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July 31st, 2012 TxMusicFan

So far, so good… I am a little late in getting these listings up, but some sites are also slow in posting. Yes, these are listings for September and October 2013!! (Thanks for the nudge, Jeremy!)

Saturday, September 7
Billy’s Icehouse: Tony Taylor Band
Blaine’s Pub: Mark McKinney
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Tom Gilliam
Coupland Dance Hall: Chris Salinas
Floore’s Country Store: Josh Grider, Robert Earl Keen
Gruene Hall: Sol Patch, Joe Ely Band with Poor J Brown opening
Hondo’s on Main: Clay McClinton
Luckenbach: Cody Jinks Band
Mercer Street Dancehall: Aaron Navarro
Midnight Rodeo, Austin: Casey Donahew
Poodie’s Hilltop: Woot Talley & The Box, Bubble Puppy, Charlie Harrison
Riley’s Tavern: Billy Dee
Tavern in the Gruene: Armadillo Road
The Ausländer Biergarten: Joe Teichman
Torre di Pietra Winery: Flamenco Guitars Duo – Jose Tejada

Sunday, September 8
Billy’s Icehouse: Casey’s Birthday – Mark McKinney, Dan Adams, Tres Womack, Colin Gilmore
Coupland Dance Hall: Teen Night Dance
Floore’s Country Store: Family Night and Free Dance with Texas Rimshot
Gruene Hall: Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist, Bret Graham, Statesboro Revue
Luckenbach: Outriders Service, Brennen Leigh, Noel McKay & The Hill Country Honeymoon Band, Bill Lewis Sunday Evening Picker Circle
Poodie’s Hilltop: Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars
Tavern in the Gruene: Whiskey Rodeo

Monday, September 9
Billy’s Icehouse: Lazy J and the Dirty Shuffle
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Pake Rossi, Jordan York, & Kyle Reed
Gruene Hall: Jordan Minor, Aaron Beavers & Brandy Zdan
Luckenbach: HalleyAnna Finlay Picker Circle

Tuesday, September 10
Billy’s Icehouse: Austin Gilliam
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Brett Hauser Band, Will Arrington Band
Gruene Hall: Tom Gillam with Lisa Morales and Shelley King
Luckenbach: Bo Porter Picker Circle
Poodie’s Hilltop: Alissa Beyer & Ryan Todd, Justin Bailey, Blake Henley
Riley’s Tavern: Mark Sebby
River City Grille: TexAmericana Tuesday with Mike Blakely, Larry Nye and a Special Guest

Wednesday, September 11
Billy’s Icehouse: Aaron Stephens
Blaine’s Pub: John Edward Baumann
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay’s Songwriters’ Circle
Gruene Hall: The Georges
Luckenbach: T-Roy & Candace Miller Picker Circle
Poodie’s Hilltop: No Bad Days Open Mic
River City Grille: Northstar Bank of Texas Acoustic Wednesdays with john Arthur martinez and Special Guests
Tavern in the Gruene: Texas KGB

Thursday, September 12
Angel’s IceHouse: The RAB Show
Antone’s Nightclub: Billy Joe Shaver with Tim Easton
Badu House: Texas Music Thursdays with WC Jameson
Billy’s Icehouse: Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars
Blaine’s Pub: Brandon Steadman
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Dirty River Boys
Gruene Hall: Chris Ruest Band
Hondo’s on Main: Ken Raba
Luckenbach: ShAnnie Picker Circle
Mercer Street Dancehall: Thirsty Thursdays with Doug Moreland and the Flying Armadillos
Poodie’s Hilltop: Moonfly, The Texas KGB, Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs, Canvas People
Tavern in the Gruene: Bill Carter

Friday, September 13
4.0 Cellars: George Ensle
Albert Dance Hall: Mike Clifford
Angel’s IceHouse: Six Sons Of A Gun
Antone’s Nightclub: Charlie Robison Album Release Party
Badu House: Bo Porter
Billy’s Icehouse: 3 Man Front
Blaine’s Pub: Hogg Maulies
Cheatham Street Warehouse: John Slaughter
Coupland Dance Hall: Austin English Band
Floore’s Country Store: Dirty River Boys, Wade Bowen
Gruene Hall: Lisa Marie Presley with the Peterson Brothers opening
Luckenbach: Bill Lewis & Jake Martin, Clayton Gardner
Mercer Street Dancehall: Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars
Midnight Rodeo, Austin: Max Stalling
Poodie’s Hilltop: Charlie Pierce, Mayeux & Broussard, Mark Allan Atwood, Brad Dunn & Ellis County
Riley’s Tavern: Clark Patterson/Mando Saenz
River Road Ice House: Hillbilly Jug Band
Tavern in the Gruene: Tanner Louis and the Aviators
The Ausländer Biergarten: Jennifer Jackson Band

