By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever HONORABLE MENTION: SUNNY SWEENEY Thus far mainstream success has eluded Sunny Sweeney, but not for lack of either talent or trying. According to her Facebook page, Sweeney (a former standup comic) has now played the Grand Ole Opry 41 times but continues to reside in ... More >>
You can take the boy out of Houston, but...well, this is part of how Robert Ellis has found himself spending his time after moving to New York City a little more than a month ago. "There's actually a weird little honky-tonk scene in Brooklyn," says the singer-songwriter who relocated from Houston t ... More >>
For touring musicians, the ease and profitability of living-room concerts prove there is no place like home.
Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
Hard-country hillbilly Marty Stuart is always pickin' on Nashville.
Oh, you hadn't heard? At some point between his extended hiatus from singing and the recording of his newly announced album, Shadow Days, ol' big-mouth Mayer seems to have stumbled on some old Willie Nelson CDs and raided the nearest Cavender's in a transformation Rocks Off can only assume as bein ... More >>
With the Chris Gray benefit just a few days away, news is flying fast and furious. We told you yesterday about the addition of Hayes Carll to the artist line up and gave you a rundown of every artist on the bill. Today, we have news from Live Nation. Live Nation has donated two box seats including ... More >>
Photos by Russ Harrington/Sugar Hill RecordsPeople often get a bit confrontational with Lonesome Onry and Mean about "country music," like the last time we went to the bank in our father's little ranching town in Central Texas. As soon as we were introduced as a "music writer," one fellow - t ... More >>
What would your Friday be without Magnolia City Mixtape? Pretty bleak, if you're trying to keep up on all the local music here in Houston. Thankfully, we're here to make that last day of the work week just a bit better. Propain launched his music video for the Departure track, "Say I Won't." Dire ... More >>
Metro is throwing a competition to name 20 new stations along the upcoming East End, North and Southeast lines. Quoting their press release, or at least the one they released yesterday, Metro wants "to make sure these stations accurately reflect the character, culture and history of the vibrant comm ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerSomething Fierce Mango's April 1, 2011 There are terms in music that cause audible groans and visual displeasure at their mere mention, and while these vary from person to person, some are fairly universal. Emo, yacht rock, muzak, and pop punk all fall into these categ ... More >>
While trolling the nether regions of the UK press, we came upon this, touting the wonders of Houston as a luxury vacation spot. It's all enough to make Hair Balls wish it didn't live here already so it could start making travel plans now!We cannot help but imagine how impressed our luxury-seeking Li ... More >>
The SugarHill Gang, from left: Fever Tree's Rob Landis, Radio Birdman's Dennis Tek, engineer Andy Bradley, Tyson Steth, Kenny Cordray and Dust Peterson Photos by Chris Gray Watching musicians in the studio is like watching meat processors make sausage: it's tedious and there's lots of blood. But it' ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark C. Austin To ... More >>
[Inspired by Rocks Off's trip to Sugar Hill yesterday, the one and only Rosa Guerrero sent over a few shots from Radio Birdman's June 2007 show at Meridian. Enjoy.]
A few more (possibly) final bits of music-related Ike aftermath... Photos by Dan Workman * Sugar Hill Studios (above), emerged from Ike relatively unscathed, though the legendary Produce Row-area recording house sustained a little roof damage and, like everywhere else, was beset by fallen trees ... More >>
Morning! How was yours? Ours was good. Let's get to it. Friday Afternoon at Sugar Hill Studios Chris Gray spent Friday afternoon at the Abbey Road of the South and worked up this narrative slideshow to prove it. Summer Sin Party at Warehouse Live Dog leashes? Check. Burlesque dancing? Check. ... More >>
Lucinda Williams Happy Woman Blues Smithsonian-Folkways Way back in 1980, long before she was on all those magazine covers, long before the Grammys and all the other accolades and her status among the NPR set, the woman who would be the Queen of Americana made this gentle, rootsy and unassuming li ... More >>
From the Malibus to the Natives to on his own, Herschel Berry has haunted -- and been haunted by -- Houston music for three decades. So is he ready to give it up? You've gotta be kidding