Music News – June 27, 2019

It’s no secret that Blue Water Highway is one of my favorite bands on the Texas music scene. They were formed in Lake Jackson by two high school friends, Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington. To round out the three point harmonies they recruited friend Catherine Clarke. Zack and Catherine are actually classically trained opera singers, so they were used to singing together. Bassist Kyle Smith and drummer Jared Wilson came onboard and the lineup was complete. They took their name from the highway that connects their hometown of Lake Jackson with Galveston. I discovered the band purely by accident. I happened to be present when they were filming the video for Medicine Man, their first single. I was instantly a fan and have followed their career path ever since. Their latest album is Heartbreak City Stripped, an acoustic version of their second CD. The songwriting and vocals on these songs are simply fantastic. If the Eagles and the Band were to join forces they would sound like Blue Water Highway. Yes, they are that good. You can see for yourself tonight when they make their debut performance at Krause’s Café. Tickets are available at or at the door. The doors open at 6pm and the band starts at 8pm.


Whitewater Amphitheater has a sold-out show on tap for Saturday night with Paul Cauthen opening for Midland. Raised in east Texas, Cauthen cut his teeth with fellow singer David Beck, who he met while living in San Marcos. Together they formed a duo called Beck & Cauthen but received a warning letter from the attorneys for rock singer Beck. They changed their name to Sons of Fathers and released their debut album in 2011. In 2013 they issued Burning Days but after a short tour they decided to seek solo careers. David formed his band Tejano Weekend and Cauthen released My Gospel in 2016. It quickly appeared on several critics lists as the best album of the year. Suddenly Paul was in demand all over the world and he toured heavily to promote the album. In June of 2018 he released an EP of seven songs called Have Mercy. It was meant to buy him some time before recording his next full length album. That new album, titled Room 41, was recorded during a period spent living out of a suitcase in room 41 at the Belmont Hotel in Dallas. He admits to living a destructive life during the making of the new album. Mixing drugs and other vices landed him in the hospital on several occasions. Once the songs were written and recorded, the pressure was off and he seemed to settle into a healthier place. Set for release in early September, the 10 track CD continues the sound Paul discovered on his first album. It’s an eccentric and very personal collection of songs done in a style that sets him apart from his peers on the Texas music scene. Hopefully you have tickets for the show on Saturday and can catch Paul live on stage. I promise you it will be a show you won’t soon forget.


Lonestar Floathouse is one of my favorite stops on River Road. Not only do they have great burgers and lots of cold drinks, they also feature a Sunday Serenade each Sunday afternoon during the summer months. Usually it’s just one singer songwriter doing an acoustic set for a few hours on their back patio deck. However, this Sunday they will host Wreaths on the River Benefit concert with a long list of performers starting at noon. The list includes Lucas Taylor’s Highway Hypnosis, Taylor Long, JJ Garrett, Chad Boyd, Hunter Road Trio, Logun Timberlake, Skylark Hamilton, Garrett Mann and Bo Brumble. Check out their website at for a complete Sunday Serenade schedule.


There’s a lot of live music going on this weekend, starting tonight with country singer Lorrie Morgan celebrating her birthday at the Brauntex Theatre. On Friday, the amazing Larry Joe Taylor takes the stage at Gruene Hall. He’s the Texas version of Jimmy Buffett and his shows are so much fun. On Saturday night, Knotty Grove will be blasting out some tasty classic rock at Tavern in the Gruene. On Sunday you can catch Alli Mattice at Villa at Gruene. Grouchy Like Riley has a funny name and is a super fun band so check them out on Monday at Gruene Hall. The Dirty River Dixie Band will be on Krause’s Café stage on Tuesday night and if you’ve never seen them, you really need to. For Wednesday, July 3, I highly recommend these two shows, Dale Watson & His Lone Stars at Gruene Hall and the Grand Ol’ American Radio Show at the Brauntex Theatre. Check out the full concert calendar for all of your live music needs.




