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Merle Haggard

  • Music

    July 3, 2014

    Mary Sarah has Some Fancy Friends

    Meet the 18-year-old local working with Dolly and Merle.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    The Mystery of Mary Sarah: Country Music's Next Star?

    Many critics believe that for the past few years, country music has been experiencing the kind of artistic bankruptcy that comes along once in a generation. But now something odd is happening, and the unlikely catalyst is a teenager from Fort Bend County who once confessed her "MAJOR" crush on Justi ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Merle Haggard at Stafford Centre, 4/1/2014

    Merle Haggard Stafford Centre April 1, 2014 Bet you 20 bucks that Keith Richards really digs Merle Haggard. He is one cool cat. The Hag doesn't say much onstage at first, and barely moves apart from gesturing to one band member or another when it's time for a solo. His low-key style has been both ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Debonair Lounge, Merle Haggard, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, March 31 Since approximately Labor Day 2013, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- this week's "Ladies Nigh ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    10 Things Country Music Should Write About Besides Trucks

    Though it's probably no worse than current pop, rock or hip-hop, you know country music is in sorry shape when someone from Entertainment Weekly goes after it. A few days before Christmas, EW critic Grady W. Smith posted a video to YouTube that boils down dozens of 2013 country hits to a handful of ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Gunfights and Ragtime

    A look at the Houston "music scene" of the early 20th century.

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    October 30, 2013

    Covering Townes Van Zandt Can Be a Tricky Proposition

    Not all that long ago, Rocks Off saw some comment on a Facebook thread where a guy claiming to be a poet said he didn't think Townes van Zandt was the great poet/lyricist so many seem to think. His complaint: he felt like in every Townes song there was some flaw, some line that shouldn't have been a ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    Goodbye, George?

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

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    March 20, 2013

    Behind "Pancho and Lefty": "That Son of a Bitch Is a Smash"

    "Pancho and Lefty" long ago became more than just a song and something closer to a pop-culture touchstone, particularly in Texas and the Southwest. According to Urbanspoon, you can even dine at Pancho & Lefty's Tex-Mex restaurant in St. George, Utah. Unforgivably, it charges separately for chips and ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, RiFF RaFF, etc.

    Alicia Keys, Miguel Toyota Center, March 18 Alicia Keys just keeps rising. The Harlem-raised soul singer and pianist has reached the peak of her profession, exuding a retro vibe and flashing her classical training while becoming a fashion-forward style trendsetter. Along the way, Keys has gone mult ... 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 >>

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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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    June 28, 2012
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    June 21, 2012
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    May 17, 2012
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    September 21, 2011

    Glen Campbell's 15 Greatest Hits - As A Guitarist

    Yet another reason to love Pet Sounds.​In a few hours, Rocks Off will be down at the Stafford Centre, watching the sold-out first Houston-area stop on Glen Campbell's extended "Farewell Tour." It might be the only one, but the tour is booked well into 2012, so we figure there's got to be a Dos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Rough Justice: Bloodthirsty Bar Greets Bin Laden's Death

    ericalessandrini.blogspot.com​Osama bin Laden is dead. Following a late dinner at Van Loc Sunday, Rocks Off was a block or two away from Leon's Lounge when a friend texted us the news around 10 p.m. When we entered the bar, our buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean's daughter in the military had just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Graphic: Top Five Rejected Girl Talk Mash-Ups

    ​Tonight is the big, wildly anticipated Girl Talk show at Verizon Wireless Theater. The show was originally slated for the House of Blues, but ticket sales and space dictated the gig move a few blocks away to capture the magic. Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, is notorious for his inventive mash ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Houston Gets Over-The-Air Country-Music Channel

    ​Believe it or not, some of us get by just fine without cable or satellite TV. When Rocks Off goes home at night - the odd evenings we stay home, that is - not only do we enjoy the finest network television has to offer, but the cornucopia of choices across the digital-TV spectrum: B- and C-mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Stuff You Should Know About: Maddox Brothers And Rose

    "America's Most Colorful Hillbilly Band" ​Lonesome, Onry and Mean was watching a YouTube of Merle Haggard's "Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)" recently and, as he introduced the song, Merle commented that the inspiration for the song was the Maddox Brothers and Rose. According to Hag, "No one rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Last Night: Merle Haggard At Mo's Place

