Music News – March 12, 2020

By now we have all heard about the Coronavirus and how it’s affecting everything from cruise ships to the stock market. The music business is feeling the effects as well. For the first time in its 34-year history, the massive SXSW Music Conference was cancelled due to health concerns surrounding the virus. One of the reasons is the attendance by people from all over the world. South By Southwest attracts musicians and industry types from practically every continent in the world. This makes the event much more likely to spread the virus once the 100,000 attendees arrive in the capital city. A few days after it was cancelled, SXSW announced the layoff of 50 employees. Due to the sheer size of the event, it employees a large staff year-round, then hires seasonal help during the actual ten days of the conference. The economic impact of the cancellation will be in the millions of dollars. Hotels were sold-out a year in advance, thousands of musicians were coming to Austin to perform, bars and restaurants hired extra staff, sound companies rented millions of dollars of equipment and hundreds of venues had planned on hosting live music for the entire week. Many fear this cancellation will have a ripple down effect on other events. Some wonder about the Houston Rodeo, which is currently underway and doesn’t end until March 22. Locally there doesn’t appear to be any issues with our live music scene. Certainly, some bands may decide to cancel the after-show meet and greets with fans at the merchandise tables, but otherwise things here are expected to continue as planned. Obviously, that can change if a major outbreak would occur. One venue owner I spoke with thinks that once the warm spring weather arrives it will curtail any further danger of the virus spreading. Neither he nor I are experts in the field of contagious diseases but it sounds good on paper. Until this thing blows over, stay healthy as possible and was your hands often.


Willie Nelson TV Special and New Album

Willie Nelson knows a thing or two about staying healthy. Rumors of him suffering from a fatal illness or even of his death have run rampant this past year. Willie even wrote a song about the rumors titled Still Not Dead Today, which he often performs right before singing his swan song tune, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die. Always one to make light of a situation, Willie has a positive outlook on life and his time here on earth. While he’s still standing, he just keeps playing concerts every night and recording new albums. His latest album, titled First Rose of Spring, is scheduled for release on April 24, just a few days before his 87th birthday on April 29. It will be his 70th studio album and will feature two new songs he wrote for the project, Blue Star and Love Just Laughed. The new album also includes Toby Keith’s song Don’t Let the Old Man In and the Billy Joe Shaver classic, We Are The Cowboys. On April 12 there will be a televised concert honoring Willie’s accomplishment. The A & E special is titled American Outlaw and will feature many musicians including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Eric Church, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle and Vince Gill, just to name a few. The concert was taped last year at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Nelson will be in our city on April 17 and 18, performing two shows with special guest Willie Nelson. Tickets can be purchased at


More Shows Announced at Whitewater Amphitheater

Speaking of Whitewater Amphitheater, they just announced two more shows coming this summer. On June 13, local boys Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen will bring their Hold My Beer and Watch This Tour to the outdoor venue. Slightly Stoopid will make their return to the Whitewater stage on July 11. The lineup at this Canyon Lake amphitheater already includes Whiskey Myers, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Billy Currington and Koe Wetzel. Expect more big announcements in the coming weeks.


Freiheit Country Store has an amazing lineup scheduled for this weekend, starting tonight with Chris Knight. Americana fans are familiar with Knight because of his heavy radio presence on our own KNBT radio. Almost Daylight, his first album in seven years, is in heavy rotation on all Americana stations. Traditional country singer Gary Glenn takes the Freiheit stage on Friday night. Mario Flores and Gabe Garcia will open for Beaumont native Tracy Byrd on Saturday night. Byrd topped the country charts back in the 90’s with songs like Watermelon Crawl and Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo. The weekend closes out on Sunday at 3pm with Fast Movin Trio and of course, Zack Walther every Wednesday at 6pm. Get more information and purchase tickets at


New Band Cross Rags & Young Make Their Debut

When the Red Dirt Americana supergroup Cross Canadian Ragweed broke up in 2010, guitarist Grady Cross and drummer Randy Ragsdale returned to their homes in Yukon, Oklahoma and basically retired from the music business. Recently Randy met an up and coming singer named Jason Young. He started sitting in with Jason at gigs around Yukon and the two musicians bonded over their love of music. Soon they invited Grady to join them and the band Cross Rags & Young was formed. They are currently at work on their first album and have posted four songs on their website. One tune is Framed, a remake of the Chris Knight hit. The other three are originals written by the band. Their website also shows an upcoming Texas tour that includes shows in McKinney, Corpus and our city. To hear samples of their music and to see all the tour dates, check out their website at





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

Tonight – JJ Garrett Duo – 6:30pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm

Sun – Danny Harris – 6:30pm


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

Sat – Def Leggend – Tribute to Def Leppard – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Sun Valley Station – 8:30pm

