Music News – Feb. 27, 2020

Every year on Johnny Cash’s Birthday, the Phoenix Saloon celebrates the event with several days of music devoted to the Man in Black. The Phoenix opened its doors on February 26, 2010 and the first act to perform was Dale Watson & His Lonestars. Owner Ross Fortune is a huge fan of Johnny Cash and was one of the last people to interview Cash before he passed away in 2003. He was working as a journalist at the time and spent time with Cash getting information for a possible book. Johnny’s health was very bad so Ross stopped the project. Soon after, he left his home in England and moved to Texas, settling first in Austin then in New Braunfels. He and wife Debbie purchased the Phoenix Saloon and restored it to its current state. This entire week has been a celebration of Johnny Cash and his music. Yesterday they had Junior Nash playing Cash songs during his Happy Hour set. Tonight you can catch Texas T & the Shine Runners doing a salute to the rockabilly years of Cash in the 50’s. On Sunday, Dale Watson returns to the Phoenix to pay tribute to Cash. Like Cash in the early days when he recorded for Sun Records, Watson embraces the rockabilly sound of just a guitar, bass and drums. He splits his time between homes in Austin and Memphis which allows him to embrace both styles of music. This is a rare free show but there are a few reserved seats available so check out the information at


The Lone Bellow Comes to Gruene Hall

This Friday Gruene Hall welcomes Americana folk group The Lone Bellow to their stage. The band got their start in the strangest of ways, starting in 2004 in Georgia. Zach and Stacy Williams were living their lives and raising kids when she suffered a horseback riding accident. It left here temporarily paralyzed. To deal with this family trauma, Zach started keeping a journal. Friends suggested he turn his writing into songs and when Stacy recovered, that’s just what he did. They moved to Brooklyn, New York so that he could pursue a career in music. In the Big Apple he met fellow folk musicians Kanene Donehey Pipkin and Brian Elmquist. At first, they called their band Zach Williams & the Bellow before shortening it to The Lone Bellow. They released their self-titled debut in 2013 and hit the road to promote it. On tour, Kanene’s husband Jason joins them on bass and keyboards. They followed it in 2015 with Then Came The Morning and started opening for artists like Brandi Carlile, Robert Plant and Kacey Musgraves. In 2017 the band and their families left New York and moved to Nashville to be closer to fellow musicians. Super producer Dave Cobb produced their groundbreaking Walk Into The Storm album in 2017. For their new album, Half Moon Light, they could have easily played it safe and let Cobb produce it in Nashville. Never ones to take the easy road, they headed back to New York to record and work with producer Aaron Dessner. The new album was released a few weeks ago and the band is currently on a world tour to promote it. They are in Texas this week then they head west before circling back to Nashville to end the US leg at the Ryman Auditorium in late April. After that it’s across the pond for shows in Ireland then all across the United Kingdom. See to buy tickets for this show and others like Joe Ely’s 40th Anniversary show for his classic album Live Shots on Saturday night.


Riley’s Tavern Offers Up Tasty Tunes

Riley’s Tavern has a solid weekend of live music on tap starting Friday night with Austin’s own Shelley King at 6pm. King’s latest album is a real barnburner with many special guests including Delbert McClinton, The Subdudes, Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland and Cindy Cashdollar to name just a few. Following Shelley’s set you can see Adam Hood, an Americana singer songwriter that resides in Alabama but plays here so often he can be classified an honorary Texan. His latest album is 2018’s Somewhere in Between which contained hits like Downturn, She Don’t Love Me and Alabama Moon. On Wednesday you can catch Canadian star Corb Lund, on tour promoting his latest release Cover Your Tracks. The album contains his versions of classic songs like These Boots Are Made For Walking, Cover of the Rolling Stone and I Shall Be Released. On April 24 he will release his 11th album titled Agricultural Tragic and will embark on an extensive Canadian tour. He’s a huge star up north, playing hockey arenas full of 20,000 fans. He hasn’t gained superstar status in America yet but it’s a safe bet he will soon. Get tickets now at


