Music News – Aug. 22, 2019

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Music News – Aug. 15, 2019

When it comes to Texas music, it doesn’t get much better than the trio of Wade Bowen, Cory Morrow and Pat Green. Whitewater Amphitheater has booked these three staples of the Texas music scene for what will surely be a sold-out show. All three have music to promote, namely Green with his latest single Drinkin’ Days moving up the charts. Wade has his classic Solid Ground album still doing well and the same goes for Cory’s Whiskey & Pride CD. You will hear all their hits at this show plus some cool collaborations will definitely take place. If you are planning on going, get your tickets now at WhiteWaterRocks.com. At press time they still had some available.

William Clark Green’s Float Fest

We all know how much Texas music and tubing the river go together so kudos to William Clark Green for starting a festival combining the two. On Saturday be brings his annual Toobin & Boozing Float Fest back to River Road Icehouse. Joining William are the Wyatt Weaver Band, Kaitlin Butts and Read Southall Band. There are several variations of tickets to purchase including VIP tickets, tubing and concert combos or just concert tickets. Get all the information at RiverRoadIcehouse.com.

 

Ray Wylie Hubbard Plays Luckenbach

The legendary Luckenbach Dance Hall will be rocking this Saturday night with Dalton Domino and headliner Ray Wylie Hubbard. According to Ray’s Facebook page, his new album is almost ready. He’s been posting bits and pieces of info about the new release so hopefully we will have it soon. In addition to a heavy tour schedule, Ray still finds time to post funny yet informative notes from the road. Tomorrow the A&M University Press will release a new book devoted to Ray’s song lyrics titled The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard. Eight 30 Records will release The Messenger: Tribute to Ray Wylie Hubbard, featuring the best in Texas music singing one of Ray’s songs. Ray Benson tackles Easy Money Down in Texas while Ray’s pal Jonathan Tyler does I Wanna Rock & Roll. Other artists include James McMurtry, Radney Foster, Walt Wilkins, Slaid Cleaves, Band of Heathens, Bobby Bare and Shinyribs, just to name a few.

 

The Day Elvis Died

Tomorrow will mark 42 years after the death of Elvis Presley, who ironically died at 42 years old.

I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news. All day long they played his music on radio stations all across the world. Elvis was the first huge rock star to come along and he paved the way for thousands of others to follow. When the Beatles came to America in 1964 they started the British Invasion and slowly forced Elvis off his throne. If you’ve seen the new movie titled Yesterday, you can agree on the massive impact their music had on the world. In the movie, the story is based on a world where the Beatles never existed. The young singer in the movie proceeds to write and record all their hit songs as his own. It’s a great idea for a movie because it asks the question, what if there were no Beatles or maybe no Elvis? How much of an impact would that have on our music today? How many bands did Elvis or the Beatles inspire? Surely the number is in the thousands. It’s a very witty movie and just hearing all those fantastic songs the Beatles recorded is worth the price of admission.

 

Woodstock Turns 50

Another major musical event took place on this day back in 1969. It was the massive 3-day Woodstock Music Festival held at Max Yasur’s dairy farm near Bethel, New York. Promoters estimated 50,000 people would attend but over 400,000 turned out, forcing promoters to make it a free concert since they stormed the gates and walked over the fences. Creedence Clearwater Revival was the first band signed to play Woodstock for a fee of $10,000. Once Creedence signed on, other bands followed suit. A total of thirty two acts performed at Woodstock, many performing in the early morning hours since the schedule was impossible to follow. Bands like Creedence were supposed to start at 9pm on the 2nd night but didn’t take the stage until 3am. When the live album was released, the cover captured a shot of a young couple covered in mud and wrapped in blanket. That couple, Nick & Bobbi Ercoline, are still married today and have fond memories of the 3 days spent in the mud in upstate New York. A massive box set will be released that includes the audio tracks of every act that performed at Woodstock. The 50th Anniversary concert planned for this weekend has been cancelled because the proper permits weren’t obtained by the promoters. A smaller Woodstock Festival celebration will be held at the original site.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Weezhur – Tribute to Weezer – 7pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Tessy Lou & Shotgun Stars – 8:30pm

Sat – Toman Brothers – 9:30pm

Sun – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Brian Milson – 8:30pm

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 9pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

Tue – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – David Touchton – 6pm

Sat – Roadside Libby – 6pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Sat – Pink Floyd Laser Light Show – 7:30pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Bill & Damon Duo – 7pm

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jacob Bryant – 8pm

Sat – David Prado Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Folk Family Revival – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino – 7pm

 

Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 210-566-5864)

Sat – Good Time Polka Club w/ Czechaholics – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Sat – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Ben Danaher / Aaron Lewis – 7pm

Sat – Jake Penrod – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Waguespack – 6pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 1pm / Robert Irwin – 5pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sat – Colton’s Kin – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun – 7pm

Fri – Ian Noe / Jamestown Revival – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Moore Band – 1pm / 40 Acre Mule / Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

Sun – Beat Boot Revival – 12:30pm / Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 5pm

Mon – Christian Sparks & Beatnik Bandits – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Mitch Webb & the Swindles – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Milligan & Texiana Bluez – 7pm

Fri – Jay Bleu – 4pm / All Mixed Up – 8pm

Sat – The Oompah’s – 7pm

Wed – Off The Grid Polka Band – 7pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – Keen Country – 7pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Zack Walther – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Bonnie Lang – 8pm

Sat – Bo Porter Trio – 1pm / Dalton Domino / Ray Wylie Hubbard – 8pm

Sun – Chris Saucedo – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Blank Floyd – 7pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 2pm / Humdingers – 7pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Hunter Road Trio – 6:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Larry Dial – 5:30pm / Soul Sessions w/ Robert Carter – 9pm

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

Wed – Steven Vee – 1pm / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Saucedo Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – Noon / Tony Taylor – 3pm

Mon – Larry Martin Sweeney – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Sun – Beaumont’s Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm

 

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

Sat – William Clark Green Float Trip – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Call For Band Info

 

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

Fri – Elaina Kay – 9:30pm

Sat – Jessee Lee – 4pm / Sir Woman – 9:30pm

Sun – Kathy McKenzie – 4pm

Mon – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

Tue – Harper Grace – 8:30pm

Wed – Erica Michelle – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Scott H. Biram – 8pm

Sat – Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines – 7pm

Sun – Chris Taylor – 6pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson & Dalton Domino – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Backwater Blvd – 9pm

Sat – Matt Kersh – 2pm / Comal Caterwaulers – 5:30pm / Britt Ballenger Band – 9pm

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 2pm

Tue – Modern Day Jesters w/ Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

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

Sat – Clever Name Band – 7pm

Sun – Jackie Darlene & Zack Pack – 3pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – I35 / Looks That Kill – Motley Crue Tribute – 9pm

Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Sat – Cory Morrow / Wade Bowen / Pat Green – 7pm

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Music News – Aug. 8, 2019

As I write this column, the news of the El Paso and Dayton shootings are on every channel. I must admit it’s tough concentrating on live music in our city while watching cell phone videos of the chaos playing on TV. I know something must be done but I honestly don’t have the answer. Hopefully those far wiser than me will come up with a solution. A few days ago I ran into my retired buddy Doug Toney. He’s thoroughly enjoying his retirement and asked if I’d made it out to Devils Backbone Tavern since the new owners took over. Though I haven’t made it out there yet, I did read the great story by Richard Skanse in Lone Star Music Magazine. He documented the steps that singer Robyn Ludwick and her husband John went through to purchase the historic venue. Robyn personally convinced owner Jerry Kubena, the grandson of Evelyn Kubena, to sell her the property even though he had several offers on the table. Evelyn owned the tavern in the 1940’s, buying it from the original owners that built it in 1937. A small stone structure is still standing and dates back to the 1890’s when it was a blacksmith shop. With help from her friend Abbey Road and a fourth silent partner, the new owners took over in late 2018. Fast forward to now and they have added more parking, opened up the old dancehall and got a full liquor license in case patrons want more than just beer and wine. These days, you never know who may drop by to play in addition to the acts they have booked. I’ve added their schedule to the concert calendar so make plans soon for the short road trip out on Ranch Road 32 or check them out at DevilsBackboneTavern.com. Once you log in to their website, be sure to listen to “The Ballad of Devil’s Backbone Tavern” by Todd Snider and check out their cool t-shirts.

