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Marty Robbins

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Our Top Five Hank Williams Sr. Covers

    Kids, there's a reason Hiram "Hank' Williams, who would have been 90 years old September 17, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dead of an overdose of pain killers in the back of his long white Cadillac at 29, Williams was, in his brief interval in Nashville, not only a hit-making country star bu ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Remembering Tompall Glaser: An Outlaw Just Beyond the Spotlight

    Tompall Glaser, one of the original and most confrontational Nashville outlaws, passed Tuesday morning after a long illness, according to the singer's nephew. The flannel-throated Glaser, whose upraised middle finger to the Music Row establishment was even bigger than Willie's or Waylon's, was 79. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    The Alamo Is Under Attack! (It's Not Ozzy This Time)

    Texans don't screw around when it comes to the Alamo. We're raised to talk about the "13 days of glory" with misty eyes and a defensiveness along the lines of how the Brits talk about the Queen. Once Ozzy Ozbourne was caught urinating near it - he was peeing on the Alamo Cenotaph, legend has it -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Kimberly McCarver, Missouri City's Meadowlark

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Sometimes a hunch will pay off. Kimber ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    UPDATED: The Rocks Off 100: Kimberly M'Carver, Missouri City's Nightingale

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. UPDATED (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.) Corrects the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Saturday Night: Ray Price at Stafford Centre

    Ray Price Stafford Centre January 12, 2013 Ray Price has seen scoundrels, outlaws and pop-star pretty boys rule over country music for most of his lifetime, but he sounds determined to go out the same gentlemanly crooner he's always been, the picture of stoicism to the last. Price, who celebrated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Proud UH Alum Larry Gatlin: If You Don't Like His Songs, "I Still Wrote Them"

    Rocks Off reached native West Texan and proud UH alumnus Larry Gatlin, of 97.1 Country Legends mainstays Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Band, first by phone at his hotel in Colorado, then again by phone the next day in San Antonio. Gatlin plays the Dosey Doe's "Big Barn" in The Woodlands Sunda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    10 Songs That Influenced Shovels & Rope

    Tonight Shovels & Rope plays two sets at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, a venue that is quickly becoming their natural habitat here in Houston. The duo, made up of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, is currently touring behind O' Be Joyful, released this past summer. Obviously, the group is gaining mucho s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Shovels & Rope's Cary Ann Hearst On the Dying Record Industry & C.C. DeVille

    Tonight husband and wife country duo Shovels And Rope play McGonigel's Mucky Duck, a venue that as of late has become their main Houston stomping grounds when they aren't opening for their friend Hayes Carll in bigger venues. The pair -- Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent -- just released their lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    10 Songs That Helped Make Nick 13's Country Debut

    ​Tiger Army's Nick 13 delivered his self-titled solo debut this year, and the lead singer of one of the past decade's biggest psychobilly bands has made one of the most enjoyable traditional country records of 2011 not called Photographs. Yes, this 10-song set from the man you first met on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Five Filthy Conway Twitty Ditties Sure To Get Her To Press Charges

    The tighter the pants, the stronger the pull. ​True story, back when we were trying to pick out Twitter handles in 2008, we almost went by @ConwayTwitter, but we instead went for a real name. Now the handle is taken, probably by someone who doesn't even like Conway Twitty, who would have been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Top Five Clint Eastwood Soundtracks

    pasoroblesfilmfestival.comDr. John, Clint Eastwood and producer/director Bruce Ricker in a publicity photo for "Piano Blues," Eastwood's installment of PBS' 2003 series The Blues.​Today the one and only Clint Eastwood turns 81 years old, and he can still kick your ass. According to the Interne ... More >>

  • Music

    November 11, 2010

    No Shame

    Dr. Dog shrugs off faint praise.

