Music News – Feb. 13, 2020

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Music News – Feb. 6, 2020

ZZ Top Celebrates 50 years

Most bands only last about five years before calling it quits, much less 50 years, especially with the same members. ZZ Top, that little ol’ band from Texas, happens to be the only American band to ever last 50 years without changing any of the three members. They formed in Houston in 1969 with guitarist Billy Gibbons as their leader. They had a few lineup changes prior to 1970, but when they signed to London Records that year, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard were permanent members. Concert posters covered the walls of their first apartment and Gibbons noticed many artists used initials for their first names, like ZZ Hill or BB King. He loved the letters ZZ and thought of calling the band ZZ King. It didn’t sound right to Billy so he changed it to ZZ Top, thinking that if you were the king of Texas blues, you would be on top of the charts. They played their first show together on February 10, 1970 at Knights of Columbus Hall in Beaumont. For the next 50 years, Gibbons, Hill and Beard have played every show together, a feat no other band in history has every accomplished. Bands like the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones have lasted 50 years but not with the same original members. This year they will embark on their 50th Anniversary Tour and will release a special documentary titled “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas”. Directed by Sam Dunn and distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment, the feature will be shown in selected theaters around the world. The film has ties to our city because the band hand-picked Gruene Hall to film some rare live performance footage for the film. The World Wide 50th Anniversary Tour rolls through our city on June 14 at Whitewater Amphitheater. Tickets are available now at Whitewaterrocks.com.

 

Country Singer Collin Raye Comes to Town

Collin Raye was one of the biggest country stars of the 90’s. He racked up sixteen Number 1 hits and twenty-four Top 10 records. Born in De Queen, Arkansas in 1960, he grew up in a musical household. His mother was a local singer who often opened shows for 50’s acts like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. At a very young age Collin started a singing duo with his brother Scott. They called themselves the Wray Brothers, which is the original spelling of their last name. When Collin moved to Nashville in 1990 he changed the spelling to Raye when he signed with Epic Records. His first album, All I Can Be, was released in 1991 and was certified platinum by the end of the year. His next two albums, 1992’s In This Life and Extremes in 1993 both sold over a million copies. I spoke with Collin by phone last week to discuss his upcoming show in New Braunfels. “When you first start out in the business,” he explained, “everything happens real fast once you get your first hit. I was very lucky to have some great songs at the beginning, like “Every Second,” “In This Life” and “Little Rock.” They all became career songs for me.” I asked Collin what fans can expect at his show this Saturday night. “When you are just getting started you have to play a lot of cover songs just to fill out your set. Then when you finally have enough hits to fill out your show, you miss playing your favorite cover songs. Now days, I like to mix it up with my songs plus some of my favorite cover tunes.”

Collin has a new album coming soon, one he describes as a collection of Americana songs. When I inform him that our city is in the heart of the Americana music scene, he promised to premier a few new songs in his set. He will also have copies of his autobiography, A Voice Undefeated, for sale after the show. He was inspired to write the book after his granddaughter Haley passed away unexpectedly at 10 years old. Local singer songwriter Brandi Brehlen will open the show. Tickets for Collin’s show at the Brauntex Theatre can be purchased at Brauntex.org.

 

Micky and the Motorcars On Tour

Micky and the Motorcars are touring hard to support their latest album, Long Time Comin’, and will make a stop at Gruene Hall on Friday. The CD features Micky and Gary Braun sharing lead vocals and songwriting chores equally, which is a first for this hard-touring Texas band. Normally Micky handles lead vocals and is the primary songwriter, but this time, Gary felt compelled to write more songs and sing the ones he wrote. This new direction was welcomed by younger brother Micky and felt it gives the band a more versatile sound. Like their older brothers Willie and Cody in Reckless Kelly, they all got their start playing in their father Muzzie’s band back home in Challis, Idaho. As young boys, they joined their dad when he was invited to play on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Get your tickets at GrueneHall.com and be sure to pick up copies of the new album at the show.

 

The Phoenix Saloon Turns Up The Volume

The Phoenix Saloon has a double shot of rock and roll this weekend starting Friday night with Cadillac Drive, a new classic rock band featuring New Braunfels and San Antonio based musicians. I saw lead singer Larry Norman when he fronted Phantom 46, and he’s an amazing vocalist. Larry handles guitar and vocals, Steven Vee handles bass, keyboards and vocals and Robert Barrera plays drums and also sings. It’s a power trio in the vein of Cream and the James Gang. On Saturday, there’s two hard rock acts on the bill. Opening the show is Sacred Star doing a tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio then it’s Seventh Son, doing a tribute to the mighty Iron Maiden. For info on both of these shows, see their website at ThePhoenixSaloon.com.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

Aztec Theater (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio 210-812-4355)

Fri – Highly Suspect – 7pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Fri – Nautical Nation – 9pm

Sat – Clockwork – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

 

Black’s BBQ (936 Loop 337, 830-358-7006)

Fri – Adam Johnson – 6pm

Sat – The Golden Roses – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 6pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – The Lettermen – 7:30pm

Sat – Brandi Brehlen / Collin Raye – 7:30pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Tonight – Erick Willis / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Fri – Xavier Joseph – 8pm

Sat – Cullen & Caroline Parker / JJ Garrett / Ryan Ross Band – 8pm

Tue – Randy Rogers – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake 830-964-3276)

Tonight – Singer Songwriter Open Mic Night – 8pm

Sat – Lonestar Pickers – 8:30pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Fri – Guy Forsyth – 9pm

Sat – Shelley King – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price – 1pm

Tue – Emily Gimble – 7pm

 

Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 830-660-0437)

Sat – Good Time Polka Club w/ Barefoot Becky Orchestra – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Austin Lancaster & Chris Kues – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store (14492 Old Bandera Rd 210-695-8827)

Fri – Christian Sparks / Bob Schneider – 7pm

Sat – Jessie Daniel / Bellamy Brothers – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Sat – Back in Black – AC/DC Tribute Band – 8:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd 830-606-0093)

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Wed – Colton’s Kin – 5:30pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Fri – Christy Hays – 7pm

Sat – Emily Herring & the FM Band – 7pm

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – South Austin Moonlighters – 6pm

Fri – Micky & the Motorcars – 7pm

Sat – Lucas Jagneaux – 1pm / Los Texmaniacs w/ Flaco Jimenez & Augie Meyers – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Gary Nicholson – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Max Band – 8:30pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Fri – Step Aside Blues Band – 7pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – Brent Ryan – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Adam Hood – 7pm

Sat – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm / Poor J Brown / Shinyribs – 8pm

Sun – Jimmy Davis – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Michael James Duo – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 1pm / Tex Porter Duo – 5pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

Muck & Fuss/Side Car Pub (295 E. San Antonio Street, 830-312-5387)

Tonight – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm / Henri Herbert – 9pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Ruby Alexander & the Boys – 9pm

Wed – Little Jewford – 6pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Cadillac Drive – 9pm

Sat – Tribute to Dio & Iron Maiden – 7:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

Pour Haus (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 9:30pm

Sun – Paul & Bobby – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Wyatt Weaver Duo – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Zilkerbillies – 9pm

Sat – Kings of Hard Luck – 9pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Don Reilly – 6pm

 

The Rustic (17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 204, San Antonio, 210-245-7500)

Tonight – Color Me Badd – 8:30pm

Fri – Bailamos – 9:30pm

Sat – Damon Curtis – 4pm

Sun – Ben Miller – 4pm

Mon – Aaron Stephens – 8:30pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Jake Andrews – 7pm

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – Patricia Yonne / Joe King Carrasco – 7pm

Sun – Savoy Brown – 6pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Tonight – Richard Watson – 5pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Tyler Hadlock & Ryan Kennedy – 7pm

Fri – Amber, Eric, Bo & Mitchell – 8pm

Sun – Alli Mattice – 3pm

Wed – Rio Tripiano & AJ Johnston – 7pm

 

Watering Hole (1390 McQueeney Rd 830-625-0045)

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – Randy Carson Band – 8:30pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

Tue – Singer Songwriter Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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Music News – Jan. 30, 2020

