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Willie Dixon

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    HPMA Bassist Nominees Pick Best Bassists Ever

    One nice thing about the Houston Press Music Awards is the opportunity it provides to root into the brains of Houston's more acclaimed musicians. Here's a ready-made list of folks with music-filled brains, ripe for the picking. But with so many nominees in so many categories, where to start and what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Happy 90th Birthday George Bush Sr.: A Rousing R&B Salute

    A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert Directed by David Deutsch Shout! Factory, 120 min., $19.98 "Tonight is not a night for politics," says a well-coiffed man at the microphone with an unmistakable Southern drawl at the beginning of this concert. "Tonight is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Liberty Hall Founder Michael Condray Recuperating After Brain Surgery

    I last saw Michael Condray five years ago at his home outside Porter. I was working on a story about his legendary Houston venue, Liberty Hall, where Bruce Springsteen found his first success in Texas and where a budding guitarist named Billy Gibbons would occasionally work out. Condray loaned us so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    The Gospel According to Scott H. Biram: Nothin' But Blood

    The last time Rocks Off really caught up with Scott H. Biram, Austin's "Dirty Old One Man Band" helped us with our continuing mission to teach appropriate concert behavior to Houston audiences. We figured he was a good guy to ask because at the time (June 2011), he had just gone off a fan via Facebo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    A Proclamation and a Playlist: I Hate Grocery Shopping

    Photo by BPhotography_Welcome to my nightmare.The list of things I'd prefer to do instead of grocery shopping is long and ends with stuff like "moonwalk naked over hot coals" and "chew pink fiberglass-flavored Bubblicious." My son, the social conscience of our family, never fails to remind how luc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Dabbling In the Black Arts With Nicholas Tremulis: The Chicago Way

    I normally don't take jobs from artists. The request to supply blurbs or write liner notes usually comes with that implied sneaky little handshake with the bills folded in the palm and a wink that says, "No one needs to know, right?" The expectation is that for a hundred bucks or so, a writer will p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    RIP Donald "Duck" Dunn: 5 Other Great Label Bassists

    See Also: "Support Staff: 10 of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands" Donald "Duck" Dunn, the bassist for Memphis soul band Booker T & the MGs - the house band at seminal '60s Stax Records - passed away in his sleep early Sunday morning, according to his friend and longtime bandmate Steve Cropper. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Damn Right He's Got the Blues: Buddy Guy's Life Story

    When I Left Home: My Story Buddy Guy with David Ritz Da Capo Press, 320 pp, $26 Once the young kid in a stable of blues giants, Buddy Guy is now an elder statesmen of the genre. And in this memoir, the story of his life is also the tale of the music itself of the past 50-plus years. Born in 1936 i ... More >>

  • Music

    September 1, 2011

    Old School

    Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Tracy Nelson, Victim Of The Blues, Embraces Muddy & Lightnin'

    Robert Hakins​Long acclaimed as one of the truly great singers of the modern era, at 66 Tracy Nelson still has the fire for performing great songs. Her latest project, Victim of the Blues, is a loving caress to her original passion: Old-school blues, particularly the Chicago variety. Nelson's ... More >>

  • Music

    April 29, 2010

    Beyond His Years

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

  • Music

    May 14, 2009
  • Music

    April 30, 2009

    Live at Liberty Hall

    The short but storied past of Houston's legendary live music venue.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Eyeballin': Down the Tracks: The Music That Influenced Led Zeppelin

    Even the most naïve and surface Led Zeppelin listener tell you at least that they were influenced "by the blues." But this insightful and surprisingly solid documentary goes way further in delving into the sound and the performers which were in the minds (and on the home stereos) of Mssrs. Page and ... More >>

  • Film

    December 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Hall of Fame Nominations a Big Cleveland Steamer

    Late Friday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their nominees for its class of 2008: Madonna, John Mellencamp, Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, Leonard Cohen and Afrika Bambaataa are the heavyweights. Mind you, these are just nominees. Oh, I forgot to mention that Chic somehow rates a nomination, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2007

    Uncle John Turner, 1944-2007

    Legendary Texas roots-music drummer Uncle John Turner passed away today at Austin’s Seton Hospital from complications of hepatitis C. He was 62. Turner was born and raised in Port Arthur, where he first played with Jerry LaCroix. Later he hooked up with Johnny and Edgar Winter, eventually convinc ... More >>

  • Music

    May 3, 2007

    CD Reviews

    Blues music releases

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    The Gospel According to Gnarls

    Cee-Lo breaks down the genius behind St. Elsewhere

  • Music

    March 2, 2006

    Standing Behind the Man

    Playing in Chuck Berry's pickup band can be a trial by rock and roll fire

  • Music

    March 2, 2006

    Van Gogh with a Resonator

    Remembering Chris Whitley, the universal bluesman

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Hidden Treasures

    Introducing some of the best discs you've never heard

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    The Detroit Cobras

    Thursday, October 27, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521.

  • Music

    December 16, 2004
  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Music Awards Survey

    A rundown of every act on this year's bill

  • Music

    June 3, 2004
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    April 4, 2002
  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Chuck E. Weiss

    Old Souls & Wolf Tracks (Ryko/Slow River)

  • Music

    January 11, 2001

    Junior Wells

    Calling All Blues: The Chief, Profile and USA Recordings (Fuel 2000 Records)

  • Music

    September 9, 1999

    Local Rotation

    Local Music Reviewed

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Down the Drain

    Downsizing may not be treating city water workers -- or what we drink-- safely

  • Music

    April 29, 1999

    My Kinda Sound

    Chicago plays home to the blues in Houston

  • Music

    January 15, 1998
  • Music

    July 17, 1997
  • Music

    May 15, 1997

    Nails in the Coffin

    Five decades of Chess Records lead to a blues stalemate

  • Music

    September 26, 1996

    No More Same Old, Same Old

    Buddy Guy finally gets the respect he's always wanted

  • Music

    September 5, 1996

    A World of the Blues

    Johnny Copeland's music stretches from Houston to Africa and beyond

  • Music

    June 27, 1996

    Swing Time

    The Royal Crown Revue doesn't just lounge around

  • Music

    June 6, 1996

    Happy Trails

    A cowboy's name hasn't kept bluesman Roy Rogers off his chosen range

  • Music

    June 1, 1995
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    May 4, 1995
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    February 2, 1995
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    November 3, 1994
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