Music News – Feb. 21, 2019

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Music News – Feb. 14, 2019

Valentine’s Day in New Braunfels

Today is Valentine’s Day and several venues in town have planned special concerts to help celebrate this day of love. Going alphabetically we can start with the Brauntex Theatre and a rare show with Connie Smith and her husband Marty Stuart. These two lovebirds rarely perform together outside of Nashville but each year they come to town on Valentine’s Day. Today marks their 5th year of performing together in our fair city and will also be the first time Connie is bringing her full band, the Sundowners. In the past she just used Marty’s band, the Superlatives. Next up is Gruene Hall with Dale Watson and his Lone Stars playing tonight for couples that want to two-step across the dancefloor. Tickets for his show are only $10 and will feature some of the best traditional country music this side of the Rio Grande. Last but certainly not least is Seekatz Opera House and their supper and a song with Kinky Friedman. Easily one of the most colorful characters to ever call Texas home, Friedman wears many hats. A former Governor candidate, owner of a dog rescue ranch near Kerrville, best selling author and critically acclaimed musician. His sense of humor is contagious and you can bet he’ll have some great stories to tell tonight. Krause’s Café is catering the meal and selling the tickets so go to KrausesCafe.com if you’d like to attend.

 

Ray Wylie Hubbard Unplugged

Ever wonder how Ray Wylie Hubbard came up with the idea for his hit songs like Redneck Mother or Snake Farm? Well on Friday night you can learn the answer to this question and more when he performs the first of three special Unplugged concerts at the Brauntex Theatre.

Hubbard will be featured in the first show, Paul Thorn will be the second artist in April and Ruthie Foster will finish the series in May. The series will showcase artists in an acoustic storytelling setting, talking about their songs and singing them. The Unplugged series will feature three shows a year, with the next round scheduled for February 2020. Tickets are available at Brauntex.org.

 

Gary P. Nunn to Retire

Speaking of storytellers, few do it better than Gary P. Nunn, the 73 year old songwriting icon who just announced his retirement from touring. Nunn was born in Oklahoma but got to Texas as fast as he could, which happen to be his 6th grade school year. Growing up in Brownfield, Texas he started his first band in the 7th grade. After high school he attended Texas Tech and also South Plains University before moving to Austin and enrolling at University of Texas. It was the late 60’s and before long Nunn was caught up in the thriving music scene that was putting Austin on the map as a major player in the music business. Gary played bass in bands fronted by Michael Martin Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson before joining the Lost Gonzo Band. With Jerry Jeff as their front man, they took Texas and the world by storm. One can only imagine the stories he can tell from his years with Walker. The band broke up in 1980 and Nunn started his solo career. His many hit songs include London Homesick Blues, What I Like About Texas, Guadalupe Days and The Last Thing I Needed. I once did a phone interview with Gary and he pulled over on the side of farm road so he wouldn’t lose his cell phone connection. For the next half hour he told me the story of writing London Homesick Blues in a cold London hotel room. He claims he never wrote the lyrics down on paper, choosing to store them in his memory. By his own estimation, he’s driven over two million miles across Texas and at 73 years old, he is ready to slow down. He and wife Ruth want to travel, snow ski, ride horses, play golf and visit friends and family. I think he’s earned some time to kick back and relax for a while. Check out his remaining tour dates at GaryPNunn.com.

 

Live Music Around Town

As I write this paragraph, I see the sun peeking through the clouds and it is certainly a welcome sight. Just a few more weeks and February will be behind us and another winter will be in our rear view mirror. The live music is starting to pick back up in town, starting tonight with HalleyAnna Finlay at Riley’s Tavern. On Friday you can catch Soul Sessions at Phoenix Saloon with guest Curtis Lee. The mighty Joe Ely Band will be at River Road Icehouse on Saturday. On Sunday there’s a huge benefit concert for Sissy Lasley at Krause’s Café at 3pm. There’s nothing better than Bret Graham on Monday nights at Gruene Hall. Tuesday nights belong to Aaron Stephens at the Black Whale Pub. Walther Wednesday’s at Freiheit Country Store with Zack Walther and Matt Briggs is a fantastic family friendly event that I highly recommend.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Sat – Jim Byron – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Connie Smith & Marty Stuart – 7:30pm

Fri – Unplugged w/ Ray Wylie Hubbard – 7:30pm

Sun – Travis Tritt (Acoustic) – 7:30pm

 

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

Sat – Cody Sparks Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jake Worthington / Randall King – 7pm

Sat – Jake Ward / Jon Wolfe – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Gabe Garcia / Jon Wolfe – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 4pm

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Road 830-765-0300)

Fri – Manzy Lowry – 7pm

Sat – Sean Castillo – 7pm

Sun – Jamie Krueger – 2

 

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

Tonight – Dale Watson & His Lone Stars – 7pm

Fri – Leann Rimes – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Leann Rimes – 8pm

Sun – Beat Boot Revival – Noon / Leann Rimes – 7pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider, Ben Jones & Kelly Mickwee – 6pm

Wed – Mitch Webb & the Swindles – 6pm

 

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

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Kinky Friedman – 7pm

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Sun – Benefit for Sissy Lasley – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Weldon Henson / Dale Watson & His Lone Stars – 8pm

Sat – Summer Dean / Gary P. Nunn – 8pm

Sun – Dan West & David Lee – 1pm / Hollin McKay – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – The Humdingers – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Curtis Lee – 9pm

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Halleyanna Finlay – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Bonnie Montgomery – 9pm

Sat – Robert Johnsons Soul – 8pm

Sun – Rock Show w/ Red Direct and more – 3pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 5pm

Sat – Joe Ely Band – 7pm

Sun – Amy Lavere & Will Sexton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Alyson Alonzo – 6pm

Fri – Left Arm Tan – 8:30pm

Sat – Powell Brothers – 9:30pm

Sun – Natalie Rose – 4pm / Steven Curd – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Ian Moore – 7pm

Fri – Devotional – Depeche Mode Experience – 8pm

Sat – Bekah Kelso / Ryan Montbleau – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

Sat – Nate Rodriguez – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Fri – The Nether Hour – 8pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 8pm

Sun – Call For Band Info

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Brett Cline – 7pm

Fri – Phil Luna – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – County Line Band – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8pm

Sat – Jeremy Egg Band – 9pm

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Music News – Feb. 7, 2019

Colter Wall at Gruene Hall

This week we have two Canadian country artists coming to town to perform for us. First up there’s Colter Wall from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. At 13, he started playing guitar and listening to the wide variety of music in his parent’s collection. Their albums included everything from AC/DC to Waylon Jennings and this proved to be a huge influence for the young music fan. In 2015 he released his first EP, Imaginary Appalachia and started playing around Canada. He traveled to Nashville in 2017 to work with famed producer Dave Cobb for his self-titled debut album. The album garnered massive critical acclaim and vaulted Wall to the top of the music charts. He started touring with his band and was selling out large venues on the strength of just one album. In October of 2018 he released his second album, Songs of the Plains and is still touring to promote it. He lands at Gruene Hall on Friday night with Vincent Neil Emerson handling opening duties.

