Now just a couple of clicks awayThere are many Houstonians who mourn the fact that the columns Sig Byrd did for the old Houston Press are not easily available.That's changing, though.Byrd wrote for the old daily (and briefly for the Chronicle), describing a city that seems unreal now -- seedy dow ... More >>
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Photo by photineAbout three months ago, we reported exciting news for downtown drinkers who also liked to light up. La Carafe was planning to expand into the vacant lot next door. The addition was to be in the form of a beer (and wine) garden.Back in 2008's Best of Houston issue, we awarded the ... More >>
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Of all the columnists in the history of Houston journalism, Sigman Byrd was easily the darkest and the most literary. From the late 1940s to the early '60s, Byrd wrote a column called The Stroller for the old daily Houston Press and later, briefly for the Chronicle. He always much favored the ci ... More >>
Photo by photineIn our Best of Houston issue last year, we selected the scant few tables in front of La Carafe as the Best Place to Smoke and Drink in town. We loved the place for its "prime view of the skyline" and the fact that outside speakers allowed patrons to "bathe in the sweet sound ... More >>
[Note: Part 1 of The Nickel is here, and Part 2 is here.] Almost as forgotten as Hersal Thomas, Goree Carter was a Fifth Ward guitarist who was credited by late New York Times pop critic Robert Palmer with being the creator of the very first rock and roll record. This was his obscure 1949 singl ... More >>
Back in its heyday, the corner of Jensen Drive and Lyons Avenue was known as "Pearl Harbor, the Times Square of the Bloody Fifth." You wouldn't know it today - the entire area is a vast wasteland of tired and abandoned lots and boarded-up shacks, but for much of the 20th Century this area was the ne ... More >>
Honky-tonk hero explores his hardscrabble Houston roots with an autobiography and a CD
Sig Byrd's Houston, Sigman Byrd, The Viking Press, 1955
Houston: Land of the Big Rich, The Story of a Fabulous City, by George Fuermann
Forty years ago, one writer captured our city better than any before or since. Now he's forgotten. And the Houston he saw? All but gone.