Music News – Feb. 21, 2019

Johnny Cash Bash at Phoenix Saloon

I always thought I was the world’s biggest Johnny Cash fan until I met Ross Fortune, owner of the Phoenix Saloon. Ross had the unbelievable honor of spending time with Cash shortly before he passed away. He was working on an assignment for a magazine and was able to interview Johnny at his home. I met Ross shortly after he purchased the Phoenix and I wrote a feature story on him for this paper. Ross moved here from Liverpool, England which happens to be the birthplace of the Beatles. Since Cash was born on February 26, Ross hosts a Johnny Cash Birthday Bash every year in his honor. It starts on Friday night with the Ryan Ross Band at 9pm and continues Saturday night with The Mismatch. On Tuesday night, Johnny’s actual birthday, Junior Nash will host Nash Plays Cash starting at 5pm. All the shows are free so come out and help a local landmark venue celebrate the music of the Man in Black.


Shane Smith & the Saints play Freiheit Country Store

Shane Smith & the Saints will be playing at Freiheit Country Store on Friday night with Jake Ward opening. Born in east Texas, Smith came to Austin to become a songwriter and to form a band. After succeeding in both of these goals, he recorded and released his first independent album in 2009, I’ll See For Miles. He and the band hit the road and played everywhere, winning fans at every stop. They built a career, the hard way, with a solid work ethic and good songs. They released The Coast in 2011 and Geronimo in 2015. This isn’t your normal Americana band, these guys beat to a different drummer. Shane’s lyrics tackle subjects’ way beyond his twenty odd years on this planet. Bands like his, Turnpike Troubadours, Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons are combining traditional folk music with modern sounds and winning over thousands of young fans. Check this band out now before they become superstars.


Heart regroups and plans tour

As it usually does, money has a way of fixing most problems. Such is the case of Ann and Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart. About a year ago Ann’s new husband slapped one of Nancy’s sons because he accidentally let Ann’s two dogs escape from her tour bus. According to news reports, Nancy’s sons went to Ann’s tour bus and when they opened the door, the dogs ran away. They were caught but Ann’s husband confronted the two teenage boys and when an argument broke out, he slapped one of them. When Nancy found out, that was the end of the road for the band. She got on her bus and left and the sisters didn’t speak for over a year. Both started solo careers but neither paid as well as when they were in Heart. So, money prevailed and the sisters agreed to play together again. Details of the tour are posted on their Facebook page and website. They are only playing two shows in Texas, August 22 in Houston and August 23 in Dallas.


Sammy Hagar Comes to Texas

Sammy Hagar, often called the Red Rocker because of his fascination with the color red, has had a long career in rock music. He got his start in the 1970’s with the band Montrose. After an argument with Ronnie Montrose, he started a solo career in 1976 with his first album, Nine on a Ten Scale. During this time he became a huge star, selling millions of albums and selling out arenas all over the world. He joined Van Halen in 1985 when original singer David Lee Roth quit the band. During his tenure with Van Halen, they sold more albums than any other rock band. Hagar left Van Halen in 1996 and formed three new bands, the Waboritas, The Circle and Chickenfoot. He continues to tour and record with all three bands but recently announced he would record one final album titled The Space Between and would use his band The Circle for the project. The first single and video is called Trust Fund Baby. He also re-recorded I Got The Fire, a song first released on the second Montrose album. In a press release for the new record Hagar explained that he feels like he has one more album in him and admitted he’d love to win a Grammy before he retires. With a net worth of over $120 million, Hagar definitely doesn’t need to work. Tonight you can see him and his band The Circle at a rare appearance at the San Antonio Rodeo and on April 30 he returns to Texas for a show at the Moody Theater in Austin.


Bret Graham pays tribute to Waylon Jennings & Hank Jr.

Tonight the super talented Bret Graham will be at the Brauntex Theatre as part of their ongoing Local Live series that gives local acts a chance to pay tribute to their favorite artist or band. Graham has chosen the music of two of country music’s most popular outlaws, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. Graham consistently sells out every show he plays so if you haven’t gotten your tickets by now, you may want to get them now. He will have a hard time deciding which songs to play tonight since both singers have over 50 hits apiece. Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are only $8. Come back on Friday night to see cowboy singing legend Red Steagall, the man credited with discovering Reba McEntire. Red is retiring from live performing so if you are a fan of his music, this will be your last chance to see this country and western legend in concert. See for tickets and show information.





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

Tonight – Bas – 7pm

Fri – Tribute to Tom Petty & Fleetwood Mac – 6:30pm

Sat – Cypress Hill – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Clever Name Band – 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 – Bret Graham – Tribute to Waylon Jennings & Hank Williams Jr. – 7:30pm

Fri – Red Steagall – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Wood Street Band – 8pm

Fri – Jade Marie Patek / Damon Curtis – 8pm

Sat – Whiskey Ignition / Flydecay / Peace Pipe Prophets – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Aaron Kantor – 9:30am


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

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 7pm


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

Fri – Mason Lively / Zane Williams – 7pm

Sat – The Georges – 7pm


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

Fri – Jake Ward / Shane Smith & the Saints – 7pm


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

Tonight – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Rodney Hayden – 3pm


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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 6pm

Fri – Rosie Flores / Los Texmaniacs w/ Flaco Jimenez & Augie Meyers – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Delle Sorelle / I’m With Her – 8pm

Sun – Western Youth – Noon / School of Rock – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & John Evans – 6pm

Wed – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messengers – 6pm


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

Fri – Skylar Hamilton & the Full Moon Rituals – 8:30pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 2pm


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

Fri – Yesenia McNett & the Groove Doctors – 7pm


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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Hot Texas Swing Band – 8pm

Sat – Ben Beckendorf – 1pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm


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

Fri – Marvin Bottera & Broken Glass – 6:30pm

Sat – Gerry Burns – 2pm / Nick Garcia – 7pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


NB House Concerts (250 Timber Wild, 210-617-3765)

Sun – House of Hamill – 4:30pm


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

Tonight – Ken Raba – 5pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Ryan Ross Band – 9pm

Sat – The Mismatch – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Tue – Junior Nash Plays Johnny Cash – 5pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – Chris Saucedo Band – 8:340pm

Sat – Natalie Rose – 9:30pm

Sun – Nate Rodriguez – 8:30pm

Mon – Garrett Mann & Bo Brumble – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Susan Hickman – 8pm

Fri – Tommy Alverson – 6pm / Julie Nolen – 9pm

Sat – The Hightones – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 8pm


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

Fri – Garrett Ford / John Baumann – 7pm

Sat – Kevin Galloway – 7pm


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

Tonight – Nicolette Good – 7:30pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – Ruben V – 8pm

Sun – Roberta Morales Benefit – 3pm


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

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 9pm

Sat – Logan Timberlake – 9pm


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

Tonight – Braydon Zink – 7pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – The Nether Hour – 8pm

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 4pm

Wed – Brian Milson – 7pm


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

Tonight – Frenchies Blues Destroyers – 7:30pm

Fri – Two Rivers Revival – 8pm

Sat – Allie Mattice w/ Eric Langenhahn – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Texas Two Lane – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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