Music News – April 16, 2020

The stupid Covid-19 virus took another musician last week when John Prine lost his life after an extended stay in ICU. His wife Fiona had contracted it first, then John caught it. She recovered but unfortunately John didn’t. Prine had just completed a successful European tour that had to be cut short due to severe hip pain. When he arrived back in Nashville, he underwent successful hip surgery. He had a slight cough, so the doctor tested him and Fiona for Covid-19. She tested positive but his was OK. Fiona stayed at a friend’s house while John stayed home and continued his after surgery physical therapy. Once she was over the virus, she returned home but stayed upstairs and away from him until the health department cleared her. A few days after she was cleared, he started feeling bad. She took him to the hospital and within two days he was in ICU and on a ventilator. Ten days later the hospital granted her a compassionate end of life visit so she could sit with him in the ICU on what turned out to be his final day. He passed away on April 7 at the age of 73. Countless musicians have paid tribute to him including a special Prine Time virtual concert featuring many of our local musicians. If you aren’t familiar with John’s music, please seek it out. He was one of America’s most gifted songwriters.

 

 

Robert Earl Keen, singer, songwriter, basically the Godfather of Americana, Kerrville, TX.

Robert Earl Keen is credited with starting the massive wave of Americana music in Texas. He wrote The Road Goes on Forever, which became the anthem for all Texas music fans. Robert checked in from his home in Kerrville. “All of my shows have been temporarily suspended. I’d say probably around fifty, some have been postponed and about ten or so might take place in July or August. Some have been moved to late September and later, the rest have been officially cancelled. I’m spending all my time cleaning out closets, making lists that prioritize things I can sell and filling out loan applications to keep everyone’s salary and health insurance in place. I’ve been watching movies more than listening to music because the visuals help keep me from worrying about my family and band. Two records I return to are Among the Ghosts by Lucero and a Jesse Winchester record. My band, office staff and bus driver are still in place with a salary, insurance and a retirement plan. It’s my goal to keep it that way until the cows come home. It’s a blessing to live in Kerrville, not that a virus plays favorites, buts it’s comforting to be out of the fray and have a place where one can easily avoid the infection. There are a handful of cases in Kerr county but personally I know no one who is sick. I did a live stream for El Arroyo in Austin a couple weeks back that benefitted the restaurant and bar people in Austin. I just finished doing an international roll call for Aggie Muster. The event pays tribute to Aggies who have passed away. It will air worldwide on April 21.”

 

Jamie Cameron, band leader, guitarist, for local band Soul Sessions, New Braunfels

Soul Sessions is one of the most popular bands in town, using several featured singers they provide the best pop, rock, soul and R&B music in town. Jamie provided the following information on how the Covid virus has affected his band. “So far 14 gigs cancelled or postponed with a loss of over $10,000. We are all practicing individually, writing and providing live streaming watch parties. I’ve been watching music documentaries, like the Ken Burns History of Country Music. I have an eclectic palette for music so I’m listening to everything from classical to Celtic. Most of our players are all full-time professional musicians and will be checking into the government assistance programs. So far no one has had to get a day job and no one in their circle of family or friends have caught the virus. Keep a watch on Soul Sessions Facebook page for their live streaming sessions.

 

Cody Canada, singer, songwriter, leader of his band, The Departed, New Braunfels

Cody helped start the iconic Cross Canadian Ragweed and when they broke up in 2013, he started The Departed. Along with his wife Shannon they opened our local School of Rock. “We are all hunkered down at home here in town, we have to be ready to open the school when its time. So far, every single gig I had was and is cancelled until July. I am always writing, just not in the sense of sitting and writing but ideas and riffs are recorded to my phone. I’ll put them together when I’m ready. I have been relearning my catalog and other covers. Unfortunately, more covers of the musicians we have lost to this. I’ve been listening to Mr. Prine’s catalog but during this I’m listening to my comfort artist, Merle Haggard. He’s always been there for me. My wife Shannon is a whip when it comes to the biz so she’s handling the government assistance issue for me. Jeremy Plato (bassist) has been working in construction for a bit and Eric (drummer) is helping his farming family in Oklahoma. Our tour manager Brian Kinzie is working in his family’s garden and Andrew our bus driver is helping everybody like he always does. We’re able to still pay everyone as of now and I’ve been doing Facebook shows on Wednesday nights at 8:30pm to help pay my employees. I will do whatever it takes to take care of this Canada and music family. Ray Benson is the only friend I have who has contracted it and he seems to be kicking its butt.”

 

Brett Cline, does solo and band gigs plus plays with Soul Sessions, New Braunfels

Brett is another local musician, plus teaches music, so before things went crazy, he was busy every night of the week. “All my live gigs plus my in person private lessons were cancelled which resulted in a 90% loss of income. I’ve been writing new material, recording songs, learning new tech steps for live streaming, adapting my teaching strategy for video lessons. We’ve been listening to lots of Bill Withers music, even before he passed away. I’ve been listening to soul and jazz music lately, it’s soothing and inspiring. I’ve realized during my live streams; several songs have taken on new meaning when viewed through the prism of current world events. I’ve found myself listening to records from my childhood like Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall, Sports by Huey Lewis, The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby and Dude by Quincy Jones. So far, I haven’t applied for any financial help and I’m trying to avoid doing it if possible. In spite of all the challenges, it’s been nice having more time with my family. There have been many fried gold moments that likely wouldn’t have happened if we were not in this situation. My Facebook group is called BCMusic Live so people can catch my weekly performances from my home studio.”

 

Eric Middleton, singer, songwriter, vocalist for Midnight River Choir, New Braunfels

Eric is a founding member and chief songwriter of Midnight River Choir, one of the best bands in our city. Eric filled me in on how he’s keeping busy with all this unexpected time off. “We have had about 10 gigs cancelled so far with more to come I’m sure. Thankfully I’m using this time to write and record new music. I’m also taking online guitar lessons. I’ve played guitar for 16 years, but I’ve just started lessons to teach me more about music theory. I’ve also joined an email-based songwriters’ group where we challenge each other to write a complete song weekly. Lately I’m listening to the Grateful Dead as always, but also listening to anything new our friends are releasing during this crazy time. Willie Nelson’s album Countryman is a good album to keep the mood up. Our band is a small business with employees that are losing income due to the pandemic. We are filing for small business loans offered by the state to supplement what we are losing. Our keyboard players brother has the virus. He lives in Houston but is doing good thankfully.”

 

 

 

 

Live Streaming Concert Calendar

Almost every musician is doing some sort of live streaming virtual concert. As information becomes available, I’ll list those that maintain a regular schedule for their events. Events are listed alphabetically. To watch these shows, log onto their Facebook pages. Please tip the musicians if you can afford to at PayPal or Venmo.

 

Brett Cline – Facebook Concerts at BCMusic Live – Friday nights at 8pm

 

Cody Canada – Facebook Concerts – Wednesday nights at 8:30pm

 

Garth Brooks – Inside Studio G – Facebook Concert – Monday nights at 7pm

 

Reckless Kelly – Facebook Concerts – Sunday nights at 7pm

 

Wade Bowen – Wade’s World – Friday nights at 8pm

 

Zack Walther Band – Walther Wednesdays – Wednesday nights at 7pm

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Music News – April 9, 2020

Well, here we are again, another week of staying home. Another week of endless Netflix bingeing, ordering food to go, HEB curbside service and no live music, except for the artists doing live streaming on their Facebook pages. These acoustic shows are cool, not quite the same as watching in a crowded hall, but still better than nothing. For this week’s column, I decided to reach out to our local musicians and some not so local and see how they are doing during this unexpected time at home. I’ll continue doing this until things get back to normal. Also, starting next week, in place of the concert calendar I’ll start listing as many of the online streaming schedules as I can. Some are following a set schedules while others seem to be more spontaneous.

 

Merle Haggard’s Birthday

Merle Haggard was born on April 6, 1937 and just as he predicted, he passed away on his birthday, April 6, 2016. To celebrate his amazing legacy, Courtney Patton started a cool event on her Facebook page called Hag You’re It. Americana artists like Randy Rogers, Willy Braun, Max Stalling, Adam Hood, Cody Canada, Wade Bowen, Jamie Lin Wilson, Walt Wilkins and Zack Walther joined in from their Facebook pages to perform their favorite Merle Haggard song. It’s cool to see our local musicians coming together in these tough times to participate in these types of virtual events.

