Music News – April 30, 2015

Todd Snider will play three shows at Cheatham Street Warehouse starting tonight. He’ll be singing new tunes and old ones, plus filming segments for a documentary on Kent Finlay. When Todd was first starting out, Finlay was his mentor. He helped Todd perfect his songwriting skills, let him sleep on his couch and basically helped get his career started. Finlay passed away on Texas Independence Day, leaving behind a legacy that will never be forgotten. Billed as an evening with Todd Snider, he will take the stage at 10pm. Tickets are available now at

Another hot show happening tonight is Dwight Yoakam at River Road Ice House. Yoakam just released ‘Second Hand Heart,’ an album that shows his return to the rockabilly twang sound he perfected in the late 1980’s. After Yoakam parted ways with his lead guitarist and producer Pete Anderson, he changed his style a bit and lost a few fans. His previous album, ‘3 Pears,’ and the new one show a refreshing return to his roots and fans are responding with strong sales figures. Yoakam is known for his high energy live shows, skillfully mixing traditional country with the rockabilly sound made famous by Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis. Get your tickets now at

You always hear about George Strait getting his start in this area, but another singer, Clay Blaker also started out at the same time. While Strait is the cowboy type, Blaker grew up in Hawaii and California, building surf boards and surfing. He heard through a mutual friend that there was a band in San Marcos that was into traditional country music like he was. To make a very long story short, Blaker ended up in San Marcos and started playing the same dance hall circuit that Strait and the Ace in the Hole did. Unlike Strait, Clay focused more on songwriting, penning major hits for Strait, Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Clay Walker and many other country acts. For years, he and the Texas Honky Tonk Band played over 100 shows a year all over America and Europe. I was interviewing Clay at my house one day, and he told me that he and his wife Allene were selling their New Braunfels home and moving to Bocas del Toro, Panama. That was over ten years ago, and I didn’t hear much out of Clay for awhile. Then, to my surprise, three new Clay Blaker CD’s arrived. It’s a three part series titled “Still Rockin,” “Still Country” and “Still Swingin,” which covers the three styles of music Clay and the band featured in their live shows. Each CD contains Blaker originals, some cool cover songs and some rare live tracks recorded in Germany on one of their many overseas tours. ‘Still Rockin’ is available now on iTunes, the other two titles will be released over the next few months. While Clay and Allene enjoy a tropical paradise life in Panama, it’s good to hear some new music from one of my favorite artist.  

Two Tons of Steel will be in town this Saturday for a special fundraiser concert at the Eagles Lodge at 257 E. South Street. Two Tons are one of the best rockabilly bands in Texas so don’t miss this show. Proceeds from this show go to benefit the Canyon FFA Booster Club. They take the money and use it for the scholarship fund for graduating seniors. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For advance tickets call (210) 535-6844. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Make plans now to support this worthy event and hear some fantastic live music. 

Speaking of benefits, come to Billy’s Ice this Sunday for the MaryLee Powell Benefit. She recently suffered severe pancreatic attack and the community is coming together to raise money to help with her medical expenses. The fun starts about 4pm with BBQ plates, a raffle and silent auction. Music will be provided by Tom Gillam, Wes Nickson, Whiskey Rodeo and many more.

Last but certainly not least, be sure to catch Zack Walther and band next Wednesday night, May 6, at the Vineyard at Gruene. It will be their final recording session for the live album they are recording at there. “The room has such a great sound and the crowds are really into the music,” explained Zack. “We just wanted to capture that experience for our next record. We’ve recorded some stuff there over the past few weeks, but next Wednesday will be the night to really get the songs on tape.” It’s a free show, the music starts about 6pm, so make plans now to be part of a very special night.




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

Tonight – Scott Boddicker

Fri – Matt Parker

Sat – Bru Erdman


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

Tonight – Dweezil Zappa

Fri – Ultra / Wishbone Ash

Sat – Reckless Kelly


Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake  830-935-3122)
Fri – Adam Johnson

Sat – Painted Pony

Sun – Greg Harris Bluegrass Group


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

Fri – Dean Seltzer

Sun – Mary Lee Powell Benefit Concert

Tue – Kyle Reed Band

Wed – Aaron Stephens


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

Tonight – Todd Snider

Fri – Todd Snider

Sat – Todd Snider

Mon – Thieving Birds

Tue – Texas Renegade

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle


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

Fri – Mayeux & Broussard / The Bellamy Brothers

Sat – Sugar / Hi Lows / Kacey Musgraves


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

Fri – Tommy Elskes

Sat – Karen Abrahams


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

Sat – Sylvia Kirk

Sun – Zach Nytomt


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

Tonight – Jamie Wilson / Asleep at the Wheel

Fri – Milkdrive / Asleep at the Wheel

Sat – Walt Wilkins / Robert Earl Keen

Sun – Bill Kirchen

Tue – Brock Zeman & Mark Jungers

Wed – The Georges


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

Tonight – ShAnnie

Fri – Kevin Deal / Lewis & Martin

Sat – Ben Beckendorf Band

Sun – Walt Wilkins


Oma’s Secret Garden (1263 Gruene Rd  830-625-1045)

Fri – Fillmore Experience

Sat – Bill Middleton / Kim & her Bad Habits


On The Rocks (2009 N. Park Rd, Canyon Lake  830.226.7351)

Tonight – Lee Winright

Fri – Devils Hollow Trio

Sat – Aaron Stephens

Wed – Open Mic Night


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

Tonight – Marcus Morales

Fri – Scott Boddicker / Scot Clinton Band

Sat – The Georges


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

Tonight – Dillon Myers

Tue – Open Mic Night w/ Jon Magill


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

Tonight – Mandy Row

Fri – Big John Mills

Sat – Deuce Coupe / Rod’s at Riley’s

Wed – Tyler Cannon


River Hofbrau & Beer Garden  (1515 Kuehler Ave,  830-626-2200)

Tonight – Broken Duckfeet


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

Tonight – Dwight Yoakam

Fri – Dolly Shine

Sat – Mike & the Moonpies


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

Tonight – Parker Millsap

Fri – Carolyn Wonderland

Sat – Ruben V

Wed – Scott Miller


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

Fri – 3 Man Front

Sun – Whiskey Rodeo


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

Mon – Boz Skaggs

Tue – Gregg Allman


Vineyard at Gruene (1190 Gruene Rd,   830-387-7065)

Wed – Zack Walther


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

Sat – DJ Dance

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