Music News – Jan. 23, 2020

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Music News – Jan. 16, 2020

Neil Peart of Rock Band Rush Passes Away

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

 

2020 Winter Bash at Watering Hole Saloon

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

 

13th Annual Blues Festival at Luckenbach

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

 

Statesboro Revue Return to the Local Live Series

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Mario Flores & Soda Creek Band – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Eclipse – A Tribute to Journey – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Purple Room – 9pm

Sat – Bill Ayers Band – 9pm

Sun – School of Rock – 4pm

 

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

Fri – HalleyAnna & Dustin Welch – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills -1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

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

Fri – Oak Ridge Boys – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Scott H. Biram – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

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

 

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

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

Sun – Conjuntos Los Pinky’s – 1pm

Tue – Earle Poole Ball – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Tony Taylor – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

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

Sat – Grady Spencer / Josh Weathers – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Solo Road – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – David McD Bluegrass Special – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 6pm

Fri – Van Wilks Band – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Doster & Elskes – 6pm

Wed – Adam Johnson Band – 6pm

 

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

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

Sat – Silvercloud – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – 13th Annual Blues Festival – Noon

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

 

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

Fri – Beth & the Back Road Boys – 7pm

Sun – John Cavender – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Flyin’ A’s & Mala – 4:30pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Uncle Wes – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Corey Killough – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Paul Handelman Band – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Mark Monaco – 8:30pm

Fri – Zach Nytomt Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

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

Mon – Bobby & Paul – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Andrae Blissett – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

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

Sat – Jean Pierre & Zydeco Angels – 9pm

Sun – Beaumont’s Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Gabe Garcia – 8:30pm

Fri – The Mammoths – 9:30pm

Sat – Kathy McKenzie – 4pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Justin Townes Earle – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Monte Montgomery – 8pm

 

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

Fri – David Silva Band – 9pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Jonny Burke – 7pm

Fri – The Shinerunners – 7pm

Sat – Kinky Wires – 7pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – 3pm

Wed – Damon Curtis – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Good Ole Boys – 8pm

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

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

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

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Music News – Jan. 9, 2020

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

 

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson Comes to Town

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

 

Hal Ketchum Benefit Concert Scheduled

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

 

Soul Sessions Play Kause’s Cafe

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Badfish – Tribute to Sublime – 7pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Clockwork – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Nate Rodriguez – 6pm

Sat – Richie Allbright – 6pm

Sun – Reed Brothers – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Bill Anderson – 7:30pm

Fri – Herman’s Hermits – 7:30pm

 

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

Mon – Red Clay Strays – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Cornel Hurd Band – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price – 1pm

Tue – Emily Gimble – 7pm

 

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

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

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Austin Lancaster & Chris Kues – 7pm

Sat – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 7pm

Sat – Tanner Fenog / Dylan Wheeler – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Jason James Band – 6pm

Fri – The Georges – 6pm

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

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

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

 

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

Sat – AC & the Bad Billy’s – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Soul Sessions – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

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

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

 

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

Sun – Tracy Weinberg – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Code 2 – 7pm

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

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

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

Fri – Colby Albright Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Popgun – 9:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

Mon – Myles Smith & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dale & Waylon – 7pm

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

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

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Zack Walther – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Pierce Edens / Rob Baird – 8pm

Sat – Damn Torpedoes – Tom Petty Tribute – 8pm

Mon – The Georges – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Hipsonic – 9pm

Sat – Danny Ray Harris – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb – 7pm

Fri – Landon Bullard – 7pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Sun – BJ Thibodeaux – 3pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Keen Country – 8pm

Fri – Popgun – 8:30pm

Sat – Broken Arrow – 9pm

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

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Music News – Jan. 2, 2020

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

 

The Ever Changing Ways We Listen to Music

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

 

Keeping Traditional Texas Music Alive

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

 

Texas Still Has Some Outlaws

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

 

Kentucky Has A Few Outlaws Too

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

 

Happy New Year to Everyone

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

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

Sat – Morningstar – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Johnny Nicholas & Cindy Cashdollar – 9pm

Sun – Susan Gibson – 1pm

Tue – Earl Poole Ball – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Landon Bullard – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Aaron Stephens Band – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – Slim Bawb’s Birthday Bash – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Kasey Thornton Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – Peter Tory – 1pm

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

 

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

Sat – Brent Warren Duo – 5pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Wed – Uncle Wes – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Culture Jam – 9pm

