBride At RodeoHouston

    Photos by Marco Torres​Martina McBride Reliant Stadium March 9, 2011 Ain't no use in complaining, when you've got a job to do. With SXSW bearing down on us like a freight train and the Rodeo squeezing us like a vise, Aftermath basically wants to kill everyone but our cat right now. Then when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    KISS, Kid Rock, Janet Jackson Head 2011 Rodeo Lineup

    ​KISS, Janet Jackson and Kid Rock head the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's 2011 concert schedule, which the rodeo announced earlier Monday morning. Among the other 13 entertainers rounding out this year's lineup are recent rodeo stalwarts Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Upcoming: Boz Scaggs, Genitorturers, Lucero, Etc.

    ​The Adicts: Wed., March 23. Warehouse Live. Al Stewart: Fri., April 29. Dosey Doe Coffee Company. Badfish (Sublime Tribute), Full Service: Fri., Jan. 28. House of Blues. Black Veil Brides, DRUGS, I See Stars, Versaemerge: Sun., March 20. Warehouse Live. Bob Schneider: Fri., March 11. Hou ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010

    A Fistful of Soul

    One righteous vintage vinyl party.

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    December 13, 2010

    Miranda Lambert Added To Rodeo's 2011 Lineup

    Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Hideout schedule also announced ​Miranda Lambert, the Lindale native currently nominated for five Grammys, including four for her album Revolution, will return to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo March 16 at Reliant Stadium, the rodeo announced this morning. ... More >>

  • Music

    May 6, 2010

    Wrong Number

    Houston's Miss Leslie dials up more honky-tonk homilies on her new CD.

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    December 16, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: AC Pianist Jim Brickman, More Than Just "Jingle Bells"

    ​Rocks Off spoke with songwriter/pianist Jim Brickman recently. True, the AC piano king isn't the type of musician we usually focus on, but talent is talent and oh, yeah, a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Age Album for his CD Faith doesn't hurt.   Rocks Off: First, congratulations o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Dear Local Musicians, Grammy Consideration Is Not the Same Thing As Grammy Nominations

    Ah, here we go again with local artists trumpeting "Grammy nominations." The latest is Atascocita-grown country singer Susan Hickman, who seems to fancy herself as a Miranda Lambert/Martina McBride type. We stumbled across Hickman accidentally through MySpace's "Status Updates," and our eye was imm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Before We Go: News on Girl In a Coma, Willie D, Live Nation, Nameless Sound, Golden Cities and More

    Before heading to Fitzgerald's tonight, Girl In a Coma had to make a little pit stop: a courtroom in downtown Houston, where the band's Jenn Alva and Nina Diaz had a preliminary hearing for the felony assault on a peace officer charges stemming from the late-night brawl at Chances back in March. How ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top 11

    Traditionally, I've concluded the first Idol Beat of any given week with predictions as to who the American Idol judges or viewing public will send home the next night. This week I'm upending that, and predicting that no one will go home. That's right: all eleven of the remaining finalists are safe ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Aftermath: Toby Keith at RodeoHouston

    Photos by Mark C. AustinIt's easy to see why Toby Keith is so popular... until he opens his mouth to sing. The 47-year-old singer, actor and tireless Ford pitchman has the kind of easygoing, big-galoot charisma that would make him an ideal drinking buddy. No doubt that's why so many of his so ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008
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    October 23, 2008
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    January 7, 2008

    Giddyup!: Full RodeoHouston Lineup Announced

    John Fogerty: Hannah who?!? After teasing the thousands of Houstonians left out in the cold by Hannah Montana and her mysterious alter ego Miley Cyrus’ November concert at the microscopic Toyota Center, RodeoHouston confirmed this morning that the duo, who for some reason have never been photogra ... More >>

  • Music

    November 3, 2005

    Bling Twango

    Big & Rich delivers country music without prejudice

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    March 18, 2004

    A Nashville Star Is Born

    Former Richmond Strip denizen Sheila Marshall makes it all the way to Music City

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    August 15, 2002

    Deryl Dodd

    Friday, August 16

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    October 28, 1999

    Rotation

    New Releases Reviewed

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    May 15, 1997
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