This year’s Grammy Awards were televised on Sunday night and Texas acts were big winners. At 61 years old and with 48 years in the music business, this was Tanya Tucker’s first Grammy win. She won for her new album, While I’m Livin’ and for her hit single, Bring My Flowers Now. The album was produced by Shooter Jennings and Brandi Carlile and Tucker admits to not knowing who Brandi was before they met. Shooter had to convince Tanya to work with Brandi and now she’s glad she did. Tucker was nominated for a Grammy back in 1972 when she was 13 years old and had just released Delta Dawn. Now, four decades later she’s back at the Grammy’s and walked away with two awards. Another well known Texan, Willie Nelson, won a Grammy for his new song, Ride Me Back Home. Sarah Jarosz, also a Texas artist, won with her group I’m With Her that includes Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan. Austin’s singer songwriter Patty Griffin won for Best Folk Album for her latest self-titled release. Another Austin native, Gary Clark Jr. won Best Rock Song Award for his hit single, This Land. One important thing about these winners, with the exception of Clark, is that they have all played in New Braunfels recently. The Grammy Awards were started in 1959 by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and always represented a prestigious achievement in the music business. Just to be nominated for a Grammy would often boost an artist’s career and have a big affect on their record sales and artist fees. This year’s show has been controversial though after Grammy CEO Deborah Dugan accused the nominating committee of corruption. She accused them of favoritism and unethical practices. After her accusations went public, she was fired from her position as CEO. She immediately filed a lawsuit against the Academy for wrongful termination. Taylor Swift decided not to attend or perform on the show this year after she heard of Dugan’s termination. It will most likely take several months before both sides get their day in court. The outcome will have a huge impact on the importance of winning a Grammy Award in the future.

 

Many Concerts Coming to Texas This Year

With springtime and warmer weather just around the corner, more major tours are being announced almost daily. Just last week Bon Jovi announced his new tour with pal Bryan Adams opening the shows. Tickets are on-sale now for his concert at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on June 23. Jimmy Buffett is returning to San Antonio for his first concert in the Alamo City in 40 years. He will be at the AT&T Center on May 21 and tickets go on-sale tomorrow at 10am. Sammy Hagar announced his 2020 tour with Whitesnake and Night Ranger as opening acts. They will make two Texas stops, September 2 in Dallas and September 3 at the Woodlands. James Taylor will hit the road this year with special guest Jackson Browne and has a May 16 stop in Houston at the Toyota Center. Pink Floyd fans will want to catch Roger Waters’ only Texas concert in Dallas on October 3. A short drive to Houston on September 15 will be your closest city to see Alicia Keys on her 2020 tour. Super duo Hall & Oates will set out on a summer tour with Texas stops on June 19 in Austin and June 21 at the Woodlands. Steely Dan and Steve Winwood are touring together and will do two shows in Austin on May 26 & 27, a stop in Ft. Worth on June 13 and a show at the Woodlands on June 14. Tim McGraw will hit the road this year and has Texas stops in Austin on August 6, the Woodlands on August 7 and Dallas on August 8. After 20 years together, country super group Rascal Flatts are calling it quits with a Farewell Tour that so far only has one Texas show scheduled for July 18 in Dallas. Rod Stewart has picked Cheap Trick to open his shows this summer. I’m not sure I follow the logic behind this decision, but you can see for yourself on August 29 in Ft. Worth or August 30 at the Woodlands. Last but not least Chicago will bring their big band experience to Texas on June 26 in Dallas and June 27 in the Woodlands with special guest Rick Springfield. Tickets for all these concerts can be purchased online at TicketMaster.com.

 

Junior Brown’s Famous Guit-Steel Stolen

Junior Brown has been a favorite of mine for almost 30 years and is one of the most talented guitar players in America. He invented a unique instrument called a “guit-steel” which is a combination guitar and steel guitar. He came up with the design in a dream back in 1985. He always played a Fender Telecaster in concert but would often switch over to steel guitar. It was a hassle moving back and forth between both instruments and one night he had a dream about both instruments melting into one. When he woke up, he got his Telecaster and his steel guitar and laid them side by side on his bed. He took a blanket and covered up parts of each guitar and sketched a picture of it. He took the sketch to guitar maker Michael Stevens and he built the first “guit-steel” for Brown and called it Old Yeller. A few years later after some near disastrous touring mishaps he decided he needed a backup copy just in case. So, Stevens built a second one and painted it bright red and named it Big Red. In October last year, Brown and wife Tanya were at a Holiday Inn in North Attleboro, MA., when thieves broke into his rental car and stole Big Red. News traveled fast through the music world and early reports claimed it was Old Yeller that was stolen. A $3000 reward was issued but as of this writing, the rare guit-steel hasn’t been recovered. You can witness Brown’s amazing skill on the guit-steel when he returns to the Gruene Hall stage on Saturday night. Special guest Chandler Wilkinson IV will open the show.

 

The Live Music Scene Gets Busy Again

Around our city, the live music is starting to pick back up after the holidays. One of the most interesting shows will be at the Sidecar Bar next door to Muck & Fuss when they welcome Little Jewford for several nights. You may remember him from his days with Kinky Friedman. He was Kinky’s keyboard player in his Texas Jewboys Band. He will be performing Friday, Saturday and Wednesday at the Sidecar. Devil’s Backbone Tavern has the Warren Hood Band on Saturday and Susan Gibson on Sunday. Sunny Sweeney is one of my favorite Texas singers so be sure to catch her show on Friday at Cheatham Street Warehouse. The Brauntex Theatre has two nights of acoustic music starting tonight with folk trio The Limelighters and Radney Foster on Friday night. Riley’s Tavern has Shelley King and Kevin Galloway on Friday night. Kevin was the lead singer for Uncle Lucius for their entire time as a band. Tom Gillam brings his talented Kosmic Messengers out to Gruene Hall for a free show next Wednesday night. Last but not, Aaron Stephens continues his Tuesday night residency at the Black Whale Pub downtown.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

 

Aztec Theater (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio 210-812-4355)

Tonight – Eric Johnson – 7pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Fri – Fat Cactus – 9pm

Sat – AJ Johnston – 9pm

 

Black’s BBQ (936 Loop 337, 830-358-7006)

Sat – Emily Herring – 6pm

Sun – Sophia Johnson – 1pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – The Limelighters – 7:30pm

Fri – Radney Foster – 7:30pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Tonight – Tyler McCollum – 7pm

Fri – Erin Enderlin / Sunny Sweeney – 7pm

Sat – Damon Curtis – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake 830-964-3276)

Tonight – Singer Songwriter Open Mic Night – 8pm

Sat – David Touchton Band – 8:30pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Sat – Warren Hood Band – 1pm

Sun – Susan Gibson – 1pm

Tue – Jake Penrod – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve & Don – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store (14492 Old Bandera Rd 210-695-8827)

Fri – Jordan Robert Kirk / Bart Crow – 7pm

Sat – Royal Lynn / David Adam Byrnes / Jon Wolfe – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Fri – Booze Bombs – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sun – Call For Band Info

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Grouchy Like Riley – 6pm

Fri – Ezra Charles Band – 7pm

Sat – Bill Kirchen – 1pm / Julieann Banks – 3pm / Chandler Wilkinson IV/ Jr Brown – 8pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Tony Taylor, Lucas Taylor & Austin English – 6pm

Wed – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Sat – Kasey Thornton Band – 8:30pm

 

The Hideaway (Formerly Conway’s) (262 W. Jahn St. 830-620-5376)

Fri – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat –Jen & Ted Frumkin –5pm /Family $ Band /David Beck’s Tejano Weekend – 8pm

Sun – Jimmy Davis – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Danny Ray Harris – 7pm

Sat – Brent Warren Duo – 5pm

Mon – Tom Taylor Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

Muck & Fuss (Sidecar Bar) (295 E. San Antonio Street, 830-312-5387)

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm / 3 Swings & A Miss – 8pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Wed – Little Jewford – 6pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Silvercloud – 9pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

Pour Haus (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Fri – Mark Monaco & the Strayhearts – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Michael Kallina Duo – 7pm

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm / Kevin Galloway – 9pm

Sat – Coby Wier – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 7pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Paul Elderidge – 6pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Harmed Brothers – 7pm

Fri – Bonnie Whitmore / James McMurtry – 8pm

Sat – Skunkweed – 8pm

Mon – Booze Bombs – 7:30pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – Popgun – 9pm

Sat – The Percolators – 9:30pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – AJ Johnston – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 7pm

 

Watering Hole (1390 McQueeney Rd 830-625-0045)

