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Ray Charles

  • 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

    September 20, 2013

    Our Top Five Hank Williams Sr. Covers

    Kids, there's a reason Hiram "Hank' Williams, who would have been 90 years old September 17, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dead of an overdose of pain killers in the back of his long white Cadillac at 29, Williams was, in his brief interval in Nashville, not only a hit-making country star bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Big Wheel Keep on Turning: Arena Theatre's Strange Staying Power

    Rocks Off recently ran a blog recalling some of the numerous music venues which have come and gone in our fair (albeit fickle) city. We listed more than two dozen and readers offered many, many more. By the time we wiped away our collective tears, it was clear how much we miss and love our departed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Bonus Rocks Off 100: Clint Broussard, Blues In Hi-Fi Man Now Back On FM

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. Who? If you're a fan of Texas R&B radio, and you definitely should be, there is no gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Last Night: T-Bird & The Breaks At The Continental Club

    Photos by Jason Wolter​T-Bird & the Breaks Continental Club February 23, 2012 It may be an optical illusion, but some kinds of music just sound better when the band looks nice. Sharp suits and simple choreography, like the way guitarists or horn players sometimes rock back and forth to the be ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    With a Rebel Yell: 10 Rockers Gone Country

    Photo by Matthew KeeverAaron Lewis at the Verizon Wireless Theater in 2010.​When Staind singer Aaron Lewis rolls into Verizon Wireless Theater tomorrow night, odds are he'll leave his mudshuvel back at the hotel. As modern rock radio turns to the next generation of angst, the former Fred Durs ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    What The "Top 10 Stolen Vehicles" List Says About Houston

    Stolen, by manly men​Every month Houston police put out a list of the most-often stolen vehicles, a list that defines what are either the most vulnerable or most desirable members of our automotive society. This month's is out....what does it tell us about Houston? 3. Our car thieves want yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Top 5 Songs About Being Dead Broke

    ​Rocks Off caught a little of the coverage of the Obama adminstration and Congress' deadlock over the country's impending default on its debt this morning. We could barely make heads or tails of it, but the underlying message was fairly clear: Holy shit, are we ever fucked. We are already abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Top Five Clint Eastwood Soundtracks

    pasoroblesfilmfestival.comDr. John, Clint Eastwood and producer/director Bruce Ricker in a publicity photo for "Piano Blues," Eastwood's installment of PBS' 2003 series The Blues.​Today the one and only Clint Eastwood turns 81 years old, and he can still kick your ass. According to the Interne ... More >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011
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    November 3, 2010

    Top 10 Honorary Texas Musicians

    West Vita​Right here, right now, and in print all damn week, you can read the Houston Press' interview with perhaps the hottest new band on the South 40, San Antonio's Hacienda (above). Whether or not they go on to become a South Texas Kings of Leon - Hacienda is also three brothers and a cous ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 17, 2010

    Five Guys Named Moe

    Louis Jordan is the guy who originally got the joint jumping

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    May 12, 2010

    Idol Beat: Jamie Foxx, Why?

    ​This is really it? These are the four best singers the Idol producers could come up with? Last night's competition episode, featuring Crystal, Mike, Lee, and Casey, was one of the dullest in weeks, built on the kind of dry and forgettable performances that got everybody else sent home. The on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    American Idol: Jamie Foxx, Why?

    ​This is really it? These are the four best singers the Idol producers could come up with? Last night's competition episode, featuring Crystal, Mike, Lee, and Casey, was one of the dullest in weeks, built on the kind of dry and forgettable performances that got everybody else sent home. The on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Hit the Road, Jack: 10 More Notable Musical Deaths From the Past Decade

    ​ Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Talking Christmas Music With Aaron Neville

    ​Even for a stone-cold atheist (which Rocks Off is not), listening to Aaron Neville sing "O Holy Night" has to be one of the true pleasures of the Western world. The best-known voice of New Orleans' No. 1 soul-funk family dynasty thanks to songs like "Tell It Like It Is" and Linda Ronstadt duet "D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Between Darius Rucker and Charley Pride, There Was Otis Williams

