NB Magazine – January 2021

On New Year’s Eve in 2019, we toasted the new year of 2020. The future seemed bright and life was good, at least for a few months. By mid-March, things changed. A worldwide pandemic reared its ugly head and brought everything to a screeching halt. Essential and non-essential jobs were quickly determined and millions of lives were changed forever. The arts industry took the biggest hit. In a matter of days, actors, musicians, sound crews, tech people, road crews and live music venues across the world stopped working. As you know, New Braunfels has a vibrant music scene, in fact, we were recently recognized as a music friendly city by the Texas Music Office in Austin. Our local musicians and music venues suffered a devastating blow. As the forced shutdowns stretched from weeks to months, many thought it would be the end of our music scene. Fortunately, Texas musicians are a resourceful bunch and they don’t go down without a fight. They dug foxholes and got ready for battle.

Local musicians that make their living playing around town were the hardest hit. With bars and restaurants closed, they had no place to play. They are resilient though and quickly started doing live streaming shows from home and offering online music lessons. Many got day jobs mowing yards and stocking groceries. Our local touring musicians that have a band, road crew and tour bus drivers, did everything in their power to keep their people on the payroll. Local artists like Cody Canada and Wade Bowen started doing weekly live streaming shows to make extra money to pay their band and crews. One group of local songwriters started a Facebook group called Sequestered Songwriters and every Monday night they paid tribute to a different artist. Often it was a legendary performer that had recently passed away, like Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver and Hal Ketchum. Fans could donate money with Venmo or Paypal

Our local bars and music venues closed in March and many remained closed for several months. With no end in sight for the shutdown, many bars changed their business model and reopened as restaurants. They had to incur the huge expense to install commercial kitchens and hire additional staff, yet could only operate at 50% capacity. Once again showing the true Texas resilience and spirit they are made of, they made lemonade out of lemons.

Whitewater Amphitheater, the 9,000-seat outdoor venue, lost their entire 2020 season because of the pandemic. The lost revenue and financial impact to our community was in the millions of dollars. Owner Will Korioth took the news in stride and forged ahead. He started construction on many improvements to the property, including a general store, a RV park, and guest cabins. They reconfigured the seating area to include tables placed 6-feet apart and created a VIP concert experience. They are booking many incredible acts for the 2021 season including Cody Johnson, Koe Wetzel and Willie Nelson, just to name a few. They plan on opening in April with smaller capacity shows but hope to be back to full capacity by August.

Gruene Hall, our most famous live music venue, also suffered during the pandemic. Due to the often close standing crowds, many of their concerts and festivals were cancelled. They arranged tables and chairs inside the dancehall and beer garden and started scheduling smaller capacity shows. While January and February are normally their slower months due to weather, you can rest assured they will be back in full force as soon as possible.

The Brauntex Theatre closed on March 13 and was unable to open for the remainder of the year. For a small non-profit venue, this presented many challenges. The bulk of their 2020 scheduled shows were moved into 2021. During the forced downtime, they did several much-needed renovation projects, including installing a new state of the art sound system. They also acquired the rights to host the 2021 Scripps Spelling Bee, a nationally known contest involving school children in Comal and surrounding school districts. This prestigious event will take place on Saturday March 27. Their new season of concerts will be announced in April and the new sound system will allow bigger named acts to perform at the historic theatre.

As we enter a new year, one that we hope brings more good things than last year, we can continue to count our blessing. Our music scene will survive, and we will be able to enjoy live music once again. Things may look different; we may not be able to sit close together and the crowds may be smaller, but with change, opportunities often come. So, look for that silver lining and know that we will get through these challenges together. The settlers that founded our city endured far worse hardships than we ever will, and they persevered. They expect the same from us.

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Music News – Dec. 3, 2020

As our weather starts to cool down, the number of outdoor shows is also tapering off. Some venues were hosting outdoor shows so they could maintain social distancing. Tonight, over at Villa At Gruene you can catch Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist from Band of Heathens at 6pm. On Friday night at the Pour Haus enjoy the mighty Motown sounds of Soul Sessions. On Saturday night the Downtown Social will feature Giovanni & The Hired Guns at 8:30pm. Gruene Hall has the Tejano sounds of Josh Baca & the Hot Tamales on Sunday at 4:30pm. They also just announced that Casey Donahew will be at the hall on December 11. NB House Concerts are still hosting virtual on-line shows and will have Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines this Sunday at 5pm. If you feel safe, please support these shows during this crazy time. Our local musicians are still struggling to earn a living and there appears to be some lean months ahead if there is another outbreak.

Hal Ketchum Passes Away at 67 Years Old

Each time that a performer passed away, I took time to write about their life, their music and how their music touched me and the music world. Of all the musicians that have died this year, I personally knew two of them. One was Paul English, Willie Nelson’s longtime drummer and best friend. The other one was Hal Ketchum, who passed away on November 23 at 67 years old. Hal was just four years older than me and had suffered from dementia for years. While his passing was not a complete surprise, it was still a shock. I was living in Victoria in 1991 when I first heard his music. A disc jockey friend of mine gave me a copy of Hal’s second album, Past the Point of Rescue. I instantly fell in love with Hal’s voice and his songs. I became a lifelong fan. I first met Hal at Gruene Hall about 10 years ago at his merch table after a show. He was very approachable and humble. In 2014, Jimmy LaFave called me to talk about Hal’s new album, ‘I’m The Troubadour’. Jimmy was producing the album and was so excited to be working with Hal. I remember Jimmy saying, “Man, what I would give to have a voice like Hal Ketchum.” After the album was released, Hal did an acoustic show at the Brauntex Theatre. I had a chance to spend several hours with Hal and his wife Andrea. They were both the nicest people you could ever meet. Hal told many stories that day about his life growing up in Greenwich, New York, his days working as a carpenter at Gruene Hall and his crazy days in Nashville after he became a country music star. Hal had such a witty sense of humor and never took himself real serious. In 2015 Hal was back at the Brauntex to join Rodney Crowell, Zack Walther, and Seth James for a Lennon-Aid Benefit. Once again Hal entertained us with his tales from the road. This guy truly had fun being a traveling singer songwriter and lived life to the fullest. I last spoke with Hal at a July 4th show in Luckenbach. Walt Wilkins was hosting an all-day concert and Hal dropped by to hang out backstage. Hal had written a song called ‘A Polka Day’ and he sang it that day to Alex Meixner while we were hanging out by Jeff Hardwick’s chuckwagon. Sadly, Hal and Alex never got a chance to record the song together. Hal’s wife Andrea was an amazing caregiver for Hal in his final years, so keep her in your prayers. Be sure to tune in to the Sequestered Songwriters Facebook page next Monday at 6pm. They will be doing a live streaming tribute to Hal and his music. Hal Ketchum was one of us and will be greatly missed.

Musicfest Tributes Cody Canada

The Musicfest in Steamboat, Colorado is regarded as one of the best music festivals in America. This year’s festival was held in early January and it is an annual tradition to pay tribute to an artist that has impacted the Americana music scene. In previous years, they have paid tribute to Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, and Townes Van Zandt. This year, Musicfest paid tribute to Cody Canada and the music of Cross Canadian Ragweed. Canada, a New Braunfels resident, formed Cross Canadian Ragweed in 1994 in Yukon, Oklahoma. They released seven studio albums and three live albums before breaking up in 2010. They played their final show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago in October 2010. Over the course of two nights, January 7 and 8, many Americana artists came together to pay tribute to Canada and his songs. The January 7 show was full band performances while acoustic versions were performed on January 8 in the ballroom of the Grand Hotel. Both nights were recorded and will be released digitally on January 8 and physical copies of CD’s on January 22. Titled ‘The Years – A Musicfest Tribute to Cody Canada and Cross Canadian Ragweed,’ it features seventeen of Cody’s most popular songs. The album starts with Parker McCollum doing Constantly and continues with Copper Chief performing Bang My Head, Read Southall on Don’t Need You and Reckless Kelly adding an original spin to Fightin For. Jamie Lin Wilson tackles 17, one of Cody’s most popular songs, and is joined on guitar by his oldest son, Dierks. Wade Bowen, Cody’s brother-in-law, performs Sick & Tired and is joined by Jamie Lin on backing vocals. The album also includes performances by Randy Rogers, Casey Donahew, Mike McClure, Bruce Robison, William Clark Green, Bri Bagwell and Jade Marie Patek. Cody joins his pal Stoney LaRue on Broken and BJ Barnham of American Aquarium closes the collection with his version of The Years. The CD is available to pre-order on Amazon.com

