Music News – April 18, 2019

Hal Ketchum Retires

Hal Ketchum has been a fixture on the Texas music scene for several decades now so it was sad to hear the news today that he is retiring from touring due to the onset of Alzheimers. Born Hal Michael Ketchum in Greenwich, New York, he moved to Austin in 1981. He was playing music at an early age and while in Austin he discovered Gruene Hall. Hal’s first wife was a school counselor and they eventually settled here in New Braunfels. Hal worked as a handy man and did a lot of work at Gruene Hall. He often played solo sets at the historic hall before breaking into the Nashville scene with his second album, Past The Point of Rescue. Many hits followed and Hal toured the world building up a solid career. Complications from a form of Multiple Sclerosis caused him to slow things down and move back to Texas in 2008. He married his current wife Andrea and they settled in the hill country near Wimberley. Hal’s latest album, I’m A Troubadour, was released in 2014 and was produced by the late Jimmy LaFave. I remember Jimmy calling me one night to talk about the album. He was so proud of the new songs Hal had written and thought they were some of his best ever. I caught many of Hal’s concerts over the past several years and he always gave 100%. According to online reports he played his final live show in October at Gruene Hall, the place where his career started. It’s a fitting end to a fantastic career for an amazing singer songwriter. According to Andrea’s Facebook post informing his fans about his condition, Hal plans to take it easy and enjoy being with his family.


Melissa Etheridge & Boz Scaggs Coming to Gruene Hall

Speaking of Gruene Hall, they have two huge shows scheduled for next week starting Tuesday with the return of Melissa Etheridge. She played the hall last year to a sold-out crowd and almost immediately booked a return performance. Last week she released her 15th studio album, The Medicine Show, and it’s a strong collection of new songs. One thing you notice as soon as the title track starts is this album is a rocker. She earned that reputation back in 1989 when she was just starting out. I saw her at the 20,000 seat Summit Arena in Houston back in 1994 and it was one of the loudest rock shows I’ve ever seen. Her last album, 2016’s Memphis Rock & Soul, paid tribute to the R&B sounds that came out of Memphis back in the 60’s. The new CD puts Etheridge right back in the rock format of her early days. On Wednesday, blues man Boz Scaggs returns to Gruene Hall in what has now become an annual event. His latest album, Out of the Blues, was released in July of last year and is his 19th studio album. It’s the final release in a trilogy of albums that pay tribute to his favorite blues legends. Austin guitar slingers Charlie Sexton and Doyle Bramhall II provide the tasty guitar licks while bass legend Willie Meeks keeps things running on time. These two shows are sold-out so hopefully you already have your tickets. If not, buy both of these new albums and create your own concert at home.


New Bruce Springsteen Book Out Now

Though he’s not touring this year, Bruce Springsteen is still in the headlines thanks to a new book just published by Brian Hiatt. This high quality coffee table type book clocks in at 290 pages packed full of rare photos and stories spanning Bruce’s entire career beginning with his first album in 1973. Titled The Stories Behind The Songs, it’s the most comprehensive book ever written that dissects every song Bruce has ever written, which number in the hundreds. What’s interesting about the book is Brian had direct access to many key members of Springsteen’s closest collaborators, from producers, friends and members of the famous E Street Band. It’s essential reading for any Springsteen fan so get your copy today.




Maren Morris Brings World Tour to Town

If you happened to watch the Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas last Sunday, you probably noticed there were only three actual country performances on the show. Only George Strait, Reba McEntire and Chris Stapleton performed country songs, everything else was rap or pop music. One of the performers that night was Maren Morris, who was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year but lost to fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves. Born in Arlington, this Texas gal got her first guitar at 12 years old and fell in love with music. Her first independent album, Walk On, was released in 2005 and she followed with two more self-released albums over the next few years. Her major label debut, Hero, came out in 2016 and contained the hit single My Church. Leaning more to the pop format than country, Morris just released her latest hit album, Girl, and is in the middle of a massive world tour taking her all over the globe. She makes a Texas stop this Saturday at Whitewater Amphitheater with special guest Rae Lynn opening the show. Get your tickets now at





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

Tonight – Shane Bartell – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Billy Mata & Texas Tradition – 8pm


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

Tonight – Fat Cactus – 8:30pm

Fri – Jim Byrom – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – 2pm / Tom Gillam – 5pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake –


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

Wed – Anthony Wright – 9pm


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

Fri – Sarah Sweeney – 6pm


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

Sat – Cody Bryan Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am


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

Tonight – Lucas Taylor – 6pm

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm


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

Fri – Wynn Williams / Josh Ward – 7pm

Sat – Blackbird Sing / Bri Bagwell – 7pm


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

Fri – Gary Glenn & 20X Band – 9pm


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

Tonight – Ryan Waguspak – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 1pm / Dan McCoy – 5pm

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


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

Sat – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm / Colton’s Kin – 6pm

Sun – Troy Stone – Noon


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

Tonight – Aaron Einhouse – 6pm

Fri – Austin Meade / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Joshua Ray Walker / Wade Bowen – 9pm

Sun – Beat Boot Revival – Noon / Miss Lavelle White – 3pm / Malford Milligan – 5:30pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 6pm

Tue – Melissa Etheridge – 7pm

Wed – Garrett LeBeau / Boz Scaggs – 7pm


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

Fri – RAGE – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns / Statesboro Revue – 7pm


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

Tonight – Mario Vera – 6:30pm

Fri – Code 2 – 6:30pm

Sat – Anthony Wright – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Pete & Sean Williams – 8pm

Sat – Open Mic – 12:30pm

Wed – The Oompahs – 6pm


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

Sun – John Evans – 4pm


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

Tonight – Peter Tory – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelley – 4pm / Hot Texas Swing Band – 8pm

Sat – Kem Watts – 5pm / Vincent Neil Emerson/ Micky & the Motorcars – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 5pm


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

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

Sat – Michael James Band – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm


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

Tonight – Ryan Quiet – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

Sat – Natalie Rose Band – 9pm

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

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


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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Court Nance – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – Jess Lee – 3pm / Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Paul Eldridge – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Jackie Darlene – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Pat Byrne – 9pm

Sat – One Ton Country – 9pm


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

Tonight – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 7pm

Fri – Carson McHone / Greyhounds – 6pm

Sat – Tribute to Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty – 7pm


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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 5:30pm


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

Tonight – Zepparella – All Female Tribute to Led Zeppelin – 7pm

Fri – Monte Montgomery – 8pm

Sat – Elijah Zane – 8pm


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

Sat – Larry Dial – 2pm


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

Tonight – Larry Dial – 7pm

Wed – Kinky Wires – 7pm


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

Tonight – Rich Bermea – 6pm

Fri – Bobby Schmueckle & Friends – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Fri – The Craze – 8pm

Sat – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

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

Sat – Rae Lynn / Maren Morris – 8pm

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