Music News – Jan. 3, 2019

There is a lot of new music scheduled for release this year in any format you prefer. Since I’m much older than dirt, I still like listening to an entire album rather than a streaming service like Pandora or Spotify. I enjoy hearing every song on an album and to let the artist take me on a journey with their songs. I’m a lyric guy and like songs that have something to say. Many new albums were released in time for the Christmas holidays but plenty more artists chose to wait until this year to put their music on-sale. Texas singer Cody Johnson will release his seventh album, Ain’t Nothin’ To It, on January 18. It will be his first since signing with Warner Brothers Records, a major Nashville label. After releasing six albums independently with huge success it will be interesting to see how much this move helps his career. After all, this guy sold out the Houston Rodeo with no help from anyone. His annual shows at Whitewater Amphitheater will be on May 25 & 26 and tickets are available now at Both of these shows will sell out so if you want to go, get your tickets today.


Hayes Carll to Release New Album

Another Texas singer songwriter releasing a new album soon is Hayes Carll. His new CD, What It Is, is set for a February 15 release. Born in the Woodlands, north of Houston, Carll toured and recorded constantly, often playing over 250 shows a year. After 15 years on the road, he was burned out, divorced and unsure of what to do next. He met Allison Moorer, who had just divorced Steve Earle, and they started dating. Hayes wanted the new album to be a snapshot of where he was now, as both a singer and a songwriter. You can hear the first single, Jesus and Elvis, on his website The album is a follow-up of his last one, Lovers and Leavers, with the same stripped down acoustic sound. Once the album comes out, he will be playing all over Texas so check out the tour dates on his website.


Bruce Springsteen Releases Live Album

Bruce Springsteen finished up his 230 show run on Broadway, a long series of performances that generated over $100 million in ticket sales, at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City. The nightly concerts were attended by fans from all over the world and gave his audiences an intimate look at his incredible career. For those unable to make the trip to the Big Apple to catch the concert in person, Bruce allowed Netflix to film and broadcast one of the shows. Springsteen also announced that he and the E Street Band would not tour in 2019 but would most likely hit the road in 2020. He does intend on releasing an album of new music this year but no actual street date has been determined. As a holiday gift to his fans he released a live CD and download of the famous No Nukes concert recorded in September 1979. Bruce took time off from recording his album titled The River to join other musicians at Madison Square Garden for two shows. The concerts were organized by Jackson Browne and featured Bruce, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Poco, Doobie Brothers, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Ry Cooder. The MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) concert helped raise awareness of the dangers of Nuclear Power Plants. Portions of this concert have been previously released but this contains the entire Springsteen sets from both nights. You can purchase this plus many other live Bruce shows at


Many New Albums Coming This Year

There are hundreds of albums coming out this year including new releases by Aaron Lewis, Adele, Coldplay, Hootie & the Blowfish, Madonna, Megadeth, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Miley Cyrus, Buckcherry, Trisha Yearwood, Florida Georgia Line, Avril Lavigne, Metallica, The 1975, Ryan Bingham and Whitesnake, just to name a few.



Many Major Artists Will Tour in 2019

Last but not least, there’s some major tours taking place this year and most of them will make a stop in our state. Garth Brooks will embark on a stadium tour this year and so will the Rolling Stones. Jethro Tull will headline a 50th Anniversary Tour this year. Heavy metal rockers Slayer will do a Farewell Tour in 2019. Kenny Chesney will do his annual summer stadium tour. Iron Maiden, Blake Shelton, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Train, Zac Brown, Band Perry, Eric Church, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, John Mellencamp and the Goo Goo Dolls will all do arena tours in 2019. Country group Alabama will celebrate their 50th Anniversary Tour this year and classic rock band Kansas will embark on a 40th Anniversary Tour to celebrate their Point of Know Return album. There’s a rumor that the original lineup of Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Eddie & Alex Van Halen, will tour this year but getting the Van Halen brothers to do anything is like herding cats. This is one of those believe it when you see it rumors. It’s a common wish to want each new year to bring better times to our families and friends. I know a lot of my friends and family are happy to see 2018 in their rear view mirror. I feel the same way, there’s been some good things that happened this year but there was definitely some bad as well. I’m hoping 2019 brings more happy times and better health to everyone.






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

Sun – Anthony Wright Band – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am


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

Fri – Winnie Brave – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm


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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Troy Stone & the Spent Shells – 6pm

Fri – The Georges – 7pm

Sat – Eastside Kings – 1pm / Wynn Williams / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon / Beat Root Revival – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Slim Bawb’s Birthday Show – 6pm

Wed – Hot Texas Swing Band – 6pm


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

Fri – Chubby Knuckle Choir – 8:30pm

Sat – Hunter Road Trio – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Peter Tory – 4pm / Jimmy L. Jones – 7pm

Sat – David Harris – 1pm / Vincent Neil Emerson / Jason Boland & the Stragglers – 8pm

Sun – Dan West – 1pm / ShAnnie – 5pm


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

Sat – Michael James Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / River Barons – 9pm

Sat – El Rocker – 9pm

Sun – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tonight – Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions w/ Mustard – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 9:30pm

Sun – Buddy Vargas – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Roy Heinrich – 6pm / Urban Pioneers / Rock Bottom String Band – 9pm

Sat – Robert Kline & Austin A Team – 9pm

Wed – Juliet McConkey – 8pm


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

Fri – Deadeye – 6pm

Sat – Nightbird: Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – Casey Walther & Pete Anderson – 5:30pm


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

Fri – Texas Pink Floyd – 7pm

Sat – Ruben V – 7pm

Sun – Kevin Kosub & the Blacktears – 7pm


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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Call for Band Info


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

Sat – Hipsonic – 8pm


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

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Jeremy Egg Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 9pm

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