Music News – June 13, 2019

When Australian actor Greg Pead made the movie titled Reckless Kelly in 1993, little did he know he’d give a young band from Challis, Idaho a very cool name. Pead changed his name to Yahoo Serious and made a string of comedies in Australia in the early ‘90’s. The Reckless Kelly movie was a satire of the famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. In 1996, when Willy and Cody Braun moved to Austin, they picked Reckless Kelly as their band name. On June 24, 2008 they released their 5th studio album titled Bulletproof which became a break-through album for the young Americana band. In fact, the movie poster is what inspired the album cover for Bulletproof. On June 21, to celebrate the decade old album, they will release Bulletproof Live, a live recording of the entire album. I spoke with vocalist Willy Braun a few weeks ago at the Americana Music Jam about the new live album. “It was such an important album for us,” he explained, “so we knew we wanted to do something special to mark the ten year anniversary. We decided to release a live version of the album, so we recorded a bunch of shows and picked the best versions of each song for the live record.” You can hear many of these songs plus a lot more hits on Friday and Saturday night at Gruene Hall. On Friday night, Brian Milson will open the show, on Saturday the Sun Valley Station will handle opening duties. Tickets for both shows are available at


Riley’s Tavern Hosts Two Austin Bands

Riley’s Tavern will host two great bands this weekend, starting Friday night The Derailers. They formed in Austin in 1993 when two friends, Tony Villanueva and Brian Hofeldt, decided to join forces and start a band. They release several independent albums before signing with Sony’s Lucky Dog label in early 2001. Their debut album, Here Come The Derailers, had the misfortunate luck to be release on September 11, 2001. In 2003, vocalist Villanueva left the band to spend time with his family and to become a pastor. Hofeldt took over lead vocals and the band soldiered on. They were heavily influenced by Buck Owens and often played at his Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. When Buck passed away, they released Under The Influence of Buck as a tribute to their hero. If you love the pure acoustic sounds of bluegrass, then Wood and Wire’s Saturday show at Riley’s will be the place to be. This Austin band are touring hard behind their latest album, the Grammy nominated North of Despair. Hard touring and fantastic music is what keeps this young band going so be sure to pick up a copy of their latest CD. See the complete live show schedule at


Waylon’s Birthday Bash in Luckenbach

Waylon Jennings was born on June 15, 1937 in Littlefield, Texas and would grow up to become one of the greatest country singers to ever be born in the Lone Star State. From his early years with Buddy Holly to his outlaw days in the 70’s, he always remained true to his music. When he signed with RCA Records in the mid-60’s, producer Chet Atkins tried to polish his honky tonk sound by adding an orchestra to his songs. Chet and Waylon fought tooth and nail for years until Chet finally backed down and let Waylon do things his way. Given the freedom to make music his way, Waylon released Wanted! The Outlaws in 1976 and it became the first album in country music history to sell a million copies. Ironically one of his biggest hits, Let’s Go To Luckenbach, Texas, was his least favorite song. Written by Chips Moman, Waylon knew it would be a hit so he recorded it in 1977, even though he’d never been to Luckenbach. He grew so tired of singing the song that he’d often include it early in his set just to get it over with. He finally agreed to play in Luckenbach in 1996 for his pal Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic. You can find archive video of his performance on Every year, the tiny town of Luckenbach hosts a Waylon Jennings Birthday Bash at the famous dancehall. This year they are having the bash on Sunday, June 16 and will feature Big John Mills. Various other artists are expected to join in the fun and more info can be found at

Phil Luna & the Lunatics

If you were at the Hill Country Craft Beer Festival back in April, you surely caught the performance of Phil Luna & the Lunatics. If you liked what you heard, then you are in luck because they will be playing this Saturday at the Tavern in the Gruene. Luna and his band perform a wide variety of songs that cover many formats of music. His set in April covered everything from Steve Miller to Phil Collins to Bruno Mars and everything in-between. He’s also doing a solo acoustic set on Sunday at the Grapevine in Gruene. If you have a chance, catch one of his shows, this guy’s the real deal.