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

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Nate Rodriguez – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 7pm

Sat – Bill Starrett – 9pm

Wed – Daniel Thomas Phipps – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Blackbird Sing – 8pm

Sat – Deadeye – Grateful Dead Tribute – 8pm

Sun – Kevin Kosub & the Blacktears – 4pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Devin Baize – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Danny Ray Harris – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8:30pm

Sat – Clint Taft & Buck Wild Band – 9pm

Tue – Open Mic w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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Music News – Dec. 26, 2019

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

 

Concerts of 2019 and 2020

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

 

Stars We Lost This Year

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

 

Who’s on Tour in 2020

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

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Asa Keese – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Brian Milson – 9pm

Sat – Shine Runners – 9pm

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

 

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

Fri – James Moritz – 6pm

Sat – Adam Johnson – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

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

Sun – Folk Family Revival – 1pm

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

 

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

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

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 6pm

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

 

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

Fri – John Baumann / Wade Bowen – 7pm

Sat – Jon Stork / Clay Hollis – 7pm

 

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

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

 

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

Sun – Juliann Banks – Noon

 

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

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

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

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Jaime Krueger – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Sat – Austin Gilliam – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Peterson Brothers – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

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

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

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

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

 

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

Fri – Danny Ray Harris Band – 7pm

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

Sun – Nate Guthrie Duo – 3pm

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

 

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

Sunday – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Wed – Tim Williams & Friends – 2pm

 

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Larry Dial – 5pm

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

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

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

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Uptown – 8pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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

Sat – Clever Name Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Bobby & Paul – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Kayla Ray – 7pm

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow Band – 9pm

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

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 7pm

 

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Paul Elderidge – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Cooper Greenberg – 8:30pm

Fri – Allan Hendrickson – 9:30pm

Sat – Chris Lopez – 4pm

Sun – Kathy McKenzie – 4pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Satisfaction – Rolling Stones Tribute – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Aaron Stephens / Jackie Venson – 8pm

Sun – Shaun Martin – 7pm

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

 

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

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

Sat – Chilton Vance – 9:30pm

Tue – New Year’s Eve w/ Popgun – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Jay Bleu Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Fast Moving Train – 9pm

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

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Music News – Dec. 19, 2019

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

 

Merry Christmas From Robert Earl Keen

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

 

Old River City Café Christmas Festivities

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

 

Freiheit Country Store Welcomes Sunny Sweeney

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

 

Merry Christmas to All

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm

Sat – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shinyribs / Robert Earl Keen – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Popgun – 9pm

Sat – LC Rocks Christmas Bash – 9:30pm

 

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

Fri – 1100 Hundred Springs – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Skylar Hamilton – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Sat – Colby Albright Band – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 9pm

Sat – Johnny Nicholas – 1pm

Sun – Erik Hokkanen Trio – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Fri – Tony Taylor – 7pm

Sat – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Cody Canada & the Departed – 7pm

Sat – Wynn Williams / Randall King – 7pm

Sun – Tennessee Jet / Cody Cannon – 7pm

 

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

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

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Noel McKay – 1pm

 

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

Fri – Broken Arrow – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Triston Marez / Kevin Fowler – 7pm

Fri – Jesse Raub / Josh Ward – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Luke Prator / Dacota Deaver Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Fri – The George’s – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

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

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

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Jamie Krueger Band – 7pm

Sat – David Byboth Trio – 7pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm

 

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

Sat – Christmas Tunes by Monte Good – 6pm

 

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

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

 

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

Fri – Gunnar Latham – 8pm (Sky Bar)

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

 

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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Reed Brothers / Jorge Gallegos Show – 9pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

Fri – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Magic Girl – 7pm

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

Sat – Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers – 9pm

Wed – Austin Mayze & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Zane Williams – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Don Reilly – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Rambling Souls / The Matters – 7pm

Fri – Grupo Fantasma – 8pm

Sat – Joe Ely – 7pm

Sun – Sterling Finlay Holiday Concert – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

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

Sat – 3 Chord Rodeo – 9pm

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Music News – Dec. 12, 2019

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

 

Texans Dominate List of Best Albums for 2019

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

 

Todd Snider Returns to Gruene Hall

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

 

Last Minute Gift Ideas

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

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

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

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

Fri – Matt Cline – 9pm

Sat – Clockwork – 9pm

 

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

Fri – HalleyAnna & Dustin Welch – 6pm

Sat – Sophia Johnson – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

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

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

 

