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Norma Zenteno, a Houston musical icon and fixture at Sambuca, dies at 60 after cancer battle

Norma Zenteno, one of Houston's most enduring performers and part of a musical family dynasty, died Friday evening of breast cancer complications. She was 60 years old.

10 Best Commercials Of 2012

As the ten best go, however, 2012 was light on the comedy, and heavy on the inspirational angle, as one would expect in an Olympic year. Check out AdWeek’s 10 Best Commercials of 2012, and if you want full details and credits on the ads, check out Adweek’s list. (Read More)

The longer you look at the man riding that woman, the funnier it gets...

Danny Gatton Profile

Few guitarists have the chops to play in the wide range of styles that Danny Gatton explored with ease. The underrated guitarist seamlessly melded elements of country, R&B, and jazz music into his signature blues and roots-rock sound. Drawing his influence from enormously skilled instrumentalists like Les Paul, James Burton, and Dick Dale, Gatton expanded upon his idols' sound to develop his own unique style. (read more)
Rory Gallagher Profile
Blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher was one of the first notable rock musicians from Ireland, his story one of both triumph and tragedy. During a career that spanned nearly three decades, Gallagher sold almost 30 million records worldwide, making a name for himself as an inventive guitarist and dynamic bluesman. Since his death in 1995, Gallagher's star has only gotten brighter as new blues fans discover the artist's imposing talent. (read more)

Omar & the Howlers Pay Tribute To Jimmy Reed

Blues fans should start setting aside a few dollars now because beloved Texas bluesman Omar Kent Dykes is preparing to release the second Omar & the Howlers CD this year (third, if you include the band's career-spanningEssential Collection compilation)!

Following up on the June release of the Howlers' I'm Gonealbum - the band's first new studio disc in almost eight years - on October 16, 2012 Dykes' own Big Guitar Music label will release Too Much is not enough, a tribute album to the great Jimmy Reed featuring the late blues harmonica wizard Gary Primich.  (read more)

Rolling Stones deny 50th anniversary shows

After much rumour as fact the Rolling Stones have made a statement to say that those stories of some 50th anniversary shows we keep hearing so much about are not true.

In a tweet, the Stones announced, 'Dear fans, no Rolling Stones gigs have been confirmed or announced. Do not buy tickets from the SongKick website, or anywhere else'. (read more)

Coco Montoya Profile

Born: October 2, 1951 in Santa Monica CA

Of the many blues-rock oriented guitarists that came to prominence in the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughan's commercial success, few are as overlooked (and underrated) as bluesman Coco Montoya. By the time of Stevie Ray's mid-1980s fame, Montoya already had the better part of a decade of experience under his belt, and with the launching of his solo career in the early-1990s, Montoya has been able to fully explore his singing and playing talents with an inspired mix of blues, blues-rock, soul, and R&B music. (read more)

Canned Heat Profile

Formed: 1965 in Los Angeles CA

Few bands have done more to popularize blues music with a rock audience, and received so little love in return. Founded by a pair of died-in-the-wool blues fans, Canned Heat was the American equivalent of the British blues-rock bands of the 1960s. Although the band had a strong frontman in Bob Hite and a guitarist/harp player firmly seeped in the blues like Al Wilson, Canned Heat would be consistently plagued by poor business decisions; bad management and label deals; battles with drugs and alcohol; and an ever-revolving roster that would prevent the band from achieving the success it deserved. (read more)

The Allman Brothers Band Profile

Formed: 1969 in Jacksonville FL
With deep-rooted Southern music influences, the Allman Brothers Band successfully blended blues and hard rock with elements of soul, country, and even jazz. Led by guitarist Duane Allman, the band's dynamic on-stage performance style would often spin a song off into an extended 20-or-30-minute jam while their devil-may-care proclivity for fusing genres would prove to be influential beyond the band's commercial success. (read more)

Mayer 'did a number on Perry'

John Mayer reportedly 'made Katy Perry his conquest'.

The couple are rumoured to be dating following Katy's high profile divorce from British comedian Russell Brand.

Ladies' man John has a history of dating gorgeous celebrities and moving on to the next beautiful lady swiftly. (read more)

Bob Dylan & the Band documentary to be released on DVD
In 1966, Bob Dylan managed to anger a good portion of his fan base by going electric for his new tour. Along for the ride were the unknown Canadian band The Hawks, made up of Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson. Of course, they eventually became known as The Band. (read more)

Alice Cooper looks forward to live show

Alice Cooper has promised to 'bring blood to Bloodstock' for his upcoming show.