Christmas Gifts For Your Music Lover

Christmas is just twenty-two days away which means there’s still time to get the music lover on your list a gift. In normal times, the market would be flooded with new albums and books for you to choose from. However, thanks to a worldwide pandemic, these are not normal times. Many artists spend the summer touring, recording new music and writing their memoirs. Obviously, none of that happened this year, but a few artists were able to record some new music and get some books published despite the obstacles. Dolly Parton released her book, Storyteller, My Life in Lyrics, just a week ago. Looking back on 60 years of songs, she picked 175 of her favorite songs and told the story behind the writing of each tune. For instance, she reveals that she wrote ‘Jolene,’ and ‘I Will Always Love You,’ on the same day. They ended up being two of her best-selling songs. Hardcover editions are about $40 while the Kindle version is under $20. Dolly will also be releasing a massive 19 DVD box set of all her favorite live performances.  There’s a new book on the songs of Bruce Springsteen that is similar to Dolly’s, except Bruce didn’t write this one. The 627-page book, titled Springsteen – All The Songs, was written by Philippe Margotin and Jean Michel Guesdon and covers almost every song Springsteen has released. It goes into great detail about the stories behind Bruce’s songs. It’s a heavy bound book that weighs about 6-lbs, so shipping prices are high and prices for the book are averaging over $40. Bestselling crime author James Patterson just completed his take on the final days of John Lennon. Lennon was murdered in 1980 by a depraved fan named Mark Chapman as he was leaving his apartment in New York. Lennon had just finished recording his come back album, Double Fantasy. Chapman quit his job as a security job and flew to New York City with a pistol hidden in his luggage. Patterson tackles the subject from a crime writers view, carefully documenting every minute of each person’s life leading up to the actual event. It was a crime that shocked the world and forever changed the way stars thought of their fans. It was Lennon’s death that prompted many celebrities to always travel with bodyguards. The hardcover and Kindle versions of Lennon – His Final Days are both in the $20 range. Rock music fans will enjoy recent autobiographies by Judas Priest front man Rob Halford and Lenny Kravitz. Both new books are in the $20 or less price range.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – JJ Garrett – 6:30pm

Sat – Fallon Franklin – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Austin James – 8:30pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

 

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

Sat – David Touchton – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm

 

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

Sat – Giovanni & The Hired Guns – 8:30pm

 

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

Sun – Travelers Orchestra – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 10am

 

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

Fri – St Paul & the Broken Bones – 7pm

Sat – Jody Booth / Josh Ward – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Geoff Hill & Tony Taylor – 2pm

Sat – Grady Spencer & the Work – 8pm

Sun – Fast Movin Train – 4:30pm

Tue – Mario Flores – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Colton’s Kin – 3pm

Sun – Sylvia Kirk – 1pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684)
Tonight – Live Music at the Mill – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Jason James Band – 6pm

Sat – Grouchy Like Riley – 12:30pm / Dallas Moore Trio – 6pm

Sun – Gene ‘Birdlegg’ Pittman – Noon / Josh Baca & the Hot Tamales – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – TBA – 6pm

Wed – Bo Brumble – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Shaker Hymns – 8pm

Sat – Christian Sparks & the Beatnik Bandits – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Alanis Trio – 6pm

Fri – The Vagabonds – 6pm

Sat – Isaak Klaus – 2pm / Soul Sessions – 6:30pm

Sun – Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express / Squeezebox Jeaux – 3pm

Wed – Walburg Boys – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Double Barrel – 7pm

Sat – Thomas M. Riley – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Sun – Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines – 5pm (Virtual Concert)

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon

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

Sat – Devin Baize Band – 8pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon

 

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

Fri – Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon & Manzy Lowry – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 7pm

Sat – Justin Trevino – 8pm

Sun – NPD Songwriter Series – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Derek Krueger – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Minglewood – Grateful Dead Tribute – 7:30pm

Sat – Q – Tribute to Queen – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Ed Jurdi & Gordy Quist (Band of Heathens) – 6pm

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Music News – Nov 26, 2020

Today is Thanksgiving, a day to give thanks for all we have. I realize this has been a rough crazy year and it’s hard to find a silver lining during a pandemic. By now we all probably know some one who has had Covid. I personally know eight people that got it and thankfully they all survived. Some had serious cases while some had no symptoms at all. My neighbor had Covid, then pneumonia, then shingles, so he’s had a tough few months. In the afternoon, he and his wife sit on their front porch. He has an oxygen tank nearby and we talk across the street. Today I saw two of my favorite people, Mike and Annie Harrison. Mike got Covid way back in March and was hospitalized for a short time. I think Annie tested positive too but never got sick. I am very thankful they are both doing well and are ready to enjoy live music again. My daughter Lacy is a nurse and she deals with stressful situations every day. Once I got over the shock of being stuck at home for several months, I realized how grateful I was that we have a nice home to be stuck in. Many people in our country are homeless and have nothing to eat. My biggest problem was eating so much Blue Bell that I couldn’t button my Levi’s. We have many problems in our country, but we are still the greatest nation in the world. I’m thankful I live in Texas and that I live in one of the best cities in the state. These are the things I’m thankful for today.

Mason Lively releases new single, plays Gruene Hall

If you attend the Aaron Watson show at Gruene Hall tomorrow night, be sure you check out Mason Lively. He will be opening the show for Aaron and he has a brand new single out now called ‘Something About A Southern Girl.’ Mason started writing the song and had part of the chorus and a verse written when he had the opportunity to co-write with Wade Bowen. When Mason arrived for the session, he learned that Wade had invited fellow songwriter Drew Kennedy to join them. He was nervous but brought out the partially completed song. To his pleasant surprise, they finished the song within an hour. I first heard Mason’s music back in 2018 on his debut album, Stronger Ties. I was immediately impressed by his songwriting chops. He wrote all the ten songs at barely 20 years old, which isn’t that unusual, except that all the songs were fantastic. He writes songs like he’s decades past his actual age. That’s one of the first things you notice about him, but you also notice his voice. It’s a perfect tool for the songs he writes. One night after opening a show for Bowen, they started talking about music and songwriting. When Wade instructed Mason to be sure he had someone good to produce his new album, Mason casually asked Wade if he would do it. To his amazement, Bowen agreed. They recorded the album at Rosewood Studios in Tyler with ace studio musicians, including some members of Wade’s touring band. The new album is self-titled and will be released in March of 2021. I got a sneak listen to the songs and you are in for a real treat. I’ll do a proper review closer to the street date but if you attend the show on Friday, be sure to pick up a copy of his first album, it’s a keeper.

Benefits for Local Non-Profit Organizations

There are two fundraisers on the horizon that you may want to attend. First, there’s Wade Bowen’s ‘Wassail With Wade & Friends…a Night of Cheer.’ It will be held Thursday night December 3 at the Civic Center and is presented by Shiner Beer, New Braunfels Downtown Association, and the New Braunfels Jaycees. The proceeds will go to benefit local arts non-profits like New Braunfels Art League, Historic Outdoor Art Museum, Circle Arts Theatre, and the Brauntex Theatre. See the DowntownNewBraunfels.com website for information on tickets. The Brauntex Theatre is also having a fundraiser to help recoup the money lost during the pandemic. Americana artist Raul Malo, lead singer of the Mavericks, has agreed to host a fundraiser for the historic theatre on May 2, 2021. Few singers can touch Raul’s vocal talent, with only Roy Orbison or Chris Isaak coming to my mind if I were asked who to compare him too. Tickets are on-sale now at Brauntex.org for Raul’s fundraiser show.

