Music News – June 14, 2018

When it comes to Texas country music, few can compete with Johnny Bush and his band, the Bandoleros. Born John Bush Shinn III in Houston back in 1935, he was raised in the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood. At an early age he learned to play drums and joined up with several local bands. In 1952 he moved to San Antonio and started playing in local honky-tonks and dancehalls. One night an announcer accidentally introduced him as Johnny Bush rather than his given name. Bush thought it sounded more like a country artist’ name so he kept using it. Soon he was asked to join Ray Price’s band, the Cherokee Cowboys. Fellow Texans Willie Nelson and Darrell McCall were also in the band. When Nelson left to form his own band, Bush went with him as his drummer. Willie helped Bush get his own solo career started by financing his first album, Sound of a Heartache, in 1967. By the early 70’s, Bush was on his way to becoming a country superstar. Then his voice started to fail him and things went downhill fast. Frustrated that he could no longer sing, Bush battled with drugs and alcohol. Finally, in 1978 doctors discovered that he suffered from a rare neurological disorder called spasmodic dysphonia. It’s the same condition that Anne Glenn, wife of astronaut John Glenn, suffered from. By 1985, with treatment and help from a vocal coach, he regained nearly all of his vocal range. Today he continues with Botox treatment to his vocal chords and tours on a regular basis. His latest album, Absolute Johnny Bush, was released a year ago this month. It features many special guests like Ray Price, Reckless Kelly and Dale Watson. Price’s vocals were recorded prior to his death in 2013. Johnny’s music is as timeless as it was in the 1970’s and you can hear for yourself this Saturday night at Anhalt Hall. He’ll be joined by the Bandoleros, his longtime backing band. Tickets are just $25 and the show starts at 8pm. For more info, see the website at


Another historic venue, Floores Country Store, has a fantastic double bill this Saturday night featuring Aaron Stephens and Monte Montgomery. Stephens is a local guy with a voice like Otis Redding and Al Green. It’s rare to hear such a soulful voice in a musician as young as Aaron. If you like the R & B sounds of the 70’s, you can find it with Aaron’s music. Guitarist Monte Montgomery is a phenomenal player who is on the Guitar Player Magazine’s list of Top 50 Players of all time. Not a bad list to be on, especially when your main instrument is an acoustic guitar. I’ve seen Monte do things on an acoustic guitar that seem impossible. In fact, he was named best acoustic guitarist seven years in a row at the Austin Music Awards. If you ever watched an episode of Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen, that’s Monte’s music you hear on the soundtrack. This double bill of talent will be a dream come true for fans of true Texas music. Get your tickets now at


Bob Seger has finally announced make-up dates for his world tour after having to postpone it last year to undergo back surgery. If you purchased tickets for his October 24 show at the Erwin Center in Austin, you can use those tickets for the new date set for March 7, 2019. If you still need to purchase tickets, you can get them at The Erwin Center does not use Ticketmaster for their online ticket sales, so you will need to create a new account when you log on. If you want to attend the show in Dallas that was originally scheduled for October 21, it is now scheduled for March 9. These tickets are available at No Houston date was scheduled at press time but I expect one to be added soon.


Back in 1988 I heard a song on a rock radio station called Bring Me Some Water by a young singer named Melissa Etheridge. I immediately bought her album and became a huge fan. I saw her in concert in 1989 at Bass Hall in Austin and was blown away by her performance. Her career continued to progress and I saw her again on July 7, 1995 at the Summit in Houston. It was a sold-out crowd of over 18,000 fans and to this day it’s on my list of Top 10 concerts I’ve seen. Now, you can see Melissa on September 19 here in our city when she brings her Yes I Am: 25th Anniversary Tour to Gruene Hall. Tickets go on-sale Friday morning at 10am at Tickets are $75 each plus any required service charges. Tickets will go fast so get them before they are sold-out.


As always, there are many choices for live music this weekend. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider. Tonight at Landa Park you can see Rumor Town, Lucas Taylor Duo at Faust Brewing or Brett Cline’s Jazz Quartet at Vino En Verde. On Friday there’s the cool tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd by their original drummer Artimus Pyle at the Brauntex Theatre, Kori Free will be at Tavern in the Gruene and 3 Man Front are at the Watering Hole Saloon. On Saturday at Baja BBQ Shack you can catch Ruben V, the Sarah McSweeney Trio are at Brookshire Brothers, El Rocker at the Phoenix Saloon and the Randy Rogers Band at Whitewater Amphitheater. For you Sunday Funday entertainment, the Dirty River Dixie Band will be at Grapevine in Gruene, Lil’ Henry & the Laveers are at Oma’s in Gruene and Copper Chief will have a full band show at Lonestar Floathouse on River Road. Check out the concert calendar for a complete listing of live music in our area.





