Music News – Jan 28, 2021

There was more good news this week on the live music scene. Gruene Hall and Whitewater Amphitheater announced new concerts coming to their venues. Every time someone schedules a new show, it indicates a confidence that things are gradually returning to some semblance of normalcy. Last week, Gruene Hall added six shows to their schedule. This week they added two more, a CD release show by Blue Water Highway on March 12 and a March 13 concert by Cory Morrow. It’s still too soon to speculate about the Americana Jam in May, but our fingers are crossed for that event. Over at Whitewater Amphitheater, they just added Casey Donahew on March 20, Dwight Yoakam on March 21, Jamestown Revival on April 3, Jon Wolfe on May 22 and Aaron Watson on June 4. All of these shows are advertised as reduced capacity, social distanced shows. The Brauntex Theatre is planning a limited capacity show on February 18 featuring Yesenia McNett doing a tribute to Fleetwood Mac. They have a few others planned as well. Obviously, should the CDC rules change before these shows happen, the venue will follow those guidelines. Right now, the normal rules are to wear a mask anytime you leave your seat. All tables and seats are spaced out for safe distancing and hand sanitizers are placed at all the necessary areas. Unfortunately, this seems like the way things will be for awhile, but it’s better than nothing.

The Red Bird Listening Room Hosts Songwriters Night Tonight

The Red Bird Listening Room will host another show tonight featuring many local songwriters. If you enjoy an evening of all original songs performed by local songwriters, this is the place to be. The doors open at 6pm and Dallas Burrow is the host for the evening. Songwriters sign in when they arrive and usually perform in the same order. The Red Bird is one of the best listening rooms in Central Texas and often plays host to many of our finest local songwriters. It’s the perfect venue for songwriters to try out new songs they have just written or to bring back older tunes they haven’t played in awhile. It is also the perfect opportunity for songwriters to team up and sing songs they may have written together. Normally there are over a dozen songwriters that participate, sometimes more and everyone that signs up will get to perform. Dallas usually starts the evening and each performer does two songs. It’s a listening room so talking is not allowed during the performances. Face masks are required to be worn during this event, It’s is BYOB and a $10 donation is suggested. The venue is located at 1260 South Business 35.

Broken Spoke owner James White passes away

James White, owner of the Broken Spoke, passed away Sunday at the age of 81 from congestive heart failure. White bought the property on South Lamar Street in Austin back in 1964. He had a dream to build a honky-tonk in Austin and when he got his Army discharge in 1964, he bought a small piece of property and started building the Broken Spoke. It was a labor of love that included his wife Annetta and his large family. White was born in 1939 and was raised just south of where the Broken Spoke is located on land that had been in his family for generations. On September 25, 1964, he broke ground on the Broken Spoke on land previously owned by businessman Jay Johnson. There was an old lumber yard on the property that had to be torn down before he could start construction. He married his wife in the original building of the Broken Spoke, which is where the restaurant is now located. Soon after his wedding, he booked Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys for the first of his three appearances there. In 1967 he hired a young songwriter named Willie Nelson for $800. In the late 1970’s and early 80’s, he hired George Strait & the Ace in the Hole Band. They would become regulars at the Spoke for many years before Strait had his first big hit song in 1981. Strait honored the Broken Spoke by using a photo of it for the cover of his latest album, Honky Tonk Time Machine. Over a 50-year period, White was constantly adding on and improving the property. For the past five decades it has been famous for hosting traditional country music and also for its delicious chicken fried steaks. Hundreds of famous artists have posted their memories of James White on their social media sites, including Ray Benson, Gary P. Nunn and George Strait.

Mile 0 Fest in Key West Announces Lineup

The rest of the states are starting to realize that central Texas is home to the best music in America and are jumping on the bandwagon. First there was Musicfest in Steamboat, Colorado. They offered southern folks a chance to experience snow and cold weather. Then came the Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida, a festival that booked basically every band that plays at Gruene Hall over the course of a year. The appeal of this festival let the bands go almost directly from snowbound Colorado to the sunny beaches of south Florida. Traditionally the event takes place in late January to early February. This year, due to the pandemic, it was moved to April 27 through May 1. The organizers deliberately keep the crowd sizes manageable due to the small size of Key West, which is about two miles wide and four miles long. The last time I was in Key West, I think there were about 300 bars, which gives you an idea of what they like to do there. They recently announced the lineup for the Mile 0 Fest with the promise to add more acts. Here’s a partial list: Lucinda Williams, Blackberry Smoke, Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Pat Green, Shovels & Rope, Reckless Kelly, Old 97’s, Jack Ingram, Jason Boland, Stoney LaRue, Cody Canada, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Walt & Tina Wilkins, just to name a few.

