Music News – Dec. 20, 2018

Sometimes all it takes is one hit song to jump start your career. Take Americana artist William Clark Green for example. For years he struggled to get a break in the Texas music scene. Traveling for days crammed in a van with a bunch of musicians, Green played any venue that had electricity. It took him six years to get his degree from Texas Tech because he was trying to get his career started. He recorded his first album, Dangerous Man, in 2008 while still a student. A second album, Misunderstood, followed in 2010. Neither made a dent in the charts but things changed in 2012 with his third release, Rose Queen. The first single, It’s About Time, was his first Top Ten song on the Texas charts. The second single, She Likes The Beatles, I Like The Stones, was his first national Number One Hit. Green was able to continue his hit streak with Ringling Road in 2015 and recently with Herbert Island, released this past August. He also contributed a song to the Kent Finlay tribute album and in 2016, released the 2-CD hit album, Live at Gruene Hall. He returns this weekend to the historic dancehall for shows on Friday and Saturday night. Shea Abshier will open the show on Friday and Grant Gilbert will handle Saturday night. At press time, tickets for both shows were still available at


Robert Earl Keen Christmas Show

Robert Earl Keen has written many hit songs but one of his most popular is the holiday tune Merry Christmas From The Family. It only takes Keen about four minutes to describe how the holidays are for a lot of families in America. I certainly can identify a few of my relatives in the lyrics of the song. Though she’s nothing like the woman in the song, I actually have an aunt named Mary Nell. After the song became such a fan favorite, Keen started doing Christmas shows centered around the song’s lyrics. He continues the tradition tonight at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio. If you’ve never attended a show at the Aztec, you are in for a treat. It’s a grand old theatre with all the charm you would expect. Most of the lower section is standing room only but the balcony level offers great seats with unobstructed views of the stage. There’s plenty of bars and restrooms to accommodate its 1400 person capacity. Most of the reserved seats are sold out but some general admission tickets are still available. See for more info including a list of all upcoming shows.


Local Music Choices

We are just a few days away from Christmas and many live music venues in town will close for the holidays. You’ll notice the concert calendar is a bit slim this week but there’s still plenty of live music to check out with the relatives. Starting tonight you will want to check out Tom Gillam & his band the Kosmic Messengers at Gruene Hall. It’s a free show and he’ll be celebrating his wife Caroline’s birthday. Friday you will need to catch Kori Free & the Groove Hounds at Krause’s Café. It’s Kori’s last show of the year in between her schedule at A&M. On Saturday afternoon catch Adam Johnson at Grapevine in Gruene at 2pm then finish out the night at Riley’s Tavern with Beth Lee & the Breakups. On Sunday you can check out Shawn Hart at Phoenix Saloon for his first afternoon gig there at 3pm. The Clever Name Band can end your Sunday Funday at Tavern in the Gruene at 9pm.


Last Minute Christmas Gifts

If you procrastinate like I do and wait until the last minute to buy your Christmas gifts, here’s a few more last minute stocking stuffers you can get for the music fan in your family. Though few people actually buy CD’s anymore, I’m still old fashioned enough to actually want to own a copy rather than try to find it on a cloud somewhere. Willie Nelson’s tribute to Frank Sinatra, My Way, is a true treasure. Frank is Willie’s favorite singer and he does a great job covering his songs. I wasn’t an Eric Church fan until I heard that Ray Wylie Hubbard co-wrote the title track to his new Desperate Man album. It’s definitely worth a listen. Love her or hate her, you have to admit she can sing. I’m talking about Barbra Streisand and her new album simply titled The Wall. If you saw the fantastic movie remake of A Star is Born, you will want to own a copy of the soundtrack. Willie’s son Lucas plays a huge part in writing and producing many of the songs on the album. Kenny Chesney’s new Songs for the Saints is a tribute to the resilience of the people living on the Caribbean Islands that sustained so much damage from hurricanes this year. Many new artists released groundbreaking albums, like Colter Wall, Donovan Woods, Devin Dawson and Dillon Carmichael. If you haven’t heard of these folks yet, you will very soon. Kacey Musgraves latest CD Golden Hours has won countless awards and was voted Number One Country / Americana album of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine. Hopefully you will all have a very Merry Christmas.






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

Tonight – Robert Earl Keen – Cosmic Cowboy Christmas – 7pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Conway’s Dancehall  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Fri – Michael Salgado – 9pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am


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

Fri – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm


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

Fri – Los Texmaniacs w/ Flaco Jimenez – 7pm

Sat – Jake Ward / Mike Ryan – 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)

Tonight – Bret Graham – 5pm

Fri – Rodney Hayden – 4pm

Sat – Adam Johnson – 2pm

Sun – Joey McGee – 1pm


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

Tonight – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 6pm

Fri – Shea Abshier / William Clark Green – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Grant Gilbert / William Clark Green – 8pm

Sun – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – Noon / Kirk Family Christmas – 4pm

Wed – George Ensle & Friends – 1pm / Chris Colston / Casey Donahew – 7pm


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

Fri – Skylar Hamilton Band – 8pm

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 8pm


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

Tonight – Two Dudes & A Diva – 7pm

Fri – Kori Free & the Groovehounds – 7pm


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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 4pm / T-Roy Miller – 7pm

Sat – Sarah Gayle Meech / Gary P. Nunn – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm


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

Fri – The Humdingers – 7pm

Sat – Michael James – 2pm / Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sun – Jim Colangelo – 3pm


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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm

Sat – Lon-Duk-Don – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

Sun – JJ Villarreal – 8:30pm

Tue – Austin Gilliam – 8:30pm

Wed – Trey Rose – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – BJ Thibideaux – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Beth Lee & the Breakups – 9pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm


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

Sat – The Motts – 7pm


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

Tonight – Jacob Pena – 5:30pm


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

Tonight – Johnny Chops / Jack Ingram – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 7pm

Sat – Patricia Vonne / Del Castillo – 8pm

Sun – Guy Forsyth Christmas Show – 7pm


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

Tonight – Gabe & Josh (3 Man Front) – 9pm

Fri – Damon Curtis – 9pm

Sat – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm


Tobin Center (100 Auditorium, 210-223-8624)

Fri – IL Divo – 7pm


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

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Man – 7pm


Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Fri – Bob & Derek – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – Tom Petty Tribute Show – 9pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

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