Music News – Aug 1, 2019

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

 

Seth James Lives The Good Life

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

 

Kevin Galloway Plays Lonestar Floathouse

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

 

Celebrating Jerry Garcia & the Grateful Dead

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

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sun – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

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

Sun – Carly Rae Jepsen – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Hunter Road Trio – 8:30pm

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

Sat – Polar Bear – 9:30pm

Sun – Carrie Asher – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Big Cedar Fever – 6pm

Sat – Billy Dee – 6pm

Sun – Monte Goode – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Sat – Desperado Rose – 7pm

 

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

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve & Don – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Sarah Hobbs / Clay Hollis – 7pm

Sat – Tejas Brothers – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Mo Pitney – 7:30pm

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – John Arthur Martinez – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

 

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

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 7pm

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

Sun – Dan McCoy – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Amber Lucille – 7pm

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

Sat – Greg Gregson – 7pm

Sun – Call For Band Info

 

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

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

Fri – Cooper Wade / Curtis Grimes – 7pm

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

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

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Hot Texas Swing Band – 7pm

 

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

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

 

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

Fri – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 5pm

Wed – The Oompah’s – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Rex Allen McNiel – 7pm

Sat – Jeremy Richards – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Kevin Galloway – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Mark Searcy Middleton Trio – 7pm

Sat –Racoon Brothers – 7pm

Sun – Don Reilly – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Racoon Brothers – 9pm

Sat – Lesser Antilles / RAGE – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor Sunday Songfest – 7pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Billy Broome / Julie Nolen – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm

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

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Darrin Brown Band – 8pm

Sat – Clay Hollis Band / Mario Vera / Jason Allen – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Natalie Rose – 9:30pm

Mon – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Proxima Parade – 7:30pm

Fri – JerryFest w/ Minglewood – 7:30pm

Sat – Jerryfest w/ Josh Pearson – 7pm

Sun – Jerryfest w/ Deadeye – 6pm

 

Schlitterbahn Water Park (Union Street)

Sat – School of Rock / Bethany Becker – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

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

Sun – Larry Dial – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Eric & Amber Middleton – 7pm

Fri – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 7pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – BJ Thibodeaux – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Cactus Country – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8pm

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

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

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

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

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Music News – July 25, 2019

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

 

Zack Walther Stays Busy

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

 

Hip Hop and Reggae Comes to Whitewater

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

 

David Crosby comes to Netflix

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Austin Gilliam – 6:30pm

Sat – MC & the Mystix – 6:30pm

Sun – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Tribute to Grunge Rock – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Ruben V – 9:30pm

Sun – Ron Knuth & the Baja Boys – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Max Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sat – Roadside Libby – 9pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – The Merle’s – 6pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Austin Forrest – 7pm

Sat – Jessee Lee – 7pm

 

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

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

Sat – Cody Bryan Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

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

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Dan McCoy – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Con Crema – 6pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jerrod Niemann – 7pm

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

 

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

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

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

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Dan McCoy – 5pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

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

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

 

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

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

Fri – Broken Spokes / Roger Creager – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Wynn Williams – 8:30pm

Sat – Triston Marez – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Bob Gonzales – 6pm

Fri – Anthony Wright – 6pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6pm

 

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

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

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Rennie Guenther & Happy Travelers – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Sat – Rex Allen McNiel – 8pm

 

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

Sun – Kristen Kelly – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Bryan Maldonado – 5pm

Fri – Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Cactus Flats Band – 7pm

Sat – Gerry Burns Tribute to Grateful Dead – 2pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – March Divide – 7pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 7:30pm

Sat – Jess & Dave – 6pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Ryan Quiet / Jonathan Terrell – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Halleyanna & Dustin Welch – 7pm

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

Sat – Bonnie Montgomery – 8pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayse & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Country & A Fiddle – 7pm

Fri – Damon Curtis – 8pm

Sat – Braydon Zink – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Iceman Special – 7pm

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

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

Sun – Rhonda Delaney Memorial Show – 3pm

 

Schlitterbahn (Lagoon Area in Schlitterbahn)

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

 

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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

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

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

Sun – Nate Rodriguez – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jeremy Parsons – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sat – Brandon Smith – 3pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Rio Tripiano – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Whiskey 2 Step – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Jeremy Egg Band – 9pm

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

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

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Music News – July 18, 2019

Copper Chief Embark on Summer Tour

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

 

Koe Wetzel Headlines Whitewater

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

 

Ray Wylie Hubbard Plays Floore’s Country Store

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

 

Roger Creager Celebrates His Birthday at Gruene Hall

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Jimmy Spacek – 9:30pm

Sun – Slim Bawb & Lil’ Howard – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Chad Boyd – 8:30pm