Fri – William Beckmann – 8:30pm

Sat – Clock Work – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Reed Brothers – 6pm

Sat – Frank Gilligan – 6pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Tonight – Kelly Lang & TG Sheppard – 7:30pm

Fri – The Box Tops – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Dallas Burrow / Landon Bullard – 8pm

Fri – Wyatt Weaver Band – 8pm

Sat – Tristan Coomes / The Barrens – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Columbus Club Hall (111 Landa St., 830-609-2958)

Tue – Comal County Music Show – 7:30pm


Dam Red Barn (16520 S. Access Rd, Canyon Lake  830-964-3276)

Sat – The Percolators – 8:30pm


Devil’s Backbone Tavern (4041 FM 32, Fisher, TX)

Fri – Toni Price – 9pm

Sat – Cornell Hurd Band – 1pm

Sun – Conjunto Los Pinkys – 1pm / Chuck Prophet & Mission Express – 7pm

Tue – Earle Poole Ball – 7pm


Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 210-566-5864)

Sat – Good Time Polka & Dance Club w/ Czech Melody Masters – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Tony Taylor – 9:30am


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

Fri – Chad Boyd – 7pm

Sat – Marcus Morales – 7pm


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

Fri – The Texases – 7pm

Sat – Vincent Neil Emerson / Mike & the Moonpies – 7pm


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

Tonight – Chris Knight – 7pm

Fri – Gary Glenn – 8pm

Sat – Mario Flores & Gabe Garcia / Tracy Byrd – 8pm

Sun – Fast Movin Trio – 3pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 1pm / Bret Graham – 5pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Julieann Banks – 4pm


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

Sat – Dan McCoy – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon / Clifton Jansky – 5:30pm


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

Tonight – Nate Guthrie – 7pm

Fri – Silo Road – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm


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

Tonight – Grouchy Like Riley – 1pm / Chris Ruest Band – 6pm

Fri – Chris Ruest Band – Noon / Jarrod Morris / Roger Creager – 7pm

Sat – Bo Phillips – 1pm / Jacob Bryant / Roger Creager – 8pm

Sun – Murali Coryell – 12:30pm / South Austin Moonlighters – 5pm

Mon – Grouchy Like Riley – 1pm / Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Grouchy Like Riley – 1pm / Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Josh Baca & Matt Kirk – 1pm / Ted Russell Kamp Trio – 6pm


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

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 3pm


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

Sat – Michael Alanis Trio – 7pm

Tue – Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express – 6pm

Wed – Das Ist Lustig – 6pm


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

Tonight – Brent Ryan – 5pm

Fri – Butch Morgan – 4pm / Koncrete Kings – 8pm

Sat – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm / Smoke Wagon – 8pm

Sun – Jarrod Sterrett – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm


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

Fri – Nate Guthrie Duo – 7pm

Sat – Tracy Weinberg – 5pm

Sun – Bluegrass Sunday w/ Gerry Burns – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Tom Taylor – 6pm


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

Tonight – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 8pm

Fri – Little Jewford – 5pm / Devan Jones – 8pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Dirty River Dixie Band – 8pm

Wed – Little Jewford – 6pm


Old River City Café (2771 FM 725   830-620-1900)

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm


Our Lady Bar & Grille  (1720 Gruene Road  830-358-7545)

Fri – Broken Duckfeet – 7pm


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

Tonight – Tony Taylor & Geoffrey Hill – Noon

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Band of Bandits/ Blackbird Sing – 9pm

Sat – Uptown – 9pm

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

Tue – Jorge O’Gallegos – 7pm

Wed – Steven Vee – Noon / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 9pm


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

Tonight – Jeremy Parsons – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / The Ditch Cricketts – 9pm

Sat – Porch Turtles – 9pm

Sun – The Beaumonts – 4pm

Wed – Daniel Thomas Phipps – 7pm


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

Sat – Garrett Johnson Band – 9pm


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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge – 6pm


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

Tonight – Los #3 Dinners – 7pm

Fri – Damn Torpedoes – Tom Petty Tribute – 8pm

Sat – Brownout – 9pm

Sun – Flipturn – 7pm


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

Fri – Alli Mattice Band – 9pm

Sat – Leighton Buntin – 5pm


Tobin Center (100 Auditorium,  210-223-8624)

Tue – Alan Parsons – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Austin Gilliam, Bob Driver & Rio Tripiano – 7pm

Fri – Kinky Wires – 7pm

Sat – Logun Timberlake – 7pm

Sun – Jonny Burke & Guests – 3pm

Wed – Fast Movin’ Trio – 7pm


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

Tonight – Monte Good & Honky Tonk Heroes – 8pm

Fri – Popgun – 8:30pm

Sat – Clint Taft & Buck Wild Band – 9pm

Tue – Songwriters Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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