Music News – March 5, 2020

Though he was born in Oklahoma, Gary P. Nunn has a solid connection with the Lone Star State. When he was in the 6th grade his parents moved the family to Brownfield, Texas. After high school he attended Texas Tech but transferred to University of Texas in Austin as a pharmacy major. He joined the local band, Lavender Hill Express, and became friends with his new bandmate Rusty Wier. At one time he was playing bass for Michael Martin Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson. Murphey and Jerry Jeff both used the same band, the Lost Gonzo Band, so before long Nunn was a full-time member. He toured and recorded studio albums with Murphey and Walker and wrote some of his biggest hits during this time. While on tour with Murphey in London he wrote one of his most loved songs, London Homesick Blues. I recall interviewing Nunn several years ago and persuaded him to retell the story of the day he wrote the classic tune. The lyrics came so quickly it was like the song was writing itself. Gary claims he didn’t even write the lyrics down until several years later. After Jerry Jeff recorded it for his famous Viva Terlingua album, Austin City Limits TV show adopted it as their official theme song. He’s written many more hit songs, is a member of the Texas Music Hall of Fame, is a member of the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock and was named the Music Ambassador of Texas by Governor Perry in 2007. Now, after 50 years in the music business, Nunn has decided to retire from regular touring. His show tonight at the Brauntex Theatre will most likely be one of his last ones in our area. It will be a stripped down show with his full band and is part of the Brauntex Unplugged series. Tickets for this show can be purchased online at Brauntex.org.

 

Blue Water Highway Play Krause’s Cafe

Blue Water Highway has been one of my favorite bands from the first time I saw them perform live. Their first album, Things We Carry, is one of the best debuts on the Texas Music scene. Their three part harmonies are simply amazing, easily as good as anything the Eagles ever captured on tape. Their second album, Heartbreak City, released in June 2018, proved to be equally as good as their first one. The songs were so strong, they decided to record an acoustic version of the album titled Heartbreak City Stripped. It was released a year later in 2019. They are currently working on a new batch of songs and just recently released a new single, In Your Eyes. Tonight you can hear them perform the new song as well as all their others at Krause’s Café. The gates open at 5pm, the show starts at 7pm and tickets can be purchased at KrausesCafe.com.

 

Shane Smith & the Saints Return To Gruene Hall

Shane Smith & the Saints return to Gruene Hall this weekend for two shows starting on Friday night. This hard touring band are currently promoting their latest album, Hail Mary. Known far and wide as one of the best live bands in the business, they are often compared to acts like Bruce Springsteen and Creedence Clearwater Revival. It’s true they are a Texas band, Shane hails from Terrel, near Dallas. He moved to Austin to attend St. Edwards University where he met a group of musicians that formed the nucleus of the Saints. They released their debut album, Coast, in 2013 to widespread critical acclaim. Geronimo followed in 2015 and the band hit their stride as true road warriors, clocking in over 200 shows a year. It’s virtually impossible to play this much and not perfect your craft and that’s exactly what Shane and the band did. They got better. A lot better. By the time they released Hail Mary in June of 2019, they were one of the most popular bands on the music scene. While their early work hinted at some red dirt influences, the newer music shows a tremendous growth in their sound. Now their influences seem to be more folk rock, similar to the Avett Brothers or Mumford & Sons. What’s so refreshing about this new group is their fans loyalty to follow them down this new musical path. Today the band consists of Shane on vocals and guitar, Dustin Schaefer on guitar, Chase Satterwhite on bass and Zach Stover on drums. You may remember I wrote about the band back in November when their tour bus caught fire on the way to a gig in Lubbock. They lost everything that day, instruments, wallets, cell phones, merchandise and their clothes. A lesser band would have tucked tail and ran home. Not these guys. They hitched rides with the State Troopers, borrowed instruments from their opening act Josh Weathers and finished their tour. We raise them tough here in Texas. At press time some tickets still remained for their Friday night show but the Saturday night show is sold out. You can purchase them online at GrueneHall.com.