Suggestions for live music in town

It’s hard to recommend which live shows to see each week because we have so many talented musicians in our city. Here’s just a few suggestions for you to check out. At Gruene Hall tonight there’s Josh Baca & Hot Tamales. Josh is a member of the Grammy Award winning band Los Tex Maniacs. The Hot Tamales are a side project he performs with. Zack Walther Band will bring their salute to the music of the 90’s to Downtown Social on Friday night. It’s a bit of a drive, but on Saturday night you can take in an outdoor concert at Luckenbach featuring Asleep at the Wheel. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Sunday drives down River Road are always fun, especially when you stop by the Lonestar Float House for their Sunday Serenade. This week they will have Bo Brumble and Garrett Mann at 2pm. Monday nights still belong to Bret Graham at Gruene Hall. Bret is easily one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever seen. Tuesday nights tend to be a bit slow for live music in town but you can always take in the open mic night at the Pour Haus. For a fun Wednesday night, check out some polka music at Krause’s Café with Das Ist Lustig. Remember, if you have any concerns about how a venue is handling the CDC guidelines, check with them before attending a show.



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

Tonight – Austin James – 8:30pm

Fri – Brandon Ford – 8:30pm

Sat – AJ Johnson Album Release – 9:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm


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

Tonight – Will Banister – 8pm

Sat – Josh Abbott – 8pm


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

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Zack Walther Band – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30pm


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

Fri – Waves / Cody Canada & the Departed – 6pm

Sat – Lady & the Tramps – 9pm

Sun – Fast Movin Train – 4pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6pm


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

Fri – Coltin’s Kin – 4pm

Sat – Henri Herbert – 1pm


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

Tonight – Josh Baca & Hot Tamales – 6pm

Fri – Reed Brothers & Friends – 6pm

Sat – Flattop Jones – 1pm / Jason James Band – 6pm

Sun – Grouchy Like Riley – Noon / Linda Gail Lewis – 4:30pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Sat – Canaan Bryce – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Lance Lipinsky – 5:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions – 6pm

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 2pm / Selfless Lovers – 6:30pm

Sun – Dirty River Jazz Band – 10am / Yodel Blitz – 2:30pm

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 5:30pm


Lonestar Float House (7430 River Road, 830-907-3866)

Sun – Bo Brumble & Garrett Man – 2pm


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

Tonight – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Josh Morningstar – 7pm

Sat – Ben Beckendorf Trio – 1pm / Vincent Neil Emerson / Asleep at the Wheel – 8pm

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


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

Sun – Braydon Zink – 2pm


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

Fri – Devan Jones – 8pm

Sat – 3 Swings & A Miss – 8pm


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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm


Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Sun – Trace Ryan – 1pm


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

Tonight – Tex Porter – Noon

Fri – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon / Floyd Bauler – 8pm

Sat – Cadillac Drive – 8pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon


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

Tonight – Bret Mullins Band – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 8:30pm

Sun – Doug Garrett & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm


Red Bird Listening Room (1260 South Bus 35, 830-606-7886

Tonight – Songwriters Night – 6pm


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

Tonight – Nash Daniels – 7pm

Fri – Season Ammons – 6pm

Sat – Kayla Jane & Kelaney Brent – 8pm

Sun – NPD Songwriters – John Arthur Martinez – 4pm


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

Tonight – Code 5 & the Extinguishers – 6pm


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

Tonight – Small Town Habit – 7pm

Fri – Mason Lively – 6pm / Will Banister – 9:30pm

Sat – Natalie Rose – 4pm / Braydon Zink – 9:30pm

Sun – Ponciano Seoane – 4pm


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

Fri – Ruben V – 7:30pm

Sat – Cas Haley – 7pm


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

Fri – I-35 – 8:30pm

Sat – Cactus Country – 9pm

Sun – BJ Thibodeaux – 2pm

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