Music News – Dec. 10, 2020

We only have a few more weeks to go and then we can put this crazy year behind us. I’m sure some of the bad news will follow us into 2021 but hopefully not for long. I think we are all ready to forget this year and look to the future. One musician I interviewed compared it to being in a coma for a year then waking up and wondering where the time went. When this pandemic first started back in March, I tried to stay busy with projects around the house. I think I painted everything that didn’t move. Now, I’m just bored to death and going stir crazy, like most people are. On a brighter note, there is some live music this week to talk about. Tonight, Soul Ethos, featuring Jamie Cameron, Brett Cline and Candace Bellamy, is at Krause’s Café starting at 6pm. On Friday, catch Zack Walther at the Village Venue with Kenny Smith opening the show. Tickets include dinner and holiday music so get your tickets now. Also, on Friday, you can see Statesboro Revue at Villa at Gruene and Casey Donahew at Gruene Hall. Cadillac Drive are back at Phoenix Saloon on Saturday night at 8pm. This is a rocking 3-piece band that plays nothing but hit classic rock songs. They were the first band I saw after the Phoenix Saloon was allowed to reopen. Singer songwriter Jamie Lin Wilson joins Jonny Burke at Villa at Gruene next Tuesday night. If you aren’t familiar with Jamie Lin’s music, you need to fix that problem now and buy her two albums. Next Wednesday at Freiheit Country Store you can see Steve Trevino open for Randy Rogers. Randy will be doing a 3-piece acoustic set and it’s their Annual Christmas Extravaganza so get your tickets now before it sells out.

More Christmas Gift Ideas

Last week I mentioned some new music books that might make good gift ideas. Today I want to tell you about some new albums that might make good stocking stuffers for the music lover in your family. No matter what she does, it’s a hit, so the new Dolly Parton Christmas album is a must have. It’s called A Holly Dolly Christmas and it contains Dolly’s favorite holiday songs. Country music fans will want to get Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over album. My favorite tune on the album is Maggie’s Song, a true story about the life and death of their family dog. It’s a beautiful song that’s tough to listen to more than once. Garth Brooks finally released his album titled Fun, the one he’s been working on for over two years. If you caught his Dive Bar show at Gruene Hall back in September of 2019, he was touring then to promote this album. He didn’t finish it in 2019 so he waited until now to release it. Though I like country rock artist Sturgill Simpson, I always struggled to understand his vocals. On his latest album, Cuttin’ Grass, he concentrates on his vocals and you can understand the words. It’s bluegrass versions of some of his best songs. Americana music fans will like Koe Wetzel’s new album, Sellout. He recently signed with a major label and fans accused him of selling out, which inspired the name of the record. Pop music fans will like Taylor Swift’s new Folklore album and Paul McCartney’s album simply titled 3, since it’s third solo album. Rock music fans will like Bon Jovi’s new album called 2020 or Queen’s new live album that features Adam Lambert on vocals. Neil Young fans may go for his new Archives box set but bring your credit card because it’s a 10-CD set. With all the streaming services out there, not many people buy actual CD’s anymore. I’m old school though and still like CD’s so I can read the inserts and covers. It reminds me of the old days when we only bought vinyl albums.

Bruce Springsteen Guest Stars on SNL

As more late-night TV shows start filming again, you can expect more stars to return to live performing. Saturday Night Live was one of the last shows to come back because they film the episodes live. New country artist Morgan Wallen had his SNL appearance canceled after photos were posted online of him at a bar hanging out with fans and not wearing a mask. Two weeks later they allowed him to appear after he did 14 days of quarantine. This Saturday, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will make their second appearance on the New York City based show. Since it’s in December, his fans are hoping they perform his classic version of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. He first performed this song back on December 5, 1975 in Washington, DC. A few nights later, at C.W. Post College in Brookville, NY., they recorded the show and released Santa Claus on a single. It has become one of his most popular holiday songs. Chances are good that he will play a few songs from his new album, Letter to You. Fans of his 1975 era tour can now purchase his full concert in London taped on November 24 on his first European tour. Check out his latest news and live shows for sale at

