Music News – Sept 19, 2019

This week we lost two more singers from the music world, Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek. Money was battling esophageal cancer and had recently undergone heart valve surgery. Born Edward Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn, New York, he came from a long line of police officers. A young Eddie was enrolled in the police academy when the music bug bit and he dropped out to pursue his dream. “I wanted to have long hair and travel around the world singing rock and roll,” Money explained in an interview earlier this year. Though his police officer father wasn’t happy with his decision, Eddie had to follow his heart. He moved to San Francisco and was soon noticed by promoter Bill Graham who helped him get a record deal with CBS. His first few albums launched him into the fast paced rock lifestyle and it almost killed him. After a near fatal overdose in 1981, he regained control of his life and launched a comeback with his No Control album. Eddie toured heavily his entire career and it finally took its toll on his health. AXS TV aired the final six episodes of his reality series Real Money last Sunday. In the latter part of his career he had members of his family in his road band. He passed away on September 13 in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 70.


Richard Theodore Otcasek was born in Baltimore and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. It was there he met Benjamin Orr and they formed a folk duo called Milkwood. Soon they added more musicians and renamed the band Richard and the Rabbits. By 1976 they were touring regionally and decided to go for a more pop sound in an effort to get a record contract. Richard changed his name to Ric Ocasek and they renamed their band The Cars. In 1978 their debut album simply titled The Cars became a huge hit and their career took off. Their second album, Candy-O, was released in 1979 and shot them to the top of the charts. They called it quits in the late 80’s and Ric launched his solo career. His health began to decline in his later years and he was home recovering from surgery when his wife found him unresponsive when she went into the bedroom to wake him. He was married to model Paula Porizkova at the time of his death but she revealed they had officially separated in 2018. Ric’s death was confirmed to be from natural causes at the age of 75.


Local singer songwriter Dallas Burrow is releasing his new album, Southern Wind, tomorrow with a CD release show at the legendary Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. He will be joined by Al Barlow and Eric Siemens. On Saturday he will host another CD release party at Poodie’s in Spicewood and will be joined by David Gideon, Shawn Hart and Bre Jarvis. I’ve known Dallas for many years and have been a fan of his songwriting since the beginning. He’s led a traveling troubadour life and he’ll be the first to admit he’s had his share of ups and downs. Each time I’d run into him he would fill me in on his travels. From a late night jam with Bob Dylan, some time spent in New Orleans where he met Dr. John and leaving Texas to escape an arrest warrant. He’s back home now, newly sober and now a father. Dallas uses his many life experiences as subject matter, the twelve songs on Southern Wind touches on them all. He talks about his crazy rambling days on Rodeo, fondly recalls his childhood days on Grandma Joy’s Homemade Strawberry Jam and his life as a traveling musician on Guitar Man. Guest guitarist Kenny Vaughn makes I Got To Ramble a blistering barn burner and harmony vocalist Sierra Ferrell makes Worker Bees a haunting tale of despair. The album was recorded in Nashville with Eric McConnell producing and includes a long list of talented musicians. In addition to Kenny and Sierra, he recruited Chris Scruggs, Dave Roe, Pete Abbott, Larry Chaney, Frank Rische and Billy Contreras. It’s good to hear new music from Dallas, for a while there I was afraid I wouldn’t. Try to catch one of his CD release shows and pick up a copy of the new album, Southern Wind.


I started watching the documentary on PBS titled Country Music and was very impressed by its content. Filmmaker Ken Burns started working on this massive project about five years ago and it’s now ready for the public to see. It goes to great lengths to tell the story of how country music got its start and to identify the key people that were there in the beginning. One thing I found interesting in the first episode was that 10 of the 12 country artists Burns interviewed have performed in our city at either Gruene Hall or the Brauntex Theatre. He talked to Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart, Garth Brooks, John McEuen, Ray Benson, Rodney Crowell, Mel Tillis, Rosanne Cash, Carlene Carter and Ricky Skaggs. Vince Gill and Dolly Parton are the only ones that haven’t played here. Who knows, maybe someday they will too!





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

Tonight – Donny Harris – 6:30pm

Fri – The Percolators – 6:30pm

Sat – Danny White – 6:30pm

Sun – Blues Like It Usta Wuz – 6:30pm


Anhalt Hall (2390 Anhalt Rd, Spring Branch 830-438-2873)

Sat – Jody Nix – 8pm


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

Fri – Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience – 7pm

Sun – Paulina Rubio – 7pm


Baja BBQ (280 Marina, Canyon Lake 830-935-3122) Sat – Chris Cuevas Project – 8:30pm

