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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.
Robert HakinsLong 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 >>
A bluesman since age ten, Bernard Allison has learned his lessons well.
The short but storied past of Houston's legendary live music venue.
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 an ... More >>
Spinning Blues into Lies
Blues music releases
Cee-Lo breaks down the genius behind St. Elsewhere
Playing in Chuck Berry's pickup band can be a trial by rock and roll fire
Remembering Chris Whitley, the universal bluesman
Introducing some of the best discs you've never heard
Thursday, October 27, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521.
A rundown of every act on this year's bill
Saturday, April 6
Old Souls & Wolf Tracks (Ryko/Slow River)
Calling All Blues: The Chief, Profile and USA Recordings (Fuel 2000 Records)
Local Music Reviewed
Downsizing may not be treating city water workers -- or what we drink-- safely
Chicago plays home to the blues in Houston
Five decades of Chess Records lead to a blues stalemate
Buddy Guy finally gets the respect he's always wanted
Johnny Copeland's music stretches from Houston to Africa and beyond
The Royal Crown Revue doesn't just lounge around
A cowboy's name hasn't kept bluesman Roy Rogers off his chosen range