Saturday, September 14
Albert Dance Hall: Lisa and Greg – Trace of Gold
Antone’s Nightclub: Joe Ely Band Reunion
Billy’s Icehouse: Ryan McBride & The Groomsmen
Blaine’s Pub: Scott Lyle Band
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Hogg Maulies
Coupland Dance Hall: The Debonaires
Gruene Hall: BIll Chambers and Friends, Hayes Carll with Mike & The Moonpies opening
Kendalia Halle: Dale Watson
Luckenbach: Susan Gibson Band, Larry Joe Taylor & Clay McClinton
Mercer Street Dancehall: Bo Porter
Poodie’s Hilltop: The Everydudes, Amber Lucille, Freddy Powers II & Powerhouse
Riley’s Tavern: Riley’s Tavern 80th Anniversary Party
Tavern in the Gruene: Adam Hood
The Ausländer Biergarten: Quincy Harper
Torre di Pietra Winery: Shelley King Duo

Sunday, September 15
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Randy Rogers with Surprise Guest
Coupland Dance Hall: Teen Night Dance
Floore’s Country Store: Family Night and Free Dance with Kathy Bauer
Gruene Hall: Ruby Jane, Greg Trooper
Luckenbach: Robyn Ludwick & Bill Chambers, Bill Lewis Sunday Evening Picker Circle
Poodie’s Hilltop: Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars, Jon Napier Band
Tavern in the Gruene: Whiskey Rodeo

Monday, September 16
Billy’s Icehouse: Joe Teichman
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Grant Ewing & Colin Colby
Luckenbach: Emily Herring Picker Circle
Poodie’s Hilltop: Texas Music Showcase: George Ensle hosts Clay McClinton

Tuesday, September 17
Antone’s Nightclub: Jeff Hughes & Chaparral
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Midnight River Choir
Gruene Hall: Tom Gillam with Randy Weeks and Elizabeth Lee
Luckenbach: Bo Porter CD Release Party
Poodie’s Hilltop: Alissa Beyer & Ryan Todd, Justin Bailey, Blake Henley
Riley’s Tavern: Steven Roloff
River City Grille: TexAmericana Tuesday with Mike Blakely, Larry Nye and a Special Guest

Wednesday, September 18
Billy’s Icehouse: Aaron Stephens
Blaine’s Pub: Boone Cook of The Remains
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay’s Songwriter’s Circle
Gruene Hall: Chubby Knuckle Choir
Luckenbach: Ben Beckendorf Picker Circle
Poodie’s Hilltop: No Bad Days Open Mic
Riley’s Tavern: Michael Fletcher
River City Grille: Northstar Bank of Texas Acoustic Wednesdays with john Arthur martinez and Special Guests

Thursday, September 19
Angel’s IceHouse: The RAB Show
Badu House: Texas Music Thursdays with WC Jameson
Billy’s Icehouse: Cyrus James
Blaine’s Pub: Bobby Duncan
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Foscoe Jones & the Distractions
Hondo’s on Main: Jerry Kirk
Luckenbach: Ben Beckendorf Picker Circle
Mercer Street Dancehall: Thirsty Thursdays with Doug Moreland and the Flying Armadillos
Poodie’s Hilltop: Moonfly, The Texas KGB, Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs, Canvas People

Friday, September 20
4.0 Cellars: Bob Cheevers
Angel’s IceHouse: Natalie Rose
Billy’s Icehouse: Dean Seltzer & The Redneck Mothers
Blaine’s Pub: Mario Flores and The Soda Creek Band
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Brian Keane Band
Coupland Dance Hall: Pat Waters & Chain Link Band
Floore’s Country Store: Josh Abbott Band
Gruene Hall: Reckless Kelly CD Release, Buster Jiggs opening
Hondo’s on Main: Bret Graham
Luckenbach: Doug Moreland, Wagon Aces Friday Night Dance
Mercer Street Dancehall: Finger Pistol
Midnight Rodeo, Austin: Josh Grider
Poodie’s Hilltop: Charlie Pierce, Korsak, Kem Watts
Riley’s Tavern: Glen Collins Band
Tavern in the Gruene: Jonathan Fox Band
The Ausländer Biergarten: Little Brave

Saturday, September 21
Billy’s Icehouse: Audiolight
Blaine’s Pub: Sam Riggs and The Night People
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Aaron Einhouse, Buster Jiggs
Coupland Dance Hall: Kenny Orts
Floore’s Country Store: Mario FLores & the Soda Creek Band
Gruene Hall: Bo Porter CD RElease, Reckless Kelly CD Release
Luckenbach: Weldon Henson, Chris Story Band
Mercer Street Dancehall: The Crooks with Nick Gatwood and the Grinders
Nutty Brown Cafe: The Eggmen
Poodie’s Hilltop: The Everydudes, Texas Skyz, Dickie Lee Erwin
Riley’s Tavern: Bracken Hale
Tavern in the Gruene: Kyle Reed Band
The Ausländer Biergarten: Captain Legendary Band