Tonight – Rex Allen McNiel – 8pm

Fri – Silver & Gold – 8:30pm

Sat – Rick Rice Band – 9pm

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Music News – Jan. 23, 2020

The Marc in San Marcos has two big shows this weekend starting tonight with the duo of Josh Abbott and William Clark Green. These two Texas singer songwriters have both established successful solo careers and recently formed a supergroup called The Panhandlers. It consists of Green, Abbott and Cleto Cordero of Flatland Cavalry plus solo artist John Baumann. They plan on releasing their first album on March 6 on Bruce Robison’s Next Waltz label. For the Friday night show it will be just Green and Abbott in a stripped-down unplugged setting. On Friday there’s a sold-out show by Cody Jinks, one of the most popular new singer songwriters on the scene. Jinks got his start fronting the heavy metal band Unchecked Aggression which lasted from 1998 to 2003. After the band broke up, Jinks took a year off from music. When he started playing music again, he revisited traditional country music that he grew up listening to. Within a few years he was selling out large venues and seeing his name in all the major music magazines. Last October he released two albums, After The Fire and The Wanting, a feat not common in the music business. Jinks normally performs at venues much larger than The Marc so Friday nights show will offer fans a chance to see him in a more intimate space. This venue has a long history of live music. I used to attend concerts when it was called Gordo’s, then it changed to Texas Music Theatre and now it’s called The Marc. The Texas Music Scene TV show often films their live concert footage at this San Marcos venue. For a full list of all their upcoming shows, check out their website at TheMarcSM.com.

 

Brooks & Dunn On The Road Again

When Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn went to Nashville in the early 80’s, it was to start solo careers. They had never met and had no desire to form a duo act. After years of struggling and going broke, they were introduced by Tim DuBois, head of Arista Records. Once they joined forces, they became one of the most successful duos in country music history. After a 20-year run that saw them rise to superstar status and win every award they were nominated for, the duo decided to retire. It was on good terms, they just needed to take a break from each other. Both released solo albums, but neither sold a fraction of their duo albums. Ronnie Dunn did many solo tours, even stopping here at Whitewater Amphitheater a few years back. He also wrote a few songs with our own Ray Wylie Hubbard, one of which was recorded by the red rocker Sammy Hagar. In 2014 they regrouped to do a residency in Las Vegas with their pal Reba McEntire. Ronnie just released a cool CD of cover songs that were his favorites growing up in Coleman, Texas. Just last week the dynamic duo announced they were returning to the road for an 18 city Rebooted 2020 Tour. There are two Texas stops, one on June 5 in Dallas and June 6 at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in The Woodlands. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

 

It’s Rodeo Time in Texas

February is just a few weeks away and that means rodeo time in San Antonio. This year’s rodeo kicks off on February 6 with Cody Johnson and winds down on February 22 with KC & the Sunshine Band. They have an incredible lineup of acts this year including Sammy Hagar, Dustin Lynch, Aaron Watson, Jon Pardi, Chris Young, Colter Wall, ZZ Top, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Midland, Brad Paisley, Whiskey Myers and many more. Tickets are available at SARodeo.com. The Houston rodeo starts a month later and has many of the same acts as San Antonio, like Cody Johnson, Midland, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley. They also have Willie Nelson, Maren Morris, Gwen Steffani and Chris Stapleton. Their website is RodeoHouston.com.

 

Mollie B and Zack Walther Play Krause’s Cafe

Krause’s Café has a great double bill of talent on tap starting tonight with polka queen Mollie B and her band, Squeezebox. They’ve played the Krause’s stage before so come out tonight and welcome them back. Things get started about 6:30pm but get there early to enjoy some tasty food and cold beverages. Not only did Zack Walther release one of the best albums of 2019, he’s playing his songs all around the state and at several venues right here in our city. On Friday he and the band will be at Krause’s Café in one of their first full band shows since the albums release last September. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and bless us with some nice weather. On Saturday, Zack and Matt Briggs will do their duo show that’s a salute to the music of the 90’s at Downtown Social. Next Wednesday they will be doing their Walther Wednesdays at Freiheit Country Store. All three of these shows are different so there’s no reason not to catch them all. You can find his complete list of shows at ZackWaltherBand.com. You can also purchase a copy of his album, The Westerner on his webpage.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Fri – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

 

Aztec Theater (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio 210-812-4355)

Fri – Queensryche – 7pm

Sat – Tribute to Rush & Queen – 6:30pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Tonight – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

Fri – Tyler McCollum – 9pm

Sat – Matt Cline – 9pm

 

Black’s BBQ (936 Loop 337, 830-358-7006)

Sat – The Merles – 6pm

Sun – Emily Nenni – 1pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Fri – Chris Colston / Kolby Cooper – 8pm

Sat – Ty Dillon – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake 830-964-3276)

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 8pm

Sat – Kasey Thornton Band – 8:30pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Sat – Whitey Johnson & Gary Nicholson – 1pm

Sun – Erik Hokkanen Trio – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino – 7pm

 

Downtown Social Club (386 W. San Antonio, 830-214-6650)

Sat – Zack Walther & Matthew Briggs – 8:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve Tschoepe – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store (14492 Old Bandera Rd 210-695-8827)

Fri – Jeff Crosby & Refugees / Reckless Kelly – 7pm

Sat – Chris Colston / Kolby Cooper – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Sat – Jamie Krueger – 7pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 2pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Bill Small Band – 6pm

Fri – Carrie Rodriguez / Patty Griffin – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Carrie Rodriguez / Patty Griffin – 8pm

Sun – Linda Gail Lewis – 12:30pm / School of Rock – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 8:30pm

 

The Hideaway (Formerly Conway’s) (262 W. Jahn St. 830-620-5376)

Fri – Anthony Wright – 9pm

Sat – Popgun – 9pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Tonight – Mollie B & Squeezebox – 6:30pm

Fri – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

Wed – All Mixed Up – 6pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – Jake McLain – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Bob Livingston – 7pm

Sat – Adam Carroll, Radney Foster & Jack Ingram – 8pm

Sun – Jimmy Davis – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Wimberley Way – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Dead Tribute w/ Gerry Burns – 2pm

Sun – Oliver White – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Natalie Rose Band – 9pm

Sat – Chris Max Band – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3pm / Lucas Taylor Sunday Songfest – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

Pour Haus (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Robert Demel Band – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Natalie Rose Band – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Hipsonic – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Lena Elizabeth – 6pm / Dallas Moore – 8pm

Fri – Roy Heinrich – 9pm

Sat – Texas T & the Shinerunners – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayse & Friends – 7pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 6pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Alaniz – Alanis Morissette Tribute – 7pm

Fri – Sour Bridges / Wood & Wire – 8pm

Sat – Tribute to Pat Benatar & Talking Heads – 8pm

Sun – Nova Lux / Local Silver – 4pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – The Vagabonds – 9pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – Los Tejanos de San Antonio – 4pm

 

The Marc (120 E San Antonio St, San Marcos 512-757-5443)

Tonight – Josh Abbott & William Clark Green – 7pm

Fri – Alex Williams / Cody Jinks – 7pm

 

Tobin Center (100 Auditorium, 210-223-8624)

Tue – Trey Anastasio Band – 7:30pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Taylor Long & Duke Sebesta – 7pm

Fri – Ryan Snipes Band – 7pm

Sat – Devin Blaize & Guests – 7pm

Sun – Myles Smith – 3pm

Wed – Aaron Stephens – 7pm

 

Watering Hole (1390 McQueeney Rd 830-625-0045)

Tonight – Aaron Kantor – 8pm

Fri – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8:30pm

Sat – Roadside Libby – 9pm

Tue – Songwriter Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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Music News – Jan. 16, 2020

Neil Peart of Rock Band Rush Passes Away

His name may not be as well-known as drummers like Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Buddy Rich and Matt Briggs, but when Neil Peart passed away on January 7 at the age of 67, it sent shock waves through the music world. He had battled brain cancer for three years before he finally lost his battle with the terrible disease. Peart was born in Ontario, Canada in 1952 and quickly became fascinated with drums. When he was 18 he moved to London to further his career in the music business. After a disappointing year abroad, he returned home to Ontario and worked for his father selling tractor parts. He auditioned for the rock band Rush and officially joined the band on July 29, 1974. Original drummer John Rutsey had quit the band due to health problems from advanced diabetes. Peart had two weeks to learn their songs before they started their first tour of America. They played their first concert together on August 11, 1974 in Pittsburgh opening for Manfred Mann and Uriah Heep. Almost immediately fans and critics noticed the difference with Neil behind the kit. He brought the power needed for a rock band but with the finesse of a jazz drummer like his idol Buddy Rich. Peart was an avid reader and was a fan of writers like Ayn Rand and Mark Twain. His first album with Rush was Fly By Night and it contained the hit By-Tor and the Snow Dog, written by Neil. By the time they released 2112, their classic 4th album, Peart was firmly entrenched as the band’s primary lyricist. In 1981, they were at the top of their game and had two songs, Spirit of the Radio and Tom Sawyer, on all the rock radio playlists. In 1997 Neil’s daughter died in a car accident and a year later his wife Jacqueline died from cancer. He took a five-year hiatus from recording and touring, finally returning to work in 2001. He also met and married photographer Carrie Nuttall during this time. They had a daughter together in 2009 and Peart became a US citizen in 2010. Prior to his death, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as the 4th best drummer in rock history. Rush were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. The band had retired from performing about three years ago but thousands of hours of music remain that will ensure his legacy lives forever.