John Fogerty Records Album With His Children

John Fogerty, the leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, has some incredible albums in his catalog. However, there is one he treasures the most. It’s called Fogerty’s Factory and he recorded it during the pandemic with his three children, Shane, Tyler, and daughter Kelsy. Each week during the Covid lockdown, Fogerty and his three kids would sit on their backyard patio and play some of John’s hit songs. They collected seven of their favorite performances and released an album titled Fogerty’s Factory. It’s a sly tribute to Cosmo’s Factory, one of Creedence’s best selling albums. They even recreated the iconic front cover of the old CCR album. The songs included on the new CD are Centerfield, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Long As I Can See The Light, Down On The Corner, Bad Moon Rising, Fortunate Son and of course, Proud Mary. Shane and Tyler also perform in John’s touring band and are on his recent 19 track Live at Red Rocks album. According to Fogerty’s website, his live shows will return early next year with concerts in April at casinos in Atlantic City, NJ. Starting next November, he will also do a long residency at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. For his complete touring schedule, see JohnFogerty.com.

American Music Awards

Last Sunday the American Music Awards were held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles with only a small crowd in attendance. They joined the CMA Awards in Nashville as one of the few events not cancelled this year due to the pandemic. The American Music Awards were created by music icon Dick Clark back in 1973. ABC TV had lost their contract to broadcast the Grammy Awards so Clark came up with the American Music Awards so that ABC would have an award show to televise. For several years, the show didn’t have much prestige in the music business, but it eventually grew in popularity. Clark was able to use his music business clout to persuade artists to perform on the show. This year, as expected, Taylor Swift won the Artist of the Year award. She also won Female Pop Artist and Music Video of the Year for her song Cardigan. She accepted the award remotely from the studio where she is busy re-recording all her early albums. As I reported last week, her enemy Scooter Braun sold her master tapes from her first six albums to Shamrock Capital, an equity company in Los Angeles. Though Swift was unable to buy her master tapes, her contract does allow her to re-record all six albums. So, she assembled all the original musicians and returned to the actual studio she used for each album. It’s expected she will add some bonus material to each album to encourage her massive fanbase, known as Swifties, to purchase her re-recorded albums. It’s a risky gamble to do this but if anyone can pull it off, Taylor can.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Zach McCabe & Austin Gilliam – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Max Flinn – 8pm

Sat – Scott H Biram – 8pm

 

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

Sat – The Percolators – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – Mike Ryan – 8:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Kelsey Lien – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Parker McCollum – 6pm & 9:30pm

Sat – Parker McCollum – 6pm & 9:30pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Colston – 8:30pm

Sun – Gunnar Lathan – 4:30pm

Tue – Michael Kelton & Johnny Chops – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Colton’s Kin – Noon / Lance Lipinsky – 4pm

Sat – Dirty River Jazz Band – Noon / Sylvia Kirk – 4pm

Sun – Lance Lipinsky – 1pm

 

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

Fri – Mason Lively / Aaron Watson – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Gary P Nunn – 8pm

Sun – Silvercloud – Noon / Oscar Ornelas Band – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Cade Holliday Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Bryon White Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Selfless Lovers – 6pm

Sat – CG Rivers Band – 2pm / Southside Jump – 7pm

Sun – NB Village Brass Band – 10am / Soul Sessions – 5pm

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / David Touchton – 7pm

Sat – Clay Hollis / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Elijah Zane Trio – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon / Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Sun – Junior Nash – 1:30pm

 

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

Fri – Kerosene Drifters – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9:30pm

 

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

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 7pm

Sun – Kayla Jane’s Picker’s Circle – 4pm

 

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

Sat – Wes Nixon & Philip Griffin / Jake Bush CD Release Party – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Paul Cauthen – 7:30pm

Sat – Fire & Ice – Tribute to Pat Benatar – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Country Line Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Zach Talbert / Roadside Libby – 9pm

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Music News – Nov 19, 2020

Another week in our crazy world and another week of live music being scattered around our city. There’s still a few venues that aren’t open for a variety of reasons, some by choice, others forced to close because of the social distance rule. Just when you think it’s safe to venture out in public, folks out in El Paso send everyone back to the beginning. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, or is it $100. I haven’t played Monopoly in a long time, so I’ve forgotten some of the rules. Anyway, there’s still plenty of live music to enjoy. Gruene Hall has two sold-out shows this weekend by the amazing Sean McConnell. Along with Raul Malo, Sean has one of the best voices in music, plus he’s a great songwriter, so hopefully you have tickets already. It’s good to see Anhalt Hall back open, that’s encouraging. On Saturday they will feature Jeff Woolsey & the Dancehall Kings to the historic hall. Over in San Marcos, Gus Clark is opening for Landon Bullard tonight. I wasn’t familiar with Gus until I saw him perform a few weeks ago at the Red Bird Listening Room. Trust me, this guy can sing. Sam Riggs is one of the young singer songwriters that have a promising future in this business, and you can see for yourself on Friday night at the Downtown Social. Over at Floores Country Store, our own Dallas Burrow will open for his friend Charley Crockett on Friday. On Saturday, Kevin Fowler will perform two shows, one at 6pm and another at 9:30pm. Many venues have had to adapt to the new model of two shows per night to break even. No one is making a profit anymore; they are simply doing anything they can to survive. Then you have Taylor Swift who saw her entire music catalog sold again for over $300 million to an equity group called Shamrock Holding. If you recall, Taylor’s old record label sold her catalog to her number one enemy, Scooter Braun. Taylor claimed she was never given a chance to buy her master recordings. They battled it out on social media and Scooter came out looking like the bad guy. Scooter paid $200 million for the music, then sold it to Shamrock for $300 million. It was an easy $100 million profit and Taylor once again claims she didn’t get the chance to even bid on her master catalog. However, she can legally re-record all her albums and resell them on her website, which according to her, that’s exactly what she plans to do. Since no one can tour anytime soon, she’s got time to do it. Well, think it’s time to go dig out our old Monopoly game and roll the dice. For some reason I always pick the iron or the dog, today I think I’ll pick the race car.

Elton John Releases 8-CD Box Set

Rock star icon Elton John had to postpone his final tour because of the Covid pandemic and is scheduled to return to the stage in September 2021. The first leg of the resumed tour will take him all across the United Kingdom. He will return to America in 2022 and will hit all the cities he missed in 2019. The Lone Star state will get two shows in Houston and Dallas in late June, so if you missed his San Antonio concert in late 2019, this will be your last chance to see him in concert. During his forced vacation, Elton teamed up with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin and compiled an 8-CD box set of songs spanning their entire career. Back in the 60’s, Elton and Bernie were struggling musicians trying to get their big break. Elton wrote music and Bernie wrote lyrics so when they joined forces, it was a perfect match. Together they wrote hundreds of songs before finally having a hit with ‘Your Song’ in 1970. Elton and Bernie dug through the vaults and unearthed a treasure trove of rare unreleased music. Disc 1 and 2 are the deep cuts, which are album tracks they both loved but for some reason, were never released as singles. On Disc 3, 4 and 5, they compile all the rarities they could find in the vaults. The sixty-five tracks have been locked away for over fifty years. You get to hear Elton’s very first song, Come Back Baby, that he wrote in 1965. You also hear Scarecrow; the first song Elton and Bernie wrote together in 1967. Discs 6 and 7 are all the rare B sides that were on the flip side of his singles, many appearing on CD for the first time. It’s the first time these 36 tracks appear together in one collection. Disc 8 is the companion to his recent autobiography and contains the sixteen songs he talks about in his book. The box set is pricey but is extremely high quality and it was personally designed by Elton. It will make a perfect holiday for the music lover in your family.

Freiheit Country Store to Host Musicians Benefit

Everyone knows that the entertainment industry was one of the hardest hit during the pandemic. Every music venue, theatre, dancehall, and bar were forced to close in March and though this month they are slowly starting to reopen, it will be a long time before things get back to normal. Working musicians took a big hit these past eight months, most were forced out of work with no chance of earning a living. Musicians in our city are a close group and are first in line to lend a helping hand when asked. On Sunday afternoon, they will join forces at Freiheit Country Store for the Culinaria Music Festival to benefit central Texas musicians. The event kicks off at 2pm with appearances by Tony Taylor, Austin Gilliam, William Beckman, Jamie Lin Wilson, Bri Bagwell, Cody Canada and Wade Bowen. Once again, area musicians are coming together to help each other in this time of need. It’s what they always do and continue to do, even though most of them are barely surviving themselves. It will be a fun day of friends and good music, so get your tickets now at FreiheitCountryStore.net.