The Music Scene Comes Alive This Week

Elsewhere around our fine city, the music scene is alive with fantastic choices. Tonight at Krause’s Café you can catch one of our most talented singers when Yesenia McNett takes the stage with her band the Groove Doctors. On Friday night Krause’s will feature Season Ammons, another local singer songwriter that’s making a name for herself with her latest album, Steel Hearts. The Brauntex Theatre has two solid weekend shows starting Friday night with Bret Graham. He’s put together a great show called Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes, a tribute to all the iconic singers like George Jones, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. On Saturday, Jason Roberts will offer a salute to Texas Independence Day with Bob Wills Texas Playboys. Jason was personally selected by the Bob Wills Foundation to lead the Texas Playboys into the next generation. If you love the traditional Texas swing music that Bob Wills made famous, this is the show for you. Devils Backbone Tavern has Two Tons of Steel on Friday night and Austin’s main man Bob Schneider taking the stage on Saturday. For the rest of your live music options, check out the concert calendar. Regardless of your taste in music, our town has something for everyone.






Adobe Verde  (1724 Hunter Road, 830-629-0777)

Fri – The Percolators – 6pm

Sat – JJ Garrett Duo – 6pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 6pm

Wed – Battle of the Bands – 6pm


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

Tonight – Ozomatli / Los Lobos – 7pm

Fri – 80’s hits w/ The Motels – 7pm


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

Tonight – Rio Tripeano – 8:30pm

Fri – Dave Fenley – 8:30pm

Sat – Hill Country Revival – 9pm


Black’s BBQ (936 Loop 337, 830-358-7006)

Fri – Manzy Lowry – 6pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Fri – Bret Graham – 7:30pm

Sat – Jason Roberts & the Texas Playboys – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Fri – Wynn Williams – 8pm

Sat – Brother Roscoe – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake  830-964-3276)

Sat – Six Sons of Guns – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 9pm

Sat – White Ghost Shivers – 1pm / Bob Schneider – 9pm

Sun – Susan Gibson – 1pm

Tue – Earle Poole Ball – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Sandpaper Tree – 9:30am


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

Fri – Marcus Morales – 7pm


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

Fri – Johnny Nicolas / Shinyribs – 7pm

Sat – Noah Harris / Max Stalling – 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)

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm


Gruene Grove (1263 Gruene Rd, 830-765-0300)

Tonight – Tony Taylor & Friends – 7pm

Fri – Grey Gregson – 7pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 2pm


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

Tonight – Bill Small Band – 6pm

Fri – Early James / The Lone Bellow – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Paul James / Joe Ely Band – 8pm

Sun – Landry & Company – Noon / Soul Sessions – 4:30pm

Mon – David Lee & Jose Armadillo Show – 1pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm


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

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 2pm


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

Tonight – Yesenia McNett & the Groove Doctors – 7pm

Fri – Season Ammons – 7pm

Sat – Das Ist Lustig – 7pm

Wed – Rennie Guenther & Happy Travelers – 6pm


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

Tonight – Brent Ryan – 5pm

Fri – Calamity Jane / Dale Houston / Richie Allbright – 7pm

Sat – Seth James / Asleep at the Wheel – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm


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

Fri – Nate Guthrie Duo – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Saturday w/ Gerry Burns – 1pm / Chris Lancaster – 5pm

Sun – John Cavender – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm


Muck & Fuss/ Side Car (295 E. San Antonio Street, 830-312-5387)

Tonight – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm / 3 Swings & Miss – 8pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Seth Shaw Quartet – 9pm

Wed – Little Jewford – 6pm


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 – Floyd Bauler – 5pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Texas T & the Shine Runners – 9pm

Sat – Remembering Hoop – 9pm

Sun – Dale Watson & His Lonestars – 7pm / Lucas Taylor – 9:30pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tonight – Paul & Bobby – 8:30pm

Fri – Nick Lawrence Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Popgun – 9:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night


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

Tonight – Hartley Hall – 7pm

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm / Adam Hood – 9pm

Sat – David Touchton Band – 9pm

Wed – Corb Lund – 8pm


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

Sat – Saturday Night Five – 8pm


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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm


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

Tonight – Tributes to Stevie Nicks & Elton John – 7pm

Fri – Tribute to Pat Benatar – 8pm

Sat – Mitch Webb & the Swindles – 8pm


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

Fri – Popgun – 9pm

Sat – Devin Baize – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – Rick Rice Band – 8pm

Fri – Fast Movin’ Train – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

Tue – Songwriter Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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