Music News – April 4, 2019


Paul Thorn Gets Unplugged

How many Americana singer songwriters can you name that have fought six rounds in the ring with boxer Roberto Duran? If you answered Paul Thorn, you are correct. Born in Wisconsin, Paul’s family moved to Tupelo, Mississippi when he was just an infant. He started playing music and writing songs while working in a Tupelo furniture factory. To supplement his income he started boxing, a craft he learned from an uncle. He boxed 14 professional fights in the middleweight class and left with a 10-3-1 record. One of his last fights was with then champion Roberto Duran and Thorn lasted six rounds before the referee stopped the fight. Paul was playing regular nightly gigs at Vanelli’s, a local pizza shop, when Wyatt Easterling heard him perform. He convinced Paul to come to Nashville and within a month he was signed to A&M Records and was opening for Sting. His first album, Hammer & Nail, was released in 1997. Not long after, he left A&M and has released thirteen albums, all self-produced and independently released. It was in 2010 when I first saw Paul in concert at a venue in Fredericksburg. To put it mildly, I was blown away. He was incredible, sang fantastic songs and told hilarious stories between tunes. He was touring that year to promote his Pimps & Preachers album and it is now one of my top ten favorite albums. The uncle that taught him how to box had also been a pimp when he was younger and Paul’s dad was a Pentecostal preacher, so the album is full of songs covering those two subjects. Tonight you can see for yourself just how talented Paul is when he performs an acoustic storyteller set at the Brauntex Theatre as part of their Unplugged series. His current album, Don’t Let The Devil Ride, will be on-sale at the show tonight so be sure to get a copy for your collection. Get tickets for tonight’s show at or at 830-627-0808.


Motley Crue Movie Comes to Netflix

I remember when I read the Motley Crue autobiography titled The Dirt in 2002 and several thoughts came to mind when I finished it. First, it lived up to its claim of being an honest look at one of the wildest hard rock bands of all time. Second, I wondered how the band members could vividly recall thousands of tiny details from things they did on the road after consuming massive amounts of drugs and alcohol. There’s no doubt they were wild and crazy on tour, I just question their ability to accurately remember everything they did. When I heard they were filming a movie based on the book, I wondered how they would cover all the crazy details from the book. When Netflix released it last Friday, I watched it to see if it was any good. Overall, I thought it was a good story about the Hollywood band. There were many mistakes in the movie, mainly the actual dates in which certain things happened. Some mistakes are small, like one of the band members wearing a t-shirt from a festival that didn’t happen until many years later to much bigger mistakes like when they signed with Elektra Records. A few times in the film they look right at camera and talk directly to the viewer which adds a comedic element to the story. So, should you waste your time on this movie? Sure, it’s a fast paced easy watch and even though the acting is very amateurish, it is entertaining and gives a realistic look at what goes on backstage at a rock concert. Motley Crue retired from touring in 2015 and actually signed a contract saying they would never tour again. They were all advisors during the filming of the movie and even regrouped to record some new songs for the film’s soundtrack.

Tom Gillam Begins Sunday Shows at Billy’s Ice

Starting Sunday, Tom Gillam, local musician and DJ, will begin a residency at Billy’s Ice on Loop 337. Tom will play every Sunday in April and May and continue into June, depending on how long he wants to host the show. Starting at 5pm each Sunday afternoon, Gillam and his band the Kosmic Messengers, will welcome a variety of local guests for each weeks show. Tom also has brand new t-shirts for sale on his website,, for just $20. I bet he will have CD’s and t-shirts at his gigs at Billy’s Ice so be sure to pick them up when you attend his shows. Be sure to like Tom’s Facebook page so you can keep track of who his weekly guests will be.


Rolling Stones Postpone Stadium Tour

Just a few weeks before embarking on the North American leg of their No Filter tour scheduled to start April 20 in Miami, the Rolling Stones have announced that the tour must be postponed. When the news first broke over the weekend, no details were given other than lead singer Mick Jagger needed to undergo medical treatment. Rumors ran rampant about what could be the problem with the 75 year old iconic lead singer. Finally Rolling Stone Magazine got the scoop and reported that he needed a heart valve replacement and that the surgery would take place tomorrow in New York. He is expected to make a full recovery and the tour is expected to resume this summer. So, if you purchased tickets to their April 28 show in Houston, hang on to them and wait for news about the new date. See for more information on the tour and a brand new greatest hits compilation titled Honk.




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

Tonight – JJ Garrett – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Bricks in the Wall – Pink Floyd Tribute – 8pm


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

Tonight – Shad Blair – 8:30pm

Fri – David Vincent Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Jake Castillo Trio – 9:30pm

Sun – Tom Gillam – 5pm

Wed – Jamie Krueger – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Matt Hillyer – 6pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 9pm


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

Tonight – Paul Thorn – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Tony Barton – 6pm

Sat – Gene Reeves – 6pm


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

Tonight – Kolby Cooper / Muscadine Bloodline – 8pm

Fri – Mason Lively – 8pm

Sat – Tennessee Jet – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am


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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm


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

Fri – Muscadine Bloodline – 7pm

Sat – Liz Brasher / The Mavericks – 7pm


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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 3pm


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

Tonight – Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros – 6pm

Fri – Waylon Payne / LeeAnn Womack – 8pm

Sat – Jon Roniger Band – 1pm / Shelley King / Delbert McClinton – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon / Teresa James – 2:40pm / Gary Nicholson – 6pm

Mon – Hollin McKay Band – 6pm

Tue – Stephen Doster & Tommy Elskes – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8pm

Sat – The Lawless / Midnight River Choir – 7pm


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

Fri – All Mixed Up – 8pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 7pm


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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Charlie Kelley – 4pm / Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – Judson Cole / Eskimo Brothers / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins, Matt Hillyer & Drew Kennedy – 1pm


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

Fri – Longtooth – 7pm

Sat – Bandreu – 7pm

Sun – Don Reilly – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Tonight – Ryan Quiet – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Ryan Ross Band – 9pm

Sat – Erik & the Big Time Band – 9pm

Sun – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – MC & the Mystics – 8:30pm

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Barnyard Stompers – 8pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm

Sat – Jean Pierre & the Zydeco Angels – 4pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm


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

Tonight – Fat Cactus (Eric Middleton & Court Nance) – 5pm

Fri – Jack Ingram – 6pm

Sat – Clay Hollis Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – Zack Walther – 5:30pm


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

Tonight – Flow Tribe – 7pm

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – Nightbird – Stevie Nicks Tribute – 8pm

Sun – Kyle Cook & Paul McDonald – 7pm


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

Fri – Knotty Grove – 9pm


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

Sun – Lucinda Williams – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Bo Brumble & Garrett Man – 7pm

Fri – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Sat – Alli Mattice Band – 3pm / Hipsonic – 7pm

Sun – Paul Eldridge – 4pm

Wed – Brian Milson – 7pm


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

Tonight – Evan McPherson – 6pm

Fri – The Vagabonds – 8pm

Sat – The Henderson’s – 8:30pm

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