Fri – Limesqueeze – 8:30pm

Sat – Jamie Talbert – 8:30pm

Sun – Brian Milson – 8:30pm

Tue – Rio Tripiano – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jordan M. Young – 6pm

Sat – Sophia Johnson – 6pm

Sun – Gus Samuelson – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Braydon Zink – 7pm

Sat – Mario Vera – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Damon Curtis – 8pm

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Christian Kues – 7pm

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Blackboot Family Band / Highway Hypnosis – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Kathryn Legendre / Dale Watson – 7pm

Sat – Jonathan Tyler / Ray Wylie Hubbard – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jesse Stratton – 8:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Bret Graham – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

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

Sun – Robert Irwin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 7pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Ditch Crickets – 7pm

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

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

Sun – Poor J Brown – 2pm

 

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

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

Fri – Motorcade / Old 97’s – 7pm

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

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

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

 

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

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

Sat – Hunter Road Trio – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Lee Winwright – 6pm

Fri – Caleb Haynes – 6pm

Sat – Anthony Wright – 6pm

Sun – Mike Kropp – 6pm

 

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

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

Sat – Ruben V – 8pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Der Klein Steins – 6pm

 

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

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – Jeremy Richards – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Rio Tripiano – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Bryan Maldonado – 5pm

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – Wilkinson’s Quartet – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Fri – Clifton DeLeon – 7:30pm

Sat – Jess & Dave – 6pm

 

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

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

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

Sat – Jorge Gallegos Album Release – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Sissy Brown – 7pm

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

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Sun – Beaumont’s Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 7pm

Fri – Tribute To The Eagles – 8pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Code 2 & the Extinguishers – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Caroline Kraddick – 8:30pm

Fri – Jared & The Mill – 9:30pm

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

Mon – Ruben V – 8:30pm

Wed – BJ Stricker – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Copper Chief – 7:30pm

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

Sat – Guy Forsyth Blues Band – 8pm

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

 

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

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

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

Sun – Buddy Vargas – 2pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Zack Talbert – 7pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 7pm

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

Sun – Austin Gilliam – 4pm

Wed – Myles Smith – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – County Line Band – 8pm

Fri – Popgun – 8pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

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

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

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Music News – July 11, 2019

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

 

Garth Brooks Tours Dive Bars

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

 

Robert Earl Keen Plays Whitewater

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

 

Gruene Hall Has Texas Legends

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

 

Josh Ward Releases Live Album

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

Sat – Jeff Willis – 6:30pm

Sun – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Eclipse – Tribute to Journey – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Bear Grammar – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Ryan Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Clockwork – 8:30pm

Tue – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – The StratoCrackers – 7pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Colby Weir / Kevin Galloway – 8pm

Sat – Jake Ward – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Thu – Rumor Town – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Fri – Marcus Morales – 7pm

Sat – Matt Kirk – 7pm

 

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

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

 

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

Fri – John Conlee – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Aaron Stephens Band – 7pm

Fri – Radney Foster – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm

 

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

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

Sat – RAGE – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Milligan & Texiana Bluez – 7pm

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

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 8pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Off The Grid Polka Band – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Keen Country – 7pm

Sat – County Line – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Galleywinter River Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – BAM – 5pm

Fri – Bonnie Lang – 8pm

Sat – Strayhearts – 1pm

Sun – Kathy & Michael Broussard – 5pm

 

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

Fri – The Humdingers – 7pm

Sat – Blank Floyd – 7pm

Sun – Don Reilly – 3pm

 

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

Fri – Clifton DeLeon – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Red Direct / Burn Ritual – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jenna McDaniel – 7pm

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

Sat – Moe Bandy – 8pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Fri – Tyler McCollum – 8pm

Sat – Casey Donahew Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Bull Y Los Buffalos – 7pm

Fri – Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears – 8pm

Sat – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sun – Dirty Rotten Swing Band – 7:30pm

 

Schlitterbahn Water Park (Lagoon Area)

Sat – Kori Free & the Groove Hounds – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – The Percolators – 7pm

Fri – Kim & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

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

Sun – Jay Bleu – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

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

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Fri – David Russell – 8pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Drew Moreland & Neon Hustle – 8pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

 

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

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

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Music News – July 4, 2019

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

 

Nathaniel Rateliff Comes To Whitewater

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

 

Chords of Grace From Garden Ridge

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

 

Rock the Bahn Starts Saturday

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

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Wed – Scott Stapp – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8:30pm

Sat – Nautical Nation – 8:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

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

 

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

Fri – Gene Reeves – 7pm

Sat – Bandreu – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Con Crema – 6pm

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 7pm

Sat – Small Town Habit – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Johnny McGowan – 3pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