The 54th Annual CMA Awards

If you watched the CMA Awards last week, you saw one of the few award shows that wasn’t canceled because of the pandemic. Once again, there was drama after all the awards were handed out. Last year, Garth Brooks won his 7th Entertainer of the Year Award and some fans were upset that he has won so many times. Remember, we now live in a world that everyone gets a trophy, regardless of whether you win or lose. You must make sure no one gets their feelings hurt. So, this year, Garth took his name out of the nominations to give everyone else a chance. Eric Church was declared Entertainer of the Year at this year’s award show. Once again, fans were upset that Carrie Underwood didn’t win, noting that the last time a female won the award was in 2011 when Taylor Swift took home the trophy. There were also some ruffled feathers over the omission of John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver and Johnny Bush when the CMA paid tribute to artists who have passed away this year. Jason Isbell and wife Amanda Shires returned their CMA Membership Cards in protest of John Prine not being honored. Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee were honored for the 40th Anniversary of Urban Cowboy. Both guys still sing great but for some reason they weren’t allowed to perform. Instead they let the group Old Dominion sing Looking for Love. Thankfully when Charlie Pride was given the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, they let him sing Kiss An Angel Good Morning, his first Number One hit. The nights best performance came from Chris Stapleton, armed with just an acoustic guitar and his wife providing backing vocals, they sang his new song Starting Over. It was a reminder to everyone what real country music should sound like.

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Jeff Woolsey & the Dancehall Kings – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin James – 8:30pm

Fri – Genevieve Allen – 8:30pm

Sat – JJ Garrett / Beatnik Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – 3 Man Front/ Bill Ayres Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Gus Clark / Landon Bullard – 8pm

Fri – Tyler McCollum – 8pm

Sat – Pecos & the Rooftops – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Jesse Stratton Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sam Riggs – 8:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – TBA – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Dallas Burrow / Charley Crockett – 8pm

Sat – Carson Jeffrey / Kevin Fowler – 6pm & 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Geoff Hill & Tony Taylor – 2pm

Fri – Kin Faux – 8pm

Sun – Benefit for Central Texas Musicians – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 4pm

Sat – Dirty River Jazz Band – 2pm

Sun – Colton’s Kin – 1pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684)
Tonight – Soul Ethos w/ Jamie Cameron & Robert Carter – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 6pm

Fri – Ashley Ray / Sean McConnell – 7pm

Sat – Pat Byrne Band – 12:30pm / Ben Danaher / Sean McConnell – 7pm

Sun – Lance Lipinsky – Noon / South Austin Moonlighters – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Reed Brothers, K Phillips & Nate Rodriguez – 6pm

Wed – Ben Danaher / Wade Bowen (acoustic trio) – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Ghost Dance Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Prince Tribute Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Alanis Trio – 6pm

Fri – Pete & Sean Williams – 7pm

Sat – Alli Mattace Band – 6pm

Sun – Dirty River Jazz Band – 10am / Slim Bawb – 2pm / Blue Cat Bone – 5pm

Wed – Yodel Blitz – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Lee Mathis & Brutally Handsome – 8pm

Sat – Almost Patsy Cline Trio – 1pm / Kin Faux / Jon Wolfe – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express – 7pm

Sat – Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Tex Porter – Noon / Junior Nash – 5pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sun – Junior Nash – 1:30pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart & Friends – 8:30pm

Fri – Popgun – 8:30pm

Sat – Sun Valley Station – 9:30pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Friends – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Danny B. Harvey – 8pm

Sun – NPD Songwriter Series – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Open Mic – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Paul Val / Elijah Zane – 7pm

Sat – Max & Heather Stalling – 7:30pm

 

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

Sun – Jonny Burke & Kevin Russell (Shinyribs) – 3pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

Sun – Acoustic Show – 2pm

 

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NB Magazine – December

Shortly before noon on October 30, on-stage at historic Gruene Hall, a special proclamation was made by Senator Donna Campbell to New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman. The award came from the Texas Music Office and it recognized New Braunfels as a Music Friendly Community. The local music fans felt like they have known this for years. Austin has the moniker of the live music capital of the world but folks in New Braunfels don’t always agree with that statement. Over the past several decades, our city has been growing in stature as a thriving live music community. If you have been following this series of stories about our city’s music scene, this is the final chapter about that history. Next month, we will look to the future and see what lies ahead.

The current music scene can be traced back to 1878 when German settler H.D. Gruene developed a track of land and built a dancehall. He called it Gruene’s Hall in the beginning, and it served as the entertainment center for the community. It remained open for the next 96 years but by 1974, Gruene was basically a ghost town. During this time, a young Pat Molak was in the market for a dancehall. He loved the music coming out of Austin and wanted to be a part of it. He had made an offer on Cibolo Creek Country Club but the deal fell through so he bought Gruene Hall in 1975. Along with his business partner Mary Jane Nalley, they made Gruene Hall one of the most popular live music venues in America.

Many amazing shows and spontaneous experiences have made Gruene Hall the place to be. Long time New Braunfels resident Bill Steagall just happened to be in the hall one day when Jerry Jeff Walker arrived with friend Willie Nelson. “Willie invited us to sit at the table with them,” Bill recalled. “Before long, a guitar appeared, and Jerry Jeff grabbed it and sang a few songs. Then Willie took the guitar and said he’d just recorded a new album and wanted to play some new songs. He played about six songs and they were great. We later learned they were songs from his upcoming Red Headed Stranger album.” Pat Molak agreed, adding that “It was pure luck or fate or whatever you want to call it, but I realize just how lucky we are that all of these pieces fell into place to make Gruene Hall what it is today.”

Another piece of the puzzle fell into place when KNBT-FM Radio owner and program director Mattson Rainer decided to change his stations format from modern country to Americana. He had attended a sold-out Robert Earl Keen show at Gruene Hall and quickly realized there was a market in our city for Americana music. He was right! On Saturday night, March 15, 1996 he debuted a new show on the air, Crossroads Americana, and he never looked back. Within five years it would be named the Number One Americana station in America. Now, the artists that performed at Gruene Hall had a local radio station that played their music.

As Americana music was gaining a stronghold in Central Texas, a group of musicians from Oklahoma were venturing south, looking for more places to play. Before long, acts like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, Stoney LaRue, and Mike McClure were playing at Gruene Hall, Cheatham Street Warehouse, River Road Icehouse and Floores Country Store. Over the next decade more venues like Riley’s Tavern, the Phoenix Saloon, Billy’s Ice and Freiheit Country Store started featuring live music. The Brauntex Theatre, a 1942 movie theatre, was renovated and turned into the only reserved seat, air-conditioned live music venue in town. In Canyon Lake, just ten miles away, the 9,000 seat Whitewater Amphitheater opened and started booking major touring acts like Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young.

Naturally, these venues made music festivals the next step and New Braunfels became home to the Americana Jam, the Gruene Music & Wine Fest, Wein & Saengerfest and Wassailfest. Before long, a wave of musicians began moving to New Braunfels simply because of its music friendly population and the proximity to major Texas cities. Almost any of the factors mentioned above would be enough to give any city a healthy live music scene. Add them all together and you get New Braunfels, now recognized as one of the best live music cities in America. On any given night you can enjoy live music covering a wide variety of genres, from country to Americana to jazz, blues, and Motown. There truly is something here for everyone and its just another reason so many of us are proud to call New Braunfels our home.

