Music News – Feb 4, 2021

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Music News – Jan 28, 2021

There was more good news this week on the live music scene. Gruene Hall and Whitewater Amphitheater announced new concerts coming to their venues. Every time someone schedules a new show, it indicates a confidence that things are gradually returning to some semblance of normalcy. Last week, Gruene Hall added six shows to their schedule. This week they added two more, a CD release show by Blue Water Highway on March 12 and a March 13 concert by Cory Morrow. It’s still too soon to speculate about the Americana Jam in May, but our fingers are crossed for that event. Over at Whitewater Amphitheater, they just added Casey Donahew on March 20, Dwight Yoakam on March 21, Jamestown Revival on April 3, Jon Wolfe on May 22 and Aaron Watson on June 4. All of these shows are advertised as reduced capacity, social distanced shows. The Brauntex Theatre is planning a limited capacity show on February 18 featuring Yesenia McNett doing a tribute to Fleetwood Mac. They have a few others planned as well. Obviously, should the CDC rules change before these shows happen, the venue will follow those guidelines. Right now, the normal rules are to wear a mask anytime you leave your seat. All tables and seats are spaced out for safe distancing and hand sanitizers are placed at all the necessary areas. Unfortunately, this seems like the way things will be for awhile, but it’s better than nothing.

The Red Bird Listening Room Hosts Songwriters Night Tonight

The Red Bird Listening Room will host another show tonight featuring many local songwriters. If you enjoy an evening of all original songs performed by local songwriters, this is the place to be. The doors open at 6pm and Dallas Burrow is the host for the evening. Songwriters sign in when they arrive and usually perform in the same order. The Red Bird is one of the best listening rooms in Central Texas and often plays host to many of our finest local songwriters. It’s the perfect venue for songwriters to try out new songs they have just written or to bring back older tunes they haven’t played in awhile. It is also the perfect opportunity for songwriters to team up and sing songs they may have written together. Normally there are over a dozen songwriters that participate, sometimes more and everyone that signs up will get to perform. Dallas usually starts the evening and each performer does two songs. It’s a listening room so talking is not allowed during the performances. Face masks are required to be worn during this event, It’s is BYOB and a $10 donation is suggested. The venue is located at 1260 South Business 35.

Broken Spoke owner James White passes away

James White, owner of the Broken Spoke, passed away Sunday at the age of 81 from congestive heart failure. White bought the property on South Lamar Street in Austin back in 1964. He had a dream to build a honky-tonk in Austin and when he got his Army discharge in 1964, he bought a small piece of property and started building the Broken Spoke. It was a labor of love that included his wife Annetta and his large family. White was born in 1939 and was raised just south of where the Broken Spoke is located on land that had been in his family for generations. On September 25, 1964, he broke ground on the Broken Spoke on land previously owned by businessman Jay Johnson. There was an old lumber yard on the property that had to be torn down before he could start construction. He married his wife in the original building of the Broken Spoke, which is where the restaurant is now located. Soon after his wedding, he booked Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys for the first of his three appearances there. In 1967 he hired a young songwriter named Willie Nelson for $800. In the late 1970’s and early 80’s, he hired George Strait & the Ace in the Hole Band. They would become regulars at the Spoke for many years before Strait had his first big hit song in 1981. Strait honored the Broken Spoke by using a photo of it for the cover of his latest album, Honky Tonk Time Machine. Over a 50-year period, White was constantly adding on and improving the property. For the past five decades it has been famous for hosting traditional country music and also for its delicious chicken fried steaks. Hundreds of famous artists have posted their memories of James White on their social media sites, including Ray Benson, Gary P. Nunn and George Strait.

Mile 0 Fest in Key West Announces Lineup

The rest of the states are starting to realize that central Texas is home to the best music in America and are jumping on the bandwagon. First there was Musicfest in Steamboat, Colorado. They offered southern folks a chance to experience snow and cold weather. Then came the Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida, a festival that booked basically every band that plays at Gruene Hall over the course of a year. The appeal of this festival let the bands go almost directly from snowbound Colorado to the sunny beaches of south Florida. Traditionally the event takes place in late January to early February. This year, due to the pandemic, it was moved to April 27 through May 1. The organizers deliberately keep the crowd sizes manageable due to the small size of Key West, which is about two miles wide and four miles long. The last time I was in Key West, I think there were about 300 bars, which gives you an idea of what they like to do there. They recently announced the lineup for the Mile 0 Fest with the promise to add more acts. Here’s a partial list: Lucinda Williams, Blackberry Smoke, Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Pat Green, Shovels & Rope, Reckless Kelly, Old 97’s, Jack Ingram, Jason Boland, Stoney LaRue, Cody Canada, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Walt & Tina Wilkins, just to name a few.

Suggestions for live music in town

It’s hard to recommend which live shows to see each week because we have so many talented musicians in our city. Here’s just a few suggestions for you to check out. At Gruene Hall tonight there’s Josh Baca & Hot Tamales. Josh is a member of the Grammy Award winning band Los Tex Maniacs. The Hot Tamales are a side project he performs with. Zack Walther Band will bring their salute to the music of the 90’s to Downtown Social on Friday night. It’s a bit of a drive, but on Saturday night you can take in an outdoor concert at Luckenbach featuring Asleep at the Wheel. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Sunday drives down River Road are always fun, especially when you stop by the Lonestar Float House for their Sunday Serenade. This week they will have Bo Brumble and Garrett Mann at 2pm. Monday nights still belong to Bret Graham at Gruene Hall. Bret is easily one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever seen. Tuesday nights tend to be a bit slow for live music in town but you can always take in the open mic night at the Pour Haus. For a fun Wednesday night, check out some polka music at Krause’s Café with Das Ist Lustig. Remember, if you have any concerns about how a venue is handling the CDC guidelines, check with them before attending a show.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Austin James – 8:30pm

Fri – Brandon Ford – 8:30pm

Sat – AJ Johnson Album Release – 9:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Will Banister – 8pm

Sat – Josh Abbott – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Zack Walther Band – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30pm

 

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

Fri – Waves / Cody Canada & the Departed – 6pm

Sat – Lady & the Tramps – 9pm

Sun – Fast Movin Train – 4pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Coltin’s Kin – 4pm

Sat – Henri Herbert – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Josh Baca & Hot Tamales – 6pm

Fri – Reed Brothers & Friends – 6pm

Sat – Flattop Jones – 1pm / Jason James Band – 6pm

Sun – Grouchy Like Riley – Noon / Linda Gail Lewis – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Canaan Bryce – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Lance Lipinsky – 5:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions – 6pm

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 2pm / Selfless Lovers – 6:30pm

Sun – Dirty River Jazz Band – 10am / Yodel Blitz – 2:30pm

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 5:30pm

 

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

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Man – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Josh Morningstar – 7pm

Sat – Ben Beckendorf Trio – 1pm / Vincent Neil Emerson / Asleep at the Wheel – 8pm

Sun – Stephen K Morris – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Sun – Braydon Zink – 2pm

 

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

Fri – Devan Jones – 8pm

Sat – 3 Swings & A Miss – 8pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Sun – Trace Ryan – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon

Fri – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon / Floyd Bauler – 8pm

Sat – Cadillac Drive – 8pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Bret Mullins Band – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 8:30pm

Sun – Doug Garrett & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

 

Red Bird Listening Room (1260 South Bus 35, 830-606-7886

Tonight – Songwriters Night – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Nash Daniels – 7pm

Fri – Season Ammons – 6pm

Sat – Kayla Jane & Kelaney Brent – 8pm

Sun – NPD Songwriters – John Arthur Martinez – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Code 5 & the Extinguishers – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Small Town Habit – 7pm

Fri – Mason Lively – 6pm / Will Banister – 9:30pm

Sat – Natalie Rose – 4pm / Braydon Zink – 9:30pm

Sun – Ponciano Seoane – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Ruben V – 7:30pm

Sat – Cas Haley – 7pm

 

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

Fri – I-35 – 8:30pm

Sat – Cactus Country – 9pm

Sun – BJ Thibodeaux – 2pm

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Music News – Jan 21, 2021

As I slowly count down the days until summer and continue binge watching Hallmark movies, I am hoping we will soon see light at the end of the Covid tunnel. Many of our folks in the medical field have gotten the vaccine, which is a good sign. Our local, state, and federal agencies seem to be trying to get people vaccinated as fast as possible. I certainly don’t envy them; it is a task unlike anything they have ever seen before. Can you imagine trying to get 328 million people to follow the rules on how the vaccinations will be administered? It’s impossible to get just three people to agree on how the government should handle something, so good luck with the other 327,999,997 million. Despite these challenges, our local live music venues are still trying to keep their head above water. Places like the Pour Haus, Riley’s Tavern, Krause’s Café, Watering Hole Saloon, Billy’s Ice, and the Phoenix Saloon are all doing their best to keep live music thriving. I still find it depressing at how the entertainment industry was almost completely eliminated by this pandemic. Hopefully, we are learning how to put measures in place so this can not happen again when another rogue virus breaks out.

