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Randy Travis

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    September 19, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Country Stars Who Live In Texas

    By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever HONORABLE MENTION: SUNNY SWEENEY Thus far mainstream success has eluded Sunny Sweeney, but not for lack of either talent or trying. According to her Facebook page, Sweeney (a former standup comic) has now played the Grand Ole Opry 41 times but continues to reside in ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Dwight Yoakam, Max Bemis, Eightball & MJG, etc.

    Dwight Yoakam Arena Theatre, December 20 Throughout his career in the public eye, Dwight Yoakam has successully negotiated the perils of country stardom without ever once coming close to being labeled a sellout. The looming 30-year anniversary of his 1986 debut Hillbilly Deluxe is a big one -- alon ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    We Listened to Eight Solid Hours of Holiday Music... Why?

    Most of the year Houston's Sunny 99.1 FM is a ratings powerhouse that plays pop music familar enough that it keeps you more awake than actively tuned in. Sunny calls itself "Houston's at-work station," but it's good for just about any activity short of having sex or attending a concert: driving, sho ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    10 Glaring Omissions From the Country Music Hall of Fame

    This Sunday the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will correct a grievous oversight when it inducts the late Jack Clement, who wrote an early hit for Johnny Cash ("Ballad of a Teenage Queen"), effectively desegregated country music by adopting Charley Pride as a protege, and produce ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013

    10 Essential Early Randy Travis Songs

    Even as Randy Travis clings to life in a North Texas hospital, his spartan brand of country music feels like a thing of the past. At the very least, it's hard to imagine songs like "Forever and Ever, Amen" or "Deeper Than the Holler" ever crying out for a "Cruise"-style remix. Or the North Carolina- ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    RIP George Jones: Texas-Born Country Legend Dies at Age 81

    George Jones, the Southeast Texas-born Country Music Hall of Famer whom most agree would be a face on Nashville's Mount Rushmore, has died at age 82. According to Fox News, repeating information from Jones' longtime publicist Kirt Webster, the singer died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center late ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    RIP George Jones: Texas-Born Country Legend Dies at Age 81

    George Jones, the Southeast Texas-born Country Music Hall of Famer whom most agree would be a face on Nashville's Mount Rushmore, has died at age 81. According to Fox News, repeating information from Jones' longtime publicist Kirt Webster, the singer died early Friday at Vanderbilt University Medica ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Last Night: Carrie Underwood at Toyota Center

    Carrie Underwood Toyota Center April 23, 2013 It's different at the top of the world. Because critics are the spoiled little creatures that we are, we are traditionally given seats that cost most fans quite a bit of coin. Hell, Alicia Keys' people put me on the third row. Get told Carrie Underwood ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    UPDATED Paul Kevin Curtis: Read The Brave Facebook Posts From Elvis-Impersonating Whistleblower Who's Being Questioned Over Alleged Ricin-Laced Letters

    UPDATE: The AP is reporting that Curtis has been charged. His attorney, Christi R. McCoy, says Curtis denies the charges. CNN and the Jackson Clarion-Ledger are reporting that the FBI has arrested a part-time Elvis impersonator in Mississippi in connection with letters sent to President Barack Obam ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Cowboy Diaries 2013: Chet Johnson, All About Randy Travis

    True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his or her boots to c ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

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    November 12, 2012

    Mugshot Etiquette 101: Don't Smile Unless You Did Something Cool

    Every day here at Hair Balls we get to see great, sad, and dumbfounding mugshots from around the state of Texas. We sure do have a lot of criminals in the Lone Star State. Makes me fearful of seceding in 2025. REWIND: Sean Payne: Humble Man Too Drunk To Pose for His Mugshot REWIND: Michael Jordan ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    October 25, 2012

    Who Should Play RodeoHouston In 2013?

