Music News – Oct. 22, 2020

It seems like every week another legendary musician passes away. On October 16, country music icon Johnny Bush passed away from pneumonia at the age of 85. Just a few weeks ago I wrote about Bush before his September 25 show at Riley’s Tavern. As it turned out, this was his final show. Riley’s owner Joel Hofmann gave me some details about Johnny’s final live performance. “When he first took the stage, he told the crowd how much he loved them,” recalled Hofmann. “He said that several times during the night. He apologized for his breathing difficulty and when singer Justin Trevino arrived, Johnny let him sing a few songs so he could take a break. His wife told Joel he was on the mend but two days later pneumonia set in and he never recovered. Johnny told a funny story about his song, Green Snakes on the Ceiling. For some reason children always loved the song even though it was about a man suffering from alcohol withdrawals. The last song Johnny sang was his biggest hit, Whiskey River.” He wrote the song in 1972 and his friend Willie Nelson used to open every concert he played since 1973. There will be a visitation today at 4pm at the Mission Park Funeral Chapel in San Antonio.

Concert Calendar Returns

This week I’m happy to announce the return of our concert calendar. We haven’t had a full concert calendar since mid-March. When the bars and music venues were closed for the pandemic, all local live music came to a screeching halt and the concert calendar dried up. After a month of no music from anyone, a few musicians started doing live streaming concerts so I started listing those so their fans could stay informed. By early October, live music was slowly returning with limited audiences and bands often playing multiple shows. Starting today, almost every bar and music venue has reopened. Gruene Hall has a lot of good shows scheduled for the upcoming weeks including Junior Brown, Cory Morrow, Eli Young Band, Mark Chesnutt, Pat Green, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Sean McConnell. Hopefully, the social distancing rule will go away soon, and all the live music can return to normal.

Billboard Music Awards

Garth Brooks and George Strait had a good night at the Billboard Music Awards on October 14. Kelly Clarkson hosted the show from the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show was originally scheduled for broadcast on April 29 but was postponed due to the pandemic. Post Malone had the most nominations for the night. Garth was awarded the Icon Award for his many record-breaking achievements in the music business, including most records sold by any artist and his years of sold-out tours. George Strait won Top Country Tour even though he only performed fourteen concerts during the February 2019 to February 2020 timeframe. George has perfected the art of working less and making more, earning over $5 million per show with a total gross of almost $71 million, taking over the lead that was held by Eric Church. It took Church 46 shows to earn a total of $65 million, with about $1.5 million earned for each show. Just another reason he is called King George.

Peter Frampton Writes His Memoir

Rock guitarist Peter Frampton has finally written his autobiography titled ‘Do You Feel Like I Do?’. Alan Light, an associate editor for Rolling Stone, helped Frampton write the new book. It covers his career from his first band, The Herd, to joining the classic rock band Humble Pie. Just as their album Live at The Fillmore was climbing the charts, Peter left the band to start a solo career. His first few albums didn’t sell enough to break even and just as he was thinking of quitting, he convinced his record label to release a live album. At first it was scheduled to be a single album but at the last minute his record label agreed to let him release a double album instead. Within a few weeks, Frampton Comes Alive, was climbing the charts and would eventually become the best-selling live album of all time. After the massive success of the live album, he was unable to follow it with another hit album. Within a few years, he was hooked on drugs and almost broke. He credits David Bowie with offering him a job in the early 80’s that saved his career. He finally got his life back on track and rebuilt his career to a comfortable level. About four years ago he was diagnosed with a rare inflammatory and announced his retirement tour. Unfortunately, the Covid pandemic forced the tour to be cancelled and Frampton’s condition continues to worsen. There’s a good chance he will never perform a concert again. The book was released on Tuesday and is already climbing to the top of the bestseller charts.



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

Fri – Low Dog Band – 6pm

Sat – Chuck Wimer – 6pm


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

Tonight – Zach Talbert – 8:30pm

Fri – Austin James – Tom Petty Tribute – 8:30pm

Sat – Room Redux Benefit – 6pm

Sun – Lucas Taylor – 7pm

Wed – Brian Milson – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Ray Wylie Hubbard – 6pm

Sat – Mason Lively – 6pm


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

Fri – Zach Neil / Matt Castillo – 8pm

Sat – Jon Wolfe – 8pm


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

Fri – David Touchton Band – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Turn Up Jam – 8pm


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

Tonight – Piano Melt w/ Mike Atkins & Jake Koenig – 7pm

Fri – Charles Wesley Godwin / Ward Davis – 9pm

Sat – Small Town Habit – 8:30pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Shawn Hart – 9:30am


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

Fri – Riley Green – 6pm & 9:30pm

Sat – Josh Abbott Band – 6pm & 9:30pm


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

Tonight – Tony Taylor & Geoff Hill – 4pm

Fri – Rick Trevino – 8pm

Tue – Gunns West – 8pm

Wed – Zack Walther Band – 7pm


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

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 5pm

Sat – Lance Lipinsky – Noon / Bret Graham – 4pm

Sun – Colton’s Kin – 1pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684)
Tonight – Aaron Stephens – 6:30pm

Wed – Eric Middleton – 6:30pm


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

Tonight – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 6pm

Fri – Henri Herbert / Junior Brown – 7pm

Sat – Texas Horns – 1pm / Cory Morrow – 7pm

Sun – Bill Hearn Trio – Noon / Mike Zito – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Lance Lipinsky – 6pm

Wed – Shaker Hymns / Eli Young Band – 7pm


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

Fri – Statesboro Revue – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Soul Sessions w/ Robert Carter & Hollie Holloway – 6pm

Fri – Ruben V – 6pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 2pm / Michael Alanis Trio – 6pm

Sun – Dirty River Jazz Band – 10am / Alli Mattice Band – 2pm

Wed – The Tubameisters – 6pm


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

Tonight – Dan West – 5pm

Fri – John Baumann / William Clark Green – 8pm

Sat – Sophia Johnson – 1pm / Max Stalling – 8pm

Sun – Tumbleweed Hill – 1pm / Jake Martin – 5pm


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

Wed – Monte Good – 5:30pm


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

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

Sat – Jorge Gallegos – 8pm

Sun – Junior Nash – 1:30pm


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

Tonight – Andrae Blisset – 8:30pm

Fri – Scott Wiggins Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 9:30pm

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

Tonight – Jackie Darlene – 7pm

Fri – Danny B Harvey – 8pm

Sat – Rochelle & the Sidewinders – 7pm


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

Sat – Bob Brooks Band / Shane Rogers Band – 8pm


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

Tonight – Don Reilly – 6pm


The Rustic (17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 204, San Antonio, 210-245-7500)

Tonight – Singer Songwriter Night – 8pm

Fri – Buffalo Nichols – 6pm / Fast Cash – Tribute to Johnny Cash – 9:30pm

Sat – Chris Lopez – 9:30pm


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

Fri – Bonnie Bishop – 7:30pm

Sat – Bob Schneider – 8pm


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

Fri – Fast Movin Train – 8:30pm

Sat – Jim Byrom Band – 9pm

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