Music News – Dec. 27, 2018

Last week I listed all the New Year’s Eve shows so if you are planning on celebrating the end of 2018 out on the town, you might want to check with the venue first to be sure they aren’t sold-out or to reserve a spot for you and your friends. Most venues will have a cover charge because bands usually cost more to play on New Year’s Eve. Some venues will offer snacks and party favors during the night in addition to the live music. Since New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday night, venues will have to celebrate the new year before midnight to comply with TABC rules. Always party responsibly, be safe on the drive home and be sure to have a designated driver. I’m sure the taxi and Uber drivers will be very busy on Monday night. See the concert listing on this page for a full schedule of events for New Year’s Eve.


Top Albums from Texas Artists in 2018

Since December is the last month of the year, there’s hundreds of lists naming the best movies, TV shows, books and albums of the year. I love to read them all but rarely agree with their picks, especially when it comes to the best music released this year. There’s always more rap and pop music on their lists, while mine has more Texas artists and classic rock on it. Many Texas artists released strong albums this year, like Cody Jinks new CD Lifers, Solid Ground by Wade Bowen and Whiskey & Pride by Cory Morrow. Willie Nelson released My Way, his tribute to Frank Sinatra and his son Lukas issued a self-titled album with his band Promise of the Real. Three Texas gals all had hit albums in 2018. Of course I’m talking about Kelly Willis, Bri Bagwell and Kacey Musgraves. Golden Hour by Musgraves was named the Top album of 2018 by many publications, including Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazine. Super gal group Pistol Annies, made up of Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, released Interstate Gospel. It also appeared on many year-end best of lists and rightly so because it’s the best collection of songs they have written since forming in 2011. Of course, Miranda is a Texas gal, which makes Ashley and Angaleena honorary Texans.


More Top Albums Released in 2018

Though it may be hard to believe, good music can come from a state other than Texas. It’s no coincidence that Texas and Tennessee are the only two states in America that start with the letter T. Some of the best music in the world comes from these two states. This year Nashville gave us these fantastic albums: Chris Stapleton – From a Room Vol. 2; Jason Isbell – Nashville Sound; Tyler Childers – Purgatory; Will Hoge – My American Dream; Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song; Sam Morrow – Concrete & Mud; Brandi Carlile – By The Way I Forgive You; and Eric Church – Desperate Man. Church’s album has a Texas connection since Ray Wylie Hubbard helped him write the title song. A couple of veteran songwriters, John Prine and Bob Dylan, were back on the charts in 2018. Prine for Tree of Forgiveness, his first new album in twelve years. Dylan issued a 6-CD set containing all the outtakes from his classic 1975 album, Blood on the Tracks.


Musicians We Lost, Musicians That Are Retiring

We lost a few musicians this year, including the iconic Aretha Franklin and country superstar Roy Clark. We also said goodbye to Marty Balin, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, Tony Joe White, songwriter of many hits like Polk Salad Annie and Ed King, guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd. King wrote the famous guitar intro for their smash hit Sweet Home Alabama. Several older musicians announced their retirement tours in 2018 including Bob Seger, Kiss, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Baez, Paul Simon and Lynyrd Skynyrd.




Last Chance for Local Live Music in 2018

There’s plenty of fantastic live music in the area to keep everyone entertained while we wait for the big night to arrive. Kevin Fowler is at Gruene Hall tonight with Los Texmaniacs opening the show. Fowler has a new single, Country Song to Sing, scheduled for a January release and chances are good he will premier it tonight. The Craze will take the stage on Friday night at 9pm at the Phoenix Saloon. Lonesome Dave Fisher will be at Riley’s Tavern on Saturday night and Dallas Burrow will be at Middleton Brewing on Sunday at 2pm. Skylar Hamilton will be at the Pour Haus stage at 8:30pm on Sunday night. Happy New Year!





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

Fri – The Toadies – 7pm

Sat – Chris D’Elia – 6pm


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

Fri – Popgun – 8:30pm

Mon – Billy’s Ice NYE Party – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Mon – David Prado Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Mon – Shane Smith & the Saints – 9pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve Tschoepe – 9:30am


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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm


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

Fri – Small Town Habit / Josh Ward – 7pm

Sat – Kolby Cooper / Shotgun Rider – 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 – Dan McCoy – Noon / Troy Stone – 4pm

Fri – Dan McCoy – Noon / Rodney Hayden – 4pm

Sat – Rodney Hayden – Noon / Brian & Paul – 4pm

Sun – Joey McGee – Noon / Johnny Cheole – 4pm

Mon – Dan McCoy – 1pm

Tue – Johnny Cheole – 2pm


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

Tonight – Adam Johnson Band – 1pm / Los Texmaniacs / Kevin Fowler – 7pm

Fri – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – 1pm / Jarrod Birmingham / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Austin Meade / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Brian Pounds Band – 4pm

Mon – Aaron Stephens – 1pm / Jamie Lin Wilson / American Aquarium – 7pm

Tue – Guy Forsyth – Noon / Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros – 4pm

Wed – Dustin Welch, Halleyanna & Daniel Driver – 6pm


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

Fri – Shaker Hymns – 8pm

Sat – The Lawless / Teague Brothers – 8pm


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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

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

Sat – Jaime Wyatt / Charlie Crockett – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm

Mon – Jake McLain – 5pm / Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Tue – Hayden Whittington – 5pm


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

Fri – Hayden Jones – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Dead Tribute – 3pm

Sun – Dallas Burrow – 2pm

Mon – NYE Party w/ Long Tooth – 6pm


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

Tonight – Sly Foot Family – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / The Craze – 9pm

Sat – The Georges – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Mon – Tom Petty Tribute w/ Highway Hypnosis – 8pm

Wed – Open Mic night w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tonight – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

Sat – Sean Berry – 9:30pm

Sun – Skylar Hamilton – 8:30pm

Mon – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Josh Holden – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Austin Meade – 8pm

Fri – Jason Eady – 9pm

Sat – The Jonathans – 6pm / Lonesome Dave Fisher – 9pm

Sun – Open Mic Night & Blues Jam – 4pm

Mon – Dr. G & the Mudcats – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone – 8pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 9pm


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

Mon – Austin Gilliam / Midnight River Choir / Copper Chief – 6pm


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

Tonight – John Baumann & Dalton Domino – 7pm

Fri – Blackbird Sing / Dirty River Boys – 7pm

Sat – Passing Strangers – 7pm

Sun – Costello Roquero – 7pm

Mon – Mothership: A Led Zeppelin Tribute – 7pm


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

Tonight – Jordan Minor & Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

Fri – Zack Walther Band – 9pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 9pm

Sun – 3 Piece & A Biscuit – 9pm

Mon – Statesboro Revue – 9pm


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

Fri – Call For Band Info – 8pm

Sat – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 8pm

Sun – Call For Band Info – 4pm


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

Fri – Phil Luna – 8pm

Sat – The Henderson’s – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – 3 Chord Rodeo – 8pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

Mon – Knotty Grove – 8pm

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