The seasoned rocker is preparing to play the UK's largest metal festival Bloodstock. Alice - who is famed for his elaborate stage shows and creepy props - has revealed that the event's title is very appealing to him. (read more)

Return of Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Jeremy Spencer

Back in the swinging '60s, Fleetwood Mac was originally formed by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers guitarist Peter Green and drummer Mick Fleetwood as a classic British blues-rock band. Guitarist Jeremy Spencer was a founding member of Mac, adding an essential edge to the band's first two bluesy LPs with his Elmore James influenced slide-guitar sound. (read more)

Mike Oldfield wows at Olympic opening ceremony

The eyes of over a billion people around the world were on Mike Oldfield as he performed an epic 20 minute live set in front of 80,000 spectators at the Opening Ceremony of London 2012 earlier this evening.

Oldfield reaffirmed his position as one of the most iconic and influential artists of all time after being called upon by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle to be part of one of the most culturally significant events in British history. (read more)

Paul McCartney closes Olympic opening ceremony

Paul McCartney concluded the Olympics Opening Ceremony with two songs from The Beatles, 'The End' and 'Hey Jude'.

Sir Paul managed to get through the entire performance without anyone pulling the plug. 

Charlie Musselwhite Profile

Blues harpist Charlie Musselwhite rose out of the Chicago blues scene of the 1960s and, along with Paul Butterfield, helped bring blues music to a young white audience. His move to Northern California late in the decade brought his blues to the children of flower-power and, in the decades since, the artist has been an effective ambassador for blues music. (read more)

Jon Bon Jovi 'unlikely to join Idol'

Jon Bon Jovi reportedly has no plans to join American Idol.


There are free seats on the judging panel of the hit talent contest following the departure of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.


Jennifer recently said she'd love to see either Jon or Sir Mick Jagger take her spot, but it seems unlikely Jon will pursue the job. (read more)

Big-Boy Big Wheels Tested: The Classic, All Growed Up

Somehow, torque steer becomes fun when you’re the one supplying the torque. The Big Wheel of yore has grown up, featuring pneumatic tires, freewheeling front hubs, metal frames, and real friction brakes. They’re still front-wheel drive, and they’re still tail-happy, but you’ll no longer burn through the front “tire.” We tested three entries into what appears to be a burgeoning pedal-powered segment. Since this is serious fun, we also rode them around the office and recorded lap times—it seemed like the adult thing to do. (read more)

Simon Cowell: I'm a naughty boy

Simon Cowell got into the music industry so he could be a 'naughty boy'.

The star has enjoyed a successful career as talent scout and has his own record label. He also appears on talent shows such as The X Factor and was recently the subject of a biography by Tom Bower, which lifted the lid on his romantic life.

It was revealed he'd enjoyed a clandestine affair with Dannii Minogue but Simon insists he isn't embarrassed by the book. (read more)

Paul McCartney reveals Elvis cured his headache

Sir Paul McCartney told Ronnie Wood on his Absolute Classic Rock show, that listening to Elvis Presley put a stop to his headache, saying '...the healing power of music is serious.

I remember I had a mate called Ian James and I remember one day, I went back to his house and I had a headache, steaming headache, and I thought 'Oh God', but we put on All Shook Up by Elvis. By the time that record had ended I didn't have a headache!' (read more)

Dolly Parton skeptical about talent shows


Dolly Parton worries talent show stars 'blow out' too soon.


The country music star has nothing against artists who get their big break by appearing on shows such as The X Factor or American Idol. However, she is concerned that their careers might not have the longevity of other musicians. (read more)

Keith Richards and Don Was produce new Aaron Neville album

Keith Richards and Don Was have teamed up to produce the new album from New Orleans legend Aaron Neville.

In a statement, Don Was says, 'Aaron Neville is one of the most expressive and soulful artists of all time.it's such a thrill to hear him sing, His vocals have a way of reaching into your heart and stirring something really deep inside. It's a huge honor to welcome him to Blue Note Records and to be involved, along with the legendary Keith Richards, in the production of this album.' (read more)

Les Paul auction nets $5m

The Les Paul Foundation and Julien's Auctions held their auction of instruments, equipment and memorabilia from the estate of the late-Les Paul last Friday and Saturday, bringing in almost $5 million for the foundation.