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Music News – Nov. 12, 2020

This week, things are finally picking up in the music world. It’s certainly a welcome sign after all the months we’ve had with nothing going on. Most venues have removed some tables to spread the crowds out to maintain the six-foot distance and require masks to be worn until you are seated. The Downtown Social has been hosting some acoustic shows recently and on Friday night they are welcoming Red Dirt artist Stoney LaRue. You can purchase advance tickets on their website. Adobe Verde in Gruene continues to host shows on their outdoor stage. If you are there on Saturday, check out the Percolators. They are a great local band with hundreds of fun songs in their repertoire. Brookshire Brothers in Canyon Lake will wind down their outdoor live music this weekend with Deuce Coupe on Friday and The Georges on Saturday. Freiheit Country Store welcomes Mike & the Moonpies on Friday night. They have a new album out now featuring some old unreleased Gary Stewart songs. The always amazing Yesenia McNett will bring her ace band the Groove Doctors to Krause’s stage on Friday night. The new AC/DC album, Power Up, is out and it’s exactly what you would expect from the Australian rock band. As with all their albums, this one is meant to be played very loud. I just finished the new Peter Frampton autobiography and highly recommend it if you are a fan of his music. It takes you through his early days as a struggling musician, to the overwhelming success of his live album, then the massive downfall of not being able to record a successful follow-up album. He ends the book with a look at his current situation as he battles a debilitating disease that is forcing an end to his career. Frampton handles the highs and lows with candor and dignity. Last, but not least, aren’t you glad that all the political commercials on TV are finally over? I honestly don’t think I could have survived another day of seeing them repeating over and over every time I turned on the TV to watch Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

Josh Abbott Releases New Album

Like many music fans in our state, the first time I heard of Josh Abbott was in 2010 on his ‘She’s Like Texas’ album. The title track on that album put Josh on the map and had folks calling him the next Pat Green. My first interview with Josh was in 2012 when he released his Small Town Dream album. I was impressed with his knowledge of Texas music, and the fact that he included a cover of Terry Allen’s ‘FFA’ on the album. I followed his career through some good and bad times, and we spoke again last week about his latest album, The Highway Kind, due out tomorrow. Abbott called from his home in Austin that he shares with wife Taylor and their two children. It’s a solid album and after many repeated listens, I think it’s my favorite one of his. I could tell that Josh is happy and in a very good place right now. After a few minutes of talking about the election, we moved the conversation over to the new record. “When we finished this album,” Josh explained, “we wanted to release it, then hit the road to play it for our fans but the pandemic shut down all of our plans. Taylor and I had moved to Nashville for a few months in early 2019 so I could cowrite with some of my songwriting friends and I came back to Texas with over thirty songs. We whittled that down to about 15 or so, then picked the final ten for the album.” Josh and the band headed out to El Paso to record the album at Sonic Ranch Studio with Marshall Altman producing. Unlike many Texas artists, Josh embraces Nashville and realizes some of the best songwriters in the world live there. He’s not afraid to pick one of their songs over his if he thinks it’s better. In addition to the title track, there’s a rocker written by Jon Pardi called ’24-7-365,’ that Josh recorded when Pardi decided not to. There’s a song for his son Luck appropriately titled ‘The Luckiest.’ He thinks ‘Settle Me Down’ may be the best song he’s ever recorded. The lyrics of ‘Real Damn Good’ describe his wife Taylor while ‘Old Men & Rain’ was written about spending the day with his wife’s grandfather. As our conversation came to an end, I mentioned that he seemed happy and in a very good place. “That’s exactly right,” he said. “I’m very happy, I drive my daughter to school, I love spending time with my family and that’s what this record means. I’m in a very good place right now.”

Ray Wylie Hubbard Celebrates Birthday at Gruene Hall

At a time when most performers are slowing down or retiring completely, Ray Wylie Hubbard is as creative as ever. His latest album, titled Co-Starring, features guests like Ringo Starr, Chris Robinson, Ronnie Dunn, Joe Walsh, and Pam Tillis, just to name a few. Born November 13 in Soper, Oklahoma, he will turn 74 years old tomorrow at his Gruene Hall show. After years of omission, Austin City Limits finally realized their oversight and invited Ray to appear on the show last month. The air date is scheduled for January 23, 2021. If you haven’t picked up a copy of the new CD, you should as soon as possible. It includes some of his strongest material, like the first single and video, Bad Trick. Hubbard covers all bases on this collection, with straight country on ‘Drink ‘Til I See Double,’ blistering blues on ‘Fast Left Hand’ and ‘Outlaw Blood’ about the wild girl in your life. Hubbard is one of the remaining Texas outlaw songwriters, with many classic songs like ‘Redneck Mother’ and ‘Snake Farm’ in his catalog. At press time there were still a few tables left but the show will sell out so if you plan on going, you should act now. For ticket information about this show and many more, see GrueneHall.com.

Live venues are still struggling during pandemic

As live music is slowly returning to some of our local venues, places like Whitewater Amphitheatre and the Brauntex Theatre are facing unique challenges. Whitewater is the largest capacity venue in our area with shows drawing nearly 9,000 fans to their concerts. They often feature concerts by major touring acts like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty and Sheryl Crow. When the Covid virus hit in mid-March, Whitewater was preparing for their first show in April with Pat Green and Willie Nelson. At first, they just postponed their concerts but by May they realized that the entire season would be lost, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some of the shows were rescheduled for 2021, including the Willie Nelson, Koe Wetzel, Whiskey Myers and Cody Johnson shows. Others like the Sheryl Crow concert were cancelled and not rescheduled. The 2021 concerts are on their calendar and tickets are on-sale now for all the rescheduled shows so be sure to check them out at WhiteWaterRocks.com. The Brauntex Theatre has been closed since March 14 and for a non-profit venue, this has been some very tough times. Since their seats are reserved and most patrons keep the same seats for every show, it makes it difficult to social distance. Many shows in the 2020 season were moved several times because they simply could not be social distanced. Fortunately, no shows were cancelled but patrons will need to be patient until the social distancing rules are lifted. You can help the theatre by holding onto your tickets and purchasing more as new shows are announced. The complete schedule, including the ones that were moved, can be found at Brauntex.org

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Rhythm Kings – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Myles Smith – 8:30pm

Fri – Cameron Sacky Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Chris Max Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Deuce Coupe & Car Cruise In – 6pm

Sat – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Shaker Hymns – 8:30pm

Sat – Jake Worthington / Randall King – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Braydon Zink – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Stoney LaRue – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Colston/ William Clark Green – 8pm

 

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

Fri – William Beckmann / Mike & the Moonpies – 8pm

 

Freiheit Village Farmer’s Market (Creekside Village at The Venue)

Sat – Jorge & Nicole – 10am

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Slim Bawb – Noon / Bret Graham – 4pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684)
Tonight – Danny Britt & Marvin Dykhuis – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Beall Trio – 6pm

Fri – Ray Wylie Hubbard – 8pm

Sat – Powell Brothers – 1pm / Luke Olsen / Pat Green – 8pm

Sun – Luke Olsen/ Pat Green – 7pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Brian Pounds & Grace Pettis – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Matt Castillo – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – SA Blue Cats – 6pm

Fri – Lance Lipinsky – 4pm / Yesenia McNett & the Groove Doctors – 6pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K Morris – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Braxton/ Hayden Haddock – 8pm

Sat – Weldon Henson – 1pm / Pete Devlin & the Texas Moon – 7pm

Sun – Paul Logan Band – 1pm / Jack Martin – 5pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Steven Vee – Noon / Junior Nash – 5pm

Sat – Jesse Stratton Band – 8pm

Sun – Junior Nash – 1:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mary Charlotte Young – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Kin Faux – 9pm

Sat – Jean Pierre & Zydeco Angels – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Open Mic Night – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Second Hand Cowboys – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – John Baumann – 7pm

Fri – Damn Torpedos – Tom Petty Tribute – 7pm

Sat – Dirty River Boys – 8pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Painted Pony – 8:30pm

Sat – Clint Taft & Buck Wild Band – 9pm

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Music News – Nov. 5, 2020

Another week and another legendary singer passed away. You have to wonder how much longer this will continue. Before long all of our old stars will be gone and I wonder who is left to take their place. Especially in country music, there’s definitely a shortage of traditional singers. Alan Jackson and George Strait don’t tour much anymore, Randy Travis is unable to sing, Dwight Yoakam is touring less these days and Marty Stuart is busy building his museum in Mississippi. Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson are in their 80’s now, Rodney Crowell has had health issues lately and is touring less and Vince Gill joined the Eagles and tours with them. Dolly Parton seems to stay busy but Loretta Lynn has retired from performing. Hopefully we won’t lose any more musicians for a while, we’ve had about all the bad news we can handle.