Sunday, September 22
Billy’s Icehouse: Santa’s Rolling Reindeer
Coupland Dance Hall: Teen Night Dance
Floore’s Country Store: Family Night and Free Dance with Bobby Baker
Gruene Hall: Poor J Brown
Luckenbach: Jason Eady, Adam Hood, Brian Keane, Bill Lewis Sunday Evening Picker Circle
Poodie’s Hilltop: Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars, Jon Napier Band

Monday, September 23
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Canvas People
Gruene Hall: Aaron Einhouse
Luckenbach: Danny & Lorna Terry Picker Circle
Poodie’s Hilltop: Texas Music Showcase: WC Jameson hosts Greg Whitfield

Tuesday, September 24
Antone’s Nightclub: Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots & A Holler
Billy’s Icehouse: Austin Gilliam
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Brett Hauser Band
Gruene Hall: Tom Gillam with Kelley Mickwee and Wes Nickson
Luckenbach: Bo Porter Picker Circle
Poodie’s Hilltop: Alissa Beyer & Ryan Todd, Justin Bailey, Blake Henley
Riley’s Tavern: Chris Edwards
River City Grille: TexAmericana Tuesday with Mike Blakely, Larry Nye and Jennings & Keller

Wednesday, September 25
Billy’s Icehouse: Aaron Stephens
Blaine’s Pub: Brandon Fulton
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay’s Songwriters Circle
Gruene Hall: The Georges
Luckenbach: ShAnnie Picker Circle
Poodie’s Hilltop: No Bad Days Open Mic
Riley’s Tavern: Mike Ethan Messick

Thursday, September 26
Angel’s IceHouse: The RAB Show
Antone’s Nightclub: Six Market Blvd, Thieving Birds, Jace Everett
Badu House: Texas Music Thursdays with WC Jameson
Blaine’s Pub: Drew Kennedy
Hondo’s on Main: Jake Martin
Luckenbach: ShAnnie Picker Circle
Mercer Street Dancehall: Thirsty Thursdays with Doug Moreland and the Flying Armadillos
Poodie’s Hilltop: Steve Parry, The Texas KGB, Billy Bacon & The Forbidden Pigs, canvas People
Riley’s Tavern: Jeremy Steding

Friday, September 27
4.0 Cellars: Bo Porter
Albert Dance Hall: Gary Berg
Angel’s IceHouse: White Truck Band
Antone’s Nightclub: Carolyn Wonderland
Badu House: john Arthur martinez
Billy’s Icehouse: The Hillbilly Jug Band
Blaine’s Pub: Sammy Fox and The Intervention
Cheatham Street Warehouse: William Clark Green with John David Kent
Coupland Dance Hall: Bracken Hale
Floore’s Country Store: Junior Brown plus Cody Jinks
Gruene Hall: Hal Michael Ketchum with Jamie Wilson and Kelley Mickwee of the Trishas opening
Hondo’s on Main: Thomas Michael Riley
Luckenbach: Chris Wall, Almost Patsy Cline Friday Night Dance
Mercer Street Dancehall: Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers
Midnight Rodeo, Austin: Aaron Watson
Poodie’s Hilltop: Charlie Pierce, Dickie Lee Erwin, Zak Perry Band
Riley’s Tavern: Ghosts of Dixie/The Organics
Tavern in the Gruene: Monty ‘Guitar’ Tyler
The Ausländer Biergarten: Boswell

Saturday, September 28
Badu House: Bluegrass Jam
Billy’s Icehouse: Midnight River Choir
Blaine’s Pub: Kyle Bennett Band
Coupland Dance Hall: Lee Scheetz
Floore’s Country Store: Wanda Jackson plus Bo Porter
Gruene Hall: Flat Top Jones, Sean McConnell
Hondo’s on Main: The Dust Devils
Luckenbach: blacktopGYPSY, Thomas Michael Riley Band
Mercer Street Dancehall: Bracken Hale
Midnight Rodeo, Austin: Jon Wolfe
Poodie’s Hilltop: HalleyAnna, Bonnie Bishop Benefit, Owen Temple
Riley’s Tavern: Joel Hofmann Band
Tavern in the Gruene: Midnight River Choir
The Ausländer Biergarten: Moonlight Social
Torre di Pietra Winery: Trevor Labonte Duo

Sunday, September 29
Billy’s Icehouse: Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Benefit
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Red Cross Disaster Relief Benefit Concert
Coupland Dance Hall: Teen Night Dance
Floore’s Country Store: Family Night and Free Dance with Wilburn Brothers
Gruene Hall: Slim Bawb, Seth Walker
Luckenbach: Outriders Service, Hardin & Burns, Bill Lewis Sunday Evening Picker Circle
Nutty Brown Cafe: The Belle Sounds
Poodie’s Hilltop: Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars, Jon Napier Band