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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Trace Owen Jr. – 6:30pm

Sat – Traveling Trees – 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)

Sun – Ledisi – 7pm

Wed – Tribute to Prince – 7pm


Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Fri – Jimmy Spacek – 8pm

Sat – Ruben V – 9pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 4pm


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

Tonight – Austin English – 8:30pm

Tue – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Fri – Jay Bleu / Artimus Pyle Band – Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd – 7pm


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

Fri – Penny & the Jets – 7pm

Sat – Sarah McSweeney Trio – 7pm


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

Fri – Guy Forsyth – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Live at Landa   (Landa Park Dance Slab)

Tonight – Rumor Town – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Fallon Franklin – 9:30am


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

Tonight – Lucas Taylor Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Chris Lancaster – 7pm

Sat – Ian Lee & the Swingits – 7pm


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

Fri – Tommy Alverson – 7pm

Sat – Aaron Stephens / Monte Montgomery – 7pm


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

Fri – Meryck’s Movement Benefit w/ Rick Trevino – 7pm

Sat – Back in Black – AC/DC Tribute – 7pm


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

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Robert Irwin – 2pm / Rusty Martin – 6pm

Sun – Dirty River Dixie Band – 3pm


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

Sat – Dan McCoy – 6:30pm

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


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

Tonight – Hot Texas Swing Band – 7pm

Fri – Powell Brothers / Larry Joe Taylor – 7pm

Sat – Gus Samualson – 1pm / The Wicks/ Josh Weathers – 8pm

Sun – Jonathan Byrd – 12:30pm / Kelley Mickwee Band – 5pm

Mon – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm


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

Fri – Matt & the Herdsmen – 8pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 8pm


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

Tonight – Lee – 6pm

Fri – Don Reilly – 6pm

Sat – Code 2 – 6pm

Sun – Lisa Crawford Band – 6pm


Koozie’s Ice House (8511 River Rd, 830-964 – 4443)

Sat – Slim Bawb & the Fabulous Stumpgringers – 7pm


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

Sat – The Craze – 8pm

Wed – Polka Wednesday w/ Terry Cavanagh Duo – 7pm


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

Fri – Jeremy Richards – 7pm

Sat – County Line – 7pm


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

Sun – Copper Chief – 7pm


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

Fri – Weldon Henson – 8pm

Sat – Grant Gilbert / Jason Boland – 8pm

Sun – Waylon Jennings BDay Bash w/ Big John Mills – 1pm


McQueeney Hall  (9242 FM 725, McQueeney  830-708-8557)

Tonight – Eppes Brothers – 8pm


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

Fri – Bill Middleton Band – 6pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 6pm


Oma’s Secret Garden (1263 Gruene Rd 830-625-1045)

Fri – The Hot Attacks – 6pm

Sat – Lesti Huff Band – 6pm

Sun – Lil’ Henry & the Laveers – 6pm


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

Tonight – Daniel Furman – 6pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Wayward Jones – 9pm

Sat – El Rocker – 9pm

Sun – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Slim Bawb – 8:30pm

Fri – Blake Torrey – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9:30pm

Sun – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Mon – Kris Smith – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 9pm

Wed – Cody Coggins – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Audrey Oliver – 8pm

Fri – Pepper’s Blues – 6pm / Bonnie Montgomery – 9pm

Sat – Jolie & the Jackelopes – 9pm

Sun – Tommy Elskes – 4pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Rich & Maranda – 7pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Mike Ethan Messick – 9pm


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

Tonight – Selena Tribute with Bidi Bidi Banda – 8pm

Fri – Medicine Man Revival – 9pm

Sat – Dan Rocha Jr. – Noon/ South Austin Moonlighters – 9:30pm

Sun – Luke Nassar – Noon & 4pm

Mon – Steven Curd – 8pm

Tue – Allan Hendrickson – 8pm

Wed – Mingo Fishtrap – 8pm


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

Tonight – Josh Smith & Ruben V – 7:30pm

Fri – Quiet Company / The Rocketboys – 9pm

Sat – Ian Moore Band – 9pm

Mon – The Georges – 8:30pm

Tue – Common Kings – 8pm

Wed – Charley Crockett – 8pm


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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5pm

Fri – Tyler Cannon – 5pm / Kori Free & the Groovehounds – 9pm

Sat – Clift Taft Band – 9pm

Tue – Myles Smith – 9pm

Wed – Tony Taylor – 8pm


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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 8pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sat – Hipsonic – 8pm

Sun – Marcy Grace – 4pm

Wed – Fast Movin Trio – 7pm


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

Tonight – Brett Cline Jazz Quartet – 8pm

Fri – TBA (Call venue)

Sat – The Vagabonds w/ Jess Russell – 9pm


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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

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

Sat – Parker McCollum / Randy Rogers Band – 8pm

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