Great songwriter Billy Joe Shaver Dies

It has been a real challenge writing this column for the past few weeks with all of the musicians passing away. Last week we lost Billy Joe Shaver to a massive stroke at the age of 81. He was born in Corsicana, Texas in 1939 and raised primarily by his grandmother while his single mom had to work. After a stint in the Navy, he came home, married Brenda Tindell and they had one son, Eddy, who was born in 1962. Shaver and Brenda would divorce and remarry two times before she died of cancer in 1999, the same year his mother passed away. One year later, on December 31, his son Eddy died of a heroin overdose. Eddy was the guitar player in his band and battled drug addiction his entire life. They were scheduled to play a show that night at Poodie’s Bar, near Willie’s Austin home. Billy Joe played the gig and Willie filled in on guitar. No one in the crowd knew that Billy Joe had lost his son just a few hours earlier. It was a very rough time for Shaver, but he continued to tour and write songs, telling everyone that God must have plans for him since he was alive and his entire family was gone. I had the opportunity to see him in concert and talk to him on several occasions. Once before his show at the old Cibolo Creek Country Club while Eddy was still alive. He told me the story of how he convinced Waylon Jennings to record an entire album of his songs. A few years later I interviewed him backstage at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic and he explained how he accidentally lost two fingers on his right hand in a sawmill accident. He saved his fingers in hopes the doctor could reattach them but when he got to the hospital, the old country doctor threw them in the trash and said, ‘Son, we don’t do that kind of surgery here.’ He laughed while he told the story, saying that’s the kind of luck he’s had his entire life. He’s the only performer that suffered a near fatal heart attack onstage at Gruene Hall back in 2001 and lived to tell the tale. When he shot a man in Waco in self-defense, Willie Nelson was a character witness at his trial and the jury found him innocent. Through all of his struggles, he remained one of the nicest, most humble people I’ve ever met. Widely regarded as one of the best songwriters in America, he never let it go to his head. Willie Nelson often referred to him as the greatest living songwriter and Willie should know. Shortly after his death, tributes started pouring in all across the country. Todd Snider performed the entire Honky Tonk Heroes album on his Facebook page a few days after Billy passed away and earlier this week the Sequestered Songwriters group paid tribute to Shaver by performing over twenty of his hits during their live stream concert.

Alex Meixner Brings Wurstfest to Krause’s Cafe

Of all the millions of shows and festivals we lost to this stupid pandemic, Wurstfest is the one I’ll miss the most. I have so many fantastic memories of the annual salute to sausage it’s impossible to name just one. I was at Alex Meixner’s first headlining show when he moved to the Big Tent, and I witnessed his rise to become one of the most popular acts at the festival. One night a huge group of us got to do the chicken dance with Jimmy Sturr and his band. I think that was the same night one of the souvenir booths gave all of us crazy hats to wear and trusted us to return them all at the end of the night. The food was always so good and it was fun just sampling it all. We always dreaded the parking and sometimes the crowds got tough to handle, but by the next day, we were ready to go back again. If you are missing Wurstfest like I am, you can still get your dose of high octane polka this weekend with Alex Meixner. Yes, he’s back in town for three shows at Krause’s Café. On Friday he starts at 7pm then there’s a special matinee show at 2pm on Saturday. So, if you go to the Farmer’s Market, you can get tickets and hang around afterwards and enjoy his show. On Saturday night he returns for a final show at 7pm. Alex and his guys are one of the best touring bands in America so catch one of these shows and raise a toast to polka music and good times. Hopefully, before long we can all gather together again and enjoy live music at a real festival.

Moe Bandy Comes to Riley’s Tavern

Riley’s Tavern will welcome country icon Moe Bandy on Friday night. Bandy makes an annual stop at the historic tavern and is one of the true honky tonk singers still alive. The last time I interviewed Moe he was telling me about a movie being made about his life. He truly seemed surprised that someone from Hollywood would want to do a story about him. He had a contagious laugh and recalled the comments that his band and other close friends had when he told them about the possible movie. Born Marion Bandy in Meridian, Mississippi back in 1944. It’s also the hometown of folk singer Jimmie Rodgers and Bandy’s grandfather often worked on the railroads with Rodgers. As the old saying goes, he wasn’t born in Texas, but got here as soon as he could. His family moved to San Antonio when he was six years old, which was about the same time his dad nicknamed him Moe. His dad played in a country band called the Mission City Playboys and taught young Moe to play guitar. His father’s hopes that he would show an interest in music was short lived because by his teens, Moe and his brother Mike were competing in local rodeos. When his rodeo career fizzled out, he turned to country music and took a day job working with his dad in a sheet metal shop. During our interview, Moe mentioned several buildings in New Braunfels that he and his dad built the air conditioning ducts for. He fronted several local honky-tonk bands before starting a solo career. He landed his first hit song in 1975 with ‘Bandy The Rodeo Clown,’ written by Lefty Frizzell and Whitey Shaffer. He scored a second hit a year later with ‘Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life.’ Albums, hit songs and millions of miles in a Silver Eagle tour bus became his life for the next several decades until he opened his own theatre in Branson, Missouri. He was able to slow down and let the fans come to him for a change. He still performs regularly at his theatre but does enjoy doing short tours around the country. These tours bring him back to Texas fairly often and Riley’s Tavern is a normal stop. For ticket prices and reserved table information, go to Riley’s Tavern Facebook page, their website or call them at  (512) 392-3132.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam & Daniel Pelligrini – 8:30pm

Fri – El Saddle – 8:30pm

Sat – Jamie Talbert – 9:30pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Kody West – 8pm

Fri – Christian Sparks & Beatnik Bandits – 8pm

Sat – Hill Country Revival – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Steel River Band – 8:30pm

Sun – Forever Town – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm

 

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

Sat – Cody Hibbard – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Randy Rogers Band – 6pm & 9:30pm

Sat – Randy Rogers Band – 6pm & 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Gabe Garcia – 8pm

Fri – Fast Movin Trio – 8pm

Sun – Colby Albright – 4:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Bret Graham – 2pm

Sun – Sylvia Kirk – 1pm

 

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

 

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

Tonight – Adam Johnson – 6pm

Fri – Mark Chesnutt – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Hayden Haddock / Jason Boland & the Stragglers – 7pm

Sun – Bret Graham – Noon / Matt Kirk & the Gueyfarers – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Tony Taylor – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Dirty River Boys – 8:30pm

Sat – Hunter Road Trio – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Soul Ethos – 6pm

Fri – Alex Meixner – 7pm

Sat – Alex Meixner – 2pm & 7pm

Sun – Shane Kelley – 10am / Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express – 4pm

Mon – NBHS Project Grad Fundraiser – 4pm

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K Morris – 5pm

Fri – Chris Saucedo – 7pm

Sat – Jerry DeLeon & the Southbound – 6pm

Sun – Clete Bradley & Friends – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Soul Ethos – 6pm

Sat – Soul Ethos – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Kerrville New Folk Winners – 4:45pm

 

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)

Fri – Steven Vee – Noon / Junior Nash – 5pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 9pm

Sun – Junior Nash – 1:30pm

 

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

Fri – Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon & Manzy Lowry – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathan’s / Moe Bandy – 9pm

Sat – Basil Trio – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Open Mic Night – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Ruben V – 7pm

Sat – Blackbird Sing – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Willy & Cody Braun, Jonny Burke, Rio Tripiano – 6pm

Fri – Bri Bagwell, Paul Eason, Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 6pm

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Music Friendly Declaration

On Friday, city leaders, chamber members and local business owners assembled at historic Gruene Hall to accept the Texas Music Office award designating New Braunfels as a Music Friendly Community. This program seeks to foster music business economic development in Texas cities and communities. It was a fitting place to make the presentation since Gruene Hall is the oldest continually operated dance hall in Texas. Built in 1878, Gruene Hall was one of the first venues in New Braunfels to host concerts by Texas artists and national touring acts.

Mary Jane Nalley, who along with Pat Molak, owns the hall and got the event started promptly at 11am. From the stage decorated to resemble a comfy living room, along with a guitar signed by LeAnn Rimes, Nalley welcomed the crowd and introduced the featured guest speakers. Council member Shane Hines, the Texas Music Friendly Program Initiator, acknowledged his love of live music and stated it was one of the reason his family lives in New Braunfels. Wes Studdard, Chair of the Board for the Chamber, spoke next and mentioned that this designation is just another reason that New Braunfels was voted as one of the Top 25 Places to live in America. He spoke of the huge part that music plays in our city and that the chamber is committed to supporting our local music scene. He also announced a new website, NewBraunfelsCreativeCity.com, a site that features information on local musicians, painters, writers, sculptors, directors and other creative artists who live and create here.

