Music News – Dec. 17, 2020

By the time Christmas arrives, we will have watched every Hallmark and Lifetime movie ever made. As I type this, I realize how pathetic that sounds. We spent countless hours sitting in our comfy chairs this past weekend watching dozens of cheesy Christmas movies. All the actors are the same, they all have the same plot, and you know the ending within the first 15 minutes of the movie. I think we are all desperate for some happy endings, even if they are corny. After all these months of gloom and doom, some good news must come soon. When this is all over, none of us will recognize each other without a mask. Plus, we will all weigh 20 pounds more and have beards and long hair. There’s some cool live music this week so check out the concert calendar and go check some out if you feel safe to do so. I have attended a few live shows recently and have felt safe. Everyone seems to be following the guidelines and doing all they can to keep people safe.

Charlie Pride Dies at age 86

Charlie Pride was one of the most loved singers in country music. He passed away on December 12 from complications of Covid 19. His last public performance was at the CMA Awards in Nashville on November 11 where he joined singer Jimmy Allen on a duet of his biggest hit, ‘Kiss An Angel Good Morning.’ In late November Charlie was admitted to a Dallas hospital with Covid like symptoms and according to a statement issued by his family, his doctors were unable to save his life. Pride was born in Sledge, Mississippi in 1934 to a family of sharecroppers. His mother bought him a guitar at age 14 and he taught himself to play. Though he was interested in music, baseball was his first love. When he grew older, he played on several pro and semi-pro leagues. An injury to his pitching arm and being drafted into the Army in 1956 cut his baseball dreams short. Once he was discharged, he and wife Rozene moved to Helena, Montana where Charlie worked in a smelting plant. He formed a band called The Night Hawks and played on weekends around Helena. Country stars Red Sovine and Red Foley heard Charlie singing and encouraged him to send a demo tape to Chet Atkins at RCA Records in Nashville. Once Atkins heard Charlie sing, he signed him to a contract in 1966 and released his first single, “The Snakes Crawl At Night.” The single wasn’t a hit, and neither was the next one, “Before I Met You.” His third single, “Just Between You and Me,” was a hit and reached number nine on the country charts in 1967. Charlie moved his family to Dallas in 1969 and is one of the few country stars to not live in Nashville. Charlie and Rozene have three children, Carlton, Dion, and Angela. Dion often performed with his dad and does tribute shows singing his fathers hit songs. Before moving to Colorado a few years ago, Carlton lived in San Marcos for awhile and fronts a reggae band. Charlie is in the Country Music Hall of Fame and is a member of the Grand Ol Opry.  CMT-TV will broadcast a special tribute show for Charlie this morning at 8am CST and again on Saturday at 11am CST. His family has announced plans to hold a private service this week in Dallas with a public memorial to take place at a later date. Charlie Pride was a phenomenal singer and an icon in country music. He will be greatly missed.

Kevin Fowler Brings Christmas Cheer to Freiheit

Kevin Fowler always throws a fun party, in fact, he’s made a career out of having a fun time with music. Fowler got his start as a heavy metal guitarist for the rock band Dangerous Toys in Dallas. He was a graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, which earned him a spot in Dangerous Toys. He left the band in 1996 and formed a hard rock band called Thunderfoot. I met Fowler during this time while we were both delivering Country Line Magazines in Austin. He drove up in a 4-wheel drive pickup, no shirt and hair down to his waist. He gave me a copy of his Thunderfoot CD, which is an amazing album. I wish they would have recorded a second album and played more live shows. When Thunderfoot broke up, he released his first country album, Beer, Bait & Ammo in 2000. In 2002, he released High on a Hog, and got serious about his country music career. I caught a few of his early shows and he would often slip classic rock songs like Ted Nugent’s hit ‘Stranglehold’ into his setlist. By 2004, after his hit album ‘Loose, Loud & Crazy,’ he was firmly entrenched in the Texas country music scene. For the past several years he has done a series of Christmas shows in Texas called ‘Deck The Dancehalls.’ This is the show he’s bringing to Freiheit Country Store on Saturday night. Doors open at 6pm and Clay Hollis will open the show at 8pm, Fowler starts at 10pm. Tickets for this show can be purchased at FreiheitCountryStore.net.