 

2020 Winter Bash at Watering Hole Saloon

If five hours of good classic rock and roll is your thing, then Saturday night at the Watering Hole Saloon is where you need to be. For the small price of $5 at the door, you get four local rock bands starting with Cadillac Drive at 8pm, I35 at 9pm, Max Band at 10pm followed by headliners 3 Man Front at 11pm. They are calling this night their 2020 Winter Bash and it’s a fitting title for the event. Our city is known for having marathon Americana festivals but rarely ones devoted to rock music. Check out this show plus many more at WateringHoleSaloon.com.

 

13th Annual Blues Festival at Luckenbach

Luckenbach Dance Hall is another venue known as the home of outlaw country and Americana but once a year they host a cool blues festival. This Saturday marks the 13th Annual Blues Festival at the historic hall. It’s an all-day family style event starting at noon with Elijah Zane & the Peacemakers. Scheduled to appear at the blues fest are Zach Day, Dylan Bishop, Eagle Eye Williamson, Ben Beckendorf, Hot Attacks and Sue Foley. Headlining the festival is Joseph ‘Mojo’ Morganfield, the youngest son of blues legend Muddy Waters. Tickets are $30 person and kids 8 and under get in free. For a full schedule of the day, check out their website at LuckenbachTexas.com.

 

Statesboro Revue Return to the Local Live Series

Tonight is the third show in the Local Live series at the Brauntex Theatre. The monthly series features local artists paying tribute to the bands that inspired them at an early age. Tonight’s show is a very special one because it features Stewart Mann and his band, Statesboro Revue. They were the very first local band to perform in this series when it started back in October of 2012. They chose to pay tribute to the Allman Brothers since they took their band name from the song Statesboro Blues. It was a fantastic night of music and they set the bar very high for all the bands that followed in the series. For tonight’s show, they will pay tribute to southern rock, including hits by the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, Creedence, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mountain, Blackfoot, Little Feat and many more. Stewart is currently working on songs for a new album that will hopefully be released very soon. He’s one of our most talented singer songwriters so be sure to catch his show. Tickets are available at Brauntex.org.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

 

Anhalt Hall (2390 Anhalt Rd, Spring Branch 830-438-2873)

Sat – Mario Flores & Soda Creek Band – 8pm

 

Aztec Theater (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio 210-812-4355)

Sat – Eclipse – A Tribute to Journey – 7pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Fri – Purple Room – 9pm

Sat – Bill Ayers Band – 9pm

Sun – School of Rock – 4pm

 

Black’s BBQ (936 Loop 337, 830-358-7006)

Fri – HalleyAnna & Dustin Welch – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills -1pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – Stewart Mann & Statesboro Revue – Tribute to Southern Rock – 7:30pm

Fri – Oak Ridge Boys – 7:30pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Fri – Scott H. Biram – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake 830-964-3276)

Tonight – Open Mic w/ Austin Mead – 7:30pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Sat – The Jerrell’s – 1pm / Rosie Flores – 9pm

Sun – Conjuntos Los Pinky’s – 1pm

Tue – Earle Poole Ball – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Tony Taylor – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store (14492 Old Bandera Rd 210-695-8827)

Tonight – Bri Bagwell / Micky & the Motorcars – 7pm

Sat – Grady Spencer / Josh Weathers – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Fri – Solo Road – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – David McD Bluegrass Special – 2pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 6pm

Fri – Van Wilks Band – 7pm

Sat – Casper Rawls Band – 1pm / Leftover Salmon/ Jason Boland & the Stragglers – 7:30pm

Sun – Tish Hinojosa & Friends – Noon / Antsy McClain – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Doster & Elskes – 6pm

Wed – Adam Johnson Band – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – Landon Bullard & Mostly Sober – 8:30pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 8:30pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – 13th Annual Blues Festival – Noon

Sun – Jimmy Davis – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Beth & the Back Road Boys – 7pm

Sun – John Cavender – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

NB House Concerts (250 Timber Wild, 210-617-3765)

Sun – Flyin’ A’s & Mala – 4:30pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

Our Lady Bar & Grille (1720 Gruene Road 830-358-7545)

Fri – Uncle Wes – 7pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Corey Killough – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Robert Carter – 9pm

Sat – Paul Handelman Band – 9pm

Sun – Shawn Hart – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/Billy Roy – 8pm

 

Pour Haus (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Mark Monaco – 8:30pm

Fri – Zach Nytomt Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – Garrett Mann & Bo Brumble – 8:30pm

Mon – Bobby & Paul – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Andrae Blissett – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Chris Cuevas Project – 9pm

Sat – Jean Pierre & Zydeco Angels – 9pm

Sun – Beaumont’s Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

The Rustic (17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 204, San Antonio, 210-245-7500)

Tonight – Gabe Garcia – 8:30pm

Fri – The Mammoths – 9:30pm

Sat – Kathy McKenzie – 4pm

Sun – Allan Hendrickson – 10am / Mike Alanis – 4pm

Mon – Aaron Stephens – 10am / Adam Johnson – 8:30pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Justin Townes Earle – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Monte Montgomery – 8pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – David Silva Band – 9pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 9:30pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Jonny Burke – 7pm

Fri – The Shinerunners – 7pm

Sat – Kinky Wires – 7pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – 3pm

Wed – Damon Curtis – 7pm

 

Watering Hole (1390 McQueeney Rd 830-625-0045)

Tonight – Good Ole Boys – 8pm

Fri – Courtney Santana & the Vibes – 8:30pm

Sat – Cadillac Drive / I35 / Max Band / 3 Man Front – 8pm

Tue – Songwriter Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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Music News – Jan. 9, 2020

I always love the start of a new year. Everyone seems so energized and full of promise. Projects that were on hold in December suddenly get completed. The local venues get their calendars updated and our choices for live music starts multiplying like guinea pigs in a third-grade classroom. One show I’m excited about is Noah Vonne’s set at the Phoenix Saloon on Friday night. Noah is a New Braunfels native that moved to Nashville after high school to attend Belmont University. Back when she was in high school I saw her perform at Harmony Sweets, a teen club off FM 306. I was there to help judge a battle of the bands contest and her band, Cannet Chaos won first place. After college, she stayed in Nashville to pursue her career, performing solo gigs and with her band, the Reckless Charms. In 2017 she released her first EP, Poor in Peace, that had critics comparing her to Amy Winehouse. I’ve always thought her voice sounded like a young Bonnie Raitt because I’m old enough to remember how Bonnie sounded on her first few albums. In 2018 she landed a job fronting a band for Celebrity Cruise Lines on board their newest ship, The Edge. “After doing three shows a day, seven days a week for six months, I learned what my voice could and couldn’t do,” explained Noah, calling from a tour stop on the road. “When I got back to Nashville I started writing songs and getting a team of people together. I have a manager now plus a business manager and an attorney to help with my career. I’m trying to surround myself with people I trust and can help me with my career.” Her show at the Phoenix Saloon will be her first gig in her hometown since moving to Nashville. Opening the show will be Electric Gold and Ryan Quiet plus the admission is free, so check out the show and welcome Noah back home.