Next came a short video played on two large screens positioned on both sides of the hall that featured Chip Adams, the Program and Designation Coordinator of the Texas Music Office. Adams welcomed New Braunfels to the growing list of Music Friendly Communities that includes Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Denton, Lindale, Stephenville, Conroe, San Angelo, Nacogdoches, Abilene, McKinney, Waxahachie, Waco, Alpine and Bastrop. He spoke of how the current pandemic has hurt the music industry and was confident that New Braunfels and the other cities in the group will lead the charge in bringing our live music back stronger than ever.

Senator Donna Campbell was on hand to present New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman with the official plaque to proclaim that our city was now included in the group as determined by the Texas Music Office. Senator Campbell also mentioned the pandemic and the effect it has had on the $23 billion dollar business that the music industry brings to the state of Texas. The event ended after Mayor Brockman read the proclamation and thanked everyone for their support in helping achieve this award.

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Music News – Oct. 29, 2020

Anytime the weather drops below 80 degrees, I start looking for a fire and a warm coat. I’ve hated cold weather for as long as I can remember. I always said that if I win the lottery, I would buy a jet plane and fly farther south anytime the temperature dipped below 80 degrees. So, we get our first cold front during a pandemic and Jerry Jeff Walker passed away. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of this year. I’m ready to push fast forward and skip right on over to January. So far we’ve lost Joe Diffie, John Prine, Little Richard, guitarist Peter Green, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Neil Peart, drummer Paul English, Justin Townes Earle, Charlie Daniels, Bill Withers, Roy Head, Kenny Rogers, Spencer Davis, Mac Davis, Johnny Bush and Jerry Jeff Walker. These are just the most popular entertainers, there is 132 more lesser known musicians that have died in 2020. I think that may be a record for most deaths in a single year. It’s certainly not a record you want to repeat, and we still have two more months to go. I may just lock myself in the house and not come out until January 1.

Jerry Jeff Walker passes away

Another week and another iconic singer passes away. This year seems determined to rid the world of everything and everyone in the music business. It was late last Friday night when the news hit social media that Jerry Jeff Walker had passed away at 78 years old after a long battle with cancer. Tributes to his life and music were posted online for the next four days from thousands of people that knew him, worked with him, or had his music touch their life. Trust me, if you live in Texas, Jerry Jeff Walker sang your song. He could be stubborn; he could be wild and crazy, but he stayed true to his musical vision until the end. He was born Ronald Clyde Crosby in Oneonta, New York in 1942. His gypsy ways led him to travel south to play music under the stage name of Jerry Ferris and then Jeff Walker before combining both names and legally changing his name to Jerry Jeff Walker in the late 60’s. He gave a young Jimmy Buffett his first ride to Key West when they were both struggling musicians. Buffett stayed in Key West, but Jerry Jeff went on to New Orleans. A night in jail with an old street performer inspired him to write Mr. Bojangles, his biggest hit. It would provide him the money to travel America before finally settling in Austin in 1970 and helped start the outlaw country movement with Willie Nelson and Michael Martin Murphey. His Viva Terlingua album, recorded in Luckenbach in 1973, kicked his career into overdrive. It also launched the careers of Gary P. Nunn and Ray Wylie Hubbard because Jerry Jeff included their songs on the album. He married Susan Streit and once she took over as his manager, his life became more organized. They had two children, son Django and daughter Jesse Jane. Everyone has a favorite Jerry Jeff story and he influenced thousands of young Texas musicians. I remember seeing him many years ago at Saengerhalle doing a song swap with Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, and Guy Clark. My wife remembers being a part of his Hill Country Rain video shoot at Guadalupe River State Park. He left behind a catalog of music that defines our state and one that will last forever. Long live Jerry Jeff.

Bruce Springsteen releases Letter to You

When Bruce Springsteen released his new album, Letter to You, last Friday, it marked the first time he recorded live in the studio with his E Street Band since the Born in the USA sessions in 1983. After that album, Bruce started demoing his songs at home, then having the band add their parts later. Last November he had lunch with his keyboardist Roy Bittan and played Roy some song samples. Roy suggested that Bruce don’t demo the songs but let the band learn them live in the studio and add their parts spontaneously. He agreed and they met in Bruce’s home studio a few weeks later. Over the course of five days they recorded the entire album, knocking out all twelve songs in record time. Remember, it took them three years to record his Born in the USA album in 1984. Nine of the songs are brand new, written by Bruce in late 2019. The album kicks off with ‘One Minute You’re Here,’ a song that examines the mortality of your friends and family. ‘Letter to You’ is a testament to the dedication he has to his fans. By the third track, ‘Burning Train,’ you hear the E Street Band full force, running wide open. He goes to the vaults for ‘Janey Needs A Shooter,’ a song pulled from the vaults, written back in the mid 70’s. It certainly sounds like vintage Bruce. He touches on his early days in music with ‘Last Man Standing,’ and realizes he’s the last surviving member of his first band, The Castiles. There’s a definite 1980’s sound on ‘Rainmaker,’ the only song on the album that hints at current events. ‘House of 1000 Guitars’ is my least favorite song on the album, but it’s simply my opinion. He salvages two more songs from his archives, ‘If I Was A Priest’ and ‘Song for Orphans,’ and they both have the heavy lyrical style he favored in 1973. You can hear his Bob Dylan influences on these two tracks. One of my favorite tracks is ‘Ghosts,’ with the lines ‘when the band kicks into overdrive, by the end of the set we leave no one alive.’ After all, this is where Bruce and the band truly shine, on stage. Their nightly marathon shows that hover close to the four hour mark every night is what sets them apart from everyone else. Even at 71 years old, he plays every concert like it will be his last, leaving everything on the stage. There’s no one else playing at this level today, it’s what sets Bruce apart from all others. That’s why they call him the Boss. He hopes to tour in 2021 and so does his millions of fans, we need an E Street Band to help put 2020 behind us.

Freiheit Country Store and Gruene Hall lead the charge for live music

When live music started returning to our city, Freiheit Country Store and Gruene Hall stepped up to the plate and did their best to bring it back as fast as possible. Since they have a full restaurant on site, Freiheit was first in line with live concerts. When they could open at 50% capacity, they started the live acoustic shows with artists like Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, and Jack Ingram. They show upcoming shows by Mike & the Moonpies and Blackhawk. Gruene Hall followed soon after with limited seating shows by Robert Earl Keen, Stoney LaRue, Granger Smith, Josh Abbott, and Cory Morrow. Their calendar has upcoming shows by Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers, Mark Chesnutt, Jason Boland, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Pat Green, Sean McConnell, Wade Bowen, Aaron Watson, and Gary P. Nunn. These venues had to change their entire business model to accommodate the CDC guidelines so be patient with the staff if you attend any shows. They are doing everything they can to survive this crazy year. Always check with each venue before attending a concert so you will know their rules for the event. Hopefully, we are close to the end of the pandemic and will be back to normal by the holidays.

Red Bird Listening Room Hosts Songwriters Night

Tonight, the Red Bird Listening Room will host their second songwriter’s night with a solid group of local singer songwriters in our area. Soon after the building was finished, owner Dallas Burrow invited all his friends to stop by and christen the room. They showed up in full force and it was a memorable night. For tonight’s songwriter showcase, Dallas has invited a large group of artists to stop by and play a few songs. It’s a very relaxed casual atmosphere, with each songwriter playing a new song or one they have had in their catalog for a while. Red Bird Listening Room is a historic old farmhouse that was meticulously restored to provide a beautiful and intimate experience. So, if you are a songwriter, this is where you need to be tonight. Doors open at 6pm, music starts at 7pm and a $10 donation is appreciated but not mandatory. It goes to help continue these cool events. If you do attend, remember listening is permitted but talking is not. Seating is limited so arrive early if you plan on attending. Hand sanitizer and masks are available if you forget yours. The Red Bird is located at 1260 Business 35, next door to Walgreens at the corner of Walnut and Business 35.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – JJ Garrett – 6:30pm

Sat – Halloween Festival w/ The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Garrett Mann, Bo Brumble, Mike Stanley – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dustin Schafer – 9:30pm

 

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

Fri – Lady & the Tramps – 6pm

Sat – Jesse Stratton – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Austin Meade – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Piano Melt w/ Mike Atkins & Jake Koenig – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – TBA – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Jesse Daniel / Raul Malo – 7pm