 

Corb Lund plays River Road Icehouse

Our other Canadian is Corb Lund from Taber, Alberta and currently makes his home in Lethbridge, Alberta about 100 miles due north of Cut Bank, Montana. In his native Canada, Lund is a huge star, much like Robert Earl Keen is in Texas. It’s not uncommon for his concerts to sell-out huge arenas and theaters all over Canada. With nine albums under his belt, Lund and his band The Hurtin’ Albertans tour all over the world. As I write this column, they are playing at the Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida. The first time I saw Lund was at the Americana Jam several years ago when he was a virtual unknown in Texas. His current album, Things That Can’t Be Undone was released in 2015 so we are ready for some new music. Hopefully at his show on Saturday night at River Road Icehouse he will give us a sample of some new tunes. Nashville singer songwriter Jaida Dreyer will open the show for Lund. Get tickets at Riverroadicehouse.com.

 

George Strait Releases 30th album

The Broken Spoke, an iconic honky-tonk in Austin, is used as the cover photo on the latest album by Texas legend George Strait. Titled Honky Tonk Time Machine, the new collection arrives in stores and online on March 29. Strait scaled back his touring in 2014 and now only does about 10 shows each year, mostly at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. He just completed two sold-out shows in Vegas on Super Bowl weekend. He returns to Vegas on August 23 and 24 and will make a rare appearance in Ft. Worth on November 22 and 23. All of these shows are sold-out so if you don’t have tickets already, the only way to get them is through the secondary markets for a very steep price. Strait and son Bubba along with old pal Dean Dillon, wrote 8 of the 13 songs on the new album. The first single was Codigo, a fast paced tribute to his favorite tequila, which he happens to be part owner of. The next single, God & Country Music, features his grandson Harvey on guest vocals. It will also include Sing One With Willie, a song he wrote with Nelson and his version of the Johnny Paycheck classic, Old Violin. Strait is the most awarded singer in the history of recorded music and has 60 number one hits, also a feat never accomplished by anyone. As Billboard Magazine boldly stated, there will never be a singer that can match his string on 60 hits. Regardless of how many years music will exist, no one will match his record. It’s very likely that he will add to that number if he keeps releasing great music like this album. It’s no wonder they call him King George, it’s a title well deserved.

 

Jim Messina at Tobin Center

Jim Messina, one half of the popular duo Loggins & Messina, will be performing at the Tobin Center in San Antonio this Sunday night. Born in Maywood, California in 1947, Jim was raised in Harlingen, Texas. When his parents divorced, his father returned to California and Jim split his time between both parents. At 16 years old he recorded his first album with his band The Jesters in 1964. Later he joined Buffalo Springfield and when they broke up, he founded Poco with Richie Furay in 1968. He left after two albums to concentrate on producing albums for CBS Records. He was assigned a young singer named Kenny Loggins as his first project. He and Kenny got along so well, they released Kenny’s first album as a duo project. Messina was reluctant to tour again after his years on the road with his previous bands but eventually agreed to tour. Five years and 20 million albums sold later, Loggins & Messina finally called it quits. Kenny started a successful solo career and Jim went back to producing music. He released an occasional album but remained mostly out of the spotlight. His latest album, In The Groove, was released in 2017. In concert, you can expect him to cover songs from all parts of his career. Get tickets now at TobinCenter.org.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Sat – LC Rocks – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Liverpool Legends – Tribute to the Beatles – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Grant Gilbert – 8pm

Fri – Shaker Hymns / Ryan Ross Band – 8pm

Sat – Scott H. Biram – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle

 

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

Sun – Goodtime Polka Club w/ Barefoot Becky Orch. / Ivanhoe Dutchmen – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Blackboot Family Band – 7pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Austin Gilliam / Bellamy Brothers – 7pm

Sat – Night Traveler / Sam Riggs – 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)

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Road 830-765-0300)

Fri – Catherine Denis – 7pm

Sat – Alli Mattice Band – 7pm

Sun – JJ Garrett – 2pm / Chris Lancaster & Nate Guthrie – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Bill Small Band – 6pm

Fri – Vincent Neil Emerson / Colter Wall – 8pm

Sat – Jeff Plankenhorn – 1pm / Oliver Penn / Shinyribs – 9pm

Sun – Soul Sessions – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Jordan Minor & Bottom $ Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Canaan Bryce Band – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Ruben V – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Jaida Dreyer/ Corb Lund – 8pm

Sat – Ben Beckendorf – 1pm/ Jon Stork/ Kyle Park – 8pm

Sun – George Ensle & Dan West – 1pm / Hollin McKay – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Longtooth – 7pm

Sun – Michael James – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

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

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Kayla Ray – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / David Touchton & the Nowhere Band – 8pm

Sat – Summer Dean – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Aaron Copeland – 6pm

Sat – Jaida Dreyer / Corb Lund – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Pete Williams – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Brice Merritt – 8:30pm

Sat – Kathy McKenzie – 4pm

Sun – Cooper Greenberg – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Cade Foehner – 7:30pm

Fri – Brian Scartocci / Elijah Zane – 8pm

Sat – Cory Branan / Darrell Scott – 7pm

Sun – Mike Zito – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Sat – Court Nance – 9pm

 

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

Sun – Jim Messina – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Fri – Paul Eldridge – 8pm

Sat – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 8pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

Sat – Brett Cline – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

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Music News – Jan. 31, 2019

Junior Brown & His Famous Guit-Steel

Back in 1994 I made my first trip to Nashville to attend the annual Fan Fair Festival. It was held at the old race car track on the outskirts of town. Country artists sat for hours in small booths and signed autographs for fans that travelled from all over America to see their favorite stars. Naturally I hung out at Johnny Cash’s booth and watched Garth Brooks sign autographs for several hours. Garth’s booth was next to the one that held Cash and wife June Carter. When I left, Garth was still there and later I learned that he set the record for 15 hours of continuous autograph signing. Later that day I was given the opportunity to attend a press conference where we music writers would be assigned an artist to interview. Naturally I hoped it would be a huge Nashville star like Alan Jackson or Vince Gill. As luck would have it, I was assigned Texas boy Junior Brown, an artist I’d seen and interviewed over a dozen times. Since I’m a huge Junior Brown fan, I made the best of the situation. It turned out to be a great experience and Junior was hilarious as usual. He told the story of how he came up with the idea for his unique guit-steel guitar. He invented it and holds a patent on it. He basically took a Fender Telecaster and attached a steel guitar to it. For years he only had one, which seemed risky to me. Finally he built a red one to have as a backup. To watch him play this amazing instrument is a fascinating thing to behold. You will get your chance on Saturday night at Gruene Hall. Candler Wilkinson IV will open the show and tickets are on-sale now at GrueneHall.com.