 

Whiskey Myers and Flatland Cavalry Play Whitewater

Two of my favorite bands will by the river and under the stars at Whitewater Amphitheater this Saturday night. Flatland Cavalry will be opening for the mighty Whiskey Myers for what will surely be a high energy night of music. Growing up in the 70’s made me a big fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Whiskey Myers are the heirs to their southern rock throne. Flatland Cavalry formed in Midland, Texas in 2012 when college roommates Cleto Cordero and Jason Albers started playing together before moving to Lubbock in 2014. At first they thought of calling their band Cleto & the Texas Cavalry but people are always mispronouncing Cleto’s name so he instantly thought of Flatland since the band formed on the flatlands of Lubbock. With Cleto handling guitar and vocals and Jason taking over the drums, they added Laura Jane on fiddle, Reid Dillion lead guitar and Jonathan Saenz on bass. When Laura decided to leave the band, she was replaced with fiddle player Wesley Hall. Their latest album, Homeland Insecurity, was released in January and they’ve been touring hard ever since. Just one glance at their tour schedule makes me want to go sit in my recliner and rest. Like the old saying goes, make hay while you are young because once you get older you don’t want to leave the barn. This show will sell out so get your tickets now at Whitewaterrocks.com.

 

The Presley Project Comes to Town

Tomorrow I am finally able to collect my Social Security so hopefully it hasn’t gone broke just yet. Making it to 62 years old is a big surprise because I honestly didn’t think I’d live this long. Since I was born in the 50’s, Elvis was just starting out and was popular with all the young music lovers. I was born with dark black hair so the nurses at the hospital told my mom I looked like Elvis. Obviously I didn’t, they were just saying that to be nice to a young mother, but when I got older I did become a big fan of Elvis. That’s why I plan on checking out the Presley Project tomorrow night at the Phoenix Saloon. This isn’t an Elvis impersonation, it’s a big 10 piece band of musicians performing Elvis songs that he recorded in the 70’s, mainly during the jumpsuit era. According to their website, this Austin band concentrates on his music from the Vegas years. They promise no cheesy costumes, just a full night of his biggest hits. It’s a free show and the music starts at 9pm.

 

Lineup for the Gruene Music & Wine Fest Announced

The lineup for the 33rd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest has been announced and tickets are on-sale now at GrueneMusicandWineFest.org. The festival kicks off on Thursday October 10 and runs until Sunday October 13. The Bacon Brothers start things off on Thursday night with music beginning at 8pm. Tanya Tucker will perform a special acoustic set on Friday afternoon and the a full band set later that night. On Saturday night you can enjoy the music of the Casey Donahew Band beginning at 9pm. The festival will close out the fun on Sunday with all day events including live music inside Gruene Hall, select food trucks and a craft beer tasting.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Jordan Sleed – 6:30pm

Sat – Danny White – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – 808 Day w/ Camp Lo – 7pm

Fri – Bone Thugs N Harmony – 8pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Fuzz Doctors – 8:30pm

Sat – BJ Thibodeaux & Blackwater Blvd – 9:30pm

Sun – Chris Cuevas Project – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Bob Driver & Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Law By The Gun – 9pm

Sun – Me & Paul – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Monte Good – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Texas Hill Country Outlaws – 7pm

Sat – Bob Schneider – 7pm

 

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

Sat – 11th Annual Johnnie Jam – 3pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Devils Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fischer)

Sun – Jonny Burke & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino & Erik Hokkanen – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jason James / Max Stalling – 7pm

Sat – Skylar Hamilton / Reed Brothers – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Gary Glenn – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Dixie River Dirt Band – 2pm / Robert Irwin – 6pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Fri – Dan McCoy – 7pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Sonny Wolf – 7pm

Fri – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Broken Arrow – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dog & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Jeremy Nail Band – 7pm

Fri – Rod Melancon / Hayes Carll – 7pm

Sat – Andrea McGee & Band – 1pm / Rod Melancon / Hayes Carll – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Casper Rawls Band – 5pm

Mon – Johnny McGowan’s Rugged Gents – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 8:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Crued & Tattooed – Tribute to Motley Crue – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Shawn Hart – 4pm / Anthony Wright Band – 8pm

Sat – Auf Geht’s – 8pm

Wed – San Antonio Dutchmen – 7pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – County Line – 7pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Bo Brumble – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – Hot Texas Swing Band – 8pm

Sat – Kathy Bauer Band – 8pm

Sun – Bo Porter – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

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

Sat – Tracy Weinberg – 7pm

Sun – Frank Iarossi – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Fri – Jess & Dave – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Ryan Quiet – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / The Presley Project – 9pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

Sun – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – 1pm / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Brian Duarte Trio – 9pm

Sat – Miss Lavelle White – 9pm

Wed – Britton Pyeatt – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 6pm

Fri – Midnight River Choir – 7pm

Sat – Chad Cooke Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Call For Band Info

 

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

Fri – Kylie Rae Harris – 9:30pm

Sat – Remy Reilly – 4pm / Carson Mchome – 9:30pm

Sun – Bonnie Lang – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Ian Moore Band – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Nightbird – Fleetwood Mac Tribute – 8pm

 

Schlitterbahn (Lagoon Area Inside the Park)

Sat – School of Rock / Henry & the Invisibles – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Dusty Neuman – 5pm / PopGun – 9pm

Sat – Matt Kersh – 5pm / Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sun – Buddy Vargas – 2pm

Tue – Modern Day Jesters w/ Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

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

Sat – Blues Beatles – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Isaac Jacobs & Court Nance – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Sun – Brian Milson – 4pm

Wed – Bo Brumble, Garrett Mann & Amber Middleton – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8pm

Sat – Chad Anderson Band – 9pm

Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Sat – Bones Owens / Flatland Cavalry / Whiskey Myers – 7pm

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Music News – Aug 1, 2019

When people think of Billy Bob Thornton, it’s usually about his many movie and TV rolls. Did you know that Billy Bob never wanted to be an actor? His first love while growing up in rural Arkansas was to play music. He learned drums at an early age and formed several bands around his hometown of Hot Springs. When his best friend Tom Epperson decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and writing, Thornton decided to tag along. After all, there was a better chance of joining a band in Los Angeles than in Arkansas. To earn extra money for food and rent, Billy started going on a few auditions with Tom. During this time he played drums in the rock band Jack Hammer and recorded one album with them. By chance, he was cast with bit parts in low budget movies like South of Reno and TV episodes of Matlock. As his acting career took off unexpectedly, he put his music on hold. Finally, in 2001, he found time to record his first solo album, Private Radio. He would continue pursuing both acting and music for many years and founded his current band, The Boxmasters, in 2007 with friend J.D. Andrew. Their latest album, Speck, was released last month and is their most popular release so far. Thornton and his band have played our city twice before and I’ve had the opportunity to interview Thornton and Andrew. They are both totally committed to their band and to their music, in fact, while on tour with his band he rarely talks about his acting career. Tonight is their third time in our fine city and their debut performance at Gruene Hall. Our own Tom Gillam will be opening the show. Get your tickets now for this show and for Josh Ward’s show on Saturday night at GrueneHall.com.

 

Seth James Lives The Good Life

Consider yourself very lucky if you happened to catch Seth James back in his early days playing at Gruene Hall with one of the hottest blues bands in Texas. His dad was on drums and Philip Tom played bass. They recorded a fantastic live album that remains one of my favorites to this day. Seth recorded several classic blues albums, like Bad Luck and Trouble in 2001 and That Kind of Man in 2009. In 2010 he joined forces with Cody Canada to form The Departed after Cross Canadian Ragweed broke up. Three years and two albums later he opted to focus on his solo career again. Seth and his wife Jessica are the dynamic duo of New Braunfels and in 2016 released their CD, Million Miles of Love that contained You Always Saw The Blue Skies and Sweet Lord. These two fan favorites are staples of his live shows. In a few weeks he will release a brand new album titled Good Life. It was produced by Kevin McKendree and recorded at the Rock House in Franklin, Tennessee. The album artwork was created by fellow singer songwriter Paul Thorn. Musicians on the new album include Bob Britt on guitar, Lynn Williams on drums, Steve Mackay on bass and Wendy Moten on background vocals. Horns for the album were provided by Jim Hoke on saxophone, Roy Agee on trombone and Vinnie Ciesielski on trumpet. The album includes a solid dozen Texas blues tracks that feature his powerful vocals and blistering guitar playing. My favorites are That’s How You Do It, Little Angel and It’s Not What You Eat But How You Chew It. Seth was heavily influenced by the blues so I asked him to list his top 5 favorite albums, ones that had a big impact on his music. They are Delbert McClinton & Glen Clark – Delbert & Glen; Muddy Waters – Hard Again; Paul Butterfield – Better Days; Frankie Miller – High Life and Tony Joe White – Homemade Ice Cream. Seth will be touring to promote the new album so go to his website at SethJames.com and sign up for email alerts.

