Music News – Feb. 14, 2019

Valentine’s Day in New Braunfels

Today is Valentine’s Day and several venues in town have planned special concerts to help celebrate this day of love. Going alphabetically we can start with the Brauntex Theatre and a rare show with Connie Smith and her husband Marty Stuart. These two lovebirds rarely perform together outside of Nashville but each year they come to town on Valentine’s Day. Today marks their 5th year of performing together in our fair city and will also be the first time Connie is bringing her full band, the Sundowners. In the past she just used Marty’s band, the Superlatives. Next up is Gruene Hall with Dale Watson and his Lone Stars playing tonight for couples that want to two-step across the dancefloor. Tickets for his show are only $10 and will feature some of the best traditional country music this side of the Rio Grande. Last but certainly not least is Seekatz Opera House and their supper and a song with Kinky Friedman. Easily one of the most colorful characters to ever call Texas home, Friedman wears many hats. A former Governor candidate, owner of a dog rescue ranch near Kerrville, best selling author and critically acclaimed musician. His sense of humor is contagious and you can bet he’ll have some great stories to tell tonight. Krause’s Café is catering the meal and selling the tickets so go to if you’d like to attend.


Ray Wylie Hubbard Unplugged

Ever wonder how Ray Wylie Hubbard came up with the idea for his hit songs like Redneck Mother or Snake Farm? Well on Friday night you can learn the answer to this question and more when he performs the first of three special Unplugged concerts at the Brauntex Theatre.

Hubbard will be featured in the first show, Paul Thorn will be the second artist in April and Ruthie Foster will finish the series in May. The series will showcase artists in an acoustic storytelling setting, talking about their songs and singing them. The Unplugged series will feature three shows a year, with the next round scheduled for February 2020. Tickets are available at


Gary P. Nunn to Retire

Speaking of storytellers, few do it better than Gary P. Nunn, the 73 year old songwriting icon who just announced his retirement from touring. Nunn was born in Oklahoma but got to Texas as fast as he could, which happen to be his 6th grade school year. Growing up in Brownfield, Texas he started his first band in the 7th grade. After high school he attended Texas Tech and also South Plains University before moving to Austin and enrolling at University of Texas. It was the late 60’s and before long Nunn was caught up in the thriving music scene that was putting Austin on the map as a major player in the music business. Gary played bass in bands fronted by Michael Martin Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson before joining the Lost Gonzo Band. With Jerry Jeff as their front man, they took Texas and the world by storm. One can only imagine the stories he can tell from his years with Walker. The band broke up in 1980 and Nunn started his solo career. His many hit songs include London Homesick Blues, What I Like About Texas, Guadalupe Days and The Last Thing I Needed. I once did a phone interview with Gary and he pulled over on the side of farm road so he wouldn’t lose his cell phone connection. For the next half hour he told me the story of writing London Homesick Blues in a cold London hotel room. He claims he never wrote the lyrics down on paper, choosing to store them in his memory. By his own estimation, he’s driven over two million miles across Texas and at 73 years old, he is ready to slow down. He and wife Ruth want to travel, snow ski, ride horses, play golf and visit friends and family. I think he’s earned some time to kick back and relax for a while. Check out his remaining tour dates at


Live Music Around Town

As I write this paragraph, I see the sun peeking through the clouds and it is certainly a welcome sight. Just a few more weeks and February will be behind us and another winter will be in our rear view mirror. The live music is starting to pick back up in town, starting tonight with HalleyAnna Finlay at Riley’s Tavern. On Friday you can catch Soul Sessions at Phoenix Saloon with guest Curtis Lee. The mighty Joe Ely Band will be at River Road Icehouse on Saturday. On Sunday there’s a huge benefit concert for Sissy Lasley at Krause’s Café at 3pm. There’s nothing better than Bret Graham on Monday nights at Gruene Hall. Tuesday nights belong to Aaron Stephens at the Black Whale Pub. Walther Wednesday’s at Freiheit Country Store with Zack Walther and Matt Briggs is a fantastic family friendly event that I highly recommend.





Anhalt Hall (2390 Anhalt Rd, Spring Branch 830-438-2873)

Sat – Jim Byron – 8pm


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

Sat – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


Brauntex Theatre (290 W. San Antonio, 830-627-0808)

Tonight – Connie Smith & Marty Stuart – 7:30pm

Fri – Unplugged w/ Ray Wylie Hubbard – 7:30pm

Sun – Travis Tritt (Acoustic) – 7:30pm


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

Sat – Cody Sparks Band – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am


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

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm


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

Fri – Jake Worthington / Randall King – 7pm

Sat – Jake Ward / Jon Wolfe – 7pm


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

Fri – Gabe Garcia / Jon Wolfe – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 4pm

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm


Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Road 830-765-0300)

Fri – Manzy Lowry – 7pm

Sat – Sean Castillo – 7pm

Sun – Jamie Krueger – 2


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

Tonight – Dale Watson & His Lone Stars – 7pm

Fri – Leann Rimes – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Leann Rimes – 8pm

Sun – Beat Boot Revival – Noon / Leann Rimes – 7pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Josh Grider, Ben Jones & Kelly Mickwee – 6pm

Wed – Mitch Webb & the Swindles – 6pm


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

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 8pm


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

Tonight – Kinky Friedman – 7pm

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Sun – Benefit for Sissy Lasley – 3pm


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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Weldon Henson / Dale Watson & His Lone Stars – 8pm

Sat – Summer Dean / Gary P. Nunn – 8pm

Sun – Dan West & David Lee – 1pm / Hollin McKay – 5pm


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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – The Humdingers – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Curtis Lee – 9pm

Sat – Sons of Johnny Cash – 9pm

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

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Halleyanna Finlay – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Bonnie Montgomery – 9pm

Sat – Robert Johnsons Soul – 8pm

Sun – Rock Show w/ Red Direct and more – 3pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm


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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 5pm

Sat – Joe Ely Band – 7pm

Sun – Amy Lavere & Will Sexton – 6pm


The Rustic (17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 204, San Antonio, 210-245-7500)

Tonight – Alyson Alonzo – 6pm

Fri – Left Arm Tan – 8:30pm

Sat – Powell Brothers – 9:30pm

Sun – Natalie Rose – 4pm / Steven Curd – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – Ian Moore – 7pm

Fri – Devotional – Depeche Mode Experience – 8pm

Sat – Bekah Kelso / Ryan Montbleau – 8pm


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

Fri – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

Sat – Nate Rodriguez – 9pm


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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Fri – The Nether Hour – 8pm

Sat – Clever Name Band – 8pm

Sun – Call For Band Info

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm


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

Tonight – Brett Cline – 7pm

Fri – Phil Luna – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – County Line Band – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8pm

Sat – Jeremy Egg Band – 9pm

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