Percy Mayfield

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    A Young Person's Guide to Houston's Historic Blues Venues

    Houston is a sprawling metropolis of subdivisions and strip centers that retains a strong cultural hub. But this "cultural hub" has actually become more of a cultural sprawl. Especially music-wise, neighborhoods outside Loop 610 are often seen as culturally sterile, though some elements of Houston's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    True Blood: Of Wolf and Anton Newcombe

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. This is going to be a brief look into True Blood, because I frankl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Earl Gilliam: "A Huge Loss That Can't Be Filled"

    Another of Houston's unique blues treasures, the effusive, ebullient and always stylish pianist Earl Gilliam, has moved on to the big juke joint in the sky. Gilliam, 81, died peacefully this morning at his home in Tomball of advanced lung disease.

  • 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 >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Houston's Very Best Songs Ever

    ...otherwise known as the H-Town 20

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown to Texas Johnny Brown

    The Houston 100 continues. Follow the links for numbers 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, 81-90 and 91-100. And be sure to check out "The H-Town 20.” 30. “Okie Dokie Stomp,” Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, 1954. Blistering big band jump blues with Gatemouth’s trademark Texas swing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    The Houston 100: The Best Bayou City Songs Ever

    13th Floor Elevators? Yes. Over the next few weeks and months, the music staff here will be assembling a top 100 of Houston songs. To qualify, a song must be either by Houstonians or about Houston, or must have been recorded here or released on a local label. Thus, “You’re Gonna Miss Me” b ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    Farewell T-99

    Show business is sure going to miss Jimmy Nelson

  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

    A visit to the Blues Jam

  • Music

    October 13, 2005

    The O.G. of Love

    Johnny "Guitar" Watson gets his due with a terrific two disc set

  • Music

    February 13, 2003

    Wham, Bam, Thank You MAMH

    The proposed Museum of American Music History could be the solution to our "image problem"

  • Music

    January 9, 2003

    Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters / Calvin Owens

    Jump Start (Gulf Coast Records) / The House Is Burnin' (Sawdust Alley)

  • Music

    August 16, 2001


    Mem Shannon

  • Music

    August 12, 1999

    Houston Highwayman

    Local Jimmy "T-99" Nelson sets the blues straight

  • Music

    November 3, 1994