 

Kevin Galloway Plays Lonestar Floathouse

When the popular Americana band Uncle Lucius broke up last year, lead singer Kevin Galloway took the opportunity to pursue his long awaited solo career. His debut album, The Change, was an instant hit with fans and critics alike. On his first tour as a solo artist, he often performed the full album in its entirety. I did a few interviews with Kevin during this time and learned just how devoted he is to his craft. His outstanding lead vocals are what separated Uncle Lucius from the rest of the pack and they are in full display on the solo album. Kevin toured hard after the album was released, but has scaled back a bit on the road work. Now he’s opting for a string of solo acoustic shows that start this Sunday at the Lonestar Floathouse on River Road. It’s a free show and the music starts at 5pm. If you go, be sure to pick up a copy of his CD and put some money in the tip jar. Most musicians aren’t paid a lot of money for solo acoustic shows so the tip jar money often puts gas in their tank to get back home. Don’t forget about the great burgers and cold drinks at the Floathouse, it’s the perfect way to end your weekend.

 

Celebrating Jerry Garcia & the Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead were one of the most popular bands to ever come out of California and their fanbase is just as strong today as it was back in the 60’s. Known fondly as Dead Heads, fans would follow the group from town to town in huge caravans of cars and buses. The Dead were one of the first groups to allow fans to tape their concerts and share their music with each other. It’s safe to say that every concert they ever played was recorded by fans or the band themselves. Jerry Garcia, the leader of the band, was born today back in 1942 in San Francisco. He died on August 9, 1995 at the age of 53 in a drug rehab facility in Forest Knolls, California. He struggled with drug addiction and severe diabetes most of his life. Beginning on Friday, Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio will honor the music of Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead with a three day JerryFest featuring several tribute bands. Local musician Bryan Feltner plays in Minglewood, the group that starts things off on Friday night at 7:30pm. Saturday’s tribute band features Josh Pearson and his tribute to Phish and Grateful Dead. On Sunday the band will be Deadeye, Austin’s premier Grateful Dead tribute band. For information and tickets to these shows and many others, go to their website at SamsBurgerJoint.com.

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sun – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Tribute to Bon Jovi & Van Halen – 7pm

Sun – Carly Rae Jepsen – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Hunter Road Trio – 8:30pm

Fri – Max Band w/ Shawn Austin – 8:30pm

Sat – Polar Bear – 9:30pm

Sun – Carrie Asher – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Big Cedar Fever – 6pm

Sat – Billy Dee – 6pm

Sun – Monte Goode – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Sat – Desperado Rose – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Hunter Road Trio / Kasey Thornton Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve & Don – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Sarah Hobbs / Clay Hollis – 7pm

Sat – Tejas Brothers – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Mo Pitney – 7:30pm

Sun – Benefit for Robin Gregg w/ Zack Walther, Shawn Hart – Noon

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – John Arthur Martinez – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 7pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Amber Lucille – 7pm

Fri – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Mike Milligan – 7pm

Sat – Greg Gregson – 7pm

Sun – Call For Band Info

 

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

Tonight – Tom Gillam / Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters – 7pm

Fri – Cooper Wade / Curtis Grimes – 7pm

Sat – Landry & Company – 1pm / Jon Stork / Josh Ward – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – 12:30pm / Mike Zeto – 5pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Hot Texas Swing Band – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Troy Stone & Spent Shells – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 5pm

Wed – The Oompah’s – 7pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – Rex Allen McNiel – 7pm

Sat – Jeremy Richards – 7pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Kevin Galloway – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – David Touchton – 1pm / The Watters/Shinyribs – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Friends – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Mark Searcy Middleton Trio – 7pm

Sat –Racoon Brothers – 7pm

Sun – Don Reilly – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Racoon Brothers – 9pm

Sat – Lesser Antilles / RAGE – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor Sunday Songfest – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – 1pm / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Billy Broome / Julie Nolen – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm

Sat – Sonic Waves – 4pm / The Hightones – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Darrin Brown Band – 8pm

Sat – Clay Hollis Band / Mario Vera / Jason Allen – 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)

Fri – Natalie Rose – 9:30pm

Mon – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Proxima Parade – 7:30pm

Fri – JerryFest w/ Minglewood – 7:30pm

Sat – Jerryfest w/ Josh Pearson – 7pm

Sun – Jerryfest w/ Deadeye – 6pm

 

Schlitterbahn Water Park (Union Street)

Sat – School of Rock / Bethany Becker – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Austin Layne – 2pm / Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sun – Larry Dial – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Eric & Amber Middleton – 7pm

Fri – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 7pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – BJ Thibodeaux – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Cactus Country – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8pm

Sat – Sean Garrison & 3rd Watch Band – 9pm

Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Fri – Seranation / Common Kings / Michael Franti / Sublime With Rome – 7pm

Sat – Randall King / Mike Ryan / Aaron Watson – 8:30pm

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Music News – July 25, 2019

You can get your weekend started tonight with some amazing live music at Freiheit Country Store with the triple bill of Nate Rodriguez, K Phillips and the Reed Brothers. Nate is an excellent singer songwriter who just happens to be the drummer for the Reed Brothers. He’s from Victoria, Texas which just so happens to be my old stomping grounds. He’s been playing drums since his teenage years but learned guitar and started singing so he could play solo gigs when he had time off from his drumming duties. K Phillips is a Texas boy that grew up on his grandparent’s cattle ranch. His mom was a radio DJ and named him after her favorite Texan, Kris Kristofferson. His latest album, Dirty Wonder, was released in 2017 to wide spread critical acclaim. The Reed Brothers, Kyle and Keegan, have been playing music together since their childhood days. Like many musicians, they started playing parties, garages, basically anywhere with electricity. Their latest album is Heartstrings so be sure to pick up your copy tonight at the show. Come back Friday night for Gabe Garcia and Americana rising artist Sam Riggs. The Elvis Project comes to Freiheit on Saturday night. This big band covers Elvis’ music from the 70’s, without the jumpsuits. Of course there’s always Walther Wednesday’s at Freiheit featuring Zack Walther and Matt Briggs along with their friends and special guests. Check out all the cool things to do there at FreiheitCountryStore.net.

 

Zack Walther Stays Busy

Speaking of Zack Walther and Walther Wednesday’s, they got their start at Tavern in the Gruene, then moved to Gruene Hall. They were at the Villa in Gruene for a while and now reside at Freiheit. It’s the perfect solution for breaking up the week and helping you survive hump day. Every time I think of hump day I’m reminded of the Geico commercial with the camel. Anyway, Zack is one of our best local musicians with a voice from heaven. Bret Graham was the first musician I met when I moved here from Victoria in the mid-90’s. Zack was the second musician I met and for a few years he lived across the street from me. When I heard his song Spinning Away on KNBT I instantly called the station and asked who the singer was. I finally tracked him down, now days it’s called stalking, at the old batting cages on Gruene Road. He was working part time there and we talked for a bit and I left with a copy of his Live at Tavern in the Gruene CD. We’ve been friends ever since. Zack returns to Tavern in the Gruene on Friday night for a full band show. He’s also opening for Rodney Crowell at Gruene Hall on September 7 and on September 12 he will do a tribute to George Strait at the Brauntex Theatre. Bret Graham will join Zack for that show along with members of Strait’s Ace in the Hole Band. Zack and Matt are always writing and recording so I’m sure they have new music coming soon. Keep up with Zack at ZackWaltherBand.com.