Suggestions for local live music

If you are thinking of checking out some live music in town, here’s a few suggestions for you. Tonight, at Billy’s Ice, the Legacy Vets Bike Night will feature music by Highway Hypnosis at 8:30pm. Yesenia McNett and her ace band, the Groove Doctors will take the stage at Krause’s Café on Friday night around 6pm. Scott Wiggins and his band will be at the Pour Haus on Saturday night. Their free show starts at 8:30pm. Gruene Hall is the place to be on Sunday afternoon when the South Austin Moonlighters perform at 4:30pm. Come back on Monday for the incredible Bret Graham at 6pm. Mario Flores plays Freiheit Country Store on Tuesday night at 7pm and Zack Walther keeps his Walther Wednesdays alive at Freiheit at 6:30pm. Remember, if you do take in some live music, always follow the guidelines set in place by our local venues and the CDC. If you have any questions about the safety measures at our local venues, call them before you head out.

Josh Ward plays Freiheit Country Store

When George Strait was starting his music career, he looked to George Jones, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard for inspiration. Thanks to George, we now have several talented traditional country singers like Aaron Watson, Cody Johnson, and Josh Ward. All three list Strait as a major influence for their career and it’s obvious when you listen to their music. All three have a lot in common with King George. They are all Texas boys, they are all happily married, they all feel right at home on a horse and you rarely see them anywhere without a cowboy hat and boots. During the pandemic, they hunkered down with their families and concentrated on their music. Cody played several acoustic live-streaming shows and some socially distanced ones. Aaron Watson recorded two albums during his time off. The first, American Soul was just released last week and the second one, Unwanted Man, will be released later this summer. Josh Ward recently released his first live album, Live at Billy Bob’s, recorded at the world’s biggest honky tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth. The 2-CD contains all his biggest hits, including one of my favorites, ‘A Cowboy Can.’ Josh cut his teeth on the rodeo circuit and working in the oilfields, so he writes about the life he’s lived. His rough teen years set the stage for a settled family man, one who is grateful for the many blessings his career in music has brought. You can catch Josh on-stage Friday night at Freiheit Country Store with Gabe Garcia opening the show.

Top music memoirs

Rolling Stone Magazine recently released their list of the top 25 music memoirs. It made me think of my favorite memoirs. During the year-long pandemic, I’ve read about twenty autobiographies plus I re-read some of the older ones that I bought few decades ago. Johnny Cash’s Man in Black was the first music autobiography I read. It came out in 1975, the year I graduated high school. From that point on, I was hooked. I read every music memoir I could find. I’ve lost track of how many I’ve read since 1975, but rest assured it’s a lot of books. I picked my top ten favorites, just in case you are in the mood to read a few good books. Robert Hilburn’s book, Johnny Cash – The Life is probably the definitive book on Johnny if you plan to only read one about the Man in Black. Another favorite is Waylon Jennings – An Autobiography, written in 1996. It tells what really happened the night Buddy Holly died. There are many books on Willie Nelson, many written by Willie. My vote for the best one was written by Joe Nick Patoski in 2008 called Willie Nelson – An Epic Life. In 2015, John Fogerty finally wrote his life story titled Fortunate Son. It tells his story from the day he formed Creedence Clearwater Revival and includes his amazing solo career. For honesty, few beat Sammy Hagar’s Red – My Uncensored Life in Rock. Though it takes awhile to get used to his writing style, Keith Richards’ memoir titled Life is a fascinating read. As a founding member of the Rolling Stones, it’s a miracle he’s still alive today. Chuck Berry’s autobiography is an interesting look at one of the founding fathers of rock and roll. There are thousands of books about Elvis, but if you can only read one, I recommend Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick. Elton John is another rock star that has hundreds of books written about his life, but the best is the one he wrote himself, simply titled Me. A few years ago, Bruce Springsteen finally wrote his life story in Born to Run. It still holds the number one slot in my al- time favorite memoirs. For many years he was such a private person, so it was great when he finally let his fans hear his story in his own words. Now if George Strait and Neil Diamond would write their life stories, I would be a happy camper.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Legacy Vets Bike Night w/ Highway Hypnosis – 8:30pm

Fri – Rodney Pyeatt – 8:30pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 9:30pm

Sun – School of Rock – 4pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Zach McCabe – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jordan Nix / Tanner Usrey – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Steele River Band – 8:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Emily Hart – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Geoff Hill & Tony Taylor – 4pm

Fri – Gabe Garcia / Josh Ward – 7pm

Sat – Lady & the Tramp – 9pm

Sun – Gunnar Latham – 4pm

Tue – Mario Flores – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam Band – 6pm

Fri – Soul Sessions – 6:30pm

Sat – Pat Byrne Band – 12:30pm / Jake Penrod – 6pm

Sun – Texas Tycoons – Noon / South Austin Moonlighters – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

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

Wed – Silvercloud – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Wyatt Weaver Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Walburg Boys – 6pm

Fri – Yesenia McNett & The Groove Doctors – 6pm

Sat – Alli Mattice Band – 1pm / Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 5:30pm

Sun – Terry Cavanaugh & Alpine Express – 10am / Cactus Country – 2:30pm

Wed – Yodel Blitz – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – ShAnnie – 6pm

Sat – Ben Beckendorf – 1pm / Small Town Habit / Cory Morrow – 8pm

Sun – Stephen K Morris – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Swings & A Miss (Side Car) – 8pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon

Fri – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – Noon / Jesse Stratton Band – 8pm

Sat – Blackbird Sing – 8pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon

 

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

Tonight – David Russell & Friends – 8:30pm

Fri – Natalie Rose Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Scott Wiggins Band – 8:30pm

Sun – Myles Smith & Friends – 8:30pm

Mon – Shawn Hart & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night w/ Bob Schmueckle – 8:30pm

Wed – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mike Ethan Messick & Friends – 7pm

Fri – Josh Baca & the Hot Tamales – 8pm

Sat – John, Joel & Ronnie – 8pm

Sun – Kayla Janes Picker Circle – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 6pm

 

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

Fri – William Beckman / Paul Cauthen – 7pm

Sat – William Beckman / Paul Cauthen – 7pm

Sun – William Beckman / Paul Cauthen – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Painted Pony – 9pm

Sat – Meyer Anderson Band – 9pm

Sun – Bud Vargas – 2pm

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Music News – Jan 14, 2021

As old man winter shows us once again that summer is still months away, there’s a lot of things happening in the music world. More and more live shows are showing up on the weekly schedules. Whitewater Amphitheater hopes to get started this spring with two special acoustic shows with Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser on March 18 and 19. Tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10am. Seats will be spaced out to follow all CDC guidelines. More shows are scheduled for April and May, plus they have some special announcements coming soon. So, pay close attention to their website and Facebook pages. Trust me, you will want to get tickets to the concerts they have planned for the upcoming season. Gruene Hall has added more new shows to their spring schedule. So far, they have Jack Ingram, Read Southall, Junior Brown and Shane Smith. They also have a cool trio show featuring Jamie Lin Wilson, Courtney Patton and Kaitlin Butts set for February 20. This Sunday at Gruene Hall you can catch Phil Hurley’s new band, The Lost Pines. Phil was once the singer and guitarist for South Austin Moonlighters. It’s a free show and starts at noon. The Watering Hole will feature their 2021 Winter Bash on Saturday with two bands, 3 Man Front and Cadillac Drive, providing the music.

Two more musicians pass away this week.

