Music News – Feb. 7, 2019

Colter Wall at Gruene Hall

This week we have two Canadian country artists coming to town to perform for us. First up there’s Colter Wall from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. At 13, he started playing guitar and listening to the wide variety of music in his parent’s collection. Their albums included everything from AC/DC to Waylon Jennings and this proved to be a huge influence for the young music fan. In 2015 he released his first EP, Imaginary Appalachia and started playing around Canada. He traveled to Nashville in 2017 to work with famed producer Dave Cobb for his self-titled debut album. The album garnered massive critical acclaim and vaulted Wall to the top of the music charts. He started touring with his band and was selling out large venues on the strength of just one album. In October of 2018 he released his second album, Songs of the Plains and is still touring to promote it. He lands at Gruene Hall on Friday night with Vincent Neil Emerson handling opening duties.


Corb Lund plays River Road Icehouse

Our other Canadian is Corb Lund from Taber, Alberta and currently makes his home in Lethbridge, Alberta about 100 miles due north of Cut Bank, Montana. In his native Canada, Lund is a huge star, much like Robert Earl Keen is in Texas. It’s not uncommon for his concerts to sell-out huge arenas and theaters all over Canada. With nine albums under his belt, Lund and his band The Hurtin’ Albertans tour all over the world. As I write this column, they are playing at the Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida. The first time I saw Lund was at the Americana Jam several years ago when he was a virtual unknown in Texas. His current album, Things That Can’t Be Undone was released in 2015 so we are ready for some new music. Hopefully at his show on Saturday night at River Road Icehouse he will give us a sample of some new tunes. Nashville singer songwriter Jaida Dreyer will open the show for Lund. Get tickets at


George Strait Releases 30th album

The Broken Spoke, an iconic honky-tonk in Austin, is used as the cover photo on the latest album by Texas legend George Strait. Titled Honky Tonk Time Machine, the new collection arrives in stores and online on March 29. Strait scaled back his touring in 2014 and now only does about 10 shows each year, mostly at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. He just completed two sold-out shows in Vegas on Super Bowl weekend. He returns to Vegas on August 23 and 24 and will make a rare appearance in Ft. Worth on November 22 and 23. All of these shows are sold-out so if you don’t have tickets already, the only way to get them is through the secondary markets for a very steep price. Strait and son Bubba along with old pal Dean Dillon, wrote 8 of the 13 songs on the new album. The first single was Codigo, a fast paced tribute to his favorite tequila, which he happens to be part owner of. The next single, God & Country Music, features his grandson Harvey on guest vocals. It will also include Sing One With Willie, a song he wrote with Nelson and his version of the Johnny Paycheck classic, Old Violin. Strait is the most awarded singer in the history of recorded music and has 60 number one hits, also a feat never accomplished by anyone. As Billboard Magazine boldly stated, there will never be a singer that can match his string on 60 hits. Regardless of how many years music will exist, no one will match his record. It’s very likely that he will add to that number if he keeps releasing great music like this album. It’s no wonder they call him King George, it’s a title well deserved.


Jim Messina at Tobin Center

Jim Messina, one half of the popular duo Loggins & Messina, will be performing at the Tobin Center in San Antonio this Sunday night. Born in Maywood, California in 1947, Jim was raised in Harlingen, Texas. When his parents divorced, his father returned to California and Jim split his time between both parents. At 16 years old he recorded his first album with his band The Jesters in 1964. Later he joined Buffalo Springfield and when they broke up, he founded Poco with Richie Furay in 1968. He left after two albums to concentrate on producing albums for CBS Records. He was assigned a young singer named Kenny Loggins as his first project. He and Kenny got along so well, they released Kenny’s first album as a duo project. Messina was reluctant to tour again after his years on the road with his previous bands but eventually agreed to tour. Five years and 20 million albums sold later, Loggins & Messina finally called it quits. Kenny started a successful solo career and Jim went back to producing music. He released an occasional album but remained mostly out of the spotlight. His latest album, In The Groove, was released in 2017. In concert, you can expect him to cover songs from all parts of his career. Get tickets now at





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

Sat – LC Rocks – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Sat – Liverpool Legends – Tribute to the Beatles – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Grant Gilbert – 8pm

Fri – Shaker Hymns / Ryan Ross Band – 8pm

Sat – Scott H. Biram – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle


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

Sun – Goodtime Polka Club w/ Barefoot Becky Orch. / Ivanhoe Dutchmen – 3pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am


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

Fri – Blackboot Family Band – 7pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 7pm


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

Fri – Austin Gilliam / Bellamy Brothers – 7pm

Sat – Night Traveler / Sam Riggs – 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 Road 830-765-0300)

Fri – Catherine Denis – 7pm

Sat – Alli Mattice Band – 7pm

Sun – JJ Garrett – 2pm / Chris Lancaster & Nate Guthrie – 4pm


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

Tonight – Bill Small Band – 6pm

Fri – Vincent Neil Emerson / Colter Wall – 8pm

Sat – Jeff Plankenhorn – 1pm / Oliver Penn / Shinyribs – 9pm

Sun – Soul Sessions – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – Jordan Minor & Bottom $ Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Canaan Bryce Band – 9pm


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

Fri – Ruben V – 7pm


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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Jaida Dreyer/ Corb Lund – 8pm

Sat – Ben Beckendorf – 1pm/ Jon Stork/ Kyle Park – 8pm

Sun – George Ensle & Dan West – 1pm / Hollin McKay – 5pm


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

Fri – Longtooth – 7pm

Sun – Michael James – 7pm


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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm/ Fort Defiance – 9pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sun – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tonight – Kayla Ray – 8pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / David Touchton & the Nowhere Band – 8pm

Sat – Summer Dean – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm


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

Fri – Aaron Copeland – 6pm

Sat – Jaida Dreyer / Corb Lund – 7pm


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

Tonight – Pete Williams – 5:30pm


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

Fri – Brice Merritt – 8:30pm

Sat – Kathy McKenzie – 4pm

Sun – Cooper Greenberg – 4pm


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

Tonight – Cade Foehner – 7:30pm

Fri – Brian Scartocci / Elijah Zane – 8pm

Sat – Cory Branan / Darrell Scott – 7pm

Sun – Mike Zito – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Dewberry Pickle Boys – 9pm

Sat – Court Nance – 9pm


Tobin Center (100 Auditorium, 210-223-8624)

Sun – Jim Messina – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Fri – Paul Eldridge – 8pm

Sat – Kinky Wires w/ Myles Smith – 8pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 7pm


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

Fri – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

Sat – Brett Cline – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Shades of Country – 8pm

Fri – Wyzer – 8pm

Sat – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

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