 

Aretha Franklin Tribute Show

When Aretha Franklin passed away last August, she left behind a huge void in the music world. There will never be another Queen of Soul and rightly so, because she was in a class all by herself. After her death, dozens of tribute shows were organized including one in her hometown of Detroit. The Grammy’s featured a star studded tribute to Franklin with singers such as Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson paying their respects by singing one of Aretha’s many hits. Speaking of Hudson, she will star in an upcoming feature film about Franklin’s amazing career. We will have our very own tribute to Aretha tonight at the Brauntex Theatre with local gal Yesenia McNett. She’s one of only a few local singers that could tackle the powerful vocals that were Franklin’s trademark. The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available at Brauntex.org.

 

The Craze Plays Krause’s Cafe

Local classic rock band The Craze is adding a lot of dates to their calendar, including a Friday night gig at Krause’s Café. The group got started in 2015 by Kenny Brazle on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Will Willard on guitar and vocals, Karl Yelderman on drums and Mark Brazle on bass. They have a massive list of songs in their catalog, covering everything from classic rock to your favorite pop hits. It’s a free show on Friday night and they get started at 7pm. They will be back at Krause’s on April 12 and you can keep track of their other area gigs at CrazeTheBand.com.

 

ZZ Top Celebrates 50 Years as a Band

Texas icons ZZ Top are celebrating 50 years of music and one of only a few bands still performing with the original members intact. They blasted onto the Texas music scene with their first gig in Beaumont in 1969 and have never slowed down. They started out as a blues band and have stayed true to that format, with the exception of a few detours back in the late 80’s. In May they will do a special three show tour of Texas before heading overseas in early June. They play Dallas on May 17, Houston on May 18 and come to Austin on May 19. Joining them on this Texas run will be Cheap Trick and Bad Company. Tickets go on-sale tomorrow at all Ticketmaster outlets and at Ticketmaster.com.

 

Mile 0 Fest in Key West

The Mile 0 Fest starts this week in Key West and if you check out their website at Mile0Fest.com and you will notice that 100% of the bands performing there are regulars at venues in our city. In fact, over a dozen performers playing there live in New Braunfels and the festival is called a Red Dirt Americana Fest. It’s just another indication that America knows that our town has become a major city among musicians. At press time it was announced that one of the main headlining acts, Turnpike Troubadours, were forced to cancel due to issues with lead singer Evan Felker. It seems that Felker is having some personal problems and the band was forced to cancel a string of dates while they get him the help he needs. Hopefully he will get some help and be back on-stage where he belongs.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Eric Johnson – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Kory Brown – 8:30pm

Sat – Morning Star – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Yesenia McNett – Tribute to Aretha Franklin – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jon Wolfe – 8pm

Sat – Kolby Cooper / Shotgun Rider – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Shotgun Rider – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve & Don – 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 – Mike Ethan Messick / Max Stallings – 7pm

Sat – Eric Hisaw / 1100 Springs – 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)

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Aaron Einhouse Band – 6pm

Fri – Ryan Culwell / Bottle Rockets – 8pm

Sat – Landry & Company – 1pm/ Candler Wilkinson IV / Junior Brown – 9pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Mark Stuart, Cody Braun, Bracken Hale – 6pm

Wed – Call For Band Info – 6pm

 

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

Fri – R.A,G.E. – 8pm

Sat – Hunter Road Trio – 9pm

 

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

Fri – The Craze – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Tanner Fenoglio / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Sat – Ben Beckendof – 1pm / Kayla Ray/ Porter Union – 8pm

Sun – Hollin McKay – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Texas Duet – 7pm

Sat – Bandreu – 2pm / Ruben V – 7pm

Mon – Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Sly Foot Family – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Finite Fidelity – 9pm

Sat – Jeff Warren Johnston Band – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor Sunday Songfest – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic Night w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Joel Hofmann – 8pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters – 9pm

Sat – Mission To Mars – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 9pm

 

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

Sat – Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jacob Pena – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tribute to the Rolling Stones – 7pm

Fri – Nick Lewin / Augie Meyers – 7pm

Sat – Saltwater Slide / Audic Empire – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jay Bleu – 8pm

Sat – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Tribute to Emilio Navaira – 7:30pm

Fri – America – 7:30pm

Wed – Glenn Miller Orchestra – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jazz Night w/ Gregory Grant – 7:30pm

Fri – The Vagabonds – 8pm

Sat – The Henderson’s – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

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Music News – Jan. 24, 2019

Randy Rogers To Release New Album

Local singer songwriter Randy Rogers has been very busy these past few years but found time to record a new album, his first in three years. Titled Hellbent, it’s scheduled for an April 26 release date. The title comes from the song Hell Bent on a Heartache, which is a Guy Clark song that he co-wrote with Chris and Morgane Stapleton. It appeared on Clark’s final album, My Favorite Picture of You. The first single from the album will be Crazy People, which goes to radio stations next month. Another track on the upcoming album, We Never Made It To Mexico, was premiered locally at Randy’s recent acoustic show at SeeKatz Opera House. As I mentioned earlier, Randy has been a blur of activity. He toured with pal Wade Bowen, contributed songs to a Pat Green tribute album, a Michael Martin Murphey tribute album and recorded a record with Robert Earl Keen using a secret name of Stryker Brothers. Randy plans on touring hard to promote the new CD and will kick the trek off at Floores Country Store on March 29. Tickets are on-sale now at LiveAtFloores.com. You can pre-order the CD at RandyRogersBand.com.

 

Dave Fenley Comes Home

Lufkin native Dave Fenley was once a regular on stages all over our city when he lived in nearby San Antonio. Then Dave moved to Nashville and started opening for acts like Dwight Yoakam and Miranda Lambert. He appeared on America’s Got Talent along with fellow country singer Marty Brown. In 2018 Dave appeared on the NBC show The Voice and was selected to be on Blake Shelton’s team. Fenley’s coming back to Texas this weekend for two shows at Billy’s Ice, starting Friday night with special guests Brent Michael Wood and Adam Hood. On Saturday night Dave’s guests will be Kayley Hill and Keith Paluso. Both shows start at 8pm and you can get more info plus tickets Billy’s Ice Facebook page.

 

Birthday Bash at Freiheit Country Store

This Saturday Freiheit Country Store will host the 3rd Annual Larry Martin Sweeney Birthday Bash featuring our very own Stewart Mann & Statesboro Revue. It’s Statesboro’s first show in town since they played a local show on New Year’s Eve. I checked in with Stewart to see what he’s been up to recently and learned that he was in a car accident last week in Seattle. He’s ok, just banged up and bruised, but admits he’s very lucky. “The EMS guy told me that if this had happened about 10 years ago, I’d be dead now,” explained Stewart, “because cars are safer now. God was definitely watching over me.” Mann did mention he’s planning to start recording a new album this spring, which is great news for all his many fans. The show on Saturday starts at 8pm and according to their Facebook page, it’s a free show.

