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Waylon Jennings

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Old 97's at Fitzgerald's, 5/27/2014

    Old 97's, Lydia Loveless Fitzgerald's May 27, 2014 In band years, the Old 97's have now reached what you might call their Tattoo You period, settling into a solid signature sound while fighting off early-middle-age complacency and retaining the ability to surprise people a little. But if comparing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    The 10 Most Memorable '80s TV Theme Songs

    Oh, how we miss the '80s. It was a happy time, when life was full of neon spandex, leg-warmers and high-top Reeboks as far as the eye could see. Sure, there were too many dudes sporting man-perms, but they always threw in an accompanying mullet for good measure, and the beloved beard was always an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    15 Odd Christmas Gifts For Musicians

    Note: Rocks Off originally published this blog in November 2011 and people keep looking at it, so we figured we might as well put it back at the top of our queue. Call it a holiday tradition. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    10 Glaring Omissions From the Country Music Hall of Fame

    This Sunday the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will correct a grievous oversight when it inducts the late Jack Clement, who wrote an early hit for Johnny Cash ("Ballad of a Teenage Queen"), effectively desegregated country music by adopting Charley Pride as a protege, and produce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Hank3's Family Tradition: Doing Whatever the Hell He Wants

    Don't confuse Hank Williams III with the ones who came before him. This sure ain't Bocephus' music he's playin'. Hank Williams III, or Hank3, as he's known to his fans, is hardly the honky-tonk musician of old. Despite being descended from country-music royalty -- he's the grandson of good ol' Han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Remembering Tompall Glaser: An Outlaw Just Beyond the Spotlight

    Tompall Glaser, one of the original and most confrontational Nashville outlaws, passed Tuesday morning after a long illness, according to the singer's nephew. The flannel-throated Glaser, whose upraised middle finger to the Music Row establishment was even bigger than Willie's or Waylon's, was 79. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Outlaw Book Takes Wild Ride with Waylon, Willie & the Boys

    Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris and the Renegades of Nashville By Michael Streissguth It Books, 304 pp., $26. A recent Rolling Stone cover story on Johnny Depp was titled "An Outlaw Looks at 50." To what extent that a multimillionaire movie actor who won the genetic lottery could be viewed as an "outl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Five Waylon Jennings Albums You Should Own

    "Ladies love outlaws," Waylon Jennings once sang, and well knew. Yes they do, and so do plenty of fellers, who may love the late Littlefield-born musician -- who was a losing coin flip away from being on Buddy Holly's doomed plane in February 1959 -- even more. Jennings would have been 76 this past ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Who Should Play RodeoHouston In 2013?

    On October 30, just a few days from now, RodeoHouston will announce its first round of performers for the 2013 edition of the star-studded, yeehawin', nearly three-week event at Reliant Park. The booking the last few years has been getting more adventurous, with the likes of Kid Rock, KISS, Mary J. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: A Fistful of Soul, Waylon Tribute, Etc.

    Houston's favorite happenin' soul/funk/R&B/rocksteady/ska DJ night, A Fistful of Soul, returns to the Big Top about 10 p.m. this evening. Free. Say happy birthday to DJ Wes Wallace, who has been named "Best Dance Club DJ" by this publication more than ten times, at "Classic Numbers" this evening.

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    5 Artists Whose Second Acts Surpassed Their First

    Rocks Off has always had a soft spot for Rick Nelson. Although our oldest memory of him is probably hearing about the plane crash outside Texarkana that killed him, his band and his fiancee on New Year's Eve 1985, we're also old enough to remember actually his songs like "Hello, Mary Lou," "Lonesome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Staying Sane at Owl Bar

    ​The best thing about Owl Bar is that it doesn't feel like it belongs. A couple of years ago, when Mugsy's occupied the same space, it would have been a little more at home in its neighborhood. Upper Kirby has since come up in the world, though. Standing on Owl Bar's narrow patio on a Tuesday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Top 20 Throwback TV Theme Songs Part 1

    ​We grew up on television. Whether it was Saturday morning cartoons, afternoon re-runs, Sunday Disney and Wild Kingdom or Thursday night "must see" TV, we saw it. We noticed that on November 2, 1985, the Miami Vice soundtrack went to number one on the Billboard charts where it would stay for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Wednesday Open Mike at Blanco's

    The seating area next to the dance floor and stage. ​Guitarist Chet Akins, the Country Gentleman, would describe the Nashville sound by jingling some the change in his pocket and saying, "It's the sound of money." Mainstream country's lucrative turn toward pop in the late 1950s eventually blos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Top 10 Texas Movie Soundtracks

    ​This weekend, as the rest of the world catches Harry Potter mania for (perhaps) the final time, Houston gets a serious dose of Urban Cowboy nostalgia. Theater Under the Stars' production of the Tony-nominated 2003 musical - which The New York Times called "a conclusive demonstration that it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    RIP Pinetop Perkins: Blues Legend Dead At 97

    Ralph Mooney, former Waylon Jennings steel guitarist, also dies Steve Azzato/pinetopperkins.com​Legendary multi-Grammy-winning blues pianist Pinetop Perkins has died at his home in Austin, according to his Web site. Perkins, who was part of Muddy Waters' band for years, was 97. No cause of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Mickey Newbury: Houston's Forgotten Genius

