Music News – Oct. 25, 2018

Though he makes his home in Alabama, singer songwriter Adam Hood is considered an honorary Texas artist because of his regular trips to the Lone Star State. Adam was seen on many of our local stages, often performing for free at area benefit concerts and co-writing songs with our local musicians. Before he lost his life to cancer, New Braunfels resident Allan Goodman was the bass player in Adam’s band. He’s currently on tour to promote his new album Somewhere In Between released independently on his Southern Songs label. I spoke with Adam on a rare day off at his Alabama home. “I love playing in Texas,” he explained. “I have a good fanbase there plus a lot of my friends live there. I love playing the dancehalls and honky-tonks in Texas. One of the reasons we cut the songs on my new album live in the studio was so we could recreate it on stages like those in Texas. We recorded the album in just two days and basically every song was cut in one take.” In addition to touring as often as possible, Adam is also a fulltime songwriter. His tunes have been recorded by Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Brent Cobb, LeeAnne Womack and Anderson East just to name a few. You can catch Adam live on-stage at Billy’s Ice on Friday night and at Sam’s Burger Joint in San Antonio on Sunday night.


Speaking of the Eli Young Band, they are at Gruene Hall tonight and Friday with Ross Ellis opening both shows. It’s good to see the guys back in our area, it’s been a few years since they’ve played our city. They are still touring to promote their latest album, Footprints and just last month they released a new single called ‘Love Ain’t.’ I highly recommend you going to their website and watching the video for the song. It’s a tearjerker true story about a disabled vet whose girlfriend stuck by him after he lost both arms and legs in battle. The band formed in 2002 while students at University of North Texas in Denton. Mike Eli and James Young started playing acoustic gigs at local bars under the name of Eli & Young. When bassist Jon Jones and drummer Chris Thompson joined, they became the Eli Young Band. By their third album, Jet Black and Jealous, which spawned the hit single Always The Love Song, the band was on their way. It’s been exciting to watch the band gain such nationwide success since I knew them back during their days of playing open mic nights and tiny bars. It was amusing to see an episode on CMT about the half million dollar tour bus they had specially built. I called them to congratulate their good fortune, but a few months later I called to see if they were OK after CNN ran a story about the new bus catching fire and burning to the ground. It’s been a roller coaster ride for the band but these days they are closer than ever and still making great music. Friday night’s show is sold out but at press time, you could still get tickets for tonight’s show at


Having a career as an Elvis impersonator was never in his plans growing up near Houston, but shortly after he graduated high school, Donny Edwards had a change of heart. He had always been a fan of Presley’s, but didn’t think he would ever be more than that. At an early age people told him how much he looked like Elvis and when he attended Elvis week in Memphis, he was told he also sounded like the king. After doing some research on Elvis tribute artists, Donny decided to give it a try. Before long he had risen to the top of the ranks as one of the most sought after Elvis tribute acts in the country. He left his Texas home, headed to Las Vegas and never looked back. Today he performs all over the globe from Australia to England to Japan and everywhere in between. He is known for performing a truly authentic tribute to the King of Rock & Roll. Get your tickets now at for Donny Edwards and his band Fever live in concert on Friday night at 7pm.


It looks like Mother Nature is giving us a brief break in the rainy weather so let’s get out this weekend and see some live music. Tonight at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, owner Randy Rogers will be performing with pal Tom O’Connor opening. Friday night at Krause’s Café you have Kori Free & the Groovehounds at 8pm. Kori’s home from college for the weekend so don’t miss your chance to see her shred a guitar. On Saturday night, don’t miss Jeff Plankenhorn at Riley’s Tavern. Jeff is a fantastic entertainer and an amazing guitarist, he’s the real deal so be sure to catch his show at 9pm. Though it will require a short road trip to San Antonio, on Sunday the Peterson Brothers are opening for Gary Clark Jr. at the Aztec Theatre. This is a sure fire killer double bill not to be missed.