    Darius Rucker's award as the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year recently made him the first black artist to take a significant country award since Charley Pride ruled Nashville in the early '80s. Rucker's "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" marked the first time a black artist had e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    On Its 40th Birthday, the Top 10 Sesame Street Musical Guests

    Sing the blues, Kermit... or greens. We know how you feel. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Elmo and Grover have something to celebrate. Sesame Street, their fictional New York borough, and the television show probably responsible for everything you knew as a kid, turns 40 today. Created ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: We Are Not Ready for Christmas Music in October... or Ever, Really

    ​Let the Madness begin. No, not March Madness, nincompoop - it's October. Christmas Madness. Lonesome Onry and Mean doesn't know who officially decides these things, all we know is that it's the first week of October, Halloween hasn't even come and gone yet, but in the past 24 hours we've received ... 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 >>

  • Music

    June 11, 2009
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    May 11, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Bun B, Trae & Lil Keke, Rihanna, Snoop, Eminem vs. Nick Cannon, Jay-Z, T.I., E-40, South Park Mexican and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Grey Cassette," Trae feat Bun B and Lil Keke Wire To Wire Ummm, we're not going to link to them, but s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009

    Soul Nite

    From Motown to the Orange Show, that’s quite a trip

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Listening Room: What's Been Tickling Our Earholes Lately

    As Rocks Off has noted in our periodic Mail Call entries, even though the tide of promo CDs has been greatly reduced by the digital revolution - Rocks Off can count on one finger (the middle one) the times he's actually used the streaming/download email link publicists are ever more fond of these da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Blues/Soul/R&B In Memoriam 2008

    Ah, that nasty Grim Reaper took a lot of great musicians this year, and his scythe cut a wide swath across all genres, including many heavyweights in the blues and R&B world. The greatest loss comes in the form of someone who was a man, a song, and a beat all in one... Bo Diddley, singer-songwriter ... More >>

  • Music

    August 21, 2008
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    January 21, 2008
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    October 29, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Hayden Panettiere (Mis)cast in Plasmatics Biopic

    I woke up Sunday morning and turned on my Blog Top to find that Hollywood is making a Wendy O. Williams biopic. That’s badass. I love the Plasmatics. Hot naked punk chicks setting cars on fire and blowing up buses, while their nipples are covered in strategically placed pieces of electrical tape. ... More >>

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    September 26, 2007
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    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 >>

  • Calendar

    September 6, 2007

    Guitar Shorty’s Birthday Party

    The bluesman spends his b-day on stage

  • Music

    September 6, 2007

    Arthur Alexander

    Lonely Just Like Me: The Final Chapter

  • 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

    January 11, 2007

    Guitar Shorty

    Guitar Shorty performs Saturday, January 13, at the Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999.

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Where Do You Buy Your Hair?

    ...and other questions reporters can't ever ask

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2006

    Guitar Shorty

    As a young man, Houston born Guitar Shorty was a sideman on shows with artists like BB King, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. But once he became a solo artist, opening spots became harder for him to land. Guitar Shorty spoke with the Houston Press about his new CD We the People. Houston Pre ... More >>

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    June 15, 2006
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    June 15, 2006

    Double Vision

    Jess and Lisa Origliasso give teen pop a harmonic jolt as the Veronicas

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    May 25, 2006
  • Film

    October 28, 2004

    Messed Around

    As Ray Charles, Jamie Foxx turns an ordinary bio into an extraordinary one

  • Calendar

    June 24, 2004

    Queen of Smack

    Ray Charles, Bill Cosby -- even herself -- Wanda Sykes dogs 'em all

  • Music

    June 17, 2004
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    August 7, 2003
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    July 26, 2001

    Don Wilkerson

    The Complete Blue Note Sessions (Blue Note)

  • Music

    May 10, 2001

    Eric Clapton

    Reptile (Reprise)

  • Music

    September 23, 1999

    ...Newman!

    With a sound as fat as Texas, David "Fathead" Newman returns home

  • Music

    September 2, 1999

    Soul Brother No. 1

    Top 10 reasons why Ray Charles is a genius

  • Music

    January 28, 1999
  • Music

    October 16, 1997

    Charles in Charge

    A new collection confirms Ray Charles's position as the architect of soul

  • Culture

    June 6, 1996
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