Monday, September 30
Gruene Hall: Aaron Einhouse
Luckenbach: Danny & Lorna Terry Picker Circle
Poodie’s Hilltop: Texas Music Showcase: George Ensle hosts Jon Emery

Tuesday, October 1
Antone’s Nightclub: Mayeux and Broussard
Billy’s Icehouse: Steven Roloff, Kyle Reed Band
Luckenbach: Bo Porter Picker Circle
River City Grille: TexAmericana Tuesday with Mike Blakely, Larry Nye and a Special Guest

Wednesday, October 2
Billy’s Icehouse: Aaron Stephens
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay’s Songwriters’ Circle
Gruene Hall: The Georges
Luckenbach: T-Roy & Candace Miller Picker Circle
Riley’s Tavern: Tyler Cannon

Thursday, October 3
Blaine’s Pub: Bo Brumble
Gruene Hall: Chubby Knuckle Choir
Luckenbach: ShAnnie Picker Circle

Friday, October 4
Angel’s IceHouse: The Fabulous Chevelles
Billy’s Icehouse: Anthony Terry, The No Refund Band
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Good Girls with Bad Intentions
Floore’s Country Store: Kyle Bennett Band plus Folk Family Revival
Gruene Hall: Cody Jinks Band
Luckenbach: Sol Patch, Weldon Henson
Midnight Rodeo, Austin: Hudson Moore
The Ausländer Biergarten: Ben Smith

Saturday, October 5
Billy’s Icehouse: Humane Society Benefit, The Hillbilly Jug Band
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Doug Moreland Band
Floore’s Country Store: Whiskey Myers plus Stewart Mann & The Statesboro Revue
Gruene Hall: Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh – CD Release, James McMurtry
Luckenbach: Cody Jinks Band, Guy Forsyth
The Ausländer Biergarten: The Troubaderos

Sunday, October 6
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Johnny Jops Band
Floore’s Country Store: Paws on the Patio – Fundraiser for Helotes Humane Society
Gruene Hall: Jamie Wilson with Courtney Patton and Jason Eady, Pete Anderson
Luckenbach: Shelley King, Susan Gibson and Walt Wilkins, Bill Lewis Picker Circle

Monday, October 7
Luckenbach: Penny Ney Picker Circle

Tuesday, October 8
Antone’s Nightclub: Roger Wallace
Billy’s Icehouse: Austin Gilliam
Luckenbach: Bo Porter Picker Circle
River City Grille: TexAmericana Tuesday with Mike Blakely, Larry Nye and a Special Guest

Wednesday, October 9
Billy’s Icehouse: Aaron Stephens
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay’s Songwriters’ Circle
Luckenbach: T-Roy & Candace Miller Picker Circle

Thursday, October 10
Billy’s Icehouse: Charlie Hager & The Captain Legendary Band
Cheatham Street Warehouse: John David Kent
Gruene Hall: 27th Annual Gruene Music and Wine Fest, The Mavericks
Luckenbach: ShAnnie Picker Circle

Friday, October 11
Billy’s Icehouse: Sam Riggs and The Night People
Blaine’s Pub: Rob Baird
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Crooks
Floore’s Country Store: Kip Moore plus Micky & The Motorcars
Gruene Hall: 27th Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Luckenbach: Bill Lewis & Jake Martin, Brandon Rhyder
Midnight Rodeo, Austin: Rich O’Toole

Saturday, October 12
Billy’s Icehouse: LC Rocks
Floore’s Country Store: Charlie Montague
Gruene Hall: 27th Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, Los Lonely Boys
Luckenbach: Kevin Deal

Sunday, October 13
Billy’s Icehouse: Mark McKinney
Floore’s Country Store: Family Night and Free Dance with Drugstore Cowboys
Gruene Hall: Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist, 27th Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest

Monday, October 14

Tuesday, October 15
Antone’s Nightclub: Jeff Hughes & Chaparral
River City Grille: TexAmericana Tuesday with Mike Blakely, Larry Nye and a Special Guest

Wednesday, October 16
Billy’s Icehouse: Aaron Stephens
Blaine’s Pub: Aaron Kothmann
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay’s Songwriters’ Circle
Gruene Hall: The Georges

Thursday, October 17
Billy’s Icehouse: Whitey Morgan and the 78′s
Blaine’s Pub: Chris Knight
Floore’s Country Store: Steve Earle & the Dukes plus the Mastersons
Gruene Hall: Chris Ruest Band

Friday, October 18
Angel’s IceHouse: undisKovered
Billy’s Icehouse: Wes Nickson Band
Blaine’s Pub: Kimberly Dunn
Floore’s Country Store: Max Stalling
Gruene Hall: Micky & The Motorcars
Midnight Rodeo, Austin: Matt Kimbrow

