Music News – July 18, 2019

Copper Chief Embark on Summer Tour

For Copper Chief, a band based in Austin and New Braunfels, being on a hit TV show like USA Network’s Real Country was a huge shot in the arm for the young band. They hung in the competition until the end and in spite of Judge Travis Tritt supporting them, Jaida Dreyer ended up winning the show. Coming in second place was probably a blessing for this hard edged band because it kept their underdog status intact. Consisting of Mike Valliere on vocals and guitar, Rio Tripiano on lead guitar and vocals, Justin Lusk on bass and vocals and John Jammall II on drums, this four piece group paid their dues on Austin’s Sixth Street for years. Trapped in the cover song cycle like most young bands, they learned every popular tune they could to keep the crowds happy. Finally they started writing original tunes and slipping them into their sets, hoping the crowds would like their songs. Influenced by a diverse group of musicians from George Strait to Led Zeppelin, Copper Chief has music for everyone. Their 15 track debut album includes the popular radio hit Jericho, a song Mike admits is the only love song he’s ever finished and kept. While Jericho helped open a few doors, it’s the overall quality of their music that keeps the fans coming to their live shows. Onstage is where they shine and show their true colors. A rocking take on Dolly Parton’s Jolene was a favorite on the Real Country show and still is today, though they haven’t recorded a studio version yet. A summer tour dubbed the Wagon’s West Summer 2019 Tour will take them coast to coast, spreading their music across the heartland. Tonight they stop in San Antonio at Sam’s Burger Joint and tickets are still available on Sam’s website.


Koe Wetzel Headlines Whitewater

When Koe Wetzel takes the stage on Saturday night at Whitewater Amphitheater I think it will be his first time to headline the venue. Born in Pittsburgh, Texas, Wetzel was a star athlete in school before getting interested in music. His mother was a singer and often took Koe with her to gigs. He was just six years old when he first sang on stage and by twelve he was playing guitar. When his interest in sports began to falter he turned to music full time. He formed his band the Konvicts in 2012 and released his EP titled Love & Lies. In 2015 he issued his first full length album called Out on Parole and started building a solid Texas fan-base. It wasn’t until the 2017 CD Noise Complaints that he moved to headline status at venues and festivals. He took two years to write and record his new album, Harold Saul High, and you can really notice the depth of his songwriting. The songs are very personal and the album follows his high school experiences, even down to the inclusion of between class announcements. Song titles range from Make Believe, She Can’t Stop Crying and Ragweed, his ode to his favorite band Cross Canadian Ragweed. It’s a fitting lineup for the Saturday concert since Cody Canada and Jeremy Plato from Ragweed, now called the Departed, will be opening for Koe. If you go, get there early so you can catch the opening guest slot by Kody West, another popular Texas singer. All three of these bands have new music for sale so show your support by purchasing some if you like what you hear on-stage. Get your tickets today at


Ray Wylie Hubbard Plays Floore’s Country Store

Ray Wylie Hubbard has influenced so many young Americana artists, far too many to list here. He’s written songs with Eric Church, Ringo Starr and Ronnie Dunn, just to name a few. It seems like every few days I read about another music superstar seeking out Ray’s songwriting wisdom. Of course this makes perfect sense considering the vast number of original songs he’s written. I’ve always been fascinated how songwriters can remember the words to all of their songs. I guess if you write a song it becomes implanted in your brain forever. Ray will be playing a big chunk of his songs on Saturday night at Floores Country Store with Texas rocker Jonathan Tyler opening. Tyler is an artist that counts Hubbard as an influence so there’s a good chance they will team up for a song or two at this show. Tyler has always existed on the cutting edge of outlaw country and classic rock. The last time I spoke with Tyler he was producing his girlfriend Nikki Lane’s new album titled Highway Queen. Hopefully both Ray and Jonathan will have new music soon. Get tickets for this show at


Roger Creager Celebrates His Birthday at Gruene Hall

Roger Creager is one of the few artists that can take over Gruene Hall for four consecutive nights to celebrate his birthday in grand style. Every year Creager throws a four day bash at the historic venue and invites many of his friends to join in the fun. The party gets started next Wednesday with Dalton Domino as his special guest. On Thursday he welcomes Max Stalling and Deryl Dodd. These first two shows are acoustic song swap events full of stories and tunes. The full band shows start on Friday with Broken Spokes opening followed by Chris Colton handling opening duties on Saturday night. Tickets to all four shows are available on their website at





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

Tonight – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm


Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Chris Cuevas Project – 8:30pm