The top lot was a 1951 Fender No-Caster guitar signed by Leo Fender that was a gift to Paul. It's original estimate was $40 to $50,000 while it actually brought $216,000. (read more)

Sheryl Crow: I have a brain tumour

Sheryl Crow has revealed that she has a brain tumour.


The 50-year-old singer recently joked that her 'brain's gone to s**t' after she forgot the lyrics to her song Soak Up the Sun during a performance in Florida.


She told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that she went to see a doctor in November when she became concerned. (read more)

Bono: 'We've had the best three weeks in the studio since 1979'
U2 front-man Bono last night declared that U2 are not sitting on their laurels after completing the most profitable tour in history last year but would have to pull out all the stops before releasing new material. 

While being interviewed live on Irish television he stated 'as a band there's no sense of entitlement'. 

The desire to continue creating music still burns strong in the band, referring to the other band members Bono declared "they're amazing men . . . they really, really want it".  (read more)

Adam Levine: I love women

added: 30 May 2012 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk 

Adam Levine insists the reason he has been so "promiscuous" in the past is because he loves women "so much".


The hunky singer is famed for his cheeky charm and good looks, and has no shortage of female admirers. Adam - who recently split from model Anne V - says he appreciates the female form, which is why he has such a colourful dating history. (read more)

Elvis' crypt, other rock, sports items to be sold

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The crypt in which Elvis Presley's body was first laid to rest before being moved to the grounds of hisGraceland mansion is set to be auctioned off in June along with other memorabilia from rock music and sports stars.

Julien's Auctions Sports Legends and Music Icons sale will feature items from Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards and the late singer Amy Winehouse to basketball superstar Michael Jordan, the auctioneer said in a statement on Monday. (read more)

MM55 Artist Update - The Twangtown Paramours

by Chris Harkness for NoDepression.com

I recently learned from Mike T. Lewis of  The Twangtown Paramours that he and MaryBeth Zamer are working on a new CD and should have it ready for release in the very near future… The title of the new CD is reported to be “The Promise of Friday Night”…

Reports on 'end of Johnnie Walker' completely false: Diageo

New Delhi, Thu Apr 19 2012, 15:09 hrs

The London-headquartered global alcoholic beverages company Diageo Plc on Thursday said that reports appearing in the media about the premier whiskey brand Johnnie Walker no longer being bottled or manufactured by a factory in Kilmarnock, Scotland, were completely inaccurate.

 

A statement issued by Diageo India Private Limited said: "Recent media stories on the 'end of Johnnie Walker' are completely inaccurate. The fact is that the bottling of Johnnie Walker has just moved from Kilmarnock to a new state-of-the art facility in Scotland." (read more)

“The Last Sultan” a Fascinating Look at Atlantic Records Founder 

Ahmet Ertegun

BY JAYME PALMGREN – MAY 1, 2012
Having previously written several notable accounts and biographies of others in the music industry, including “Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones,”Robert Greenfield this time turns his attention to Ahmet Ertegun in The Last Sultan. One of the original founders of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun’s story is a narrative full of both extravagance and the obstacles the Turkish immigrant faced in his rise to becoming one of the most influential people in the music industry.  Working with artists such as Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, Bobby Darrin, Sonny and Cher, and Kid Rock, Greenfield’s book does a great job in expressing the way that Ertegun oozed charm and charisma, to the point that it was infectious to those around him. (read more)
Radar Report – Dustin Prinz

Dustin Prinz is amazing! I could stop right there but I won’t…

Dustin Prinz is a singer/songwriter currently living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma… His unique style of guitar tapping has attracted over 2.5 million viewers to his You Tube channel… Dean Markley (one of the largest producers of quality guitar strings on the planet) recently recruited Dustin to produce a video demonstrating the entire Dean Markley line of acoustic strings... 