Saturday, October 19
Antone’s Nightclub: Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-a-Whirl Band
Billy’s Icehouse: Josh Meurin Benefit, Jeff Strahan
Blaine’s Pub: Dix Hat Band
Floore’s Country Store: Jon Wolfe CD Release Party
Gruene Hall: Danny Brooks Band, Chris Knight

Sunday, October 20
Billy’s Icehouse: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Floore’s Country Store: Family Night and Free Dance with Kathy Bauer
Gruene Hall: Ruby Jane

Monday, October 21

Tuesday, October 22
Antone’s Nightclub: Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots & a Holler
Billy’s Icehouse: Austin Gilliam
River City Grille: TexAmericana Tuesday with Mike Blakely, Larry Nye and a Special Guest

Wednesday, October 23
Antone’s Nightclub: American Aquarium, Cody Canada & The Departed with Darren Hoff & the Hard Times
Billy’s Icehouse: Aaron Stephens
Blaine’s Pub: Joe Teichman
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay’s Songwriters’ Circle
River City Grille: Northstar Bank of Texas Acoustic Wednesdays with john Arthur martinez and Special Guests

Thursday, October 24
Blaine’s Pub: Ross Cooper

Friday, October 25
Angel’s IceHouse: Six Sons Of A Gun
Blaine’s Pub: Dolly Shine
Floore’s Country Store: Randy Rogers Band Live CD/DVD Recording
Gruene Hall: Todd Snider Acoustic with Amy LaVere and Will Sexton opening
Midnight Rodeo, Austin: Brandon Rhyder

Saturday, October 26
Billy’s Icehouse: Ryan Ready CD Release Party
Blaine’s Pub: Gary P Nunn
Floore’s Country Store: Randy Rogers Band Live CD/DVD Recording
Gruene Hall: Flat Top Jones, Todd Snider Acoustic with Bill Carter opening

Sunday, October 27
Floore’s Country Store: Family Night and Free Dance with the Wilburn Brothers
Gruene Hall: Slim Bawb

Monday, October 28

Tuesday, October 29
River City Grille: TexAmericana Tuesday with Mike Blakely, Larry Nye and a Special Guest

Wednesday, October 30
Antone’s Nightclub: The Black Lillies, Shiny Ribs with Lost & Nameless Orchestra
Billy’s Icehouse: Aaron Stephens
Blaine’s Pub: Brandon Adams
Cheatham Street Warehouse: Kent Finlay’s Songwriters’ Circle
Floore’s Country Store: Willie Nelson & Family plus Paula Nelson
Gruene Hall: The Georges
River City Grille: Northstar Bank of Texas Acoustic Wednesdays with john Arthur martinez and Special Guests

Thursday, October 31
Antone’s Nightclub: Stoney LaRue with Brian Keane

A Challenge!

December 7th, 2010 TxMusicFan

Sunday the 5th, I decided I needed to make the hour-long drive to Liberty Hill to catch Awarding the Academy, a fund raising benefit for the Academy of Texas Music. It was a pure mindblowing experience from start to end for me.

First off, Sendero Event Center is a gorgeous venue, easy to find, lots of parking, spotless, and HUGE. If you easily want to have an event with 500-ish people, this is a great place.

The music was totally incredible. Shake Russell Trio was classic, Art and Lisa were great. Dewey Wayne and his band with Big John Mills never ever fails to delight. I had seen Jessica Shepherd in a song swap, but she is nothing short of show-stopping fantastic with her band. I didn’t even stay for the last band — I was on music overload by then.

When I found out that all of the musicians donated their time to be there.. to drive.. to perform.. I was stunned. And the harsh part? Hardly anybody else did. I was one of the few non-band-related people in the audience, and I wanted to cry. About 3 hours into they day, the prices on the tickets were dropped to $10, and still nobody came in. At one point, we had Dewey Wayne, Big John Mills and Lucky Boyd all on one stage! Had it not been for listening to Texas music over the Internet, I would have never known who these people were. I would have never considered driving for that hour to be so richly serenaded. I would have missed out on one of those true rare events of a lifetime. Dillon, you and your crew put on a great great show. I only wish more fans had decided to join us.

One thing I learned yesterday was just how much the Academy does for Texas. They don’t just do the TMAs every year — they work all year long for Texas music and musicians. A kid needs an instrument — the Academy helps match that kid up with the needed instrument. A musician needs help paying medical bills – the Academy helps. There are so many things they do, and they are a properly sanctioned charity, just like the American Cancer Society and Red Cross, except… your money stays in Texas and benefits Texans.

So, I have a huge two-part challenge for all of you. First, to the musicians. If you are even halfway serious about your music, are you a member? Why not? You don’t have to have a CD out to be a member, just be a performer. There are some cool perks to it. Best of all is the networking with other professionals. Want to know how to get your music to a wider audience? Just ask! What do you have to lose? Oh, membership is only $35 for the first year and $15 renewal. Oh, plus.. your CDs can be sold at MyTexasMusic.Com, both by the disc or track. Yes, if you have a CD out, you WANT to be a member so that your fans can nominate you and vote for you to win a TMA. You want to be a member so that the other Academy members get to hear your work and rave about how great you are. I would love to see every artist who visits or I list be a member.. seriously.

