Music News – Nov. 12, 2020

This week, things are finally picking up in the music world. It’s certainly a welcome sign after all the months we’ve had with nothing going on. Most venues have removed some tables to spread the crowds out to maintain the six-foot distance and require masks to be worn until you are seated. The Downtown Social has been hosting some acoustic shows recently and on Friday night they are welcoming Red Dirt artist Stoney LaRue. You can purchase advance tickets on their website. Adobe Verde in Gruene continues to host shows on their outdoor stage. If you are there on Saturday, check out the Percolators. They are a great local band with hundreds of fun songs in their repertoire. Brookshire Brothers in Canyon Lake will wind down their outdoor live music this weekend with Deuce Coupe on Friday and The Georges on Saturday. Freiheit Country Store welcomes Mike & the Moonpies on Friday night. They have a new album out now featuring some old unreleased Gary Stewart songs. The always amazing Yesenia McNett will bring her ace band the Groove Doctors to Krause’s stage on Friday night. The new AC/DC album, Power Up, is out and it’s exactly what you would expect from the Australian rock band. As with all their albums, this one is meant to be played very loud. I just finished the new Peter Frampton autobiography and highly recommend it if you are a fan of his music. It takes you through his early days as a struggling musician, to the overwhelming success of his live album, then the massive downfall of not being able to record a successful follow-up album. He ends the book with a look at his current situation as he battles a debilitating disease that is forcing an end to his career. Frampton handles the highs and lows with candor and dignity. Last, but not least, aren’t you glad that all the political commercials on TV are finally over? I honestly don’t think I could have survived another day of seeing them repeating over and over every time I turned on the TV to watch Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

Josh Abbott Releases New Album

Like many music fans in our state, the first time I heard of Josh Abbott was in 2010 on his ‘She’s Like Texas’ album. The title track on that album put Josh on the map and had folks calling him the next Pat Green. My first interview with Josh was in 2012 when he released his Small Town Dream album. I was impressed with his knowledge of Texas music, and the fact that he included a cover of Terry Allen’s ‘FFA’ on the album. I followed his career through some good and bad times, and we spoke again last week about his latest album, The Highway Kind, due out tomorrow. Abbott called from his home in Austin that he shares with wife Taylor and their two children. It’s a solid album and after many repeated listens, I think it’s my favorite one of his. I could tell that Josh is happy and in a very good place right now. After a few minutes of talking about the election, we moved the conversation over to the new record. “When we finished this album,” Josh explained, “we wanted to release it, then hit the road to play it for our fans but the pandemic shut down all of our plans. Taylor and I had moved to Nashville for a few months in early 2019 so I could cowrite with some of my songwriting friends and I came back to Texas with over thirty songs. We whittled that down to about 15 or so, then picked the final ten for the album.” Josh and the band headed out to El Paso to record the album at Sonic Ranch Studio with Marshall Altman producing. Unlike many Texas artists, Josh embraces Nashville and realizes some of the best songwriters in the world live there. He’s not afraid to pick one of their songs over his if he thinks it’s better. In addition to the title track, there’s a rocker written by Jon Pardi called ’24-7-365,’ that Josh recorded when Pardi decided not to. There’s a song for his son Luck appropriately titled ‘The Luckiest.’ He thinks ‘Settle Me Down’ may be the best song he’s ever recorded. The lyrics of ‘Real Damn Good’ describe his wife Taylor while ‘Old Men & Rain’ was written about spending the day with his wife’s grandfather. As our conversation came to an end, I mentioned that he seemed happy and in a very good place. “That’s exactly right,” he said. “I’m very happy, I drive my daughter to school, I love spending time with my family and that’s what this record means. I’m in a very good place right now.”

Ray Wylie Hubbard Celebrates Birthday at Gruene Hall

At a time when most performers are slowing down or retiring completely, Ray Wylie Hubbard is as creative as ever. His latest album, titled Co-Starring, features guests like Ringo Starr, Chris Robinson, Ronnie Dunn, Joe Walsh, and Pam Tillis, just to name a few. Born November 13 in Soper, Oklahoma, he will turn 74 years old tomorrow at his Gruene Hall show. After years of omission, Austin City Limits finally realized their oversight and invited Ray to appear on the show last month. The air date is scheduled for January 23, 2021. If you haven’t picked up a copy of the new CD, you should as soon as possible. It includes some of his strongest material, like the first single and video, Bad Trick. Hubbard covers all bases on this collection, with straight country on ‘Drink ‘Til I See Double,’ blistering blues on ‘Fast Left Hand’ and ‘Outlaw Blood’ about the wild girl in your life. Hubbard is one of the remaining Texas outlaw songwriters, with many classic songs like ‘Redneck Mother’ and ‘Snake Farm’ in his catalog. At press time there were still a few tables left but the show will sell out so if you plan on going, you should act now. For ticket information about this show and many more, see GrueneHall.com.

