Music News – June 6, 2019

When Randy Rogers released his new album, Hellbent, he already had a string of hit albums under his belt. He could have just thrown together some songs and put out anything and his fans would have snatched it. However, that’s not how Randy rolls, anything with his name on it will be the best he has to offer. The first single, Crazy People, is one of the catchiest songs he’s ever released and the perfect summertime hit. My favorite track is Comal County Line, an ode to being out on the road just a bit to long and missing home. Randy turns in a fantastic version of Guy Clark’s Hell Bent on a Heartache from Clark’s final album, My Favorite Picture of You. I was lucky enough to hear him debut We Never Made It To Mexico at his acoustic show at SeeKatz Opera House a few months ago. It’s a heartfelt tune about missed opportunities and lost love. Wine In Her Coffee Cup is about a girl who self-medicates with liquor to keep up the façade of a perfect life. He closes the album with A Good One Coming On, a song about how fleeting life can be and how easily it can all go away in the blink of an eye. You can hear these songs plus many more on Saturday night at Whitewater Amphitheater when the Randy Rogers Band headline a show with William Clark Green opening. Tickets are on-sale now at but don’t wait to long because this show will sell-out.


Hootie & the Blowfish Reunite for Tour

Back in 1994 it seemed like everywhere you looked there were ads for Hootie & the Blowfish. They were the hottest band in America for two years. I remember being backstage at a Ted Nugent concert in 1994 and he said ‘Hey, you’re a music guy, what the hell is a Hootie?’ That’s what everyone wanted to know, what was a Hootie. As band names go, it was unique. The band formed in the mid-80’s in Columbia, South Carolina when college pals Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan formed a duo called the Wolf Brothers and played at local bars. Bassist Dean Felber and drummer Brantley Smith soon joined and a band was formed. Several stories are told about the bands name, the most popular is that it’s a combination of two college friends nicknames. Another is they would often party at their friend Hootie’s apartment and stare at his aquarium that contained several blowfish. Regardless of the source, their debut album Cracked Read View was released in 1994 and immediately hit the top of basically every chart in America. Today it has a total sales number of 21 million. Not bad for a group of college buddies that had no real musical ambitions when they first started out. Original drummer Smith would leave the band and be replaced by Jim ‘Soni’ Sonefeld. In a cool bit of trivia, when the band played Gruene Hall on June 27, 2008, Brantley Smith rejoined the band for that single show to fill in for Sonefeld. After five albums the band went on a ten year hiatus in 2009 but have now reformed to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their debut album, Cracked Rear View. They have released a 3-CD deluxe edition of the album with rare remixed versions and some live cuts. They are on tour with pals Barenaked Ladies opening the shows. Next Thursday, June 13, they will be at the A360 Amphitheater in Austin with tickets available at


Sgt. Pepper Album Celebrates a Milestone

Speaking of hit albums, it was 52 years ago when the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Recorded in 1967 and released on June 2 in America, it is considered the best album in recorded history. Every time a list is compiled of the greatest albums of all time, Sgt. Pepper is always listed at Number One. When sessions began for the album, the Beatles recorded Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever first. They were intended for the album but Capital Records insisted on releasing the songs as a double sided single. Just imagine how incredible Sgt. Pepper would be if these two songs would have been included like the band had planned. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and was one of the last ones to use the old 4-track recorder that had been used on every Beatles album so far. A month after the album was finished, the studio installed a brand new state of the art 8-track recorder. To celebrate the half century mark, Capital Records has released a limited edition 4-CD set that includes a remastered album plus all the studio outtakes from the four month sessions.


Live Music in Full Swing Around Town

Now that summer is upon us, let’s check out some of the live music options for this weekend. The Rick Cavender Band will make a rare New Braunfels appearance with a show tonight at the Brauntex Theatre. Jerry Jeff Walker makes a triumphant return to Gruene Hall on Friday and Saturday after battling throat cancer. The Saturday show is sold-out but at press time tickets were still available for the Friday show. On Sunday, Krause’s Café will host the annual Waylon Gruene Malone Memorial Throwdown Musical Benefit starting at 3pm. On Monday, stop by the Pour Haus for the super talented Tony Taylor. The Black Whale Pub is the place to be on Tuesday for Aaron Stephens and Zack Walther’s shows each Wednesday at Freiheit Country Store are always a fun night of music.