And for you avid music-loving fans… how many of you consider yourselves to be true fans of Texas music? Did you know that YOU can join the academy? Yep. The only skill needed is desire. You get pretty much the same benefits as the performers as far as discounts on tickets and voting but you just don’t get awards. I about died laughing when I was told I would have to listen to all the nominees. Such torture!! I joined yesterday, and believe me, I will be listening very close. I will make it a point to hear as many nominees live as possible, and not just their song clips. For us non-performers, it is a whole $30 per year. It really feels great. I put my money where my mouth is. I joined the Academy. How about you? If you want to wait until after Christmas, that is cool too. Just keep this worthy charity in mind. Remember, it helps keep our dollars in Texas and it helps our communities in so very many ways. Explore the Academy website, and tell me what you think…. (Just click on my shiny new logo that I wear so proudly now in the right side bar!)

Can we get 10 Fans and 10 Performers to join? I think we can, hands down.

Yet another theft!

September 15th, 2010 TxMusicFan

Here is yet another case of a musician having their gear stolen, and frankly it makes a good number of us quite ill. The latest victim is Nate Runkel, brand new to Texas, on his first night in Austin. He just got here from Iowa, just auditioned for a band, just moved into his new apartment. Apparently, he didn’t get his car unloaded fast enough. Someone stole the car along with all his gear.

1989 Rickenbacker Blackstar Bass

Click on the image for a larger view. Nate’s bass is rare, and numbered. 1989 Rickenbacker 4003S “Blackstar” – #120 of 200 made for that year. It’s all black as shown in the picture, except the actual one has a chrome pickup cover over the bridge (bottom) pickup. Also stolen was a Line 6 LD300 combo amp.

If you have any news on this theft, please report it to your local law enforcement immediately. You don’t want any of Nate’s fellow musicians to find out about it first.

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Update — Nate’s guitar was found… on an auction site in Mexico. He will never get it back, though he tried. Don’t let your favorite musicians lose their tools. Keep your eyes open!

Robert Johnson’s Soul – CD Review

August 22nd, 2010 TxMusicFan

First off, I have to admit I love this band. I got to hear them live last fall and I seriously lost 40 years in the process. I was again a teenager at Jimi Hendrix’s concert back in Los Angeles. I kept hearing rumors of a CD in the works but never found anything else about it until today…..

Robert Johnson's Soul

Robert Johnson’s Soul has FINALLY released its CD, simply called “Robert Johnson’s Soul”, and it is another treat worth having on your CD shelf but only if you like your Texas Rock with a solid, driving blues edge. Robert Johnson is an incredible guitar player, reminding me of a blend of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn energized by raw Texas soul. His band is no slouch either featuring the solid drumming skills of Andre Avelar and the bass heartbeat of Dwight Davis. The music is throbbing, edgy, yet melodic and highly listenable. “Staring at the Sun” is downright beautiful and haunting and followed by the gut-wrenching blues of “Weight of the Lies”. My favorites so far are “Drop the Hammer” and “I Hear You Creepin’”.

This isn’t cover band stuff here — this is real, genuine, home-grown Texas Outlaw Blues at its very best. CD Baby has this in stock now — you can download individual tracks, or get the whole CD. Whatever you do, don’t miss this one!!

Song Swap? Open Mike? What are these?

May 9th, 2010 TxMusicFan

Live music shows out in the Hill Country are far more personal and intimate than any other city I have been in. When you go to most concerts, you are ushered into an auditorium and an assigned seat. The performers have a set list of songs that include their some of their latest releases plus all of their hits. They are so much like McDonald’s it is sad — the same from town to town and venue to venue. You never meet the musicians. They rush on the stage and off, surrounded by security and bodyguards. It is very cold and impersonal, even though you are sharing memories.

Here in Texas, things are very different. For one, we have a lot of tiny venues that might only hold 200 or so people. Our performers often know the names of every person in the room. They are our talented friends who really do care if we like their songs. Their CDs are not in every store in town, but you can almost always buy them autographed from the musicians themselves. A lot of our singer/songwriters perform in bands, yes, but they also do acoustic shows and song swaps without their full bands.

Singers with full bands can hide a lot behind their fellow musicians. They have each other to banter with, and more noise to fill the voids. A lot of our Texas songwriters do solo acoustic shows. These are very much like the old Unplugged series on MTV, where it is just the performer and his (or her) acoustic instruments. Not all songwriters are great at the patter or stories, and not all are great singers. These shows are always a delight because you never really know what to expect. For great examples, I can strongly suggest you tune into the Songwriters Showcase every Tuesday at Radio Free Texas. This live show is broadcast from a great steakhouse, and gives a solid hour of acoustic performances, often solo.