 

Alex Meixner, Palm City, Florida

Alex is spending his time with his wife Paula and their dog Banjo at their home in Florida. I asked him how the shutdown was affecting him. “My schedule since March 6 has been completely cancelled well into May. I am working with venues to reschedule, but obviously we’re not able to confirm anything yet. I’m doing my best to stay positive and work forward. I’m lucky in that I’m quarantined with my wife Paula and she actually likes me! A lot of people are alone or in not very good places. I’m trying to get videos out and keep people in a good state of mind. That said, It’s important to get some time away from social media and figure your own lives and  priorities out. In that way, this time has been invaluable. I’m reading, listening to a lot of music, writing, cleaning and organizing stuff in my house. I’m practicing music that I’ve been meaning to work on for years, plus I’m working on a new CD/EP.”

 

Willy Braun of Reckless Kelly, Challis, Idaho

Willy and his brother Cody formed Reckless Kelly in 1996 and have been staples on the Americana scene ever since. Willy lives in Austin but is hanging out at his home place in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. Cell phone service is sparse up in the mountains so Willy emailed his answers to my many questions. “We’ve cancelled or rescheduled all our shows until at least June. It was horrible timing for us because we have a double album scheduled for a May 22nd release date. We can release digital copies but the physical copies will have to wait until the manufacturing plants reopen and we have enough money to press copies. While we are off the road, I’ve been playing a lot, learning new songs and brushing up on old ones. Doing some writing and filming a weekly show for our social media called ‘Music From The Mountains’. It’s just me playing songs on the guitar in the mountains. It’s been fun and is keeping me busy. Lately I’ve been listening to stuff I tend to forget about in my collection like Ry Cooder, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Leon Russell, Woody Guthrie and Frankie Miller. This is a direct contradiction to what I just said but I’ve also been listening to Traveling Wilburys and Tom Petty. We haven’t applied for any government help yet, just doing the live streams to raise money in the virtual tip jar. We’re just trying to keep the ship afloat and pay our guys as much as we can while we’re all out of work.” On a side note, during one of his acoustic performances in the mountains, Idaho experienced a major earthquake. The epicenter was about 20 miles from where Willy sat performing, ironically, the song ‘Volcano.’

 

Jonathan Tyler, singer songwriter, Nashville, TN.

I met Jonathan several years ago when he was touring with his band, Northern Lights. Jonathan and his girlfriend Nikki Lane, also a singer songwriter, are hanging out at their home in Nashville. “Luckily I was at the end of a record cycle so my touring had slowed down a lot but I still lost 7 shows. Every week this goes on just adds more cancellations to the list. I have a home studio and I’m producing albums for Desure, a Los Angeles band and a guy from Kentucky named Jeremy Pinnel. I just recorded some music for a Jack Daniels commercial too. Nikki and I are just hanging out, doing yoga, some gardening, meditation, just anything to stay positive. We’ve been listening to a lot of music, like the new Nathaniel Ratteliffe record, the new Terry Allen album and Baxter Dury’s album, The Night Chancers. Sometimes I pull out the classics like George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh, the Rolling Stone’s Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out or Van Morrison’s Angry Young Them album. So far me or my band haven’t filed for any government aid. We all live very frugal lives. Two of my friends have gotten the virus, Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel) and Thomas Mooney, a writer from Lubbock. They both say it’s tough and a real punisher. We are just hanging in there and saying our prayers.”

 

Ted Russell Kamp, singer, songwriter, bass player for Shooter Jennings, Los Angeles

Ted has played bass for Shooter Jennings for many years. Before that, he played for the California pop band Wilson Phillips and was part of the band on Tanya Tucker’s Grammy winning album in 2019. He’s a regular performer in our area, often doing solo gigs at Gruene Hall and Riley’s Tavern. Ted checked in from his house in Los Angeles where he’s staying home with his family. “We are staying home, being safe. Yes, I lost a lot of work and I’m trying to not stress about it too much. At least I have some records I’m producing plus I have some mixing and overdub projects to keep some money coming in. I’m doing Facebook shows on Sunday’s at 2pm in case anyone wants to tune in. It helps to keep in touch with friends as well as playing.”

 

Stewart Mann, Singer for Statesboro Revue, New Braunfels

Stewart lives here in New Braunfels and fronts his band, Statesboro Revue. Besides being a great guy and talented songwriter, he has one of the best voices in the music business. Stewart is at home with his wife Carrie and their two boys, Conlee and Everett. “This virus has completely devastated us. It has eliminated our ability to tour and play live shows, which is our main source of income. We just released a new song to try to raise money for Texas musicians that are out of work. I’m spending a lot of quality time with my family, cleaning house, donating old clothes, writing songs, drinking too much and trying not to lose my mind. I’ve been listening to all kinds of music, from Bellamy Brothers to Marvin Gaye to Ray Price to Don Williams and of course, the Allman Brothers.”

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Music News – April 2, 2020

As we come to the end of our first full week of staying home, you realize just how much you miss the freedom to come and go as we please. Americans are social people, we love to congregate. You never realize how much you miss something until you can’t do it anymore. The only silver lining in this quarantine fiasco is that Netflix released the Tiger King documentary to help us realize that there’s always someone out there with more problems than ours.

 

Joe Diffie Passes Away at 61 Years Old

Last Sunday we heard about country singer John Diffie passing away after he contracted COVID-19. Joe was 61 years old. I recall meeting Joe back in 1990 when he was touring to support his first album titled A Thousand Winding Roads. I attended his show to interview him for a piece I was writing for the Victoria Advocate. I remember that he was fighting a bad cold and had been on the road for almost two months. That night he sang his heart out and no one in the crowd was aware of how sick he was. Our paths crossed several times over the next decade. Every time he passed through town to do a show, I would stop by the venue for a quick pre-show interview. In 1992, just after he released his second album, he was in town for another show. I went to his tour bus for a chat and when I stepped into the front lounge area he was sitting on the couch with his guitar. He was rehearsing his newest single, Ships That Don’t Come In. I can still hear him softly singing the song, barely strumming his guitar. It was a very powerful experience and to this day one of my fondest memories of Joe and his music. If you aren’t familiar with him or his music, take the time to check out some of his songs. He had a lot of hits back in the 90’s, like Home, Pickup Man, John Deere Green and Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox. Diffie was one of the good guys in the music business and will be truly missed.

 

John Prine in Critical Condition

Just day after hearing about Joe Diffie, we learned that John Prine was in the hospital suffering from the virus. His wife posted on Facebook that she had it then John got it. Due to his age, he was hospitalized and eventually put on a ventilator and was in critical condition. On Monday his condition was changed to stable but not really improving. Prine is one of America’s finest songwriters, penning such hits as Paradise, Angel From Montgomery and Sam Stone. John’s career started in the early 70’s and critics immediately compared him to Bob Dylan. His songs were witty and often laced with hints of sarcasm. Good wishes poured in from all over the world, artists like Joan Baez, Radney Foster and Carolyn Wonderland sang his praises. He is easily one of the most influential songwriters of the era. Hopefully by the time you read this, he’s doing better and is on the road to recovery.

 

Local Venues Scramble to Reschedule Shows

In just a two week time frame, the entire music world has been turned upside down. Every live concert, tour and festival was cancelled. Many venues are being optimistic and posting concerts resuming as early as next Monday, however I think we all know that’s simply not going to happen. Logically, any show scheduled for April or May will most likely be rescheduled if it hasn’t already. At press time, the Brauntex Theatre will have its next show on June 11. Gruene Hall shows their next show will be this Saturday April 4, but chances are good that will change. Whitewater Amphitheater has their next show scheduled for May 23. I checked many other venues websites and found that they were listing live music to return on April 4 but I’m sure they will be updating their sites soon. Right now, there is no firm end in sight for our lives to return to normal, or whatever the new normal will be.

