Music News – Jan. 30, 2020

This year’s Grammy Awards were televised on Sunday night and Texas acts were big winners. At 61 years old and with 48 years in the music business, this was Tanya Tucker’s first Grammy win. She won for her new album, While I’m Livin’ and for her hit single, Bring My Flowers Now. The album was produced by Shooter Jennings and Brandi Carlile and Tucker admits to not knowing who Brandi was before they met. Shooter had to convince Tanya to work with Brandi and now she’s glad she did. Tucker was nominated for a Grammy back in 1972 when she was 13 years old and had just released Delta Dawn. Now, four decades later she’s back at the Grammy’s and walked away with two awards. Another well known Texan, Willie Nelson, won a Grammy for his new song, Ride Me Back Home. Sarah Jarosz, also a Texas artist, won with her group I’m With Her that includes Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan. Austin’s singer songwriter Patty Griffin won for Best Folk Album for her latest self-titled release. Another Austin native, Gary Clark Jr. won Best Rock Song Award for his hit single, This Land. One important thing about these winners, with the exception of Clark, is that they have all played in New Braunfels recently. The Grammy Awards were started in 1959 by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and always represented a prestigious achievement in the music business. Just to be nominated for a Grammy would often boost an artist’s career and have a big affect on their record sales and artist fees. This year’s show has been controversial though after Grammy CEO Deborah Dugan accused the nominating committee of corruption. She accused them of favoritism and unethical practices. After her accusations went public, she was fired from her position as CEO. She immediately filed a lawsuit against the Academy for wrongful termination. Taylor Swift decided not to attend or perform on the show this year after she heard of Dugan’s termination. It will most likely take several months before both sides get their day in court. The outcome will have a huge impact on the importance of winning a Grammy Award in the future.


Many Concerts Coming to Texas This Year

With springtime and warmer weather just around the corner, more major tours are being announced almost daily. Just last week Bon Jovi announced his new tour with pal Bryan Adams opening the shows. Tickets are on-sale now for his concert at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on June 23. Jimmy Buffett is returning to San Antonio for his first concert in the Alamo City in 40 years. He will be at the AT&T Center on May 21 and tickets go on-sale tomorrow at 10am. Sammy Hagar announced his 2020 tour with Whitesnake and Night Ranger as opening acts. They will make two Texas stops, September 2 in Dallas and September 3 at the Woodlands. James Taylor will hit the road this year with special guest Jackson Browne and has a May 16 stop in Houston at the Toyota Center. Pink Floyd fans will want to catch Roger Waters’ only Texas concert in Dallas on October 3. A short drive to Houston on September 15 will be your closest city to see Alicia Keys on her 2020 tour. Super duo Hall & Oates will set out on a summer tour with Texas stops on June 19 in Austin and June 21 at the Woodlands. Steely Dan and Steve Winwood are touring together and will do two shows in Austin on May 26 & 27, a stop in Ft. Worth on June 13 and a show at the Woodlands on June 14. Tim McGraw will hit the road this year and has Texas stops in Austin on August 6, the Woodlands on August 7 and Dallas on August 8. After 20 years together, country super group Rascal Flatts are calling it quits with a Farewell Tour that so far only has one Texas show scheduled for July 18 in Dallas. Rod Stewart has picked Cheap Trick to open his shows this summer. I’m not sure I follow the logic behind this decision, but you can see for yourself on August 29 in Ft. Worth or August 30 at the Woodlands. Last but not least Chicago will bring their big band experience to Texas on June 26 in Dallas and June 27 in the Woodlands with special guest Rick Springfield. Tickets for all these concerts can be purchased online at


Junior Brown’s Famous Guit-Steel Stolen

Junior Brown has been a favorite of mine for almost 30 years and is one of the most talented guitar players in America. He invented a unique instrument called a “guit-steel” which is a combination guitar and steel guitar. He came up with the design in a dream back in 1985. He always played a Fender Telecaster in concert but would often switch over to steel guitar. It was a hassle moving back and forth between both instruments and one night he had a dream about both instruments melting into one. When he woke up, he got his Telecaster and his steel guitar and laid them side by side on his bed. He took a blanket and covered up parts of each guitar and sketched a picture of it. He took the sketch to guitar maker Michael Stevens and he built the first “guit-steel” for Brown and called it Old Yeller. A few years later after some near disastrous touring mishaps he decided he needed a backup copy just in case. So, Stevens built a second one and painted it bright red and named it Big Red. In October last year, Brown and wife Tanya were at a Holiday Inn in North Attleboro, MA., when thieves broke into his rental car and stole Big Red. News traveled fast through the music world and early reports claimed it was Old Yeller that was stolen. A $3000 reward was issued but as of this writing, the rare guit-steel hasn’t been recovered. You can witness Brown’s amazing skill on the guit-steel when he returns to the Gruene Hall stage on Saturday night. Special guest Chandler Wilkinson IV will open the show.


