If you had to find a CD by Tommy Castro, chances are you'd find one (or all) of them in the "Blues" section. But with his most recent release, The Devil You Know (Alligator Records), the 59-year-old California native who has been making records for 20 years consciously wanted to do something differe ... More >>
Beachcomber art from High Island to the Brazos River makes for a fascinating display with intriguing back stories.
Styx Reliant Stadium March 4, 2013 When Styx made the decision to open with "Blue Collar Man" last night at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, I couldn't decide at first if the band was pandering to its anticipated crowd at something as common as a rodeo or being clever. I vacillated when Lawren ... More >>
Big Walter "The Thunderbird" Price, the elder statesman of Houston blues who continued performing well into his nineties, died overnight, according to a Facebook post by local blues musician Steve Krase of Steve Krase & the In Crowd. Price was 97 and had been in a nursing home in north Houston. As ... More >>
Still sportsmen after all these years, Huey Lewis & the News settle into some of their favorite Stax grooves.
Stay classy, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame...This morning the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's ballot of nominees, with the winners to be announced in December and inducted next March in New York. Fifteen names are on this year's ballot, ranging from hip-hoppers, proto-metal icons, ... More >>
Photos by Groovehouse Since we have long since moved into a digital age of music journalism, Aftermath now takes notes on his cellphone or loads his thoughts onto Twitter. Sifting through our pecking from last night's George Thorogood and the Destroyers show at the House of Blues, we noticed that ... More >>
George Thorogood is a funny, talkative fellow. In this week's print edition, he told us how the Rolling Stones turned him onto the blues, how playing in a strip club helped his band the Delaware Destroyers "claw our way to the middle" and his amusement at how often the familiar riff from 198 ... More >>
Yes, the harmonica is a real instrument, insists Pocket Full of Soul director Marc Lempert.
Note Peacock stamp at the bottom. Eminent local blues scholar Dr. Roger Wood e-mailed Rocks Off this morning with an unexpected discovery he made while listening to the Never Ever Land International Artists compilation I wrote about last week: "Here's the big surprise it yielded for me: On the th ... More >>
ABBA: Not safe for microwave use. While doing some research for an ink-and-paper Press article, I stumbled across the Arrow's song library, which is full of both surprises and songs the station never, ever, ever plays. (That I've heard, anyway.) It's a gold mine of potential lists too, so here's on ... More >>
Friday, July 18
Bluesman Big Walter celebrates his 87 years with star pupil Jerry Lightfoot
A once-slumbering syndicated radio giant empties its vaults