 

 

 

Artists Use Facebook to Entertain Their Fans

All is not gloom and doom though, there are many bright lights shining during these dark days. Starting tonight and continuing every Thursday night through June 4, Dolly Parton will be reading bedtime stories to everyone that wants to listen. Simply go to her Facebook page at 7pm EST, which would mean 6pm our time, and listen to Dolly read some of her favorite bedtime stories. Hundreds of artists are hosting live streaming concerts on their Facebook pages. Willie Nelson was one of the first with his Luck Reunion Concert broadcast from his ranch outside of Austin. A few nights after that, Gary P. Nunn used the same film crew and broadcast a live show from the Brauntex Theatre. Zack Walther moved his Walther Wednesday shows from Freiheit Country Store to Beagle’s Nest Studio so he could observe the correct social distancing. I wonder how long it will be before some new band calls themselves Social Distance? Stewart Mann used his downtime to release a new song, Sinner, Saint, SOB, with special guests Wade Bowen and Mason Lively. Pat Green is doing regular Facebook posts, singing new and old tunes for his fans. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood did a Facebook concert on Monday and so many fans tuned in, it crashed their Facebook page. CBS-TV stepped in and will be broadcasting their concerts in an effort to let more fans watch them. Neil Young is bringing out rare unreleased songs to perform for his fans, giving them a chance to hear songs they would normally never hear. Robert Earl Keen did a Facebook show last week from his home in Kerrville. Wade Bowen has been hosting Facebook concerts from his garage with guests like Cody Canada, Randy Rogers and Jack Ingram joining in. Kenny Chesney hoped on his private jet and is spending his time off sitting on the beach in the Caribbean. Rocker Sammy Hagar has been entertaining fans by doing acoustic versions of his biggest hits on his website. Todd Snider performed a one hour live show on Sunday morning from Nashville. During the acoustic set he often used the late Kent Finley’s guitar, acknowledging the impact the former owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse had on his career. If you’re like me and are missing your daily or weekly dose of live music, just go to your favorite artists website or Facebook page and see what they are doing during this unplanned hiatus. Believe me, they miss us just as much as we miss them and we are all praying that this is all over as soon as possible.

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Music News – March 26, 2020

Due to all live music being cancelled this week and possibly longer, there’s no concert calendar. We aren’t sure when live music will return, hopefully soon. Gruene Hall’s website indicates their next live music to be on Saturday April 4 featuring the Pat Byrne Band at 1pm. Naturally this can all change so always stay tuned to local and state news concerning the latest rules concerning public gatherings. Whitewater Amphitheater has rescheduled the April 17 & 18 Willie Nelson shows to September 4 & 5. Just hang on to your tickets and use them on the new dates. So far, this is the only rescheduled show at Whitewater, but keep checking their website for any other changes. The Brauntex Theatre rescheduled the March 20 show by Mandy Barnett to July 24. The Local Live show featuring the Reed Brothers tribute to ZZ Top scheduled for tonight will now take place on June 12. River Road Icehouse was forced to postpone the March 28 show by rock band Jackyl to a future date, not yet determined. So until further notice, we will just have to make do with the music being live streamed by many artists. Basically every musician alive is out of work until this COVID-19 virus danger is gone and the scary part is that no one seems to have any idea how long this will last.

 

Stuck at Home With Netflix

No one seems to know what to do with all this free time. I made a four page list of household projects to work on but then I lost the list, so I decided to just sit in my recliner for the entire weekend. I set my own personal record for going four days without a shower and wearing the same shirt and sweatpants the entire time. Trust me, it was not a pretty sight. The folks working the drive through windows in town can confirm this. I did binge watch every music documentary on Netflix. Just in case you might want to do the same, here’s some thoughts on my favorite ones, going alphabetically. The Bruce Springsteen on Broadway captures the Boss at his best, with just a guitar and a piano. He tells his life story chronologically, from his childhood in Asbury Park, New Jersey to his days in California and back to Rumson, New Jersey where he lives today. Bruce is at his best telling stories of the working man though he admits he’s never had a real day job in his entire life. This is one of the most honest glimpses into the life of a rock musician I’ve ever seen.

 

Echo in the Canyon Documentary

Several of my music buddies recommended Echo in the Canyon and after watching it, I agree with their suggestion. It tells the story of the music that came out of Laurel Canyon in the late 70’s. Located just north of Hollywood, the canyon was home to many artists including Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Beach Boys, Mama’s & the Papa’s, Jackson Browne, James Taylor and Roger McQuinn, just to mention a few. It was a clan like culture centered around the mindset of the era. Free love, drugs and music were the order of the day. Jacob Dylan, son of Bob Dylan, hosts the documentary and performs many classic hits with a long list of stars. It’s a fantastic snapshot of a time when music came from a very special place.

 

Rolling Stones Continue Rolling, Maybe

The Rolling Stones documentary, titled Ole’, Ole’, Ole’, captures their South American tour in 2016 that ends with a groundbreaking concert in Havana, Cuba. Though they include some live concert footage, it’s mainly a look behind the scenes at what it takes to launch a massive Rolling Stones tour. Thousands of tons of equipment had to be shipped to the 10 cities they performed in, then flown to Cuba in huge cargo planes. The show in Cuba had hundreds of political hurdles to overcome before they allowed it to happen. Footage of the thousands of fans crying with excitement as they waited for the band to take the stage makes you realize how lucky we are in America. All rock music was banned in Cuba until just a few years ago so having the world’s greatest rock & roll band play a concert there was a very powerful experience for the Cubans. It was heartwarming to see the band members slipping out in public to talk to local musicians and fans. This year the band celebrates 58 years together with three members of the original lineup still in the band. Unfortunately their tour this year was cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. According to the latest reports, the tour will most likely be cancelled completely.

 

From Taylor Swift to ZZ Top

I saw Taylor Swift when she was just 15 years old and was opening for Brad Paisley in San Antonio. She only played for 20 minutes but the fans seemed to love her songs, especially the younger fans. I’ve followed her career and watched her Miss Americana documentary because I’ve read mixed reviews about it. Whether you are a fan of her music or not, I give her credit for her work ethic and the fact that even today, she still writes her own songs. Not many artists can make that claim. The film covers her career from about 6 years old until today at 30. A film crew followed her around for a year and captured hundreds of candid shots from her home to backstage on the Reputation Tour in late 2018. Her latest album, Lover, was released in 2019 and a stadium tour is planned for later this year. However, due to the COVID virus, the 20 city stadium tour will be cancelled. Last but certainly not least, ZZ Top’s – That Lil’ Ol’ Band From Texas documentary, has strong New Braunfels ties. Most of the recent concert footage was filmed at our very own Gruene Hall. The film tells about the band starting in 1969 and still going strong 51 years later with the same three band members, a feat no other band has ever accomplished. Aerosmith comes in a close 2nd, with 50 years of performing with the original five band members. At press time, ZZ Top’s June 14 show at Whitewater Amphitheater had not been rescheduled.

 

The Music World Loses Kenny Rogers

Finally, as if there weren’t enough bad news for one week, we learned that Kenny Rogers passed away last Friday at 81 years old. He was a Houston boy, born August 21, 1938, and grew up in a poor housing addition. He was in several local bands in Houston before forming The New Edition. They had a string of rock hits before breaking up in 1976. He started a solo career in country music and had a huge hit with Lucille on his second solo album in 1977. After that came almost 40 years of chart topping hits that lasted until his retirement tour, The Gambler’s Last Ride, in 2015. Rogers died of natural causes at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia. His wife Wanda and their twin sons were present at the time of his death. Due to the virus concerns, a small private funeral was held with a larger memorial service scheduled for a later date.

 

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Music News – March 19, 2020

I began writing about music in May of 1976 for several publications in Texas. In 1982 I started writing a weekly music column for the Victoria Advocate. I think it was in June of 2000 that I started writing for our New Braunfels paper. In my four decades of covering music, I have never seen as many cancelled events as we have these past few weeks. While I totally understand the need to be safe and act responsibly, a lot of folks are panicking and hoarding supplies which just makes the situation that much worse. Normally I spend Sunday afternoons compiling the weekly concert calendar you see on this page. This week I had the feeling that it may all be for nothing as more and more shows were being cancelled, but I forged ahead anyway. Many venues vowed to remain open and not cancel anything while others made the tough decision to close before things got worse. By noon on Monday it became a free fall situation with more and more closures and cancellations being announced. Some venues gave definite timelines for when they planned to reopen, others left it open ended, choosing to see how things play out in the next few weeks. We are in uncharted territory here and it affects a lot of people. Musicians can’t play so they don’t get paid. The same with bar staff, sound and light guys, wait staff, cooks and hundreds of other service industry workers. So, before you head out to your favorite music venue, check their website, Facebook page or give them a call to see if there have been any changes to their schedule.

 

Cancellations Across The State

Things are changing so fast, almost on an hourly basis, that it is impossible to report all the cancellations. At press time, over 100 major concert tours have been cancelled or postponed. Twelve major music festivals have been cancelled completely and six others have been postponed. Television schedules have also been altered, including the American Music Awards as well as four additional award shows. Major movie premiers have been rescheduled as well as virtually every sporting event in the world. On Monday I received emails from six music venues in Austin and four in San Antonio, all delivering the same message: We are closed until further notice. As bands and their booking agents scramble to reschedule hundreds of cancelled shows, the bands are forced to go home and wait it out. Some acts are trying to stream live music from their homes, others are asking fans to buy their merchandise and some are trying to schedule small house concerts to try to pay their bills. Remember, musicians often play for free at our local benefits and fundraisers, so now it’s our turn to help them out if we can.