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Crazy for Crawfish at The Hideaway
By Katharine Shilcutt Tue., Apr. 24 2012 at 11:00 AM
I'll make this short and sweet, because let's just get straight to the point here: The Hideaway on Dunvale served me the best and the largest crawfish I've had all season this past Sunday afternoon. We ate ten pounds, all said and done. And at $5.99 a pound (with corn and potatoes), it just might be some of the cheapest crawfish in town, too. After I posted my initial list of the Top 10 crawfish joints in town this year, reader Susan e-mailed me to let me know I was missing a crucial spot: The Hideaway. After a few exchanged e-mails, I met up with her this past weekend to find out that she was as right as rain.
Bee Gees Singer Robin Gibb Wakes from Coma, 
Astounds Doctors

Robin Gibb has beat the odds yet again.

Just a week after the 62 year old Bee Gees singer fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia during his fight against colon and liver cancer, Gibb woke up and has shown "remarkable" signs of recovery, E! News has confirmed.

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Band drummer/singer Levon Helm dead at 71
Sometimes you have the songs but you need the voice. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller needed Elvis. The Holland–Dozier–Holland team needed the Motown stable of talent. Robbie Robertson needed Levon Helm. With the Band, Robertson wrote great American songs -- "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Up on Cripple Creek." Problem was he wasn't an American (and he didn't have the voice to sell them as Southern rock, Appalachian folk or ramble tamble rock). But Arkansas-native Helm's voice was pure and perfect for Robertson's words.
Dick Clark, Entertainment Icon Nicknamed 'America's Oldest Teenager,' Dies at 82

Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with "American Bandstand," and whose trademark "Rockin' Eve" became a fixture of New Year's celebrations, died today at the age of 82.

Clark's agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died this morning following a "massive heart attack." (read more)

Robin Gibb was making ‘bucket list’ before slipping into coma

The official website of Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has confirmed British tabloid stories that the singer has slipped into a coma.

“Sadly the reports are true that Robin has contracted pneumonia and is in a coma,” reads a message posted on robingibb.com. “We are all hoping and praying that he will pull through.”

The message went on to apologize for Gibb’s full website being inaccessible due to “receiving an extraordinarily high volume of traffic” Before pointing fans to his official Facebook page

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official website of Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has confirmed British tabloid stories that the singer has slipped into a coma.


“Sadly the reports are true that Robin has contracted pneumonia and is in a coma,” reads a message posted on robingibb.com. “We are all hoping and praying that he will pull through.”

The message went on to apologize for Gibb’s full website being inaccessible due to “receiving an extraordinarily high volume of traffic” Before pointing fans to his official Facebook page.
The official website of Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has confirmed British tabloid stories that the singer has slipped into a coma.
“Sadly the reports are true that Robin has contracted pneumonia and is in a coma,” reads a message posted on robingibb.com. “We are all hoping and praying that he will pull through.”
The message went on to apologize for Gibb’s full website being inaccessible due to “receiving an extraordinarily high volume of traffic” Before pointing fans to his official Facebook page.
Jim Marshall Dies; Rock Heaven Cranks Amps to 11
By Keenan Mayo on April 05, 2012
Guitar players are precious about their sound. And as the music industry has become increasingly digitized around them—from million-dollar recording equipment to such questionable innovations as Auto-Tune—hardcore guitarists, however, still adhere to curiously old-fashioned, analog systems. No computer, it seems, is capable of replicating the raw punch of a guitar and its amplifier.

Houston's Top 8 Blues Clubs

By William Michael Smith Thu., Apr. 5 2012 at 7:00 AM
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.
The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act.
But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive. Keep in mind, for most venues blues is a part time thing, not the bread and butter. Below are the best venues where blues is still happening.

The sad fact is, given its amazing blues heritage, there just aren't that many blues joints left in Houston -- at least not many that offer blues and nothing but the blues on a nightly basis. In 2010, the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues was named best blues venue, but only hosts maybe a dozen blues gigs per year, although it has tried to make a go with some Monday blues shows featuring mostly locals, and does grab the occasional national touring act. But for those willing to dig a little deeper, Houston still offers some fine blues-oriented waterholes where world class musicians keep the blues alive.

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After American Idol And Bad Record Deal, Sundance Head 
Starts Over

Rocks Off hadn't thought much about Sundance Head since his 13th-place American Idolfinish in 2007 and the momentary ballyhoo that followed.