 

Whitewater Amphitheater Announces More Shows

Whitewater Amphitheater continues to announce new shows scheduled for their upcoming summer concert series. Earlier this week tickets went on-sale for the April 20 show featuring Maren Morris with special guest RaeLynn. Tomorrow morning at 10am tickets go on-sale for the June 29 concert staring Midland with Paul Cauthen handling opening duties. Whitewater continues to bring some of the biggest names in pop, rock and country music to our city. Get tickets to all shows at Whitewaterrocks.com.

 

ATT Center Offers Many Options

It’s almost rodeo time in San Antonio and the ATT Center will host 21 concerts mixed in with this popular event. Artists as varied as country singer Aaron Watson to classic rocker Sammy Hagar will entertain capacity crowds. The ATT Center also has many major acts coming this year including Pink, Michael Buble, Carrie Underwood, New Kids on the Block, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Kiss and Iron Maiden, just to name a few. Tickets for all events at the ATT Center can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. Remember when buying tickets on-line; be sure you go to the official website of the venue before placing your order. If you are unsure about the website, call the venue directly to get their website info.

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Sun – Los Lonely Boys / Los Lobos – 7pm

Tue – Reel Big Fish – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Brent Michael Wood, Dave Fenley, Adam Hood – 8pm

Sat – Kayley Hill, Keith Paluso, Dave Fenley – 8pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Kingston Trio – 7:30pm

 

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

Sat – Wight Lighters / Read Southall – 7pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Wight Lighters / Chris Colston/ Read Southall Band – 7pm

Sat – Six Sanchez / Kyle Park – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Statesboro Revue / Larry Martin Sweeney BDay Bash – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Road 830-765-0300)

Tonight – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 6pm

Fri – Will Souther – 7pm

Sat – Gray Gregson – 7pm

Sun – Manzy Lowry – 1pm / Nate Guthrie – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Powell Brothers – 6pm

Fri – Thomas Csorba / Amanda Shires – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / David Beck / Dirty River Boys – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Shake Russell & Michael Hearne – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Preachers of Hell County / AC & the Bad Billys – 8pm

Sat – Hell Camino – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Jimmy L Jones & A Creep at the Steel – 7pm

Sat – Tessy Lou & Shotgun Stars / Asleep at the Wheel – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Marvin Bottera & Friends – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Saturday w/ Gerry Burns – 2pm

Sun – Aurazora / Keleny Brent Dio – 3pm

 

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

Sun – Johnsmith – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm

Sat – Lesser Antilles / RAGE – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Logan Timberlake – 8:30pm

Sat – Roadside Libby – 9:30pm

Sun – Myles Smith – 8:30pm

Mon – Ty Dillion – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Doug Garrett – 8pm

Fri – Basil Trio – 8pm / Reeves Brothers – 9pm

Sat – The Revs – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Matt Castillo & the Herdsmen – 6pm

Sat – James Steinle / The Derailers – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Code 2 & the Extinguishers – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Whitey Johnson – 7pm

Fri – Zack Walther / Bob Schneider – 7pm

Sat – Skyrocket – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 9pm

Sun – Shawn Hart – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Easy Jim & the Hard Way – 8pm

Sat – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 8pm

Sun – Hudson Road – 4pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Pete & Sean Williams – 8pm

Sat – Beau Daniels Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Aaron Kantor – 8pm

Fri – Jesse Stratton Band – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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Music News – Jan. 17, 2019

Brett Cline Tribute to Paul Simon

Local musician Brett Cline will take part in the Local Live series at the Brauntex Theatre tonight with his tribute to the music of Paul Simon. Now that Simon has officially retired from live performances, this is the next best way to enjoy the vast catalog of songs written by the New York songwriter. Actually born in New Jersey, Simon moved to Queens, New York when he was three years old. He played his first concert there in 1957 and on September 22, 2018, he performed his final show just a few miles from his childhood home. Cline and his seven piece band will pay homage to the music from Simon’s solo career as well as the hits he had with Art Garfunkel. It is important to remember that Simon wrote all these songs, making him one of the most talented songwriters in the world. Joining Brett onstage tonight will be Phillip Henderson on guitar and vocals, Pancho Garza III on lead guitar, Nick Lewis on bass, Tony Bray on saxophone, Kevin Hall on drums and Laurie Henderson and Diana Bray on backing vocals. Cline is one of the most talented musicians in our city so check out this very special performance if you can. The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available at the box office or online at Brauntex.org.

 

George Strait Sings With Willie

George Strait has accomplished every dream and goal he’s ever set for himself in the music business, except for one thing. He’s never sang a duet with Willie Nelson. Last Saturday night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Strait finally got his wish. A special all-star concert was hosted to honor the Red Headed Stranger and was filmed for A&E TV. It will be titled Willie: The Life of an American Outlaw and features performances by Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, Ray Benson, John Mellencamp, Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Dave Matthews and George Strait, just to name a few. The highlight of the night came when George and Willie joined forces on ‘Sing One With Will,’ a song they wrote together. The A&E Network will air the special later this year.

 

Steve Earle Honors Guy Clark

Speaking of Steve Earle, the Texas born songwriter just recorded a tribute to his mentor, the late Guy Clark. It comes ten years after Earle’s previous tribute to his other idol, Townes Van Zandt. When a teenage Earle hitchhiked from San Antonio to Nashville in 1974, two of the first songwriters he met were Guy and Townes. They took the youngster in and proceeded to teach him the art of songwriting. Guy gave him a job playing bass in his band. Earle was replacing another Texan, a young Rodney Crowell, who was leaving the nest to start a solo career. With a March 29 release date, the sixteen song album features guest appearances by Jerry Jeff Walker, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Terry Allen, Shawn Camp and Verlon Thompson. In a press statement, Earle explained both men, “When it comes to mentors, I’m glad I had both. If

you asked Townes about songwriting, he’d hand you a copy of the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. If you asked Guy the same question, he’d take out a piece of paper and teach you how to diagram a song.” Preorder your copy of the album now at SteveEarle.com.

 

Kinky Friedman & Mollie B Coming to Krause’s Cafe

Krause’s Café has two very special shows scheduled for February 14 and March 14 respectively. First up is Texas legend Kinky Friedman on February 14, Valentine’s Day, with dinner and an acoustic show. Krause’s Café will provide the pre-show meal at SeeKatz Opera House where Kinky will perform all the songs that made him a household name in the Lone Star State. In addition to being a noted singer songwriter, Kinky is also a bestselling author. In 1976, Friedman was hand-picked by Bob Dylan to open his concerts on the famous Rolling Thunder Revue Tour. In 2006 he ran for Governor of Texas with the slogan, How Hard Can it Be? Exactly one month later, Squeezebox featuring the incredible Mollie B, will perform their first concert in downtown New Braunfels on the Krause’s Café Pavilion Stage. Mollie is one of the most popular polka acts in America and once hosted her own TV show on the RFD Network. Tickets for both shows are available now at KrausesCafe.com.