Gruene Hall Welcomes William Clark Green

With only a few more weeks left in the year, Gruene Hall is bring out all the stops to get live music going again. Last week they hosted two nights with Robert Earl Keen and this weekend they bring you Americana artist William Clark Green for two shows. Due to the social distancing rules, tables are spaced out accordingly inside the hall and in the beer garden. Born in Flint, Texas, Green grew up near College Station and went to college at Texas Tech in Lubbock. He spent a lot of time playing music, so it took six years to graduate. Green formed a band and literally played everywhere that had electricity. I remember writing about him ten years ago when it seemed like he was opening for everyone at Gruene Hall. He also spent a lot of time learning songwriting chops from Kent Finlay at Cheatham Street Warehouse. After Kent passed away, William was part of the album, Dreamer – A Tribute to Kent Finlay, that was released in 2016. When he released the hit song ‘She Likes The Beatles and I Like The Stones,’ his career took off like a rocket. He went from a van pulling a small trailer to a tour bus and selling out huge venues. All it takes is one hit song and Green is living proof of that. Luckily, he’s been able to keep writing hit songs, so his career is in a good place. Tickets to both shows are available at GrueneHall.com.

Taylor Swift Releases Another New Album

Pop singer songwriter Taylor Swift obviously has a lot of time on her hands these days. I wonder if she’s been watching Hallmark movies too. Shortly after releasing her ‘Lover’ album in 2019, she made plans for a Worldwide Stadium Tour. The tour got canceled once the pandemic hit and she retreated to her home in New York City. There she quarantined with boyfriend Joe Alwyn and started writing songs. In July, just eleven months after Lover was released, she issued Folklore, her eighth studio album. Her fans and the music media were shocked. Swift normally takes a year or so between albums, so it was unlike her to release another album so fast with no hope of touring to promote it. In a press release she explained that once the songs started coming, they didn’t stop. She wrote over 40 songs and narrowed it down to the seventeen that fit with her theme for the album. On December 11, with no advance notice, she released Evermore, her ninth album. It was an unheard-of feat in the music business, releasing three new albums in less than a year. Back in the 1960’s, country acts would often put out three albums a year, but they usually just contained a few hit singles, then cover versions of the hits of the day. Swift wrote all 50 songs that are spread across the three albums. Willow, the first single and video is already a huge hit with fans and across all music platforms. Her legions of fans have dissected both albums and are convinced she will release another album in January titled Woodvale. They claim there are clues hidden throughout both albums and that there is a trilogy of music she wants to release. Time will tell if their predictions come true. Either way, if you have a Taylor Swift fan in your family, you have several options for Christmas gifts.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Rhythm Kings – 6pm

Sat – JJ Garrett – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Billie Jo – 8:30pm

Fri – Bill Ayers Band – 8:30pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 10am

 

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

Sat – Jake Worthington / Randall King – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Clay Hollis / Kevin Fowler – 6pm

Sun – Bubba Westly – 4:30pm

Tue – Gunns West – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – TBA – 5pm

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 1pm

Wed – TBA – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Henri Herbert Band – 4:30pm

Fri – Shaker Hymns / William Clark Green – 8pm

Sat – Lance Lipinsky – 1pm / Jarrod Morris / William Clark Green – 8pm

Sun – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – Noon / Kirk Family Christmas Show – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Lance Lipinsky – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – The Lawless – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Josh Holden – 6pm

Fri – Shane Kelley – 4pm / Yesenia McNett & the Groove Doctors – 7pm

Sat – South Side Jump – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

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

Sat – Sam Watson – 1pm / Dale Watson / Reverend Horton Heat – 8pm

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

Fri – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon / Junior Nash – 5pm / Soul Sessions – 9pm

Sat – Natalie Rose Band – 8pm

Sun – Ryan Quiet – 4pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon

 

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

Tonight – Myles Smith & Friends – 8:30pm

Fri – Mark Odom Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 8:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Shawn Hart & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mike Ethan Messick & Friends – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Big John Mills / Joel Hofmann – 9pm

Sun – NPD Songwriters Series – 4pm

 

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

Tonight – Zack Walther – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Satisfaction – Rolling Stones Tribute – 7pm

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Sat – Ruben V – 7pm

Sun – Capistrano / Saltwater Slide – 6pm

 

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

Sun – Jonny Burke & Jack Ingram – 4pm

 

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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Tom Teboe & River City Ramblers – 9pm

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