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

Fri – Read Southall – 8pm

Sat – Cody Bryan Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – David Lee – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino & Emily Gimble – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Fri – Con Crema – 7pm

Sat – Matt Kirk – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Triston Marez / Josh Ward – 7pm

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

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Juliann Banks – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Luke Williams – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Silvercloud – 6pm

Fri – Raelyn Nelson / Todd Snider – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & Drew Kennedy – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Tyler McCollum – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

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

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

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

 

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

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

Sat – Beth & the Back Road Boys – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

 

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

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm

Wed – Uncle Wess – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Seth Shaw Quartet – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Junior Nash – 5pm

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

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Andrae Blissett – 8:30pm

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

Sat – Popgun – 9:30pm

Sun – Anthony Wright – 5pm

Mon – Larry Martin Sweeney – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

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

Sat – Porch Turtles – 9pm

Sun – Beaumonts Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Brandon Zink – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Mark Searcy / Chris Duarte – 7pm

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 9pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8pm

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

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

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Music News – Dec. 5, 2019

Wassailfest takes place tonight in our beautiful downtown and it’s one of the most popular holiday events in our city. Tonight there’s a special treat in store for you Wassailer’s and its name is Wade Bowen. That’s right, our own Wade Bowen will perform a holiday themed concert at 8:30pm on the Shiner Beer stage located by Muck & Fuss at the corner of San Antonio and Market Street. Proceeds from a concession stand operated by the New Braunfels Downtown Association near the stage will be donated to the non-profit organizations who lost their fundraising booths in the Marktplatz fire at Wurstfest. If you can’t make it to the concert, you can stream it on Wade’s Facebook page. Viewers will have the option to make donations directly to the Bowen Family Foundation for distribution to these charities. Bowen just released a Christmas album entitled Twelve Twenty-Five and can’t wait to perform these songs for his hometown crowd. “I love living in New Braunfels,” Wade stated in a press release announcing the concert, “and have enjoyed many years of attending Wurstfest and love what it does for our community. I was heartbroken watching the recent fire destroy the building that housed so much good.” This is the first of what I bet will be many benefits for these non-profit organizations so please make plans to go see Wade play songs from his new Christmas album. Spend some money at the concession bar and help support some very worthy groups, it’s what we do in our hometown.

 

Willie Nelson is on the Road to New Braunfels

If you saw the CMA Awards a few weeks ago you may have noticed that Willie Nelson seemed to have some breathing problems while singing a duet with fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves. In the days following his performance, social media ran wild with rumors that Willie was in poor health and would be retiring soon. In typical Willie fashion, he simply got back on his bus and went back on the road. Reports poured in from fans at his shows that followed the CMA’s and those reports were good. Willie was fine he just had a bad night, he’s 86 years old so give the guy a break. How many men this age can still play 200 shows a year and release at least two albums a year? I only know of one and that’s Willie Nelson. So, on Friday morning at 10am you can purchase tickets to see Willie at his annual shows at Whitewater Amphitheater. The two shows will take place on April 17 and 18 and Texas boy Pat Green will open both shows. You can get your tickets online at Whitewaterrocks.com.

 

Shane Smith & the Saints survive a major bus fire

Shane Smith & the Saints are one of the most popular new bands on the Americana scene. They are making fans all across America and these fans are extremely passionate about the band. So, on November 21, those fans were shocked to hear about a terrible bus fire that almost sidelined their favorite band. The band is based out of Austin but their tour manager, Corey Dement, lives here in our city. As soon as I heard about the bus fire, I called Corey and instantly got his voice mail. When I finally got ahold of him I learned that he’d lost his phone, plus his wallet, wedding ring, laptop and clothes in the fire. A few days later I was able to get the story about the incident and what happened next. They were about 10 miles north of Coleman, Texas on their way to a show at Cooks Garage in Lubbock. There is still no answer to the cause of the fire. The back-lounge area filled up with smoke very quickly and once everyone realized what was happening, they barely had time to pull over and get off the bus. They ran off the bus with just the clothes on their back, most were shoeless, some shirtless. The bus, their gear, all their instruments, all their merchandise and all personal items were lost in the fire. Since they were not near a city, only the local volunteer fire department could respond, which took about 30 minutes to arrive. Fans and random strangers stopped and offered clothes, water and any help they could offer. The sheriff deputies gave them a ride to Coleman and they were able to borrow an RV so they could get to Lubbock. The opening band lent them their instruments and they were able to play their show. The same situation happened in Oklahoma City and Wichita so they could at least finish that leg of the tour. When they got back to Austin, a locksmith had to make them all new car keys so they could drive home. In the aftermath, they are all still in shock about the fire but are determined to press on. They have several shows this month including one at the Rustic in San Antonio, then it’s off to Steamboat for the Musicfest. If you want to help out this resilient young band, go to one of their shows, buy a CD or a t-shirt and show your support. They could use your help.

