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    April 28, 2014

    The 12 Best Acts of iFest's First Weekend

    The Apple Scruffs Performing as "The Down Under Band" for the day, The Apple Scruffs took an inspiring break from their usual gig as a Beatles cover band to cover music from Australian musicians, in homage to this year's spotlight country. This quartet was so good, it inspired thoughts about what th ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Field Notes on Houston Music, 1830s-1920s

    Around Tin Pan Alley-era Houston, sheet music was exchanged for the most part among music fans and aficionados, versus the then-fragile but burgeoning cylinder records (phonographs). Sadly, the true sound of musicians who improvised has been lost, but from street musicians to the thoroughly classica ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    Here's the Lowdown: The Boz Scaggs Interview, Part 1

    From his earliest records and concerts to his most recent discs and tours with buddies Michael McDonald and Donald Fagen as the Dukes of September, Boz Scaggs has always shown a reverence for music history. That's especially true for the old blues and R&B tunes he'd hear wafting over the airwaves fr ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    A Young Person's Guide to Houston's Historic Blues Venues

    Houston is a sprawling metropolis of subdivisions and strip centers that retains a strong cultural hub. But this "cultural hub" has actually become more of a cultural sprawl. Especially music-wise, neighborhoods outside Loop 610 are often seen as culturally sterile, though some elements of Houston's ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    10 Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet Albums You Need to Own

    Tonight at the Continental Club, Austin's Freddie Steady 5 will head up a tribute to the late Doug Sahm focusing on Sahm's 2000 album The Return of Wayne Douglas, which he recorded only a few months before dying of a heart attack in November 1999. La Porte native Freddie Krc, leader of the 5, has ju ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    The Chitlin' Circuit: Road to Rock & Roll Ran Straight Through Houston

    Above: Walter Barnes and the Royal Creolians, the first kings of the Chitlin' Circuit Most music critics, writers, historians, and aficianados in Houston don't think this city has ever gotten enough credit for its contributions to blues, soul, and, the Holy Grail, the birth of rock and roll. Well, ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    The Tedeschi Trucks Band Keeps in the Family

    Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are married both to each other and their musical careers. She with a busy solo schedule, and he with full-time gigs fronting the Derek Trucks Band, playing guitar with the Allman Brothers Band [Derek's uncle is founding member Butch Trucks], and minor side-jobs with t ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    A God-Fearing Boogie Man

    Reverend K.M. Williams says the blues aren't the devil's music.

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    October 19, 2011

    Earl Gilliam: "A Huge Loss That Can't Be Filled"

    Another of Houston's unique blues treasures, the effusive, ebullient and always stylish pianist Earl Gilliam, has moved on to the big juke joint in the sky. Gilliam, 81, died peacefully this morning at his home in Tomball of advanced lung disease.

  • Music

    July 14, 2011

    Half a Paycheck

    Dave Alvin is an inveterate troubadour and staunch advocate for Houston's blues history.

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    March 7, 2011

    Eldorado Ballroom: A Concise History By Dr. Roger Wood

    David Bush/ houstondeco.comThe Eldorado Ballroom in 2006​Rocks Off was pleased as punch to report last week that, thanks to the efforts of the Texas Blues Project's R. Eric Davis and Project Row Houses, which has owned the historic Third Ward venue since 1999, the Eldorado Ballroom will receiv ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Soul City: Unsung Blues Legend Joe "Guitar" Hughes

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. This is our final installment. ​Great Houston blues guitarists makes a long and storied list indeed, arguably headed up by Albert Collins, Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny "Guitar" Watson ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Soul City: Talent Scouts Lola Anne Cullum And Lela Macy

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. Jody PerryTexas Johnny Brown, one of the few Houston musicians who remembers "Mrs. Cullum"​At a local blues j ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Beyond His Years

    A bluesman since age ten, Bernard Allison has learned his lessons well.

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    February 17, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: All Along The Watchtower With Ex-Traffic Cop Dave Mason

    ​Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason has certainly had a storied career: Founding member of Traffic, guest appearances on records by Hendrix, the Stones and various Beatles, a solid solo career, stint with Fleetwood Mac, and writer of at least one Classic Rock Warhorse in "Feelin' Alright." And ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Remembering Doug Sahm - 10 Years Gone Already?