Sat – Jimmy Spacek – 9:30pm

Sun – Slim Bawb & Lil’ Howard – 6pm


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

Tonight – Chad Boyd – 8:30pm

Fri – Limesqueeze – 8:30pm

Sat – Jamie Talbert – 8:30pm

Sun – Brian Milson – 8:30pm

Tue – Rio Tripiano – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Jordan M. Young – 6pm

Sat – Sophia Johnson – 6pm

Sun – Gus Samuelson – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Fri – Braydon Zink – 7pm

Sat – Mario Vera – 7pm


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

Fri – Damon Curtis – 8pm

Sat – Alex Roxx, Wall of Soul, Peace Pipe Prophets – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am


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

Tonight – Christian Kues – 7pm

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Blackboot Family Band / Highway Hypnosis – 6pm


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

Fri – Kathryn Legendre / Dale Watson – 7pm

Sat – Jonathan Tyler / Ray Wylie Hubbard – 7pm


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

Fri – Jesse Stratton – 8:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Bret Graham – 5pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / Colton’s Kin – 6pm

Sun – Robert Irwin – 5pm


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

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 7pm

Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon / Clifton Jansky – 6:30pm

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


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

Tonight – Ditch Crickets – 7pm

Fri – Ethan Hanson – 3pm / Nick Garcia – 7pm

Sat – Lon Duk Don – 4pm / Jamie Krueger – 8pm

Sun – Poor J Brown – 2pm


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

Tonight – David Lee & Jose Armadillo Road Show – 7pm

Fri – Motorcade / Old 97’s – 7pm

Sat – Pat Byrne Band – 1pm / Stoney LaRue – 8pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Dalton Domino / Roger Creager BDay Bash – 7pm


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

Fri – Shaker Hymns / Damn Quails – 8:30pm

Sat – Hunter Road Trio – 8pm


Inferno’s Pizza (1198 Gruene Rd, 830-629-2077)

Tonight – Lee Winwright – 6pm

Fri – Caleb Haynes – 6pm

Sat – Anthony Wright – 6pm

Sun – Mike Kropp – 6pm


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

Fri – Tony Taylor – 4pm / The Craze – 8pm

Sat – Ruben V – 8pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Der Klein Steins – 6pm


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

Fri – County Line – 7pm

Sat – Jeremy Richards – 7pm


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

Sun – Rio Tripiano – 6pm


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

Tonight – Bryan Maldonado – 5pm

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – Weldon Henson – 1pm / Koncrete Kings – 8pm

Sun – Chris Saucedo – 1pm / Kathy & Mike Broussard – 5pm


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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – Wilkinson’s Quartet – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Fri – Clifton DeLeon – 7:30pm

Sat – Jess & Dave – 6pm


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

Tonight – Paul Handelman – 5:30pm / Jorge Gallegos – 8pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Courtney Santana – 8:30pm

Sat – Jorge Gallegos Album Release – 9pm

Sun – Shawn Hart – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8pm


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

Tonight – Sissy Brown – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Rock Bottom String Band – 9pm

Sat – Heather Victorino – 9pm

Sun – Beaumont’s Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 7pm


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

Tonight – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 7pm

Fri – Tribute To The Eagles – 8pm

Sat – Morgan McKay / Caleb & Homegrown Tomatoes – 7pm


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

Tonight – Code 2 & the Extinguishers – 6pm


The Rustic (17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 204, San Antonio, 210-245-7500)

Tonight – Caroline Kraddick – 8:30pm

Fri – Jared & The Mill – 9:30pm

Sat – Natalie Rose – 4pm / Powell Brothers – 9:30pm

Mon – Ruben V – 8:30pm

Wed – BJ Stricker – 5:30pm


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

Tonight – Copper Chief – 7:30pm

Fri – Damn Torpedo’s (Tribute to Tom Petty) – 7pm

Sat – Guy Forsyth Blues Band – 8pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson w/ Cody Canada & Mike McClure – 7pm


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

Fri – Josh & Gabe – 4pm / No Chance Band – 9pm

Sat – Larry Dial – 2pm / Cody Coggins – 9pm

Sun – Buddy Vargas – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart’s Modern Day Jesters – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Zack Talbert – 7pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 7pm

Sat – Alli Mattice Band – 3pm / Tyler McCollum Band – 7pm

Sun – Austin Gilliam – 4pm

Wed – Myles Smith – 7pm


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

Tonight – County Line Band – 8pm

Fri – Popgun – 8pm

Sat – Rick Reyna Band – 9pm

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

Sat – Kody West / Cody Canada & the Departed / Koe Wetzel – 7:30pm

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