 

It’s Christmas Time in New Braunfels

Now that December is officially here, several venues are hosting Christmas shows to help get us in the mood for Santa’s visit. The most popular is Bruce Robison and wife Kelly Willis annual Christmas show at Gruene Hall. You can get tickets to this Saturday night show at GrueneHall.com. On Friday night, the world-famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra will perform their big band Christmas concert at the Brauntex Theatre. On Sunday afternoon, Grace Church will host their annual free Keep Christ in Christmas concert at the Brauntex as well. You can find more info at Brauntex.org. Devils Backbone Tavern has the legendary Kinky Friedman on Friday night and Terri Hendrix, Robyn Ludwick & Susan Gibson Holiday Show on Saturday night. Check out their amazing lineup of shows at DevilsBackboneTavern.com. Gruene Grove is hosting a Christmas Spectacular on Saturday night at 7pm. Check out more info at GrueneGrove.com. Last but not least, Tavern in the Gruene will have Popgun playing at their Saturday night Christmas party. You can find all their concert listings at TavernintheGruene.com.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Danny White – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Gary Cain – 8:30pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Richie Allbright – 6pm

Sat – Manzy Lowry – 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)

Fri – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Christmas Show – 7:30pm

Sun – Grace Church – Keep Christ in Christmas – 5pm

 

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

Sat – Parker McCollum / Koe Wetzel – 5pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Kinky Friedman – 9pm

Sat – Terri Hendrix, Robyn Ludwick & Susan Gibson Holiday Show – 9pm

Sun – Shelley King Band – 1pm

Tue – Garrett Bryan – 7pm

 

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

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

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve Tschoepe – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Damon Curtis / Sam Riggs – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Bart Crow Band – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Justin Langston – 7pm

Fri – Landon Bullard – 7pm

Sat – Gruene Grove Christmas Spectacular – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Wynonna & Big Noise Rockin Roots Christmas – 7pm

Fri – Joshua Ray Walker / Chris Knight – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips Trio – 1pm / Bruce & Kelly’s Holiday Shindig – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – Noon / Hot Club of Cowtown – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

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

Wed – Nick Garcia Power Trio – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Jeff Jacobs Band – 9pm

Sat – Chris Max Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – Tessy Lou & Shotgun Stars / Gary P. Nunn – 8pm

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

 

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

Fri – Ruben V – 7pm

Sat – Racoon Brothers – 7pm

Sun – Chris Lancaster – 3pm

 

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

Sun – Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Tim Williams – 7pm

Wed – Uncle Wes – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Matt Moeller (Sky Bar) – 8pm

Sat – Soul Ethos (Lounge) – 6pm / Ryan & Cox (Sky Bar) – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Jesse Stratton Band – 8:30pm

Fri – River Tramps – 5pm / Culture Jam – 9pm

Sat – Ryan Quest – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Richie Allbright – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Dallas Moore – 9pm

Sat – The Merles – 6pm / Bri Bagwell – 9pm

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Chad Cooke Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Johnny Kiser – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Ruby Jane – 9:30pm

Sat – Jessee Lee – 4pm / Motel Radio – 7pm

Sun – Natalie Rose – 10am / Cooper Greenburg – 4pm

Mon – Ruben V – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Old 97’s – 7pm

Fri – Jon Randall / Jack Ingram – 8pm

Sat – Tribute to the Cure – 8pm

Sun – Sammy Johnson – 7pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Christmas Party w/ Popgun – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Drew Moreland – 8pm

Fri – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Sat – County Line Band – 9pm

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

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Music News – Nov. 28, 2019

Music News – Nov. 28, 2019

 