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

Sun – Robert Irwin – 2pm

 

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

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

Fri – Nate Kipp / Max Stalling – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Hot Texas Swing Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Teague Brothers Band – 8:30pm

Sat – AC & Bad Billys – 8:30pm

 

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

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

Sun – Johnny Chops & the Razors – 4pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – The Oompahs – 6pm

 

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

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 7pm

 

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

Sun – John Evans Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – 4th of July Celebration – 1pm

Fri – Kevin Fowler & Roger Creager – 8pm

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

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Friends – 1pm

 

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

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

Sat – Aurazora – 2pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Hunter Road Trio – 7:30pm

Sat – Clifton Deleon – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

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

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – The Jonathans – 7pm

Sat – Billy Dee – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Brice Daniels Band – 8pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Passing Strangers – 8pm

Sat – Los #3 Dinners – 8pm

 

Schlitterbahn (Schlitterbahn Water Park, Lagoon Area)

Sat – School of Rock/ Knotty Grove – Noon

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

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

Sun – Darren Morrison – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Beau Daniels Band – 8pm

Sat – Marc Haymann – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Max Band – 8pm

 

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

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

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

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Music News – June 27, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Josh Holden – 6:30pm

Fri – Shane Bartell – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Tribute to Depeche Mode – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Ruben V – 9pm

Sun – Ron Knuth & the Baja Boys – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Max Band – 7pm

Fri – Shad Blair – 8:30pm

Sat – Wyatt Weaver Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Gavin Tucker – 3pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – The Bougees – 6pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Lorrie Morgan – 7:30pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Joel Hofmann Band – 7pm

Sat – Texas Duet – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Gregg Turner & Friends – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 7pm

Fri – Bandreu Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Rick Rice Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Jeff Vaughn – 7pm

Sat – Writer’s Block Party – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Tristan Marez / Randall King – 7pm

Sat – Ben Marshall / Powell Brothers – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Tribute to Journey – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Dan McCoy – 5pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Mike Milligan & Texiana Blues – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Troy Stone & Spent Shells – 7pm

Fri – Jarrod Morris / Larry Joe Taylor – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Dale Watson & His Lone Stars – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Troy Stone / Kolby Cooper – 7pm

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 6pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6pm

Sat – Caleb Haynes – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Blue Water Highway – 8pm

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

Sat – The Craze – 7pm

Sun – Soul Sessions – 6pm

Mon – Michael Alanis Trio – 6pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 6pm

 

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

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – Jeremy Richards – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Wreaths on the River Benefit – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Bryan Maldonado – 5pm

Fri – Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Drew Moreland & Neon Hustle – 8pm

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

 

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

Fri – Jamie Krueger Band – 7pm

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

Sun – Austin Haynes – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 7:30pm

Sat – Clifton DeLeon – 7:30pm

Sun – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Frank Painter – 6pm

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

Sat – Morgan McKay / Jesse Stratton Band – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

Fri – Kerosene Drifters – 8:30pm

Sat – Chris Saucedo Band – 8:30pm

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

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Zilkerbilly – 7pm

Sat – Skylar Hamilton – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 3pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Country & A Fiddle – 7pm

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

Sat – Aaron Copeland – 7pm

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

 

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

Tonight – 2nd Hand Cowboys – 6pm

 

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

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

Fri – Ally Venable – 8pm

Sat – KISS Alike – Tribute to KISS – 8pm

Wed – Faster Pussycats / Bang Tango – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Keith Hickle – 7pm

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

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

Sun – Cody Coggins – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sun – Alli Mattice Band – 3pm

 

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

Fri – Bobby & Mustard – 8pm

Sat – Two Rivers Revival – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 8pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

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

Sat – Desure / Paul Cauthen / Midland – 7pm

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Music News – June 20, 2019

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

 

Dave Fenley Tours Texas

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

 

Roger Clyne Plays Sam’s Burger Joint

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

 

Rocketman Soars Over Elton John’s Career

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

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Jimmy Spacek – 9pm

Sun – Bear Grammar – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – The Lawless – 9:30pm

Sun – Keith Hickle – 3pm

Tue – Rio Tripiano – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm

Sat – Billy Snipes – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Giovannie & the Hired Guns – 8pm

Fri – The Barrens / Ryan Ross Band – 8pm

Sat – Joshua Ray Walker – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – 3 Man Front Duo – 7pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Bandreu – 9:30pm

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Jeff Vaughn – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Fri – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

 

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

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

Sat – Damon Curtis / Jake Ward – 7pm

 

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

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

Sat – Billy Mata – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Phil Luna – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

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

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

 

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

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Clifton Jansky – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros – 7pm

