Music News – Aug 1, 2019

When people think of Billy Bob Thornton, it’s usually about his many movie and TV rolls. Did you know that Billy Bob never wanted to be an actor? His first love while growing up in rural Arkansas was to play music. He learned drums at an early age and formed several bands around his hometown of Hot Springs. When his best friend Tom Epperson decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and writing, Thornton decided to tag along. After all, there was a better chance of joining a band in Los Angeles than in Arkansas. To earn extra money for food and rent, Billy started going on a few auditions with Tom. During this time he played drums in the rock band Jack Hammer and recorded one album with them. By chance, he was cast with bit parts in low budget movies like South of Reno and TV episodes of Matlock. As his acting career took off unexpectedly, he put his music on hold. Finally, in 2001, he found time to record his first solo album, Private Radio. He would continue pursuing both acting and music for many years and founded his current band, The Boxmasters, in 2007 with friend J.D. Andrew. Their latest album, Speck, was released last month and is their most popular release so far. Thornton and his band have played our city twice before and I’ve had the opportunity to interview Thornton and Andrew. They are both totally committed to their band and to their music, in fact, while on tour with his band he rarely talks about his acting career. Tonight is their third time in our fine city and their debut performance at Gruene Hall. Our own Tom Gillam will be opening the show. Get your tickets now for this show and for Josh Ward’s show on Saturday night at


Seth James Lives The Good Life

Consider yourself very lucky if you happened to catch Seth James back in his early days playing at Gruene Hall with one of the hottest blues bands in Texas. His dad was on drums and Philip Tom played bass. They recorded a fantastic live album that remains one of my favorites to this day. Seth recorded several classic blues albums, like Bad Luck and Trouble in 2001 and That Kind of Man in 2009. In 2010 he joined forces with Cody Canada to form The Departed after Cross Canadian Ragweed broke up. Three years and two albums later he opted to focus on his solo career again. Seth and his wife Jessica are the dynamic duo of New Braunfels and in 2016 released their CD, Million Miles of Love that contained You Always Saw The Blue Skies and Sweet Lord. These two fan favorites are staples of his live shows. In a few weeks he will release a brand new album titled Good Life. It was produced by Kevin McKendree and recorded at the Rock House in Franklin, Tennessee. The album artwork was created by fellow singer songwriter Paul Thorn. Musicians on the new album include Bob Britt on guitar, Lynn Williams on drums, Steve Mackay on bass and Wendy Moten on background vocals. Horns for the album were provided by Jim Hoke on saxophone, Roy Agee on trombone and Vinnie Ciesielski on trumpet. The album includes a solid dozen Texas blues tracks that feature his powerful vocals and blistering guitar playing. My favorites are That’s How You Do It, Little Angel and It’s Not What You Eat But How You Chew It. Seth was heavily influenced by the blues so I asked him to list his top 5 favorite albums, ones that had a big impact on his music. They are Delbert McClinton & Glen Clark – Delbert & Glen; Muddy Waters – Hard Again; Paul Butterfield – Better Days; Frankie Miller – High Life and Tony Joe White – Homemade Ice Cream. Seth will be touring to promote the new album so go to his website at and sign up for email alerts.


Kevin Galloway Plays Lonestar Floathouse

When the popular Americana band Uncle Lucius broke up last year, lead singer Kevin Galloway took the opportunity to pursue his long awaited solo career. His debut album, The Change, was an instant hit with fans and critics alike. On his first tour as a solo artist, he often performed the full album in its entirety. I did a few interviews with Kevin during this time and learned just how devoted he is to his craft. His outstanding lead vocals are what separated Uncle Lucius from the rest of the pack and they are in full display on the solo album. Kevin toured hard after the album was released, but has scaled back a bit on the road work. Now he’s opting for a string of solo acoustic shows that start this Sunday at the Lonestar Floathouse on River Road. It’s a free show and the music starts at 5pm. If you go, be sure to pick up a copy of his CD and put some money in the tip jar. Most musicians aren’t paid a lot of money for solo acoustic shows so the tip jar money often puts gas in their tank to get back home. Don’t forget about the great burgers and cold drinks at the Floathouse, it’s the perfect way to end your weekend.