 

Oak Ridge Boys Carry On

Imagine being a backup singer for Elvis Presley in 1972 and being asked to join a little known gospel group called the Oak Ridge Boys. That’s the decision bass singer Richard Sterban found himself in when he got the call from William Lee Golden. Current bass singer Noel Fox was leaving the group and they wanted Richard to take his place. “People thought I was crazy,” recalled Sterban, calling from his home near Nashville. “Who would leave Elvis to join a poor gospel group? But I was already a fan of the Oaks and I had faith in where they were going. Seven years later, Elvis passed away and that was the same year we had our first hit song with Ya’ll Come Back Saloon. Things worked out alright and here we are 46 years later. We are still touring over 150 nights a year, still healthy and still having fun doing it. We are planning on recording a new album this year since our last one, 17th Avenue Revival, did so well.” Friday night will mark their 6th year of sold-out shows at the Brauntex Theatre and according to Richard; they plan on keeping that tradition going for years to come.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Sat – Mario Flores & Soda Creek Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Anthony Wright Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Brett Cline Tribute to Paul Simon – 7:30pm

Fri – Oak Ridge Boys – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Born Again / Miss Hollywood – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Colson – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Travis Schultz & the Rutmakers – 7pm

Sat – Corey Hunt Band / Reckless Kelly – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shaw Pittman & Jason Moeller – 6pm

Fri – Joey McGee / Van Wilks – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Jamie Lin Wilson / Mike & the Moonpies – 8pm

Sun – 3 Hands High – Noon / Linda Gail Lewis – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Tony Taylor & Friends – 6pm

Wed – Aaron Stephens – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stump Grinders – 8pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Peter Tory – 4pm / Jimmy Lee Jones – 7pm

Sat – 12th Annual Blues Fest – Noon

Sun – Dan West & Elijah Stone – 1pm / T & C Miller – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – Bandreu – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Sly Foot Family – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Session w/ Mustard – 9pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Damon Curtis – 8:30pm

Fri – Denny Herrin – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – Two Rivers Revival – 8:30pm

Mon – Larry Martin Sweeney – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dallas Moore – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8pm

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Tue – Chris Lancaster – 8pm

Wed – Mark Willenborg – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Gethen Jenkins – 8pm

Sat – The Motts – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Pete Williams – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Cameron Matthew Ray – 8:30pm

Fri – Dave Fenley – 9pm

Sat – Austin Leach / Chris Lopez – 9:30pm

Sun – Steven Curd – 4pm

Tue – Adam Johnson – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Josh Pearson / Koodookoo – 7pm

Fri – Western Youth / Eric Tessmer – 7:30pm

Sat – Skunkweed – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 9pm

Sat – Call For Band Info – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & a Biscuit – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Sinatra & Beyond w/ Tony Desare – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Brian Milson & Casee Allen – 8pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jazz night w/ Gregory Grant – 7pm

Fri – Two Rivers Revival – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Sauceda Band – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – Clint Taft & Buck Wild Band – 9pm

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Music News – Jan. 10, 2019

Now that 2019 is here and everyone is back at work, local venues are quickly filling up their spring and summer schedules. New shows are being added all over town on a daily basis. It’s a good idea to subscribe to each venue’s email list or follow their Facebook page so you can be notified as soon as upcoming shows are announced. Looking ahead at upcoming concerts, we will start with our biggest venue, Whitewater Amphitheatre. Their calendar is filling up quickly with shows by Willie Nelson, Avett Brothers, Dwight Yoakam and Cody Johnson. At press time they just added Turnpike Troubadours and Robert Earl Keen to the calendar and tickets go on-sale at 10am Friday morning. River Road Icehouse has Corb Lund, Joe Ely, John Baumann, Brandon Rhyder and Sean McConnell. Gruene Hall has Amanda Shires, Colter Wall, Dale Watson, LeAnn Rimes and Kurt Vile, just to name a few. Krause Café has a special Valentine’s Day dinner and show by Kinky Friedman. The Brauntex Theatre has Yesenia McNett, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Storm Large, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Robison, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster. As you can see, 2019 is starting out to be another busy year for live music. As I often say, we are truly blessed to live in a city that has so much entertainment to offer.

 

Gruene Hall

Speaking of live music, Gruene Hall has a full schedule this weekend starting tonight with piano player Lucas Jack, coming to town all the way from St. Louis, MO. Lucas comes to Texas about twice a year and makes the rounds at several area venues. Micky & the Motorcars headline a show on Saturday night with Dustin Schaefer opening. The South Austin Moonlighters play the 4pm slot on Sunday. If you’re not familiar with this band, you should be, they are fantastic. Of course Bret Graham’s regular Monday night shows are legendary, always playing to a packed house. The Georges are another talented local band that do a lot of Wednesday night shows at the hall. Check out their full schedule at GrueneHall.com.

 

Phoenix Saloon

The Phoenix Saloon has two exciting nights of music on tap this weekend starting Friday night with Hunter Road Trio. They bring a mix of southern and classic rock to the stage with a healthy mix of blues and Americana thrown in for good measure. Saturday night features Ebrolution, a collaboration of Jorge Gallegos and Dave Perez from Broseph plus Haydin Vitera for a night of tasteful tunes and exciting rock & roll. There’s no cover charge either night so check them out if you happen to be downtown. There are many more shows listed on their website at ThePhoenixSaloon.com so check them out.

 

Concert Ticket Prices on the Rise

As we all know, concert ticket prices are continuing to rise each year. Artists no longer make any money on selling CD’s and streaming services like Pandora and Spotify play mere pennies to the artist to play their music. So their primary source of income is now their live concerts. Pollstar Magazine, the industry bible of live concerts, just released their year-end tour reports. The top tour of 2018 was Ed Sheeran, who played 94 shows in 53 cities and grossed $4,860,482. Coming in at number two was Taylor Swift’s $345 million gross followed by Beyonce & Jay Z grossing $254 million. Rock band U2 earned $736 million on their 360 Live tour but it took them two years to reach that amount. Pollstar Magazine was started by rock star Jon Bon Jovi’s grandfather many years ago and reports the money earned by live concerts all across America. They have their finger on the pulse of the live concert industry and predict that rising concert ticket prices are here to stay. While it’s very convenient to get our music on our electronic devices at a low cost, we fans still pay the price when we go see our favorite artist in concert.