In 1994 I stumbled across an album by a young singer songwriter named Jamie O’Hara. A good friend of mine was a DJ at a radio station in Victoria and suggested I write a review about the album. It was his first album of all original songs titled Rise Above It. Before recording the album, he had mainly made his living as a songwriter. The Judd’s had a big hit with his song Grandpa, Tell Me About The Good Ol’ Days. It took a few weeks before I listened to his CD but once I did, I was completely blown away. His voice was amazing and every song on the album was incredible. Why this guy never became a superstar, I’ll never know. George Jones heard the album and recorded two songs from it. He picked Cold Hard Truth and 50,000 Names, which is the best song ever written about the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Jamie recorded two more solo albums and soon joined forces with Kieran Kane to form the popular duo, The O’Kanes. They recorded three albums before calling it quits. Jamie died last week after a long battle with cancer at the age of 70. His Rise Above It album still gets my vote as one of the best debut records of all time. Ed Bruce is another country artist we lost last week. He was born in Arkansas but grew up in Memphis. In 1957 at the ripe age of 17 he walked into Sun Studios and convinced producer Sam Phillips to record a song he wrote called Rock Boppin’ Baby. He later moved over to RCA Records and recorded several hit songs, including See The Big Man Cry. By the early 70’s he was concentrating more on his songwriting and Tanya Tucker scored a hit with The Man That Turned My Mama On. His biggest hit was Mama’s Don’t Let Your Baby’s Grow Up To Be Cowboys, recorded by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. He was also an actor, appearing in several major movies like Maverick and Fire Down Below. Ed passed away last week at the age of 81 from natural causes.

Morgan Wallen gets Dangerous.

My first dose of Morgan Wallen came last year when my daughter Lacy played me one of his songs in her car. The song was called Whiskey Glasses from his debut album, If I Know Me. I knew he had appeared on The Voice TV show and last year he won the CMA Award for Best New Artist. Otherwise, I didn’t know much about Wallen. He made headlines after he got arrested in Kid Rock’s bar in Nashville for getting drunk and busting some shot glasses. This past summer he made headlines again after his Saturday Night Live appearance was cancelled after pictures surfaced of him at a bar with a large group of people not wearing a mask. After a two-week quarantine, the SNL show allowed him to appear. He participated in the skits that made fun of his mullet and redneck reputation. Morgan used his time off to record a 2-CD album called Dangerous. The album immediately topped the Billboard charts as well as all the major streaming services. There are 30 songs on the new collection and Morgan wrote or co-wrote sixteen of them. If you buy the CD at Target, you get two bonus songs, both written by Morgan. I spent some time watching recent interviews of him on You Tube and was impressed with his sense of humor. He has a very self-deprecating sense of wit and doesn’t seem to take things too seriously. He literally shot to stardom in less than two years and he admits that it has been a struggle. He’s starting to get recognized in public now and releases that everyone has a camera on their phones. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain this level of popularity once live concerts can happen again. I did buy the new album and must admit, he’s an incredibly good songwriter. His songs cover many subjects that modern country music does, like drinking, summertime, girls, and small towns. There are a few songs that offer more depth and hopefully he will lean in that direction in the future.

Cody Canada Tribute Album

A few weeks ago, I told you about the new tribute album titled ‘The Years,’ that honors the music of Cody Canada and the music of Cross Canadian Ragweed. Cody and I finally connected by phone so I could get his input on the album and how it feels to be the subject of a tribute concert. “Well, John Dickson at Musicfest has been asking me for two years,” explained Cody. “I never felt like it was time. I turned him down the first time he asked me. Then he talked to Wade (Bowen), who’s my brother-in-law, and got him to ask me. Finally, one night after we finished the Bruce Robison tribute at Musicfest, John and I were backstage, and we talked about it again. I told him I’d do it under two conditions. First, I didn’t want it to be a Cross Canadian Ragweed reunion because that ship has sailed. Second, I wanted them to record the shows and release it like they did for the Robert Earl Keen tribute.” When Dickson agreed to Cody’s terms, plans got underway for the tribute to take place at the 2020 Musicfest in Steamboat, Colorado. Over 30 artists signed up to take part in the tribute and Cody didn’t know which songs each artist picked. “Just as we were heading down to watch the concert, I finally asked Shannon who was singing the songs,” Cody said. “She laughed and said, you’ve waited this long, you can wait a few more minutes.” His song ‘Breakdown,’ was the one he was most curious about and it was performed by Bruce Robison. “I was happy that Wade chose ‘Sick & Tired,’ because I wrote that song about my sister Shelby, before she married Wade,” explained Cody. “So that song has come full circle. It was also cool to see my son Dierks play guitar for Jamie Lin Wilson on her version of ’17.’ One of my favorites was Jade Marie Patek’s version of ‘Dead Man.” The album ends with the title track, The Years, performed by BJ Barham from American Aquarium. Cody mentioned that there’s still a dozen or more performances that were not released and he hopes that someday they will come out. I hope they do because the seventeen songs on the album are really good, so I bet the others are too.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

 

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

Tonight – Austin James – 8:30pm

Fri – 183 South / The Lawless – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 9:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

 

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

Tue – Holly Beth / Dylan Wheeler / Giovannie Yanez – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Jesse Stratton Band – 9pm

 

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

Sat – Austin Meade – 8:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Justin Ray Clayton – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Geoffrey Hill & Tony Taylor – 4pm

Fri – Gabe Garcia / Scott Wiggins Trio – 8pm

Sat – Mario Flores & the Soda Creek Band – 7pm

Sun – JJ Villareal – 4pm

Tue – Gunns West – 4pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Manzy Lowry – 6pm

Fri – Dallas Moore Band – 6pm

Sat – Slim Bawb – Noon / Bo Phillips – 6pm

Sun – Phil Hurley & the Lost Pines – Noon / Ethan Hanson – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Kasey Thornton Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Sean & Pete Williams Band – 6pm

Fri – Bonnie Lang – 6pm

Sat – The Czechaholics – 2pm / The Vagabonds – 7pm

Sun – Gospel Brunch w/ Clifton Jansky – 10am / Colton’s Kin – 2:30pm

Wed – Off The Grid – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / ShAnnie – 6pm

Sat – 14th Annual Blues Festival w/ Jackie Venson & Jimmie Vaughan – Noon

Sun – Stephen K. Morris – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Devan Jones – 8pm (Sidecar)

Sat – Rube Harris Trio – 7pm (Sidecar)

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon

Fri – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon

Sat – Hubcap Stealers – 8pm

Sun – Ethan Hanson – 4pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge & Friends – 8:30pm

Fri – Kerosene Drifters – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 8:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night w/ Bob Schmueckle – 8:30pm

Wed – Madelyn Victoria – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mary Charlotte Young – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Kullen Fox & the Coop – 7pm

Sun – NPD Songwriters series w/ Frank Martin Gilligan – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Derek Krueger – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Kyle Moon & the Misled Band – 7pm

Sat – Dirty River Boys – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Rick Rice Band – 8:30pm

Sat – 2021 Winter Bash with Cadillac Drive & 3 Man Front  – 8pm

Sun – Larry Sweeney – 2pm

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NB Magazine – Feb. 2021 – Walt & Tina Wilkins

Like all love stories, there is always a series of events that put two people in the same place so that cupid can do his magic. Here is one such story about two of the most revered songwriters in Texas music. Walt Wilkins and Tina Mitchell met in Nashville in 1994, having both migrated there to pursue a music career. Walt was a 5th generation Texan born in San Antonio while Tina was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Orange, California. Walt grew up in the Lone Star State and got a job in Austin working for the Texas Film Commission in 1989. “It was a dream job,” he explained. “If a movie was being shot in Texas, I was involved in finding the locations they used.” He had been writing songs for several years at this point and this job gave him ample time to hone his craft. His songwriting got him noticed by the folks in Nashville and they offered him a publishing deal. It was a tough decision to leave such a cool job but in 1994 he moved to Nashville and started writing songs for BMG and Curb Publishing.

Tina’s journey to Nashville took a slightly different path. Her family took a vacation in the spring of 1975 to visit relatives in Garden Grove, California. The trip was magical and included visits to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, San Diego Zoo, Universal Studios and Tijuana. It produced fond memoirs of jasmine, orange blossoms and jacuzzi’s. They returned home to a brutal Milwaukee snowstorm that had her father shoveling snow away from the door so the kids could go to school. Nine months later he moved the family to Orange, California, to a house that had a swimming pool and an avocado tree. After graduating high school and college, Tina headed to Los Angeles to pursue a singing career.

