Music News – Jan 14, 2021

As old man winter shows us once again that summer is still months away, there’s a lot of things happening in the music world. More and more live shows are showing up on the weekly schedules. Whitewater Amphitheater hopes to get started this spring with two special acoustic shows with Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser on March 18 and 19. Tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10am. Seats will be spaced out to follow all CDC guidelines. More shows are scheduled for April and May, plus they have some special announcements coming soon. So, pay close attention to their website and Facebook pages. Trust me, you will want to get tickets to the concerts they have planned for the upcoming season. Gruene Hall has added more new shows to their spring schedule. So far, they have Jack Ingram, Read Southall, Junior Brown and Shane Smith. They also have a cool trio show featuring Jamie Lin Wilson, Courtney Patton and Kaitlin Butts set for February 20. This Sunday at Gruene Hall you can catch Phil Hurley’s new band, The Lost Pines. Phil was once the singer and guitarist for South Austin Moonlighters. It’s a free show and starts at noon. The Watering Hole will feature their 2021 Winter Bash on Saturday with two bands, 3 Man Front and Cadillac Drive, providing the music.

Two more musicians pass away this week.

In 1994 I stumbled across an album by a young singer songwriter named Jamie O’Hara. A good friend of mine was a DJ at a radio station in Victoria and suggested I write a review about the album. It was his first album of all original songs titled Rise Above It. Before recording the album, he had mainly made his living as a songwriter. The Judd’s had a big hit with his song Grandpa, Tell Me About The Good Ol’ Days. It took a few weeks before I listened to his CD but once I did, I was completely blown away. His voice was amazing and every song on the album was incredible. Why this guy never became a superstar, I’ll never know. George Jones heard the album and recorded two songs from it. He picked Cold Hard Truth and 50,000 Names, which is the best song ever written about the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Jamie recorded two more solo albums and soon joined forces with Kieran Kane to form the popular duo, The O’Kanes. They recorded three albums before calling it quits. Jamie died last week after a long battle with cancer at the age of 70. His Rise Above It album still gets my vote as one of the best debut records of all time. Ed Bruce is another country artist we lost last week. He was born in Arkansas but grew up in Memphis. In 1957 at the ripe age of 17 he walked into Sun Studios and convinced producer Sam Phillips to record a song he wrote called Rock Boppin’ Baby. He later moved over to RCA Records and recorded several hit songs, including See The Big Man Cry. By the early 70’s he was concentrating more on his songwriting and Tanya Tucker scored a hit with The Man That Turned My Mama On. His biggest hit was Mama’s Don’t Let Your Baby’s Grow Up To Be Cowboys, recorded by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. He was also an actor, appearing in several major movies like Maverick and Fire Down Below. Ed passed away last week at the age of 81 from natural causes.

Morgan Wallen gets Dangerous.

My first dose of Morgan Wallen came last year when my daughter Lacy played me one of his songs in her car. The song was called Whiskey Glasses from his debut album, If I Know Me. I knew he had appeared on The Voice TV show and last year he won the CMA Award for Best New Artist. Otherwise, I didn’t know much about Wallen. He made headlines after he got arrested in Kid Rock’s bar in Nashville for getting drunk and busting some shot glasses. This past summer he made headlines again after his Saturday Night Live appearance was cancelled after pictures surfaced of him at a bar with a large group of people not wearing a mask. After a two-week quarantine, the SNL show allowed him to appear. He participated in the skits that made fun of his mullet and redneck reputation. Morgan used his time off to record a 2-CD album called Dangerous. The album immediately topped the Billboard charts as well as all the major streaming services. There are 30 songs on the new collection and Morgan wrote or co-wrote sixteen of them. If you buy the CD at Target, you get two bonus songs, both written by Morgan. I spent some time watching recent interviews of him on You Tube and was impressed with his sense of humor. He has a very self-deprecating sense of wit and doesn’t seem to take things too seriously. He literally shot to stardom in less than two years and he admits that it has been a struggle. He’s starting to get recognized in public now and releases that everyone has a camera on their phones. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain this level of popularity once live concerts can happen again. I did buy the new album and must admit, he’s an incredibly good songwriter. His songs cover many subjects that modern country music does, like drinking, summertime, girls, and small towns. There are a few songs that offer more depth and hopefully he will lean in that direction in the future.

