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    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 >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Barney the Dinosaur: More Influential Than Nirvana?

    One question I've tried to avoid asking musicians I get to chat with is, "Who are your musical influences?" It's trite. And if you really love music, you can figure out the answer to this question at least eight out of ten times. But the biggest reason I don't ask is because I know the answer wi ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Jamey Johnson at House of Blues, 4/3/2014

    Jamey Johnson House of Blues April 3, 2014 Can you sing along to "The Yellow Rose of Texas"? Don't be silly; of course you can. Right? But try it, and it's tougher than you think. Jamey Johnson knows the words, as well as those "O Susannah," which is of similar vintage and perhaps even closer to ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    R.I.P. Ray Price: Iconic Country Crooner Passes Away at 87

    Ray Price, one of the singular voices of country music for 60 years, has passed away, according to country-music elder Bill Mack, who posted "Ray Price left for heaven about 4:43 p.m. Central time" on Facebook about 25 minutes ago. Price was 87, and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year a ... 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 5, 2013

    Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride at Freedom Over Texas, 7/4/2013

    Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride Freedom Over Texas, Eleanor Tinsley Park July 4, 2013 Watching Sheryl Crow and her six-piece band perform "Soak Up the Sun," her second-to-last song at Thursday's Freedom Over Texas festival, I felt a sudden and unexpected upwelling of patriotism. Of course there was no ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Five Waylon Jennings Albums You Should Own

    "Ladies love outlaws," Waylon Jennings once sang, and well knew. Yes they do, and so do plenty of fellers, who may love the late Littlefield-born musician -- who was a losing coin flip away from being on Buddy Holly's doomed plane in February 1959 -- even more. Jennings would have been 76 this past ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Last Night: Mission of Burma at Fitzgerald's

    Mission of Burma, The Gary, Black Congress Fitzgerald's September 13, 2012 In a day and age when so many of the great groups from yesteryear seem to be reuniting solely for a paycheck, it's refreshing to see a band treat its own reformation as a chance to make up for lost time. After influencing m ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012
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    September 10, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rosie Flores, Otep, Mission of Burma, Etc.

    Rosie Flores, the Austin-based "Rockabilly Filly" and onetime L.A. cowpunk scenester who played the Continental Club with Mike Stinson in late July, circles back around to celebrate her birthday Tuesday at KPFT's monthy free-show series "Troubador Tuesdays" at Natachee's Supper & Punch. Back then, ... More >>

  • Music

    August 30, 2012

    Mel Tillis: Coca-Cola Cowboy

    At 80, first-time author isn't done yet.

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    April 19, 2012

    The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

    Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Edition Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 5

    While Houston played a huge part in the early history of country music, by the end of the 1950s a new breed of artist was coming on the scene. Western Swing, for all purposes, was a relic, and although honky-tonk was still a force in the charts and on radio, its share of the pie was waning. The arr ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Encyclopedia Of Country Music

    With 53 related entries, Houston fared well in the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music (Oxford University Press, $65), released last month, the first revision of the 600-page volume since its initial printing in 1998. Michael McCall, Country Music Hall of Fame archivist and one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Nathan Wells of Beaver's

    ​This week, we paid a visit to Beaver's to meet bartender Nathan, or "Dollar Wells," as he's called. It was pretty dead at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday as I sat at the bar, beautifully littered with several rocks glasses filled with different-colored concoctions. Nathan tells me they're making some la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup" And Other Household Items That Need Theme Songs

    ​OK, we've never been devout Toby Keith fans. At all. Our image of him changed though as we heard more of his politics, post-"Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue" and he came out as a fan of gay marriage and gays in the military. Who says all country guys have to be right-wing torchbearers any ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Last Night: Robert Ellis & The Boys At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Robert Ellis & the Boys (CD release), Jonny Corndawg Fitzgerald's July 6, 2011 See more Photographs from Ellis' homecoming in our slideshow. Robert Ellis' record release show last night wasn't short on thrills, from the openers to the closing moments from Ellis and his ... More >>

  • Music

    June 30, 2011

    Photographic Memory

    Robert Ellis heads into the great wide open on his first New West LP.

