Houston Music

Houston Music's People Of The Year

Editor's Pick: Grandfather Child. It was a good year for the blues all around - the Black Keys' well-deserved radio breakthrough with Brothers; Lightnin' Hopkins' long-overdue historical marker in Third Ward - but Lucas Gorham's crew is a razor-sharp reminder that the best blues is dangerous and unpredictable, as threatening as it is uplifting. Dude could probably battle Robert Randolph to a sacred-steel draw, too.

Marc Brubaker: Several people in this town are heavily involved in the local scene, but Chris Ryan might be the standout star of the year. Not to discount what others have done, but Ryan is a man constantly busy in Houston music - and aside from folks running clubs, he probably interacts with more bands than anyone else. Between the bands he plays in - The Energy, Black Congress, new solo project Time, and the bands he records at Dead City Sound, Ryan has a hand in an astounding amount of music in this town. In addition, the projects that he undertakes prove him to be quite adept. As if that weren't enough, Ryan popped the question to local mega-bassist Melissa Lonchambon (Omotai, Sharks & Sailors), enabling the future potential for Houston music superbabies.

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