She found an apartment and started singing in the local clubs. Tina noticed that many of the songwriters playing around town were coming in from Nashville. She took a short trip to the Music City just to check out the music scene and discovered the famous Bluebird Café. It is the melting pot for Nashville songwriters and Tina was blown away by the talent there. She made plans to move to Nashville in the summer of 1994 but thanks to a nasty California earthquake that destroyed her apartment, she moved there in April. Once she got settled, she got a job at a cool Music Row hangout called Sammy B’s. As luck would have it, the BMG building where Walt was writing songs had a back door that led to the parking lot of Sammy B’s.

“I was the daytime bartender,” Tina recalls. “I worked the 10 to 4 shift and lots of music people would come in and sit at the bar. I gave away a lot of soup and bread, but I also sold a lot of beer. Walt would come sit at the bar on his break from his writing sessions. He never had his hair brushed and didn’t talk to me much. He smiled a lot but seemed quite shy. He was usually with co-writers and I loved it when they came in the bar. They laughed at everything I said and were absolutely kind and respectful. I started playing more Texas music and I ordered Texas beer for the bar, which Walt takes credit for. That really sealed the deal and Sammy B’s became the place to hang out for Happy Hour.”

While love may have been in the air at the Nashville bar, Walt and Tina were just friends at first. “Walt and I were good friends for a long time,” explained Tina. “I had a boyfriend, and he had many girlfriends. He will say he didn’t, but he was an eligible bachelor from Texas with that beautiful head of hair and dang, that talent! He gave me a copy of his Blue Creek Souvenir CD and I prayed that it would be good. I thought he was super cool, and I wanted to look him in the eye the next day and tell him it was good. Well, it blew me away. I cried when I heard Ruby’s Two Sad Daughters. I literally melted in front of the stereo.”

Their friendship evolved into love and a long courtship that included some break-ups along the way. True love prevailed though and on December 30, 2000 they were married in White Sands, New Mexico. The reception was held up in the mountains at Cloudcroft and involved friends, snow, tequila, and inner tubes. Since Walt was a Texas boy, he had to tell his grandmother that Tina was from north Texas, rather than Milwaukee. One year later they welcomed their son Luke into the world. Though they loved their community and their Nashville friends, ten years there was long enough. Walt had family in Waco, and he wanted to raise Luke in Texas, so they moved here in November of 2003.

It’s not common for a marriage to last 20 years in the music business, but Walt and Tina aren’t your average couple. They are both accomplished musicians and are supportive of each other’s career. Together they make an amazing team. At their shows, Tina mingles with the crowd, and is all smiles as she welcomes friends and fans alike. Walt is usually on-stage, tuning his guitar and working on the set list. She is quick to praise Walt’s cooking and his ability to clean the kitchen. They are a hands-on couple when it comes to raising Luke, always making time to be present in his life regardless of how hectic their schedule is. Today he is 19 years old and attending Schreiner University in Kerrville. Walt has a new album titled Pedernales that is set for a spring release. Tina has a single called Twilight that she co-wrote with Walt and friend Randy Sitzler, also set for a spring release. “Walt’s album will lift you up for sure, it’s full of poetry and goodness,” says Tina. “I can’t wait for it to be out in the world. My new song is a sweet love tune that I love singing. Walt and I don’t write together often but I sure like it when we do. The pandemic forced us to create an outlet to perform and stay connected with our fans, so we jumped on the online shows quickly. We normally play on Thursday nights on Walt’s Facebook page, WaltWilkinsMusic. It has been an incredible journey living here and creating music in Texas. I feel extremely grateful each time I get to sing and perform for the wonderful folks in this state.”

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Music News – Jan 7, 2021

Our New Year’s Eve celebration was very low-key this year, as I think a lot of peoples were. We tried watching some of the shows on TV that featured various musical guests helping countdown to the new year. I guess it’s a sign that I’m getting older, but their idea of good music and mine are quite different. We finally gave up and watched the fireworks that our neighbors were shooting off from their yards. Then our dog Buddy got scared of the loud noises and hid under the bed, so that put an end to that. As the old year faded away and the new one began, I had a wide range of thoughts. It’s always a mystery as to what the new year has in store. I remember feeling the same way on New Years Eve in 2019. We were looking to the future, hoping that 2020 would offer new opportunities. In a weird way, it did make everyone re-evaluate our priorities and decide what was really important in our lives. I bet if our dogs and cats could talk, they would say they loved having us home more. Well, maybe the cats didn’t like it, but the dogs certainly did.

Kody West comes to Downtown Social

Downtown Social welcomes Americana artist Kody West to their stage on Saturday night. West is a relative newcomer to the Texas music scene, having gotten his start in 2014. He began playing acoustic shows around the state and took a job as tour manager for Dalton Domino for a while. When he wasn’t on the road with Domino, he played area bars and opened for other Americana acts. He released his first EP in 2016 and continued working with Domino so he could learn the business. When he released his first album, ‘Green,’ he formed a band and hit the road, playing all around Texas. Fans immediately took note of Kody’s song lyrics, written by someone who seemed much older than his 21 years. During the pandemic, he released ‘Overgrown,’ an album destined to take Kody’s career to the next level. Unfortunately, the Covid virus put a halt to all touring and live concerts, so he was unable to promote the new album. Now, with the new year upon us, the live concerts are starting to return. The show will be CDC compliant with tables spaced at a safe distance from each other. Tickets are available at DowntownSocialNB.com.

New Albums for 2021

Many artists spent their quarantine recording new music to release this year in hopes that they can tour to promote it. Of all the acts forced off the road, Willie Nelson was the one I was most concerned about. He’s 87 years old now and has a history of breathing issues. This is probably the longest he’s been off the road since he started touring in 1965. He has a new album coming next month titled ‘That’s Life,’ and it is his second tribute to Frank Sinatra. His previous tribute was called ‘My Way’ and was released in 2018. Barry Gibb is the only surviving member of the pop group, the Bee Gees. He recorded an album in Nashville titled ‘Greenfields,’ and it features duets with many country artists including Jason Isbell, Dolly Parton, and Allison Krauss, just to name a few. Here’s a bit of trivia for you, Greenfields was a hit for the Brother’s Four in 1959 and was the first song Bruce Springsteen learned to play as a teenager. Loretta Lynn has a new album coming in March titled ‘Still Woman Enough.’ It features duets with Margo Price, Tanya Tucker, Reba McEntire, and Carrie Underwood. Newcomer Morgan Wallen will release a double album called Dangerous this week. It will contain 30 tracks, mostly all written or co-written by Morgan. The Target version of the CD will include two bonus tracks, ‘Band-aid for a Bullet Hole’ and ‘This Side of a Dust Cloud.’ You can also expect new releases soon by Edie Brickell, Ringo Starr, Alice Cooper, Foo Fighters, Sting, Greta Van Fleet, Weezer, Pentatonix and Rob Zombie.

Two more musicians pass away

Before December ended, two more musicians passed away. Though you may not recognize their names, they were well respected and loved in the music world. On December 30, Alto Reed passed away after a long battle with colon cancer. Reed was the saxophonist for Bob Seger and his playing could be heard on Seger’s hit songs Turn The Page, Mainstreet and Old Time Rock & Roll. Back in 1986, I had the chance to interview Alto after a concert in Houston. He was so open with his answers, very humble and one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. He helped Seger form the Silver Bullet Band in 1971 and had the longest tenure of any of the other Silver Bullet musicians. Bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice passed away on Christmas morning after a long battle with a rare condition known as muscle tension dysphonia. His actual cause of death was never revealed, and the family have chosen to keep the information private. Rice was born in Virginia and mastered the acoustic guitar at an early age. In 1974 he recorded a classic bluegrass album called J.D. Crowe & the New South. The group included Crowe, Rice, dobro master Jerry Douglass and a young Ricky Skaggs. Throughout his career, Rice collaborated with the best bluegrass players in America like Doyle Lawson, David Grisman, Bela Fleck and Alison Krauss, just to name a few. He is credited with influencing thousands of young guitarist in the music business.

