Music News – Dec. 19, 2019

Texas Americana singer Kevin Fowler has joined in on the holiday spirit by embarking on a Deck the Dancehalls Tour. The trek began on November 29 in Cedar Park, Texas and concludes on New Years Eve at the Old Coupland Dancehall in Coupland. Tonight he stops at Gruene Hall before continuing on to Fort Worth, Luckenbach, Spring and Goliad, Texas. Fellow singer songwriter Triston Marez, a honky tonk guy from Houston, is opening all these shows. Marez has a traditional country baritone that iconic singers like George Jones and Charley Pride were famous for. Fowler, touring to promote his recent Barroom Stories album, has added these six holiday shows to his schedule to offer something special for his fans. Come back on Friday night to see another Texas superstar, Josh Ward. Along with Cody Jinks and Cody Johnson, Ward is keeping the traditional country music sounds alive and well here in the Lone Star State. He’s landed twelve consecutive singles at the top of the Texas country charts and plays to standing room only crowds every night. Hopefully you already have your tickets for both of these shows but if not, grab them now at


Merry Christmas From Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl Keen has a holiday tradition of playing at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio and it also happens tonight. Keen is considered the Godfather of Americana music and is responsible for bringing thousands of college kids into the fold. At his early concerts you could witness thousands of fans in their school colors, baseball caps turned backwards and cans of beer in both hands. Keen wrote songs they could relate to, like The Road Goes on Forever and Gringo Honeymoon. When he wrote Merry Christmas From The Family, it quickly became the official holiday anthem for fans of all ages. Many fans feel it’s a perfect description of Christmas Day spent with their family. Opening for Keen is Kevin Russell’s band, Shinyribs. This band formed after The Gourds decided to call it quits. They were a popular Austin band that had built a huge following among UT students. Luckily, Russell was the lead singer of the Gourds so the fans made the easy transition over to his new band, the Shinyribs. Get tickets to this show and many more at website.


Old River City Café Christmas Festivities

The Old River City Café has a really cool Christmas feature happening this year. It’s their 2nd Annual Texas Christmas Festivities and it’s a super fun and family friendly event. They have their back patio area decorated for the holidays featuring quaint, playful, and traditional themed vignettes where people can take all their family photos. They also have outdoor games like checkers, washers, cornhole, and Christmas ring toss. It’s a totally free event, including free homemade hot cocoa that people are raving about plus kids, families, and dogs are encouraged. All of this is available any day from 11am to 9pm. On Saturday, December 21 you can enjoy excellent traditional Christmas music provided by Monte Good, photos with Mr. & Mrs. Santa and a free hot cocoa bar, while supplies last. All of this Christmas fun starts at 6pm and winds down about 8pm or so. The Old River City Café is located at 2771 FM 725 and lots more info can be found on their Facebook page or website at


Freiheit Country Store Welcomes Sunny Sweeney

Texas singer songwriter Sunny Sweeney has been a staple on the Texas music scene since graduating from Texas State University in 2004. Her degree was in public relations which was a big help as she navigated the murky waters of the music business. Tommy Detamore produced her debut album, Heartbreakers Hall of Fame, in 2006. She was signed by the Nashville label Big Machine and they re-issued her album a year later. In 2009, Big Machine and Universal Nashville joined forces and formed a new label called Republic Nashville and Sunny was the first artist they signed. Unfortunately they parted ways after she released her second album, Concrete, in 2011. She signed with Thirty Tigers for her Provoked album in 2014 and Trophy in 2017. Her latest single, Bottle By My Bed, is in regular rotation on Texas radio stations. Sunny is a dynamic live performer and was picked by Bob Seger to open his concerts in Dallas and Austin on his Farewell Tour this summer. You can catch this Texas firecracker tonight at Freiheit Country Store with special guest Brennen Leigh and Alex Williams opening the show. Tickets are available at


Merry Christmas to All

My next column will appear after Christmas Day next week so I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. I hope you get to spend this special time of the year with loved ones and that Santa Claus brings you everything on your list. Next week’s column will be the last one for 2019 and I will take a look back at all the music news of the year.





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

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm

Sat – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Shinyribs / Robert Earl Keen – 7pm


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

Fri – Popgun – 9pm

Sat – LC Rocks Christmas Bash – 9:30pm


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

Fri – 1100 Hundred Springs – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Skylar Hamilton – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Sat – Colby Albright Band – 8pm


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

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 9pm

Sat – Johnny Nicholas – 1pm

Sun – Erik Hokkanen Trio – 1pm


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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Fri – Tony Taylor – 7pm

Sat – Chris Lancaster – 7pm


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

Fri – Cody Canada & the Departed – 7pm

Sat – Wynn Williams / Randall King – 7pm

Sun – Tennessee Jet / Cody Cannon – 7pm


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

Tonight – Alex Williams / Brennen Leigh / Sunny Sweeney – 7pm


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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Noel McKay – 1pm


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

Fri – Broken Arrow – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm


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

Tonight – Triston Marez / Kevin Fowler – 7pm

Fri – Jesse Raub / Josh Ward – 7pm

Sat – Birdlegg Pittman – 1pm / Mason Lively / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Sun – Landry & Company – Noon / Kirk Family Christmas – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm


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

Sat – Luke Prator / Dacota Deaver Band – 9pm


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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Fri – The George’s – 7pm


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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Wittington – 1pm / Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – Peter Tory – 1pm / Triston Marez / Kevin Fowler – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm


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

Fri – Jamie Krueger Band – 7pm

Sat – David Byboth Trio – 7pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm


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

Sat – Christmas Tunes by Monte Good – 6pm


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

Sat – Christmas With The King – Elvis Tribute by Travis Hudson – 7pm


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

Fri – Gunnar Latham – 8pm (Sky Bar)

Sat – Soul Ethos w/ Curtis Lee – 6:30pm (Lounge)


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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Robert Carter – 8:30pm

Sat – Reed Brothers / Jorge Gallegos Show – 9pm

Sun – Steven Vee – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm


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

Tonight – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

Fri – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Magic Girl – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Teri Joyce & the Tagalongs – 9pm

Sat – Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers – 9pm

Wed – Austin Mayze & Friends – 7pm


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

Sat – Zane Williams – 7pm


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

Tonight – Don Reilly – 6pm


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

Tonight – Rambling Souls / The Matters – 7pm

Fri – Grupo Fantasma – 8pm

Sat – Joe Ely – 7pm

Sun – Sterling Finlay Holiday Concert – 7pm


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

Fri – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm

Sat – Myles Smith – 4pm / Scott Wiggins Band – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

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

Sat – 3 Chord Rodeo – 9pm

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