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    June 2, 2011

    Lyrical Advice For The Class Of 2011

    "Move back in with your parents! Let them worry about you!"​There will be no guitars and Marshall stacks at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion this weekend, just "Pomp and Circumstance." As the Class of 2011 walks across the stage soon to be occupied by Peter Gabriel, Widespread Panic and Ki ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Rocks Off's Fantasy RodeoHouston Lineup

    Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & RodeoGeorge Strait in 1996​If you walk through Reliant Center, hanging from the ceiling are banners listing almost every musical performer RodeoHouston has hosted since the '60s. The names reflect the hallowed history of country and fleeting fancies ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010
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    November 9, 2010

    Mickey Newbury: Houston's Forgotten Genius

    "Hank Williams' pain songs, Newbury's train songs/ And 'Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain' - Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings, "Luckenbach, Texas" ​Lonesome, Onry and Mean was sitting around having a few cold pops the other night when we put on The Best of Mickey Newbury. It wasn't long before the ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010
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    March 11, 2010

    He Said She Said: Did We Shave Our Legs For This? More Cornball Country Comedy

    Not all country music has to be about down-and-out truck-driving lifestyles, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, abusive husbands and the dissolution of the American Dream. More than any other genre, country lends itself so nicely to parody and self-satire. The best country music is self-referential, where the artist k ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Bob "Crazy Heart" Woodruff Reflects on "King of the Road"

    For a country singer who vanished from sight for ten years, Los Angeles songwriter Bob Woodruff has been in the press quite a bit lately. Two weeks ago, the Huffington Post (ahem) compared him to Bad Blake in the Oscar-nominated movie Crazy Heart, and Andrew Dansby of the Houston Chronicle devoted ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Our Pal Arty Hill Picks His Favorite Songs About Drunk Women

    Arty Hill is a Baltimore, Md., honky-tonker who has been playing regularly in Austin the past couple of years. He also reads Lonesome Onry and Mean's blog religiously and has already penned a couple of new songs based on the goings-on in these pages. He recently contacted LOM about Mike Stinson's l ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    9/9/09: Songs With a Certain Number in the Title

    ​As Hair Balls pointed out, we've only got three more of these weird number/same number/same number days left this century after today. Such chronological repetition appeals to the hidden obsessive-compulsive in all of us, so join us as we wash our hands nine times, lock the door nine times, and l ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Last Call For Art: Shakespeare, Etiquette & The Big Show

    Pin Lim, Forest Photography​Several stage shows are giving their final perfomances this weekend, and it's also your last chance to see unknown Houston artists aim for recognition in the Lawndale Center's annual Big Show.The Houston Shakespeare festival always does a bang-up job with the Bard, and ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Big River

    Web exclusive!

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    June 1, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: John Doe & the Sadies' Country Club

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean likes him some country music done right, so it was with considerable delight that we listened to Country Club by X bassist/singer John Doe and the Sadies. An L.A. rocker and a Canadian alt-country outfit seem like unlikely musical bedfellows, but Country Club works from the f ... More >>

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    October 20, 2008

    RodeoHouston Books Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift

    Parents, grab your wallets: The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced today that ultra-clean-cut fraternal pop-rockers the Jonas Brothers will handle the post-rodeo concert chores at Reliant Stadium Sunday, March 8. If you don't know who the Jonas Brothers are, Rocks Off thinks its safe to ass ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    July 10, 2008
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    November 8, 2007

    The Return of Cactus Music and Video

    A beloved local institution returns from the grave

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    October 25, 2007

    The Scene Is Dead. Long Live the Scene!

    Ideas toward a Houston-style musical Day of the Dead

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    March 22, 2007
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    July 10, 2006

    In His Prine

    We like it when our favorite musicians wax on. And on. And on. So fans of John Prine should love this extended interview with Prine, which, for spatial reasons, didn't make it into John Lomax's recent story. No peas for John, please John Lomax:I never knew this, but I saw that you were a big Rog ... More >>

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Songbird Silenced

    Pioneering singer/songwriter and native Houstonian Mickey Newbury passes away

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    January 17, 2002

    Musical Chairs

    It's never the same show with the Good Luck Band

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    December 27, 2001

    The Mild Ones

    The young gentlemen of rockabilly, San Antonio's Cave Catt Sammy

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    November 23, 2000

    On the Off-Road Again

    Country legend Ray Price continues to take the path less traveled

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    February 3, 2000

    Rotation

    Fu Manchu King of the Road

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    January 27, 2000

    Rotation

    Fu Manchu

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    January 19, 1995

    Talkin' Townes Van Zandt

    Despite years of commercial and self neglect, the songs are still coming through

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