 

A Few New Shows Are Being Announced

The entire music industry is hoping things bounce back soon and continue to announce new shows coming to our area. One that has everyone excited is the Steve Earle and Marty Stuart show coming to Floores Country Store on Friday May 29. Steve Earle & the Dukes are touring to promote his new album, The Ghosts of West Virginia, due out on May 22. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives are on tour supporting the release of his deluxe edition CD of The Pilgrim. Stuart will be back in Texas on June 13 opening for Steve Miller in Austin. If you happened to watch the Ken Burns documentary titled Country Music, you saw that Stuart played a huge roll in the 18 hour film. Marty and Steve are two of the last of the original acts signed by Tony Brown when he ran MCA Records back in the early 1980’s. Tony Brown was Elvis Presley’s keyboard player for over ten years and knew a thing or two about talented musicians. During his time at MCA he also signed a young Texan named Lyle Lovett and produced his first few albums. In another pure stroke of genius, Austin’s own James McMurtry will open this show. Tickets for this show are going fast so get yours now at LiveAtFloores.com.

 

 

 

How Long Will This Last

It’s hard to predict what the outcome of this pandemic will be. No one knows how long it will last or how many people will contract the virus. It’s the fear of the unknown that drives normally sane people to act in impulsive ways. We buy hundreds of rolls of toilet paper for no real reason. We buy cases of water when our public water supply is perfectly safe. I’ve just never understood this hoarding thing. Sure, I’ve been known to buy extra bags of candy corn during Halloween but never more than I could eat in a week. I’m old enough to remember the coffee shortage in 1970 and I’ve lived through several gas shortages. Thankfully I don’t drink coffee and during the gas shortages I just bought gas when it was available and never filled up extra cans to store in my garage. I realize that in times like these when people have health concerns, the music industry may be the least of your worries. Hopefully this crisis will be short term and we can get back to our normal lives. We are tough here in Texas and we will get through this together. On the bright side of this, when it’s all over you’ll be able to toilet paper all your neighbors houses and have enough left over to last you for a year.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – Danny Harris – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Jake Penrod & His Million Dollar Cowboys – 8pm

 

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

Tue – Brittany Howard – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – The Cole Trains – 8:30pm

Fri – The MGD’s – 9pm

Sat – Bill Ayers – 9pm

Sun – School of Rock – 4pm

 

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

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Fri – All Mixed Up – 7pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Roberts – 7pm

Fri – Sun Valley Station – 7pm

Sat – Peace Pipe Prophets – 7pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – David Touchton Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Folk Family Revival – 9pm

Sat – Hollin McKay Band – 1pm

Sun – Eliza Gilkinson – 7pm

Tue – Emily Gimble – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am

 

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

Sat – Con Crema – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Small Town Habit / Chad Cooke Band – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Logun Timberlake – 3pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Bret Graham – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Dirty River Dixie Band – 1pm / Julieann Banks – 5pm

Sun – Phil Luna – Noon

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Bo Porter – 12:30pm / Clifton Jansky – 5:30pm

Fri – Bo Porter – 12:30pm / Colton’s Kin – 6pm

Sat – Bo Porter – 12:30pm

Sun – Richie Albright – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Luke Williams – 7pm

Fri – Stray Dog & the Wolves – 7pm

Sat – Robert Johnson – 7pm

Sun – Poor J Brown – 2pm

 

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

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – R.A.G.E. – 8:30pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 3pm

 

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

Fri – The Georges – 7pm

Sat – Chardon Polka Band – 6pm

Sun – Chardon Polka Band – 5pm

Wed – Off The Grid Polka Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Ryan Band – 5pm / The Merles – 7pm

Fri – Butch Morgan – 4pm / Brutherz – 8pm

Sat – 9th Annual Mud Dauber Festival – Noon / The Strayhearts – 8pm

Sun – Jesse Stratton Band – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Sat – Marvin Bottera – 5pm

Sun – Braydon Zink – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 9pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Sat – Code 2 – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm

Sat – Digital Hair – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Rock Bottom String Band – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Chris Cuevas Project – 9pm

Sun – Mike Ethan Messick – 4pm / Ted Russell Kamp – 7pm

Mon – Tejon Street Corner Tubes – 8pm

Wed – Austin Mayze & Friends – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Metal Shop – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Zack Walther – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Ruben V – 6pm

Fri – Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

Sat – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sun – Love Coma – Noon

Wed – Fred Eaglesmith – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Percolators – 9pm

Sat – File 13 – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Josh Holden Duo – 7pm

Sun – Josh Holden / Brent Michael Wood – 2pm

Wed – Lady & The Tramp – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Cactus Country – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Texas KISS Destroyer – 9pm

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

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Music News – March 12, 2020

By now we have all heard about the Coronavirus and how it’s affecting everything from cruise ships to the stock market. The music business is feeling the effects as well. For the first time in its 34-year history, the massive SXSW Music Conference was cancelled due to health concerns surrounding the virus. One of the reasons is the attendance by people from all over the world. South By Southwest attracts musicians and industry types from practically every continent in the world. This makes the event much more likely to spread the virus once the 100,000 attendees arrive in the capital city. A few days after it was cancelled, SXSW announced the layoff of 50 employees. Due to the sheer size of the event, it employees a large staff year-round, then hires seasonal help during the actual ten days of the conference. The economic impact of the cancellation will be in the millions of dollars. Hotels were sold-out a year in advance, thousands of musicians were coming to Austin to perform, bars and restaurants hired extra staff, sound companies rented millions of dollars of equipment and hundreds of venues had planned on hosting live music for the entire week. Many fear this cancellation will have a ripple down effect on other events. Some wonder about the Houston Rodeo, which is currently underway and doesn’t end until March 22. Locally there doesn’t appear to be any issues with our live music scene. Certainly, some bands may decide to cancel the after-show meet and greets with fans at the merchandise tables, but otherwise things here are expected to continue as planned. Obviously, that can change if a major outbreak would occur. One venue owner I spoke with thinks that once the warm spring weather arrives it will curtail any further danger of the virus spreading. Neither he nor I are experts in the field of contagious diseases but it sounds good on paper. Until this thing blows over, stay healthy as possible and was your hands often.

 

Willie Nelson TV Special and New Album

Willie Nelson knows a thing or two about staying healthy. Rumors of him suffering from a fatal illness or even of his death have run rampant this past year. Willie even wrote a song about the rumors titled Still Not Dead Today, which he often performs right before singing his swan song tune, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die. Always one to make light of a situation, Willie has a positive outlook on life and his time here on earth. While he’s still standing, he just keeps playing concerts every night and recording new albums. His latest album, titled First Rose of Spring, is scheduled for release on April 24, just a few days before his 87th birthday on April 29. It will be his 70th studio album and will feature two new songs he wrote for the project, Blue Star and Love Just Laughed. The new album also includes Toby Keith’s song Don’t Let the Old Man In and the Billy Joe Shaver classic, We Are The Cowboys. On April 12 there will be a televised concert honoring Willie’s accomplishment. The A & E special is titled American Outlaw and will feature many musicians including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Eric Church, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle and Vince Gill, just to name a few. The concert was taped last year at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Nelson will be in our city on April 17 and 18, performing two shows with special guest Willie Nelson. Tickets can be purchased at Whitewaterrocks.com.

 

More Shows Announced at Whitewater Amphitheater

Speaking of Whitewater Amphitheater, they just announced two more shows coming this summer. On June 13, local boys Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen will bring their Hold My Beer and Watch This Tour to the outdoor venue. Slightly Stoopid will make their return to the Whitewater stage on July 11. The lineup at this Canyon Lake amphitheater already includes Whiskey Myers, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Billy Currington and Koe Wetzel. Expect more big announcements in the coming weeks.

 

Freiheit Country Store has an amazing lineup scheduled for this weekend, starting tonight with Chris Knight. Americana fans are familiar with Knight because of his heavy radio presence on our own KNBT radio. Almost Daylight, his first album in seven years, is in heavy rotation on all Americana stations. Traditional country singer Gary Glenn takes the Freiheit stage on Friday night. Mario Flores and Gabe Garcia will open for Beaumont native Tracy Byrd on Saturday night. Byrd topped the country charts back in the 90’s with songs like Watermelon Crawl and Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo. The weekend closes out on Sunday at 3pm with Fast Movin Trio and of course, Zack Walther every Wednesday at 6pm. Get more information and purchase tickets at FreiheitCountryStore.net.