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd Film Finally Released

Lynyrd Skynyrd fans can finally learn the real truth about the fatal plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister and harmony vocalist Cassie Gaines. The band left Greenville, South Carolina on October 20, 1977 headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on a Corvair CV-240 passenger plane. The plane was over 30 years old and not in good shape. The band planned to cancel their three week lease on the plane when they reached Baton Rouge and lease a newer Lear jet instead. They never made it because the plane ran out of fuel over Gillsburg, Mississippi. They crashed into a heavily wooded area about 6:47pm, just 8 miles from the McComb airport they were trying to reach. Today, only two original band members are still alive that were on that flight. Guitarist Gary Rossington, who still plays with Skynyrd and drummer Artimus Pyle, who fronts his own band. Though he was injured, Pyle was the only person able to go for help. He is the driving force behind the new movie, Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash. He fought off many lawsuits by Judy Van Zant, Ronnie’s widow, who tried to stop the film from being made. A Federal judge ruled in favor of Artimus, saying “it was his life, he has every right to tell his story.” The film will be released by Cleopatra Entertainment on June 30.

 

 

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Low Dog Band – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sun – Danny Harris – 6:30pm

 

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

Fri – Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Rio Tripiano & Friends – 8:30pm

Fri – Clever Name Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Matt Cline Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Matt Kersh – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Jordan M. Young – 6pm

Sat – Doug Strahan – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 1pm

 

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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Gary P. Nunn – 7:30pm

 

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

Fri – Dylan Wheeler – 8pm

Sat – Casey Daniels Band – 8pm

Mon –Reagan Koenig – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Janie Balderas Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Sat – Jake Penrod & the Million $ Cowboys – 1pm

Sun – Toni Price – 1pm / Women Who Rock Texas – 6pm

Tue – Linda Gail Lewis – 7pm

 

Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – All Mixed Up Variety Band – 9:30am

 

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

Tonight – Chad Boyd – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Mason Lively / Easton Corbin – 7pm

Sat – Grant Gilbert/ Kolby Cooper/ Flatland Cavalry – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Roberts / Mo Pitney – 8:30pm

Sat – Already Gone: Eagles Tribute – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Bob Appel – 4pm

Sat – Ryan Waguespack – 1pm / Bret Graham – 5pm

Sun – Phil Luna – Noon

 

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

Tonight – The Homebodies – 5pm

Fri – Texas T & the Shinerunners – 7pm

Sat – Jr Nash – Noon / Ethan Hanson – 2:30pm / Alli Mattice – 7:30pm / Wood & Wire – 9:30pm

Sun – Gruene Grove Blues Jam – 2pm

 

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

Tonight – Henri Herbert Band – 6pm

Fri – Shane Smith & the Saints – 7pm

Sat – Beat Root Revival – 1pm / Shane Smith & the Saints – 8pm

Sun – Bret Graham – 12:30pm / Dawn & Hawkes – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Wyatt Weaver Band – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Blue Water Highway – 7pm

Fri – Cajun Jeaux & the Cowboy Band – 7pm

Tue – Clifton Jansky – 6:30pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh & the Alpine Express – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Brent Ryan – 5pm

Fri – Wagon Aces – 8pm

Sat – Jen & Ted Frumkin – 5pm / Giovanne & the Hired Guns / Dolly Shine – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Meacham Duo – 7pm

Sat – Dallas Burrow – 1pm

Sun – Matt Strachan & Hoot Owls – 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 / 3 Swings & A Miss – 8pm

Sat – Little Jewford – 5pm / Brett Cline – 9pm

 

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

Sun – Scott Cook – 4:30pm

 

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 – Tim Williams & Melissa Townsend – 6pm7pm

 

Pale Horse & Sky Bar (2031 Central Plaza, Creekside 830-743-1067)

Sat – Soul Ethos w/ Candace Bellamy – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Shawn Hart – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5pm / Culture Jam – 9pm

Sat – Season Ammons / Devin Baize Band – 9pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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

 

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

Tonight – Tom McElvain – 7pm

Fri – Roy Heinrich – 6pm / David Lee & the Armadillo Roadshow – 9pm

Sat – Beth Lee & the Breakups – 9pm

 

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

Tonight – Don Reilly – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Cory Morrow – 8pm

Sat – Mothership: Led Zeppelin Tribute – 7pm

Sun – Ty Dillon – 3:30pm

Mon – Walter Trout – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Richard Watson – 5pm

Fri – Chilton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Hipsonic – 9:30pm

 

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

Mon – Viva Selena – 7:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Aaron Stephens – 7pm

Fri – Devin Baize & Season Ammons – 7pm

Sat – Anthony Wright – 7pm

Sun – Brian Milson Swap – 3pm

Wed – Chad Boyd, Shad Blair, Keith Davis – 5pm

 

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

Tonight – Danny Ray Harris – 8pm

Fri – Maxband – 8:30pm

Sat – Kim Meeks & Her Bad Habits – 9pm

Tue – Singer Songwriter Night w/ Jay Bleu – 8:30pm

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