Live music venues are gearing up for better times

While you may not see much activity at our local venues this month, rest assured that behind the scenes they are working hard to get shows booked. Or, in some cases, reschedule shows that were already booked but due to social distancing rules, are unable to take place. Rescheduling shows is often challenging, here’s why. Let’s say that the Oak Ridge Boys are scheduled to play the Brauntex Theatre on a Friday night. Due to their artist fee and travel expenses, they can’t drive from Nashville to Texas for just one show. So, they book shows in several cities. They may play Dallas on Thursday, New Braunfels on Friday and Galveston on Saturday and Sunday. If the Brauntex needs to reschedule the Friday show, the band may want to reschedule the Dallas and Galveston shows too. So, when a venue must reschedule a show, it can affect several other shows too. At press time, the Brauntex Theatre has concerts scheduled for March. Gruene Hall has booked Jack Ingram and Read Southall for acoustic shows in February. Whitewater Amphitheater plans their reopening for April and have a few major concert announcements coming soon. Rest assured, live music is returning, but it will take awhile to get back to normal.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Daniel Pelligrini – 8:30pm

Fri – Skylar Hamilton – 8:30pm

Sat – Chris Max Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Lone Star Pickerz – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – Kody West – 8:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Johnny McGowan & the Rugged Gents – 6pm

Fri – Chris Beall & Walt Wilkins – 6:30pm

Sat – Brian Pounds Band – 12:30pm / Van Wilks – 6:30pm

Sun – Linda Gail Lewis – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Tony Taylor & Friends – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Austin Gilliam (Full Band) – 8:30 pm

 

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

Tonight – Billy Staggs Duo – 6pm

Fri – Dirty River Jazz Band – 6pm

Sat – Don Lovato – 2:30pm

Sun – Gospel Brunch w/ Camille Sanders – 10am

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / ShAnnie – 6pm

Sat – Ben Beckendorf Trio – 1pm / Squeezebox Bandits – 6pm

Sun – Stephen K Morris – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Sun – The Nields – 4:45pm (Virtual)

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon

Fri – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon

Sat – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon

 

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

Tonight – JJ Villareal & Friends – 8:30pm

Fri – Band of Bandits – 8:30pm

Sat – Wayne Garner Band – 8:30pm

Sun – Shawn Hart & Friends – 8:30pm

Mon – Larry Martin Sweeney & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night w/ Bob Schmueckle – 8:30pm

Wed – Josh Holden – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon and Manzy Lowry – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 7pm

Sat – Beth Lee & the Breakups – 8pm

Sun – Kayla Jane’s Picker Circle – 4pm

 

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

Sat – Hill Country Revival – 9pm

 

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 – Small Town Habit – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Chilton Vance Band – 9pm

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Music News – Dec. 31, 2020

Every December I write a year-end column to look back on the previous twelve months and spotlight the highs and lows. For 2020, there were more lows than highs. It has been a year filled with many losses, both personal and financial. Many families lost loved ones to the virus. Hundreds of musicians passed away this year due to a wide variety of health issues including cancer, heart attacks, strokes and the Covid virus. Sure, there has been a few good things that happened this year, but they were few and far between. Tonight, at midnight we can say good-bye to a terrible year and hope that 2021 brings better times. However, we thought the same thing back in 2019 when we welcomed the new year of 2020. There does seem to be a tiny light at the end of the tunnel. Many of our health care workers got vaccinated and hopefully we all will be within the next few months. Maybe then our lives can get back to normal or whatever our new normal will be. It’s amazing what 10 months of quarantine can do to your personal life. I’ve made many new observations during this time. When we are running errands around town, everyone seems to drive 10 mph under the speed limit. They should know I’m in a hurry to get back home to continue my quarantine. For years I only ate vanilla ice cream, now all I want is butter pecan, by the gallon. Which is probably the reason my wife bought my Levi’s a size larger in the waist this Christmas. Curbside pickup is now the normal way to get your groceries, but it’s always a gamble on what the expiration date on the milk will be. We know which restaurants do the best job with to-go orders. We found our favorite pizza, tacos, and chicken sandwiches. We’ve watched every Hallmark movie and every Netflix documentary. Sometimes we go sit in a parking lot and watch people walk to the front door of the store, then walk back to their car when they realize they forgot their mask. It’s amazing what you can do to pass the time during a pandemic. It may be time to buy some jigsaw puzzles.

New Years Eve will be different this year

Today is the final night of 2020 and I imagine everyone wants this year gone forever, I know I certainly do. Hopefully someday we can look back on this year and find something to laugh about. Personally, I don’t think I will live long enough to find any humor in this year. It’s ironic that our celebrations to bid this year farewell will be hampered by the virus, which is the reason we want this year to end. All the venues are doing their best to keep everyone safe, but the choice is yours to make. Going alphabetically, Billy’s Ice has Highway Hypnosis New Year’s Eve Party tonight at 8:30pm. Downtown Social has their New Year’s Eve Bash starting at 6pm. Over at Freiheit Country Store, Clay Hollis will open for Jon Wolfe. The gates open at 7pm and tables can be purchased on their website. Tables for Gruene Hall’s New Year’s Eve show featuring Mason Lively and Flatland Calvary can be purchased on their website. Pale Horse Sky Bar are calling their event a New Year’s Eve Snow Party and according to the weathermen, it might just happen. Riley’s Tavern has the Chris Cuevas Project on tap for their year-end bash. River Road Icehouse will have Tallula opening for our local Midnight River Choir. Last but not least, the Watering Hole Saloon has 3 Man Front tonight at 8pm. As I write this article, the City of New Braunfels just announced that all bars must close immediately. Any bar that was reclassified as a restaurant must reduce their occupancy to 50%. So, before you head out tonight, please check with the venue to get all the latest information on bar closures. Phone numbers can be found on the concert calendar page and most places will be charging a fee to attend their New Year’s Eve parties.

Albums released this year

Even during a worldwide pandemic, many artists released new albums. They were not able to promote their music by touring, but many released new music anyway. Some of my favorites were Mandy Moore – Silver Landings; Ashley McBride – Never Will; Kenny Chesney – Here & Now; Jason Isbell – Reunions; Jimmy Buffett – Life on the Flip Side; Willie Nelson – First Rose of Spring; Mickey Guyton – Bridges; Bon Jovi – 2020; Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass; Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You; AC/DC – Power Up; Chris Stapleton – Starting Over; Garth Brooks – Fun; Steve Earle – Ghosts of West Virginia; Ronnie Dunn – Re-Dunn; Reckless Kelly – American Jackpot & American Girls; Ray Wylie Hubbard – Co-Starring and Cody Jinks – Live at Red Rocks.

Favorite Concerts of 2020

Even though the pandemic put a halt to live concerts, some good shows were able to happen early in the year. A few standouts were the Hal Ketchum Tribute and the two shows by LeAnn Rimes at Gruene Hall in February. The Brauntex Theatre had Marty Stuart & Connie Smith on Valentine’s Day and an awesome night with Gary P. Nunn in March. Riley’s Tavern had the final show by legendary singer Johnny Bush in September. He passed away less than a month later on October 16. Wade Bowen’s Wassail concert at the Civic Center with many of his friends raised money for local arts related non-profits. It was a fantastic night of holiday tunes for a great cause. Many artists hosted live streams each week and a few became weekly rituals for those of us missing live music. Todd Snider’s Sunday shows were incredible and each week he performed one of his albums in its entirety. He finished all his albums last week so I’m looking forward to what he has in store for us in January. The Sequestered Songwriters, a large group of area songwriters, pay tribute to a different artist every Monday night. Next Monday they will feature songs by the Rolling Stones. I recommend that you check them out each Monday night at 6pm on their Facebook page.