 

Hip Hop and Reggae Comes to Whitewater

Whitewater Amphitheater continues to host sold-out shows which keep it in the Top 20 most popular venues in America. This Saturday night they are featuring a full night of reggae and hip hop music by three bands, Tribal Seeds, Matisyahu and Slightly Stoopid. Formed in San Diego in 2005 by brothers Steven and Tony Ray Jacobo, Tribal Seeds started as a two piece reggae band that has now grown to include 6 members. Their latest EP is called Roots Party and it was released in 2017. They are currently recording a full length album to be issued later this year. Matthew Paul Miller was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania to a strict Jewish family. Matthew became a fan of reggae and hip hop music at an early age and was soon performing all across the Midwest. He began using his Hebrew name of Matisyahu and recorded his best selling Live at Stubbs album at the famous Austin BBQ & Concert venue. He is a huge fan of the jam band Phish and his music is heavily influenced by them. Slightly Stoopid were formed in San Diego in early 1994 by best friends Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald. They started off as a punk and heavy metal band but as they grew older and became better musicians, they drifted more to the rock, blues and reggae format. When they were trying to come up with a catchy name for the band, things didn’t go exactly as planned. They were describing their music as slightly this and slightly that when one of the members blurted out “that’s just slightly stupid.” They changed the spelling a bit and a very unique band name was born. Doors open early for this show, about 5:30pm and the music by special guest Hirie starts at 6:30pm.

 

David Crosby comes to Netflix

Netflix just released an amazing documentary on folk rock singer David Crosby titled Remember My Name, produced by Cameron Crowe. It covers Crosby’s entire career from his time with the Byrds, a brief stint with Buffalo Springfield, several decades with the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and finally back to a solo artist. Crosby’s latest album, Sky Trails, finds him firmly planted in his folk music roots. At 75 years old, Crosby is still touring heavily and his singing is a strong as ever. This guy has survived a long drug addiction, a kidney transplant, time in Huntsville prison and thousands of days on tour across the globe. I’m currently reading a new book by author David Browne titled Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup. If only half of Crosby’s adventures are true, this guy is lucky to be alive.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Austin Gilliam – 6:30pm

Sat – MC & the Mystix – 6:30pm

Sun – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Tribute to Grunge Rock – 6:30pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Toman Brothers – 8:30pm

Sat – Ruben V – 9:30pm

Sun – Ron Knuth & the Baja Boys – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Max Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sat – Roadside Libby – 9pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – The Merle’s – 6pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Austin Forrest – 7pm

Sat – Jessee Lee – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Marcy Grace Band / Cody Sparks Band – 8pm

Sat – Cody Bryan Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Conway’s Dancehall  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Sat – Rich O’Toole / Brandon Rhyder – 10pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Dan McCoy – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Con Crema – 6pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jerrod Niemann – 7pm

Sat – Los Texmaniacs / Siggno / Jon Wolfe – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Nate Rodriguez/K Phillips/ Reed Brothers – 9pm

Fri – Gabe Garcia / Sam Riggs – 8:30pm

Sat – The Presley Project (Elvis cover band) – 8:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Dan McCoy – 5pm

Sat – Dixie River Dirt Band – 2pm / Sylvia Kirk – 6pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm / Johnny McGowan – 5pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Sun – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Deryl Dodd / Max Stalling / Roger Creager – 7pm

Fri – Broken Spokes / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Chris Colton / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 12:30pm / Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey – 5pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Wynn Williams – 8:30pm

Sat – Triston Marez – 8:30pm

 

Inferno’s Pizza (1198 Gruene Rd, 830-629-2077)

Tonight – Bob Gonzales – 6pm

Fri – Anthony Wright – 6pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Shawn Hart – 4pm / All Mixed Up – 8pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Rennie Guenther & Happy Travelers – 6pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Sat – Rex Allen McNiel – 8pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Kristen Kelly – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Bryan Maldonado – 5pm

Fri – Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Clayton Gardner – 1pm / Landon Bullard / Sunny Sweeney – 8pm

Sun – Squeezebox Bandits – 1pm / Kathy & Mike Broussard – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Cactus Flats Band – 7pm

Sat – Gerry Burns Tribute to Grateful Dead – 2pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – March Divide – 7pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 7:30pm

Sat – Jess & Dave – 6pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Silvercloud – 9pm

Sat – Ryan Quiet / Jonathan Terrell – 9pm

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

Wed – Steven Vee – 1pm / Open Mic w/Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Halleyanna & Dustin Welch – 7pm

Fri – Hunter Gruene – 6pm / Pat Byrne – 9pm

Sat – Bonnie Montgomery – 8pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayse & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Country & A Fiddle – 7pm

Fri – Damon Curtis – 8pm

Sat – Braydon Zink – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Iceman Special – 7pm

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – School of Rock All Stars – Noon / Shaws of Awe – 8pm

Sun – Rhonda Delaney Memorial Show – 3pm

 

Schlitterbahn (Lagoon Area in Schlitterbahn)

Sat – School of Rock – noon/ Two Tons of Steel – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Josh & Gabe – 4pm / Zack Walther Band – 9pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 2pm / Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sun – Nate Rodriguez – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jeremy Parsons – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sat – Brandon Smith – 3pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Rio Tripiano – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Whiskey 2 Step – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Jeremy Egg Band – 9pm

Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Sat – Tribal Seeds / Matisyahu / Slightly Stoopid – 6:30pm

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Music News – July 18, 2019

Copper Chief Embark on Summer Tour

For Copper Chief, a band based in Austin and New Braunfels, being on a hit TV show like USA Network’s Real Country was a huge shot in the arm for the young band. They hung in the competition until the end and in spite of Judge Travis Tritt supporting them, Jaida Dreyer ended up winning the show. Coming in second place was probably a blessing for this hard edged band because it kept their underdog status intact. Consisting of Mike Valliere on vocals and guitar, Rio Tripiano on lead guitar and vocals, Justin Lusk on bass and vocals and John Jammall II on drums, this four piece group paid their dues on Austin’s Sixth Street for years. Trapped in the cover song cycle like most young bands, they learned every popular tune they could to keep the crowds happy. Finally they started writing original tunes and slipping them into their sets, hoping the crowds would like their songs. Influenced by a diverse group of musicians from George Strait to Led Zeppelin, Copper Chief has music for everyone. Their 15 track debut album includes the popular radio hit Jericho, a song Mike admits is the only love song he’s ever finished and kept. While Jericho helped open a few doors, it’s the overall quality of their music that keeps the fans coming to their live shows. Onstage is where they shine and show their true colors. A rocking take on Dolly Parton’s Jolene was a favorite on the Real Country show and still is today, though they haven’t recorded a studio version yet. A summer tour dubbed the Wagon’s West Summer 2019 Tour will take them coast to coast, spreading their music across the heartland. Tonight they stop in San Antonio at Sam’s Burger Joint and tickets are still available on Sam’s website.

 

Koe Wetzel Headlines Whitewater

When Koe Wetzel takes the stage on Saturday night at Whitewater Amphitheater I think it will be his first time to headline the venue. Born in Pittsburgh, Texas, Wetzel was a star athlete in school before getting interested in music. His mother was a singer and often took Koe with her to gigs. He was just six years old when he first sang on stage and by twelve he was playing guitar. When his interest in sports began to falter he turned to music full time. He formed his band the Konvicts in 2012 and released his EP titled Love & Lies. In 2015 he issued his first full length album called Out on Parole and started building a solid Texas fan-base. It wasn’t until the 2017 CD Noise Complaints that he moved to headline status at venues and festivals. He took two years to write and record his new album, Harold Saul High, and you can really notice the depth of his songwriting. The songs are very personal and the album follows his high school experiences, even down to the inclusion of between class announcements. Song titles range from Make Believe, She Can’t Stop Crying and Ragweed, his ode to his favorite band Cross Canadian Ragweed. It’s a fitting lineup for the Saturday concert since Cody Canada and Jeremy Plato from Ragweed, now called the Departed, will be opening for Koe. If you go, get there early so you can catch the opening guest slot by Kody West, another popular Texas singer. All three of these bands have new music for sale so show your support by purchasing some if you like what you hear on-stage. Get your tickets today at WhitewaterRocks.com.

 

Ray Wylie Hubbard Plays Floore’s Country Store

Ray Wylie Hubbard has influenced so many young Americana artists, far too many to list here. He’s written songs with Eric Church, Ringo Starr and Ronnie Dunn, just to name a few. It seems like every few days I read about another music superstar seeking out Ray’s songwriting wisdom. Of course this makes perfect sense considering the vast number of original songs he’s written. I’ve always been fascinated how songwriters can remember the words to all of their songs. I guess if you write a song it becomes implanted in your brain forever. Ray will be playing a big chunk of his songs on Saturday night at Floores Country Store with Texas rocker Jonathan Tyler opening. Tyler is an artist that counts Hubbard as an influence so there’s a good chance they will team up for a song or two at this show. Tyler has always existed on the cutting edge of outlaw country and classic rock. The last time I spoke with Tyler he was producing his girlfriend Nikki Lane’s new album titled Highway Queen. Hopefully both Ray and Jonathan will have new music soon. Get tickets for this show at LiveatFloores.com.