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Merle Haggard Mo's Place November 7, 2010 Next month, President Obama will look on while Willie Nelson inducts Merle Haggard into the Kennedy Center ring of honor, our nation's artistic equivalent of a Purple Heart. A glance at the Hag's tour calendar could offer a sma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Solange Knowles Admits She's A "Blipster"

    ​ As a white thirtysomething male who digs Merle Haggard, Al Green and Skynyrd, Rocks Off is well aware our hipster cred is pretty much in the toilet. Even the bands we do like that were once considered at least kinda "cool" - Wilco, Spoon, Phoenix - now share air time with Jack Johnson and the Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Where Are We Drinking?

    "Kid, there are only two things I want in life right now. A pack of Salem Lights and to play some goddamned Merle Haggard on the jukebox. Now get the hell out of my way or you're gonna get a picture of my middle finger to 'post' on your 'blog.'" Think you know where we're drinking this week? Leav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    Aftermath: Merle Haggard And Kris Kristofferson Help Us Make It Through The Night

    Photos by Jason Wolter​There's a line in Merle Haggard's "Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)" that has become a daily affirmation of sorts for us. It's not the pre-parenthetical part of the title, although we've wondered that often enough. It's this one: "Are we ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers: 18 Readings From The Book Of Hag

    ​ When Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson take the Verizon stage for tonight's "Who's More Grizzled?" grudge match, they'll bring with them a century of experience as two of the most iconoclastic, poetic voices in popular song, country or any other genre. No disrespect to Kristofferson (four wor ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010
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    November 19, 2009

    Honky-Tonk Revival

    Is Houston ready for country? Again?

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    June 4, 2009
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    May 8, 2009

    Mama Tried: A Mother's Day Playlist

    Where would we be without our mothers? Ummm... nowhere. So even though mothers come in all forms, from the highest quality (such as the kind the Gray boys are blessed with) to the absentee variety to the just plain crazy, you've got to at least remember that they're the reason you even exist at all. ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    Vinyl Ranch’s tribute to Urban Cowboy

    Leon’s monthly country-music installment pays tribute to classic country cinema

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    November 29, 2007
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    October 18, 2007
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    October 4, 2007
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    August 2, 2007

    KAY'S LOUNGE

    Three Wise Men

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    June 28, 2007

    Merle the Pearl

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

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2007

    Playbill: Two High String Band

    Bill Ellison Pristine, clear, Rocky Mountain high air surrounds much of what the Austin trio Two High String Band throws down as bluegrass. For the most part this banjo-less ensemble that calls Houston's Blue Corn label home tends toward tunes with a dawdling, we're-stoned melodic pace; the ... More >>

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    November 3, 2005

    Redneck Renaissance

    Gretchen Wilsons return to town makes us wonder, Whats really behind all these songs about Wal-Mart, cheap beer and NASCAR?

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    October 13, 2005

    Heybale

    Saturday, October 15, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.

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    September 1, 2005

    David Allan Coe

    Friday, September 2, at Texas Tumbleweeds, 13101 Kuykendahl, 281-872-7829.

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    February 17, 2005

    He's Gone Country

    The Nightfly tries out as the next Bocephus at Sam Houston Race Park

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    February 10, 2005
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    December 30, 2004

    Owed to Billy Joe

    Today all the best poets are singers. That's why a singer should be Texas's next poet laureate.

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    July 22, 2004

    The Meat Purveyors

    Pain By Numbers (Bloodshot)

  • Dining

    December 26, 2002

    Chicago Oasis

    T.K. Bitterman's Sex with an Alligator

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash

    Walk Alone (Ultimatum Music)

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    November 30, 2000

    Picking Away at History

    Singer-songwriter Tom Russell explores his past to understand his present

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    November 9, 2000

    Merle Haggard

    If I Could Only Fly (Anti/Epitaph)

  • Calendar

    July 30, 1998

    Night & Day

    July 30 - August 5, 1998

  • Music

    August 14, 1997

    Hats Off

    Dwight Yoakam's the last great country singer -- and he doesn't need a twang to prove it

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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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