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Muskogee (Oklahoma)

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Music

    August 22, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle

    Five Texans players who should make an album.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle: Five Houston Texans Who Should Record an Album

    I just finished watching the Houston Texans defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the first preseason game of the 2013 season. As you read this, I'm fewer than four days from firing up the grill, knocking back beers and listening to get-pumped music with great friends at Reliant Stadium's preseason opener ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Last Night: Merle Haggard at Stafford Centre

    Merle Haggard Stafford Centre March 21, 2013 Thursday night at the Stafford Centre, I watched Merle Haggard play some of the greatest songs from arguably country music's greatest period while sitting next to Dr. Frank Mann, a retired veterinarian from Wharton . The elderly country pet doctor told ... More >>

  • Music

    June 28, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Seven White House Musical Guests Sketchier Than Common

    whitehouse.govWe've always wanted to run that photo credit.​Our man Rizoh did a fine job yesterday detailing how, despite what the Fox News brigade may think, Common is a pretty standup guy. In fact, compared to some of the other musicians who have been invited to the White House, he's practic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Top Eight Freedom Songs For MLK Day

    ​Rocks Off sincerely prays that those of you with today off are at least peripherally aware of why you have today off. For our annual MLK Day reflection this year, we thought we'd leave the songs about Dr. King to Bono, and instead share a few of our favorite songs that set his dream to music ... 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

    April 7, 2010

    Sarah Vowell Comes To Beaumont (Of All Places)

    ​Something about the idea of Sarah Vowell, that This American Life star, regular NPR contributor, droll historian, frequent Jon Stewart foil, voice of Violet of The Incredibles and all around Person Who White People Like coming to Beaumont was utterly irresistible.It seemed like the exact inverse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    To Keep Your Daughter Out Of Jail, What Not To Name Her Is Crystal-Clear

    ​The other day, Hair Balls was discussing the case of Crystal Sosa with a friend.Sosa is a young prostitute. Two years ago, her dead infant was discovered stashed in the freezer of the motel where she was staying with her boyfriend. She was eventually convicted of nothing more serious than attempt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    He Said She Said: Did We Shave Our Legs For This? More Cornball Country Comedy

    Not all country music has to be about down-and-out truck-driving lifestyles, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, abusive husbands and the dissolution of the American Dream. More than any other genre, country lends itself so nicely to parody and self-satire. The best country music is self-referential, where the artist k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    June 4, 2009
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    July 31, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    MySpaced Out: A MySpace Mixtape

    Clicking through MySpace, one comes across tons of dreck, but every once in a while a diamond gleams in the pile of trash, some virtually anonymous flash of brilliance blinds the brain with humor, underdog sass or gumption. If I were one to make mixtapes (or CDs), here’s a handful of songs that wo ... More >>

  • Music

    October 18, 2007
  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Merle the Pearl

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

  • Music

    June 2, 2005

    Carrie On!

    The American Idol finals inspire Beatlemania-like frenzies on the Richmond Strip

  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    Midtown Honky-tonkin'

    Trains and the vintage sounds of the Swank Countrypolitans bring a time warp to the Continental Club

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Music

    July 12, 2001

    Life Begins at 41

    Early success was almost the end of Ray Wylie Hubbard

  • Music

    June 14, 2001

    World Class?

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

  • Music

    August 14, 1997

    Hats Off

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

  • Music

    February 29, 1996

    Master of the Universe

    From presidents to pop stars, Merle Haggard has a song for everyone

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