Sat – Hailey Whitters / Flatland Cavalry – 6pm & 9:30pm

 

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

Fri – Kat Hasty / Pecos & the Rooftops – 6pm

Sat – Opener TBA / Jason Allen Band – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 1pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684)
Tonight – Colton’s Kin – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Eli Young Band – 8pm

Fri – Randy Rogers (Trio Acoustic) – 8pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Carson Jeffery / Giovannie & the Hired Guns – 7pm

Sun – Danny Brooks Band – Noon / Aaron Stephens Band – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Jackson Parten & Matt Kirk – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Tyler McCollum – 8:30pm

Sat – Undercover Killas – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb – 6pm

Fri – Zack Walther Band – 6pm

Sat – Monte Good – 2pm / All Mixed Up – 6pm

Sun – Village Brass Band – 3pm

 

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

Tonight – Dan West – 5pm

Fri – Jake McLain – 4pm / Koncrete Kings – 8pm

Sat – Yesenia McNett & Soul Twang – 1pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins, Drew Kennedy & Josh Grider – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Soul Ethos – 6pm

Fri – Soul Ethos – 6pm

Sat – Devan Jones – 7pm

 

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

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jesse Stratton Band – 7pm

Fri – Steven Vee – Noon / Junior Nash – 5pm

Sat – Halloween Party – 8pm

Sun – Junior Nash – 1:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Dirty White Horse – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Matt Moeller – 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Kayla Jane Sheppard – 7pm

Fri – Season Ammons – 6pm / The Lucky Odds – 8:30pm

Sat – The Blevins – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Eddie Esler / Shaker Hymns – 8pm

 

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 – Jamie Lin Wilson & Courtney Patton – 7pm

Fri – Marcy Grace – 7:30pm

Sat – Nightbird: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Jonathan Tyler, Cody Braun, Jonny Burke – 6pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Drew Moreland & Neon Hustle – 8:30pm

Sat – I35 / 3 Man Front – 9pm

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Music News – Oct. 22, 2020

It seems like every week another legendary musician passes away. On October 16, country music icon Johnny Bush passed away from pneumonia at the age of 85. Just a few weeks ago I wrote about Bush before his September 25 show at Riley’s Tavern. As it turned out, this was his final show. Riley’s owner Joel Hofmann gave me some details about Johnny’s final live performance. “When he first took the stage, he told the crowd how much he loved them,” recalled Hofmann. “He said that several times during the night. He apologized for his breathing difficulty and when singer Justin Trevino arrived, Johnny let him sing a few songs so he could take a break. His wife told Joel he was on the mend but two days later pneumonia set in and he never recovered. Johnny told a funny story about his song, Green Snakes on the Ceiling. For some reason children always loved the song even though it was about a man suffering from alcohol withdrawals. The last song Johnny sang was his biggest hit, Whiskey River.” He wrote the song in 1972 and his friend Willie Nelson used to open every concert he played since 1973. There will be a visitation today at 4pm at the Mission Park Funeral Chapel in San Antonio.

Concert Calendar Returns

This week I’m happy to announce the return of our concert calendar. We haven’t had a full concert calendar since mid-March. When the bars and music venues were closed for the pandemic, all local live music came to a screeching halt and the concert calendar dried up. After a month of no music from anyone, a few musicians started doing live streaming concerts so I started listing those so their fans could stay informed. By early October, live music was slowly returning with limited audiences and bands often playing multiple shows. Starting today, almost every bar and music venue has reopened. Gruene Hall has a lot of good shows scheduled for the upcoming weeks including Junior Brown, Cory Morrow, Eli Young Band, Mark Chesnutt, Pat Green, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Sean McConnell. Hopefully, the social distancing rule will go away soon, and all the live music can return to normal.

Billboard Music Awards

Garth Brooks and George Strait had a good night at the Billboard Music Awards on October 14. Kelly Clarkson hosted the show from the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show was originally scheduled for broadcast on April 29 but was postponed due to the pandemic. Post Malone had the most nominations for the night. Garth was awarded the Icon Award for his many record-breaking achievements in the music business, including most records sold by any artist and his years of sold-out tours. George Strait won Top Country Tour even though he only performed fourteen concerts during the February 2019 to February 2020 timeframe. George has perfected the art of working less and making more, earning over $5 million per show with a total gross of almost $71 million, taking over the lead that was held by Eric Church. It took Church 46 shows to earn a total of $65 million, with about $1.5 million earned for each show. Just another reason he is called King George.

Peter Frampton Writes His Memoir

Rock guitarist Peter Frampton has finally written his autobiography titled ‘Do You Feel Like I Do?’. Alan Light, an associate editor for Rolling Stone, helped Frampton write the new book. It covers his career from his first band, The Herd, to joining the classic rock band Humble Pie. Just as their album Live at The Fillmore was climbing the charts, Peter left the band to start a solo career. His first few albums didn’t sell enough to break even and just as he was thinking of quitting, he convinced his record label to release a live album. At first it was scheduled to be a single album but at the last minute his record label agreed to let him release a double album instead. Within a few weeks, Frampton Comes Alive, was climbing the charts and would eventually become the best-selling live album of all time. After the massive success of the live album, he was unable to follow it with another hit album. Within a few years, he was hooked on drugs and almost broke. He credits David Bowie with offering him a job in the early 80’s that saved his career. He finally got his life back on track and rebuilt his career to a comfortable level. About four years ago he was diagnosed with a rare inflammatory and announced his retirement tour. Unfortunately, the Covid pandemic forced the tour to be cancelled and Frampton’s condition continues to worsen. There’s a good chance he will never perform a concert again. The book was released on Tuesday and is already climbing to the top of the bestseller charts.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Low Dog Band – 6pm

Sat – Chuck Wimer – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Zach Talbert – 8:30pm

Fri – Austin James – Tom Petty Tribute – 8:30pm

Sat – Room Redux Benefit – 6pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Brian Milson – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Ray Wylie Hubbard – 6pm

Sat – Mason Lively – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Zach Neil / Matt Castillo – 8pm

Sat – Jon Wolfe – 8pm

 

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

Fri – David Touchton Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Piano Melt w/ Mike Atkins & Jake Koenig – 7pm

Fri – Charles Wesley Godwin / Ward Davis – 9pm

Sat – Small Town Habit – 8:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am

 

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

Fri – Riley Green – 6pm & 9:30pm

Sat – Josh Abbott Band – 6pm & 9:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – 4pm

Fri – Rick Trevino – 8pm

Tue – Gunns West – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 5pm

Sat – Lance Lipinsky – Noon / Bret Graham – 4pm

Sun – Colton’s Kin – 1pm

 

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

Wed – Eric Middleton – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 6pm

Fri – Henri Herbert / Junior Brown – 7pm

Sat – Texas Horns – 1pm / Cory Morrow – 7pm

Sun – Bill Hearn Trio – Noon / Mike Zito – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Lance Lipinsky – 6pm

Wed – Shaker Hymns / Eli Young Band – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Statesboro Revue – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Soul Sessions w/ Robert Carter & Hollie Holloway – 6pm

Fri – Ruben V – 6pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 2pm / Michael Alanis Trio – 6pm

Sun – Dirty River Jazz Band – 10am / Alli Mattice Band – 2pm

Wed – The Tubameisters – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Dan West – 5pm

Fri – John Baumann / William Clark Green – 8pm

Sat – Sophia Johnson – 1pm / Max Stalling – 8pm

Sun – Tumbleweed Hill – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Steven Vee – Noon / Junior Nash – 5pm

Sat – Jorge Gallegos – 8pm

Sun – Junior Nash – 1:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Andrae Blisset – 8:30pm

Fri – Scott Wiggins Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 9:30pm

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

Tonight – Jackie Darlene – 7pm

Fri – Danny B Harvey – 8pm

Sat – Rochelle & the Sidewinders – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Bob Brooks Band / Shane Rogers Band – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Don Reilly – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Singer Songwriter Night – 8pm

Fri – Buffalo Nichols – 6pm / Fast Cash – Tribute to Johnny Cash – 9:30pm

Sat – Chris Lopez – 9:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bonnie Bishop – 7:30pm

Sat – Bob Schneider – 8pm

 

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

Fri – Fast Movin Train – 8:30pm

Sat – Jim Byrom Band – 9pm

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