Lonesome Onry and Mean

Joe Ely, Bobby Womack Top Early 2011 Concert Picks

Lonesome Onry and Mean got a Facebook event invitation Monday that caused us to panic and pull our credit card out so we could be sure we had a ticket. And in doing so, we realized that 2011 is upon us and we have some planning ahead to do.

Here are some things already on LOM's concert radar.

1. Joe Ely, Rockefeller Hall Feb. 11

This iFest fundraiser should be a one of the rockingest shows of 2011. While it is not yet confirmed, according to our sources Ely will be appearing with his full rock band and details are still being worked out whether that band will include legendary Texas saxman Bobby Keys. Yes, the guy who played on all those Rolling Stones albums and tours.

Mike Stinson, who got a great shoutout two weeks ago in The New York Times for his album The Jukebox In Your Heart, opens.

2. Rodney Crowell, Mucky Duck, Jan. 30 & 31

Houston's own favorite son will be touring in support of his first book, an East Houston/Ship Channel memoir called Chinaberry Sidewalks. We've already read the book and, in our opinion, Crowell knocked it out of the park and probably has a second career to deal with. According to Crowell, he'll be reading a few passages and supporting them with songs from his career that touch on the readings.

3. Vince Gill @ Arena Theater, Jan. 27

We were lucky enough to see Country Music Hall of Famer Gill at a writers-in-the-round in Conroe last year. With his full band in the intimate confines of the Arena, this should be a smoking show.

4. Bobby Womack @ Arena Theater, Mar. 5

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Womack worked with Sam Cooke before the singer's untimely death, then went on to a substantial solo career. Womack is not only a fine singer, he's had much success as a writer whose songs have been covered by an amazing cross-section of artists in various genres. He appeared with Gorillaz at Toyota Center in October.

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