 

New Band Cross Rags & Young Make Their Debut

When the Red Dirt Americana supergroup Cross Canadian Ragweed broke up in 2010, guitarist Grady Cross and drummer Randy Ragsdale returned to their homes in Yukon, Oklahoma and basically retired from the music business. Recently Randy met an up and coming singer named Jason Young. He started sitting in with Jason at gigs around Yukon and the two musicians bonded over their love of music. Soon they invited Grady to join them and the band Cross Rags & Young was formed. They are currently at work on their first album and have posted four songs on their website. One tune is Framed, a remake of the Chris Knight hit. The other three are originals written by the band. Their website also shows an upcoming Texas tour that includes shows in McKinney, Corpus and our city. To hear samples of their music and to see all the tour dates, check out their website at CrossRagsandYoung.com

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

Sun – Danny Harris – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Def Leggend – Tribute to Def Leppard – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Sun Valley Station – 8:30pm

Fri – William Beckmann – 8:30pm

Sat – Clock Work – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Reed Brothers – 6pm

Sat – Frank Gilligan – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Kelly Lang & TG Sheppard – 7:30pm

Fri – The Box Tops – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dallas Burrow / Landon Bullard – 8pm

Fri – Wyatt Weaver Band – 8pm

Sat – Tristan Coomes / The Barrens – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Columbus Club Hall (111 Landa St., 830-609-2958)

Tue – Comal County Music Show – 7:30pm

 

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

Sat – The Percolators – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Toni Price – 9pm

Sat – Cornell Hurd Band – 1pm

Sun – Conjunto Los Pinkys – 1pm / Chuck Prophet & Mission Express – 7pm

Tue – Earle Poole Ball – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Good Time Polka & Dance Club w/ Czech Melody Masters – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Texases – 7pm

Sat – Vincent Neil Emerson / Mike & the Moonpies – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Knight – 7pm

Fri – Gary Glenn – 8pm

Sat – Mario Flores & Gabe Garcia / Tracy Byrd – 8pm

Sun – Fast Movin Trio – 3pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 1pm / Bret Graham – 5pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Julieann Banks – 4pm

 

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

Sat – Dan McCoy – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon / Clifton Jansky – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Fri – Silo Road – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Grouchy Like Riley – 1pm / Chris Ruest Band – 6pm

Fri – Chris Ruest Band – Noon / Jarrod Morris / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Jacob Bryant / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Murali Coryell – 12:30pm / South Austin Moonlighters – 5pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 1pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Grouchy Like Riley – 1pm / Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Josh Baca & Matt Kirk – 1pm / Ted Russell Kamp Trio – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 3pm

 

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

Sat – Michael Alanis Trio – 7pm

Tue – Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express – 6pm

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Ryan – 5pm

Fri – Butch Morgan – 4pm / Koncrete Kings – 8pm

Sat – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm / Smoke Wagon – 8pm

Sun – Jarrod Sterrett – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie Duo – 7pm

Sat – Tracy Weinberg – 5pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm / Devan Jones – 8pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Dirty River Dixie Band – 8pm

Wed – Little Jewford – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Band of Bandits/ Blackbird Sing – 9pm

Sat – Uptown – 9pm

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

Tue – Jorge O’Gallegos – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Jeremy Parsons – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / The Ditch Cricketts – 9pm

Sat – Porch Turtles – 9pm

Sun – The Beaumonts – 4pm

Wed – Daniel Thomas Phipps – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Garrett Johnson Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Los #3 Dinners – 7pm

Fri – Damn Torpedoes – Tom Petty Tribute – 8pm

Sat – Brownout – 9pm

Sun – Flipturn – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Alli Mattice Band – 9pm

Sat – Leighton Buntin – 5pm

 

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

Tue – Alan Parsons – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam, Bob Driver & Rio Tripiano – 7pm

Fri – Kinky Wires – 7pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Sun – Jonny Burke & Guests – 3pm

Wed – Fast Movin’ Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8pm

Fri – Popgun – 8:30pm

Sat – Clint Taft & Buck Wild Band – 9pm

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

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Music News – March 12, 2020

By now we have all heard about the Coronavirus and how it’s affecting everything from cruise ships to the stock market. The music business is feeling the effects as well. For the first time in its 34-year history, the massive SXSW Music Conference was cancelled due to health concerns surrounding the virus. One of the reasons is the attendance by people from all over the world. South By Southwest attracts musicians and industry types from practically every continent in the world. This makes the event much more likely to spread the virus once the 100,000 attendees arrive in the capital city. A few days after it was cancelled, SXSW announced the layoff of 50 employees. Due to the sheer size of the event, it employees a large staff year-round, then hires seasonal help during the actual ten days of the conference. The economic impact of the cancellation will be in the millions of dollars. Hotels were sold-out a year in advance, thousands of musicians were coming to Austin to perform, bars and restaurants hired extra staff, sound companies rented millions of dollars of equipment and hundreds of venues had planned on hosting live music for the entire week. Many fear this cancellation will have a ripple down effect on other events. Some wonder about the Houston Rodeo, which is currently underway and doesn’t end until March 22. Locally there doesn’t appear to be any issues with our live music scene. Certainly, some bands may decide to cancel the after-show meet and greets with fans at the merchandise tables, but otherwise things here are expected to continue as planned. Obviously, that can change if a major outbreak would occur. One venue owner I spoke with thinks that once the warm spring weather arrives it will curtail any further danger of the virus spreading. Neither he nor I are experts in the field of contagious diseases but it sounds good on paper. Until this thing blows over, stay healthy as possible and was your hands often.

 

Willie Nelson TV Special and New Album

Willie Nelson knows a thing or two about staying healthy. Rumors of him suffering from a fatal illness or even of his death have run rampant this past year. Willie even wrote a song about the rumors titled Still Not Dead Today, which he often performs right before singing his swan song tune, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die. Always one to make light of a situation, Willie has a positive outlook on life and his time here on earth. While he’s still standing, he just keeps playing concerts every night and recording new albums. His latest album, titled First Rose of Spring, is scheduled for release on April 24, just a few days before his 87th birthday on April 29. It will be his 70th studio album and will feature two new songs he wrote for the project, Blue Star and Love Just Laughed. The new album also includes Toby Keith’s song Don’t Let the Old Man In and the Billy Joe Shaver classic, We Are The Cowboys. On April 12 there will be a televised concert honoring Willie’s accomplishment. The A & E special is titled American Outlaw and will feature many musicians including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Eric Church, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle and Vince Gill, just to name a few. The concert was taped last year at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Nelson will be in our city on April 17 and 18, performing two shows with special guest Willie Nelson. Tickets can be purchased at Whitewaterrocks.com.

 

More Shows Announced at Whitewater Amphitheater

Speaking of Whitewater Amphitheater, they just announced two more shows coming this summer. On June 13, local boys Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen will bring their Hold My Beer and Watch This Tour to the outdoor venue. Slightly Stoopid will make their return to the Whitewater stage on July 11. The lineup at this Canyon Lake amphitheater already includes Whiskey Myers, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Billy Currington and Koe Wetzel. Expect more big announcements in the coming weeks.

 

Freiheit Country Store has an amazing lineup scheduled for this weekend, starting tonight with Chris Knight. Americana fans are familiar with Knight because of his heavy radio presence on our own KNBT radio. Almost Daylight, his first album in seven years, is in heavy rotation on all Americana stations. Traditional country singer Gary Glenn takes the Freiheit stage on Friday night. Mario Flores and Gabe Garcia will open for Beaumont native Tracy Byrd on Saturday night. Byrd topped the country charts back in the 90’s with songs like Watermelon Crawl and Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo. The weekend closes out on Sunday at 3pm with Fast Movin Trio and of course, Zack Walther every Wednesday at 6pm. Get more information and purchase tickets at FreiheitCountryStore.net.

