Year in and year out, no matter what trends may come and go, Houston's stoutest Irish rockers will always be those battlin' Blaggards. Since July 2004, Patrick Devlin, Chad Smalley, Mike McAloon and now Brittany Johnson (the newest Blaggard) brandish a three-pronged rock trident of AC/DC, Social Distortion and Thin Lizzy that has pierced many a good man's liver and led more than a few fair young maidens down a path of temptation to the strains of "Fields of Athenry" or "Folsom Prison Blues."
And unless they're off playing College Station, Austin, St. Louis or even further afield on their annual pilgrimage to Ireland -- No. 5 is coming up in October -- Blaggards are also one of the easiest bands in town to find. Most weekends you can find them rocking the Ashford Pub, one of the many Molly's in the area, or Molly Malone's in Spring in addition to selected weeknight events like their "Halfway to St. Paddy's Day" bash September 17 at Under the Volcano.
Of course, offstage Blaggards are real pussycats (shhh...), longtime friends of Rocks Off who are always happy to help us out in a pinch. So to salute the band's "10 Years of Stout Irish Rock" anniversary gig at the Continental Club tomorrow evening, we asked the band to tell us their ten favorite drinking songs. They weren't exactly reluctant to oblige, so fans might as well just designate a driver right now. Slainte!