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

Fri – Fallon Franklin – 6:30pm

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm


Anhalt Hall (2390 Anhalt Rd, Spring Branch 830-438-2873)

Sat – Johnny Bush & the Bandoleros – 8pm


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

Tonight – Local Natives – 8pm

Sat – Citizen Cope – 7pm


Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Gerry Burns & Andrew Hardin – 8:30pm

Sat – Chris Cuevas Project – 9pm

Sun – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 5pm


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

Tonight – Bru Erdman – 8:30pm

Fri – Pop Gun – 8:30pm

Sat – Jim Byrom – 9:30pm

Sun – Damien Hill – 2pm

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 – Kim & Her Bad Habits – 7pm

Sat – Read & Lava – 7pm


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

Tonight – Grady Spencer / Kody West – 8pm

Fri – Tanner Fenoglio – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Anthony Wright – 9:30am


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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Fri – BDP Jazz – 7pm

Sat – Call For Band Info


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

Fri – Reed Brothers / Cody Canada & the Departed – 7pm

Sat – Motel Radio/ Mitchell Ferguson / Parker McCollum – 7pm


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

Fri – Gary Glenn – 9pm

Wed – Zack Walther – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Robert Irwin – 2pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm / Joey McGee – 5pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Fri – Dan McCoy – 7pm

Sat – Drew Moreland – 12:30pm / Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

Sun – Drew Moreland – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm


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

Fri – Brian Milson / Reckless Kelly – 7pm

Sat – Billy Bacon – 1pm / Sun Valley Station / Reckless Kelly – 8pm

Sun – Danny Brooks – 12:30pm / Guy Forsyth Band – 5pm

Mon – Bo Porter Band – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Bill Kirchen – 7pm


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

Fri – Shaker Hymns / Powell Brothers – 8:30pm

Sat – Troy Stone / John Baumann – 7pm


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

Tonight – Payton McIntyre – 7pm

Fri – Anthony Wright Band – 8pm

Sat – Ruben V – 7pm

Wed – Off The Grid Polka Band – 7pm


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

Fri – Rex Allen McNiel – 8pm

Sat – County Line – 8pm


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

Sun – Logun Timberlake – 8pm


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

Tonight – Back to the Bach – 5pm

Fri – Mic Harrison / Chris Knight – 8pm

Sat – Hot Texas Swing Band – 1pm

Sun – Waylon Jennings Birthday Bash w/ Big John Mills – 11am


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

Fri – Silver & Gold – 7pm

Sat – Blank Floyd – 7pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton


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

Fri – Clifton DeLeon – 7:30pm

Sat – March Divide – 7pm

Sun – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 7pm


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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Chris Max Band – 9pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

Sun – Shawn Hart – 3pm / 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 Band – 8:30pm

Fri – MC & the Mystics – 8:30pm

Sat – Jay Eric – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Larry Martin Sweeney – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Ryan Kennedy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Juliet McConkey – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / The Derailers – 9pm

Sat – Wood & Wire – 9pm

Sun – Gospel Supper – Noon

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm


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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm

Sat – Austin Meade – 7pm


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

Tonight – Code 2 & the Extinguishers – 6pm


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

Tonight – Tribute to Sublime – 7pm

Fri – Eric Tessmer – 8pm

Sat – Soda Stereo En Vivo – 8pm

Sun – Sub Radio – 6pm


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

Fri – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm

Sat – Myles Smith – 2pm / Phil Luna & the Lunatics – 9pm

Sun – Pancho & Dan – 2pm

Tue – Modern Day Jesters w/ Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

Wed – Jazz Jam w/ Brett Cline – 8pm


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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam Band – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm


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

Tonight – Gregory Grant – 7pm

Fri – Sean & Pete Williams – 8pm

Sat – The Hendersons – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Fri – Jeremy Egg Band – 8pm

Sat – Meyer Anderson Band – 9pm

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