Celebrating Jerry Garcia & the Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead were one of the most popular bands to ever come out of California and their fanbase is just as strong today as it was back in the 60’s. Known fondly as Dead Heads, fans would follow the group from town to town in huge caravans of cars and buses. The Dead were one of the first groups to allow fans to tape their concerts and share their music with each other. It’s safe to say that every concert they ever played was recorded by fans or the band themselves. Jerry Garcia, the leader of the band, was born today back in 1942 in San Francisco. He died on August 9, 1995 at the age of 53 in a drug rehab facility in Forest Knolls, California. He struggled with drug addiction and severe diabetes most of his life. Beginning on Friday, Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio will honor the music of Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead with a three day JerryFest featuring several tribute bands. Local musician Bryan Feltner plays in Minglewood, the group that starts things off on Friday night at 7:30pm. Saturday’s tribute band features Josh Pearson and his tribute to Phish and Grateful Dead. On Sunday the band will be Deadeye, Austin’s premier Grateful Dead tribute band. For information and tickets to these shows and many others, go to their website at




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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm

Sat – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sun – The Percolators – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Tribute to Bon Jovi & Van Halen – 7pm

Sun – Carly Rae Jepsen – 7pm


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

Tonight – Hunter Road Trio – 8:30pm

Fri – Max Band w/ Shawn Austin – 8:30pm

Sat – Polar Bear – 9:30pm

Sun – Carrie Asher – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Big Cedar Fever – 6pm

Sat – Billy Dee – 6pm

Sun – Monte Goode – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Sat – Desperado Rose – 7pm


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

Sat – Hunter Road Trio / Kasey Thornton Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve & Don – 9:30am


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

Fri – Sarah Hobbs / Clay Hollis – 7pm

Sat – Tejas Brothers – 7pm


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

Fri – Mo Pitney – 7:30pm

Sun – Benefit for Robin Gregg w/ Zack Walther, Shawn Hart – Noon

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm


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

Fri – John Arthur Martinez – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm


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

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 7pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – 6pm


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

Tonight – Amber Lucille – 7pm

Fri – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Mike Milligan – 7pm

Sat – Greg Gregson – 7pm

Sun – Call For Band Info


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

Tonight – Tom Gillam / Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters – 7pm

Fri – Cooper Wade / Curtis Grimes – 7pm

Sat – Landry & Company – 1pm / Jon Stork / Josh Ward – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – 12:30pm / Mike Zeto – 5pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Hot Texas Swing Band – 7pm


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

Sat – Troy Stone & Spent Shells – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 5pm

Wed – The Oompah’s – 7pm


L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – Rex Allen McNiel – 7pm

Sat – Jeremy Richards – 7pm


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

Sun – Kevin Galloway – 5pm


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

Tonight – Theresa Britt – 5pm

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – David Touchton – 1pm / The Watters/Shinyribs – 8pm

Sun – Walt Wilkins & Friends – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm


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

Fri – Mark Searcy Middleton Trio – 7pm

Sat –Racoon Brothers – 7pm

Sun – Don Reilly – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Fri – Racoon Brothers – 9pm

Sat – Lesser Antilles / RAGE – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor Sunday Songfest – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – 1pm / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Billy Broome / Julie Nolen – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm

Sat – Sonic Waves – 4pm / The Hightones – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm


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

Fri – Darrin Brown Band – 8pm

Sat – Clay Hollis Band / Mario Vera / Jason Allen – 7pm


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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm


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

Fri – Natalie Rose – 9:30pm

Mon – Marcy Grace – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Proxima Parade – 7:30pm

Fri – JerryFest w/ Minglewood – 7:30pm

Sat – Jerryfest w/ Josh Pearson – 7pm

Sun – Jerryfest w/ Deadeye – 6pm


Schlitterbahn Water Park (Union Street)

Sat – School of Rock / Bethany Becker – Noon


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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Austin Layne – 2pm / Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sun – Larry Dial – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Eric & Amber Middleton – 7pm

Fri – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 7pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – BJ Thibodeaux – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm


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

Tonight – Cactus Country – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8pm

Sat – Sean Garrison & 3rd Watch Band – 9pm

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

Fri – Seranation / Common Kings / Michael Franti / Sublime With Rome – 7pm

Sat – Randall King / Mike Ryan / Aaron Watson – 8:30pm

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