Political gadfly Kinky Friedman thinks winning the Agriculture Commissioner race is the key to legalizing marijuana in Texas.
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 >>
In honor of the 25th Annual Houston Press Music Awards, we present the Houston Music Hall of Fame.
"Can't they just shut up?" That's the question many country music fans proffer when musicians publicly express opinions that dare venture outside of benign Q&A quicksand and into the murky waters of relevant social issues. Country consumers from both sides of the political aisle can get riled up i ... More >>
One of the quiet pleasures of (finally) putting 2012 to bed is mop-up duty. All year, I tried to keep a running list of albums released by Texas-based or Texas-related performers that I enjoyed listening to. Sunday night, I tallied them up. For some reason, besides that we've already handled the ye ... More >>
Adam Hood: Fri., March 22, 9 p.m., $12. Firehouse Saloon, 5930 SW Freeway, Houston. The Allen Oldies Band: With Thrill, Mike Stinson., Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., Free. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston. Anberlin: Sat., Feb. 23, 6 p.m., $20/$25. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Asleep At the ... More >>
There's a saying in the music business that you have your whole life to make your first album, and a few months to make your next one. The second episode of a new TV show isn't quite the same thing (production schedule, for one), but it is just as useful for potential fans to decide whether or not t ... More >>
Above: Frenchie Burke in a showbiz moment. Fiddlin' Frenchie Burke, one of the icons of Houston's "Urban Cowboy" craze of the late '70s, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain aneurysm yesterday in San Antonio, according to information on fellow fiddler Jody Nix's Facebook page. Known for his hug ... More >>
Ben Nichols, Buxton: Sat., Sept. 8, 8 p.m., TBA. Walter's, 1120 Naylor St., Houston. Big Business: Mon., Oct. 8, 8 p.m., $12. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Big Drunk & The Runaway Scrape, The Electric Dollhouse Groove Buggy: Sat., July 28, 8 p.m., Free. Khon's Wine Darts Coffee Art, 28 ... More >>
Lonesome Onry and Mean hasn't been out on the road with his son, Mike Stinson Band guitarist Lance Smith, in quite a while. But due to a propitious routing that took us to my father's place in Gatesville for a couple of days, LOM hit the highway with the band last weekend. It is worth noting that L ... More >>
Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>
The Bad Plus: Sat., May 5. Da Camera, 1427 Branard St., Houston. Colin Hay: Wed., March 21. Dosey Doe Coffee Company, 25911 I-45 N., Spring. D.R.I., Carry The Storm, Fallacy: Sat., March 10. Scout Bar Clear Lake, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston. Eastern Sea, Darwin's Finches: Sat., Jan. 14. ... More >>
Another Austin music legend, Joe Gracey, passed away this morning of cancer complications. He was 61. When Lonesome, Onry and Mean arrived in Austin in June, 1973 after having worked in radio in West Texas, Gracey immediately became our hero. A disc jockey at the notorious KOKE-FM, Gracey an ... More >>
Robert Ellis heads into the great wide open on his first New West LP.
100 Monkeys: Fri., Aug. 5. House of Blues. Bob Schneider: Sat., May 14. Cypress Saloon. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Sat., May 21. Warehouse Live. Chicago: Sun., Aug. 7. Verizon Wireless Theater. Eddie Money: Sat., April 23. The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park. The Gold Sounds, Disfrutalo! ... More >>
Ralph Mooney, former Waylon Jennings steel guitarist, also dies Steve Azzato/pinetopperkins.comLegendary multi-Grammy-winning blues pianist Pinetop Perkins has died at his home in Austin, according to his Web site. Perkins, who was part of Muddy Waters' band for years, was 97. No cause of ... More >>
Black Queen Speaks: Fri., May 27. Warehouse Live. Dredg, The Dear Hunter: Thu., May 26. Warehouse Live. Face To Face, Strung Out: Thu., June 2. Warehouse Live. Fair To Midland, Periphery, Scale The Summit, thelastplaceyoulook, Hindsight: CHANGED Mon., April 18. Warehouse Live. Jessica Le ... More >>
West VitaRight 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 >>
City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.
Female Demand, American Sharks, Satin Hooks, Tow The Line: Sun., March 28, 8 p.m. Walter's on Washington. Al Green: Sun., May 16. Arena Theatre. Chuck Allen Floyd Band: Sat., June 12. Dosey Doe Coffee Company. Casiotone For the Painfully Alone, Magical Beautiful: Sat., April 17. Khon's. Clint Bl ... More >>
LOM's dad loves to tell a story about being at the Petroleum Club in London in 1978 when Darrell McCall's "Lily Dale" came on the sound system. Some wiry little guy stood up on a chair and hollered, "Shut up, you Limey sons of bitches, they're playing the Texas National Anthem." "I thought surely s ... More >>
www.mickeyraphael.comFor a disarmingly large number of his worldwide fans, Willie Nelson burst onto the country music scene in the mid-'70s, fully hirsute, sporting an earring and proclaiming the joys of being on the road again. Real aficionados know that his "overnight success" came only afte ... More >>
Photos by Reg BurnsIt's not often the Wednesday-night act at Under the Volcano arrives with special guests in tow, but local songstress/honky-tonk goddess Leslie Sloan presented Californian Heather Myles to the Houston music crowd last night. If you call 25 totally mesmerized honky-tonk fanati ... More >>
Turn out the lights, the party's over
2007's best Texas albums, from Houston, Austin and beyond
Willie Nelson stories and shoeshines at Jimmie's
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Randall Jamail rides again
Mike Stinson, Nashville and an eight-minute bottle of wine
It's Johnny Falstaff's time to "Shine"
And coping with Yankee slander
It's never the same show with the Good Luck Band
Hank III's rock gives country fans the blues (and vice versa)
Out In Sight
Willie Nelson brings along his pals for his annual musical picnic
Tranquil Canada flavors San Antonian Doug Sahm's rustic music
Raisin' Cain may give Jesse Dayton his long anticipated push into prominence