Music News – Nov. 28, 2019

Music News – Nov. 28, 2019


Most live venues will be closed tonight so they can spend Thanksgiving with their families but on Friday, it’s full speed ahead for live music. It’s one of the busiest shopping days of the year but it’s also one of the busiest concert days as well. Most families are full of turkey and dressing and ready to get out and burn off a few of the extra pounds from a huge meal. Going alphabetically, let’s start downtown at the Brauntex Theatre. They will be hosting a great show by Reckless Kelly, one of the best Americana bands in America. They’ve been touring heavy to promote their latest album, a live version of Bulletproof, their hit album from 2008. Recorded a decade ago, the album launched the Austin based band into the top of the Americana charts. “We knew we wanted to do something special to acknowledge the 10-year anniversary,” explained chief songwriter and singer Willy Braun. “so, we started performing the album in its entirety and recorded each show. We picked the best versions of each song and released a live version of the album.” The tracks were recorded in July and August during their northwest tour in 2018 and they added a version of California Blues, the old Jimmie Rodgers classic, to give fans a nice bonus track. A few weeks ago, Willy posted some exciting news on their Facebook page announcing two new albums containing twenty new songs coming in May. The show at the Brauntex will be a rare theatre appearance for the group but you can always count on them for high energy live shows. Their friend Mason Lively will open the show. Tickets are still available at and doors will open at 6:30pm.


Willis Alan Ramsey comes to Devil’s Backbone Tavern

Husband and wife team Amy LeVere and Will Sexton will perform at the historic Devils Backbone Tavern on Friday night. Amy is touring in support of her latest album, Painting Blue, which was produced by Sexton. Performing together they provide the perfect mix of folk, rock and country music. On Saturday the Tavern features the elusive Willis Alan Ramsey in concert. Back in 1972, Ramsey released his self-titled debut album to wide spread critical acclaim. It contained eleven songs, all written by Ramsey and released on Leon Russell’s Shelter Record label. It was 47 years ago and he still hasn’t released another album. When fans ask him when he plans on recording a second album, he often remarks “What’s wrong with the first one?” He’s written some new songs and performs them in concert but has yet to record any of them. Songs from the 1972 album have been recorded by Waylon Jennings, America, Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Jeff Walker, just to name a few. In 1991 he met and married Alison Rogers and together they wrote the Lyle Lovett hit ‘That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas.’ He rarely performs live shows so don’t miss this chance to see a true Texas songwriting legend. Tickets are available online at


Gruene Hall brings Cory Morrow and Cody Canada

Gruene Hall has a fantastic lineup on tap for this holiday weekend starting with Cory Morrow on Friday and Cody Canada on Saturday. Morrow is still touring in support of his Whiskey & Pride album, easily one of the best in his catalog. It contains twelve previously unrecorded songs including the fan favorite ‘Always and Forever,’ a track often performed live but never officially recorded. Vocalist Jamie Lin Wilson helps out on backing vocals for this studio version. Morrow also includes two cover songs, his take on Rodney Crowell’s Funny Feeling and Jerry Jeff Walker’s Hill Country Rain. Now happily married and a father, Morrow is focused more on family and his craft. He’s playing and singing better than ever so don’t miss this true Americana pioneer in concert. Cody Canada brings his band the Departed to the historic hall on Saturday and will have his son’s band Waves handling the opening band duties. Cody first came to Texas fronting his red dirt rock band Cross Canadian Ragweed and proceeded to set the Texas music scene on fire. CCR played their final show on October 24, 2010 at Joe’s Bar in Chicago. Soon afterwards, he formed the Departed with Jeremy Plato, Steve Littleton and Seth James. These days they are back to being a power trio and the music still sounds great. Get your tickets for these two shows and many more at


More Options for Black Friday Music

If you need to wash down the left-over turkey with some heavy metal, head over to the Phoenix Saloon on Saturday night for a tribute to Queensryche and Metallica. Advance tickets are available and some may be available at the door. Check out all your options at Over at Riley’s Tavern, the amazing Shelley King plays at 6pm on Friday night followed by Beat Root Revival at 9pm. Swing back by on Saturday night for Bonnie Montgomery and take a peek at for a complete list of all the upcoming shows. Tavern in the Gruene has two of my favorite bands scheduled for this weekend, Phil Luna & the Lunatics on Friday and Zack Walther Band on Saturday. is where you can find out who else is coming to this cool bar on Gruene Road. Last but certainly not least there’s Watering Hole Saloon who has Painted Pony on Friday and Dirty White Horse on Saturday. They have a lot of really good shows scheduled for the rest of the year and you can see them all at





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

Fri – Don Reilly – 6:30pm

Sat – Bru’s Tunes – 6:30pm


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

Tue – Chevelle – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Marcy Grace – 9pm

Sat – 3 Man Front – 9pm


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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Sat – Wilkinson’s Quartet – 6pm

Sun – Emily Herring – 1pm


Black’s BBQ (510 Hull Street, San Marcos 512-878-0795)

Fri – Richie Allbright – 6pm

Sat – George Ensle – 6pm

Sun – Manzy Lowry – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Fri – Mason Lively / Reckless Kelly – 7:30pm

Sun – Cody Canada’s Family Christmas – 6:30pm

Wed – Christmas Favorites with Rick Novak – 7:30pm


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

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


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

Fri – Amy LeVere & Will Sexton – 9pm

Sat – Willis Alan Ramsey – 9pm

Sun – Drew Kennedy & Josh Grider – 1pm

Tue – Ephraim Owens – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Dan McCoy – 9:30am


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

Fri – Doppler Project – 7pm


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

Fri – Read Southall Band / Ray Wylie Hubbard / Koe Wetzel – 7pm

Sat – Giovannie & Hired Guns – 7pm


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

Fri – Robert Irwin – 4pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Slim Bawb – 4pm


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

Fri – Sean Garrison – 7pm

Sat – Jaime Krueger – 7pm

Sun – Grant Ewing – 2pm


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

Fri – Peterson Brothers – 1pm / Garrett Bryan/ Cory Morrow – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Waves / Cody Canada & the Departed – 8pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers – Noon / South Austin Moonlighters – 4pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Wed – Elaina Kay / Wynonna & Big Noise Rockin Roots Christmas – 7pm


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

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Rock Bottom String Band – 9pm


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

Fri – Slim Bawb – 7pm


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

Fri – Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Clayton Gardner – 1pm / Jamie Lin Wilson & James Steinle – 8pm

Sun – Jimmie Davis – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm


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

Fri – Michael James Band – 2pm / Ruben V – 7pm

Sat – Gerry Burns Tribute to Grateful Dead – 2pm


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

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm


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

Fri – Jess & Dave – 6pm


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

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / Chris Max Band – 9pm

Sat – Tribute to Queensryche & Metallica – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3pm / Lucas Taylor – 7pm

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


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

Fri – Shelley King – 6pm / Beat Root Revival – 9pm

Sat – Bonnie Montgomery – 9pm

Wed – Manzy Lowry & Tyler Cannon – 7pm


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

Fri – Rich Bermea – 6pm

Sat – Chris Boss – 6pm


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

Fri – Slaid Cleaves – 7pm

Sat – Reed Brothers – 7pm

Sun – Dee White – 6pm

Wed – Ian Moore – 7pm


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

Fri – Phil Luna & the Lunatics – 9pm

Sat – Myles Smith – 4pm / Zack Walther Band – 9:30pm


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

Fri – Painted Pony – 8:30pm

Sat – Dirty White Horse – 9pm

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