 

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson Comes to Town

Country artist Bill Anderson has a simple motto, if you want to get someone’s attention, just whisper. It’s worked out well for Bill, earning him the nickname Whisperin’ Bill. Not only is he a consummate performer, his backing group, the Po Folks Band, are considered one of the best in the business. Born in South Carolina, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree. While working part time as a disc jockey he started writing songs. He wrote the country hit ‘City Lights’ when he was just nineteen. After that success he moved to Nashville and started writing songs and performing around town. He wrote such hits as Po’ Folks, Tips of My Fingers and Still. Many singers recorded his songs including Ray Price, James Brown, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, Dean Martin and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few. The CMA named him Songwriter of the Year six times, Male Vocalist of the Year plus he’s a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Georgia Country Music Hall of Fame and in 2001 he was inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. He’s appeared on hundreds of TV shows including six years hosting the game show Fandango and was on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live for three years. In 1989 he wrote his first autobiography ‘Whisperin’ Bill’ and in 1993 he wrote another book, I Hope You’re Living As High On the Hog as the Pig You Turned Out to Be, which took a humorous look at life in the music business. In the mid-90’s, he concentrated on his first love, songwriting and wrote Whiskey Lullaby for Brad Paisley, Give it Away for George Strait and A Lot of Things Different for Kenny Chesney, just to name a few. Today at 82 years old, Bill is still very in songwriting, performing at the Opry where he’s been a member since 1961 and touring America with his band. He makes his first appearance tonight at the Brauntex Theatre. Tickets for the show are available at Brauntex.org or by phone at 830-627-0808.

 

Hal Ketchum Benefit Concert Scheduled

Hal Ketchum got his start playing the front room at Gruene Hall in the mid-80’s, usually holding down the 4-8pm slot on Sunday afternoons. By the early 90’s he was on a tour bus fronting a fantastic band and selling out venues all over America. He became the 72nd member of the Grand Ol’ Opry in 1994. His string of albums kept him busy until 1999, when health issues forced him off the road. His final studio album, I’m A Troubadour, was released in 2014 and was produced by the late Jimmy LaFave. About a year ago it was announced that Hal was suffering from Alzheimer’s and would retire from touring. In honor of his incredible talent, Gruene Hall will host a special tribute concert on Sunday February 23 starting at 4pm, just like Hall did in the early days. Many musicians are scheduled to appear to pay tribute to Hal, including Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Lee Roy Parnell, Rob Roy Parnell, Walt Wilkins, Jesse Dayton, Kenny Grimes, Slaid Cleaves and Waylon Payne. More guests are expected to make an appearance and will be announced at a later date. Tickets are just $37.50 and will go on-sale January 14 at 1pm at GrueneHall.com. All proceeds from this show will go to the Hal Ketchum Medical Fund so please support this great tribute show. Unfortunately, Hal will not be able to attend this show but you can bet he will be there in spirit.

 

Soul Sessions Play Kause’s Cafe

Last but not least, be sure to check out Soul Sessions Friday night at Krause’s Café. It’s a free show starting at 6pm under the pavilion. Soul Sessions are one of the best local bands in our city. They cover rock, pop, R&B, soul and just about everything in between. If you’ve never witnessed their live show, do yourself a favor and check them out. If you’ve seen them before, then you already know how good they are. See KrausesCafe.com for their complete schedule.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Fri – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

 

Aztec Theater (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio 210-812-4355)

Sat – Badfish – Tribute to Sublime – 7pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Clockwork – 9pm

 

Black’s BBQ (936 Loop 337, 830-358-7006)

Fri – Nate Rodriguez – 6pm

Sat – Richie Allbright – 6pm

Sun – Reed Brothers – 1pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – Bill Anderson – 7:30pm

Fri – Herman’s Hermits – 7:30pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Mon – Red Clay Strays – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Sat – Cornel Hurd Band – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price – 1pm

Tue – Emily Gimble – 7pm

 

Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 830-660-0437)

Sun – Good Time Polka & Waltz Club w/ Little Fishermen Orchestra – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Austin Lancaster & Chris Kues – 7pm

Sat – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store (14492 Old Bandera Rd 210-695-8827)

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 7pm

Sat – Tanner Fenog / Dylan Wheeler – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Jason James Band – 6pm

Fri – The Georges – 6pm

Sat – Beat Root Revival – 1pm / Zach Nytomt/ Dirty River Boys – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon / Eric Hanke / Sarah Pierce Band – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Sat – AC & the Bad Billy’s – 8:30pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Fri – Soul Sessions – 6pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – Peter Tory – 1pm / Grady Spencer & the Work – 8pm

Sun – Jimmy Davis – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Sun – Tracy Weinberg – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Sat – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

Our Lady Bar & Grille (1720 Gruene Road 830-358-7545)

Tonight – Code 2 – 7pm

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Electric Gold/ Ryan Quiet / Noah Vonne – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

Pour Haus (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

Fri – Colby Albright Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Popgun – 9:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

Mon – Myles Smith & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Dale & Waylon – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Urban Pioneers – 9pm

Sat – Ben Morris & Great American Boxcar Chorus – 9pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Zack Walther – 6pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Fri – Pierce Edens / Rob Baird – 8pm

Sat – Damn Torpedoes – Tom Petty Tribute – 8pm

Mon – The Georges – 7:30pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – Hipsonic – 9pm

Sat – Danny Ray Harris – 9:30pm

 

Villa at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-625-9463)

Tonight – Slim Bawb – 7pm

Fri – Landon Bullard – 7pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Sun – BJ Thibodeaux – 3pm

Wed – Amber & Eric Middleton & Bob Driver – 7pm

 

Watering Hole (1390 McQueeney Rd 830-625-0045)

Tonight – Keen Country – 8pm

Fri – Popgun – 8:30pm

Sat – Broken Arrow – 9pm

Tue – Singer Songwriter Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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Music News – Jan. 2, 2020

The new year is finally here and I know everyone has hopes that 2020 will be better than 2019. It’s just human nature for us to always want better things for our future. My family had many unfortunate challenges in 2019 so I know we are really hoping for a better year. Our city, state and nation are facing many changes this year. Change is often scary but it can also bring new opportunities.

 

The Ever Changing Ways We Listen to Music

One change that continues to affect us all is how we choose to listen to music. Depending on your age you may recall vinyl, 8-track tapes, cassette, compact discs, Napster, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify and now back to vinyl. It’s like we’ve come full circle with vinyl now outselling most other music formats. Years ago, a band or artist released an album and fans listened to the entire collection of songs. Today that’s a rare occurrence, most fans listen to just a few songs and rarely enjoy an album in its entirety. Artists no longer release new albums as frequently as they once did. Now they usually put out new music once a year or every other year at the most. Willie Nelson is one of the few acts still releasing several new albums each year, a habit he’s maintained since the mid-60’s.

 

Keeping Traditional Texas Music Alive

There were a lot of albums released in 2019, far too many to mention here but today I’ll take a look back at some of my favorites and hopefully some made your list as well. Texas artists had a huge impact on the music scene this year. Three of the best-selling albums were released by George Strait, Cody Johnson and Aaron Watson, singers that stick to the traditional country music style. Strait’s Honky Tonk Time Machine contained thirteen songs, eight of those were written by King George. Cody’s Ain’t Nothin’ To It is his first release after signing with Warner Brothers, a major record label. Some fans thought he was selling out and losing his independent artist rebel attitude. Cody explained that he recorded the album prior to signing with Warner Brothers and they didn’t ask him to change anything. Red Bandana was Aaron Watson’s fifteenth album and once again the twenty songs were all self-written originals. Cody and Aaron are both following in Strait’s footsteps and are keeping true Texas country music alive and well.

 

Texas Still Has Some Outlaws

On the outlaw side of the Texas music scene, we got new albums by Koe Wetzel (Harold Saul High), Ryan Bingham (American Love Song), Stoney LaRue (Onward), Randy Rogers (Hellbent), Lucas Nelson (Turn Off The News) two from Cody Jinks (The Wanting and After the Fire) and Whiskey Myers new self-titled album. We can’t forget about a few of the older Texas acts that are still releasing quality music well into their retirement years. Willie Nelson’s Ride Me Back Home proved that despite his age of 86, he can still release a vital collection of songs. Tanya Tucker’s new album, While I’m Livin’, is her best in decades and has earned several Grammy nominations. Steve Earle’s tribute to his mentor Guy Clark simply titled Guy is a stellar collection of some of Guy’s best loved songs. Rodney Crowell’s latest album, Texas, contains duets with everyone from Lyle Lovett to Billy Gibbons. Crowell is one of the finest songwriters to ever come from our state and this collection of songs simply proves that fact.