 

New Band Cross Rags & Young Make Their Debut

When the Red Dirt Americana supergroup Cross Canadian Ragweed broke up in 2010, guitarist Grady Cross and drummer Randy Ragsdale returned to their homes in Yukon, Oklahoma and basically retired from the music business. Recently Randy met an up and coming singer named Jason Young. He started sitting in with Jason at gigs around Yukon and the two musicians bonded over their love of music. Soon they invited Grady to join them and the band Cross Rags & Young was formed. They are currently at work on their first album and have posted four songs on their website. One tune is Framed, a remake of the Chris Knight hit. The other three are originals written by the band. Their website also shows an upcoming Texas tour that includes shows in McKinney, Corpus and our city. To hear samples of their music and to see all the tour dates, check out their website at CrossRagsandYoung.com

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

Sun – Danny Harris – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Def Leggend – Tribute to Def Leppard – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Sun Valley Station – 8:30pm

Fri – William Beckmann – 8:30pm

Sat – Clock Work – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Reed Brothers – 6pm

Sat – Frank Gilligan – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Kelly Lang & TG Sheppard – 7:30pm

Fri – The Box Tops – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dallas Burrow / Landon Bullard – 8pm

Fri – Wyatt Weaver Band – 8pm

Sat – Tristan Coomes / The Barrens – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Columbus Club Hall (111 Landa St., 830-609-2958)

Tue – Comal County Music Show – 7:30pm

 

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

Sat – The Percolators – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Toni Price – 9pm

Sat – Cornell Hurd Band – 1pm

Sun – Conjunto Los Pinkys – 1pm / Chuck Prophet & Mission Express – 7pm

Tue – Earle Poole Ball – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Good Time Polka & Dance Club w/ Czech Melody Masters – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

Fri – The Texases – 7pm

Sat – Vincent Neil Emerson / Mike & the Moonpies – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Knight – 7pm

Fri – Gary Glenn – 8pm

Sat – Mario Flores & Gabe Garcia / Tracy Byrd – 8pm

Sun – Fast Movin Trio – 3pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 1pm / Bret Graham – 5pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Julieann Banks – 4pm

 

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

Sat – Dan McCoy – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon / Clifton Jansky – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Fri – Silo Road – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Grouchy Like Riley – 1pm / Chris Ruest Band – 6pm

Fri – Chris Ruest Band – Noon / Jarrod Morris / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Jacob Bryant / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Murali Coryell – 12:30pm / South Austin Moonlighters – 5pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 1pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Grouchy Like Riley – 1pm / Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Josh Baca & Matt Kirk – 1pm / Ted Russell Kamp Trio – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 3pm

 

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

Sat – Michael Alanis Trio – 7pm

Tue – Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express – 6pm

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Ryan – 5pm

Fri – Butch Morgan – 4pm / Koncrete Kings – 8pm

Sat – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm / Smoke Wagon – 8pm

Sun – Jarrod Sterrett – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie Duo – 7pm

Sat – Tracy Weinberg – 5pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm / Devan Jones – 8pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Dirty River Dixie Band – 8pm

Wed – Little Jewford – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Band of Bandits/ Blackbird Sing – 9pm

Sat – Uptown – 9pm

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

Tue – Jorge O’Gallegos – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Jeremy Parsons – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / The Ditch Cricketts – 9pm

Sat – Porch Turtles – 9pm

Sun – The Beaumonts – 4pm

Wed – Daniel Thomas Phipps – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Garrett Johnson Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Los #3 Dinners – 7pm

Fri – Damn Torpedoes – Tom Petty Tribute – 8pm

Sat – Brownout – 9pm

Sun – Flipturn – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Alli Mattice Band – 9pm

Sat – Leighton Buntin – 5pm

 

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

Tue – Alan Parsons – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam, Bob Driver & Rio Tripiano – 7pm

Fri – Kinky Wires – 7pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Sun – Jonny Burke & Guests – 3pm

Wed – Fast Movin’ Trio – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8pm

Fri – Popgun – 8:30pm

Sat – Clint Taft & Buck Wild Band – 9pm

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

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Music News – March 5, 2020

Though he was born in Oklahoma, Gary P. Nunn has a solid connection with the Lone Star State. When he was in the 6th grade his parents moved the family to Brownfield, Texas. After high school he attended Texas Tech but transferred to University of Texas in Austin as a pharmacy major. He joined the local band, Lavender Hill Express, and became friends with his new bandmate Rusty Wier. At one time he was playing bass for Michael Martin Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson. Murphey and Jerry Jeff both used the same band, the Lost Gonzo Band, so before long Nunn was a full-time member. He toured and recorded studio albums with Murphey and Walker and wrote some of his biggest hits during this time. While on tour with Murphey in London he wrote one of his most loved songs, London Homesick Blues. I recall interviewing Nunn several years ago and persuaded him to retell the story of the day he wrote the classic tune. The lyrics came so quickly it was like the song was writing itself. Gary claims he didn’t even write the lyrics down until several years later. After Jerry Jeff recorded it for his famous Viva Terlingua album, Austin City Limits TV show adopted it as their official theme song. He’s written many more hit songs, is a member of the Texas Music Hall of Fame, is a member of the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock and was named the Music Ambassador of Texas by Governor Perry in 2007. Now, after 50 years in the music business, Nunn has decided to retire from regular touring. His show tonight at the Brauntex Theatre will most likely be one of his last ones in our area. It will be a stripped down show with his full band and is part of the Brauntex Unplugged series. Tickets for this show can be purchased online at Brauntex.org.

 

Blue Water Highway Play Krause’s Cafe

Blue Water Highway has been one of my favorite bands from the first time I saw them perform live. Their first album, Things We Carry, is one of the best debuts on the Texas Music scene. Their three part harmonies are simply amazing, easily as good as anything the Eagles ever captured on tape. Their second album, Heartbreak City, released in June 2018, proved to be equally as good as their first one. The songs were so strong, they decided to record an acoustic version of the album titled Heartbreak City Stripped. It was released a year later in 2019. They are currently working on a new batch of songs and just recently released a new single, In Your Eyes. Tonight you can hear them perform the new song as well as all their others at Krause’s Café. The gates open at 5pm, the show starts at 7pm and tickets can be purchased at KrausesCafe.com.

 

Shane Smith & the Saints Return To Gruene Hall

Shane Smith & the Saints return to Gruene Hall this weekend for two shows starting on Friday night. This hard touring band are currently promoting their latest album, Hail Mary. Known far and wide as one of the best live bands in the business, they are often compared to acts like Bruce Springsteen and Creedence Clearwater Revival. It’s true they are a Texas band, Shane hails from Terrel, near Dallas. He moved to Austin to attend St. Edwards University where he met a group of musicians that formed the nucleus of the Saints. They released their debut album, Coast, in 2013 to widespread critical acclaim. Geronimo followed in 2015 and the band hit their stride as true road warriors, clocking in over 200 shows a year. It’s virtually impossible to play this much and not perfect your craft and that’s exactly what Shane and the band did. They got better. A lot better. By the time they released Hail Mary in June of 2019, they were one of the most popular bands on the music scene. While their early work hinted at some red dirt influences, the newer music shows a tremendous growth in their sound. Now their influences seem to be more folk rock, similar to the Avett Brothers or Mumford & Sons. What’s so refreshing about this new group is their fans loyalty to follow them down this new musical path. Today the band consists of Shane on vocals and guitar, Dustin Schaefer on guitar, Chase Satterwhite on bass and Zach Stover on drums. You may remember I wrote about the band back in November when their tour bus caught fire on the way to a gig in Lubbock. They lost everything that day, instruments, wallets, cell phones, merchandise and their clothes. A lesser band would have tucked tail and ran home. Not these guys. They hitched rides with the State Troopers, borrowed instruments from their opening act Josh Weathers and finished their tour. We raise them tough here in Texas. At press time some tickets still remained for their Friday night show but the Saturday night show is sold out. You can purchase them online at GrueneHall.com.

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd Film Finally Released

Lynyrd Skynyrd fans can finally learn the real truth about the fatal plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister and harmony vocalist Cassie Gaines. The band left Greenville, South Carolina on October 20, 1977 headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on a Corvair CV-240 passenger plane. The plane was over 30 years old and not in good shape. The band planned to cancel their three week lease on the plane when they reached Baton Rouge and lease a newer Lear jet instead. They never made it because the plane ran out of fuel over Gillsburg, Mississippi. They crashed into a heavily wooded area about 6:47pm, just 8 miles from the McComb airport they were trying to reach. Today, only two original band members are still alive that were on that flight. Guitarist Gary Rossington, who still plays with Skynyrd and drummer Artimus Pyle, who fronts his own band. Though he was injured, Pyle was the only person able to go for help. He is the driving force behind the new movie, Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash. He fought off many lawsuits by Judy Van Zant, Ronnie’s widow, who tried to stop the film from being made. A Federal judge ruled in favor of Artimus, saying “it was his life, he has every right to tell his story.” The film will be released by Cleopatra Entertainment on June 30.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Low Dog Band – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sun – Danny Harris – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Rio Tripiano & Friends – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Matt Cline Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Matt Kersh – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Jordan M. Young – 6pm

Sat – Doug Strahan – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Gary P. Nunn – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Dylan Wheeler – 8pm

Sat – Casey Daniels Band – 8pm

Mon –Reagan Koenig – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Janie Balderas Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – Jake Penrod & the Million $ Cowboys – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price – 1pm / Women Who Rock Texas – 6pm

