Music News – July 11, 2019

It’s been a very good year for Texas musicians, starting with King George Strait. This iconic Texan has more Number One songs (61) and more Number One albums (27) than any other act in the history of recorded music. His closest competition is Willie Nelson with 17 Number One albums under his belt. The Okie Garth Brooks is tied with Willie. Strait has more hits than any act in any genre and since he’s still releasing great music, it’s a safe bet that no one will ever catch him. His 2019 album, Honky Tonk Time Machine has sold 113,000 copies, which compared to the old days of a million albums sold seems small, but it’s more than anyone else sold so far this year. Coming in a close second is another Texan, Kacey Musgraves with 97,000 units sold. Maren Morris, also from Texas, came in seventh for album sales of 60,000. Willie and son Lukas released new albums in June and they are expected to rack up some healthy sales figures before the year is done. When it comes to country music, you just don’t mess with Texas.

 

Garth Brooks Tours Dive Bars

Speaking of Garth Brooks, he’s just released a new single called Dive Bar with fellow Okie Blake Shelton. The song will be on Garth’s next album and set some records when it was released to radio on June 24, it debuted on the Billboard charts at Number 16. His new album is titled Fun and at press time, no release date was posted. Garth is in the middle of a summer stadium tour and will be joined by Shelton on July 19 at Boise, Idaho so they can perform the song live for the first time. Brooks is also planning a semi-secret Dive Bar tour this summer when he and his band will perform in tiny bars around America. The shows are being sponsored by Seagram’s 7 and they will select a bar in each city for Garth to play at. Most shows will be on Monday nights and tickets will be given away just a few hours prior to each show. The only date announced so far is Monday July 15 in Chicago. No other shows have been announced and probably won’t be until the day of each performance. Keep up with the Dive Bar tour as well as the stadium tour on GarthBrooks.com

 

Robert Earl Keen Plays Whitewater

Texas Americana godfather Robert Earl Keen will headline a show on Saturday night at Whitewater Amphitheater with American Aquarium opening the show. This is basically the rescheduled show that first was to feature Turnpike Troubadours as the headliner. Turnpike lead singer Evan Felker was going through some tough personal issues that forced the band to postpone, then cancel the remaining dates on their summer tour. After fans witnessed several shows where Felker was too drunk to perform, the band posted a message on their website and Facebook pages apologizing to fans. Tales of Felker’s problems date back to 2016 and after his brief time dating Miranda Lambert, things seemed to get worse. The original concert had Keen opening two nights of shows for Turnpike. After they cancelled, Keen moved to headliner on Saturday night and American Aquarium was hired to open. The Friday night July 12 show was cancelled completely. The music business is very tough and it’s easy to get caught in a destructive lifestyle. The pressure of touring, recording and being away from your family for days at a time can take a heavy toll on anyone. Hopefully Evan will get the help he needs and the band will be back better than ever.

 

Gruene Hall Has Texas Legends

Gruene Hall has a double shot of Texas music on tap this weekend starting with Radney Foster on Friday and Gary P. Nunn on Saturday. Foster got his start as part of the dynamic duo Foster & Lloyd in the mid-80’s. He and Bill Lloyd were staff writers for the MTM Publishing in Nashville. It was a sister company to the Hollywood branch founded by actress Mary Tyler Moore, who named the company using her initials MTM. The duo wrote a song titled Since I Found You that became a hit for Sweethearts of the Rodeo. Foster and Lloyd attracted the attention of a Nashville label and they recorded their debut album in 1987. By 1990 they had decided to go their separate ways and pursue solo careers. Foster’s first album, Del Rio Texas 1959, is still considered one of the best debut records ever recorded. If you don’t own this album, buy it today. Foster plays all over his home state and his Gruene Hall shows are legendary so don’t miss this one. Gary P. Nunn may have been born in Oklahoma but he’s as Texan as the armadillo. In fact, he wrote a song about them called London Homesick Blues that contains the famous line of I want to go home to the armadillo. Austin City Limits uses the song to kick off every one of their shows. Nunn is retiring this year to spend more time with his wife Ruth and their family. This may be his last full band show at Gruene Hall so be sure to get your tickets now before they sell out. See GrueneHall.com for ticket information and a full band schedule.