 

 

Weekly Concert Calendar

Each week we try to list the schedules from as many live music venues as possible. It’s a very time consuming process to compile the list each week and we use the venue websites or Facebook pages to get the information. So we can only be as accurate as the information they post online. There’s no charge for this weekly listing and hopefully it’s helpful to the fans plus the venues. Obviously, we can’t list every venue and many venues don’t keep their sites up to date, so it is a weekly challenge. If you would like your schedule listed here, send me an email, I’ll be happy to include it for you.

 

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – T Pain – 7pm

Sat – Eclipse & Motherhood: Tributes to Journey & Led Zeppelin – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Ryan Ross Band – 7pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sun – Good Time Polka & Waltz w/ Litt’l Fisherman Orchestra – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Josh Grider / Bart Crow – 7pm

Sat – Erick Willis / Austin Meade – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Lucas Jack – 6pm

Fri – Barbara Nesbitt Band – 7pm

Sat – Pat Byrne Band – 1pm / Dustin Schaefer / Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

Sun – Toy Hearts – Noon / South Austin Moonlighters – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Dallas Moore & David Lee – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Sat – BJ Thibodeaux & Backwater Blvd – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 4pm / Jimmy L. Jones & A Creep at the Steel – 7pm

Sat – David Harris – 1pm / Aaron McDonnell / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / TC Miller – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Gerry Burns – 7pm

Sat – Arley Blankenship – 7pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Hunter Road Trio – 9pm

Sat – Ebrolution – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic Night w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Silver Cloud – 8:30pm

Fri – Colby Keeling – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Paul Eldridge – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Doug Garrett & Friends – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mark Stuart – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / The Zilkerbillies – 9pm

Sat – Coby Weir – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Aaron McDonnell – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 5:30pm

 

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

Sat – Peyton Stilling – 9:30pm

Wed – James Keith – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jittery Jack & Friends – 7pm

Fri – Ryan Scott Travis / Rob Baird – 7pm

Sat – Reed Brothers / Blue Water Highway – 7pm

Wed – Lucas Jack – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Fri – Nate Rodriguez – 9pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm

 

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

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Luke LaGrange – 8pm

Sat – Bobby & Derek – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Broken Arrow – 8pm

Fri – Brandon Michael – 8pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

Please send upcoming live music info to: martinsmusic@hotmail.com

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Music News – Jan. 3, 2019

There is a lot of new music scheduled for release this year in any format you prefer. Since I’m much older than dirt, I still like listening to an entire album rather than a streaming service like Pandora or Spotify. I enjoy hearing every song on an album and to let the artist take me on a journey with their songs. I’m a lyric guy and like songs that have something to say. Many new albums were released in time for the Christmas holidays but plenty more artists chose to wait until this year to put their music on-sale. Texas singer Cody Johnson will release his seventh album, Ain’t Nothin’ To It, on January 18. It will be his first since signing with Warner Brothers Records, a major Nashville label. After releasing six albums independently with huge success it will be interesting to see how much this move helps his career. After all, this guy sold out the Houston Rodeo with no help from anyone. His annual shows at Whitewater Amphitheater will be on May 25 & 26 and tickets are available now at Whitewaterrocks.com. Both of these shows will sell out so if you want to go, get your tickets today.

 

Hayes Carll to Release New Album

Another Texas singer songwriter releasing a new album soon is Hayes Carll. His new CD, What It Is, is set for a February 15 release. Born in the Woodlands, north of Houston, Carll toured and recorded constantly, often playing over 250 shows a year. After 15 years on the road, he was burned out, divorced and unsure of what to do next. He met Allison Moorer, who had just divorced Steve Earle, and they started dating. Hayes wanted the new album to be a snapshot of where he was now, as both a singer and a songwriter. You can hear the first single, Jesus and Elvis, on his website HayesCarll.com. The album is a follow-up of his last one, Lovers and Leavers, with the same stripped down acoustic sound. Once the album comes out, he will be playing all over Texas so check out the tour dates on his website.

 

Bruce Springsteen Releases Live Album

Bruce Springsteen finished up his 230 show run on Broadway, a long series of performances that generated over $100 million in ticket sales, at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City. The nightly concerts were attended by fans from all over the world and gave his audiences an intimate look at his incredible career. For those unable to make the trip to the Big Apple to catch the concert in person, Bruce allowed Netflix to film and broadcast one of the shows. Springsteen also announced that he and the E Street Band would not tour in 2019 but would most likely hit the road in 2020. He does intend on releasing an album of new music this year but no actual street date has been determined. As a holiday gift to his fans he released a live CD and download of the famous No Nukes concert recorded in September 1979. Bruce took time off from recording his album titled The River to join other musicians at Madison Square Garden for two shows. The concerts were organized by Jackson Browne and featured Bruce, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Poco, Doobie Brothers, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Ry Cooder. The MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) concert helped raise awareness of the dangers of Nuclear Power Plants. Portions of this concert have been previously released but this contains the entire Springsteen sets from both nights. You can purchase this plus many other live Bruce shows at BruceSpringsteen.net.

 

Many New Albums Coming This Year

There are hundreds of albums coming out this year including new releases by Aaron Lewis, Adele, Coldplay, Hootie & the Blowfish, Madonna, Megadeth, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Miley Cyrus, Buckcherry, Trisha Yearwood, Florida Georgia Line, Avril Lavigne, Metallica, The 1975, Ryan Bingham and Whitesnake, just to name a few.

 

 

Many Major Artists Will Tour in 2019

Last but not least, there’s some major tours taking place this year and most of them will make a stop in our state. Garth Brooks will embark on a stadium tour this year and so will the Rolling Stones. Jethro Tull will headline a 50th Anniversary Tour this year. Heavy metal rockers Slayer will do a Farewell Tour in 2019. Kenny Chesney will do his annual summer stadium tour. Iron Maiden, Blake Shelton, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Train, Zac Brown, Band Perry, Eric Church, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, John Mellencamp and the Goo Goo Dolls will all do arena tours in 2019. Country group Alabama will celebrate their 50th Anniversary Tour this year and classic rock band Kansas will embark on a 40th Anniversary Tour to celebrate their Point of Know Return album. There’s a rumor that the original lineup of Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Eddie & Alex Van Halen, will tour this year but getting the Van Halen brothers to do anything is like herding cats. This is one of those believe it when you see it rumors. It’s a common wish to want each new year to bring better times to our families and friends. I know a lot of my friends and family are happy to see 2018 in their rear view mirror. I feel the same way, there’s been some good things that happened this year but there was definitely some bad as well. I’m hoping 2019 brings more happy times and better health to everyone.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Sun – Anthony Wright Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Winnie Brave – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Troy Stone & the Spent Shells – 6pm

Fri – The Georges – 7pm

Sat – Eastside Kings – 1pm / Wynn Williams / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon / Beat Root Revival – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Slim Bawb’s Birthday Show – 6pm