    "Hank Williams' pain songs, Newbury's train songs/ And 'Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain' - Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings, "Luckenbach, Texas" ​Lonesome, Onry and Mean was sitting around having a few cold pops the other night when we put on The Best of Mickey Newbury. It wasn't long before the ... More >>

  • Music

    July 8, 2010

    Monnalisa Smile

    Upscale suburban bars used to be a nightlife myth. Not anymore.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide: N'Sync Backstreet Boys O-Town Rascal Flatts

    Date: March 10 Name: Rascal Flatts AKA: "No Talentt Ass Clowns" Genre: Pop-country Best Known Song(s): "What Hurts the Most," "Bless the Broken Road," "I Want it That Way Key Demographic: Hannah Montana fans looking to butch up their image, people who've never heard the name "Waylon Jennings" Previ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    He Said She Said: The Sweet, Sweet Sounds of Revenge, Part 2

    ​For someone who wears motorcycle boots and carries a knife, the bald(ing) He Said rightfully looks like he should be one of the most vindictive cats in the world. But in reality, the only revenge we have ever taken has been of the emotional variety, and that's probably much worse than any windows ... More >>

  • Film

    January 14, 2010

    Misery and Gin

    Country music, faded stardom, liquor, and age in Crazy Heart.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    New iPhone? Rocks Off Has an App for That.

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​ We know a ton of you got iPhones over the holiday break. Well, good news: Rocks Off has spent the last few months developing our own iPhone applications (or "apps," as the urban kids are saying) and we're thrilled to debut them here. All inquiries, critici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Hit the Road, Jack: 10 More Notable Musical Deaths From the Past Decade

    ​ Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Ol' Waylon Sings Ol' Hank...Again

    One of my all-time favorite Waylon Jennings songs has always been "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" Waylon (and Willie) saw early on that Nashville had an evil habit of turning on its stars, taking the work of the greats and dumbing it down to the mediocre. A few weeks ago, I saw Kevin "Shinyrib ... More >>

  • Music

    February 26, 2009
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    February 3, 2009

    It's Been 50 Years Since the Music Died

    Fifty years ago today - February 3, 1959 - the world lost three of its early pioneering rock and rollers in a fiery plane crash over Clear Lake, Iowa. Texan Buddy Holly, Chicano rock godfather Ritchie Valens, and Sabine Pass-born disc jockey/songwriter J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson all lay dead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Mail Call: Post-AC/DC Edition

    AC/DC may be gone (sniff), although the ringing in several of Rocks Off's friends' ears (and his own) lingers on, but the mail goes on... Waylon Jennings & the .357s (Littlefield/Nashville, R.I.P.), Waylon Forever (by request): "'I'd been playing my dad the music I was inspired by at the time, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Can't Get It Out of My Head: "Ain't Livin' Long Like This"

    Waylon Jennings, "Ain't Livin' Long Like This," live in 1980 Rocks Off is a big musical-phase guy. It's not unusual for him to get stuck - if "stuck" is indeed the proper word - listening to an artist or genre for weeks or months at a time. This summer it was Tom Petty (which he's still&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Songs Not To Play At Intercontinental Airport's New Karaoke Booth

    So now there's a karaoke booth at Intercontinental Airport. According to the Houston Chronicle, travelers can choose from "hundreds of titles."We got to wondering this morning about what's in their song selections there and more to the point -- what isn't.We imagine that the management of IAH's kara ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    A Country Requiem for the GOP

    Little Jimmy Dickens As the Willie Nelson-quoting Don Merideth used to sing on Monday Night Football, turn out the lights, the party's over. While last night's electoral bloodbath isn't the end of the Republican Party - particularly way down Texas way - the GOP is in shambles, and Barack Obama's ho ... More >>

  • Music

    May 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2007

    Give Us a Hand

    If there’s one thing we learned from the Press’ recent H-Town 100 list, it’s that Houston has produced a lot of great songs. If there’s another thing we learned, it’s that lists – of anything, but since this is the music blog we’ll stick with songs – can sure draw a lot of comments v ... More >>

  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    The Other Man in Black

    Waylon Jennings, Nashville Rebel

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Tony Joe White

    Friday, September 30, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

  • Music

    April 14, 2005

    Shooter Jennings

    Put the O Back in Country

  • Music

    May 6, 2004

    Defending the Dirty Thirty

    And coping with Yankee slander

  • Music

    July 31, 2003

    Everything Old Is New Again

    What do punks the Dropkick Murphys have in common with soulful Norah Jones? More than you think.

  • Music

    January 30, 2003

    Billy Ray Reynolds

    Whole Lot of Memories (Compadre Records)

  • Music

    November 22, 2001

    Larry

    Among Friends (Lauan Records)

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Billy Joe's Blues

    Billy Joe Shaver has known great blessings and great curses

  • Music

    June 21, 2001

    Playbill

    Steve Young

  • Music

    July 29, 1999

    It's a Family Affair

    Willie Nelson brings along his pals for his annual musical picnic

  • News

    May 6, 1999

    Urbane Cowboy

    Lyle Lovett is smart, funny and wears Armani. That's right: He is from Texas.

  • Music

    July 2, 1998
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    June 27, 1996
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    June 20, 1996

    Same Old Waylon

    The most rebellious thing Waylon Jennings has done is not change

  • Music

    April 4, 1996
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    February 1, 1996
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    February 1, 1996
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    September 15, 1994
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