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Catfish Reef: Truckin' With Albert Collins

13 years ago by John Nova Lomax
Welcome to the inaugural installment of Catfish Reef, Houstoned Rocks's ongoing exploration of Houston's rich musical history. Once a week, we'll rifle through the crates in the Bayou City's collective trash can and dust off a record you really ought to hear and why you ought to hear it. We'll...
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Catfish Reef: Truckin' With Albert Collins

13 years ago by Houston Press
Welcome to the inaugural installment of Catfish Reef, Houstoned Rocks's ongoing exploration of Houston's rich musical history. Once a week, we'll rifle through the crates in the Bayou City's collective trash can and dust off a record you really ought to hear and why you ought to hear it. We'll...
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Coco Montoya Learned the Hard Truth From Blues Legends Like Albert Collins

3 years ago by Bob Ruggiero
The California-born bluesman studied under the best, as in Houston icon Albert Collins and British bluesbreaker John Mayall.
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With the Travails of 2020, the Mastersons Have No Time for Love Songs [UPDATED]

27 days ago by Bob Ruggiero
It’s the morning after the city of Austin announced the complete cancellation of the SXSW festival when Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore are on the phone from New York City. The day prior also marked the release date for their new album, No Time For Love Songs, and they’d played...
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Coco Montoya's Hot New Record Sparks Houston Memories

5 months ago by Bob Ruggiero
It’s a common tale in the annals of contemporary music that a newly-minted blues fan first discovers the genre not from any of the African-American originators and descendants, but through the mutations played by white, younger, and often English blues rock acolytes. That’s was certainly the case for the Coco...
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The Ice Queen Returns: Sue Foley Will Perform at the Mucky Duck

10 months ago by Gladys Fuentes
B.B. King said that as long as people have problems, the blues will never die. Native Canadian and Austin resident Sue Foley keeps the blues alive and kicking on a daily basis. “I’m still a dedicated blues musician. I’ve dedicated my life to playing it, learning it, studying it and...
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The Story of Alligator Records and its Blues-Centric Label

1 year ago by Bob Ruggiero
Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story By Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts 336 pp. $30 University of Chicago Press Music business entrepreneurs start record labels for all sorts of reasons, but few have the story of Bruce Iglauer and the blues-centric Alligator Records. Iglauer – in the...
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Tinsley Ellis lives on Blues Power and...Porn?

2 years ago by Bob Ruggiero
While it might not have as many users or generate as much income as many other adults-only online ventures, bluesman Tinsley Ellis does have an idea that would make any self-respecting gearhead salivate: Guitar Porn! In the credits for his new album, Winning Hand, the singer/guitarist lists which axe he...
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KPFT Shows It's Not Going Down Without a Fight

3 years ago by Chris Gray
The longtime listener-supported station continues to defy reason and logic by simply staying on the air.
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Mark Proct's Camera Captures Four Decades of Texas Music History

3 years ago by Bob Ruggiero
"I wanted to take people to places they would not necessarily get the chance to see," says the longtime Austin insider.

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