Wed – Hot Texas Swing Band – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Chubby Knuckle Choir – 8:30pm

Sat – Hunter Road Trio – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 4pm / Jimmy L. Jones – 7pm

Sat – David Harris – 1pm / Vincent Neil Emerson / Jason Boland & the Stragglers – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Sat – Michael James Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / River Barons – 9pm

Sat – El Rocker – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions w/ Mustard – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 9:30pm

Sun – Buddy Vargas – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

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

 

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

Fri – Roy Heinrich – 6pm / Urban Pioneers / Rock Bottom String Band – 9pm

Sat – Robert Kline & Austin A Team – 9pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Deadeye – 6pm

Sat – Nightbird: Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Casey Walther & Pete Anderson – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Texas Pink Floyd – 7pm

Sat – Ruben V – 7pm

Sun – Kevin Kosub & the Blacktears – 7pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Call for Band Info

 

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

Sat – Hipsonic – 8pm

 

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

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jeremy Egg Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 9pm

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Music News – Dec. 27, 2018

Last week I listed all the New Year’s Eve shows so if you are planning on celebrating the end of 2018 out on the town, you might want to check with the venue first to be sure they aren’t sold-out or to reserve a spot for you and your friends. Most venues will have a cover charge because bands usually cost more to play on New Year’s Eve. Some venues will offer snacks and party favors during the night in addition to the live music. Since New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday night, venues will have to celebrate the new year before midnight to comply with TABC rules. Always party responsibly, be safe on the drive home and be sure to have a designated driver. I’m sure the taxi and Uber drivers will be very busy on Monday night. See the concert listing on this page for a full schedule of events for New Year’s Eve.

 

Top Albums from Texas Artists in 2018

Since December is the last month of the year, there’s hundreds of lists naming the best movies, TV shows, books and albums of the year. I love to read them all but rarely agree with their picks, especially when it comes to the best music released this year. There’s always more rap and pop music on their lists, while mine has more Texas artists and classic rock on it. Many Texas artists released strong albums this year, like Cody Jinks new CD Lifers, Solid Ground by Wade Bowen and Whiskey & Pride by Cory Morrow. Willie Nelson released My Way, his tribute to Frank Sinatra and his son Lukas issued a self-titled album with his band Promise of the Real. Three Texas gals all had hit albums in 2018. Of course I’m talking about Kelly Willis, Bri Bagwell and Kacey Musgraves. Golden Hour by Musgraves was named the Top album of 2018 by many publications, including Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazine. Super gal group Pistol Annies, made up of Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, released Interstate Gospel. It also appeared on many year-end best of lists and rightly so because it’s the best collection of songs they have written since forming in 2011. Of course, Miranda is a Texas gal, which makes Ashley and Angaleena honorary Texans.

 

More Top Albums Released in 2018

Though it may be hard to believe, good music can come from a state other than Texas. It’s no coincidence that Texas and Tennessee are the only two states in America that start with the letter T. Some of the best music in the world comes from these two states. This year Nashville gave us these fantastic albums: Chris Stapleton – From a Room Vol. 2; Jason Isbell – Nashville Sound; Tyler Childers – Purgatory; Will Hoge – My American Dream; Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song; Sam Morrow – Concrete & Mud; Brandi Carlile – By The Way I Forgive You; and Eric Church – Desperate Man. Church’s album has a Texas connection since Ray Wylie Hubbard helped him write the title song. A couple of veteran songwriters, John Prine and Bob Dylan, were back on the charts in 2018. Prine for Tree of Forgiveness, his first new album in twelve years. Dylan issued a 6-CD set containing all the outtakes from his classic 1975 album, Blood on the Tracks.

 

Musicians We Lost, Musicians That Are Retiring

We lost a few musicians this year, including the iconic Aretha Franklin and country superstar Roy Clark. We also said goodbye to Marty Balin, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, Tony Joe White, songwriter of many hits like Polk Salad Annie and Ed King, guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd. King wrote the famous guitar intro for their smash hit Sweet Home Alabama. Several older musicians announced their retirement tours in 2018 including Bob Seger, Kiss, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Baez, Paul Simon and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

 

 

 

Last Chance for Local Live Music in 2018

There’s plenty of fantastic live music in the area to keep everyone entertained while we wait for the big night to arrive. Kevin Fowler is at Gruene Hall tonight with Los Texmaniacs opening the show. Fowler has a new single, Country Song to Sing, scheduled for a January release and chances are good he will premier it tonight. The Craze will take the stage on Friday night at 9pm at the Phoenix Saloon. Lonesome Dave Fisher will be at Riley’s Tavern on Saturday night and Dallas Burrow will be at Middleton Brewing on Sunday at 2pm. Skylar Hamilton will be at the Pour Haus stage at 8:30pm on Sunday night. Happy New Year!

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – The Toadies – 7pm

Sat – Chris D’Elia – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Popgun – 8:30pm

Mon – Billy’s Ice NYE Party – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Mon – David Prado Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Mon – Shane Smith & the Saints – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve Tschoepe – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Small Town Habit / Josh Ward – 7pm

Sat – Kolby Cooper / Shotgun Rider – 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 – Dan McCoy – Noon / Troy Stone – 4pm

Fri – Dan McCoy – Noon / Rodney Hayden – 4pm

Sat – Rodney Hayden – Noon / Brian & Paul – 4pm

Sun – Joey McGee – Noon / Johnny Cheole – 4pm

Mon – Dan McCoy – 1pm

Tue – Johnny Cheole – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Adam Johnson Band – 1pm / Los Texmaniacs / Kevin Fowler – 7pm

Fri – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – 1pm / Jarrod Birmingham / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Austin Meade / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Brian Pounds Band – 4pm

Mon – Aaron Stephens – 1pm / Jamie Lin Wilson / American Aquarium – 7pm

Tue – Guy Forsyth – Noon / Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros – 4pm

Wed – Dustin Welch, Halleyanna & Daniel Driver – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Shaker Hymns – 8pm

Sat – The Lawless / Teague Brothers – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 4pm / T Roy Miller – 7pm

Sat – Jaime Wyatt / Charlie Crockett – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

Mon – Jake McLain – 5pm / Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Tue – Hayden Whittington – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Hayden Jones – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Dead Tribute – 3pm

Sun – Dallas Burrow – 2pm

Mon – NYE Party w/ Long Tooth – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Sly Foot Family – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / The Craze – 9pm

Sat – The Georges – 9pm

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

Mon – Tom Petty Tribute w/ Highway Hypnosis – 8pm

Wed – Open Mic night w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

Sat – Sean Berry – 9:30pm

Sun – Skylar Hamilton – 8:30pm

Mon – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Josh Holden – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin Meade – 8pm

