Music News – March 21, 2019

VIVA Jerry Jeff

As Texas icon Jerry Jeff Walker recovers from a rough fight with throat cancer, his many friends are planning a musical salute to him on Sunday at Gruene Hall. Titled Viva Jerry Jeff – Pals of Scamp Share Stories and Songs, the show starts at 7pm on Sunday night. Many musicians from around Texas will come together on the historic stage to tell their favorite stories about Walker and perform many of his hit songs. Since Jerry Jeff was still recovering and unable to play his annual birthday bash at Gruene Hall, they decided to throw an all-star party in his honor. Advance tickets are available at and if you are thinking of going, get those tickets now before it sells out.


New album from Todd Snider

Todd Snider has a brand new CD out titled Cash Cabins Sessions Vol. 3. In his typical humorous way, he named it Volume 3 even though there isn’t a Volume 1 or 2. Snider spent his teenage years in San Marcos and was mentored by the legendary Ken Finlay at Cheatham Street Warehouse. One night he saw Jerry Jeff Walker at Gruene Hall and he decided that’s what he wanted to do with his life. That’s exactly what he did and he would go on to become one of the best singer songwriters of his generation. His concerts are packed full of hilarious stories that are so funny, many attend just to hear them. In fact, many fans compile bootleg compilations of just his on-stage tales. In the past few years he’s toured with the band Hard Working Americans but the new album finds him back where he belongs in the folk music wheelhouse. Packed full of acoustic songs recorded at Johnny Cash’s cabin in Tennessee, it captures Todd at his spontaneous peak. Working on a Song starts the collection with a look at how Todd writes his songs. Talking Reality Television Blues is a humorous take on all the reality TV shows we watch. He wrote The Ghost of Johnny Cash after hearing a story John Carter Cash told him about his dad and Loretta Lynn. It’s a fun collection of tunes and if you are a Todd Snider fan, it belongs in your collection.


Surf Guitar King Dick Dale Passes Away

Surf guitar was very popular back in the 60’s and the king of surf guitar was Dick Dale. Born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston in 1937, he mastered piano, trumpet and ukulele by the time he was in the 7th grade. A few years later he bought his first guitar and soon mastered both lead and rhythm styles and was able to play them both almost simultaneously. During his junior year in high school his family moved El Segundo, CA. Richard learned to surf and soon brought his passion for surfing to his guitar playing. His story from this point reads like a fairytale. Before long a friend suggested a name change to Dick Dale because it sounded like a good name for a country singer. But Dick wasn’t destined to be a country singer, he was a master guitar player and his style of playing was setting the world on fire. His first album, Surfer’s Choice, was released in 1962 and sent him on a rocket ride of a career. His huge hit song, Misirlou, was used in countless movies including Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino. Dick Dale passed away on March 16 in Loma Linda, California from heart failure. The story doesn’t stop here though, because there’s a New Braunfels connection to tell you about. Local musician Bryan Feltner actually worked for Dick Dale for several years in the later 90’s as a personal assistant and tour manager. Bryan traveled with him, stayed at his home in Twin Palms and learned how to be a tour manager. When I contacted Bryan after learning that Dick had passed away, he sent me a fantastic email with some of his favorite memories of the guitar legend. If Bryan gives me his permission, I’ll post the complete email on my website.


The Rock Vault Brings Classic Rock to Town

Local musician and internet radio owner Bruce Schwarz has just started The Rock Vault, a sister station to Texas 46 Radio, which features Texas and classic country music. The new station features the best in the classic rock format but unlike other classic rock stations, it will dig deeper into the vaults. It will play the best in 70’s and 80’s classic rock but will include rare b-sides, obscure bands and a healthy dose of Texas rock by bands like Heyoka from San Antonio. Bruce is a big fan of Joe Anthony, the Godfather of Rock & Roll from KISS-FM in San Antonio and his Rock Vault playlist is heavily influenced by the legendary DJ. Back in the 70’s, FM radio was free to play anything they wanted to. Now everything is handled at the corporate level so Bruce’s station brings back that freedom to play anything the DJ wants to. Both stations are a labor of love for Bruce and he’s put a lot of hard work and money into making them sound as good as possible. When I listen to the new station, it brings back fond memories of the 70’s when classic rock was king. Check it out now at


