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The music of Beaumont blues legend Johnny Winter still matters

Johnny Winter, entertainer, as he performed at New York's Palladium Theater on Oct. 1, 1977, in a benefit performance for the New York Public Library to purchase rare blues records. (AP Photo) Imagine for a moment being the only white kid in a Beaumont blues club in the 1950s. Then consider being that kid, and also with the glowing hair and skin of albinism. Johnny Winter's career spanned more… → Read More

ZZ Top set 50th anniversary date in Houston

Tickets for the show -- which also features Cheap Trick and Bad Company -- go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 through the venue or Ticketmaster. → Read More

Old Settler's Festival brings Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile to Tilmon

The Old Settler's Music Festival, a decades-spanning event for Americana enthusiasts, announced Jason Isbell and 400 Unit and Brandi Carlile will be headliners when the event drops in on Tilmon, Tx., in April. Other performers: Hayes Carll, Amanda Shires, the Del McCoury Band, Shinyribs, Galactic, the James Hunter Six, Robert Ellis, John Moreland, Mandolin Orange, Paul Thorn, and the Los Legends… → Read More

ZZ Top starts making plans for its 50th anniversary

Next year will be the 50th for ZZ Top, the beloved Texas blues rock trio that formed in Houston in 1969. The band has hinted at some large-scale anniversary plans, but the roll out will likely be a slow one. That said, the band is a reliable touring machine, so touring will be on the menu. A few dates were already set out west, including an eight-night run at the Venetian in Las Vegas. And this… → Read More

Billy Joe Shaver returns to Houston with songs and survival tales

Billy Joe Shaver threw us for a scare in January with a last minute cancellation of his show at the Heights Theater. He was on tour and his arms began to ache, which made him think he was having a stroke. Turns out it was the flu. So Shaver will roll into town this Thursday for that rescheduled gig. → Read More

R&B great Barbara Lynn honored in Washington

R&B musician Barbara Lynn from Beaumont, Texas, is presented with a medal in honor of her 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowship by National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter, Director of ... more Barbara Lynn -- the Beaumont native who scored a big pop hit in 1962 with "You'll Lose a Good Thing" -- was in Washington, D.C., this week where she was honored by the National… → Read More

Travis Scott to appear on "Saturday Night Live"

Just off winning its zillionth Emmy Award two weeks ago, "Saturday Night Live" is poised to return this week with host Adam Driver and musical guest Kanye West. Scott has been everywhere this summer, plugging his new album "Astroworld." And for the older "SNL" fan, the show is bringing back frequent guest Paul Simon on Oct. 13. Simon last week wrapped up what he says will be his final tour,… → Read More

New Wes Anderson goes behind the scenes of "Isle of Dogs"

Which explains "The Wes Anderson Collection," a series of coffee table-type books dedicated to his work. The series began five years ago with the first "The Wes Anderson Collection," which was written by film critic Matt Zoller Seitz, the first journalist to interview Anderson back in Dallas at the time of Anderson's "Bottle Rocket." → Read More

See who stole the show at weekend's Fandemic

This year should've been the second time the Fandemic Tour passed through Houston, but last year Hurricane Harvey got in the way. The guest list has been largely in place for months with a few changes. → Read More

Michael Nesmith shows emotion in his return to Houston

Here's the short version of what happened Friday night: Nesmith played a set largely drawn from the three albums he made with his post-Monkees First National Band between 1970 and 1973. The First National Band Redux (as billed on tour shirts) on stage was a nimble creature, which the music required: They sounded tight when necessary, but were also true to the original's looseness. → Read More

Jazz legend Joe Sample honored with an epic headstone

Joe Sample died and was laid to rest nearly three years ago. The Houston jazz legend had survived a pair of heart attacks, one in 1994 and another in 2009. But mesothelioma took him in Sept. 2014 at age 75. Sample was buried at Paradise North Cemetery in Inwood. Then followed a period of three years where a proper headstone was created for a keyboardist who achieved crossover success and renown… → Read More

Michael Martin Murphey ropes Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett for new album

Michael Martin Murphey is going back in time, which is not terribly unusual considering his discography full of old cowboy songs, both historic and original. For his new album, though, he left wide open spaces behind for a collection of songs largely drawn from the late-1960s and 1970s in Austin, where he was part of a vibrant music scene. → Read More

Chuck Norris added to Fandemic lineup

The Fandemic Tour, a mobile fan/comic convention set to make its debut in Houston next month, has added Chuck Norris. → Read More

ELO fans were eager for the classic rock band’s return to Houston

Electric Light Orchestra hasn't visited Houston since 1981. So when the classic rock band that serves as the musical prism for Jeff Lynne stepped into the Toyota Center Friday night, it was a bit surprising that Lynne was the most understated hero."Hello Houston," he said. "It's been a while. Let's have some fun." → Read More

Smithsonian reissues classic Lightnin' Hopkins LP

Lightnin' Hopkins' self-titled 1959 album will return to print on vinyl for the first time in years thanks to a new Smithsonian Folkways program. → Read More

'Walking Dead' stars to return for Houston's Fandemic

This time last year came the announcement of a new comic convention in Houston. Fandemic was to arrive with a stacked guest list headed by Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, two of the stars from "The Walking Dead." Then Hurricane Harvey wrecked the city and caused a postponement followed by a cancellation because too many of the event's scheduled guests couldn't make a rescheduled December… → Read More

Caroline Rose goes it alone as singer-songwriter rolls into Houston

Caroline Rose sweats the details. Check out the cover image of her new album, "LONER": Rose is pictured with an expressionless gaze contrasted by a blistering red track suit with matching headband. She also has 29 cigarettes crammed into her craw. → Read More

Empress of Gulf Coast Soul Barbara Lynn receives NEA honor

Beaumont's Barbara Lynn was one of eight artists named today as recipients for the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowships. The honorees are chosen for "excellence of the artistic traditions found in communities all across the United States." → Read More

Paul Simon hits the Toyota Center on his way home

Paul Simon said farewell again on Saturday night at the Toyota Center. Each show on his tour is a goodbye; he did, after all, call it Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour. At 76, Simon isn't retiring from music — "I think about music constantly," he said in his tour announcement — but he says this set of dates will be his last. This sort of tour is a thing now. Last year Black Sabbath passed… → Read More

Kinky Friedman to release first album of new songs in 40 years

Late last year I spent a few hours with Kinky Friedman, and during our conversation he revealed he'd made his first album of new songs in over 40 years. "Spitfire," he said it would be called. Nearly six months later the album has a release date and a new title. "Circus of Life" will be released on July 3, the first set of new original songs Friedman has written and recorded since 1976 when he… → Read More