 

Kentucky Has A Few Outlaws Too

The state of Kentucky provided us with two of the brightest new stars on the music scene. I’m talking about Tyler Childers and Sturgill Simpson, two country singer songwriters that are doing their part to shake things up in Nashville. Sturgill, at 41 years old, has taken Childers, 28, under his wing. He produced Tyler’s last two albums and has him as his opening act on his upcoming 2020 tour. In just a few years, these two singers have gone from playing small clubs and county fairs to headlining basketball arenas. What’s insane about this feat is they have achieved a massive level of fame with little or no radio airplay and zero acknowledgement from Nashville. Though they have outsold every Nashville country artist and sold more concert tickets, they have never been nominated for any awards by the CMA’s or the ACM’s. Showing an outlaw sense of humor, Sturgill sat outside the Bridgestone Arena while the CMA Awards were being held and played for tips as people walked past him on their way inside the arena. People dropped money in his open guitar case and had no clue who he was, even tough he’d outsold every artist inside the arena by a margin of 10 to 1. His headlining tour next year has him playing huge arena’s all over America, including the Erwin Center in Austin and American Airlines Center in Dallas. Hopefully by this time next year everyone will know his name but since he plays by his own rules, he will probably never be nominated for any awards. This puts him in the company of folks like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Because of their rebel attitude, Nashville basically ignored them for over 30 years.

 

Happy New Year to Everyone

As you can see from the concert calendar, many venues have scaled back on the live music this week. Many local venues haven’t updated their websites and Facebook pages yet so at press time there were no listings on over a dozen venue websites. Everyone is busy closing out 2019 and getting geared up for 2020. Happy New Year to everyone and I hope the new year brings us all health, peace and happiness. I’d like to win the lottery too so if you don’t see my column here next week, you’ll know I bought the winning Powerball ticket.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Fri – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

Sat – Morningstar – 8:30pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Sat – Johnny Nicholas & Cindy Cashdollar – 9pm

Sun – Susan Gibson – 1pm

Tue – Earl Poole Ball – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Fri – Landon Bullard – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Fri – Aaron Stephens Band – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips Band – 1pm / Triston Marez/Randall King – 8pm

Sun – Andrea Magee Band – Noon / Tommy Elskes & Kings of Dixie – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – Slim Bawb’s Birthday Bash – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Sat – Kasey Thornton Band – 8:30pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – Peter Tory – 1pm

Sun – Jimmy Davis – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Sat – Brent Warren Duo – 5pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

Our Lady Bar & Grille (1720 Gruene Road 830-358-7545)

Wed – Uncle Wes – 6pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Culture Jam – 9pm

Sat – Thunderchicken (Lucas Taylor & Austin Gilliam) – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Nate Rodriguez – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 7pm

Sat – Bill Starrett – 9pm

Wed – Daniel Thomas Phipps – 7pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Fri – Blackbird Sing – 8pm

Sat – Deadeye – Grateful Dead Tribute – 8pm

Sun – Kevin Kosub & the Blacktears – 4pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Devin Baize – 9:30pm

 

Watering Hole Saloon (1390 McQueeney Rd 830-625-0045)

Tonight – Danny Ray Harris – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8:30pm

Sat – Clint Taft & Buck Wild Band – 9pm

Tue – Open Mic w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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Music News – Dec. 26, 2019

As this year winds down, it’s time to take a look back at all the cool music events that happened in the past twelve months. Obviously, the Garth Brooks show at Gruene Hall tops the list as the biggest single music event of the year. Gruene Hall was hand-picked by Garth to be included on his seven city Dive Bar tour. He had played at Gruene Hall back on October 28, 1989 and felt like it was time to return to the world-famous venue. He had his crew setup huge screens on the street and in the front parking lot so fans that weren’t able to win tickets could still enjoy the experience. Tickets inside the hall were available through radio station giveaways only. Admission was tough, the only reason I was allowed inside was because of the relationship I had built with his publicist Nancy Seltzer starting back in 1987. I had covered Garth’s career since the beginning and he still used the same team that helped him get his start back then. Nancy gave me one ticket so I could cover the show for our paper but no photographs were allowed. The photo we ran a few days after the show came directly from his personal photographer and captured the excitement from the stage. It was a night for the history books and one that our city won’t soon forget.

 

Concerts of 2019 and 2020

While we are talking about Gruene Hall, they brought a massive list of talented acts to our city this year, including Wynonna Judd, The Mavericks, Tanya Tucker, Billy Bob Thornton, 3 Dog Night, Melissa Etheridge, Boz Skaggs, Aaron Lewis and Leanne Rimes, just to name a few. In 2020, Gruene Hall has another stellar lineup of talent already on the books with favorites like Leanne Rimes and Shane Smith & the Saints returning. Just down the road on FM 306, Whitewater Amphitheatre had an incredible year with shows by Willie Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Avett Brothers, Cody Johnson, Maren Morris and Koe Wetzel. They have quickly become a major tour stop for touring acts looking to play in central Texas. Next year they already have Willie Nelson, Cody Johnson and Koe Wetzel returning, plus I expect some major new show announcements to be made very soon. The Brauntex Theatre did a record number of concerts in 2019, with over forty shows in their 2019 season. Next year that number is expected to get close to fifty, giving their season ticket holders a wide variety of options to choose from. Other area venues stayed very busy all year with several new places offering live music as well. This further proves that our city has become just as well known for its live music as it is for water activities, our quality of life here and its German heritage.

 

Stars We Lost This Year

We lost a lot of musicians this year and I used the list from Billboard Magazine to compile them all. There’s far too many to list here but some of the more well-known stars we lost were Daryl Drago, one half of the pop group Captain & Tennille, R & B singer James Ingram, Peter Tork of the Monkees, guitarist Dick Dale, country singer Earl Thomas Conley, Doris Day, Dr. John, Eddie Money, Ric Ocasek, singer for the Cars and Leon Rausch, singer for Bob Wills Texas Playboys.

 

Who’s on Tour in 2020

Looking ahead to next year on the national music scene, several major tours will be coming through our state. As expected, the hard rock band Motley Crue decided to come out of retirement and embark on a massive stadium tour with guests Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett. The tour will kick off in San Antonio on June 21 at the Alamodome, then on July 14 they will be in Arlington and July 15 in Houston. Bruce Springsteen is saying that he will tour in 2020 with the E Street Band and release an album with them. According to Pollstar Magazine, here’s just a small sample of artists that will be touring next year: The Eagles, Metallica, Elton John, Aerosmith, Kiss, Rod Stewart, Guns ‘N Roses, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Billy Joel, Sting, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Jimmy Buffett and The Who. As you can see, 2020 promises to be another busy year in the music business. I look forward to keeping you up to date on all of it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Asa Keese – 6:30pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Fri – Brian Milson – 9pm

Sat – Shine Runners – 9pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve Party w/ DJ Kevin Clark – 8:30pm

 

Black’s BBQ (936 Loop 337, 830-358-7006)

Fri – James Moritz – 6pm

Sat – Adam Johnson – 6pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ David Beck’s Tejano Weekend – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Sat – Jake Penrod – 1pm / Walt Wilkins – 9pm

Sun – Folk Family Revival – 1pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Floyd Domino & Earl Poole Ball – 7pm

 

Downtown Social Club (386 W. San Antonio, 830-214-6650)

Tue – Roaring 2020 New Year’s Eve Party – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 6pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve Party (Faust Hotel) – 8pm

 

Floores Country Store (14492 Old Bandera Rd 210-695-8827)

Fri – John Baumann / Wade Bowen – 7pm

Sat – Jon Stork / Clay Hollis – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Tue – New Year’s Eve Party w/ Gary Glenn – 8pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd 830-606-0093)

Sun – Juliann Banks – Noon

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Colton’s Kin – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

Fri – Troy Stone – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

Sat – Colton’s Kin – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Jaime Krueger – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – David Byboth – 1pm / Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 6pm

Fri – Holin McKay Band – 1pm / Cody Bryan / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Grant Gilbert / William Clark Green – 8pm

Sun – Linda Gail Lewis – 1pm / Jonny Burke / William Clark Green – 7pm

Mon – Slim Bawb – 1pm / Giovannie & Hired Guns / Kody West – 7pm

Tue – Soul Sessions – 1pm / Vincent Neil Emerson / Charley Crockett – 7pm

Wed – Guy & Jeska Forsyth – Noon / Walt Wilkins & Mystiqueros – 4pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 8:30pm

Sat – Austin Gilliam – 8:30pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Fri – Peterson Brothers – 7pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – Peter Tory – 1pm / Josh Morningstar / Ward Davis – 8pm