Leslie West dies at 75 yrs old

Though his name may not be familiar to many people, guitarist Leslie West was very influential to many rock guitar players. The late Eddie Van Halen listed West as a huge influence on his playing. Born Leslie Weinstein in New York City in 1945, he changed his last name to West after his parents divorced during his teen years. He started a garage band called the Vagrants with some of his neighborhood buddies and they recorded one album together. They scored a hit with a remake of the Otis Redding classic song ‘Respect.’ West went to see Eric Clapton’s band Cream during this time and was impressed by Clapton’s playing and the fact they were a three-piece band. He left the Vagrants and formed Mountain, one of the first hard rock bands in America. He named the band Mountain because of his large size, six foot tall and nearly 300lbs. His first album was credited to the Leslie West Band, but he changed the band name to Mountain for the second album in 1970 called Climbing. They made one of their first live appearances at the massive Woodstock Festival in 1969. Their 11-song set won them thousands of fans and kickstarted their career as a hard rock band. They scored their biggest hit in 1970 with ‘Mississippi Queen,’ a song that’s still played heavily on classic rock stations. They released eight studio albums and three live albums. Leslie released ten solo albums after Mountain broke up in 2000. In 2011 he had his right leg amputated due to complications from diabetes. He continued performing until the pandemic forced him off the road in March of this year. He suffered a heart attack on December 20 at his Daytona, Florida home and never regained consciousness. He passed away in the hospital on December 22 at 75 years old.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Highway Hypnosis New Year’s Eve Party – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – Shades of Blue – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – New Year’s Eve Bash – 6pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve Tschoepe – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Clay Hollis / Jon Wolfe – 7pm

Fri – Jason Boland & the Stragglers (Acoustic) – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Johnny McGowan – 1pm

Sat – Colton’s Kin – Noon / Jamie Cameron – 4pm

Sun – Eric Middleton – Noon / Johnny McGowan – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Josh Baca & the Hot Tamales – Noon/ Mason Lively/Flatland Calvary – 8pm

Fri – Bo Phillips – 12:30pm / Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey – 6:30pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 1pm / Shaker Hymns – 7pm

Sun – Lady And The Tramps – 5pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Monte Good – 1pm / The Georges – 7pm

Sat – Slim Bawb – 2:30pm / Chubby Knuckle Choir – 6pm

Sun – Western Gospel Brunch with Danny White – 10am / Cactus Flats – 2:30pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express Polka Night – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K Morris – 5pm / Jesse Daniel / Sunny Sweeney – 8pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / ShAnnie – 6pm

Sat – Ben Beckendorf Trio – 1pm / Darden Smith & Jamie Lin Wilson – 8pm

Sun – Stephen K Morris – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Three Swings and a Miss – 7pm / Devan Jones (Sidecar) – 8pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Snow Party NYE – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon

Fri – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill  – Noon

Sat – Kullen Fox & The Coop – 8pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Natalie Rose Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Cuevas Project – 9pm

Fri – Danny B. Harvey – 8pm

Sat – Joel Hofmann Band – 8pm

Sun – NPD Songwriter Series – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Tallula / Midnight River Choir – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Damn The Torpedos – Tom Petty Tribute – 9:30pm

Sat – Claude Morgan & the Bandaholics – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Dave Fenley, Brent Michael Wood and Friends – 4pm

Sat – Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – New Year’s Eve w/ 3 Man Front – 8pm – $15

Fri – Cactus Country – 8:30pm

Sat – Zach Talbert – 9pm

Sun – Acoustic Show TBA – 2pm

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Music News – Dec 24, 2020

It’s hard to believe that it’s Christmas Eve. This has been a long crazy year, yet parts of it has been a blur. Like many of you, I have fond memories of Christmas as a child. Loading up in our 1967 Chevy Impala, going to both grandparent’s house. Each house was special in its own way. The kids usually ate at one table and adults at another one. Cigarette smoke was thick in the air because a lot of people smoked back then. We opened gifts on Christmas Eve at one house and on Christmas Day at the other. Then you grow up and start new traditions with your own family. We like to open our gifts on Christmas day, then eat lunch together in the early afternoon. We always watch Elf and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. We can quote every line from both movies. This year, Christmas will have a somber tone. Many families have lost loved ones recently which makes the first holiday without them very tough. Just as I was writing this paragraph, the news reported that country singer K.T. Oslin passed away today. At last count, over 140 entertainers died this year, which unfortunately is a record number of deaths in this field.

K.T. Oslin, 80’s Ladies singer, dies at 78 years old

Born Kay Toinette Oslin in Arkansas, she and her mother moved to Houston after her father died when she was only five years old. She earned a drama major from Lon Morris College, then joined a folk trio with Guy Clark and David Jones. They performed all around the Houston area and even recorded an album together, but never released it. Kay moved to New York City and performed in many plays and musicals. To pay the bills, she started writing jingles for commercials. This led her to try songwriting and once she had enough originals for a demo tape, she sent one to several record labels. Elektra Records signed her to a deal in 1981 but her first two singles didn’t do well on the charts. Other artists started recording her songs, so Elektra kept her on their payroll. In 1987, she wrote and recorded ‘80’s Ladies,’ her biggest hit. At 45 years old, she released her first album, which is unheard of in the music business. She continued writing songs and releasing albums until her retirement in 2015. She was a member of the Texas and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her final album, titled ‘Simply’ was released in 2015. This was also the year she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and moved into an assisted living facility. She contracted the Covid virus last week, but at the time of her death it was not determined if Covid was the cause.

Christmas Shows Fall Victim of Covid-19

Many local Christmas shows were canceled this year because of the pandemic. Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis have been performing their Christmas show at Gruene Hall for as long as I can remember. This is the first time they have ever had to cancel the holiday show. Wade Bowen and Cody Canada normally do a Christmas show at the Brauntex Theatre, but it was canceled. The annual Grand Ol’ Christmas Show at the Brauntex was also canceled. If you have tickets for the Christmas show, you can use them at the Americana version of the show, scheduled for June 24 & 25. You can purchase a live stream of the Christmas concert and now they have CD’s available of the audio tracks from the show. You can find all their info on their website at GOChristmasShow.com.

Musicians and Music Venues continue to help local charities

Despite being forced to close for most of this year, local venues and musicians continue to do what they can to help local charities. The Gruene Music & Wine Festival was forced to go virtual this year, creating a unique set of challenges. They still managed to raise over $82,000 to help our local United Way. Wade Bowen invited friends and family to join him at the Civic Center on December 3 for a special event called Wassail With Wade. They all sang Christmas songs and had a silent auction to raise money for local non-profits. The money raised went to area non-profits in the arts including NB Art League, Historic Outdoor Art Museum, Circle Arts Theatre, and the Brauntex Theatre. Over at Billy’s Ice, owner Bob Wilson informed me that his customers have donated over $7,000 since November 25. They gave $5,500 to the New Braunfels Food Bank and $1,500 to the Crisis Center of Comal County. The money donated to the food bank will translate into about 40,000 meals. Even though music venues and musicians have been closed or out of work for many months, they continue to lead the way in giving back to their fellow neighbors.

Live Music this weekend

Most venues are closed tonight and tomorrow, but if you are in the mood for some live music, there’s a few choices for you. Del Rio native William Beckmann will be opening for Stoney LaRue on Saturday night at Gruene Hall. His new album, Outskirts of Town is a keeper, so pick up a copy if you attend this show. Billy’s Ice has Clint Taft & the Buckwild Band at 9:30pm on Saturday. Krause’s Café will have Rochelle & The Sidewinders at 6pm on Saturday. The Phoenix Saloon has Silvercloud on Saturday night at 8pm. Over at the Pour Haus you have 3 Man Front at 8:30pm on Saturday and Anthony Wright Band on Sunday at 8:30pm. Last but not least, Fast Movin Train will take the stage at 9pm at the Watering Hole Saloon. Since Christmas day falls on a Friday, many local bars and music venues have decided to stay closed until Saturday. Remember to always check with local venues before you make plans to attend a show. Due to the pandemic, things can often change with little advance notice.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Sat – Clint Taft & Buckwild Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Waves Band – 4pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Eli Hansen – 10am

 

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

Sun – Trey Rose – 4:30pm

Tue – Logun Timberlake – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Henri Herbert – Noon / Colton’s Kin – 4pm

Sun – Jackson Parten – Noon / Colton’s Kin – 4pm

 

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

Sat – Flat Top Jones – Noon / William Beckmann / Stoney LaRue – 7pm

Sun – Rob Roy Parnell – Noon / Slim Bawb – 4:30pm

Mon – Slim Bawb – Noon / Bret Graham Band – 5pm

Tue – Matt Kirk & The Gueyfarers – 6pm

Wed – Jake Penrod Band – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Isaak Klaus & Lederhosen Junkies – 2pm / Rochelle & The Sidewinders – 6pm

Sun – Das Ist Lustig – 10am / Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express – 6pm