Tue – Linda Gail Lewis – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – All Mixed Up Variety Band – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Chad Boyd – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Mason Lively / Easton Corbin – 7pm

Sat – Grant Gilbert/ Kolby Cooper/ Flatland Cavalry – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Roberts / Mo Pitney – 8:30pm

Sat – Already Gone: Eagles Tribute – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bob Appel – 4pm

Sat – Ryan Waguespack – 1pm / Bret Graham – 5pm

Sun – Phil Luna – Noon

 

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

Tonight – The Homebodies – 5pm

Fri – Texas T & the Shinerunners – 7pm

Sat – Jr Nash – Noon / Ethan Hanson – 2:30pm / Alli Mattice – 7:30pm / Wood & Wire – 9:30pm

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Henri Herbert Band – 6pm

Fri – Shane Smith & the Saints – 7pm

Sat – Beat Root Revival – 1pm / Shane Smith & the Saints – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Dawn & Hawkes – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Wyatt Weaver Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Blue Water Highway – 7pm

Fri – Cajun Jeaux & the Cowboy Band – 7pm

Tue – Clifton Jansky – 6:30pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh & the Alpine Express – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Ryan – 5pm

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm / Giovanne & the Hired Guns / Dolly Shine – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Meacham Duo – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 1pm

Sun – Matt Strachan & Hoot Owls – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm / 3 Swings & A Miss – 8pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 9pm

 

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

Sun – Scott Cook – 4:30pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Tim Williams & Melissa Townsend – 6pm7pm

 

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

Sat – Soul Ethos w/ Candace Bellamy – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Culture Jam – 9pm

Sat – Season Ammons / Devin Baize Band – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Tom McElvain – 7pm

Fri – Roy Heinrich – 6pm / David Lee & the Armadillo Roadshow – 9pm

Sat – Beth Lee & the Breakups – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Don Reilly – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Cory Morrow – 8pm

Sat – Mothership: Led Zeppelin Tribute – 7pm

Sun – Ty Dillon – 3:30pm

Mon – Walter Trout – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Richard Watson – 5pm

Fri – Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Hipsonic – 9:30pm

 

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

Mon – Viva Selena – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Aaron Stephens – 7pm

Fri – Devin Baize & Season Ammons – 7pm

Sat – Anthony Wright – 7pm

Sun – Brian Milson Swap – 3pm

Wed – Chad Boyd, Shad Blair, Keith Davis – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Danny Ray Harris – 8pm

Fri – Maxband – 8:30pm

Sat – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

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

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Music News – Feb. 27, 2020

Every year on Johnny Cash’s Birthday, the Phoenix Saloon celebrates the event with several days of music devoted to the Man in Black. The Phoenix opened its doors on February 26, 2010 and the first act to perform was Dale Watson & His Lonestars. Owner Ross Fortune is a huge fan of Johnny Cash and was one of the last people to interview Cash before he passed away in 2003. He was working as a journalist at the time and spent time with Cash getting information for a possible book. Johnny’s health was very bad so Ross stopped the project. Soon after, he left his home in England and moved to Texas, settling first in Austin then in New Braunfels. He and wife Debbie purchased the Phoenix Saloon and restored it to its current state. This entire week has been a celebration of Johnny Cash and his music. Yesterday they had Junior Nash playing Cash songs during his Happy Hour set. Tonight you can catch Texas T & the Shine Runners doing a salute to the rockabilly years of Cash in the 50’s. On Sunday, Dale Watson returns to the Phoenix to pay tribute to Cash. Like Cash in the early days when he recorded for Sun Records, Watson embraces the rockabilly sound of just a guitar, bass and drums. He splits his time between homes in Austin and Memphis which allows him to embrace both styles of music. This is a rare free show but there are a few reserved seats available so check out the information at ThePhoenixSaloon.com.

 

The Lone Bellow Comes to Gruene Hall

This Friday Gruene Hall welcomes Americana folk group The Lone Bellow to their stage. The band got their start in the strangest of ways, starting in 2004 in Georgia. Zach and Stacy Williams were living their lives and raising kids when she suffered a horseback riding accident. It left here temporarily paralyzed. To deal with this family trauma, Zach started keeping a journal. Friends suggested he turn his writing into songs and when Stacy recovered, that’s just what he did. They moved to Brooklyn, New York so that he could pursue a career in music. In the Big Apple he met fellow folk musicians Kanene Donehey Pipkin and Brian Elmquist. At first, they called their band Zach Williams & the Bellow before shortening it to The Lone Bellow. They released their self-titled debut in 2013 and hit the road to promote it. On tour, Kanene’s husband Jason joins them on bass and keyboards. They followed it in 2015 with Then Came The Morning and started opening for artists like Brandi Carlile, Robert Plant and Kacey Musgraves. In 2017 the band and their families left New York and moved to Nashville to be closer to fellow musicians. Super producer Dave Cobb produced their groundbreaking Walk Into The Storm album in 2017. For their new album, Half Moon Light, they could have easily played it safe and let Cobb produce it in Nashville. Never ones to take the easy road, they headed back to New York to record and work with producer Aaron Dessner. The new album was released a few weeks ago and the band is currently on a world tour to promote it. They are in Texas this week then they head west before circling back to Nashville to end the US leg at the Ryman Auditorium in late April. After that it’s across the pond for shows in Ireland then all across the United Kingdom. See GrueneHall.com to buy tickets for this show and others like Joe Ely’s 40th Anniversary show for his classic album Live Shots on Saturday night.

 

Riley’s Tavern Offers Up Tasty Tunes

Riley’s Tavern has a solid weekend of live music on tap starting Friday night with Austin’s own Shelley King at 6pm. King’s latest album is a real barnburner with many special guests including Delbert McClinton, The Subdudes, Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland and Cindy Cashdollar to name just a few. Following Shelley’s set you can see Adam Hood, an Americana singer songwriter that resides in Alabama but plays here so often he can be classified an honorary Texan. His latest album is 2018’s Somewhere in Between which contained hits like Downturn, She Don’t Love Me and Alabama Moon. On Wednesday you can catch Canadian star Corb Lund, on tour promoting his latest release Cover Your Tracks. The album contains his versions of classic songs like These Boots Are Made For Walking, Cover of the Rolling Stone and I Shall Be Released. On April 24 he will release his 11th album titled Agricultural Tragic and will embark on an extensive Canadian tour. He’s a huge star up north, playing hockey arenas full of 20,000 fans. He hasn’t gained superstar status in America yet but it’s a safe bet he will soon. Get tickets now at RileysTavern.com.

 

The Music Scene Comes Alive This Week

Elsewhere around our fine city, the music scene is alive with fantastic choices. Tonight at Krause’s Café you can catch one of our most talented singers when Yesenia McNett takes the stage with her band the Groove Doctors. On Friday night Krause’s will feature Season Ammons, another local singer songwriter that’s making a name for herself with her latest album, Steel Hearts. The Brauntex Theatre has two solid weekend shows starting Friday night with Bret Graham. He’s put together a great show called Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes, a tribute to all the iconic singers like George Jones, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. On Saturday, Jason Roberts will offer a salute to Texas Independence Day with Bob Wills Texas Playboys. Jason was personally selected by the Bob Wills Foundation to lead the Texas Playboys into the next generation. If you love the traditional Texas swing music that Bob Wills made famous, this is the show for you. Devils Backbone Tavern has Two Tons of Steel on Friday night and Austin’s main man Bob Schneider taking the stage on Saturday. For the rest of your live music options, check out the concert calendar. Regardless of your taste in music, our town has something for everyone.