Bob Dylan Sells His Catalog of Songs

Bob Dylan is widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. He started his career in New York City in 1962 and his early songs were published by Leeds Music Publishing. When he became famous, he was able to regain control of these early songs. By 1964, Dylan had full control of his songs and would maintain it for the next 56 years. Earlier this year, he released a new album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, one of his best in over a decade. His catalog of songs, over 600 by most counts, contain some of the most iconic songs in rock and folk music. Last Monday, Dylan issued a press release saying he had sold his entire songwriting catalog to Universal Music Publishing for an undisclosed price. Experts in the business speculate that he received over $300 million in the sale. Dylan obviously doesn’t need the money, so it’s a mystery as too why he decided to sell the publishing rights to his songs. Song publishing rights mean that you control the use of the songs in movies, TV shows, commercials, and recordings. You can bet that before long, you will hear Dylan’s songs in movies and TV commercials. It could be that Dylan wants to leave his heirs a lot of money instead of them having to deal with all the red tape in the publishing business. If you recall, after Tom Petty died, his wife and children fought over how they would release all the music he had in the vaults. Just as I was finishing this column, it was reported that David Crosby and Stevie Nicks also sold their music catalogs this week.



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

Fri – Low Dog Band – 6pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6pm


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

Fri – Brandon Ford – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 9:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Austin James – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Cowboy Christmas w/ Trevor Seybold & Cowboy Rindler – 8pm

Sat – Peace Pipe Prophets – 8pm


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

Sat – Lone Star Pickerz – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Jorge & Nicole – 9:30am


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

Sun – Colby Albright – 4:30pm

Tue – Myles Smith – 8pm

Wed – Xmas Show w/ Steve Trevino & Randy Rogers – 6pm


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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Bret Graham – 2pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 1pm


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

Tonight – Powell Brothers – 6pm

Fri – Luke Olsen / Casey Donahew – 8pm

Sat – Robert Earl Keen – 8pm (Sold Out)

Sun – Robert Earl Keen – 7pm (Sold Out)

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Tony Taylor & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


Guadalupe Brewing Company (1586 Wald Rd, 830-837-9205)

Sat – Gerry Burns – 5pm


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

Sat – Chris Max Band – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Soul Ethos – 6pm

Fri – Lance Lipinsky – 4pm / The Craze – 7pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 2pm / Dirty River Jazz Band – 6:30pm

Sun – Clifton Jansky – 10am / Anthony Wright – 2pm / Blue Cat Bone – 5:30pm

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 6pm


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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 1pm / Double Barrel – 7pm

Sat – 3rd Annual Xmas Bazaar – 1pm / Rollfast Ramblers – 7pm

Sun – Kathy & Mike Broussard – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm


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 / Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

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

Sat – Cadillac Drive – 8pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon


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

Tonight – Mary Charlotte Young – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Landon Bullard & Mostly Sober – 7pm

Sat – Sully Rose – 8pm

Sun – Kayla Jane’s Picker Circle – 4pm


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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm


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

Tonight – Los #3 Dinner – 7pm

Sat – Dan Gonzalez Band – 7:30pm

Sun – Igor & Red Elvises – 7pm


Texas Ski Ranch (6700 I-35 North, 830-627-2843)

Fri – Anthony Wright – 7pm


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

Tonight – Landon Bullard / Statesboro Revue – 6pm

Tue – Jonny Burke, Jamie Lin Wilson, Kyle Wieters – 7pm


Village Venue (2032 Central Plaza, 830-460-3500)

Fri – Kenny Smith / Zack Walther Band – 6pm


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

Fri – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 8:30pm

Sat – Drew Moreland & Neon Hustle – 9pm

Sun – Zach Talbert – 2pm

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