Fri – Tristen Marez / Jon Wolfe – 7pm

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

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

Mon – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Matt Castillo & the Herdsmen – 8pm

Sat – The Revs / LC Rocks – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Don Riley – 6pm

Fri – Code 2 – 6pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 6pm

Sun – Mike Kropp – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – The Ooey Gooeys – 7pm

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

Sat – Michael Alanis Trio – 7pm

Wed – The Oompahs – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Keen Country – 7pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

 

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

Sun – Coby Weir – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – BAM – 5pm

Fri – Radney Foster & Darden Smith – 8pm

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

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

 

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

Fri – Longtooth – 7pm

Sat – Gretchen & 2 Scotts – 7pm

Sun – Chris Lancaster – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – March Divide – 6pm

Sat – Jess & Dave – 6pm

Sun – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Phoenix Karaoke – 9pm

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

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

 

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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Dirty White Horse – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9:30pm

Sun – Keith Hickle – 8:30pm

Mon – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Skylar Hamilton – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Amanda Cunningham – 8pm

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

Sat – Ben Morris & the GABC – 9pm

Sun – Jarrod Sterett & Hired Guns – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayse & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Pete Williams – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Mark Searcy – 7pm

Fri – Rob Baird – 8pm

Sat – Gina Chavez – 8pm

Sun – Whitey Johnson – 6pm

Wed – Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Chilton Vance – 9pm

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

Sun – Buddy Vargas – 2pm

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

Wed – Jazz Jam w/ Brett Cline – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Hipsonic – 7pm

Fri – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 7pm

Sun – Dave Fenley – 3pm

Wed – Rio Tripiano – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Darren Morrison – 7pm

Fri – Dave & Jess – 8pm

Sat – George Bitzer – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Rice Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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Music News – June 13, 2019

When Australian actor Greg Pead made the movie titled Reckless Kelly in 1993, little did he know he’d give a young band from Challis, Idaho a very cool name. Pead changed his name to Yahoo Serious and made a string of comedies in Australia in the early ‘90’s. The Reckless Kelly movie was a satire of the famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. In 1996, when Willy and Cody Braun moved to Austin, they picked Reckless Kelly as their band name. On June 24, 2008 they released their 5th studio album titled Bulletproof which became a break-through album for the young Americana band. In fact, the movie poster is what inspired the album cover for Bulletproof. On June 21, to celebrate the decade old album, they will release Bulletproof Live, a live recording of the entire album. I spoke with vocalist Willy Braun a few weeks ago at the Americana Music Jam about the new live album. “It was such an important album for us,” he explained, “so we knew we wanted to do something special to mark the ten year anniversary. We decided to release a live version of the album, so we recorded a bunch of shows and picked the best versions of each song for the live record.” You can hear many of these songs plus a lot more hits on Friday and Saturday night at Gruene Hall. On Friday night, Brian Milson will open the show, on Saturday the Sun Valley Station will handle opening duties. Tickets for both shows are available at Gruenehall.com.

 

Riley’s Tavern Hosts Two Austin Bands

Riley’s Tavern will host two great bands this weekend, starting Friday night The Derailers. They formed in Austin in 1993 when two friends, Tony Villanueva and Brian Hofeldt, decided to join forces and start a band. They release several independent albums before signing with Sony’s Lucky Dog label in early 2001. Their debut album, Here Come The Derailers, had the misfortunate luck to be release on September 11, 2001. In 2003, vocalist Villanueva left the band to spend time with his family and to become a pastor. Hofeldt took over lead vocals and the band soldiered on. They were heavily influenced by Buck Owens and often played at his Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. When Buck passed away, they released Under The Influence of Buck as a tribute to their hero. If you love the pure acoustic sounds of bluegrass, then Wood and Wire’s Saturday show at Riley’s will be the place to be. This Austin band are touring hard behind their latest album, the Grammy nominated North of Despair. Hard touring and fantastic music is what keeps this young band going so be sure to pick up a copy of their latest CD. See the complete live show schedule at RileysTavern.com.

 

Waylon’s Birthday Bash in Luckenbach

Waylon Jennings was born on June 15, 1937 in Littlefield, Texas and would grow up to become one of the greatest country singers to ever be born in the Lone Star State. From his early years with Buddy Holly to his outlaw days in the 70’s, he always remained true to his music. When he signed with RCA Records in the mid-60’s, producer Chet Atkins tried to polish his honky tonk sound by adding an orchestra to his songs. Chet and Waylon fought tooth and nail for years until Chet finally backed down and let Waylon do things his way. Given the freedom to make music his way, Waylon released Wanted! The Outlaws in 1976 and it became the first album in country music history to sell a million copies. Ironically one of his biggest hits, Let’s Go To Luckenbach, Texas, was his least favorite song. Written by Chips Moman, Waylon knew it would be a hit so he recorded it in 1977, even though he’d never been to Luckenbach. He grew so tired of singing the song that he’d often include it early in his set just to get it over with. He finally agreed to play in Luckenbach in 1996 for his pal Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic. You can find archive video of his performance on YouTube.com. Every year, the tiny town of Luckenbach hosts a Waylon Jennings Birthday Bash at the famous dancehall. This year they are having the bash on Sunday, June 16 and will feature Big John Mills. Various other artists are expected to join in the fun and more info can be found at LuckenbachTexas.com.