Several of the singer/songwriters also host open mikes. These should really need no introduction to most. I always consider it to be karaoke on steroids, as the brave souls who sign up to perform don’t have any machines to hide their stagefright behind. These gems can feature everyone from the drunk who thinks he can sing to very polished and nationally recorded performers who are testing out new material. Again, these are very personal and unique nights and always memorable. My favorite is the No Bad Wednesdays at Poodie’s. It’s close enough to Austin to draw a good crowd, and yet intimate enough for the novices to feel at home. I have heard some truly awesome performers here, ones I would pay to see. Runner up is the Open Mike with Mark at Spoke’s. A bit more homey and in a non-smoking environment, it is remote enough that most of the Austin crowd hasn’t found it yet. Gems include the 11 year old Anna McMillan with her Les Paul and Allen Wallace of the Southern Comfort Band. Recent guests have included john Arthur martinez playing newly finished songs. Sadly, Spoke’s closed at the end of June. Perhaps one day it will re-open?

One variation on the solo artist is the song swap. The Texamericana Series at the River City Grille in Burnet is a hybrid, starting off with a song swap between Johnny Greenberg of the Mystiqueros and Mike Blakely. They have a special guest every week that does a solo acoustic performance. Song swaps are just what name implies — each musician in the swap does a song. Sometimes they will harmonize with each other, or help each other out. It’s always interesting to see how the chemistry between the performers works out. Many of the singer/songwriters in this area know and respect each other, so the banter can really get flowing.

One of the best things about these shows is that they are free. The performers do appreciate the tips, but… there is never a cover charge for these evenings of spontaneous music. Catch one if you can, I do guarantee you will not be disappointed!

CD Review – Pasaporte from Lost Immigrants

April 5th, 2010 TxMusicFan

Pasaporte from Lost Immigrants

The Lost Immigrants are a very popular band out in the Texas Hill Country where they spin their tales of life among the softly rolling hills and beautiful countryside. The music is fun and twangy, memorable and bouncy. This is the kind of music you want to listen to while you are out tubing with your friends on the rivers or enjoying a warm summer afternoon by the lake. You can play this one for your friends that don’t like “Country” music and know they will be picking up on the rock pulses. Everyone will definitely enjoy the laid back energy and find their toes tapping right along if not outright dancing.

This anxiously awaited sophomore release from this tight band will be a pure delight to their fans and is a solid follow-up to 2009′s Baptized. Right from the relaxed rock beat of “Song to Sing” to the hard-driving rhythm of “Rollin’ On”, Lost Immigrants deliver a delicious plate of musical treats that will satisfy your need for mellow, country-flavored rock. They will let you catch your breath on the slightly slower paced “AM Radio” and “Red Leather Dress”, but do be prepared to party on with this CD. The only song they have not written themselves is “Below” from Slaid Cleaves. The lyrics are thoughtful and poignant while the instrumentation gets playful at times. All in all, this is a must-have CD for everyone’s collection.

The CD is in stock at Lonestar Music, where you can also listen to clips.

CD Review – Agave from The Mystiqueros

April 1st, 2010 TxMusicFan

Agave from The Mystiqueros

Agave from The Mystiqueros

Agave is the brand new release from Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros, and it has been well worth the wait and a great followup to Diamonds In The Sun. The CD opens with a solid rocking anthem, “I Will Not Make It Through” that really sets the stage for an incredible journey. The trip will take you through tender love songs, upbeat melodies, and heart-wrenching blues delivered by a powerhouse band with three solid singers that blend their individual voices into a whole new dimension. As beautiful as they can be together, each one has a personality of their own that shines – Johnny Greenberg’s tender wistfulness, Walt Wilkins’ humble smokiness, and Bill Small’s surprising passion. Don’t overlook the heartbeat of the band – Ray Rodriguez!

One thing about this CD – it wasn’t recorded by a bunch of studio musicians that barely know each other. This is the Mystiqueros themselves with a few guests sitting in for some nice touches. It’s a great snapshot of this band with their tight harmonies, solid musical talents, gifted songwriting, and very existence as a cohesive unit. So many CDs don’t sound at all like the live performances. Agave *IS* the band captured at their best and is so very close to their live shows that you can close your eyes and see the singers and feel their combined energies.

John Greenberg’s “Porcelain Heart” is a wonderfully tender love song set to a reggae-type beat. The driving beat of “You’ve Got A Way” will be on an upcoming episode of Friday Night Lights, but easily stands on its own as a rocking love song. If you are looking for a beautiful bluesy hymn, you will want to listen to “Miss” – a bluesy love song written by Jimmy Davis and delivered with raw emotion by Bill Small. The harmonies on this one are gorgeous! Believe me, each and every track will bring a smile to your face.