    On October 30, just a few days from now, RodeoHouston will announce its first round of performers for the 2013 edition of the star-studded, yeehawin', nearly three-week event at Reliant Park. The booking the last few years has been getting more adventurous, with the likes of Kid Rock, KISS, Mary J. ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    UPDATED: Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992

    UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Alice In Chains was advertised but dropped out, and was replaced with Australia's Baby Animals. The year 1992 was an important one for me as far as Houston concerts are concerned: It's the first time I went to a concert within the Houston city limits, the "Outside Broadcast" leg ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Say No to Cee Lo: 5 Musicians Who Should Get Sitcoms Instead

    This past week, it was announced that Cee Lo Green and NBC are working together to develop a new autobiographical sitcom based on and starring the soul singer. This is, of course, a terrible idea. Sure, Cee Lo is a great singer and he's done some acting, but would his life really make a great sitcom ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Which Fake Randy Travis Should You Follow?

    The passion of Randy Travis has been one of the saddest and most compelling musical dramas of the past year. One of Nashville's most beloved and seemingly mild-mannered singers (now a North Texan) has suddenly gone full-on Johnny Paycheck, brawling in church parking lots, popping out to buy smokes w ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    What's Next For Randy Travis? 5 Fantasy Scenarios For Country's Newest Outlaw

    Embattled and sorta-awesome country singer Randy Travis got into trouble again Thursday night, fighting drunk in a church parking lot in Plano, in an altercation involving another man and woman. According to TMZ -- which should stand for "Travis, Man, Zoinks" now -- there was "a "family argument" ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    New Lynyrd Skynyrd: What Have We Been Missing?

    Though the plane crash that claimed the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zandt and guitarist Steve Gaines looms horrifically large over the history of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band's legacy is as much about survival as it is tragedy. More than 35 years since the band was nearly snuffed out for good, their clas ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Even In Trying Times, The Randy Travis Social Media Train Keeps On a Rollin'

    Social media is a fun place, where you can damage your entire career or build up a massive following within just a few strokes. You can engage with your fans and help foster a community, and also you know, sell your shit. Just hours after country quasi-legend Randy Travis was arrested while drunk ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Don't Tread on Me: The Top 10 Musical Celebrations of American Might

    Rock and pop music in the United States has earned a distinguished reputation for quality protest anthems and anti-war songs, from Country Joe and the Fish all the way up to friggin' Green Day. And that's great; it really is. Not only are many of the tunes timeless, but criticism of our society's m ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Randy Travis' Arrest: Five Other Country-Music Arrests That Sound Like Country Songs

    Randy Travis: Life is like a country song​Randy Travis' arrest sounded like nothing more than the opening verse to a country song. The singer is drunk, late at night outside a Baptist church, drinking wine out of the bottle. If that doesn't set you up for a redemptive last verse after you've ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Randy Travis Arrested in Sanger This Morning For Suspicion Of Intoxication

    This morning in Sanger, Texas, country crooner Randy Travis was arrested on "suspicion of public intoxication" by local authorities. Our sister paper to the north, Dallas Observer, also picked up on the story, which is currently making the rounds on TMZ. According to Denton County officials, Travi ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Randy Travis: Weird North Texas Drunk-In-Public Bust

    It may seem that we're talkin' foolish, but Randy Travis was arrested early this morning, allegedly drunk in a car parked in front of a Baptist church in the Denton County town of Sanger. (Travis reportedly owns a ranch in Tioga, 25 miles east of Sanger.) TMZ broke the story. They reported that a ... More >>

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    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Out Today: Arctic Monkeys Suck It And See, Black Lips Get Cosmic, Joe Ely Satisfied At Last

    ​This week of new releases brings a Mark Ronson-produced Black Lips album, the country debut of psychobilly idol Nick 13, an inventive career-spanning set from Randy Travis, and another Arctic Monkeys album, continuing their interesting progression from Brit garage brats into muscular rockers ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Tony Arata: The Dirt On "The Dance" And Four Other Hits

    ​This weekend, Conroe's Crighton Theater hosts another big-time writers in the round song-swap with Lee Roy Parnell, Tony Arata and J.D. Souther. Looking at their songwriting credits, which include "Love Without Mercy," "We All Get Lucky Sometimes," "On the Road," "Best of My Love," "New Kid i ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Vintage Rodeo Concert Pictures: Elvis, George Strait And More

    All photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & RodeoElvis Presley (1970, '74)​Rocks Off was so knocked out by our sister blog Hair Balls' gallery of vintage Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo pictures a few days back that we emailed the Rodeo (which starts tomorrow with Clay Walker, for all you r ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    No Shame

    Dr. Dog shrugs off faint praise.