Phil Luna & the Lunatics

If you were at the Hill Country Craft Beer Festival back in April, you surely caught the performance of Phil Luna & the Lunatics. If you liked what you heard, then you are in luck because they will be playing this Saturday at the Tavern in the Gruene. Luna and his band perform a wide variety of songs that cover many formats of music. His set in April covered everything from Steve Miller to Phil Collins to Bruno Mars and everything in-between. He’s also doing a solo acoustic set on Sunday at the Grapevine in Gruene. If you have a chance, catch one of his shows, this guy’s the real deal.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Fallon Franklin – 6:30pm

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Johnny Bush & the Bandoleros – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Local Natives – 8pm

Sat – Citizen Cope – 7pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Gerry Burns & Andrew Hardin – 8:30pm

Sat – Chris Cuevas Project – 9pm

Sun – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Bru Erdman – 8:30pm

Fri – Pop Gun – 8:30pm

Sat – Jim Byrom – 9:30pm

Sun – Damien Hill – 2pm

Tue – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Kim & Her Bad Habits – 7pm

Sat – Read & Lava – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Grady Spencer / Kody West – 8pm

Fri – Tanner Fenoglio – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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 – BDP Jazz – 7pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

 

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

Fri – Reed Brothers / Cody Canada & the Departed – 7pm

Sat – Motel Radio/ Mitchell Ferguson / Parker McCollum – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Gary Glenn – 9pm

Wed – Zack Walther – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Robert Irwin – 2pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm / Joey McGee – 5pm

 

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

Sat – Drew Moreland – 12:30pm / Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Sun – Drew Moreland – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Brian Milson / Reckless Kelly – 7pm

Sat – Billy Bacon – 1pm / Sun Valley Station / Reckless Kelly – 8pm

Sun – Danny Brooks – 12:30pm / Guy Forsyth Band – 5pm

Mon – Bo Porter Band – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Bill Kirchen – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Shaker Hymns / Powell Brothers – 8:30pm

Sat – Troy Stone / John Baumann – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Payton McIntyre – 7pm

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 8pm

Sat – Ruben V – 7pm

Wed – Off The Grid Polka Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Rex Allen McNiel – 8pm

Sat – County Line – 8pm

 

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

Sun – Logun Timberlake – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Back to the Bach – 5pm

Fri – Mic Harrison / Chris Knight – 8pm

Sat – Hot Texas Swing Band – 1pm

Sun – Waylon Jennings Birthday Bash w/ Big John Mills – 11am

 

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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – Blank Floyd – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton

 

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

Fri – Clifton DeLeon – 7:30pm

Sat – March Divide – 7pm

Sun – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Knotty Grove – 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 – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

Fri – MC & the Mystics – 8:30pm

Sat – Jay Eric – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Larry Martin Sweeney – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Ryan Kennedy – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

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

Sat – Wood & Wire – 9pm

Sun – Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Sat – Austin Meade – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Code 2 & the Extinguishers – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Tribute to Sublime – 7pm

Fri – Eric Tessmer – 8pm

Sat – Soda Stereo En Vivo – 8pm

Sun – Sub Radio – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

Sat – Myles Smith – 2pm / Phil Luna & the Lunatics – 9pm

Sun – Pancho & Dan – 2pm

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

Wed – Jazz Jam w/ Brett Cline – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam Band – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Gregory Grant – 7pm

Fri – Sean & Pete Williams – 8pm

Sat – The Hendersons – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Fri – Jeremy Egg Band – 8pm

Sat – Meyer Anderson Band – 9pm

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Music News – June 6, 2019

When Randy Rogers released his new album, Hellbent, he already had a string of hit albums under his belt. He could have just thrown together some songs and put out anything and his fans would have snatched it. However, that’s not how Randy rolls, anything with his name on it will be the best he has to offer. The first single, Crazy People, is one of the catchiest songs he’s ever released and the perfect summertime hit. My favorite track is Comal County Line, an ode to being out on the road just a bit to long and missing home. Randy turns in a fantastic version of Guy Clark’s Hell Bent on a Heartache from Clark’s final album, My Favorite Picture of You. I was lucky enough to hear him debut We Never Made It To Mexico at his acoustic show at SeeKatz Opera House a few months ago. It’s a heartfelt tune about missed opportunities and lost love. Wine In Her Coffee Cup is about a girl who self-medicates with liquor to keep up the façade of a perfect life. He closes the album with A Good One Coming On, a song about how fleeting life can be and how easily it can all go away in the blink of an eye. You can hear these songs plus many more on Saturday night at Whitewater Amphitheater when the Randy Rogers Band headline a show with William Clark Green opening. Tickets are on-sale now at Whitewaterrocks.com but don’t wait to long because this show will sell-out.