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

Fri – Jamey Johnson – 7pm

Sat – Fonseca – 7pm


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

Sat – BJ Thibodeaux – 9pm

Sun – Mark Jungers – 5pm


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

Tonight – Anthony Wright Band – 8:30pm

Fri – Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils – 8:30pm

Sat – Tubing Against Cancer Benefit – 1pm

Sun – Room Redux Benefit – 1pm

Tue – Damn Middleton – 8:30pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Tonight – Rick Cavender Band – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Hunter Road Trio – 7pm

Sat – Monte Good – 7pm


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

Fri – Will Hoge – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge – 7pm

Fri – Kerosene Drifters – 8:30pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 9:30pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Monte Good – 9:30am


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

Tonight – Con Crema – 6pm

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm


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

Fri – Austin Meade / Stoney LaRue – 7pm

Sat – The Droptines / Kody West – 7pm


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

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – John Arthur Martinez – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Sun – Phil Luna – 1pm / Bo Porter – 5pm


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

Sat – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm / Clifton Jansky – 7pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – 11am


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

Tonight – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 7pm

Fri – Jerry Jeff Walker – 8pm

Sat – Bob Livingston Trio – 1pm / Jerry Jeff Walker – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Bill Hearne Trio – 5pm

Mon – David & Jessee Lee – 7pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 7pm


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

Fri – Riff Raff – Tribute to AC/DC – 8pm

Sat – Chubby Knuckle Choir – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Lee Winwright – 6pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6pm

Sat – Anthony Wright Band – 6pm


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

Fri – Jeffrey Ryan Vaughn – 5pm / Hipsonic – 8pm

Sat – School of Rock Presents Southern Rock – 3pm

Sun – Waylon Gruene Malone Benefit – 3pm

Wed – San Antonio Dutchmen – 7pm


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

Fri – Scott Wiggins – 7pm

Sat – County Line – 7pm


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

Sun – Drew Kennedy – 5pm


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

Tonight – BAM – 5pm

Fri – Thomas Michael Riley’s Music Festival – 1pm

Sat – Thomas Michael Riley’s Music Festival – Noon

Sun – Thomas Michael Riley’s Music Festival – 1pm


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

Fri – Amber Lucille Band – 7pm

Sat – Big Cedar Fever – 7pm

Sun – Jim Mayer – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / David Vincent Band – 9pm

Sat – Erik & the Big Time Band – 9pm

Sun – Ty Snopek – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Chris Saucedo – 8:30pm

Fri – Soul Sessions – 8:30pm

Sat – Kerosene Drifters – 9:30pm

Sun – Ben Cina – 3pm / Mark Odom Band – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Natalie Rose – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Dallas Moore – 8pm

Fri – The Jonathans – 6pm / Mandy Rowden – 9pm

Sat – Jason Roberts Band – 9pm


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

Tonight – Piano Punch – 6pm

Fri – Triston Marez – 6pm

Sat – Ryan Ross Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 6pm


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

Tonight – Will Hoge – 7pm

Fri – Marcy Grace – 8pm

Sat – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sun – Ken Slavin – 5pm


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

Fri – 3 Man Front – 9pm

Sat – Tyler Cannon – 2pm / Jay Bleu – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 2pm

Tue – Shawn Hart – 7:30pm

Wed – Jazz Jam w/ Brett Cline – 8pm


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

Tonight – Slim Bawb – 6pm

Fri – Geezerfest – 5:30pm

Sat – Geezerfest – 12:15pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Mann – 7pm


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

Fri – David Russell – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Cactus Country – 8pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 8pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & Lil Howard – 2pm / Texas Two Lane – 9pm


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

Sat – William Clark Green / Randy Rogers Band – 7:30pm

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