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Townes Van Zandt

  • Music

    November 7, 2013

    Gunfights and Ragtime

    A look at the Houston "music scene" of the early 20th century.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Covering Townes Van Zandt Can Be a Tricky Proposition

    Not all that long ago, Rocks Off saw some comment on a Facebook thread where a guy claiming to be a poet said he didn't think Townes van Zandt was the great poet/lyricist so many seem to think. His complaint: he felt like in every Townes song there was some flaw, some line that shouldn't have been a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: The Weeknd, Bill Callahan, Alt-J, etc.

    The Weeknd Bayou Music Center, September 24 As eccentric as he is explicit, the 23-year-old singer/rapper known as The Weeknd has become one of R&B's hottest names of the 2010s not just because of his association with fellow Toronto native Drake, but for lyrics that are unusually candid even for hi ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    Goodbye, George?

    Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour closes out this year's rodeo.

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    March 20, 2013

    Behind "Pancho and Lefty": "That Son of a Bitch Is a Smash"

    "Pancho and Lefty" long ago became more than just a song and something closer to a pop-culture touchstone, particularly in Texas and the Southwest. According to Urbanspoon, you can even dine at Pancho & Lefty's Tex-Mex restaurant in St. George, Utah. Unforgivably, it charges separately for chips and ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

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    May 16, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Edition Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 6

    Mickey Newbury paved the road from Houston to Nashville for a Hells Angels-ish, hard-drinking, hard-drugging gaggle of songwriters who, like Newbury, would go on to make a serious mark on Music City. Ornery, belligerent, cocky, literary, opinionated, and super-talented, this group of Houston transp ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2011

    Towering Townes

    Fifteen years after the death of a legend, there are a few stories left untold.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Cover Story: The Year in Crime

    ​We like to think we are pretty hard to surprise. As the son of hard-living hippies who were close friends of people like Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt, I'd seen more by the time I was 12 than many of my peers have experienced up to this day. Since then, I've traveled the world and worked i ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    June 10, 2010

    To Live Is to Fly

    Canada's Cowboy Junkies ­enter their 25th year louder and ­angrier than ever.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    May 14, 2009
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    March 13, 2009

    Orange Show's Van Zandt Tribute Postponed

    This wintry blast (don't let anyone from Chicago hear you call it that) has claimed its first victim: The season opening of the Orange Show.Tomorrow night was to be the premiere of Heartworn Highways, a tribute to Townes Van Zandt, but it's been canceled "because Saturday's forecast is cold and wet, ... More >>

  • Music

    September 25, 2008

    Rex "Wrecks" Bell Is Just Playing

    The Galveston singer-songwriter spent a lot of years on the periphery of music greatness and right in the middle of its excesses

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    June 11, 2008
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    May 8, 2008
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    April 15, 2008

    Introducing…Lonesome Onry and Mean

    My first inclination was to name this column “Lonesome Onry and Mean on the Heartworn Highway of Dust That Lefty Bit Down South.” In spite of its unwieldy length, that reference to two famous songs by godfathers of the Texas music movement plus the 1981 documentary on the infant Texas singer-son ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    Googlism with Houston Musicians, or Why Beyonce Is Stealing My Mojo

    Have you ever played around with Googlism? Here’s how the site, which is not affiliated with Google in any way, describes itself: “Googlism was created as a fun tool to see what Google ‘thinks’ of certain topics and people. Of course, the results are not really Google's opinion, they're yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    Pop Numerology: How High Can You Go?

    Futzing around with my iTunes, I discovered I have a song with every number in it up through the number 25. I stall out at 26. Anybody know one with that number in it? Here’s my list: “Splash 1,” Thirteenth Floor Elevators “Two Girls,” Townes Van Zandt “Three Sixteens,” U.G.K. “Fou ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Houston's Very Best Songs Ever

    ...otherwise known as the H-Town 20

  • Music

    June 14, 2007

    Townes Van Zandt

    Our Mother the Mountain, Townes Van Zandt, Delta Momma Blues, Flyin' Shoes

  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    Aaron Loesch Vies to Become the Guitar Center King of the Blues

    A dying Houston scene suddenly might have new life

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2007

    Catfish Reef: Happy Woman Blues

    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 >>

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    Four Women Walk into a Bar...

    A tour of Galveston nightspots

  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    Eric Taylor

    Saturday, January 21, at Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant, 713-528-8576.

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Hellish Houston

    A summer selection of the Bayou City's most miserable music and depressing songs

  • Music

    June 30, 2005

    Last of the Hard-Core Troubadours

    Randal Calcote, Houston's most dangerous folkie, needs your help

  • Music

    May 5, 2005

    Codeine Country

    Houston was the city of syrup long before DJ Screw came on the scene

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    Back in the Saddle

    The Cowboy Junkies ride again

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Dead, Not Buried

    Townes Van Zandt left behind great songs for people to fight over

  • Music

    May 15, 2003

    The Power of 12

    Arthur Yoria and Matt Maloney launch a new local label with a roster of one

  • Music

    May 30, 2002

    Townes Van Zandt

    Texas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings and The Best of Townes Van Zandt (Tomato)

  • Music

    January 17, 2002

    Musical Chairs

    It's never the same show with the Good Luck Band

  • Music

    January 3, 2002

    Gardeners of the Music World

    Nightclub owners provide a feeding place for musicians

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best View

    The rearview mirror

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    Playbill

    Townes Van Zandt Wake

  • Music

    November 16, 2000

    Lost in the '90s

    Having spent the last decade in a Kafkaesque nightmare, Beaver Nelson finally emerges as Austin's next big thing

  • Music

    October 19, 2000

    Out of Townes

    Emerging from Van Zandt's large shadow, Wrecks Bell finally steps into the spotlight

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    Americana Psychos

    Mixing Nashville craft with gothic content, David Olney is a songwriter's songwriter

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Behind the Music (City)

    Is she rock? Is she soul? Jonell Mosser keeps 'em guessing

  • Music

    April 27, 2000

    Long Haul

    As the rest of Americana crumbles around him, Guy Clark just keeps getting better

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    March 2, 2000

    Local Rotation

    Local Music Reviews

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    April 17, 1997
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    January 9, 1997
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    January 25, 1996
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    January 19, 1995

    Talkin' Townes Van Zandt

    Despite years of commercial and self neglect, the songs are still coming through

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    September 29, 1994

    Somber News from Nashville

    Townes Van Zandt hospitalized with lung problems

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    April 28, 1994
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