A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert Directed by David Deutsch Shout! Factory, 120 min., $19.98 "Tonight is not a night for politics," says a well-coiffed man at the microphone with an unmistakable Southern drawl at the beginning of this concert. "Tonight is the ... More >>
Whether you lived through them or not, we can all admit that the '80s were a long time ago. Even a kid born on New Year's Eve 1989 could be most of his or her way through medical school by now. And although that decade refuses to go away in all sorts of ways, one concept that does feel like has been ... More >>
Forty-six years ago this week, British blues-rockers Cream unveiled their debut album, Fresh Cream, one of the most deeply influential rock and roll records of all time. The original supergroup, the band was intended to unite the "cream" of the late-'60s British blues scene, featuring Eric Clapton ... More >>
Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
The Beatles' concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park 46 years ago today was the end of an era for the band. Except for a famously unannounced appearance on top the Apple building two and a half years later, it would be the final live performance that the Fab Four would ever play together. It w ... More >>
Within the past month, the walls of Sig's Lagoon have been transformed into a sprawling pop-culture collage of posters, photos, newspaper clippings, magazine covers, picture discs and cardboard cutouts courtesy of former Sundance Records owner Bobby Barnard. Since the longtime San Marcos music stor ... More >>
For guitar players, it's an age old question: are you a Fender guy or a Gibson guy? Over the years since both companies became popular in rock music, many other guitar manufacturers have made inroads, but none have been able to surpass the power and tradition of these two giants in the guitar ... More >>
Photo by Jeff BalkeA couple years ago, I was sitting on the back porch at the Continental Club talking music with a fairly well known music writer who seemed to believe that anything with a big hook or the slightest inkling of musicianship beyond the garage band aesthetic was utter garbage. I ... More >>
Courtesy of Miler Outdoor Theatre Advisory BoardDoyle BramhallDoyle Bramhall, one of the legendary Austin drummers and a noted songwriter, passed this morning. He was 62. Unconfirmed reports on Facebook noted that Bramhall had been under the weather for some time. He had recently had pneumon ... More >>
If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>
The Ian Moore Band today (L-R): Ian Moore, Chris White, Bukka Allen, Michael VillegasIan Moore had both the good fortune and misfortune to be a young, good-looking Austin guitar hero who came to prominence shortly after Stevie Ray Vaughan's death created an opening for the position. Joe Ely d ... More >>
MTV Unplugged was like health food for your soul during its heyday on the music channel, which was full of junk food. When artists stuck to the template and went untethered to electronic instruments and really dug into their music with new eyes it was amazing. Debuting in 1989 with Squeeze ... More >>
You may have noticed that TxDOT has been re-running classic ads from their 25-year-old "Don't Mess with Texas" campaign. It's part of a contest to pick the best. The ads tend to work best with musicians; Stevie Ray Vaughan is the classic, of course, but Willie Nelson and George Strait also shine. ... More >>
Photos by Groovehouse"Alpine Valley, in the middle of the night," begins Jimmie Vaughan's "Six Strings Down," his account of the time heaven called another blues singer back home - namely, his brother Stevie Ray Vaughan. Shortly after he finished an all-star blues jam with his brother, Eric C ... More >>
Lady GagaRocks Off scoured the Interwebs for at least an hour Thursday looking for the worst musical fan art we could find. Aside from being mildly sidetracked by pictures of Katy Perry and Britney Spears, we also found plenty of ghastly fan-made visages of their favorite rock and pop stars. ... More >>
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
For the past six months, the music business has been aghast and/or enthralled with the AutoTune craze. There seems to be no stopping the phenomenon, which is now crawling into the public's brain at an alarming rate. No one seems to be immune to the 'Tune, with rappers Lil' Wayne and T-Pain seemingl ... More >>
So now there's a karaoke booth at Intercontinental Airport. According to the Houston Chronicle, travelers can choose from "hundreds of titles."We got to wondering this morning about what's in their song selections there and more to the point -- what isn't.We imagine that the management of IAH's kara ... More >>
Guitar hero shreds the strings faster than you can say, Is that a bucket on his head?
Here's a picture of John Mayer playing on the deck of a cruise ship in the Bahamas this past weekend. I would be inclined to make a snide remark about his bitchin' Stevie Ray tat, but you're dealing with a guy who has the Rolling Stones lips logo tattooed on his arm for life. Carry on, you tall, mag ... More >>
Blues guitarist comes home
Stevie Wonder, Prince and Martin Sexton combine in the Mighty Orq's tasty blues-rock stew
Thursday, November 3, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-225-8551.
Saturday, May 14, at the Big Easy, 5733 Kirby, 713-523-9999.
Fitchburg Street (Yep Roc)
Hadden Sayers wants to shed the Stevie Ray tag. But will the Texas market let him?
The late William "Tray" Folliard, the Hard Rock, and stories from 'round town
Epic keeps raiding Stevie Ray Vaughan's vault, but when is enough enough?
Jimmie Vaughan is two albums into a solo career he didn't necessarily want
Essential bassist Tommy Shannon hangs in there
Chris Duarte brings a retro energy to rockin' blues and bluesy rock
Quintessential backup man (and Stevie Ray mentor) Doyle Bramhall steps out in front