 

Hootie & the Blowfish Reunite for Tour

Back in 1994 it seemed like everywhere you looked there were ads for Hootie & the Blowfish. They were the hottest band in America for two years. I remember being backstage at a Ted Nugent concert in 1994 and he said ‘Hey, you’re a music guy, what the hell is a Hootie?’ That’s what everyone wanted to know, what was a Hootie. As band names go, it was unique. The band formed in the mid-80’s in Columbia, South Carolina when college pals Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan formed a duo called the Wolf Brothers and played at local bars. Bassist Dean Felber and drummer Brantley Smith soon joined and a band was formed. Several stories are told about the bands name, the most popular is that it’s a combination of two college friends nicknames. Another is they would often party at their friend Hootie’s apartment and stare at his aquarium that contained several blowfish. Regardless of the source, their debut album Cracked Read View was released in 1994 and immediately hit the top of basically every chart in America. Today it has a total sales number of 21 million. Not bad for a group of college buddies that had no real musical ambitions when they first started out. Original drummer Smith would leave the band and be replaced by Jim ‘Soni’ Sonefeld. In a cool bit of trivia, when the band played Gruene Hall on June 27, 2008, Brantley Smith rejoined the band for that single show to fill in for Sonefeld. After five albums the band went on a ten year hiatus in 2009 but have now reformed to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their debut album, Cracked Rear View. They have released a 3-CD deluxe edition of the album with rare remixed versions and some live cuts. They are on tour with pals Barenaked Ladies opening the shows. Next Thursday, June 13, they will be at the A360 Amphitheater in Austin with tickets available at Ticketmaster.com.

 

Sgt. Pepper Album Celebrates a Milestone

Speaking of hit albums, it was 52 years ago when the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Recorded in 1967 and released on June 2 in America, it is considered the best album in recorded history. Every time a list is compiled of the greatest albums of all time, Sgt. Pepper is always listed at Number One. When sessions began for the album, the Beatles recorded Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever first. They were intended for the album but Capital Records insisted on releasing the songs as a double sided single. Just imagine how incredible Sgt. Pepper would be if these two songs would have been included like the band had planned. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and was one of the last ones to use the old 4-track recorder that had been used on every Beatles album so far. A month after the album was finished, the studio installed a brand new state of the art 8-track recorder. To celebrate the half century mark, Capital Records has released a limited edition 4-CD set that includes a remastered album plus all the studio outtakes from the four month sessions.

 

Live Music in Full Swing Around Town

Now that summer is upon us, let’s check out some of the live music options for this weekend. The Rick Cavender Band will make a rare New Braunfels appearance with a show tonight at the Brauntex Theatre. Jerry Jeff Walker makes a triumphant return to Gruene Hall on Friday and Saturday after battling throat cancer. The Saturday show is sold-out but at press time tickets were still available for the Friday show. On Sunday, Krause’s Café will host the annual Waylon Gruene Malone Memorial Throwdown Musical Benefit starting at 3pm. On Monday, stop by the Pour Haus for the super talented Tony Taylor. The Black Whale Pub is the place to be on Tuesday for Aaron Stephens and Zack Walther’s shows each Wednesday at Freiheit Country Store are always a fun night of music.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Jamey Johnson – 7pm

Sat – Fonseca – 7pm

 

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

Sat – BJ Thibodeaux – 9pm

Sun – Mark Jungers – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Anthony Wright Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils – 8:30pm

Sat – Tubing Against Cancer Benefit – 1pm

Sun – Room Redux Benefit – 1pm

Tue – Damn Middleton – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Cavender Band – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Hunter Road Trio – 7pm

Sat – Monte Good – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Will Hoge – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge – 7pm

Fri – Kerosene Drifters – 8:30pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 9:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Con Crema – 6pm

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Austin Meade / Stoney LaRue – 7pm

Sat – The Droptines / Kody West – 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 – John Arthur Martinez – 5pm

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

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm / Bo Porter – 5pm

 

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

Sat – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm / Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – 11am