Wed – Yodel Blitz – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Sam Watson – 1pm

Sun – Kathy & Mike Broussard – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon / Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 8pm

Sun – Ryan Quiet’s Sunday Showcase – 4pm

Wed – Steve Vee – Noon

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Fri – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sun – Anthony Wright Band – 8:30pm

Mon – Paul Eldridge & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night w/ Bob Schmueckle – 8:30pm

Wed – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Sun – Kayla Jane’s Pickers Circle – 4pm

 

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

Sat – Ruben V – 7:30pm

Wed – Rob Baird – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Fast Movin Train – 9pm

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Music News – Dec. 17, 2020

By the time Christmas arrives, we will have watched every Hallmark and Lifetime movie ever made. As I type this, I realize how pathetic that sounds. We spent countless hours sitting in our comfy chairs this past weekend watching dozens of cheesy Christmas movies. All the actors are the same, they all have the same plot, and you know the ending within the first 15 minutes of the movie. I think we are all desperate for some happy endings, even if they are corny. After all these months of gloom and doom, some good news must come soon. When this is all over, none of us will recognize each other without a mask. Plus, we will all weigh 20 pounds more and have beards and long hair. There’s some cool live music this week so check out the concert calendar and go check some out if you feel safe to do so. I have attended a few live shows recently and have felt safe. Everyone seems to be following the guidelines and doing all they can to keep people safe.

Charlie Pride Dies at age 86

Charlie Pride was one of the most loved singers in country music. He passed away on December 12 from complications of Covid 19. His last public performance was at the CMA Awards in Nashville on November 11 where he joined singer Jimmy Allen on a duet of his biggest hit, ‘Kiss An Angel Good Morning.’ In late November Charlie was admitted to a Dallas hospital with Covid like symptoms and according to a statement issued by his family, his doctors were unable to save his life. Pride was born in Sledge, Mississippi in 1934 to a family of sharecroppers. His mother bought him a guitar at age 14 and he taught himself to play. Though he was interested in music, baseball was his first love. When he grew older, he played on several pro and semi-pro leagues. An injury to his pitching arm and being drafted into the Army in 1956 cut his baseball dreams short. Once he was discharged, he and wife Rozene moved to Helena, Montana where Charlie worked in a smelting plant. He formed a band called The Night Hawks and played on weekends around Helena. Country stars Red Sovine and Red Foley heard Charlie singing and encouraged him to send a demo tape to Chet Atkins at RCA Records in Nashville. Once Atkins heard Charlie sing, he signed him to a contract in 1966 and released his first single, “The Snakes Crawl At Night.” The single wasn’t a hit, and neither was the next one, “Before I Met You.” His third single, “Just Between You and Me,” was a hit and reached number nine on the country charts in 1967. Charlie moved his family to Dallas in 1969 and is one of the few country stars to not live in Nashville. Charlie and Rozene have three children, Carlton, Dion, and Angela. Dion often performed with his dad and does tribute shows singing his fathers hit songs. Before moving to Colorado a few years ago, Carlton lived in San Marcos for awhile and fronts a reggae band. Charlie is in the Country Music Hall of Fame and is a member of the Grand Ol Opry.  CMT-TV will broadcast a special tribute show for Charlie this morning at 8am CST and again on Saturday at 11am CST. His family has announced plans to hold a private service this week in Dallas with a public memorial to take place at a later date. Charlie Pride was a phenomenal singer and an icon in country music. He will be greatly missed.

Kevin Fowler Brings Christmas Cheer to Freiheit

Kevin Fowler always throws a fun party, in fact, he’s made a career out of having a fun time with music. Fowler got his start as a heavy metal guitarist for the rock band Dangerous Toys in Dallas. He was a graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, which earned him a spot in Dangerous Toys. He left the band in 1996 and formed a hard rock band called Thunderfoot. I met Fowler during this time while we were both delivering Country Line Magazines in Austin. He drove up in a 4-wheel drive pickup, no shirt and hair down to his waist. He gave me a copy of his Thunderfoot CD, which is an amazing album. I wish they would have recorded a second album and played more live shows. When Thunderfoot broke up, he released his first country album, Beer, Bait & Ammo in 2000. In 2002, he released High on a Hog, and got serious about his country music career. I caught a few of his early shows and he would often slip classic rock songs like Ted Nugent’s hit ‘Stranglehold’ into his setlist. By 2004, after his hit album ‘Loose, Loud & Crazy,’ he was firmly entrenched in the Texas country music scene. For the past several years he has done a series of Christmas shows in Texas called ‘Deck The Dancehalls.’ This is the show he’s bringing to Freiheit Country Store on Saturday night. Doors open at 6pm and Clay Hollis will open the show at 8pm, Fowler starts at 10pm. Tickets for this show can be purchased at FreiheitCountryStore.net.

Gruene Hall Welcomes William Clark Green

With only a few more weeks left in the year, Gruene Hall is bring out all the stops to get live music going again. Last week they hosted two nights with Robert Earl Keen and this weekend they bring you Americana artist William Clark Green for two shows. Due to the social distancing rules, tables are spaced out accordingly inside the hall and in the beer garden. Born in Flint, Texas, Green grew up near College Station and went to college at Texas Tech in Lubbock. He spent a lot of time playing music, so it took six years to graduate. Green formed a band and literally played everywhere that had electricity. I remember writing about him ten years ago when it seemed like he was opening for everyone at Gruene Hall. He also spent a lot of time learning songwriting chops from Kent Finlay at Cheatham Street Warehouse. After Kent passed away, William was part of the album, Dreamer – A Tribute to Kent Finlay, that was released in 2016. When he released the hit song ‘She Likes The Beatles and I Like The Stones,’ his career took off like a rocket. He went from a van pulling a small trailer to a tour bus and selling out huge venues. All it takes is one hit song and Green is living proof of that. Luckily, he’s been able to keep writing hit songs, so his career is in a good place. Tickets to both shows are available at GrueneHall.com.

Taylor Swift Releases Another New Album

Pop singer songwriter Taylor Swift obviously has a lot of time on her hands these days. I wonder if she’s been watching Hallmark movies too. Shortly after releasing her ‘Lover’ album in 2019, she made plans for a Worldwide Stadium Tour. The tour got canceled once the pandemic hit and she retreated to her home in New York City. There she quarantined with boyfriend Joe Alwyn and started writing songs. In July, just eleven months after Lover was released, she issued Folklore, her eighth studio album. Her fans and the music media were shocked. Swift normally takes a year or so between albums, so it was unlike her to release another album so fast with no hope of touring to promote it. In a press release she explained that once the songs started coming, they didn’t stop. She wrote over 40 songs and narrowed it down to the seventeen that fit with her theme for the album. On December 11, with no advance notice, she released Evermore, her ninth album. It was an unheard-of feat in the music business, releasing three new albums in less than a year. Back in the 1960’s, country acts would often put out three albums a year, but they usually just contained a few hit singles, then cover versions of the hits of the day. Swift wrote all 50 songs that are spread across the three albums. Willow, the first single and video is already a huge hit with fans and across all music platforms. Her legions of fans have dissected both albums and are convinced she will release another album in January titled Woodvale. They claim there are clues hidden throughout both albums and that there is a trilogy of music she wants to release. Time will tell if their predictions come true. Either way, if you have a Taylor Swift fan in your family, you have several options for Christmas gifts.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Rhythm Kings – 6pm

Sat – JJ Garrett – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Billie Jo – 8:30pm

Fri – Bill Ayers Band – 8:30pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 10am

 

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

Sat – Jake Worthington / Randall King – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Clay Hollis / Kevin Fowler – 6pm

Sun – Bubba Westly – 4:30pm

Tue – Gunns West – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – TBA – 5pm

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 1pm

Wed – TBA – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Henri Herbert Band – 4:30pm

Fri – Shaker Hymns / William Clark Green – 8pm

Sat – Lance Lipinsky – 1pm / Jarrod Morris / William Clark Green – 8pm

Sun – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – Noon / Kirk Family Christmas Show – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Lance Lipinsky – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – The Lawless – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Josh Holden – 6pm

Fri – Shane Kelley – 4pm / Yesenia McNett & the Groove Doctors – 7pm

Sat – South Side Jump – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

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

Sat – Sam Watson – 1pm / Dale Watson / Reverend Horton Heat – 8pm

Sun – Kathy & Mike Broussard – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon

