Music News – Jan. 31, 2019

Junior Brown & His Famous Guit-Steel

Back in 1994 I made my first trip to Nashville to attend the annual Fan Fair Festival. It was held at the old race car track on the outskirts of town. Country artists sat for hours in small booths and signed autographs for fans that travelled from all over America to see their favorite stars. Naturally I hung out at Johnny Cash’s booth and watched Garth Brooks sign autographs for several hours. Garth’s booth was next to the one that held Cash and wife June Carter. When I left, Garth was still there and later I learned that he set the record for 15 hours of continuous autograph signing. Later that day I was given the opportunity to attend a press conference where we music writers would be assigned an artist to interview. Naturally I hoped it would be a huge Nashville star like Alan Jackson or Vince Gill. As luck would have it, I was assigned Texas boy Junior Brown, an artist I’d seen and interviewed over a dozen times. Since I’m a huge Junior Brown fan, I made the best of the situation. It turned out to be a great experience and Junior was hilarious as usual. He told the story of how he came up with the idea for his unique guit-steel guitar. He invented it and holds a patent on it. He basically took a Fender Telecaster and attached a steel guitar to it. For years he only had one, which seemed risky to me. Finally he built a red one to have as a backup. To watch him play this amazing instrument is a fascinating thing to behold. You will get your chance on Saturday night at Gruene Hall. Candler Wilkinson IV will open the show and tickets are on-sale now at


Aretha Franklin Tribute Show

When Aretha Franklin passed away last August, she left behind a huge void in the music world. There will never be another Queen of Soul and rightly so, because she was in a class all by herself. After her death, dozens of tribute shows were organized including one in her hometown of Detroit. The Grammy’s featured a star studded tribute to Franklin with singers such as Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson paying their respects by singing one of Aretha’s many hits. Speaking of Hudson, she will star in an upcoming feature film about Franklin’s amazing career. We will have our very own tribute to Aretha tonight at the Brauntex Theatre with local gal Yesenia McNett. She’s one of only a few local singers that could tackle the powerful vocals that were Franklin’s trademark. The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available at


The Craze Plays Krause’s Cafe

Local classic rock band The Craze is adding a lot of dates to their calendar, including a Friday night gig at Krause’s Café. The group got started in 2015 by Kenny Brazle on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Will Willard on guitar and vocals, Karl Yelderman on drums and Mark Brazle on bass. They have a massive list of songs in their catalog, covering everything from classic rock to your favorite pop hits. It’s a free show on Friday night and they get started at 7pm. They will be back at Krause’s on April 12 and you can keep track of their other area gigs at


ZZ Top Celebrates 50 Years as a Band

Texas icons ZZ Top are celebrating 50 years of music and one of only a few bands still performing with the original members intact. They blasted onto the Texas music scene with their first gig in Beaumont in 1969 and have never slowed down. They started out as a blues band and have stayed true to that format, with the exception of a few detours back in the late 80’s. In May they will do a special three show tour of Texas before heading overseas in early June. They play Dallas on May 17, Houston on May 18 and come to Austin on May 19. Joining them on this Texas run will be Cheap Trick and Bad Company. Tickets go on-sale tomorrow at all Ticketmaster outlets and at


Mile 0 Fest in Key West

The Mile 0 Fest starts this week in Key West and if you check out their website at and you will notice that 100% of the bands performing there are regulars at venues in our city. In fact, over a dozen performers playing there live in New Braunfels and the festival is called a Red Dirt Americana Fest. It’s just another indication that America knows that our town has become a major city among musicians. At press time it was announced that one of the main headlining acts, Turnpike Troubadours, were forced to cancel due to issues with lead singer Evan Felker. It seems that Felker is having some personal problems and the band was forced to cancel a string of dates while they get him the help he needs. Hopefully he will get some help and be back on-stage where he belongs.





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 – Kory Brown – 8:30pm

Sat – Morning Star – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Tonight – Yesenia McNett – Tribute to Aretha Franklin – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Jon Wolfe – 8pm

Sat – Kolby Cooper / Shotgun Rider – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Conway’s Dancehall  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Fri – Shotgun Rider – 9pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Steve & Don – 9:30am


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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm


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

Fri – Mike Ethan Messick / Max Stallings – 7pm

Sat – Eric Hisaw / 1100 Springs – 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 – Sylvia Kirk – 3pm


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

Tonight – Aaron Einhouse Band – 6pm

Fri – Ryan Culwell / Bottle Rockets – 8pm

Sat – Landry & Company – 1pm/ Candler Wilkinson IV / Junior Brown – 9pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Mark Stuart, Cody Braun, Bracken Hale – 6pm

Wed – Call For Band Info – 6pm


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

Fri – R.A,G.E. – 8pm

Sat – Hunter Road Trio – 9pm


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

Fri – The Craze – 7pm


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

Tonight – Stephen K. Morris – 5pm

Fri – Tanner Fenoglio / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Sat – Ben Beckendof – 1pm / Kayla Ray/ Porter Union – 8pm

Sun – Hollin McKay – 5pm


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

Fri – Texas Duet – 7pm

Sat – Bandreu – 2pm / Ruben V – 7pm

Mon – Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Tonight – Sly Foot Family – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Finite Fidelity – 9pm

Sat – Jeff Warren Johnston Band – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor Sunday Songfest – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic Night w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8pm


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

Tonight – Joel Hofmann – 8pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters – 9pm

Sat – Mission To Mars – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry – 9pm


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

Sat – Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – Jacob Pena – 5:30pm


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

Tonight – Tribute to the Rolling Stones – 7pm

Fri – Nick Lewin / Augie Meyers – 7pm

Sat – Saltwater Slide / Audic Empire – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Jay Bleu – 8pm

Sat – Dave Jorgenson – 9pm


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

Tonight – Tribute to Emilio Navaira – 7:30pm

Fri – America – 7:30pm

Wed – Glenn Miller Orchestra – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Jazz Night w/ Gregory Grant – 7:30pm

Fri – The Vagabonds – 8pm

Sat – The Henderson’s – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

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