 

Roger Creager Celebrates His Birthday at Gruene Hall

Roger Creager is one of the few artists that can take over Gruene Hall for four consecutive nights to celebrate his birthday in grand style. Every year Creager throws a four day bash at the historic venue and invites many of his friends to join in the fun. The party gets started next Wednesday with Dalton Domino as his special guest. On Thursday he welcomes Max Stalling and Deryl Dodd. These first two shows are acoustic song swap events full of stories and tunes. The full band shows start on Friday with Broken Spokes opening followed by Chris Colton handling opening duties on Saturday night. Tickets to all four shows are available on their website at GrueneHall.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Chris Cuevas Project – 8:30pm

Sat – Jimmy Spacek – 9:30pm

Sun – Slim Bawb & Lil’ Howard – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Chad Boyd – 8:30pm

Fri – Limesqueeze – 8:30pm

Sat – Jamie Talbert – 8:30pm

Sun – Brian Milson – 8:30pm

Tue – Rio Tripiano – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jordan M. Young – 6pm

Sat – Sophia Johnson – 6pm

Sun – Gus Samuelson – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Braydon Zink – 7pm

Sat – Mario Vera – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Damon Curtis – 8pm

Sat – Alex Roxx, Wall of Soul, Peace Pipe Prophets – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Christian Kues – 7pm

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Blackboot Family Band / Highway Hypnosis – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Kathryn Legendre / Dale Watson – 7pm

Sat – Jonathan Tyler / Ray Wylie Hubbard – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jesse Stratton – 8:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Bret Graham – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / Colton’s Kin – 6pm

Sun – Robert Irwin – 5pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 7pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon / Clifton Jansky – 6:30pm

Sun – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Ditch Crickets – 7pm

Fri – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Nick Garcia – 7pm

Sat – Lon Duk Don – 4pm / Jamie Krueger – 8pm

Sun – Poor J Brown – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – David Lee & Jose Armadillo Road Show – 7pm

Fri – Motorcade / Old 97’s – 7pm

Sat – Pat Byrne Band – 1pm / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Dalton Domino / Roger Creager BDay Bash – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Shaker Hymns / Damn Quails – 8:30pm

Sat – Hunter Road Trio – 8pm

 

Inferno’s Pizza (1198 Gruene Rd, 830-629-2077)

Tonight – Lee Winwright – 6pm

Fri – Caleb Haynes – 6pm

Sat – Anthony Wright – 6pm

Sun – Mike Kropp – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Tony Taylor – 4pm / The Craze – 8pm

Sat – Ruben V – 8pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Der Klein Steins – 6pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – Jeremy Richards – 7pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Rio Tripiano – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Bryan Maldonado – 5pm

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – Weldon Henson – 1pm / Koncrete Kings – 8pm

Sun – Chris Saucedo – 1pm / Kathy & Mike Broussard – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – Wilkinson’s Quartet – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Fri – Clifton DeLeon – 7:30pm

Sat – Jess & Dave – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm / Jorge Gallegos – 8pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Courtney Santana – 8:30pm

Sat – Jorge Gallegos Album Release – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Sissy Brown – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Rock Bottom String Band – 9pm

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Sun – Beaumont’s Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 7pm

Fri – Tribute To The Eagles – 8pm

Sat – Morgan McKay / Caleb & Homegrown Tomatoes – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Code 2 & the Extinguishers – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Caroline Kraddick – 8:30pm

Fri – Jared & The Mill – 9:30pm

Sat – Natalie Rose – 4pm / Powell Brothers – 9:30pm

Mon – Ruben V – 8:30pm

Wed – BJ Stricker – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Copper Chief – 7:30pm

Fri – Damn Torpedo’s (Tribute to Tom Petty) – 7pm

Sat – Guy Forsyth Blues Band – 8pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson w/ Cody Canada & Mike McClure – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Josh & Gabe – 4pm / No Chance Band – 9pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 2pm / Cody Coggins – 9pm

Sun – Buddy Vargas – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart’s Modern Day Jesters – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Zack Talbert – 7pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 7pm

Sat – Alli Mattice Band – 3pm / Tyler McCollum Band – 7pm

Sun – Austin Gilliam – 4pm

Wed – Myles Smith – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – County Line Band – 8pm

Fri – Popgun – 8pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Sat – Kody West / Cody Canada & the Departed / Koe Wetzel – 7:30pm

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Music News – July 11, 2019

It’s been a very good year for Texas musicians, starting with King George Strait. This iconic Texan has more Number One songs (61) and more Number One albums (27) than any other act in the history of recorded music. His closest competition is Willie Nelson with 17 Number One albums under his belt. The Okie Garth Brooks is tied with Willie. Strait has more hits than any act in any genre and since he’s still releasing great music, it’s a safe bet that no one will ever catch him. His 2019 album, Honky Tonk Time Machine has sold 113,000 copies, which compared to the old days of a million albums sold seems small, but it’s more than anyone else sold so far this year. Coming in a close second is another Texan, Kacey Musgraves with 97,000 units sold. Maren Morris, also from Texas, came in seventh for album sales of 60,000. Willie and son Lukas released new albums in June and they are expected to rack up some healthy sales figures before the year is done. When it comes to country music, you just don’t mess with Texas.

 

Garth Brooks Tours Dive Bars

Speaking of Garth Brooks, he’s just released a new single called Dive Bar with fellow Okie Blake Shelton. The song will be on Garth’s next album and set some records when it was released to radio on June 24, it debuted on the Billboard charts at Number 16. His new album is titled Fun and at press time, no release date was posted. Garth is in the middle of a summer stadium tour and will be joined by Shelton on July 19 at Boise, Idaho so they can perform the song live for the first time. Brooks is also planning a semi-secret Dive Bar tour this summer when he and his band will perform in tiny bars around America. The shows are being sponsored by Seagram’s 7 and they will select a bar in each city for Garth to play at. Most shows will be on Monday nights and tickets will be given away just a few hours prior to each show. The only date announced so far is Monday July 15 in Chicago. No other shows have been announced and probably won’t be until the day of each performance. Keep up with the Dive Bar tour as well as the stadium tour on GarthBrooks.com

 

Robert Earl Keen Plays Whitewater

Texas Americana godfather Robert Earl Keen will headline a show on Saturday night at Whitewater Amphitheater with American Aquarium opening the show. This is basically the rescheduled show that first was to feature Turnpike Troubadours as the headliner. Turnpike lead singer Evan Felker was going through some tough personal issues that forced the band to postpone, then cancel the remaining dates on their summer tour. After fans witnessed several shows where Felker was too drunk to perform, the band posted a message on their website and Facebook pages apologizing to fans. Tales of Felker’s problems date back to 2016 and after his brief time dating Miranda Lambert, things seemed to get worse. The original concert had Keen opening two nights of shows for Turnpike. After they cancelled, Keen moved to headliner on Saturday night and American Aquarium was hired to open. The Friday night July 12 show was cancelled completely. The music business is very tough and it’s easy to get caught in a destructive lifestyle. The pressure of touring, recording and being away from your family for days at a time can take a heavy toll on anyone. Hopefully Evan will get the help he needs and the band will be back better than ever.

 

Gruene Hall Has Texas Legends

Gruene Hall has a double shot of Texas music on tap this weekend starting with Radney Foster on Friday and Gary P. Nunn on Saturday. Foster got his start as part of the dynamic duo Foster & Lloyd in the mid-80’s. He and Bill Lloyd were staff writers for the MTM Publishing in Nashville. It was a sister company to the Hollywood branch founded by actress Mary Tyler Moore, who named the company using her initials MTM. The duo wrote a song titled Since I Found You that became a hit for Sweethearts of the Rodeo. Foster and Lloyd attracted the attention of a Nashville label and they recorded their debut album in 1987. By 1990 they had decided to go their separate ways and pursue solo careers. Foster’s first album, Del Rio Texas 1959, is still considered one of the best debut records ever recorded. If you don’t own this album, buy it today. Foster plays all over his home state and his Gruene Hall shows are legendary so don’t miss this one. Gary P. Nunn may have been born in Oklahoma but he’s as Texan as the armadillo. In fact, he wrote a song about them called London Homesick Blues that contains the famous line of I want to go home to the armadillo. Austin City Limits uses the song to kick off every one of their shows. Nunn is retiring this year to spend more time with his wife Ruth and their family. This may be his last full band show at Gruene Hall so be sure to get your tickets now before they sell out. See GrueneHall.com for ticket information and a full band schedule.