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

Tonight – Tony Taylor – 6:30pm

Fri – Traveling Trees – 6:30pm

Sat – Right on Red – 6:30pm


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

Fri – Gary Clark Jr. – 7pm

Sat – Jessie & Joy – 7pm

Sun – Peterson Brothers / Gary Clark Jr. – 7pm


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

Fri – Adam Hood – 8:30pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 8pm


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

Fri – Donny Edwards – Tribute to Elvis – 7:30pm


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

Fri – Lonestar Pickerz – 7pm

Sat – Slim Bawb & Fabulous Stumpgrinders – 7pm


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

Tonight – Tom O’Connor / Randy Rogers – 8pm

Fri – The Organics / Whiskey Ignition – 8pm

Sat – Garrett Simon Band – 8pm

Tue – Jimmy Davis / Black Lillies – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Conway’s Dancehall  (262 W. Jahn St.  830-620-5376)

Fri – Andy Griggs – 9pm

Sat – Erick Willis – 9pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Frank Painter – 9:30am


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

Fri – Blackboot Family Band – 7pm


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

Fri – Renee Blair / Wild Feathers / Billy Currington – 7pm

Sat – Dirty River Boys / Muscadine Bloodline / Koe Wetzel – 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)

Fri – Colton’s Kin – 5pm

Sat – Adam Johnson – Noon / Bret Graham – 4pm

Sun – Johnny & Blalocks – 1pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Tonight – Dan McCoy – 5:30pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – Noon / Dan McCoy – 6pm

Sun – Dan McCoy – Noon


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

Tonight – Ross Ellis / Eli Young Band – 7pm

Fri – Ross Ellis / Eli Young Band – 7pm

Sat – Flat Top Jones – 1pm / Christian Sparks / Bob Schneider – 8pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 12:30pm / Murali Coryell & Ernie Durawa – 5pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 6pm

Tue – Bo Porter – 6pm

Wed – Tom Gillam & Guests – 6pm


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

Fri – AC & the Bad Billy’s – 8pm

Sat – Rabb & Killa Hoggz / Final Assembly / Disorderly Konduct – 7pm


Inferno’s Pizza (1198 Gruene Rd, 830-629-2077)

Fri – Keen Country – 6pm

Sat – The Perculators – 6pm

Sun – Lee Winwright – 6pm


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

Fri – Kori Free & the Groovehounds – 8pm

Wed – Comal Community Band – 7pm


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

Tonight – Bo Porter – 5pm

Fri – Bill Lewis Combo – 4pm / Almost Patsy Cline Band – 8pm

Sat – Strayhearts – 1pm / Thomas Michael Riley – 8pm

Sun – Kathy Bauer & Mike Broussard – 5pm


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

Fri – Longtooth – 6pm

Sun – Tracy Weinberg – 3pm


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

Tonight – Ethan Hanson – 5:30pm / Shawn Hart & Guests – 7:30pm

Fri – Junior Nash – 5pm / DJ Maverick – 9pm

Sat – RAGE – 9pm

Sun – All Mixed Up – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Jade Marie Patek – 8:30pm

Fri – JJ Garrett Band – 8:30pm

Sat – Silvercloud – 9:30pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 8:30pm

Mon – Tony Taylor – 8:30pm

Tue – Open Mic Night – 8:30pm

Wed – Myles Smith & Brent Michael Wood – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Bo Brumble – 8pm

Fri – Rochelle & the Sidewinders – 9pm

Sat – Jeff Plankenhorn – 9pm

Sun – Blues Jam – 4pm

Mon – Open Mic Night – 7pm

Tue – Juliet McConkey – 8pm


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

Fri – Aaron McDonnell – 8pm

Sat – Tom Gillam & Kosmic Messenger – 8pm


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

Tonight – Casey Walther & Wes Creech – 5:30pm


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

Fri – Elaina Kay – 8pm

Sat – Cooper Greenberg – 4pm / Chuck Ligon – 9:30pm


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

Tonight – Jon Dee Graham – 7:30pm

Fri – Mighty Orq / Ruben V – 8pm

Sat – Rhett Miller (acoustic) – 8pm

Sun – Jenny Tolman / Adam Hood – 7pm


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

Tonight – Jordan Minor & the Bottom Dollar Band – 9pm

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – Stone Wheels – 9pm

Sun – Clever Name Band – 9pm


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

Fri – Call For Band Info

Sat – Call For Band Info

Sun – Tony Taylor & Friends – 4pm

Wed – Halloween Party – 6:30pm


Vino En Verde  (2351 Gruene Lake Dr.  830-620-4404)

Fri – Alli Mattice & Eric Langenhahn – 8pm

Sat – The Vagabonds – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Meyer Anderson Band – 8pm

Fri – Knotty Grove – 8pm

Sat – Painted Pony – 9pm

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