I can easily go on and on, but the very best thing you can do is buy this CD for yourself and give it a listen. This is easily one of the best CDs of the year, and it will certainly be a favorite of mine. Excellent masterpiece, guys!!

(As a side note – this is the All Access Album of the Month on RadioFreeTexas. All subscribers who are paid by April 14th will get this awesome CD as part of their subscription package. It truly doesn’t get any better!)

Custom Guitar Stolen!

January 2nd, 2010 TxMusicFan

Walt Wilkins had this custom-made guitar stolen December 23rd from the Saxon Pub in Austin. How low do you go to steal a priceless instrument, right before Christmas from one of the kindest musicians in the area? Click on the thumbnail above to see a larger picture. Help get the word out and get this instrument back into the hands of the rightful owner!!

Update… it is now almost 5 months after this theft, and this guitar has yet to surface. Whoever has taken this must feel the need to show it off and brag, don’t you think? If anyone hears anything about this, Walt would love to see America come home to him. Please keep your eyes and ears open.

CD Review – “How Country” from Mark Allan Atwood

December 10th, 2009 TxMusicFan

This is the much anticipated and talked about initial CD from a long time musician, and his first in a decidely country vein. It features 10 original songs varying from tender ballads to full out rocking anthems. It is also not a CD full of the typical country cliches, either. Instead it is a fun, rollicking ride through the life of a professional musician who has a great sense of humor and can certainly laugh at himself. Mark Allan Atwood may have spent the better part of 20 years as a heavy metal rocker but his roots are definitely outlaw country and it is very evident both in his performance and style of writing.

For a laugh, listen to the playful “Full of It” or the wistful “Gonna Kill My Guitar” and catch glimpses of a musician’s life on the road. “Lonely Highway” is sad, pensive, and haunting all at the same time, filled with the pain and solitude. “Oakalla Road” is a gem of a song about a tiny road out in the Texas Hill Country, and is just plain beautiful with a lilting lead guitar riff from Robert Johnson and the piano work of Uncle Mitch Connell. For a solid, rocking anthem, don’t miss “Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde” – a regular request at all of Mark’s shows and favorite of the fans.

The musicians on this CD really make it stand out as an initial effort. You will find incredible, seamless lead guitar work from Robert Johnson (Robert Johnson’s Soul), Rhoades D’ablo (currently with the Mark Allan Atwood Band), Dennis Phillips (Redneck Jedi along with being the producer), Chris Reeves (john Arthur martinez as well as his own band), Tim Rozelle, as well as Mick McMillan and Wayne O’Neill. Keith Scroggins is solid on bass, with Johnny Reb Kelsey and Stephen Meyer providing a steady pulse on drums. Emmett Roch on dobro and pedal steel guitars and Dean Rimmer on banjo add elegant touches throughout the selections. You can’t ignore Mark’s harmonica playing, either.

The only criticism I have of this release is that it feels a bit short. For once I am faced with not quite having enough of a meal, and I want more. I have heard lesser CDs from other Texas bands and felt satisfied after a few cuts. On this one, even though I have heard all of these songs from this band live, I wanted to hear more and will look forward to their next release as much as I have this one. The maturity and growth of this band has been amazing to listen to, and I want to see where they go next!

Venue Review – Tin Roof Steakhouse, Boerne

November 16th, 2009 TxMusicFan

This has to be one of the nicest places to spend an evening (or a day). Nestled in downtown Boerne (not far from San Antonio, Austin, or any point in the Hill Country), the Tin Roof Steakhouse has outstanding food, an attentive staff and a very relaxing atmosphere. With 20 delicious entrees under $20, you can enjoy an upscale meal at very reasonable prices. You don’t get just any hamburger here – you get Kobe beef. Each dish is lovingly prepared and simply fantastic. Ooh, and dogs are welcome on the patio — they even have kibble and bowls for water on hand. Just try to do all of that in San Antonio!!

The bar is a beautiful carved wooden showpiece set in a large lounge with a stage.. and that stage is where the music happens. This is the current home of the Songwriters Showcase, broadcast live on Radio Free Texas every Tuesday. Each week, you will have a chance to not only enjoy a fabulous meal, but get to hear outstanding singer-songwriters perform in a very intimate setting. These aren’t nobodys, either. The past guests have included Tres Womack, Walt and Tina Mitchell Wilkins, Jeff Strahan, john Arthur martinez, Adam Carroll, Owen Temple, Brian Burns, David Fenley… and so very many more. The acoustics are fantastic — you can dine in the front room and still enjoy the music from the back room without having to shout. And likewise, you can enjoy the music without all of the normal restaurant sounds.

So, grab someone special, and make it a point to visit the Tin Roof Steakhouse for a wonderful meal plus great live entertainment! It is SO worth the short drive!!

The Details:
Tin Roof Steakhouse
470 S. Main St. Boerne, Texas 78006
(830) 816-5011
Open 7 days with great specials



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