 

Josh Ward Releases Live Album

While it’s true that Aaron Watson and Cody Johnson are getting a lot of attention as the future of traditional Texas country music, Josh Ward is holding his own and gaining ground. His last studio album, More Than I Deserve, produced three hit singles and added to his already long list of chart topping songs. On June 21 he released his new album, Live at Billy Bob’s Texas, a 2-CD set that contains 21 live tracks. It contains nearly all his hit singles plus a healthy dose of fan favorites from his studio albums. Order the CD now and see all his upcoming tour dates at JoshWard.com.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

Sat – Jeff Willis – 6:30pm

Sun – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Sat – Eclipse – Tribute to Journey – 7pm

 

Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – BJ Thibodeaux – 8:30pm

Sun – Bear Grammar – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Ryan Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Clockwork – 8:30pm

Tue – JJ Garrett – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm

 

Brookshire Brothers (18275 FM 306, Canyon Lake 830-935-3130)

Fri – The StratoCrackers – 7pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Colby Weir / Kevin Galloway – 8pm

Sat – Jake Ward – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

Concerts in the Park  (Landa Park Dance Slab @ 7:30pm)

Thu – Rumor Town – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 3pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Fri – Marcus Morales – 7pm

Sat – Matt Kirk – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Shea Abshier & Nighthowlers / Shane Smith & the Saints – 7pm

 

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

Fri – John Conlee – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Dirty River Dixie Band – 2pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Sun – Johnny McGowan – 1pm / Phil Luna – 5pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Sun – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Aaron Stephens Band – 7pm

Fri – Radney Foster – 7pm

Sat – Casper Rawls Band – 1pm / Gary P Nunn – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Sarah Pierce Band – 5pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 8:30pm

Sat – RAGE – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Michael Milligan & Texiana Bluez – 7pm

Fri – Porter Robinson – 4pm / Jay Bleu – 8pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 8pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Off The Grid Polka Band – 6pm

 

L & L Dance Hall (11699 River Rd, 830-964 – 3455)

Fri – Keen Country – 7pm

Sat – County Line – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Galleywinter River Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – BAM – 5pm

Fri – Bonnie Lang – 8pm

Sat – Strayhearts – 1pm

Sun – Kathy & Michael Broussard – 5pm

 

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

Fri – The Humdingers – 7pm

Sat – Blank Floyd – 7pm

Sun – Don Reilly – 3pm

 

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

Fri – Clifton DeLeon – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Fort Defiance / Blackbird Sing – 9pm

Sat – Red Direct / Burn Ritual – 9pm

Sun – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – Jenna McDaniel – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Brother Roscoe – 9pm

Sat – Moe Bandy – 8pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Fri – Tyler McCollum – 8pm

Sat – Casey Donahew Band – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Bull Y Los Buffalos – 7pm

Fri – Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears – 8pm

Sat – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sun – Dirty Rotten Swing Band – 7:30pm

 

Schlitterbahn Water Park (Lagoon Area)

Sat – Kori Free & the Groove Hounds – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – The Percolators – 7pm

Fri – Kim & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

Sat – Travis Bolt – 2pm / Shad Blair – 5:30pm / File 13 – 9pm

Sun – Jay Bleu – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sat – BJ Thibodeaux – 3pm / Kinky Wire – 7pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm

 

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

Fri – David Russell – 8pm

Sat – Alli Mattice & Eric Langenhahn – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Drew Moreland & Neon Hustle – 8pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

 

Whitewater Amphitheater (11860 FM 306, 830-964-3800)

Sat – American Aquarium / Robert Earl Keen – 7:30pm

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