Music News – Dec. 12, 2019

For the past few years, the Grand Ol’ Christmas show has performed their special holiday show at the Brauntex Theatre to sold-out crowds. This year is a repeat of the same with tonight’s show and Friday night’s show almost sold-out. The show was the brainchild of singer Will Hearn and his pals, the Blue Water Highway band. They came up with the idea for an old-fashioned radio type show with live DJ’s broadcasting in a fictional town. The idea started in 2003 when Hearn and best friends Gregg Essington and Zack Kibodeaux developed the show in their senior year at Brazoswood High School. It was a huge success and continued to grow until they brought it to New Braunfels in 2016. In 2017 they took the show on the road and performed all over Texas. This year they will hit nine cities and do the show fourteen times, with every one basically sold-out. Not a bad record for an idea dreamed up by three high school students. This year, in addition to Will Hearn, plus Greg and Zack’s band Blue Water Highway, they will be joined by the Texas piano man, Robert Ellis. If any tickets are still available, you can find them at or call 830-627-0808.


Texans Dominate List of Best Albums for 2019

Speaking of Robert Ellis, he made the Best Albums of 2019 list by Rolling Stone Magazine. Each year they publish their list of the Top 40 albums of the year and this year ten Texas artists made the list, that leaves the other thirty spots to be filled in by the other forty-nine states. Once again, the Lone Star State dominates the list of the best albums, just like they did last year. The artists from Texas include Tanya Tucker, Paul Cauthen, Maren Morris, Midland, Miranda Lambert, Robert Ellis and Hayes Carll, just to name a few. Of course, they forgot to mention that George Strait released Honky Tonk Time Machine and once again proved that he is the undisputed King of Country Music.


Todd Snider Returns to Gruene Hall

Todd Snider made the Rolling Stone Top Album list too, and though he wasn’t born in Texas, he has deep roots here, especially in San Marcos and New Braunfels. Born in Portland, Oregon, Snider’s family moved to Houston when he was 15. Todd ran away from home during this time and went back to Portland. His older brother Mike moved to Austin and convinced Todd to join him there. One night they ended up at Gruene Hall to see Jerry Jeff Walker and Todd was hooked. He bought a used guitar and started writing songs, or as he calls it “making up songs.” The late great Kent Finlay noticed Snider at one of his songwriter nights at his Cheatham Street Warehouse and took him under his wing. He mentored the youngster and taught him the craft of songwriting. Soon Todd hitchhiked to Memphis and landed a regular gig at a small bar called the Daily Planet. It was there that he wrote the songs for his debut album, aptly titled Songs For The Daily Planet. It was released in 1994, about the time I moved to New Braunfels. After 25 years, it is still one of my top 5 favorite albums. Snider is a remarkable singer songwriter but is also famous for the stories he tells between songs. In fact he always stops after a few songs and goes into a hilarious explanation of his storytelling, saying that he’s been known to talk for up to 18 minutes between songs. This bit has become so popular among his loyal fans that they have named it “the 18 minute song” because it often rhymes like his song lyrics. This weekend, Todd brings things full circle with two shows at Gruene Hall, the place where his dream of being a songwriter began. Raelyn Nelson will open both shows and tickets are still available at


Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you are looking for last minute Christmas gift ideas, remember that concert tickets make great stocking stuffers. Gruene Hall has a fantastic lineup to close out the month of December that includes Josh Ward, Roger Creager, William Clark Green and Charley Crockett. Early next year they have Randall King, Jason Boland, Patty Griffin, Leann Rimes and Jon Wolfe, just to name a few. Of course, Whitewater Amphitheater has Pat Green and Willie Nelson on their schedule and they just added Koe Wetzel for a show in July. River Road Icehouse has Zane Williams and Midnight River Choir on their calendar. The Brauntex Theatre has Bill Anderson, Herman’s Hermits, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Radney Foster and Gary P. Nunn coming in 2020. Tickets to local concerts make great gifts for the music fans in your family. You can buy these online at each venue’s website. Remember, be sure you are on the official venue website before purchasing tickets. If you are unsure of the official site, call the venue directly to confirm.






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

Fri – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – KGNB Listener Party w/Tony Taylor – 5pm

Fri – Matt Cline – 9pm

Sat – Clockwork – 9pm


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

Fri – HalleyAnna & Dustin Welch – 6pm

Sat – Sophia Johnson – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Tonight – Grand Ol’ Christmas Show – 7:30pm

Fri – Grand Ol’ Christmas Show – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Read Southall – 8pm

Sat – Cody Bryan Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Sat – David Lee – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price & Friends – 1pm

Tue – Floyd Domino & Emily Gimble – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am


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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Fri – Con Crema – 7pm

Sat – Matt Kirk – 7pm


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

Fri – Triston Marez / Josh Ward – 7pm

Sat – Michael Guerra & Night Calling / Last Bandoleros – 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 – Juliann Banks – 4pm


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

Fri – Luke Williams – 7pm

Sat – Stray Dawg & the Wolves – 7pm

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm


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

Tonight – Silvercloud – 6pm

Fri – Raelyn Nelson / Todd Snider – 7pm

Sat – Murali Coryell & Ernie Durawa – 1pm / Raelyn Nelson / Todd Snider –8pm

Sun – Beat Root Revival – Noon / Danny Brooks Band – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider & Drew Kennedy – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – Tyler McCollum – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Aaron McDonnell – 8pm

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

Sun – Jimmy Davis – 1pm / Jake Marten – 5pm


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

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

Sat – Beth & the Back Road Boys – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm


Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm


Our Lady Bar & Grille (1720 Gruene Road 830-358-7545)

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm

Wed – Uncle Wess – 7pm


Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Sat – Seth Shaw Quartet – 7pm


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

Tonight – Junior Nash – 5pm

Fri – Devin Baize – 5:30pm / Paul Handelman Band – 9pm

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

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

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


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

Tonight – Andrae Blissett – 8:30pm

Fri – Mark Monaco & the Strayhearts – 8:30pm

Sat – Popgun – 9:30pm

Sun – Anthony Wright – 5pm

Mon – Larry Martin Sweeney – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Beth Lee & the Breakups – 9pm

Sat – Porch Turtles – 9pm

Sun – Beaumonts Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm


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

Sat – Brandon Zink – 8pm


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 – Mark Searcy / Chris Duarte – 7pm

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – Patricia Vonne / Alejandro Escovedo – 7:30pm

Sun – Shelley King / Carolyn Wonderland – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 9pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 4pm


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

Tonight – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8pm

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

Tue – Singer Songwriter Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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