    "You just can't live in Texas if you don't have a lot of soul" - Doug Sahm, "At the Crossroads" ​If the Texas music scene ever had a soul, it belonged to Doug Sahm, the leader of the Sir Douglas Quintet who passed away ten years ago Wednesday. It didn't matter whether he was knee-deep in the blu ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Aftermath: One Wild Weekend

    Craig Hlavaty The Imani School Student Jazz Ensemble Craig Hlavaty Erykah BaduRocks Off is still in the very early recovery stages from this weekend, which was one of the most satisfying musical whirlwinds he's been sucked into in quite some time. He started off Friday evening at  ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008
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    October 17, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    Tonight: Back Door Slam at Warehouse Live

    The Isle of Man - the sparsely populated "crown dependency" between Great Britain and Ireland - has given the world those adorable tailless Manx cats and the Bee Gees, who were born there before moving to Manchester and then Australia. Now you can add blues-rock power trio Back Door Slam to that lis ... More >>

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    July 25, 2008

    Gatemouth Brown Needs a Gravestone

    Verve Records One of my favorite blues songs of all time is Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean." Especially these lyrics: Did you ever hear that coffin sound Means another poor boy is under the ground Creepy! Jefferson's song has been covered by many, many people over the y ... More >>

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    June 17, 2008

    Texas Johnny Brown to Play Smithsonian Folklife Festival

    Texas Johnny Brown, the author of Bobby Blue Bland’s hit “Two Steps from the Blues” and one of Houston’s last surviving links to the Duke/Peacock Records era, has been selected to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s “Texas: A Celebration of Music, Food and Wine” program next ... More >>

  • Music

    June 5, 2008

    High Gas Prices Still Hurting Touring Bands

    Notes toward a post-cheap-gas touring economy

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    April 22, 2008

    Overnight Express: Simply Red Does Bobby "Blue" Bland

    Another collaboration of sorts between an aging American R&B star and a (much) better-selling British acolyte is in the offing, it seems. Early this morning (when all e-mail blasts go out, apparently), the folks charged with getting the word out about Rhino Records' upcoming releases announced that ... More >>

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    November 5, 2007

    Day of the Dead at the Graves of Southeast Texas Music Legends

    As some of you may remember, I wrote about visiting the graves of southeast Texas music legends on Day of the Dead. Last Friday, Press music listings editor Brett Koshkin and I did just that. Or tried to, at least. The plan was to head up to Navasota’s Oakland / Resthaven cemetery, where both Ma ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2007

    Save Our Houston Songs

    A plea for monuments and musical preservation

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    August 9, 2007

    Farewell T-99

    Show business is sure going to miss Jimmy Nelson

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    June 16, 2005

    Free to Jam

    Get the blues at the Eldorado Ballroom's Juneteenth Bash

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    July 25, 2002

    Prodigal Hijos

    Nashville was no place for Los Lonely Boys, the future of Texas roots rock

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    June 13, 2002

    W.C. Clark

    Friday, June 14

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    May 23, 2002

    Moby Pick

    Beaumont's Barbara Lynn lucks out with a song that almost died

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    December 13, 2001

    Roy Head

    Head On! (Music Club)

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    May 17, 2001

    Ervin Charles, featuring Richard Earl

    Greyhound Blues (Dialtone)

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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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    September 28, 2000

    Still Howlin'

    Omar Dykes keeps finding ways to push the blues out there

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    September 21, 2000

    Going Public

    Dave Alvin's private loss inspires him to search for the eternal sounds

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    January 6, 2000

    Monday, Monday

    The blues make the first day of the week seem less so at Miss Ann's Playpen

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    December 30, 1999

    Ladies in Blue

    You think you like the blues? You ain't seen nothing yet.

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    December 16, 1999

    Preservation Hall

    Project Row Houses will revive Houston's first home of black music

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    January 14, 1999
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    December 17, 1998
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    August 13, 1998

    Mind's Ear

    Jimmie Vaughan is two albums into a solo career he didn't necessarily want

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    July 2, 1998
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    June 18, 1998
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    July 17, 1997
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    February 6, 1997
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    May 30, 1996
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    March 16, 1995
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    December 29, 1994

    That Indefinable Something

    Chris Duarte brings a retro energy to rockin' blues and bluesy rock

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    May 26, 1994
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