Sun – Tyler Cannon – 6pm


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

Tonight – Matt Cline – 8:30pm

Fri – The Lawless – 9pm

Sat – Stewart Mann & Statesboro Revue – 9pm

Sun – Tony Taylor – 4pm

Wed – Logun Timberlake – 8:30pm


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

Fri – Nate Guthrie – 6pm

Sat – Emily Herring – 6pm

Sun – Big John Mills – 1pm


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

Tue – Aaron Stephens – 9pm


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

Fri – Bandreu – 7pm

Sat – Jay Sims – 7pm


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

Tonight – Tom O’Connor / Mike Ryan – 8pm

Fri – Dallas Burrow CD Release Party – 8pm

Tue – Chris Colston – 8pm

Wed – Kent Finley Songwriters Circle – 8pm


Eagles Dance Hall (257 E. South St., 210-566-5864)

Sat – Goodtime Polka & Waltz w/ Dujka Brothers – 7pm


Farmer’s Market (Castell Street Downtown)

Sat – Winslow & Schoeffler – 9:30pm


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

Sat – Oktoberfaust – 5pm


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

Fri – Randall King / Bellamy Brothers / Kevin Fowler – 7pm

Sat – Tom O’Connor / Curtis Grimes – 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 – 6pm

Fri – Bret Graham – 5pm

Sat – Sylvia Kirk – 2pm

Sun – Slim Bawb – 1pm

Mon – Bret Graham – 4pm


Gristmill River Grill (1287 Gruene Road, 830-625-0684) Sat – Colton’s Kin – Noon / Clifton Jansky – 6pm

Sun – Troy Stone – Noon

Mon – Colton’s Kin – 4pm


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

Tonight – Ditch Crickets – 7pm

Fri – Justin Langstrom – 3pm / Armadillo Road – 7pm

Sat – Smokehouse Guitar Army – 7pm

Sun – Poor J Brown – 2pm


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

Tonight – David Lee & Jose Armadillo Road Show – 6pm

Fri – Greyhound / Los Lobos – 8pm

Sat – Nathan Hamilton / Joe Ely Band – 9pm

Sun – South Austin Moonlighters – 12:30pm / Soul Sessions – 5:30pm

Tue – Bo Porter & Friends – 6pm

Wed – The Georges – 6pm


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

Fri – Tyler Stephen McCollum – 8:30pm

Sat – Drugstore Gypsies – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Michael Milligan & Texiana Bluez – 7pm

Fri – The Craze – 8pm

Sat – The Oompahs – 7pm

Wed – Chris Rybak Band – 6pm


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

Tonight – Melinda Brown – 5pm

Fri – The Merles – 8pm

Sat – Kin Faux & Ben McPeak – 8pm

Sun – ShAnnie – 5pm


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

Fri – Racoon Brothers – 7pm

Sat – Marvin Bottera & Broken Glass – 6:30pm

Sun – Chuck Shaw – 3pm

Mon – Open Mic w/ Bill Middleton – 6pm


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

Sat – Derek Krueger – 7:30pm

Wed – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm


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

Sat – Soul Ethos – 7pm (Downstairs) / Matt Moeller (Sky Bar) – 7pm


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

Tonight – Devin Baize – 5:30pm

Fri – Jr Nash – 5:30pm / Soul Sessions w/ Courtney Santana – 9pm

Sat – Jorge Gallegos Band – 9pm

Sun – Jeff Willis – 3:30pm / Lucas Taylor – 7:30pm

Wed – Steven Vee – 1pm / Open Mic w/ Billy Roy – 8:30pm


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

Tonight – Willie Heath Neal – 7pm

Fri – The Homebodies – 6pm / Cheap Sunglasses – Tribute to ZZ Top – 9pm

Sat – Jeremy Lynn Woodall & the Grinders – 9pm

Wed – Austin Mayze & Friends – 7pm


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

Tonight – Mike Atkins & Cadillac Wax – 7pm

Fri – Wild Country – 8pm

Sat – Keeton Coffman – 8pm


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

Tonight – Logun Timberlake – 6pm


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

Tonight – Danielle Nicole – 7:30pm

Fri – Saltwater Slide & KooDooKoo – 8pm

Sat – Del Castillo – 8pm

Wed – Jamie Lin Wilson & Adam Hood – 7pm


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

Tonight – Open Mic Night – 7:30pm

Fri – No Chance Band – 9pm

Sat – Buddy Vargas – 4pm / Logun Timberlake – 9pm

Sun – Nate Guthrie – 4pm

Tue – Modern Day Jesters w/ Shawn Hart – 7:30pm


Tobin Center (100 Auditorium, 210-223-8624)

Sun – Jeff Beck – 7:30pm


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

Tonight – Eric & Amber Middleton, Bob Driver – 7pm

Fri – Bill Ayers – 7pm

Sat – School of Rock – 7pm

Wed – Slim Bawb – 7pm


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

Tonight – Drew Moreland & the Neon Hustle Band – 8pm

Fri – 3 Man Front – 8pm

Sat – Call For Band Info

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