 

Josh Ward Releases Live Album

While it’s true that Aaron Watson and Cody Johnson are getting a lot of attention as the future of traditional Texas country music, Josh Ward is holding his own and gaining ground. His last studio album, More Than I Deserve, produced three hit singles and added to his already long list of chart topping songs. On June 21 he released his new album, Live at Billy Bob’s Texas, a 2-CD set that contains 21 live tracks. It contains nearly all his hit singles plus a healthy dose of fan favorites from his studio albums. Order the CD now and see all his upcoming tour dates at JoshWard.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

Sat – Jeff Willis – 6:30pm

Sun – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Eclipse – Tribute to Journey – 7pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – BJ Thibodeaux – 8:30pm

Sun – Bear Grammar – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Ryan Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Clockwork – 8:30pm

Tue – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – The StratoCrackers – 7pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Colby Weir / Kevin Galloway – 8pm

Sat – Jake Ward – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Concerts in the Park  (Landa Park Dance Slab @ 7:30pm)

Thu – Rumor Town – 7pm

 

Conway’s Dancehall  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Fri – Marcus Morales – 7pm

Sat – Matt Kirk – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Shea Abshier & Nighthowlers / Shane Smith & the Saints – 7pm

 

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

Fri – John Conlee – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Dirty River Dixie Band – 2pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 1pm / Phil Luna – 5pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Sun – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Aaron Stephens Band – 7pm

Fri – Radney Foster – 7pm

Sat – Casper Rawls Band – 1pm / Gary P Nunn – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Sarah Pierce Band – 5pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm

 

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

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

Sat – RAGE – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Milligan & Texiana Bluez – 7pm

Fri – Porter Robinson – 4pm / Jay Bleu – 8pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 8pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Off The Grid Polka Band – 6pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – Keen Country – 7pm

Sat – County Line – 7pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Galleywinter River Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – BAM – 5pm

Fri – Bonnie Lang – 8pm

Sat – Strayhearts – 1pm

Sun – Kathy & Michael Broussard – 5pm

 

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

Fri – The Humdingers – 7pm

Sat – Blank Floyd – 7pm

Sun – Don Reilly – 3pm

 

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

Fri – Clifton DeLeon – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Fort Defiance / Blackbird Sing – 9pm

Sat – Red Direct / Burn Ritual – 9pm

Sun – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jenna McDaniel – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Brother Roscoe – 9pm

Sat – Moe Bandy – 8pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Fri – Tyler McCollum – 8pm

Sat – Casey Donahew Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Bull Y Los Buffalos – 7pm

Fri – Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears – 8pm

Sat – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sun – Dirty Rotten Swing Band – 7:30pm

 

Schlitterbahn Water Park (Lagoon Area)

Sat – Kori Free & the Groove Hounds – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – The Percolators – 7pm

Fri – Kim & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

Sat – Travis Bolt – 2pm / Shad Blair – 5:30pm / File 13 – 9pm

Sun – Jay Bleu – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sat – BJ Thibodeaux – 3pm / Kinky Wire – 7pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Fri – David Russell – 8pm

Sat – Alli Mattice & Eric Langenhahn – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Drew Moreland & Neon Hustle – 8pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

 

Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Sat – American Aquarium / Robert Earl Keen – 7:30pm

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Music News – July 4, 2019

For over 45 years Willie Nelson has held his 4th of July picnic in the Lone Star State and once again he’s in Austin today hosting the annual event. The original picnic was held in Dripping Springs in 1972 and wasn’t called a picnic at the time, it was considered a reunion concert. Basically a country version of Woodstock but rather than the 200,000 expected fans, only about 40,000 actually attended. I attended the 1976 picnic held on a private ranch near Gonzales. It was a pretty rough crowd and Willie was sued by several people, including the ranch owner and the ambulance company. Artists like Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver and Asleep at the Wheel have appeared at almost every picnic. In 2015 the event was moved to Austin’s 360 Amphitheatre and has been held there ever since. If you are attending today’s picnic, you can see these acts: Luke Combs, Alison Krauss, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Earle, Hayes Carll, Johnny Bush, Ray Wylie Hubbard and many more. Nelson also just released a brand new album titled Ride Me Back Home, so if you attend the picnic today, be sure to pick up a copy. Tickets can still be purchased at WillieNelson.com.

 

Nathaniel Rateliff Comes To Whitewater

Speaking of Nathaniel Rateliff, he’ll be playing right here in our city on Saturday night at Whitewater Amphitheater with Los Coast and Rob Baird opening. Rateliff was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a musical family. He learned to play drums at seven years old and soon joined his family’s gospel band. His father was killed in a tragic car wreck when Nathaniel was just thirteen. He was very involved in his church and moved to Denver to do missionary work. For the next ten years he would work in a plastic factory, a trucking depot and as a gardener before deciding that music was where his heart was. He formed his first band called Born in the Flood in early 2007 and released a now rare and out of print album. By 2011 he was performing solo and released three albums under his name. Finally he formed the Night Sweats and their 2015 album caught the attention of Jimmy Fallon. After a blistering live set on Fallon’s late night TV show, Rateliff and his band were in demand virtually everywhere in America. Two hard years of non-stop touring honed the group into a well oiled machine. They released a live CD recorded at Colorado’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheater to satisfy his fans begging for new music. This gave the band some breathing room to relax and take their time recording Tearing at the Seams which was out by late 2018. They are still road warriors and average about 150 live shows each year, mainly at festivals and amphitheaters. If you are a fan of good solid classic rock with a hint of R&B thrown in for good measure, this is the show for you. Tickets can be purchased now at Whitewaterrocks.com.

 

Chords of Grace From Garden Ridge

Out in Luckenbach they know how to celebrate Independence Day in style. Each year they throw a 4th of July bash that has food, fun, a car show and live music. The Egg Men, a Beatles tribute band from Austin, will be performing along with a young band from Garden Ridge called Chords of Grace. This family bluegrass band are garnering a lot of attention and have been recognized as emerging artists at the upcoming 45th Annual Bluegrass & Traditional Music Festival in Red River, New Mexico next month. On Sunday they will be showcasing their talent in Pearl, Texas at their 1st Saturday Jam & Stage show. Before playing the Luckenbach Festival they will perform at the opening ceremonies in Garden Ridge for their annual 4th of July celebration. For more information about this exciting new group, check out their website at ChordsofGrace.com.

 

Rock the Bahn Starts Saturday

Naturally we love our water activities here in our city and we love our live music. Starting this Saturday, Schlitterbahn will have live music by the lagoon starting at 2pm. It’s a cool new music series called Rock the Bahn and will feature the classic rock music of Knotty Grove this Saturday. Gold’s Gym is sponsoring this series and it will run through August 10. Young musicians from New Braunfels School of Rock will open the show at noon and Knotty Grove will take the stage at noon. The series is free with your paid entrance to Schlitterbahn.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Wed – Scott Stapp – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8:30pm

Sat – Nautical Nation – 8:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers – 7:30pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Gene Reeves – 7pm

Sat – Bandreu – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Conway’s Dancehall  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Con Crema – 6pm

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 7pm

Sat – Small Town Habit – 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)

Tonight – Johnny McGowan – 3pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Sun – Robert Irwin – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Rob Roy Parnell – 1pm / Bobby Mack Band – 7pm

Fri – Nate Kipp / Max Stalling – 7pm

Sat – Barbara Nesbitt Band – 1pm / Vincent Emmerson / Shinyribs – 8pm

Sun – Jeff Plankenhorn – 12:30pm / South Austin Moonlighters – 5pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Hot Texas Swing Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Teague Brothers Band – 8:30pm

Sat – AC & Bad Billys – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 5pm / The Georges – 8pm

Sun – Johnny Chops & the Razors – 4pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – The Oompahs – 6pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 7pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – John Evans Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – 4th of July Celebration – 1pm