Sun – Jimmy Davis – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ The Merle’s – 9pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Danny Ray Harris Band – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Saturday w/ Gerry Burns – 2pm / Marvin Bottera & Broken Glass – 7pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie Duo – 3pm

Mon – New Year’s Eve Eve Party w/ Aurazora – 8pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Sunday – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

Our Lady Bar & Grille (1720 Gruene Road 830-358-7545)

Wed – Tim Williams & Friends – 2pm

 

Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Tue – New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball – 8pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Larry Dial – 5pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Year End Party w/ The George’s – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Uptown – 8pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

Pour Haus (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

Fri – Court Nance & Garrett Mann – 8:30pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Bobby & Paul – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Kayla Ray – 7pm

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow Band – 9pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Joel Hofmann Band – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 7pm

 

River Road Ice House (1791 Hueco Springs Loop 830-626-1335)

Tue – Lady & the Tramps / Midnight River Choir – 8pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Paul Elderidge – 6pm

 

The Rustic (17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 204, San Antonio, 210-245-7500)

Tonight – Cooper Greenberg – 8:30pm

Fri – Allan Hendrickson – 9:30pm

Sat – Chris Lopez – 4pm

Sun – Kathy McKenzie – 4pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve Party w/ DJ Tone – 8pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Satisfaction – Rolling Stones Tribute – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Aaron Stephens / Jackie Venson – 8pm

Sun – Shaun Martin – 7pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Nightbird – Fleetwood Mac Tribute – 8pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – Richard Watson – 5pm / Keith Hickle – 9pm

Sat – Chilton Vance – 9:30pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Popgun – 9pm

 

Watering Hole (1390 McQueeney Rd 830-625-0045)

Fri – Jay Bleu Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Fast Moving Train – 9pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Knotty Grove – 8pm

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Music News – Dec. 19, 2019

Texas Americana singer Kevin Fowler has joined in on the holiday spirit by embarking on a Deck the Dancehalls Tour. The trek began on November 29 in Cedar Park, Texas and concludes on New Years Eve at the Old Coupland Dancehall in Coupland. Tonight he stops at Gruene Hall before continuing on to Fort Worth, Luckenbach, Spring and Goliad, Texas. Fellow singer songwriter Triston Marez, a honky tonk guy from Houston, is opening all these shows. Marez has a traditional country baritone that iconic singers like George Jones and Charley Pride were famous for. Fowler, touring to promote his recent Barroom Stories album, has added these six holiday shows to his schedule to offer something special for his fans. Come back on Friday night to see another Texas superstar, Josh Ward. Along with Cody Jinks and Cody Johnson, Ward is keeping the traditional country music sounds alive and well here in the Lone Star State. He’s landed twelve consecutive singles at the top of the Texas country charts and plays to standing room only crowds every night. Hopefully you already have your tickets for both of these shows but if not, grab them now at GrueneHall.com.

 

Merry Christmas From Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl Keen has a holiday tradition of playing at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio and it also happens tonight. Keen is considered the Godfather of Americana music and is responsible for bringing thousands of college kids into the fold. At his early concerts you could witness thousands of fans in their school colors, baseball caps turned backwards and cans of beer in both hands. Keen wrote songs they could relate to, like The Road Goes on Forever and Gringo Honeymoon. When he wrote Merry Christmas From The Family, it quickly became the official holiday anthem for fans of all ages. Many fans feel it’s a perfect description of Christmas Day spent with their family. Opening for Keen is Kevin Russell’s band, Shinyribs. This band formed after The Gourds decided to call it quits. They were a popular Austin band that had built a huge following among UT students. Luckily, Russell was the lead singer of the Gourds so the fans made the easy transition over to his new band, the Shinyribs. Get tickets to this show and many more at TheAztecTheatre.com website.

 

Old River City Café Christmas Festivities

The Old River City Café has a really cool Christmas feature happening this year. It’s their 2nd Annual Texas Christmas Festivities and it’s a super fun and family friendly event. They have their back patio area decorated for the holidays featuring quaint, playful, and traditional themed vignettes where people can take all their family photos. They also have outdoor games like checkers, washers, cornhole, and Christmas ring toss. It’s a totally free event, including free homemade hot cocoa that people are raving about plus kids, families, and dogs are encouraged. All of this is available any day from 11am to 9pm. On Saturday, December 21 you can enjoy excellent traditional Christmas music provided by Monte Good, photos with Mr. & Mrs. Santa and a free hot cocoa bar, while supplies last. All of this Christmas fun starts at 6pm and winds down about 8pm or so. The Old River City Café is located at 2771 FM 725 and lots more info can be found on their Facebook page or website at oldrivercitycafe.com.

 

Freiheit Country Store Welcomes Sunny Sweeney

Texas singer songwriter Sunny Sweeney has been a staple on the Texas music scene since graduating from Texas State University in 2004. Her degree was in public relations which was a big help as she navigated the murky waters of the music business. Tommy Detamore produced her debut album, Heartbreakers Hall of Fame, in 2006. She was signed by the Nashville label Big Machine and they re-issued her album a year later. In 2009, Big Machine and Universal Nashville joined forces and formed a new label called Republic Nashville and Sunny was the first artist they signed. Unfortunately they parted ways after she released her second album, Concrete, in 2011. She signed with Thirty Tigers for her Provoked album in 2014 and Trophy in 2017. Her latest single, Bottle By My Bed, is in regular rotation on Texas radio stations. Sunny is a dynamic live performer and was picked by Bob Seger to open his concerts in Dallas and Austin on his Farewell Tour this summer. You can catch this Texas firecracker tonight at Freiheit Country Store with special guest Brennen Leigh and Alex Williams opening the show. Tickets are available at FreiheitCountryStore.net.

 

Merry Christmas to All

My next column will appear after Christmas Day next week so I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. I hope you get to spend this special time of the year with loved ones and that Santa Claus brings you everything on your list. Next week’s column will be the last one for 2019 and I will take a look back at all the music news of the year.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm

Sat – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

 

Aztec Theater (104 N St Mary’s Street, San Antonio 210-812-4355)

Tonight – Shinyribs / Robert Earl Keen – 7pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Fri – Popgun – 9pm

Sat – LC Rocks Christmas Bash – 9:30pm

 

Black’s BBQ (936 Loop 337, 830-358-7006)

Fri – 1100 Hundred Springs – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Skylar Hamilton – 1pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Sat – Colby Albright Band – 8pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 9pm

Sat – Johnny Nicholas – 1pm

Sun – Erik Hokkanen Trio – 1pm

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Fri – Tony Taylor – 7pm

Sat – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store (14492 Old Bandera Rd 210-695-8827)

Fri – Cody Canada & the Departed – 7pm

Sat – Wynn Williams / Randall King – 7pm

Sun – Tennessee Jet / Cody Cannon – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Tonight – Alex Williams / Brennen Leigh / Sunny Sweeney – 7pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd 830-606-0093)

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Noel McKay – 1pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Fri – Broken Arrow – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Triston Marez / Kevin Fowler – 7pm

Fri – Jesse Raub / Josh Ward – 7pm

Sat – Birdlegg Pittman – 1pm / Mason Lively / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Sun – Landry & Company – Noon / Kirk Family Christmas – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Sat – Luke Prator / Dacota Deaver Band – 9pm

 

Krause’s Café (148 Castell, 830-632-5076)

Tonight – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Fri – The George’s – 7pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Wittington – 1pm / Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – Peter Tory – 1pm / Triston Marez / Kevin Fowler – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Jamie Krueger Band – 7pm

Sat – David Byboth Trio – 7pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Sat – Christmas Tunes by Monte Good – 6pm

 

Our Lady Bar & Grille (1720 Gruene Road 830-358-7545)

Sat – Christmas With The King – Elvis Tribute by Travis Hudson – 7pm

 

Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Fri – Gunnar Latham – 8pm (Sky Bar)

Sat – Soul Ethos w/ Curtis Lee – 6:30pm (Lounge)

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Robert Carter – 8:30pm

Sat – Reed Brothers / Jorge Gallegos Show – 9pm

Sun – Steven Vee – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

 

Pour Haus (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

Fri – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Magic Girl – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Teri Joyce & the Tagalongs – 9pm

Sat – Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers – 9pm

Wed – Austin Mayze & Friends – 7pm

 

River Road Ice House (1791 Hueco Springs Loop 830-626-1335)

Sat – Zane Williams – 7pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Don Reilly – 6pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Rambling Souls / The Matters – 7pm