 

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

Tonight – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 7pm

Fri – Jerry Jeff Walker – 8pm

Sat – Bob Livingston Trio – 1pm / Jerry Jeff Walker – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Bill Hearne Trio – 5pm

Mon – David & Jessee Lee – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Riff Raff – Tribute to AC/DC – 8pm

Sat – Chubby Knuckle Choir – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Lee Winwright – 6pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 5pm / Hipsonic – 8pm

Sat – School of Rock Presents Southern Rock – 3pm

Sun – Waylon Gruene Malone Benefit – 3pm

Wed – San Antonio Dutchmen – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Scott Wiggins – 7pm

Sat – County Line – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Drew Kennedy – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – BAM – 5pm

Fri – Thomas Michael Riley’s Music Festival – 1pm

Sat – Thomas Michael Riley’s Music Festival – Noon

Sun – Thomas Michael Riley’s Music Festival – 1pm

 

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

Fri – Amber Lucille Band – 7pm

Sat – Big Cedar Fever – 7pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / David Vincent Band – 9pm

Sat – Erik & the Big Time Band – 9pm

Sun – Ty Snopek – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 9:30pm

Sun – Ben Cina – 3pm / Mark Odom Band – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dallas Moore – 8pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Mandy Rowden – 9pm

Sat – Jason Roberts Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Piano Punch – 6pm

Fri – Triston Marez – 6pm

Sat – Ryan Ross Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Will Hoge – 7pm

Fri – Marcy Grace – 8pm

Sat – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sun – Ken Slavin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Tyler Cannon – 2pm / Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

Wed – Jazz Jam w/ Brett Cline – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb – 6pm

Fri – Geezerfest – 5:30pm

Sat – Geezerfest – 12:15pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 7pm

 

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

Fri – David Russell – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Cactus Country – 8pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & Lil Howard – 2pm / Texas Two Lane – 9pm

 

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

Sat – William Clark Green / Randy Rogers Band – 7:30pm

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Music News – May 30, 2019

Twenty four years ago, Texas rockabilly band Two Tons of Steel started playing every Tuesday night at the historic Gruene Hall. Tuesday nights were usually a slow night at the hall, and the band didn’t normally play on that night. Front man Kevin Geil, once a photographer for the San Antonio Express news, has led his band all over the world for over two decades with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. First called the Dead Crickets, they changed their name to Two Tons of Steel to avoid any conflicts with Buddy Holly’s old band, The Crickets. Geil used his ’56 Cadillac as inspiration, since the car weighed about two tons. Kevin is the only remaining original member, but he constantly surrounds himself with ace musicians. The current lineup includes drummer Rich Alcorta, bassist Jake Marchese and guitarists Will Owen Gage. To hear them play you would think they have been together since the beginning. Next Tuesday they start their 24th year of Two Ton Tuesdays at Gruene Hall which runs June 4 to August 20. Tickets are just $7 at the door and the band hits the stage about 8:30pm.

 

Rolling Stones Reschedule Tour

The Rolling Stones have rescheduled their 2019 tour after singer Mick Jagger was forced to have heart valve surgery back in April. All of their 2019 tour dates had to be rescheduled including their first ever appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Now that Jagger has recovered from the surgery, the rescheduled dates have been announced. There’s only one Texas show, set for July 27 at NRG Stadium in Houston. In an attempt to make up the cancelled Jazz Fest show, they announced a July 14 show at the Superdome in New Orleans. Tickets are on-sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

 

Metalachi Comes to Billy’s Ice

Metalachi, billed as the first and only heavy metal mariachi band, will be at Billy’s Ice on Friday night. Like many bands, they purposely have a mystique about them. Not much bio material is provided on their website or Facebook page. The information that was available says the band formed in 1982 in Juarez, Mexico and is now based out of Hollywood. The Facebook page lists band members as Vega De La Rockha, El Cucuy, Kyla Vera, Paco Halen, Kiko Cane and Warren Moscow, all obviously stage names. They have three albums, appropriately titled, Uno, Dos and Tres. Though I’ve never seen the band in concert, I have all of their albums and must admit they are very talented. They cover just about every classic heavy metal song you can name from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid to Ac/DC’s Thunderstruck. For ticket info see BillysIce.com and if you go, say hello to new owner Bob Wilson. He purchased Billy’s Ice about a year ago and continues their tradition of great live music and also home to many benefits, like Saturday’s Mudge Family Foundation that starts at noon.