Most live venues will be closed tonight so they can spend Thanksgiving with their families but on Friday, it’s full speed ahead for live music. It’s one of the busiest shopping days of the year but it’s also one of the busiest concert days as well. Most families are full of turkey and dressing and ready to get out and burn off a few of the extra pounds from a huge meal. Going alphabetically, let’s start downtown at the Brauntex Theatre. They will be hosting a great show by Reckless Kelly, one of the best Americana bands in America. They’ve been touring heavy to promote their latest album, a live version of Bulletproof, their hit album from 2008. Recorded a decade ago, the album launched the Austin based band into the top of the Americana charts. “We knew we wanted to do something special to acknowledge the 10-year anniversary,” explained chief songwriter and singer Willy Braun. “so, we started performing the album in its entirety and recorded each show. We picked the best versions of each song and released a live version of the album.” The tracks were recorded in July and August during their northwest tour in 2018 and they added a version of California Blues, the old Jimmie Rodgers classic, to give fans a nice bonus track. A few weeks ago, Willy posted some exciting news on their Facebook page announcing two new albums containing twenty new songs coming in May. The show at the Brauntex will be a rare theatre appearance for the group but you can always count on them for high energy live shows. Their friend Mason Lively will open the show. Tickets are still available at Brauntex.org and doors will open at 6:30pm.

 

Willis Alan Ramsey comes to Devil’s Backbone Tavern

Husband and wife team Amy LeVere and Will Sexton will perform at the historic Devils Backbone Tavern on Friday night. Amy is touring in support of her latest album, Painting Blue, which was produced by Sexton. Performing together they provide the perfect mix of folk, rock and country music. On Saturday the Tavern features the elusive Willis Alan Ramsey in concert. Back in 1972, Ramsey released his self-titled debut album to wide spread critical acclaim. It contained eleven songs, all written by Ramsey and released on Leon Russell’s Shelter Record label. It was 47 years ago and he still hasn’t released another album. When fans ask him when he plans on recording a second album, he often remarks “What’s wrong with the first one?” He’s written some new songs and performs them in concert but has yet to record any of them. Songs from the 1972 album have been recorded by Waylon Jennings, America, Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Jeff Walker, just to name a few. In 1991 he met and married Alison Rogers and together they wrote the Lyle Lovett hit ‘That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas.’ He rarely performs live shows so don’t miss this chance to see a true Texas songwriting legend. Tickets are available online at DevilsBackboneTavern.com.

 

Gruene Hall brings Cory Morrow and Cody Canada

Gruene Hall has a fantastic lineup on tap for this holiday weekend starting with Cory Morrow on Friday and Cody Canada on Saturday. Morrow is still touring in support of his Whiskey & Pride album, easily one of the best in his catalog. It contains twelve previously unrecorded songs including the fan favorite ‘Always and Forever,’ a track often performed live but never officially recorded. Vocalist Jamie Lin Wilson helps out on backing vocals for this studio version. Morrow also includes two cover songs, his take on Rodney Crowell’s Funny Feeling and Jerry Jeff Walker’s Hill Country Rain. Now happily married and a father, Morrow is focused more on family and his craft. He’s playing and singing better than ever so don’t miss this true Americana pioneer in concert. Cody Canada brings his band the Departed to the historic hall on Saturday and will have his son’s band Waves handling the opening band duties. Cody first came to Texas fronting his red dirt rock band Cross Canadian Ragweed and proceeded to set the Texas music scene on fire. CCR played their final show on October 24, 2010 at Joe’s Bar in Chicago. Soon afterwards, he formed the Departed with Jeremy Plato, Steve Littleton and Seth James. These days they are back to being a power trio and the music still sounds great. Get your tickets for these two shows and many more at GrueneHall.com.

 

More Options for Black Friday Music

If you need to wash down the left-over turkey with some heavy metal, head over to the Phoenix Saloon on Saturday night for a tribute to Queensryche and Metallica. Advance tickets are available and some may be available at the door. Check out all your options at ThePhoenixSaloon.com. Over at Riley’s Tavern, the amazing Shelley King plays at 6pm on Friday night followed by Beat Root Revival at 9pm. Swing back by on Saturday night for Bonnie Montgomery and take a peek at RileysTavern.com for a complete list of all the upcoming shows. Tavern in the Gruene has two of my favorite bands scheduled for this weekend, Phil Luna & the Lunatics on Friday and Zack Walther Band on Saturday. TavernintheGruene.com is where you can find out who else is coming to this cool bar on Gruene Road. Last but certainly not least there’s Watering Hole Saloon who has Painted Pony on Friday and Dirty White Horse on Saturday. They have a lot of really good shows scheduled for the rest of the year and you can see them all at WateringHoleSaloon.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

