Aretha Franklin Winspear Opera House, Dallas Saturday, September 6, 2014 Tuxedos and glittering, fancy dresses were the preferred attire Saturday night at the Winspear Opera House. And no, the well-heeled in attendance were not there to see a production of Wagner. Soul music queen Aretha Franklin w ... More >>
Lance Lopez knows the blues. The Dallas native has been sharpening his blues' slinging chops since he was a child. He can feel it in his bones, through his fingertips as they slide across the fretboard. Lopez's guitar skills sometimes seem otherworldly as he bends his strings to create something sou ... More >>
Prior to 1986, Robert Cray was just another talented blues guitarist wondering where his next gig was going to be. But after the Strong Persuader album and the hit single "Smoking Gun," Cray became a viable commercial proposition across several genres. Cray has parlayed that success into a four- dec ... More >>
As you might have noticed, we're a bit obsessed with traveling here at the Observer. We've given you weekend getaways, food centered trips, and hidden road trips. So it was only a matter of time before we got in on the fun here at DC9. Being that we live and breathe Texas music, here are the 12 musi ... More >>
For more than 50 years, Johnny Winter made his guitar sing the blues. A lightning fast player mixed with a growling voice, Winter was part of a long lineage of Texas blues guitarists like Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker and Stevie Ray Vaughan who simply didn't just play the blues but channeled them ... More >>
Ronnie Sterling isn't your typical high school assistant principal. He's also a guitarist in Protest, a local band known for its "unrelenting, no bullshit metal onslaught on stage." It often comes as shock to students when they find out he plays in a metal band. "Wow, there's no way," they say. Afte ... More >>
Dallas, what the hell? It is offensively cold outside. I don't appreciate it, and I don't want any part of it, but despite my wants or needs, the polar vortex has laid its wrath upon us with great vengeance and furious anger. I took my dog for a walk this morning, and even in double layers, I wanted ... More >>
Since Hart Ward penned his classic "Dallas Blues" in 1912, the city has established a proud tradition in the blues genre with its performers, venues and documentarians. Today, Dallas' blues legacy remains in the hands of a smaller number of people than it has in years past. But some, like Wanda King ... More >>
The Lone Star State has long produced some of the greatest blues legends to ever pick up a guitar or stand behind a microphone. Legends like Albert Collins from Leona, Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins from Centerville and Johnny Winter from Beaumont all have found the blues in Texas. Hell, we even have a Gra ... More >>
"Vintage Silvertone Acoustic guitar," "1977 Dobro Duolian," "Martin 00X1 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar (14 Fret)" are just some of the headlines advertising guitars on Craigslist, but how are you supposed to play them, hear them, feel them? When you order a guitar online, you're missing an important p ... More >>
Our 23rd annual Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase a scene ready for the spotlight.
Buddy Guy, Buddy Whittington, Jim Suhler, The Rick Kelly Band, othersBedford Blues & BBQ FestivalSeptember 4, 2011 Better than: sitting outside and soaking in the blues when the summer hasn't ended. Buddy GuyAs a stiff breeze blew the last remnants of excessive heat from the area, legendary blue ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we meet the people in the local music scene that you don't see on stages. Sterling WinfieldIt's such a cool thing when our LMA subjects have the humble beginning of simply being a fan. Even more exhilarating is the fan who elevates to a position of we ... More >>
It's hard not to remember Santana's 1999 album Supernatural. Besides just the Rob Thomas collab "Smooth," which we've spent the past decade trying to erase from our memories, the album received a lot of attention at the time for being one of those records that featured a different collaboration w ... More >>
"Well, I was passing by a pawn shop in an older part of town, something caught my eye and stop and turned around / I stepped inside and then I spied in the middle of it all, was a beat up old guitar hanging on the wall / 'What do want for that piece of junk?' I asked the old man / He just smiled and ... More >>
Patton Oswalt is the Big Fan, scheduled to play the AFI Dallas International Film Fest this yearMoments ago, the AFI Dallas International Film Festival sent along its complete schedule for this year's fest, which runs March 26 through April 2 -- with, as we've noted before, most screenings taking pl ... More >>
It was the year 2000, and I was a young, hungry reporter in Chicago with a young, hungry state legislator on my speed dial
Speaking of Arts Magnet grad Norah Jones -- which I was, kinda -- her publicist sends word this afternoon that she's about to be, well, everywhere. On TV (she's the performer on the Austin City Limits season premiere, set to debut October 6). In the movies (Wong Kar-Wai's My Blueberry Nights). On th ... More >>
Hope springs eternal on Second Avenue, but real change comes slowly
Tom Waits for no one--except guitarist-singer John Hammond
SRV (Epic Records/Legacy)
iSong.com breaks down the last barrier to being a musician -- leaving the house
An unlikely suburban airwave pirate lands in the FCC's crosshairs
A trip to Long Island reveals an Allison wonderland
Steve Miller learned everything he knows about music while living in Dallas--but has he forgotten it all?
Essential bassist Tommy Shannon hangs in there
A golden age in Dallas jazz turns 40
Another sign of the end of the Brit-pop invasion?
Arranger-conductor Onzy Matthews proves that only the strong survive
Jim Suhler talks about life and the local bluesman
Some of the best records are the ones never released
More man than legend, Bob Dylan brings it all back home
A man, his guitar, and a last-chance bar on Greenville Ave.