Jannie Taylor Benefit on Sunday

Last but certainly not least, please head out to the Phoenix Saloon this Sunday at noon for an all-day benefit for Jannie Taylor. She’s the mom of local guitar slinger Lucas Taylor and a super sweet person. Jannie’s been battling cancer for a while now and they could use your help to raise money for her treatment. Like many of us, me included, we have no medical insurance and could never afford the cost to purchase it. Lucas lost his dad a few years ago too and now his mom is fighting cancer so he’s had some tough times. Many guests, too many to mention here, are stopping by to play some songs and help raise money. Please stop by if you can and make a donation because that’s what we do in our town, we take care of our own.





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

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 6:30pm

Sat – Right on Red – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Queensryche – 7pm

Sat – Nothing More – 5:30pm

Sun – Amos Lee – 6:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Tonight – Storm Large – 7:30pm

Fri – Bruce Robison – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Bandreu – 6pm

Sat – Ray Wylie Hubbard – 6pm


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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Don Reilly – 9:30am


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

Fri – Blackboot Family Band – 7pm

Sat – Tex Porter Band – 7pm

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

Fri – Matt & the Herdsmen – 7pm

Sat – Jamie Lin Wilson/ Wade Bowen / Turnpike Troubadours – 7pm


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

Fri – The Craze – 7:30pm

Sat – Jake Hooker & the Outsiders – 7:30pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Dirty River Dixie Band – 5pm

Fri – Coltin’s Kin – 5pm

Sat – Johnny McGowan – 3pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Dan McCoy – 12:30pm & 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon


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

Tonight – Phil Luna – 1pm / Hot Texas Swing Band – 6pm

Fri – Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs – Noon / Christian Sparks / Blue Water Hiway – 7pm

Sat – Brian Pounds Band – 1pm / Carolina Story / Bob Schneider – 8pm

Sun – Kane Alvarado – Noon / Viva Jerry Jeff – 6pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Jed Zimmerman & Jimmy Davis – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Sat – Squeezebox Bandits & Crawfish Boil – 2pm


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

Fri – Michael Alanis – 8pm

Wed – Chris Rybak Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Charlie Kelley – 4pm / Kim Carson – 8pm

Sat – Small Town Habit – 1pm / Kem Watts – 5pm / Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros – 8pm

Sun – Thomas Michael Riley – 1pm / Hollin McKay – 5pm


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

Fri – Marvin Bottera & Broken Glass – 7pm

Sat – Desperado Rose Band – 7pm

Sun – Gerry Burns Bluegrass Sunday – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


NB House Concerts (250 Timber Wild, 210-617-3765)

Sun – Nobody’s Girl – 4pm


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

Tonight – Ken Raba – 5pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Soul Sessions w/ Courtney Santana – 9pm

Sat – The Craze – 9pm

Sun – Chris Beall – 3pm / Jannie Taylor Benefit w/ Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8:30pm

Sat – Shaker Hymns – 9:30pm

Sun – Jackson Parten – 8:30pm

Mon – Matt Kirk – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Bo Brumble & Garrett Man – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Magic Girl & Colton French – 7pm

Fri – Hill Country Revival – 9pm

Sat – The Revs – 9pm

Tue – Troy Stone Band – 8pm

Wed – Nate Guthrie – 8pm


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

Fri – Alli Mattice Band – 6pm


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

Tonight – Matt & Sylvia Kirk – 6pm

Fri – Drew Cooper / Cameron Nelson – 6pm

Sat – Ottoman Turks / Micky & the Motorcars – 7pm


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

Tonight – Paul Eldridge – 5:30pm


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

Tonight – Jaime Wyatt / Shooter Jennings – 7pm

Fri – Skyrocket – 8pm

Sat – The Undercovers / The Iron Maidens – 8pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson & Kylie Rae Harris – 7pm


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

Fri – Logan Timberlake – 9pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm


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

Tonight – Passing Through Tour – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayres – 8pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

Wed – Myles Smith – 7pm


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

Tonight – Rich Bermea – 7pm

Fri – Bobby & Paul – 8pm

Sat – Mark Heyman – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Rick Reyna Band – 8pm

Fri – Painted Pony – 8pm

Sat – Knotty Grove – 9pm

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