Music News – Feb. 6, 2020

ZZ Top Celebrates 50 years

Most bands only last about five years before calling it quits, much less 50 years, especially with the same members. ZZ Top, that little ol’ band from Texas, happens to be the only American band to ever last 50 years without changing any of the three members. They formed in Houston in 1969 with guitarist Billy Gibbons as their leader. They had a few lineup changes prior to 1970, but when they signed to London Records that year, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard were permanent members. Concert posters covered the walls of their first apartment and Gibbons noticed many artists used initials for their first names, like ZZ Hill or BB King. He loved the letters ZZ and thought of calling the band ZZ King. It didn’t sound right to Billy so he changed it to ZZ Top, thinking that if you were the king of Texas blues, you would be on top of the charts. They played their first show together on February 10, 1970 at Knights of Columbus Hall in Beaumont. For the next 50 years, Gibbons, Hill and Beard have played every show together, a feat no other band in history has every accomplished. Bands like the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones have lasted 50 years but not with the same original members. This year they will embark on their 50th Anniversary Tour and will release a special documentary titled “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas”. Directed by Sam Dunn and distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment, the feature will be shown in selected theaters around the world. The film has ties to our city because the band hand-picked Gruene Hall to film some rare live performance footage for the film. The World Wide 50th Anniversary Tour rolls through our city on June 14 at Whitewater Amphitheater. Tickets are available now at


Country Singer Collin Raye Comes to Town

Collin Raye was one of the biggest country stars of the 90’s. He racked up sixteen Number 1 hits and twenty-four Top 10 records. Born in De Queen, Arkansas in 1960, he grew up in a musical household. His mother was a local singer who often opened shows for 50’s acts like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. At a very young age Collin started a singing duo with his brother Scott. They called themselves the Wray Brothers, which is the original spelling of their last name. When Collin moved to Nashville in 1990 he changed the spelling to Raye when he signed with Epic Records. His first album, All I Can Be, was released in 1991 and was certified platinum by the end of the year. His next two albums, 1992’s In This Life and Extremes in 1993 both sold over a million copies. I spoke with Collin by phone last week to discuss his upcoming show in New Braunfels. “When you first start out in the business,” he explained, “everything happens real fast once you get your first hit. I was very lucky to have some great songs at the beginning, like “Every Second,” “In This Life” and “Little Rock.” They all became career songs for me.” I asked Collin what fans can expect at his show this Saturday night. “When you are just getting started you have to play a lot of cover songs just to fill out your set. Then when you finally have enough hits to fill out your show, you miss playing your favorite cover songs. Now days, I like to mix it up with my songs plus some of my favorite cover tunes.”

Collin has a new album coming soon, one he describes as a collection of Americana songs. When I inform him that our city is in the heart of the Americana music scene, he promised to premier a few new songs in his set. He will also have copies of his autobiography, A Voice Undefeated, for sale after the show. He was inspired to write the book after his granddaughter Haley passed away unexpectedly at 10 years old. Local singer songwriter Brandi Brehlen will open the show. Tickets for Collin’s show at the Brauntex Theatre can be purchased at


Micky and the Motorcars On Tour

Micky and the Motorcars are touring hard to support their latest album, Long Time Comin’, and will make a stop at Gruene Hall on Friday. The CD features Micky and Gary Braun sharing lead vocals and songwriting chores equally, which is a first for this hard-touring Texas band. Normally Micky handles lead vocals and is the primary songwriter, but this time, Gary felt compelled to write more songs and sing the ones he wrote. This new direction was welcomed by younger brother Micky and felt it gives the band a more versatile sound. Like their older brothers Willie and Cody in Reckless Kelly, they all got their start playing in their father Muzzie’s band back home in Challis, Idaho. As young boys, they joined their dad when he was invited to play on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Get your tickets at and be sure to pick up copies of the new album at the show.


The Phoenix Saloon Turns Up The Volume

The Phoenix Saloon has a double shot of rock and roll this weekend starting Friday night with Cadillac Drive, a new classic rock band featuring New Braunfels and San Antonio based musicians. I saw lead singer Larry Norman when he fronted Phantom 46, and he’s an amazing vocalist. Larry handles guitar and vocals, Steven Vee handles bass, keyboards and vocals and Robert Barrera plays drums and also sings. It’s a power trio in the vein of Cream and the James Gang. On Saturday, there’s two hard rock acts on the bill. Opening the show is Sacred Star doing a tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio then it’s Seventh Son, doing a tribute to the mighty Iron Maiden. For info on both of these shows, see their website at






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

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Highly Suspect – 7pm


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

Fri – Nautical Nation – 9pm

Sat – Clockwork – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm


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

Fri – Adam Johnson – 6pm

Sat – The Golden Roses – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 6pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Tonight – The Lettermen – 7:30pm

Sat – Brandi Brehlen / Collin Raye – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Erick Willis / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Fri – Xavier Joseph – 8pm

Sat – Cullen & Caroline Parker / JJ Garrett / Ryan Ross Band – 8pm

Tue – Randy Rogers – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Tonight – Singer Songwriter Open Mic Night – 8pm

Sat – Lonestar Pickers – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Guy Forsyth – 9pm

Sat – Shelley King – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price – 1pm

Tue – Emily Gimble – 7pm


Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 830-660-0437)

Sat – Good Time Polka Club w/ Barefoot Becky Orchestra – 3pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am


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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Austin Lancaster & Chris Kues – 7pm


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

Fri – Christian Sparks / Bob Schneider – 7pm

Sat – Jessie Daniel / Bellamy Brothers – 7pm


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

Sat – Back in Black – AC/DC Tribute Band – 8:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Bret Graham – 3pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Wed – Colton’s Kin – 5:30pm


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

Fri – Christy Hays – 7pm

Sat – Emily Herring & the FM Band – 7pm

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm


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

Tonight – South Austin Moonlighters – 6pm

Fri – Micky & the Motorcars – 7pm

Sat – Lucas Jagneaux – 1pm / Los Texmaniacs w/ Flaco Jimenez & Augie Meyers – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Gary Nicholson – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Max Band – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Step Aside Blues Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – Brent Ryan – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Adam Hood – 7pm

Sat – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm / Poor J Brown / Shinyribs – 8pm

Sun – Jimmy Davis – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm


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

Fri – Michael James Duo – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 1pm / Tex Porter Duo – 5pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm


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

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

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm / Henri Herbert – 9pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Ruby Alexander & the Boys – 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 – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Cadillac Drive – 9pm

Sat – Tribute to Dio & Iron Maiden – 7:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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


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

Tonight – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 9:30pm

Sun – Paul & Bobby – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Wyatt Weaver Duo – 7pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Zilkerbillies – 9pm

Sat – Kings of Hard Luck – 9pm


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

Tonight – Don Reilly – 6pm


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

Tonight – Color Me Badd – 8:30pm

Fri – Bailamos – 9:30pm

Sat – Damon Curtis – 4pm

Sun – Ben Miller – 4pm

Mon – Aaron Stephens – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Jake Andrews – 7pm

Fri – Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – Patricia Yonne / Joe King Carrasco – 7pm

Sun – Savoy Brown – 6pm


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

Tonight – Richard Watson – 5pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – Tyler Hadlock & Ryan Kennedy – 7pm

Fri – Amber, Eric, Bo & Mitchell – 8pm

Sun – Alli Mattice – 3pm

Wed – Rio Tripiano & AJ Johnston – 7pm


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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – Randy Carson Band – 8:30pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

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

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