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    October 27, 2010

    Ten Country Covers That Top The Pop Originals

    ​Our copy must still be in the mail, but Rocks Off figures we have heard enough songs from Jamey Johnson's new album The Guitar Song on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country to know that we like it a whole lot. But none that we've heard so far are our favorite new Johnson song. It's close. No flies on G ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Into the Jungle

    The Jungle Rockers are wound too tight for Vietnam...what about Texas?

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    March 2, 2010

    Distant Early Warning: Ben Folds, Caribou, Lupe Fiasco, Randy Travis, Steve Martin, Etc.

    ​Authority Zero, Voodoo Glow Skulls: Fri., April 9. Wired Live. "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live": Fri., April 16. House of Blues. "Bamboozle Road Show" With Hanson, Good Charlotte, Forever The Sickest Kids, Cartel, Boys Like Girls, All Time Low: Fri., May 28. Verizon Wireless Theater. Ben Folds: Sat ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Vince Gill Confirms for Conroe's Crighton Theater

    Lise Liddell​ Lonesome Onry and Mean has been holding his breath for a few days, keeping a secret. We've been waiting on one last signature on the contracts before announcing one of the biggest shows ever at Conroe's Sounds of Texas music series. But Wednesday night we got an email from Mark Germi ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Fool Hearted Memory: Music That Chooses You, Not the Other Way Around

    ​ Someone once observed wryly that the only member of your family you'll ever actually choose is your spouse, and perhaps a whole lot of that observation is equally applicable to the music of our lives. A couple of years back we were sitting at Prince's Hamburgers off the Southwest Freeway in the ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 12: Street Military's Don't Give a Damn

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Street Military Don't Give a Damn (Wild Pitch, 1999)​Surprise. Kids, m ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009
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    June 25, 2009
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    April 23, 2009

    Hello, Houston!

    Noise breaks down the months of live music ahead

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    March 18, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top 11

    Traditionally, I've concluded the first Idol Beat of any given week with predictions as to who the American Idol judges or viewing public will send home the next night. This week I'm upending that, and predicting that no one will go home. That's right: all eleven of the remaining finalists are safe ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    A Country Requiem for the GOP

    Little Jimmy Dickens As the Willie Nelson-quoting Don Merideth used to sing on Monday Night Football, turn out the lights, the party's over. While last night's electoral bloodbath isn't the end of the Republican Party - particularly way down Texas way - the GOP is in shambles, and Barack Obama's ho ... More >>

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    July 12, 2008
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    November 8, 2007
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    October 9, 2007

    Give Us a Hand

    If there’s one thing we learned from the Press’ recent H-Town 100 list, it’s that Houston has produced a lot of great songs. If there’s another thing we learned, it’s that lists – of anything, but since this is the music blog we’ll stick with songs – can sure draw a lot of comments v ... More >>

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    May 4, 2006

    James Hand

    Friday, May 5, at Blanco's, 3406 West Alabama, 713-439-0072

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    January 19, 2006

    Joy Lynn White

    Tuesday, January 24, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999. White also will appear at 6 p.m. Tuesday for an in-store at Cactus Music & Video, 2930 Shepherd, 713-526-9272.

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    March 17, 2005

    Webb Wilder, with Opie Hendrix and the Texas Tall Boys

    Friday, March 18, at Dan Electro's, 1031 East 24th, 713-862-8707.

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    August 9, 2001

    Choo Choo Ch'boogie

    The Derailers get back on track with a major-label deal

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    May 21, 1998
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    August 28, 1997

    Wanted Man

    Johnny Cash may just be a legend, but he's never sounded better

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    October 10, 1996
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