 

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – The Percolators – 6pm

Sat – JJ Garrett Duo – 6pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 6pm

Wed – Battle of the Bands – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Ozomatli / Los Lobos – 7pm

Fri – 80’s hits w/ The Motels – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Rio Tripeano – 8:30pm

Fri – Dave Fenley – 8:30pm

Sat – Hill Country Revival – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Manzy Lowry – 6pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 7:30pm

Sat – Jason Roberts & the Texas Playboys – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Fri – Wynn Williams – 8pm

Sat – Brother Roscoe – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Six Sons of Guns – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 9pm

Sat – White Ghost Shivers – 1pm / Bob Schneider – 9pm

Sun – Susan Gibson – 1pm

Tue – Earle Poole Ball – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Sandpaper Tree – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Marcus Morales – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Johnny Nicolas / Shinyribs – 7pm

Sat – Noah Harris / Max Stalling – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor & Friends – 7pm

Fri – Grey Gregson – 7pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Bill Small Band – 6pm

Fri – Early James / The Lone Bellow – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Paul James / Joe Ely Band – 8pm

Sun – Landry & Company – Noon / Soul Sessions – 4:30pm

Mon – David Lee & Jose Armadillo Show – 1pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Yesenia McNett & the Groove Doctors – 7pm

Fri – Season Ammons – 7pm

Sat – Das Ist Lustig – 7pm

Wed – Rennie Guenther & Happy Travelers – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Ryan – 5pm

Fri – Calamity Jane / Dale Houston / Richie Allbright – 7pm

Sat – Seth James / Asleep at the Wheel – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Nate Guthrie Duo – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Saturday w/ Gerry Burns – 1pm / Chris Lancaster – 5pm

Sun – John Cavender – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm / 3 Swings & Miss – 8pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Seth Shaw Quartet – 9pm

Wed – Little Jewford – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Floyd Bauler – 5pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Texas T & the Shine Runners – 9pm

Sat – Remembering Hoop – 9pm

Sun – Dale Watson & His Lonestars – 7pm / Lucas Taylor – 9:30pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Paul & Bobby – 8:30pm

Fri – Nick Lawrence Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Popgun – 9:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night

 

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

Tonight – Hartley Hall – 7pm

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm / Adam Hood – 9pm

Sat – David Touchton Band – 9pm

Wed – Corb Lund – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Saturday Night Five – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Tributes to Stevie Nicks & Elton John – 7pm

Fri – Tribute to Pat Benatar – 8pm

Sat – Mitch Webb & the Swindles – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Popgun – 9pm

Sat – Devin Baize – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Rick Rice Band – 8pm

Fri – Fast Movin’ Train – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

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

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Music News – Feb. 20, 2020

When Willie Nelson played the 1998 Flood Benefit at Gruene Hall I had a chance meeting with his drummer Paul English. He was standing under the small oak tree on the side of the hall, dressed entirely in black. I talked with Paul for awhile and asked him to sign my copy of Willie’s CD titled Me and Paul. He told me to stop by his bus after the show to continue our conversation. We talked for several hours while the crew loaded up the gear and prepared to head out to the next show. We exchanged phone numbers and email addresses and I stayed in touch with Paul on a regular basis. Anytime they were playing nearby, I made a point to go see him. One night at Floores Country Store I convinced him to wear his famous black cape again. He hadn’t worn it in years but he humored me and put it on just as he stepped off the bus and headed toward the stage. Just as Willie kicked off the show with his customary tune, Whiskey River, he stopped and did a double take at Paul. When he introduced Paul that night, he mentioned that Paul was wearing his famous cape. Back in the 70’s, Willie saw the cape in an old clothing store and bought it for Paul as a gag gift. Paul always wore black and was nicknamed the Devil, so the cape completed his outfit. He was Willie’s oldest and best friend and was his personal bodyguard since joining the band in 1966. Willie wrote two songs about Paul. One was simply titled Me and Paul, the other was The Devil in a Sleeping Bag. Nelson named his daughter Paula after him. Paul was the band leader and tour accountant and kept a loaded pistol in his boot in case a promoter tried to cheat them out of their money. I noticed that he used a beat-up old briefcase to keep his tour receipts in so I bought him a new one for Christmas. It took him three years before he could part with the old battered one. Paul shared hundreds of stories about his time with Willie and fortunately I taped them all. He would often say “Willie tells the story his way but I’ll tell you how it really happened.” Paul passed away last week at 87 years old after a bout with pneumonia. I spoke with his wife Janie to offer my condolences and she informed me of a celebration of life they are having for Paul on March 3 at Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth. I suggest you go online and read the great story that Joe Nick Patoski wrote about Paul for Texas Monthly. Paul left behind a legacy that will live forever.

 

Hal Ketchum Benefit

Gruene Hall will host a special benefit concert for Hal Ketchum this Sunday at 4pm. When Hal got his start at Gruene Hall, he played on Sunday afternoons at 4pm so it’s a fitting time for his benefit to kick off. Hal is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and requires care around the clock by his wife Andrea. Ketchum went through a tough spell back in 2009 and was coerced into signing away all of the royalty money he had earned and would ever earn. His money is running out and now he needs some help. Many of Hal’s fellow musicians are pitching in to help their fellow singer out. At press time those scheduled to appear are Walt Wilkins, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Lee Roy Parnell, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kevin Fowler, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jesse Dayton and more. There is an online auction with items donated by folks like Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Kathy Mattea, Keb Mo and Rodney Crowell just to name a few. Download the Handbid App on your electronic device to see all items and bid on any you might want to own. The show is sold-out so hopefully you already have your tickets. If not, you can stream the show live on this website, TheDanceHallTapes.com. They ask that you make a small donation to Hal’s fund when you sign on. Hal always lent his time and talent to local benefits and now it’s payback time.

 

It’s Mardi Gras Time in New Braunfels

Next Tuesday just happens to be Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday and it symbolizes the last night of feasting before the start of the Lenten season that begins on Ash Wednesday. Our city offers many ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday with venues offering many choices in the live music category. Going alphabetically, Alex Meixner will be back at the Brauntex Theatre for his Annual Fat Tuesday Concert. He always has special guests join him for these shows so if you don’t have tickets you may want to get yours now at Brauntex.org. Devils Backbone Tavern will feature Jesse Lege for their Fat Tuesday celebration. Over at Gruene Hall, Slim Bawb will host their Fat Tuesday party. Krause’s Café will host a Fat Tuesday show with Dirty River Dixie Band. You can catch Soul Sessions at the Pour Haus for their Fat Tuesday party. As you can see, there’s plenty to do on Fat Tuesday. It makes you wonder how many people will call in sick on Wednesday.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Austin James Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Purple Room – 9pm

Sat – Jamie Talbert & Band of Demons – 9pm

Sun – Gayle Stonecipher Benefit – Noon

 

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

Fri – Frank Gilligan – 6pm

Sat – Richie Allbright – 6pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – 3 Redneck Tenors – 7:30pm

Fri – Moe Bandy & Janie Frickie – 7:30pm

Tue – Alex Meixner Fat Tuesday – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Giovannie & Hired Guns / Austin Meade – 8pm

Fri – Grant Gilbert / Mason Lively – 8pm

Sat – Forrest Weiss / Max Flinn – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Jamie Lin Wilson – 9pm

Sat – Floyd Domino – 1pm / Slaid Cleaves – 9pm

Sun – Charles Thibodeaux & Austin Cajun Aces – 1pm

Tue – Fat Tuesday w/ Jesse Lege – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Colton’s Kin – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Matt Kirk – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Jonny Burke / Ray Wylie Hubbard – 8:30pm

Sat – Joshua Ray Walker / 1100 Springs – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – Sundance Head – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Julieann Banks – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Luke Williams – 7pm

Fri – Silo Road – 7pm

Sat – Jaimie Krueger – 7pm

Sun – James Canchola – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Brock Zeman, Mark Jungers, Dustin Welch – 6pm

Fri – David Adam Byrnes / Jon Wolfe – 7pm

Sat – Jake Worthington / Jon Wolfe – 8pm

Sun – Hal Ketchum Tribute – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Slim Bawb’s Fat Tuesday Party – 6pm

Wed – Julieann Banks Trio – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Dallas Burrow – 8:30pm

Sat – Austin Gilliam – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Michael Milligan & Texiana Bluez – 7pm

Sat – Shawn Hart – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Ryan – 5pm

Fri – 40 Acre Mule / Old 97’s – 8pm

Sat – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm / Lee Mathis & Brutally Handsome – 8pm

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

 

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

Sat – Austin Haynes – 5pm

Sun – Nick Garcia – 7pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Little Jewford – 6pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm / Ruby Alexander & the Boys – 9pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Henri Herbert – 9pm

Wed – Little Jewford – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Floyd Bauler – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Robert Carter – 9pm

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

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

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Junior Nash Plays Cash – 5pm / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Robert Dimmel – 8:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Fat Tuesday w/ Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

Wed – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jackie Darlene – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Cecil Moore – 9pm

Sat – Josh Grider – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Tue – Mark Jungers & Brock Zeman – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Saturday Night Five – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Secondhand Cowboys – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – South Austin Moonlighters – 8:30pm

Fri – High Divers – 9:30pm

Sat – Drivin’ & Cryin’ – 9:30pm

Sun – Natalie Rose – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Scott H. Biram – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Wishbone Ash – 7:30pm

Sun – Paula Boggs Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Richard Watson – 5pm

Fri – Nate Rodriguez – 9pm

Sat – Chuck Wimer – 5pm / File 13 – 9:30pm

 

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

Mon – Howard Jones – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Isaac Jacobs Band – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Jeremy Egg Band – 9pm

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

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