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

Tonight – Josh Holden – 6:30pm

Fri – Shane Bartell – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm

Sun – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Tribute to Depeche Mode – 7pm


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

Sat – Ruben V – 9pm

Sun – Ron Knuth & the Baja Boys – 5pm


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

Tonight – Chris Max Band – 7pm

Fri – Shad Blair – 8:30pm

Sat – Wyatt Weaver Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Gavin Tucker – 3pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Sat – The Bougees – 6pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Tonight – Lorrie Morgan – 7:30pm

Sat – Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – 7:30pm

Wed – Grand Ol’ American Radio Show – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Joel Hofmann Band – 7pm

Sat – Texas Duet – 7pm


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

Sat – Gregg Turner & Friends – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 7pm

Fri – Bandreu Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Rick Rice Band – 9:30pm

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)

Fri – Jeff Vaughn – 7pm

Sat – Writer’s Block Party – 4pm


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

Fri – Tristan Marez / Randall King – 7pm

Sat – Ben Marshall / Powell Brothers – 7pm


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

Fri – Tribute to Journey – 7pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Dan McCoy – 5pm

Sat – Johnny McGowan – 2pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – 1pm / Bo Porter – 5pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684)

Fri – Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 12:30pm / Clifton Jansky – 6:30pm

Sun – Drew Moreland – Noon / Colton’s Kin – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Mike Milligan & Texiana Blues – 7pm


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

Tonight – Troy Stone & Spent Shells – 7pm

Fri – Jarrod Morris / Larry Joe Taylor – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Zac Wilkerson / Read Southall Band – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 12:30pm / Brian Pounds Band – 5pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Dale Watson & His Lone Stars – 7pm


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

Fri – Troy Stone / Kolby Cooper – 7pm

Sat – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 6pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6pm

Sat – Caleb Haynes – 6pm


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

Tonight – Blue Water Highway – 8pm

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 4pm / Sunday Five Band – 7pm

Sat – The Craze – 7pm

Sun – Soul Sessions – 6pm

Mon – Michael Alanis Trio – 6pm

Tue – Dirty River Dixie Band – 7pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 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 – Wreaths on the River Benefit – Noon


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

Tonight – Bryan Maldonado – 5pm

Fri – Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Drew Moreland & Neon Hustle – 8pm

Sun – Caleb & Homegrown Tomatoes – 1pm / Kathy & Mike Brousarrd – 5pm


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

Fri – Jamie Krueger Band – 7pm

Sat – Grateful Dead Tribute w/ Gerry Burns – 2pm

Sun – Austin Haynes – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 7pm

Fri – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 7:30pm

Sat – Clifton DeLeon – 7:30pm

Sun – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – Noon


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

Tonight – Frank Painter – 6pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Plunk Murray – 9pm

Sat – Morgan McKay / Jesse Stratton Band – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Anthony Wright – 8:30pm

Fri – Kerosene Drifters – 8:30pm

Sat – Chris Saucedo Band – 8:30pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 3pm / The Vagabonds – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Zilkerbilly – 7pm

Sat – Skylar Hamilton – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 3pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 9pm


River House Snack Bar (1706 Hunter Rd., 830-627-3285)

Fri – 3 Man Front – 7pm


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

Tonight – Country & A Fiddle – 7pm

Fri – Vic Vaga & the Vagablondes – Tribute to Rod Stewart – 8pm

Sat – Aaron Copeland – 7pm

Wed – Grady Spencer & the Work / Austin Meade – 7pm


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

Tonight – 2nd Hand Cowboys – 6pm


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

Tonight – Seattle Rising – Tribute to Grunge Rock – 7:30pm

Fri – Ally Venable – 8pm

Sat – KISS Alike – Tribute to KISS – 8pm

Wed – Faster Pussycats / Bang Tango – 7pm


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

Tonight – Keith Hickle – 7pm

Fri – Josh & Gabe – 4pm / Hipsonic – 9pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 2pm / Knotty Grove – 9pm

Sun – Cody Coggins – 2pm


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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Fri – The Brew – 8pm

Sun – Alli Mattice Band – 3pm


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

Fri – Bobby & Mustard – 8pm

Sat – Two Rivers Revival – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 8pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

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

Sat – Desure / Paul Cauthen / Midland – 7pm

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