Live venues are still struggling during pandemic

As live music is slowly returning to some of our local venues, places like Whitewater Amphitheatre and the Brauntex Theatre are facing unique challenges. Whitewater is the largest capacity venue in our area with shows drawing nearly 9,000 fans to their concerts. They often feature concerts by major touring acts like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty and Sheryl Crow. When the Covid virus hit in mid-March, Whitewater was preparing for their first show in April with Pat Green and Willie Nelson. At first, they just postponed their concerts but by May they realized that the entire season would be lost, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some of the shows were rescheduled for 2021, including the Willie Nelson, Koe Wetzel, Whiskey Myers and Cody Johnson shows. Others like the Sheryl Crow concert were cancelled and not rescheduled. The 2021 concerts are on their calendar and tickets are on-sale now for all the rescheduled shows so be sure to check them out at WhiteWaterRocks.com. The Brauntex Theatre has been closed since March 14 and for a non-profit venue, this has been some very tough times. Since their seats are reserved and most patrons keep the same seats for every show, it makes it difficult to social distance. Many shows in the 2020 season were moved several times because they simply could not be social distanced. Fortunately, no shows were cancelled but patrons will need to be patient until the social distancing rules are lifted. You can help the theatre by holding onto your tickets and purchasing more as new shows are announced. The complete schedule, including the ones that were moved, can be found at Brauntex.org

CONCERT CALENDAR:

 

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

Fri – Rhythm Kings – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Myles Smith – 8:30pm

Fri – Cameron Sacky Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Chris Max Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Deuce Coupe & Car Cruise In – 6pm

Sat – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Shaker Hymns – 8:30pm

Sat – Jake Worthington / Randall King – 8pm

 

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

Sat – Braydon Zink – 8:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 7:30pm

 

Downtown Social Club (386 W. San Antonio, 830-214-6650)

Fri – Stoney LaRue – 8:30pm

 

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

Fri – Chris Colston/ William Clark Green – 8pm

 

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

Fri – William Beckmann / Mike & the Moonpies – 8pm

 

Freiheit Village Farmer’s Market (Creekside Village at The Venue)

Sat – Jorge & Nicole – 10am

 

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

Fri – Bret Graham – 4pm

Sat – Slim Bawb – Noon / Bret Graham – 4pm

 

Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684)
Tonight – Danny Britt & Marvin Dykhuis – 6:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Chris Beall Trio – 6pm

Fri – Ray Wylie Hubbard – 8pm

Sat – Powell Brothers – 1pm / Luke Olsen / Pat Green – 8pm

Sun – Luke Olsen/ Pat Green – 7pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Brian Pounds & Grace Pettis – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm

 

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

Fri – Matt Castillo – 8pm

 

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

Tonight – SA Blue Cats – 6pm

Fri – Lance Lipinsky – 4pm / Yesenia McNett & the Groove Doctors – 6pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 2pm / Dirty River Jazz Band – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – Stephen K Morris – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Braxton/ Hayden Haddock – 8pm

Sat – Weldon Henson – 1pm / Pete Devlin & the Texas Moon – 7pm

Sun – Paul Logan Band – 1pm / Jack Martin – 5pm

 

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

Sun – Ryan Waguespack – 10:30am

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm

 

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

Fri – Steven Vee – Noon / Junior Nash – 5pm

Sat – Jesse Stratton Band – 8pm

Sun – Junior Nash – 1:30pm

 

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

Tonight – Mary Charlotte Young – 7pm

Fri – Mark Jungers – 6pm / Kin Faux – 9pm

Sat – Jean Pierre & Zydeco Angels – 7pm

 

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

Fri – Open Mic Night – 7pm

 

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

Tonight – Second Hand Cowboys – 6pm

 

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

Tonight – John Baumann – 7pm

Fri – Damn Torpedos – Tom Petty Tribute – 7pm

Sat – Dirty River Boys – 8pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson – 7pm

 

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

Sun – Brent Michael Wood – 4pm

 

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

Fri – Painted Pony – 8:30pm

Sat – Clint Taft & Buck Wild Band – 9pm

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