Subject:

Mickey Newbury

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The Houston Music Hall of Fame Class of 2014

    There's an old saying in the music industry that you have your whole life to make your first album but six months to a year for your second. This is almost the reverse. Last year, when we started the Houston Music Hall of Fame to salute the 25th anniversary of the Houston Press Music Awards, the who ... 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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    November 20, 2013

    Wille Nelson & Family at Stafford Centre, 11/19/2013

    Willie Nelson & Family, Paula Nelson Band Stafford Centre November 19, 2013 The thought that Tuesday night might be the last time I see Willie Nelson never even popped into my head until after the show was over. I just assumed he'll be back about eight months from now, like he was eight months ago ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    10 Albums Any True Urban Cowboy Should Own

    There's no telling the reasoning that caused Kings of Leon to call their sixth album, released late last month, Mechanical Bull. But to venture a wild guess, could be the Nashville-via-Oklahoma rockers are trying to put across a general image of toughness after a difficult few years, or perhaps sugg ... 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 10, 2012

    Kenny Rogers' Luck: The Gambler's Story More Than Breaks Even

    Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir By Kenny Rogers William Morrow, 304 pp., $27.99 Having recently produced a television special commemorating his 50 years in show business, this memoir from the Gambler seems long overdue. And indeed, during his '70s and '80s heyday, Kenny Rogers was an artist t ... More >>

  • Music

    August 30, 2012

    Mel Tillis: Coca-Cola Cowboy

    At 80, first-time author isn't done yet.

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    August 16, 2012

    The Coolest and Uncoolest Songs About America's Coolest City (Us)

    Above is Dean Martin doing "Houston" on his television show. Epic fail, but nice outfit. As you may have read, Forbes magazine recently determined that, by their measurement criteria, Houston is now America's coolest/hippest city. Of course, while the rest of the world has looked down its nose for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Who On Earth Is Searching for "Hipster John Denver"?

    Here at Houston Press HQ, Rocks Off has a program where we can see every search someone types into that window with the magnifying glass in the top right-hand corner of our home page and any of the four Houston Press blogs. That's right, we're watching you. Be careful. It's fascinating, the things ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Edition Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 7

    Three former Houstonians who have been included in the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Country Music defy all odds. To call Rodney Crowell, Lyle Lovett, or Steve Earle a "country songwriter" or a "country singer" is the grossest simplification. All three have a huge streak of the folk traditi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Edition Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 6

    Mickey Newbury paved the road from Houston to Nashville for a Hells Angels-ish, hard-drinking, hard-drugging gaggle of songwriters who, like Newbury, would go on to make a serious mark on Music City. Ornery, belligerent, cocky, literary, opinionated, and super-talented, this group of Houston transp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Edition Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 5

    While Houston played a huge part in the early history of country music, by the end of the 1950s a new breed of artist was coming on the scene. Western Swing, for all purposes, was a relic, and although honky-tonk was still a force in the charts and on radio, its share of the pie was waning. The arr ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011
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    June 16, 2011

    The Storyteller

    Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt...Ramblin' Jack Elliott has an anecdote for everyone.

  • Music

    January 27, 2011

    Chinaberry Reflections

    Houston Kid Rodney Crowell learns to "fail better."

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Sunrise With Willie Nelson, Mickey Newbury And Darrell Royal

    Courtesy of Lynda Higdon​Back when Willie Nelson had returned to Austin from Nashville and suddenly become the hillbilly crown prince of the Live Music Capital of the World - which was not yet known by that somewhat dubious nickname - one of his most visible supporters was then-University of T ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010
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    November 12, 2010

    John Fullbright: Woody Guthrie Sells A Lot Of Hamburgers

    johnfullbrightmusic.com​John Fullbright, playing a writers-in-the-round with Jess Klein tonight at Anderson Fair, looks like the kid at the grocery store sacking groceries or gathering carts from the parking lot. The innocent look masks an old-soul singer-songwriter and one of the hottest youn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Mickey Newbury: Houston's Forgotten Genius

    "Hank Williams' pain songs, Newbury's train songs/ And 'Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain' - Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings, "Luckenbach, Texas" ​Lonesome, Onry and Mean was sitting around having a few cold pops the other night when we put on The Best of Mickey Newbury. It wasn't long before the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett Praise Houston On NPR

    npr.org​Monday around lunchtime, local singer-songwriter and multiple 2010 HPMA nominee Lee Alexander emailed us that Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett were being interviewed together on NPR's World Cafe. Not only that, he added, both men were saying lots of nice things about Houston, where - in cas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    February 19, 2008

    No Mas No Depression: The Alt-Country (or Whatever That Is) Journal Shuts Down

    No Depression magazine announced that the May/June issue will be its last. Explaining their decision to shutter, co-owners Peter Blackstock, Grant Alden and Kyla Fairchild issued a statement citing a decline in record company ad revenue, diminished brick and mortar retail space, rising newsprint cos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Harry Choates to Johnny Preston

    The Houston 100 continues. Click here for numbers 91 to 100. 90. “Jole Blon,” Harry Choates, 1946. The unofficial Cajun national anthem was first recorded in Houston, by Choates, a Port Arthur-raised hellraiser who would die in a fit of delirium tremens in the Austin jail at 29 five years ... More >>

  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    SoundExchange Wants to Kill Internet Radio

    On "lost" artists, found money and the murder of free enterprise

  • Music

    March 3, 2005

    Let the Eagle Soar

    Alt-country hero Fred Eaglesmith dumps guitars and makes a pre-Beatles pop record

  • Music

    June 24, 2004

    Cowboy Johnson

    A Grain of Sand (MoonHouse Records)

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    February 6, 2003

    Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

    Coming close wasn't good enough for Brother Luck

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    On the Mark

    Plus: Equal Justice, Downtown SUV Alert, Needle Points

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Songbird Silenced

    Pioneering singer/songwriter and native Houstonian Mickey Newbury passes away

  • Music

    November 30, 2000

    Picking Away at History

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

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