Fri – Kevin Fowler & Roger Creager – 8pm

Sat – Powell Brothers / Cory Morrow & Pat Green – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Friends – 1pm

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 2pm / Bandreu – 7pm

Sat – Aurazora – 2pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Hunter Road Trio – 7:30pm

Sat – Clifton Deleon – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

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

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sun – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – The Jonathans – 7pm

Sat – Billy Dee – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Brice Daniels Band – 8pm

Fri – Grant Gilbert/ Riley Green / Josh Abbott Band – 6pm

Sat – Grant Gilbert/ Riley Green / Josh Abbott Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Passing Strangers – 8pm

Sat – Los #3 Dinners – 8pm

 

Schlitterbahn (Schlitterbahn Water Park, Lagoon Area)

Sat – School of Rock/ Knotty Grove – Noon

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – J Edwards – 4pm / Scott Wiggins Band – 8:30pm

Sun – Darren Morrison – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Fri – Beau Daniels Band – 8pm

Sat – Marc Haymann – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Max Band – 8pm

 

Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Fri – Fitz & the Tantrums / Young the Giant – 7pm

Sat – Los Coast / Rob Baird / Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – 8pm

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Music News – June 27, 2019

It’s no secret that Blue Water Highway is one of my favorite bands on the Texas music scene. They were formed in Lake Jackson by two high school friends, Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington. To round out the three point harmonies they recruited friend Catherine Clarke. Zack and Catherine are actually classically trained opera singers, so they were used to singing together. Bassist Kyle Smith and drummer Jared Wilson came onboard and the lineup was complete. They took their name from the highway that connects their hometown of Lake Jackson with Galveston. I discovered the band purely by accident. I happened to be present when they were filming the video for Medicine Man, their first single. I was instantly a fan and have followed their career path ever since. Their latest album is Heartbreak City Stripped, an acoustic version of their second CD. The songwriting and vocals on these songs are simply fantastic. If the Eagles and the Band were to join forces they would sound like Blue Water Highway. Yes, they are that good. You can see for yourself tonight when they make their debut performance at Krause’s Café. Tickets are available at KrausesCafe.com or at the door. The doors open at 6pm and the band starts at 8pm.

 

Whitewater Amphitheater has a sold-out show on tap for Saturday night with Paul Cauthen opening for Midland. Raised in east Texas, Cauthen cut his teeth with fellow singer David Beck, who he met while living in San Marcos. Together they formed a duo called Beck & Cauthen but received a warning letter from the attorneys for rock singer Beck. They changed their name to Sons of Fathers and released their debut album in 2011. In 2013 they issued Burning Days but after a short tour they decided to seek solo careers. David formed his band Tejano Weekend and Cauthen released My Gospel in 2016. It quickly appeared on several critics lists as the best album of the year. Suddenly Paul was in demand all over the world and he toured heavily to promote the album. In June of 2018 he released an EP of seven songs called Have Mercy. It was meant to buy him some time before recording his next full length album. That new album, titled Room 41, was recorded during a period spent living out of a suitcase in room 41 at the Belmont Hotel in Dallas. He admits to living a destructive life during the making of the new album. Mixing drugs and other vices landed him in the hospital on several occasions. Once the songs were written and recorded, the pressure was off and he seemed to settle into a healthier place. Set for release in early September, the 10 track CD continues the sound Paul discovered on his first album. It’s an eccentric and very personal collection of songs done in a style that sets him apart from his peers on the Texas music scene. Hopefully you have tickets for the show on Saturday and can catch Paul live on stage. I promise you it will be a show you won’t soon forget.

 

Lonestar Floathouse is one of my favorite stops on River Road. Not only do they have great burgers and lots of cold drinks, they also feature a Sunday Serenade each Sunday afternoon during the summer months. Usually it’s just one singer songwriter doing an acoustic set for a few hours on their back patio deck. However, this Sunday they will host Wreaths on the River Benefit concert with a long list of performers starting at noon. The list includes Lucas Taylor’s Highway Hypnosis, Taylor Long, JJ Garrett, Chad Boyd, Hunter Road Trio, Logun Timberlake, Skylark Hamilton, Garrett Mann and Bo Brumble. Check out their website at Lonestarfloathouse.com for a complete Sunday Serenade schedule.

 

There’s a lot of live music going on this weekend, starting tonight with country singer Lorrie Morgan celebrating her birthday at the Brauntex Theatre. On Friday, the amazing Larry Joe Taylor takes the stage at Gruene Hall. He’s the Texas version of Jimmy Buffett and his shows are so much fun. On Saturday night, Knotty Grove will be blasting out some tasty classic rock at Tavern in the Gruene. On Sunday you can catch Alli Mattice at Villa at Gruene. Grouchy Like Riley has a funny name and is a super fun band so check them out on Monday at Gruene Hall. The Dirty River Dixie Band will be on Krause’s Café stage on Tuesday night and if you’ve never seen them, you really need to. For Wednesday, July 3, I highly recommend these two shows, Dale Watson & His Lone Stars at Gruene Hall and the Grand Ol’ American Radio Show at the Brauntex Theatre. Check out the full concert calendar for all of your live music needs.

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Josh Holden – 6:30pm

Fri – Shane Bartell – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Tribute to Depeche Mode – 7pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Jesse Stratton – 8:30pm

Sat – Ruben V – 9pm

Sun – Ron Knuth & the Baja Boys – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Max Band – 7pm

Fri – Shad Blair – 8:30pm

Sat – Wyatt Weaver Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Gavin Tucker – 3pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – The Bougees – 6pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Lorrie Morgan – 7:30pm

Sat – Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – 7:30pm

Wed – Grand Ol’ American Radio Show – 7:30pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Joel Hofmann Band – 7pm

Sat – Texas Duet – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Gregg Turner & Friends – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Conway’s Dancehall  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 7pm

Fri – Bandreu Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Rick Rice Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Jeff Vaughn – 7pm

Sat – Writer’s Block Party – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Tristan Marez / Randall King – 7pm

Sat – Ben Marshall / Powell Brothers – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Tribute to Journey – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Dan McCoy – 5pm

Sat – Johnny McGowan – 2pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – 1pm / Bo Porter – 5pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684)

Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 12:30pm / Clifton Jansky – 6:30pm

Sun – Drew Moreland – Noon / Colton’s Kin – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Mike Milligan & Texiana Blues – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Troy Stone & Spent Shells – 7pm

Fri – Jarrod Morris / Larry Joe Taylor – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Zac Wilkerson / Read Southall Band – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 12:30pm / Brian Pounds Band – 5pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Dale Watson & His Lone Stars – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Troy Stone / Kolby Cooper – 7pm

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

 

Inferno’s Pizza (1198 Gruene Rd, 830-629-2077)

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 6pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6pm

Sat – Caleb Haynes – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Blue Water Highway – 8pm

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 4pm / Sunday Five Band – 7pm

Sat – The Craze – 7pm

Sun – Soul Sessions – 6pm

Mon – Michael Alanis Trio – 6pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 6pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – Jeremy Richards – 7pm

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Wreaths on the River Benefit – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Bryan Maldonado – 5pm

Fri – Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Drew Moreland & Neon Hustle – 8pm

Sun – Caleb & Homegrown Tomatoes – 1pm / Kathy & Mike Brousarrd – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Jamie Krueger Band – 7pm

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

Sun – Austin Haynes – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 7:30pm

Sat – Clifton DeLeon – 7:30pm

Sun – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Frank Painter – 6pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Plunk Murray – 9pm

Sat – Morgan McKay / Jesse Stratton Band – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

Fri – Kerosene Drifters – 8:30pm

Sat – Chris Saucedo Band – 8:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 3pm / The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Zilkerbilly – 7pm

Sat – Skylar Hamilton – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 3pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm

 

River House Snack Bar (1706 Hunter Rd., 830-627-3285)

Fri – 3 Man Front – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Country & A Fiddle – 7pm

Fri – Vic Vaga & the Vagablondes – Tribute to Rod Stewart – 8pm

Sat – Aaron Copeland – 7pm

Wed – Grady Spencer & the Work / Austin Meade – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – 2nd Hand Cowboys – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Seattle Rising – Tribute to Grunge Rock – 7:30pm

Fri – Ally Venable – 8pm

Sat – KISS Alike – Tribute to KISS – 8pm

Wed – Faster Pussycats / Bang Tango – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Keith Hickle – 7pm

Fri – Josh & Gabe – 4pm / Hipsonic – 9pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 2pm / Knotty Grove – 9pm