 

Matt Briggs Locks of Love Benefit

Speaking of benefits, on Sunday Matt Briggs will host his annual Locks of Love Benefit at Freiheit Country Store. The 15th Annual Briggs Family Hairdrive gets started at 2pm at Freiheit Country Store. It is a family friendly event with food, lots of live music and hair donations being taken all day. The Foundry Salon will be on hand cutting hair and taking the donations. Even if your hair isn’t long enough to donate, you can still get a fantastic haircut and the money you donate will go to benefit those that lost their hair to illness. Check out Matt Briggs Facebook page for more information.

 

Randy Travis Writes His Memoir

When Randy Travis came on the music scene back in the early 80’s, he was in the same category as George Strait. Like Strait, he almost wasn’t signed to a record contract because they said he was too country. When his first album, the classic Storms of Life, was released in 1982, it didn’t even make the charts. Then Randy started touring and introducing his music to America and within six months, he was at the top of the charts. It started a ten year run of hit songs and sold out concerts, and then the wheels fell off the machine. First was his trouble with his wife, Lib Hatcher, who was also his manager and rescued Randy from a life of crime when he was barely out of his teens. Lib was many years older than Randy and was very controlling in both his personal and professional life. Not long after they divorced, Randy was arrested several times for driving drunk. He got engaged to a Texas gal named Mary Davis and started getting his life back on track. In July of 2013 he was admitted to the hospital with an upper respiratory infection that attacked his heart causing a condition known as viral cardiomyopathy. As his doctors were treating that, he suffered a massive stroke and almost died. Miraculously he survived only to learn that his ex-wife Lib had basically taken all of his money. Lawsuits followed and he and Mary were able to salvage enough money to live comfortably on his ranch near Tioga, Texas. He just released his memoir, written with the help of Ken Abraham, titled Forever and Ever, Amen. It’s a painfully honest look at a career that has seen incredible highs and devastating lows. If you were ever a fan of Randy and his music, this book is a must read and one that I highly recommend.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Josh Holden – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

 

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

 

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

Tonight – Bike Night w/ Chris Max Band – 7pm

Fri – Metalachi – 8:30pm

Sat – Mudge Family Foundation Benefit – 11am / Nautical Nation – 9:30pm

Sun – Keith Hickle – 3pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bill Hearne – 6pm

Sat – Billy Dee – 6pm

Sun – Sophia Johnson – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Aaron Kantor – 7pm

Sat – Slim Bawb – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jamie Lin Wilson / Lee Ann Womack – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 7:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett Duo – 7:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve & Don – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – BDP Jazz – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Matt Castillo / Sunny Sweeney / Mark Chesnutt – 7pm

Sat – Isaac Jacob Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Mario Flores / Shenandoah – 7pm

Sun – Locks of Love Benefit

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

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

Sun – Bob Appel – 1pm

 

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

 

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

Tonight – Powell Brothers – 7pm

Fri – Frenchies Blues Destroyers / Jack Ingram – 7pm

Sat – Soul Sessions – 1pm / Cooder Graw – 8pm

Sun – Linda Gail Lewis – 12:30pm / Houston Marchman – 5pm

Mon – Nick Garcia Trio – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Casper Rawls Band – 7pm

 

Gruene Records (1386 Industrial Street # 105)

Sat – Susan Gibson – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Canaan Bryce & the Damn Band – 8:30pm

Sat – The Lawless / Chris Colston – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 6pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 4pm / Kori Free & the Groove Hounds – 8pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Eric Middleton – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Peter Tory – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelly – 4pm / Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Mason Lively / Kyle Park / Aaron Watson – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Susan Gibson – 1pm

 

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

Fri – The Texas Duet – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Allen Daniell – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Clifton DeLeon – 7pm

Fri – Nef Hernandez – 8pm

Sat – March Divide – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jason Uher – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Billy Kiesel – 9pm

Sat – Lesser Antilles / RAGE – 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 – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – Damon Curtis – 8:30pm

Sat – Megan Ashley – 3pm / Terry Derryberry – 9:30pm

Sun – Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

Mon – BMW Jam – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Ben Cina – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Susan Hickman – 7pm

Fri – Shelley King – 7pm

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Country & A Fiddle – 4pm

Fri – The Motts – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Lopez Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Allan Hendrickson – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – South Austin Moonlighters – 7pm

Fri – James McMurtry – 8pm

Sat – Indiaskies – 7:30pm

Sun – Sounds of Alamo City – 1pm

 

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

Sat – Billy Lister – 2pm / Dirty White Horse – 9pm

Sun – Empty Handed Vagabonds – 2pm

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

Wed – Jazz Jam w/ Brett Cline – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sat – Jr. Castro – 3pm / Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers – 7pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – Two Rivers Revival – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Aaron Kantor – 8pm

Fri – Popgun – 8pm

Sat – Fast Movin Train – 9pm

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

Sat – Josh Ward / Billy Currington – 8:30pm

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