  Head, the son of legendary Houston blue-eyed soul man Roy Head, remains the only artist who didn't finish in the Top 5 on Idol to sign a major-label deal. But the deal with Universal Motown turned into a frustrating experience for the 32-year old Porter resident who released his first album, 2016 and Gruene, last week. We caught up with him at his job as an expediter for a local oil company. (read more)

Houston Musician Dan Workman Passes Away
by
Abbey Owen on March 17, 2012 at 10:00am

Dan Workman passed away Saturday morning, (03/17) St Patrick's Day 2012. Dan hosted The Thursday Night Blues Jam at The 19th Hole in The Woodlands, TX for years, and I'm told it is the longest running jam on the North-side of Houston. Dan regularly co-hosted along with each week's invited guest co-host on guitar. Some of the area guitarists he had co-hosting (in no particular order) are Mark May, The Mighty Orq, Brad Absher, Sparky Parker, Donnie Simmons, Brandon Loftin, Paul Ramirez, Dallas Brading, Matt Johnson, Kenny Cordray, Wayne Turner and more. (read more)

Robert Johnson Feted at All-Star Apollo Blues Hall of Fame Benefit

A low-key Tuesday night in New York City set the scene for a casually brilliant night of Blues-with-a-capital-B at the Apollo on March 6 as The Roots,Elvis Costello,Taj MahalChuck DMacy GrayTodd Rundgren and dozens of others interpreted the legendary Robert Johnson's small-but-potent body of tunes to benefit the building of the Hall of Fame in Memphis.  (read more)

Blues Legend Bugs Henderson is Dead at 69

Word has been circulating all over Facebook and Twitter today that Dallas blues legend Bugs Henderson passed away last night. A call to close friend and former bandmate Jimmy Wallace confirms that Henderson did indeed die at age 69 from complications of liver cancer. (read more)
Kings X Drummer Jerry Gaskill Suffers Heart Attack
Jerry Gaskill, longtime drummer for the rock group King’s X, suffered a heart attack on Sunday, February 26, and is currently in stable condition, according to the band’s record label InsideOut Music.

The 54-year-old drummer was rushed to the hospital yesterday and underwent emergency surgery. After surgery, Gaskill was placed in intensive care, where he currently remains. (read more)
Brant Lee Croucher added to Badlands FM playlist
Brant Lee Croucher, a Hideaway Favorite, was recently added to the playlist on Badlands FM in Corpus Christi Texas.

A few years ago, Brant Lee Croucher was driving up and down Dickerson Pike in Nashville, delivering pizzas at night to hotel rooms that rented by the hour. Croucher is a classically trained pianist and a self-taught guitarist. On His debut CD "Old Denton Roads", Croucher played guitar, piano and harmonica. The project was recorded in Austin with Andy Sharp, who’ s worked with Sheryl Crow and Bob Schneider. Brant Lee Croucher is destined for stardom - see him in a small intimate setting while you still can...

Brant Lee Croucher was recently featured on NoDepression (read it here)

 

Swamp People's Kristi Broussard coming to The Hideaway

Kristi Broussard from the hit show Swamp People will be doing a Meet and Greet at The Hideaway on Friday March 16.


Meet the Swamp People - An independent woman and true Cajun who was born and bred on the bayou, Kristi Broussard grew up in a predominantly French-speaking family. (read more)

Davy Jones - lead singer of The Monkees Dies of Heart Attack

An official from the medical examiner's office for Martin County, Florida confirmed with TMZ they received a call from Martin Memorial Hospital informing them that Jones had passed away.

A rep for the singer tells us Jones suffered a heart attack at his home this morning ... and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Radar Report - Brant Lee Croucher
by
Chris Harkness on February 17, 2012 at 1:00am
Brant Lee Croucher is one of a handful of extremely talented singer/songwriters currently populating the fertile Music Landscape of the Lone Star State. (read more)

Dory Previn Has Died

by Peter Wrench on February 16, 2012 at 12:30pm
I hadn't heard Dory Previn had died until I read this obituary in The Guardian this morning. And I hadn't realised how old she was: 86. In rock music, ten years older than Leonard Cohen is pretty old... (read more)
Lobster Night at The Hideaway featured on the Cheap Eats Houston website...
The last place you'd expect to find lobster served in Houston is at a bar but that's just what is offered each week at The Hideaway... (read more)
Great Video of Bob Livingston interviewed by Chuck Savage live at The Hideaway for Honky Tonk Happy Hour...
Musician and stand up comedian Chuck Savage interviews legendary Texas musician and performer Bob Livingston for Honky Tonk Happy Hour. Recorded at the Hideaway...