Sun – Cody Coggins – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sun – Alli Mattice Band – 3pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Fri – Bobby & Mustard – 8pm

Sat – Two Rivers Revival – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 8pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Sat – Desure / Paul Cauthen / Midland – 7pm

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Music News – June 20, 2019

Country music has had a long line of duos from George and Tammy, Conway and Loretta and Johnny and June. Here in Texas we have Bruce and Kelly, which of course are Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis. This dynamic duo is married and just happens to be excellent singers and songwriters. They met in 1992, married in 1996 and have four children. I spoke with Bruce last week to get the details of their latest duet album, Beautiful Lie, which is their fourth one together. “I love my solo work,” explained Bruce, “but the stuff I do with Kelly is my favorite. I feel like I’m at my best when I work with her. Each time we decide to cut an album together, the reasons are different each time. This time we had recoded the Adam Wright song, If I Had A Rose and then we played some shows together. Kelly was saying that song was her favorite part of each show so we decided we’d do a new album to coincide with our summer tour. I checked out the rest of Adam’s catalog and we found two more of his songs we liked.” Bruce happens to be one of the best songwriters in the business but isn’t afraid to record other writer’s songs if they are a better fit for the album. “When I was first starting to write songs, I noticed that Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings wrote songs but also recorded other people’s songs. So, that’s how I approach things. When Kelly and I start an album, we may sing a lot of my songs and if they don’t sound right, we don’t use it. We are always looking for that magic when we sing them together. For instance we do a David Ball song called Lost My Best, and it’s a song he never recorded. It was like finding a lost Everly Brothers song. That’s what I love about the music business, it’s the stories behind the songs, it’s finding those hidden gems that become classics. That’s what I do with my Next Waltz video series, I connect all these cool stories and songs together.” Bruce and Kelly will be performing their first duet show at the Brauntex Theatre on Saturday June 29 so I asked him what the fans could expect at the show. “Man, we’ve rehearsed a lot of this new album so you’ll hear several new songs but all the old hits as well. We’re just so excited to have all these great new songs to play for the fans. It’s going to be so much fun, we can’t wait.” Tickets to see Bruce and Kelly are available now at Brauntex.org.

 

Dave Fenley Tours Texas

Country singer Dave Fenley will be back home in Texas this week for a series of shows in Dallas, San Antonio and here in our city. Two concerts will be at The Rustic, first in Dallas then in San Antonio before he stops in at the Villa at Gruene on Sunday. The 3pm start time will feature Amber Middleton, Bo Brumble and Garrett Mann opening the set. Born in the east Texas city of Lufkin, Fenley got his start singing in his local church choir. His father loved to sing and taught David how to sing harmony. During his high school years his family moved to Canada, which exposed Dave to another genre of music. At 15 years old he started writing songs and by 18 he was playing guitar and performing in local bars and nightclubs. I first saw Dave playing at various venues here in town shortly after he released his first CD, Pocket Full of Dirt. East Texas Lullaby was in steady rotation on KNBT and Dave was on his way up the charts as a force to be reckoned with in Texas. Before long he moved to Nashville and started writing songs for a living. He’s placed in the top percent on the TV shows The Voice and America’s Got Talent. This is a ticketed event so check out their website at VillaatGruene.com for more information.

 

Roger Clyne Plays Sam’s Burger Joint

One of the mysterious things about the music business is that often the most talented musicians aren’t the most popular. Artists that I think should be selling out stadiums are playing small clubs instead. Roger Clyne falls into that category. Once the lead singer of the rock band The Refreshments, he started a solo career when that band broke up. He formed a new band in 1998 called the Peacemakers and released their first album, Honky Tonk Union in 1999. By the time he released Americano in 2004, Clyne had built a huge loyal fanbase. I saw him open for John Fogerty that year and was amazed that the crowd sang along with every song and knew all the words. Over 5,000 fans make the long trip every year to his Circus Mexicus Festival in Sonora, Mexico. Clyne is easily one of the most talented singer songwriters in the business but for some reason, the rest of the world hasn’t discovered him yet. A part of me is selfish and hopes they never do because you can still see him play at small clubs like Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio. He and the Peacemakers will play there next Wednesday night and tickets are still available at SamsBurgerJoint.com.

 

Rocketman Soars Over Elton John’s Career

The latest rock star biography on the movie screen is Rocketman, which chronicles the life of Sir Elton John. Unlike the Queen and Motley Crue movies, this one is a musical. I must admit I was skeptical about seeing it because musicals have never been by favorite type of movie. I must say I was very impressed by how the movie was done. Yes, it’s a musical but it’s very well done. The movie follows Elton’s crazy career from childhood to huge rock star. The director took some artistic liberties with the stories timeline but he had Elton’s full cooperation while making the movie. For example, when Elton lands his first major record label audition, he sings some songs that weren’t written at the time, but it fits so well into the storyline, you don’t care if they bend the truth a little. Actor Taron Egerton plays Elton and does an amazing job at singing all these classic songs. Elton is currently on a three year retirement tour and will release his official autobiography in October.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Toman Brothers – 8:30pm

Sat – Jimmy Spacek – 9pm

Sun – Bear Grammar – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – The Lawless – 9:30pm

Sun – Keith Hickle – 3pm

Tue – Rio Tripiano – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm

Sat – Billy Snipes – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Giovannie & the Hired Guns – 8pm

Fri – The Barrens / Ryan Ross Band – 8pm

Sat – Joshua Ray Walker – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Conway’s Dancehall  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Tonight – 3 Man Front Duo – 7pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Bandreu – 9:30pm

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Jeff Vaughn – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Fri – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

 

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

Fri – John Baumann / Mike Ryan / Eli Young Band – 7pm

Sat – Damon Curtis / Jake Ward – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Back in Black – Tribute to AC/DC – 7pm

Sat – Billy Mata – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Phil Luna – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / Robert Irwin – 6pm

Sun – Joey McGee – 1pm / Bret Graham – 5pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Clifton Jansky – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros – 7pm

Fri – Tristen Marez / Jon Wolfe – 7pm

Sat – Lucas Ebert Band – 1pm / Mason Lively / Jon Wolfe – 9pm

Sun – Murali Coryell & Ernie Durawa – 12:30pm / Warren Hood Band – 5pm

Mon – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Matt Castillo & the Herdsmen – 8pm

Sat – The Revs / LC Rocks – 7pm

 

Inferno’s Pizza (1198 Gruene Rd, 830-629-2077)

Tonight – Don Riley – 6pm

Fri – Code 2 – 6pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 6pm

Sun – Mike Kropp – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – The Ooey Gooeys – 7pm

Fri – Tony Taylor – 4pm / Pete & Sean Williams – 7pm

Sat – Michael Alanis Trio – 7pm

Wed – The Oompahs – 7pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – Keen Country – 7pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

 

Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Coby Weir – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – BAM – 5pm

Fri – Radney Foster & Darden Smith – 8pm

Sat – Weldon Henson – 1pm / The Merles – 8pm

Sun – Hot Attacks – 1pm / Mike & Kathy Broussard – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Longtooth – 7pm

Sat – Gretchen & 2 Scotts – 7pm

Sun – Chris Lancaster – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – March Divide – 6pm

Sat – Jess & Dave – 6pm

Sun – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Sessions – 9pm

Sat – Phoenix Karaoke – 9pm

Sun – Ken Raba – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Dirty White Horse – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9:30pm

Sun – Keith Hickle – 8:30pm

Mon – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Skylar Hamilton – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Amanda Cunningham – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Roy Heinrich & the Pickups – 9pm

Sat – Ben Morris & the GABC – 9pm

Sun – Jarrod Sterett & Hired Guns – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayse & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Pete Williams – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Mark Searcy – 7pm

Fri – Rob Baird – 8pm

Sat – Gina Chavez – 8pm

Sun – Whitey Johnson – 6pm

Wed – Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Pancho & Dean – 2pm / Cody Coggins – 9pm

Sun – Buddy Vargas – 2pm

Tue – Modern Day Jesters w/ Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

Wed – Jazz Jam w/ Brett Cline – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Hipsonic – 7pm

Fri – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 7pm

Sun – Dave Fenley – 3pm

Wed – Rio Tripiano – 7pm

 

Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Tonight – Darren Morrison – 7pm

Fri – Dave & Jess – 8pm

Sat – George Bitzer – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Rice Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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