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

Tue – Chevelle – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Marcy Grace – 9pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Sat – Wilkinson’s Quartet – 6pm

Sun – Emily Herring – 1pm

 

Black’s BBQ (510 Hull Street, San Marcos 512-878-0795)

Fri – Richie Allbright – 6pm

Sat – George Ensle – 6pm

Sun – Manzy Lowry – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Mason Lively / Reckless Kelly – 7:30pm

Sun – Cody Canada’s Family Christmas – 6:30pm

Wed – Christmas Favorites with Rick Novak – 7:30pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Amy LeVere & Will Sexton – 9pm

Sat – Willis Alan Ramsey – 9pm

Sun – Drew Kennedy & Josh Grider – 1pm

Tue – Ephraim Owens – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Dan McCoy – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Doppler Project – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Read Southall Band / Ray Wylie Hubbard / Koe Wetzel – 7pm

Sat – Giovannie & Hired Guns – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Robert Irwin – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Slim Bawb – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Sean Garrison – 7pm

Sat – Jaime Krueger – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm

 

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

Fri – Peterson Brothers – 1pm / Garrett Bryan/ Cory Morrow – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Waves / Cody Canada & the Departed – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon / South Austin Moonlighters – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – Elaina Kay / Wynonna & Big Noise Rockin Roots Christmas – 7pm

 

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

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Rock Bottom String Band – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Clayton Gardner – 1pm / Jamie Lin Wilson & James Steinle – 8pm

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

 

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

Fri – Michael James Band – 2pm / Ruben V – 7pm

Sat – Gerry Burns Tribute to Grateful Dead – 2pm

 

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

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jess & Dave – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Chris Max Band – 9pm

Sat – Tribute to Queensryche & Metallica – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm / Beat Root Revival – 9pm

Sat – Bonnie Montgomery – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 7pm

 

River Hofbrau & Beer Garden (1515 Kuehler Ave, 830-626-2200)

Fri – Rich Bermea – 6pm

Sat – Chris Boss – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Slaid Cleaves – 7pm

Sat – Reed Brothers – 7pm

Sun – Dee White – 6pm

Wed – Ian Moore – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Phil Luna & the Lunatics – 9pm

Sat – Myles Smith – 4pm / Zack Walther Band – 9:30pm

 

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

Fri – Painted Pony – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

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Music News – Nov. 21, 2019

Next week begins the holiday season and the music business is gearing up for a string of holiday themed shows and new music. During the next few weeks I’ll highlight some of the new Christmas music and shows in our area. Local singer Wade Bowen has a brand new Christmas CD titled Twelve Twenty Five that contains his favorite 13 holiday classics like Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silent Night, White Christmas and If We Make It Through December. The cover art was painted by local New Braunfels artist Thom Ricks and depicts our beautiful downtown. Wade includes both of his sons as well as brother-in-law Cody Canada on the songs and the album was produced by his friend Sean McConnell. As luck would have it, Sean has two sold-out shows this weekend at Gruene Hall. Bowen will follow his buddy with his annual Turkey Day Eve Party next Wednesday at the hall. Shea Abshier and the Nighthowlers will open the show and tickets are available now at GrueneHall.com.

 

Canadian singer songwriter Corb Lund will be at Riley’s Tavern tonight at 8pm to promote his latest album, Cover Your Tracks. It’s an eight-song collection of some of his favorite tunes. The CD opens with These Boots are Made for Walking, a hit for Nancy Sinatra back in 1966. It also has Lund’s take on the Dr. Hook classic Cover of the Rolling Stone, which was written by Shel Silverstein. Shel wrote hundreds of hit songs including A Boy Named Sue for Johnny Cash. Corb has an interesting choice of songs to cover, like the Billy Joel hit It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me or the Willie Nelson standard Seven Spanish Angels. Up in Canada, Corb Lund is a major star, often playing huge hockey arena’s and outdoor festivals. Here in Texas he often plays smaller venues. I’ve seen him at Gruene Hall and at River Road Icehouse so his show tonight at Riley’s Tavern will be a great chance to catch a first-class touring band. Get your tickets now at RileysTavern.com.

