Music News – Dec 24, 2020

It’s hard to believe that it’s Christmas Eve. This has been a long crazy year, yet parts of it has been a blur. Like many of you, I have fond memories of Christmas as a child. Loading up in our 1967 Chevy Impala, going to both grandparent’s house. Each house was special in its own way. The kids usually ate at one table and adults at another one. Cigarette smoke was thick in the air because a lot of people smoked back then. We opened gifts on Christmas Eve at one house and on Christmas Day at the other. Then you grow up and start new traditions with your own family. We like to open our gifts on Christmas day, then eat lunch together in the early afternoon. We always watch Elf and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. We can quote every line from both movies. This year, Christmas will have a somber tone. Many families have lost loved ones recently which makes the first holiday without them very tough. Just as I was writing this paragraph, the news reported that country singer K.T. Oslin passed away today. At last count, over 140 entertainers died this year, which unfortunately is a record number of deaths in this field.

K.T. Oslin, 80’s Ladies singer, dies at 78 years old

Born Kay Toinette Oslin in Arkansas, she and her mother moved to Houston after her father died when she was only five years old. She earned a drama major from Lon Morris College, then joined a folk trio with Guy Clark and David Jones. They performed all around the Houston area and even recorded an album together, but never released it. Kay moved to New York City and performed in many plays and musicals. To pay the bills, she started writing jingles for commercials. This led her to try songwriting and once she had enough originals for a demo tape, she sent one to several record labels. Elektra Records signed her to a deal in 1981 but her first two singles didn’t do well on the charts. Other artists started recording her songs, so Elektra kept her on their payroll. In 1987, she wrote and recorded ‘80’s Ladies,’ her biggest hit. At 45 years old, she released her first album, which is unheard of in the music business. She continued writing songs and releasing albums until her retirement in 2015. She was a member of the Texas and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her final album, titled ‘Simply’ was released in 2015. This was also the year she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and moved into an assisted living facility. She contracted the Covid virus last week, but at the time of her death it was not determined if Covid was the cause.

Christmas Shows Fall Victim of Covid-19

Many local Christmas shows were canceled this year because of the pandemic. Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis have been performing their Christmas show at Gruene Hall for as long as I can remember. This is the first time they have ever had to cancel the holiday show. Wade Bowen and Cody Canada normally do a Christmas show at the Brauntex Theatre, but it was canceled. The annual Grand Ol’ Christmas Show at the Brauntex was also canceled. If you have tickets for the Christmas show, you can use them at the Americana version of the show, scheduled for June 24 & 25. You can purchase a live stream of the Christmas concert and now they have CD’s available of the audio tracks from the show. You can find all their info on their website at GOChristmasShow.com.

Musicians and Music Venues continue to help local charities

Despite being forced to close for most of this year, local venues and musicians continue to do what they can to help local charities. The Gruene Music & Wine Festival was forced to go virtual this year, creating a unique set of challenges. They still managed to raise over $82,000 to help our local United Way. Wade Bowen invited friends and family to join him at the Civic Center on December 3 for a special event called Wassail With Wade. They all sang Christmas songs and had a silent auction to raise money for local non-profits. The money raised went to area non-profits in the arts including NB Art League, Historic Outdoor Art Museum, Circle Arts Theatre, and the Brauntex Theatre. Over at Billy’s Ice, owner Bob Wilson informed me that his customers have donated over $7,000 since November 25. They gave $5,500 to the New Braunfels Food Bank and $1,500 to the Crisis Center of Comal County. The money donated to the food bank will translate into about 40,000 meals. Even though music venues and musicians have been closed or out of work for many months, they continue to lead the way in giving back to their fellow neighbors.

Live Music this weekend

Most venues are closed tonight and tomorrow, but if you are in the mood for some live music, there’s a few choices for you. Del Rio native William Beckmann will be opening for Stoney LaRue on Saturday night at Gruene Hall. His new album, Outskirts of Town is a keeper, so pick up a copy if you attend this show. Billy’s Ice has Clint Taft & the Buckwild Band at 9:30pm on Saturday. Krause’s Café will have Rochelle & The Sidewinders at 6pm on Saturday. The Phoenix Saloon has Silvercloud on Saturday night at 8pm. Over at the Pour Haus you have 3 Man Front at 8:30pm on Saturday and Anthony Wright Band on Sunday at 8:30pm. Last but not least, Fast Movin Train will take the stage at 9pm at the Watering Hole Saloon. Since Christmas day falls on a Friday, many local bars and music venues have decided to stay closed until Saturday. Remember to always check with local venues before you make plans to attend a show. Due to the pandemic, things can often change with little advance notice.

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Sat – Clint Taft & Buckwild Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Waves Band – 4pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Eli Hansen – 10am

 

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

Sun – Trey Rose – 4:30pm

Tue – Logun Timberlake – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Henri Herbert – Noon / Colton’s Kin – 4pm

Sun – Jackson Parten – Noon / Colton’s Kin – 4pm

 

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

Sat – Flat Top Jones – Noon / William Beckmann / Stoney LaRue – 7pm

Sun – Rob Roy Parnell – Noon / Slim Bawb – 4:30pm

Mon – Slim Bawb – Noon / Bret Graham Band – 5pm

Tue – Matt Kirk & The Gueyfarers – 6pm

Wed – Jake Penrod Band – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Isaak Klaus & Lederhosen Junkies – 2pm / Rochelle & The Sidewinders – 6pm

Sun – Das Ist Lustig – 10am / Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express – 6pm

Wed – Yodel Blitz – 6pm

 

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

Sat – Sam Watson – 1pm

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

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon / Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 8pm

Sun – Ryan Quiet’s Sunday Showcase – 4pm

Wed – Steve Vee – Noon

 

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

Tonight – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Fri – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sun – Anthony Wright Band – 8:30pm

Mon – Paul Eldridge & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night w/ Bob Schmueckle – 8:30pm

Wed – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Sun – Kayla Jane’s Pickers Circle – 4pm

 

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

Sat – Ruben V – 7:30pm

Wed – Rob Baird – 7pm

 

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

Sat – Fast Movin Train – 9pm

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