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Robert Johnson

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Bowen Lyons, Keeper of the Trimms' Groove

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Sometimes you want a good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Buck Owens: The Country Cad Who Couldn't Quite Escape Hee Haw

    Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens By Buck Owens with Randy Poe Backbeat Books, 360 pp., $29.99 Music legend says that bluesman Robert Johnson made his deal with the Devil at the Crossroads. If that's the case, then country legend Buck Owens must have booked his date with Ol' Scratch in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    27: The Musical Club With a Grim Entry Fee

    27: A History of the 27 Club Through the Lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse By Howard Sounes Da Capo Press, 360 pp., $26.99 When reached for comment shortly after the world found out that Nirvana singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain had committed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Saturday Night: Eric Clapton at Toyota Center

    Eric Clapton, the Wallflowers Toyota Center March 16, 2013 As the house lights went up on the near-capacity crowd at the Toyota Center, there was an audible collective gasp. Thousands of concertgoers looked at each other with wide, stunned eyes. Could this be possible? Was it a cruel joke? Would i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Peter Case: Ex-Plimsoul Heads Back to San Francisco's Beatnik Nights

    Old-school punk impresario, power-pop godfather, and singer-songwriter extraordinaire Peter Case (The Nerves, The Plimsouls) continues to thrive on the weary road, armed with a sense of honesty and history in the newfangled digital era. Rocks Off spoke with him recently before he arrives in Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids

    This past Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Paul Greenberg where the author explained how important the Beatles were to music and pop culture to his five-year old son. The child didn't know that the band had albums, but only knew the Fab Four from iTunes playlists. "When the Beatles record ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Friday Night: "Last Summer on Earth" Tour at The Woodlands

    "Last Summer on Earth" Tour Feat. Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Cracker Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 20, 2012 As Nathan Smith said a few hours ago, his partial '90s nostalgia show at House of Blues Friday was more than a sight harder than the throwback bill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Last Night: Valerie June At Leon's Lounge

    Valerie June Leon's Lounge March 20, 2012 "Tell your tale and listen too, as others tell their tale to you," stated Valerie June around the start of her set Tuesday, framing the tone for the rest of the night. "Find a point at which you meet, and form a bond that's strong and sweet. But if your lif ... More >>

  • Music

    September 1, 2011

    Old School

    Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Das Racist: Deconstructing The Rappers' References

    ​Over the past two years, Das Racist has been a Pitchfork favorite and highly revered for their witty, perhaps smarmy delivery of mostly historical and pop-culture references. The duo - trio if you include their hypeman, Dap, and quartet if you include their hypeman's hypeman, Lakutis - is com ... More >>

  • Music

    November 18, 2010

    Blinded by the Light

    Sacred Steel gives Grandfather Child an epiphany.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    The Rolling Stones At Hofheinz Pavilion In 1972, Firsthand

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off's own Lonesome Onry and Mean himself, William Michael Smith, attended the Rolling Stones concert at Hofheinz Pavilion in June 1972 that was filmed for the movie Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones. Since the movie screens at 7:30 p.m. tonight at several Houston-area theaters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas, Part 2: "Trinity"

    [Note: This week Rocks Off is looking at the musical heritage, highs and lows, for each of the five possible states that might result should Texas secede from the U.S. like Gov. Rick Perry wants it to. Yesterday we began with the Panhandle/West Texas "Palo Duro" territory; today it's northeastern qu ... More >>

  • Music

    April 23, 2009

    Hill Country Hoodoo

    No record deal, no recordings — no problem for the South Memphis String Band.

  • Music

    April 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Eyeballin': Down the Tracks: The Music That Influenced Led Zeppelin

    Even the most naïve and surface Led Zeppelin listener tell you at least that they were influenced "by the blues." But this insightful and surprisingly solid documentary goes way further in delving into the sound and the performers which were in the minds (and on the home stereos) of Mssrs. Page and ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2008

    The Collector: Mack McCormick's Huge Archive of Culture and Lore

    A great American folklorist has spent a life squirreling away bits and pieces of Texas culture. Now time is running out on him and his inventory.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Four Lost Neil Diamond Covers

    Few musicians polarize critics like Neil Diamond, but, love him or hate him, you can’t deny his ability to write unforgettable pop numbers. Just consider how many of Diamond’s songs have become standards and then, as covers, became standards again. While trying to catalogue such a list, we disco ... More >>

  • Music

    December 20, 2007
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    December 13, 2007
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    May 31, 2007

    Aaron Loesch Vies to Become the Guitar Center King of the Blues

    A dying Houston scene suddenly might have new life

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2007
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    February 14, 2007

    Catfish Reef: Truckin' With Albert Collins

    Welcome to the inaugural installment of Catfish Reef, Houstoned Rocks's ongoing exploration of Houston's rich musical history. Once a week, we'll rifle through the crates in the Bayou City's collective trash can and dust off a record you really ought to hear and why you ought to hear it. We'll beg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2007

    Playbill: John Egan

    Unless you follow the local music scene closely, John Egan probably just seems like another obscure local talent who would move elsewhere if he had good sense. If Egan lived in Atlanta or LA or DC, he'd be in high demand. Here in Restaurantville, where dining out has far more cachet than live music ... More >>

  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Unholy Getdown

    Stevie Wonder, Prince and Martin Sexton combine in the Mighty Orq's tasty blues-rock stew

  • Music

    March 2, 2006

    Van Gogh with a Resonator

    Remembering Chris Whitley, the universal bluesman

  • Music

    April 28, 2005

    Rust Belt Blues

    The Black Keys bounce their Rubber Factory out of Akron, Ohio

  • Music

    April 29, 2004

    The Dirty Thirty

    The worst songs of all time from Texas

  • Music

    February 27, 2003

    Master Blaster

    Cody ChesnuTT sees rock and roll, and he wants to repaint it black

  • Music

    February 7, 2002

    Bobby "Blue" Bland

    Two Steps from the Blues (MCA/Duke-Peacock)

  • Music

    August 9, 2001

    Racket

    Searching for the First Rock Song

  • Music

    March 1, 2001

    Bowing to Pop

    A Muslim by choice, Jawad couldn't deny the will of his music

  • Music

    August 17, 2000

    Local Rotation

    Harlem Slim: Delta Thug

  • Dining

    July 27, 2000

    Pralines and Pushcarts

    A six-part history of Tex-Mex

  • Music

    July 13, 2000

    Bedeviled Hams

    Handsome Reckless Kelly might not have to sell its soul to Nashville after all

  • News

    April 27, 2000
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    September 2, 1999

    Zydeco's Birthplace

    Hint: It's where you're standing

  • Calendar

    January 21, 1999
  • Music

    August 6, 1998

    World of Their Own

    Carolina retronauts the Squirrel Nut Zippers swing clear of camp

  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Poindexter's Barbecue

    A Houston manufacturing magnate sets West Texas on fire -- and now he's taking the heat

  • Music

    March 26, 1998
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    January 15, 1998
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    December 4, 1997
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    October 2, 1997
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    May 1, 1997
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    July 25, 1996
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    January 18, 1996
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    February 9, 1995
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    February 2, 1995
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    March 17, 1994

    The Man With the Blue Guitar

    Chris Smither uses the blues as a launching pad for a sound that could make you cry

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