 

Just six years ago, heavy metal band Motley Crue retired from touring and played their final show on December 31, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. To prove that they were quitting, the band signed a contract guaranteeing that they would never tour again. One year after the final performance they released a massive $175 box set containing a live CD/DVD set that documented the final show. On Monday the band posted a video on their website showing the contract spread out on a glass table. As the camera pans out, you see the table explode and then the entire room blows up. It was their way of saying they had changed their mind about retiring. The band is rumored to embark on a stadium tour next year with Def Leppard and Poison, though no one has actually confirmed this news. Motley Crue’s website talks about the band destroying the contract which will now allow them to tour again and a stadium tour next year makes the most sense. It would easily top the band’s $5 million per show fee they were paid on the retirement tour in 2014-15. While the older fans may think this was all just a well-orchestrated publicity stunt, which it obviously was, there’s a lot of younger fans that never saw the Crue in concert. They will gladly shell out the triple digit ticket prices the band will surely demand, especially if Def Leppard and Poison are on the tour. At press time there was no official confirmation of the tour but you can watch a cool video of a stack of papers being blown up. Once again it just proves that when a band announces they are retiring, it means they will continue touring for at least another decade or so.

 

If you happened to watch the CMA Awards last week, you saw many female vocalists featured in the opening number and throughout the show. Carrie Underwood’s normal hosting partner Brad Paisley stepped aside this year to allow Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton to join Carrie on-stage. Once again, I noticed that several female acts like Terri Clark, Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Janie Frickie have all performed in our city. In fact, Kathy Mattea is playing a show tonight at the Brauntex Theatre. As usual, there was the normal drama that seems to be the norm these days on award shows. First there was the social media posts complaining that there were very few actual country artists on the show. It’s a legitimate fact that most acts that performed were much more pop sounding than country. In another social media thread, many fans felt that Eric Church should have won the top prize of Entertainer of the Year instead of Garth Brooks. Their argument was that Church performed 59 concerts this year, mostly in stadiums. He had no opening act and played four hour concerts every night averaging over 32 songs a night. Garth performed 19 concerts, often with two opening acts and was averaging two hours and 24 songs per night. That’s the thing about award shows, no matter who wins there’s always someone that’s not happy. I’ve been watching the CMA’s for over 50 years and that’s the one thing that remains the same every year.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – 7pm3

 

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

Fri – Purple Room – 9pm

Sat – 21 Black – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Roadside Libby – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sophia Johnson – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Adam Johnson – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Kathy Mattea – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Kody West – 8pm

Fri – Pecos & the Rooftop / Kolby Cooper – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Bob Schneider – 9pm

Sat – David Grissom Band – 1pm / Wood & Wire – 9pm

Sun – Erik Hokkanen Trio – pm

Tue – Johnny Nicholas & Emily Gimble – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Con Crema – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Scott Wiggins Band / Jake Ward – 7pm

Sat – Gary P. Nunn – 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 – Phil Luna – 5pm

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 4pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Luke Williams – 7pm

Fri – Grey Gregson – 7pm

Sat – Robert Johnson – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Mitch Webb & the Swindles – 6pm

Fri – Keeton Coffman / Sean McConnell – 7pm

Sat – Jeff Plankenhorn Band – 1pm / Keeton Coffman / Sean McConnell – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Beat Boot Revival – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Shea Abshier & Nighthowlers / Wade Bowen – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 8pm

Sat – Matt Castillo – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Aaron Stephens – 7pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Jen & Ted Frumkin – 4pm

Sat – Tristen Marez / Randall King – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Emily Herring – 7pm

Sun – Gerry Burns Bluegrass Sunday – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 6:30pm

Fri – Danny Ray Harris – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic w/ Mustard – 7pm (Lounge)

Sat – Brett Cline Trio – 6pm (Lounge) / Bill Ayers – 8pm (Sky Bar)

Wed – Gunnar Latham – 8pm (Sky Bar)

 

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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Caleb & Homegrown Tomatoes – 9pm

Sun – Devin Baize – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Corb Lund – 8pm

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

Sat – Teri & the Tagalongs – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayze & Friends – 7pm

 

River Hofbrau & Beer Garden (1515 Kuehler Ave, 830-626-2200)

Fri – Robert Jericho – 6pm

Sat – Mick Gamboa – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Darren Brown Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Peter Case – 7pm

Fri – Q – The Music of Queen – 8pm

Sat – Meg Williams / Keeshea Pratt Band – 7pm

Sun – Eric Tessmer – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Clifton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 4pm / No Chance Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Danny Ray Harris – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Cactus Country – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8:30pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

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