Music News – Jan. 9, 2020

I always love the start of a new year. Everyone seems so energized and full of promise. Projects that were on hold in December suddenly get completed. The local venues get their calendars updated and our choices for live music starts multiplying like guinea pigs in a third-grade classroom. One show I’m excited about is Noah Vonne’s set at the Phoenix Saloon on Friday night. Noah is a New Braunfels native that moved to Nashville after high school to attend Belmont University. Back when she was in high school I saw her perform at Harmony Sweets, a teen club off FM 306. I was there to help judge a battle of the bands contest and her band, Cannet Chaos won first place. After college, she stayed in Nashville to pursue her career, performing solo gigs and with her band, the Reckless Charms. In 2017 she released her first EP, Poor in Peace, that had critics comparing her to Amy Winehouse. I’ve always thought her voice sounded like a young Bonnie Raitt because I’m old enough to remember how Bonnie sounded on her first few albums. In 2018 she landed a job fronting a band for Celebrity Cruise Lines on board their newest ship, The Edge. “After doing three shows a day, seven days a week for six months, I learned what my voice could and couldn’t do,” explained Noah, calling from a tour stop on the road. “When I got back to Nashville I started writing songs and getting a team of people together. I have a manager now plus a business manager and an attorney to help with my career. I’m trying to surround myself with people I trust and can help me with my career.” Her show at the Phoenix Saloon will be her first gig in her hometown since moving to Nashville. Opening the show will be Electric Gold and Ryan Quiet plus the admission is free, so check out the show and welcome Noah back home.


Whisperin’ Bill Anderson Comes to Town

Country artist Bill Anderson has a simple motto, if you want to get someone’s attention, just whisper. It’s worked out well for Bill, earning him the nickname Whisperin’ Bill. Not only is he a consummate performer, his backing group, the Po Folks Band, are considered one of the best in the business. Born in South Carolina, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree. While working part time as a disc jockey he started writing songs. He wrote the country hit ‘City Lights’ when he was just nineteen. After that success he moved to Nashville and started writing songs and performing around town. He wrote such hits as Po’ Folks, Tips of My Fingers and Still. Many singers recorded his songs including Ray Price, James Brown, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, Dean Martin and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few. The CMA named him Songwriter of the Year six times, Male Vocalist of the Year plus he’s a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Georgia Country Music Hall of Fame and in 2001 he was inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. He’s appeared on hundreds of TV shows including six years hosting the game show Fandango and was on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live for three years. In 1989 he wrote his first autobiography ‘Whisperin’ Bill’ and in 1993 he wrote another book, I Hope You’re Living As High On the Hog as the Pig You Turned Out to Be, which took a humorous look at life in the music business. In the mid-90’s, he concentrated on his first love, songwriting and wrote Whiskey Lullaby for Brad Paisley, Give it Away for George Strait and A Lot of Things Different for Kenny Chesney, just to name a few. Today at 82 years old, Bill is still very in songwriting, performing at the Opry where he’s been a member since 1961 and touring America with his band. He makes his first appearance tonight at the Brauntex Theatre. Tickets for the show are available at or by phone at 830-627-0808.


Hal Ketchum Benefit Concert Scheduled

Hal Ketchum got his start playing the front room at Gruene Hall in the mid-80’s, usually holding down the 4-8pm slot on Sunday afternoons. By the early 90’s he was on a tour bus fronting a fantastic band and selling out venues all over America. He became the 72nd member of the Grand Ol’ Opry in 1994. His string of albums kept him busy until 1999, when health issues forced him off the road. His final studio album, I’m A Troubadour, was released in 2014 and was produced by the late Jimmy LaFave. About a year ago it was announced that Hal was suffering from Alzheimer’s and would retire from touring. In honor of his incredible talent, Gruene Hall will host a special tribute concert on Sunday February 23 starting at 4pm, just like Hall did in the early days. Many musicians are scheduled to appear to pay tribute to Hal, including Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Lee Roy Parnell, Rob Roy Parnell, Walt Wilkins, Jesse Dayton, Kenny Grimes, Slaid Cleaves and Waylon Payne. More guests are expected to make an appearance and will be announced at a later date. Tickets are just $37.50 and will go on-sale January 14 at 1pm at All proceeds from this show will go to the Hal Ketchum Medical Fund so please support this great tribute show. Unfortunately, Hal will not be able to attend this show but you can bet he will be there in spirit.


Soul Sessions Play Kause’s Cafe

Last but not least, be sure to check out Soul Sessions Friday night at Krause’s Café. It’s a free show starting at 6pm under the pavilion. Soul Sessions are one of the best local bands in our city. They cover rock, pop, R&B, soul and just about everything in between. If you’ve never witnessed their live show, do yourself a favor and check them out. If you’ve seen them before, then you already know how good they are. See for their complete schedule.





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

Fri – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Badfish – Tribute to Sublime – 7pm


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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Clockwork – 9pm


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

Fri – Nate Rodriguez – 6pm

Sat – Richie Allbright – 6pm

Sun – Reed Brothers – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Tonight – Bill Anderson – 7:30pm

Fri – Herman’s Hermits – 7:30pm


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

Mon – Red Clay Strays – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Sat – Cornel Hurd Band – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price – 1pm

Tue – Emily Gimble – 7pm


Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 830-660-0437)

Sun – Good Time Polka & Waltz Club w/ Little Fishermen Orchestra – 3pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am


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

Fri – Austin Lancaster & Chris Kues – 7pm

Sat – Tyler Stuckey – 7pm


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

Fri – Two Tons of Steel – 7pm

Sat – Tanner Fenog / Dylan Wheeler – 7pm


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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm


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

Tonight – Jason James Band – 6pm

Fri – The Georges – 6pm

Sat – Beat Root Revival – 1pm / Zach Nytomt/ Dirty River Boys – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon / Eric Hanke / Sarah Pierce Band – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm


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

Sat – AC & the Bad Billy’s – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Soul Sessions – 6pm


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

Tonight – ShAnnie – 5pm

Fri – Bob Livingston Trio – 7pm

Sat – Peter Tory – 1pm / Grady Spencer & the Work – 8pm

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


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

Sun – Tracy Weinberg – 2pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm


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

Sat – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm


Our Lady Bar & Grille (1720 Gruene Road 830-358-7545)

Tonight – Code 2 – 7pm

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm


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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Electric Gold/ Ryan Quiet / Noah Vonne – 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 – Lady & the Tramps – 8:30pm

Fri – Colby Albright Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Popgun – 9:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor & Friends – 8:30pm

Mon – Myles Smith & Friends – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Dale & Waylon – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Urban Pioneers – 9pm

Sat – Ben Morris & Great American Boxcar Chorus – 9pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 7pm


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

Tonight – Zack Walther – 6pm


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

Fri – Pierce Edens / Rob Baird – 8pm

Sat – Damn Torpedoes – Tom Petty Tribute – 8pm

Mon – The Georges – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Hipsonic – 9pm

Sat – Danny Ray Harris – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – Slim Bawb – 7pm

Fri – Landon Bullard – 7pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 7pm

Sun – BJ Thibodeaux – 3pm

Wed – Amber & Eric Middleton & Bob Driver – 7pm


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

Tonight – Keen Country – 8pm

Fri – Popgun – 8:30pm

Sat – Broken Arrow – 9pm

Tue – Singer Songwriter Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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