Music News – Nov. 21, 2019

Next week begins the holiday season and the music business is gearing up for a string of holiday themed shows and new music. During the next few weeks I’ll highlight some of the new Christmas music and shows in our area. Local singer Wade Bowen has a brand new Christmas CD titled Twelve Twenty Five that contains his favorite 13 holiday classics like Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silent Night, White Christmas and If We Make It Through December. The cover art was painted by local New Braunfels artist Thom Ricks and depicts our beautiful downtown. Wade includes both of his sons as well as brother-in-law Cody Canada on the songs and the album was produced by his friend Sean McConnell. As luck would have it, Sean has two sold-out shows this weekend at Gruene Hall. Bowen will follow his buddy with his annual Turkey Day Eve Party next Wednesday at the hall. Shea Abshier and the Nighthowlers will open the show and tickets are available now at


Canadian singer songwriter Corb Lund will be at Riley’s Tavern tonight at 8pm to promote his latest album, Cover Your Tracks. It’s an eight-song collection of some of his favorite tunes. The CD opens with These Boots are Made for Walking, a hit for Nancy Sinatra back in 1966. It also has Lund’s take on the Dr. Hook classic Cover of the Rolling Stone, which was written by Shel Silverstein. Shel wrote hundreds of hit songs including A Boy Named Sue for Johnny Cash. Corb has an interesting choice of songs to cover, like the Billy Joel hit It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me or the Willie Nelson standard Seven Spanish Angels. Up in Canada, Corb Lund is a major star, often playing huge hockey arena’s and outdoor festivals. Here in Texas he often plays smaller venues. I’ve seen him at Gruene Hall and at River Road Icehouse so his show tonight at Riley’s Tavern will be a great chance to catch a first-class touring band. Get your tickets now at


Just six years ago, heavy metal band Motley Crue retired from touring and played their final show on December 31, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. To prove that they were quitting, the band signed a contract guaranteeing that they would never tour again. One year after the final performance they released a massive $175 box set containing a live CD/DVD set that documented the final show. On Monday the band posted a video on their website showing the contract spread out on a glass table. As the camera pans out, you see the table explode and then the entire room blows up. It was their way of saying they had changed their mind about retiring. The band is rumored to embark on a stadium tour next year with Def Leppard and Poison, though no one has actually confirmed this news. Motley Crue’s website talks about the band destroying the contract which will now allow them to tour again and a stadium tour next year makes the most sense. It would easily top the band’s $5 million per show fee they were paid on the retirement tour in 2014-15. While the older fans may think this was all just a well-orchestrated publicity stunt, which it obviously was, there’s a lot of younger fans that never saw the Crue in concert. They will gladly shell out the triple digit ticket prices the band will surely demand, especially if Def Leppard and Poison are on the tour. At press time there was no official confirmation of the tour but you can watch a cool video of a stack of papers being blown up. Once again it just proves that when a band announces they are retiring, it means they will continue touring for at least another decade or so.


If you happened to watch the CMA Awards last week, you saw many female vocalists featured in the opening number and throughout the show. Carrie Underwood’s normal hosting partner Brad Paisley stepped aside this year to allow Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton to join Carrie on-stage. Once again, I noticed that several female acts like Terri Clark, Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Janie Frickie have all performed in our city. In fact, Kathy Mattea is playing a show tonight at the Brauntex Theatre. As usual, there was the normal drama that seems to be the norm these days on award shows. First there was the social media posts complaining that there were very few actual country artists on the show. It’s a legitimate fact that most acts that performed were much more pop sounding than country. In another social media thread, many fans felt that Eric Church should have won the top prize of Entertainer of the Year instead of Garth Brooks. Their argument was that Church performed 59 concerts this year, mostly in stadiums. He had no opening act and played four hour concerts every night averaging over 32 songs a night. Garth performed 19 concerts, often with two opening acts and was averaging two hours and 24 songs per night. That’s the thing about award shows, no matter who wins there’s always someone that’s not happy. I’ve been watching the CMA’s for over 50 years and that’s the one thing that remains the same every year.






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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – The Percolators – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – 7pm3


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

Fri – Purple Room – 9pm

Sat – 21 Black – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Roadside Libby – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Sophia Johnson – 6pm

Sat – Gus Samuelson – 6pm

Sun – Adam Johnson – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Tonight – Kathy Mattea – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Kody West – 8pm

Fri – Pecos & the Rooftop / Kolby Cooper – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Fri – Bob Schneider – 9pm

Sat – David Grissom Band – 1pm / Wood & Wire – 9pm

Sun – Erik Hokkanen Trio – pm

Tue – Johnny Nicholas & Emily Gimble – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Ethan Hanson – 9:30am


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

Fri – Con Crema – 7pm

Sat – Highway Hypnosis – 7pm


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

Fri – Scott Wiggins Band / Jake Ward – 7pm

Sat – Gary P. Nunn – 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)

Tonight – Phil Luna – 5pm

Fri – Sylvia Kirk – 4pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Dan McCoy – Noon


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

Tonight – Luke Williams – 7pm

Fri – Grey Gregson – 7pm

Sat – Robert Johnson – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm


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

Tonight – Mitch Webb & the Swindles – 6pm

Fri – Keeton Coffman / Sean McConnell – 7pm

Sat – Jeff Plankenhorn Band – 1pm / Keeton Coffman / Sean McConnell – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – Noon / Beat Boot Revival – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Two Tons of Steel – 7:30pm

Wed – Shea Abshier & Nighthowlers / Wade Bowen – 7pm


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

Fri – Highway Hypnosis – 8pm

Sat – Matt Castillo – 9pm


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

Fri – Aaron Stephens – 7pm

Wed – Terry Cavanagh – 6pm


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

Tonight – Sam Watson – 5pm

Fri – Hayden Whittington – 1pm / Jen & Ted Frumkin – 4pm

Sat – Tristen Marez / Randall King – 8pm

Sun – Jake Martin – 5pm


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

Fri – Emily Herring – 7pm

Sun – Gerry Burns Bluegrass Sunday – 3pm


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

Tonight – Nef Hernandez – 6:30pm

Fri – Danny Ray Harris – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Open Mic w/ Mustard – 7pm (Lounge)

Sat – Brett Cline Trio – 6pm (Lounge) / Bill Ayers – 8pm (Sky Bar)

Wed – Gunnar Latham – 8pm (Sky Bar)


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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

Fri – Larry Dial – 5pm / Ebrolution – 9pm

Sat – Caleb & Homegrown Tomatoes – 9pm

Sun – Devin Baize – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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


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

Tonight – Corb Lund – 8pm

Fri – Roy Heinrich & the Pickups – 6pm / The Derailers – 9pm

Sat – Teri & the Tagalongs – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Wed – Austin Mayze & Friends – 7pm


River Hofbrau & Beer Garden (1515 Kuehler Ave, 830-626-2200)

Fri – Robert Jericho – 6pm

Sat – Mick Gamboa – 6pm


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

Sat – Darren Brown Band – 8pm


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

Tonight – Tyler Cannon – 6pm


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

Tonight – Peter Case – 7pm

Fri – Q – The Music of Queen – 8pm

Sat – Meg Williams / Keeshea Pratt Band – 7pm

Sun – Eric Tessmer – 7pm


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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – Clifton Vance – 9pm

Sat – Nate Guthrie – 4pm / No Chance Band – 9:30pm

Sun – Danny Ray Harris – 2pm


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

Tonight – Cactus Country – 8pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 8:30pm

Sat – LC Rocks – 9pm

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