Austin City Limits wasn't always a cultural institution, nor a repository of some of the finest musical performances ever committed to videotape. In the show's earliest days it was an unusual experiment even for public television, and creator Bill Arhos and his staff did not have the benefit of the ... More >>
A look at the Houston "music scene" of the early 20th century.
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 >>
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 >>
Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour closes out this year's rodeo.
"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 >>
Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
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 >>
Fifteen years after the death of a legend, there are a few stories left untold.
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 >>
Canada's Cowboy Junkies enter their 25th year louder and angrier than ever.
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 >>
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 >>
The Galveston singer-songwriter spent a lot of years on the periphery of music greatness and right in the middle of its excesses
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
...otherwise known as the H-Town 20
Our Mother the Mountain, Townes Van Zandt, Delta Momma Blues, Flyin' Shoes
A dying Houston scene suddenly might have new life
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 >>
A tour of Galveston nightspots
Saturday, January 21, at Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant, 713-528-8576.
A summer selection of the Bayou City's most miserable music and depressing songs
Randal Calcote, Houston's most dangerous folkie, needs your help
Houston was the city of syrup long before DJ Screw came on the scene
The Cowboy Junkies ride again
Townes Van Zandt left behind great songs for people to fight over
Arthur Yoria and Matt Maloney launch a new local label with a roster of one
Texas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings and The Best of Townes Van Zandt (Tomato)
It's never the same show with the Good Luck Band
Nightclub owners provide a feeding place for musicians
The rearview mirror
Townes Van Zandt Wake
Having spent the last decade in a Kafkaesque nightmare, Beaver Nelson finally emerges as Austin's next big thing
Emerging from Van Zandt's large shadow, Wrecks Bell finally steps into the spotlight
Mixing Nashville craft with gothic content, David Olney is a songwriter's songwriter
As the rest of Americana crumbles around him, Guy Clark just keeps getting better
Local Music Reviews
Despite years of commercial and self neglect, the songs are still coming through
Townes Van Zandt hospitalized with lung problems