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Six Songs That Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

    ​If there's one musician whose advice is worth heeding, it ought to be Johnny Cash. But when the Man in Black sang "Don't Take Your Guns To Town," a whole lot of musicians must not have been listening. Perhaps they were tuning in one of Cash's other songs that takes a different point of view - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Rocks Off's Top 10 Favorite Story-Songs

    ​The Internet wants to kill Gordon Lightfoot - back in February, someone started a rumor that the Canadian troubadour was dead. Of course it started on Twitter, of all places, where an offhand remark about a celebrity death will be held as fact. Hell, the other night we killed Tim Allen and To ... More >>

  • Music

    March 18, 2010

    Long Way Down

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Beat the Devil's Tattoo is the reverb-heavy rockers' most cohesive LP yet.

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Songwriting Scholar Steve Young Blasts Nashville's "Yuppa-billys"

    For Lonesome, Onry and Mean, they don't come much taller or wiser than Steve Young. Young has been in a love/hate relationship with Nashville and the major labels since he came to town in the early Seventies. Along with Billy Joe Shaver, Young wrote the major anthems of the Outlaw movement that tip ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 7, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken

    Rebels Honky Tonk's Mother-Effer

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Rebels Honky Tonk's Mother-Effer

    Photo by Troy Fields​At Rebels Honky Tonk (5002 Washington, 713-862-7172), the classics are relegated to the bathroom. The record jackets mounted on the men's-room wall feature the likes of Willie Nelson and Marty Robbins, but on a recent Wednesday night a couple KILT-FM DJs were pumping nothi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs That Remind Us of Our Grandfathers

    ​ She Said has something she wants to admit. Here goes nothing. We... like... country music. No big deal, right? You wouldn't think so, unless you grew up in a town filled with racist rednecks who thought the glitz of '90s Nashville qualifies for the only music worth listenin' to. She Said rebelle ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2009

    The Quotable Bono

    The loquacious Irishman is pathologically incapable of keeping his opinions to himself.

  • Music

    July 30, 2009

    Leaving L.A.

    West Coast honky-tonker Mike Stinson shocks his peers by moving to Houston.

  • Music

    May 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: R.I.P. Vern Gosdin

    Foreground: Faron Young (leaning on piano), Tammy Wynette (at piano). Back row (l-r): Unidentified man, Hank Thompson, George Jones, Vern Gosdin, Marty Robbins "Don't you think you should've called To tell me you were coming down Oh, you look so out of place On this troubled side of town" - Vern Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Album of the Week: Bruce Springsteen's Working on a Dream

    Bruce Springsteen is one prolific motherfucker. After all, he's produced one entire 4 CD box set (Tracks) of songs that he thought weren't good enough to be included on a regular album, and much of it still blew away anything in comparison. In that vein, we have Working on a Dream, coming little mor ... More >>

  • Music

    January 22, 2009
  • 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

  • Music

    May 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 24, 2007

    Rotation: Jon Rauhouse

    Jon Rauhouse Steel Guitar Heart Attack Bloodshot Records Ace sideman and session player Jon Rauhouse almost left us a couple of years back. Guys as young as Calexico collaborator Rauhouse aren't supposed to have heart attacks, but all those years of touring with tear-ass bands like the Waco Brother ... More >>

  • Music

    May 4, 2006

    Just Say No Ms

    In which we examine Cancuntry music

  • Music

    December 20, 2001

    Fallout From This Year's Houston Press Holiday Party

    John Lomax leaves the paper to pursue singing career after surprise debut

  • Music

    November 1, 2001

    Ballads Nuevo

    Corridos get updated with drugs and guns

  • Music

    June 14, 2001

    World Class?

    Houston can't join the ranks of other cities until it has an anthem of its own

  • Music

    November 23, 2000

    On the Off-Road Again

    Country legend Ray Price continues to take the path less traveled

  • Music

    September 21, 2000

    Going Public

    Dave Alvin's private loss inspires him to search for the eternal sounds

  • Music

    March 2, 2000

    Like Fine Wine...

    The Hollisters keep getting better with age

  • Music

    September 9, 1999

    Roundabout Way

    Cornell Hurd finally finds his musical niche

  • Music

    May 6, 1999

    He's Ba-ack

    Burt Bacharach's swanky pop stylings return to hipness

  • Music

    April 20, 1995
  • Music

    June 23, 1994

    Pure-D Purty

    Don Walser's yodeling can bring tears, even to the eyes of a Nashville record exec

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