The Live Music Scene Gets Busy Again

Around our city, the live music is starting to pick back up after the holidays. One of the most interesting shows will be at the Sidecar Bar next door to Muck & Fuss when they welcome Little Jewford for several nights. You may remember him from his days with Kinky Friedman. He was Kinky’s keyboard player in his Texas Jewboys Band. He will be performing Friday, Saturday and Wednesday at the Sidecar. Devil’s Backbone Tavern has the Warren Hood Band on Saturday and Susan Gibson on Sunday. Sunny Sweeney is one of my favorite Texas singers so be sure to catch her show on Friday at Cheatham Street Warehouse. The Brauntex Theatre has two nights of acoustic music starting tonight with folk trio The Limelighters and Radney Foster on Friday night. Riley’s Tavern has Shelley King and Kevin Galloway on Friday night. Kevin was the lead singer for Uncle Lucius for their entire time as a band. Tom Gillam brings his talented Kosmic Messengers out to Gruene Hall for a free show next Wednesday night. Last but not, Aaron Stephens continues his Tuesday night residency at the Black Whale Pub downtown.





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

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Eric Johnson – 7pm


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

Fri – Fat Cactus – 9pm

Sat – AJ Johnston – 9pm


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

Sat – Emily Herring – 6pm

Sun – Sophia Johnson – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Tonight – The Limelighters – 7:30pm

Fri – Radney Foster – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Tyler McCollum – 7pm

Fri – Erin Enderlin / Sunny Sweeney – 7pm

Sat – Damon Curtis – 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 – David Touchton Band – 8:30pm


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

Sat – Warren Hood Band – 1pm

Sun – Susan Gibson – 1pm

Tue – Jake Penrod – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve & Don – 9:30am


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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 7pm


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

Fri – Jordan Robert Kirk / Bart Crow – 7pm

Sat – Royal Lynn / David Adam Byrnes / Jon Wolfe – 7pm


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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Booze Bombs – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sun – Call For Band Info


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

Tonight – Grouchy Like Riley – 6pm

Fri – Ezra Charles Band – 7pm

Sat – Bill Kirchen – 1pm / Julieann Banks – 3pm / Chandler Wilkinson IV/ Jr Brown – 8pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Tony Taylor, Lucas Taylor & Austin English – 6pm

Wed – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 6pm


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

Sat – Kasey Thornton Band – 8:30pm


The Hideaway (Formerly Conway’s) (262 W. Jahn St. 830-620-5376)

Fri – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm


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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat –Jen & Ted Frumkin –5pm /Family $ Band /David Beck’s Tejano Weekend – 8pm

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


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

Fri – Danny Ray Harris – 7pm

Sat – Brent Warren Duo – 5pm

Mon – Tom Taylor Open Mic Night – 6pm


Muck & Fuss (Sidecar Bar) (295 E. San Antonio Street, 830-312-5387)

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm / 3 Swings & A Miss – 8pm

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

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 – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Silvercloud – 9pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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


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

Tonight – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Fri – Mark Monaco & the Strayhearts – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Michael Kallina Duo – 7pm

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm / Kevin Galloway – 9pm

Sat – Coby Wier – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 7pm


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

Tonight – Paul Elderidge – 6pm


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

Tonight – Harmed Brothers – 7pm

Fri – Bonnie Whitmore / James McMurtry – 8pm

Sat – Skunkweed – 8pm

Mon – Booze Bombs – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Popgun – 9pm

Sat – The Percolators – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – AJ Johnston – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 7pm


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

Tonight – Rex Allen McNiel – 8pm

Fri – Silver & Gold – 8:30pm

Sat – Rick Rice Band – 9pm

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