Fri – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon / Junior Nash – 5pm / Soul Sessions – 9pm

Sat – Natalie Rose Band – 8pm

Sun – Ryan Quiet – 4pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Myles Smith & Friends – 8:30pm

Fri – Mark Odom Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 8:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Shawn Hart & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mike Ethan Messick & Friends – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Big John Mills / Joel Hofmann – 9pm

Sun – NPD Songwriters Series – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Zack Walther – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Satisfaction – Rolling Stones Tribute – 7pm

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Sat – Ruben V – 7pm

Sun – Capistrano / Saltwater Slide – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Jonny Burke & Jack Ingram – 4pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Tom Teboe & River City Ramblers – 9pm

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Music News – Dec. 10, 2020

We only have a few more weeks to go and then we can put this crazy year behind us. I’m sure some of the bad news will follow us into 2021 but hopefully not for long. I think we are all ready to forget this year and look to the future. One musician I interviewed compared it to being in a coma for a year then waking up and wondering where the time went. When this pandemic first started back in March, I tried to stay busy with projects around the house. I think I painted everything that didn’t move. Now, I’m just bored to death and going stir crazy, like most people are. On a brighter note, there is some live music this week to talk about. Tonight, Soul Ethos, featuring Jamie Cameron, Brett Cline and Candace Bellamy, is at Krause’s Café starting at 6pm. On Friday, catch Zack Walther at the Village Venue with Kenny Smith opening the show. Tickets include dinner and holiday music so get your tickets now. Also, on Friday, you can see Statesboro Revue at Villa at Gruene and Casey Donahew at Gruene Hall. Cadillac Drive are back at Phoenix Saloon on Saturday night at 8pm. This is a rocking 3-piece band that plays nothing but hit classic rock songs. They were the first band I saw after the Phoenix Saloon was allowed to reopen. Singer songwriter Jamie Lin Wilson joins Jonny Burke at Villa at Gruene next Tuesday night. If you aren’t familiar with Jamie Lin’s music, you need to fix that problem now and buy her two albums. Next Wednesday at Freiheit Country Store you can see Steve Trevino open for Randy Rogers. Randy will be doing a 3-piece acoustic set and it’s their Annual Christmas Extravaganza so get your tickets now before it sells out.

More Christmas Gift Ideas

Last week I mentioned some new music books that might make good gift ideas. Today I want to tell you about some new albums that might make good stocking stuffers for the music lover in your family. No matter what she does, it’s a hit, so the new Dolly Parton Christmas album is a must have. It’s called A Holly Dolly Christmas and it contains Dolly’s favorite holiday songs. Country music fans will want to get Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over album. My favorite tune on the album is Maggie’s Song, a true story about the life and death of their family dog. It’s a beautiful song that’s tough to listen to more than once. Garth Brooks finally released his album titled Fun, the one he’s been working on for over two years. If you caught his Dive Bar show at Gruene Hall back in September of 2019, he was touring then to promote this album. He didn’t finish it in 2019 so he waited until now to release it. Though I like country rock artist Sturgill Simpson, I always struggled to understand his vocals. On his latest album, Cuttin’ Grass, he concentrates on his vocals and you can understand the words. It’s bluegrass versions of some of his best songs. Americana music fans will like Koe Wetzel’s new album, Sellout. He recently signed with a major label and fans accused him of selling out, which inspired the name of the record. Pop music fans will like Taylor Swift’s new Folklore album and Paul McCartney’s album simply titled 3, since it’s third solo album. Rock music fans will like Bon Jovi’s new album called 2020 or Queen’s new live album that features Adam Lambert on vocals. Neil Young fans may go for his new Archives box set but bring your credit card because it’s a 10-CD set. With all the streaming services out there, not many people buy actual CD’s anymore. I’m old school though and still like CD’s so I can read the inserts and covers. It reminds me of the old days when we only bought vinyl albums.

Bruce Springsteen Guest Stars on SNL

As more late-night TV shows start filming again, you can expect more stars to return to live performing. Saturday Night Live was one of the last shows to come back because they film the episodes live. New country artist Morgan Wallen had his SNL appearance canceled after photos were posted online of him at a bar hanging out with fans and not wearing a mask. Two weeks later they allowed him to appear after he did 14 days of quarantine. This Saturday, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will make their second appearance on the New York City based show. Since it’s in December, his fans are hoping they perform his classic version of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. He first performed this song back on December 5, 1975 in Washington, DC. A few nights later, at C.W. Post College in Brookville, NY., they recorded the show and released Santa Claus on a single. It has become one of his most popular holiday songs. Chances are good that he will play a few songs from his new album, Letter to You. Fans of his 1975 era tour can now purchase his full concert in London taped on November 24 on his first European tour. Check out his latest news and live shows for sale at BruceSpringsteen.net.

Bob Dylan Sells His Catalog of Songs

Bob Dylan is widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. He started his career in New York City in 1962 and his early songs were published by Leeds Music Publishing. When he became famous, he was able to regain control of these early songs. By 1964, Dylan had full control of his songs and would maintain it for the next 56 years. Earlier this year, he released a new album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, one of his best in over a decade. His catalog of songs, over 600 by most counts, contain some of the most iconic songs in rock and folk music. Last Monday, Dylan issued a press release saying he had sold his entire songwriting catalog to Universal Music Publishing for an undisclosed price. Experts in the business speculate that he received over $300 million in the sale. Dylan obviously doesn’t need the money, so it’s a mystery as too why he decided to sell the publishing rights to his songs. Song publishing rights mean that you control the use of the songs in movies, TV shows, commercials, and recordings. You can bet that before long, you will hear Dylan’s songs in movies and TV commercials. It could be that Dylan wants to leave his heirs a lot of money instead of them having to deal with all the red tape in the publishing business. If you recall, after Tom Petty died, his wife and children fought over how they would release all the music he had in the vaults. Just as I was finishing this column, it was reported that David Crosby and Stevie Nicks also sold their music catalogs this week.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Low Dog Band – 6pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Brandon Ford – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 9:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Austin James – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Cowboy Christmas w/ Trevor Seybold & Cowboy Rindler – 8pm

Sat – Peace Pipe Prophets – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Lone Star Pickerz – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Jorge & Nicole – 9:30am

 

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

Sun – Colby Albright – 4:30pm

Tue – Myles Smith – 8pm

Wed – Xmas Show w/ Steve Trevino & Randy Rogers – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Bret Graham – 2pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Powell Brothers – 6pm

Fri – Luke Olsen / Casey Donahew – 8pm

Sat – Robert Earl Keen – 8pm (Sold Out)

Sun – Robert Earl Keen – 7pm (Sold Out)

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Tony Taylor & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

Guadalupe Brewing Company (1586 Wald Rd, 830-837-9205)

Sat – Gerry Burns – 5pm

 

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

Sat – Chris Max Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Soul Ethos – 6pm

Fri – Lance Lipinsky – 4pm / The Craze – 7pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 2pm / Dirty River Jazz Band – 6:30pm

Sun – Clifton Jansky – 10am / Anthony Wright – 2pm / Blue Cat Bone – 5:30pm

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

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

Sat – 3rd Annual Xmas Bazaar – 1pm / Rollfast Ramblers – 7pm

Sun – Kathy & Mike Broussard – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon / Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Geoff Hill & Tony Taylor – Noon / Junior Nash – 5pm

Sat – Cadillac Drive – 8pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Mary Charlotte Young – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Landon Bullard & Mostly Sober – 7pm

Sat – Sully Rose – 8pm

Sun – Kayla Jane’s Picker Circle – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Los #3 Dinner – 7pm

Sat – Dan Gonzalez Band – 7:30pm

Sun – Igor & Red Elvises – 7pm

 

Texas Ski Ranch (6700 I-35 North, 830-627-2843)

Fri – Anthony Wright – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Landon Bullard / Statesboro Revue – 6pm

Tue – Jonny Burke, Jamie Lin Wilson, Kyle Wieters – 7pm

 

Village Venue (2032 Central Plaza, 830-460-3500)

Fri – Kenny Smith / Zack Walther Band – 6pm

 

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

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

Sat – Drew Moreland & Neon Hustle – 9pm

Sun – Zach Talbert – 2pm

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