Fri – Grupo Fantasma – 8pm

Sat – Joe Ely – 7pm

Sun – Sterling Finlay Holiday Concert – 7pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm

Sat – Myles Smith – 4pm / Scott Wiggins Band – 9:30pm

 

Watering Hole (1390 McQueeney Rd 830-625-0045)

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Chord Rodeo – 9pm

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Music News – Dec. 12, 2019

For the past few years, the Grand Ol’ Christmas show has performed their special holiday show at the Brauntex Theatre to sold-out crowds. This year is a repeat of the same with tonight’s show and Friday night’s show almost sold-out. The show was the brainchild of singer Will Hearn and his pals, the Blue Water Highway band. They came up with the idea for an old-fashioned radio type show with live DJ’s broadcasting in a fictional town. The idea started in 2003 when Hearn and best friends Gregg Essington and Zack Kibodeaux developed the show in their senior year at Brazoswood High School. It was a huge success and continued to grow until they brought it to New Braunfels in 2016. In 2017 they took the show on the road and performed all over Texas. This year they will hit nine cities and do the show fourteen times, with every one basically sold-out. Not a bad record for an idea dreamed up by three high school students. This year, in addition to Will Hearn, plus Greg and Zack’s band Blue Water Highway, they will be joined by the Texas piano man, Robert Ellis. If any tickets are still available, you can find them at Brauntex.org or call 830-627-0808.

 

Texans Dominate List of Best Albums for 2019

Speaking of Robert Ellis, he made the Best Albums of 2019 list by Rolling Stone Magazine. Each year they publish their list of the Top 40 albums of the year and this year ten Texas artists made the list, that leaves the other thirty spots to be filled in by the other forty-nine states. Once again, the Lone Star State dominates the list of the best albums, just like they did last year. The artists from Texas include Tanya Tucker, Paul Cauthen, Maren Morris, Midland, Miranda Lambert, Robert Ellis and Hayes Carll, just to name a few. Of course, they forgot to mention that George Strait released Honky Tonk Time Machine and once again proved that he is the undisputed King of Country Music.

 

Todd Snider Returns to Gruene Hall

Todd Snider made the Rolling Stone Top Album list too, and though he wasn’t born in Texas, he has deep roots here, especially in San Marcos and New Braunfels. Born in Portland, Oregon, Snider’s family moved to Houston when he was 15. Todd ran away from home during this time and went back to Portland. His older brother Mike moved to Austin and convinced Todd to join him there. One night they ended up at Gruene Hall to see Jerry Jeff Walker and Todd was hooked. He bought a used guitar and started writing songs, or as he calls it “making up songs.” The late great Kent Finlay noticed Snider at one of his songwriter nights at his Cheatham Street Warehouse and took him under his wing. He mentored the youngster and taught him the craft of songwriting. Soon Todd hitchhiked to Memphis and landed a regular gig at a small bar called the Daily Planet. It was there that he wrote the songs for his debut album, aptly titled Songs For The Daily Planet. It was released in 1994, about the time I moved to New Braunfels. After 25 years, it is still one of my top 5 favorite albums. Snider is a remarkable singer songwriter but is also famous for the stories he tells between songs. In fact he always stops after a few songs and goes into a hilarious explanation of his storytelling, saying that he’s been known to talk for up to 18 minutes between songs. This bit has become so popular among his loyal fans that they have named it “the 18 minute song” because it often rhymes like his song lyrics. This weekend, Todd brings things full circle with two shows at Gruene Hall, the place where his dream of being a songwriter began. Raelyn Nelson will open both shows and tickets are still available at GrueneHall.com.

 

Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you are looking for last minute Christmas gift ideas, remember that concert tickets make great stocking stuffers. Gruene Hall has a fantastic lineup to close out the month of December that includes Josh Ward, Roger Creager, William Clark Green and Charley Crockett. Early next year they have Randall King, Jason Boland, Patty Griffin, Leann Rimes and Jon Wolfe, just to name a few. Of course, Whitewater Amphitheater has Pat Green and Willie Nelson on their schedule and they just added Koe Wetzel for a show in July. River Road Icehouse has Zane Williams and Midnight River Choir on their calendar. The Brauntex Theatre has Bill Anderson, Herman’s Hermits, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Radney Foster and Gary P. Nunn coming in 2020. Tickets to local concerts make great gifts for the music fans in your family. You can buy these online at each venue’s website. Remember, be sure you are on the official venue website before purchasing tickets. If you are unsure of the official site, call the venue directly to confirm.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

Adobe Verde (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Fri – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

Billy’s Ice (1193 Loop 337, 830-692-8169)

Tonight – KGNB Listener Party w/Tony Taylor – 5pm

Fri – Matt Cline – 9pm

Sat – Clockwork – 9pm

 

Black’s BBQ (936 Loop 337, 830-358-7006)

Fri – HalleyAnna & Dustin Welch – 6pm

Sat – Sophia Johnson – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 1pm

 

Black Whale Pub (367 Main Plaza, 830-625-6605)

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – Grand Ol’ Christmas Show – 7:30pm

Fri – Grand Ol’ Christmas Show – 7:30pm

 

Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street, San Marcos, 512-353-3777)

Fri – Read Southall – 8pm

Sat – Cody Bryan Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Sat – David Lee – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino & Emily Gimble – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am

 

Faust Brewing Company (499 S. Castell Street, 830-609-9086)

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Fri – Con Crema – 7pm

Sat – Matt Kirk – 7pm

 

Floores Country Store (14492 Old Bandera Rd 210-695-8827)

Fri – Triston Marez / Josh Ward – 7pm

Sat – Michael Guerra & Night Calling / Last Bandoleros – 7pm

 

Freiheit Country Store (2157 FM 1101, 830-625-9400)

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Grapevine in Gruene  (1612 Hunter Rd 830-606-0093)

Fri – Juliann Banks – 4pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Fri – Luke Williams – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm

 

Gruene Hall (1281 Gruene Rd   830-606-1281)

Tonight – Silvercloud – 6pm

Fri – Raelyn Nelson / Todd Snider – 7pm

Sat – Murali Coryell & Ernie Durawa – 1pm / Raelyn Nelson / Todd Snider –8pm

Sun – Beat Root Revival – Noon / Danny Brooks Band – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & Drew Kennedy – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

Happy Cow (9103 FM 1102, Hunter, TX. 512-667-7510)

Fri – Tyler McCollum – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 8:30pm

 

Luckenbach Dance Hall (412 Town Loop, Luckenbach 830-997-3224)

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Aaron McDonnell – 8pm

Sat – Peter Tory – 1pm / Double Barrel – 7pm

Sun – Jimmy Davis – 1pm / Jake Marten – 5pm

 

Middleton Brewing (101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos 512-847-3435)

Fri – Marvin Bottera & Broken Glass – 6:30pm

Sat – Beth & the Back Road Boys – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

 

Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

Our Lady Bar & Grille (1720 Gruene Road 830-358-7545)

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm

Wed – Uncle Wess – 7pm

 

Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Sat – Seth Shaw Quartet – 7pm

 

Phoenix Saloon (193 W San Antonio, 830-643-1400)

Tonight – Junior Nash – 5pm

Fri – Devin Baize – 5:30pm / Paul Handelman Band – 9pm

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

Sun – Shawn Hart – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

Pour Haus (343 W San Antonio, 830-214-6033)

Tonight – Andrae Blissett – 8:30pm

Fri – Mark Monaco & the Strayhearts – 8:30pm

Sat – Popgun – 9:30pm

Sun – Anthony Wright – 5pm

Mon – Larry Martin Sweeney – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

Riley’s Tavern (8894 FM 1102 512-392-3132)

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Beth Lee & the Breakups – 9pm

Sat – Porch Turtles – 9pm

Sun – Beaumonts Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm

 

River Road Ice House (1791 Hueco Springs Loop 830-626-1335)

Sat – Brandon Zink – 8pm

 

Rudy’s BBQ (844 Loop 337, 830-609-3337)

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St   210-223-2830)

Tonight – Mark Searcy / Chris Duarte – 7pm

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – Patricia Vonne / Alejandro Escovedo – 7:30pm

Sun – Shelley King / Carolyn Wonderland – 6:30pm

 

Tavern in the Gruene (830 Gruene Rd, 830-608-0438)

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 9pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 4pm

 

Watering Hole (1390 McQueeney Rd 830-625-0045)

Tonight – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8pm

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

Tue – Singer Songwriter Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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