Fri – Jason Eady – 9pm

Sat – The Jonathans – 6pm / Lonesome Dave Fisher – 9pm

Sun – Open Mic Night & Blues Jam – 4pm

Mon – Dr. G & the Mudcats – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone – 8pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 9pm

 

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

Mon – Austin Gilliam / Midnight River Choir / Copper Chief – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – John Baumann & Dalton Domino – 7pm

Fri – Blackbird Sing / Dirty River Boys – 7pm

Sat – Passing Strangers – 7pm

Sun – Costello Roquero – 7pm

Mon – Mothership: A Led Zeppelin Tribute – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

Fri – Zack Walther Band – 9pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & A Biscuit – 9pm

Mon – Statesboro Revue – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Call For Band Info – 8pm

Sat – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 8pm

Sun – Call For Band Info – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Phil Luna – 8pm

Sat – The Henderson’s – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – 3 Chord Rodeo – 8pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

Mon – Knotty Grove – 8pm

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Music News – Dec. 20, 2018

Sometimes all it takes is one hit song to jump start your career. Take Americana artist William Clark Green for example. For years he struggled to get a break in the Texas music scene. Traveling for days crammed in a van with a bunch of musicians, Green played any venue that had electricity. It took him six years to get his degree from Texas Tech because he was trying to get his career started. He recorded his first album, Dangerous Man, in 2008 while still a student. A second album, Misunderstood, followed in 2010. Neither made a dent in the charts but things changed in 2012 with his third release, Rose Queen. The first single, It’s About Time, was his first Top Ten song on the Texas charts. The second single, She Likes The Beatles, I Like The Stones, was his first national Number One Hit. Green was able to continue his hit streak with Ringling Road in 2015 and recently with Herbert Island, released this past August. He also contributed a song to the Kent Finlay tribute album and in 2016, released the 2-CD hit album, Live at Gruene Hall. He returns this weekend to the historic dancehall for shows on Friday and Saturday night. Shea Abshier will open the show on Friday and Grant Gilbert will handle Saturday night. At press time, tickets for both shows were still available at GrueneHall.com.

 

Robert Earl Keen Christmas Show

Robert Earl Keen has written many hit songs but one of his most popular is the holiday tune Merry Christmas From The Family. It only takes Keen about four minutes to describe how the holidays are for a lot of families in America. I certainly can identify a few of my relatives in the lyrics of the song. Though she’s nothing like the woman in the song, I actually have an aunt named Mary Nell. After the song became such a fan favorite, Keen started doing Christmas shows centered around the song’s lyrics. He continues the tradition tonight at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio. If you’ve never attended a show at the Aztec, you are in for a treat. It’s a grand old theatre with all the charm you would expect. Most of the lower section is standing room only but the balcony level offers great seats with unobstructed views of the stage. There’s plenty of bars and restrooms to accommodate its 1400 person capacity. Most of the reserved seats are sold out but some general admission tickets are still available. See TheAztecTheatre.com for more info including a list of all upcoming shows.

 

Local Music Choices

We are just a few days away from Christmas and many live music venues in town will close for the holidays. You’ll notice the concert calendar is a bit slim this week but there’s still plenty of live music to check out with the relatives. Starting tonight you will want to check out Tom Gillam & his band the Kosmic Messengers at Gruene Hall. It’s a free show and he’ll be celebrating his wife Caroline’s birthday. Friday you will need to catch Kori Free & the Groove Hounds at Krause’s Café. It’s Kori’s last show of the year in between her schedule at A&M. On Saturday afternoon catch Adam Johnson at Grapevine in Gruene at 2pm then finish out the night at Riley’s Tavern with Beth Lee & the Breakups. On Sunday you can check out Shawn Hart at Phoenix Saloon for his first afternoon gig there at 3pm. The Clever Name Band can end your Sunday Funday at Tavern in the Gruene at 9pm.

 

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

If you procrastinate like I do and wait until the last minute to buy your Christmas gifts, here’s a few more last minute stocking stuffers you can get for the music fan in your family. Though few people actually buy CD’s anymore, I’m still old fashioned enough to actually want to own a copy rather than try to find it on a cloud somewhere. Willie Nelson’s tribute to Frank Sinatra, My Way, is a true treasure. Frank is Willie’s favorite singer and he does a great job covering his songs. I wasn’t an Eric Church fan until I heard that Ray Wylie Hubbard co-wrote the title track to his new Desperate Man album. It’s definitely worth a listen. Love her or hate her, you have to admit she can sing. I’m talking about Barbra Streisand and her new album simply titled The Wall. If you saw the fantastic movie remake of A Star is Born, you will want to own a copy of the soundtrack. Willie’s son Lucas plays a huge part in writing and producing many of the songs on the album. Kenny Chesney’s new Songs for the Saints is a tribute to the resilience of the people living on the Caribbean Islands that sustained so much damage from hurricanes this year. Many new artists released groundbreaking albums, like Colter Wall, Donovan Woods, Devin Dawson and Dillon Carmichael. If you haven’t heard of these folks yet, you will very soon. Kacey Musgraves latest CD Golden Hours has won countless awards and was voted Number One Country / Americana album of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine. Hopefully you will all have a very Merry Christmas.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Robert Earl Keen – Cosmic Cowboy Christmas – 7pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Michael Salgado – 9pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Los Texmaniacs w/ Flaco Jimenez – 7pm

Sat – Jake Ward / Mike Ryan – 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 – Bret Graham – 5pm

Fri – Rodney Hayden – 4pm

Sat – Adam Johnson – 2pm

Sun – Joey McGee – 1pm

 

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

Tonight – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 6pm

Fri – Shea Abshier / William Clark Green – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Grant Gilbert / William Clark Green – 8pm

Sun – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – Noon / Kirk Family Christmas – 4pm

Wed – George Ensle & Friends – 1pm / Chris Colston / Casey Donahew – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Skylar Hamilton Band – 8pm

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Two Dudes & A Diva – 7pm

Fri – Kori Free & the Groovehounds – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 4pm / T-Roy Miller – 7pm

Sat – Sarah Gayle Meech / Gary P. Nunn – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

 

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

Fri – The Humdingers – 7pm

Sat – Michael James – 2pm / Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sun – Jim Colangelo – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm

Sat – Lon-Duk-Don – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

Sun – JJ Villarreal – 8:30pm

Tue – Austin Gilliam – 8:30pm

Wed – Trey Rose – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – BJ Thibideaux – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Beth Lee & the Breakups – 9pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm

 

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

Sat – The Motts – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Jacob Pena – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Johnny Chops / Jack Ingram – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 7pm

Sat – Patricia Vonne / Del Castillo – 8pm

Sun – Guy Forsyth Christmas Show – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Gabe & Josh (3 Man Front) – 9pm

Fri – Damon Curtis – 9pm

Sat – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm

 

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

Fri – IL Divo – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Man – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Bob & Derek – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – Tom Petty Tribute Show – 9pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

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