Cody Canada Tribute Album

A few weeks ago, I told you about the new tribute album titled ‘The Years,’ that honors the music of Cody Canada and the music of Cross Canadian Ragweed. Cody and I finally connected by phone so I could get his input on the album and how it feels to be the subject of a tribute concert. “Well, John Dickson at Musicfest has been asking me for two years,” explained Cody. “I never felt like it was time. I turned him down the first time he asked me. Then he talked to Wade (Bowen), who’s my brother-in-law, and got him to ask me. Finally, one night after we finished the Bruce Robison tribute at Musicfest, John and I were backstage, and we talked about it again. I told him I’d do it under two conditions. First, I didn’t want it to be a Cross Canadian Ragweed reunion because that ship has sailed. Second, I wanted them to record the shows and release it like they did for the Robert Earl Keen tribute.” When Dickson agreed to Cody’s terms, plans got underway for the tribute to take place at the 2020 Musicfest in Steamboat, Colorado. Over 30 artists signed up to take part in the tribute and Cody didn’t know which songs each artist picked. “Just as we were heading down to watch the concert, I finally asked Shannon who was singing the songs,” Cody said. “She laughed and said, you’ve waited this long, you can wait a few more minutes.” His song ‘Breakdown,’ was the one he was most curious about and it was performed by Bruce Robison. “I was happy that Wade chose ‘Sick & Tired,’ because I wrote that song about my sister Shelby, before she married Wade,” explained Cody. “So that song has come full circle. It was also cool to see my son Dierks play guitar for Jamie Lin Wilson on her version of ’17.’ One of my favorites was Jade Marie Patek’s version of ‘Dead Man.” The album ends with the title track, The Years, performed by BJ Barham from American Aquarium. Cody mentioned that there’s still a dozen or more performances that were not released and he hopes that someday they will come out. I hope they do because the seventeen songs on the album are really good, so I bet the others are too.




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

Tonight – Austin James – 8:30pm

Fri – 183 South / The Lawless – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 9:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm


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

Tue – Holly Beth / Dylan Wheeler / Giovannie Yanez – 8pm


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

Sat – Jesse Stratton Band – 9pm


Downtown Social Club (386 W. San Antonio, 830-214-6650)

Sat – Austin Meade – 8:30pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Justin Ray Clayton – 9:30am


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

Tonight – Geoffrey Hill & Tony Taylor – 4pm

Fri – Gabe Garcia / Scott Wiggins Trio – 8pm

Sat – Mario Flores & the Soda Creek Band – 7pm

Sun – JJ Villareal – 4pm

Tue – Gunns West – 4pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6pm


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

Tonight – Manzy Lowry – 6pm

Fri – Dallas Moore Band – 6pm

Sat – Slim Bawb – Noon / Bo Phillips – 6pm

Sun – Phil Hurley & the Lost Pines – Noon / Ethan Hanson – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – Kasey Thornton Band – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Sean & Pete Williams Band – 6pm

Fri – Bonnie Lang – 6pm

Sat – The Czechaholics – 2pm / The Vagabonds – 7pm

Sun – Gospel Brunch w/ Clifton Jansky – 10am / Colton’s Kin – 2:30pm

Wed – Off The Grid – 6pm


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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / ShAnnie – 6pm

Sat – 14th Annual Blues Festival w/ Jackie Venson & Jimmie Vaughan – Noon

Sun – Stephen K. Morris – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm


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

Fri – Devan Jones – 8pm (Sidecar)

Sat – Rube Harris Trio – 7pm (Sidecar)


Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm


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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon

Fri – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon

Sat – Hubcap Stealers – 8pm

Sun – Ethan Hanson – 4pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon


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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge & Friends – 8:30pm

Fri – Kerosene Drifters – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 8:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night w/ Bob Schmueckle – 8:30pm

Wed – Madelyn Victoria – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Mary Charlotte Young – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 7pm

Sat – Kullen Fox & the Coop – 7pm

Sun – NPD Songwriters series w/ Frank Martin Gilligan – 4pm


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

Tonight – Derek Krueger – 6pm


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

Fri – Kyle Moon & the Misled Band – 7pm

Sat – Dirty River Boys – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Rick Rice Band – 8:30pm

Sat – 2021 Winter Bash with Cadillac Drive & 3 Man Front  – 8pm

Sun – Larry Sweeney – 2pm

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