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 >>
To many a country music fan from North Texas, Matt Hillyer is a tried-and-true honky-tonk bandleader. The inked-up lead singer of Eleven Hundred Springs, now nearing his 40s and missing the long ponytail that snaked out from under his cowboy hat a decade ago, is ready to assume a new role: solo arti ... More >>
This is your official warning Dallas, It's going to be a rough Monday. This weekend is packed to the brim with great live music and there's nothing you can do about it. Honestly, you'll be lucky if you make it to brunch at all (gasp). Friday night will be especially taxing, as you have five great sh ... 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 >>
Watching the Devil tune his guitar in the middle of the night isn't how Robert (or Tommy) Johnson imagined he'd be spending his Saturday night. When that ol' demon started playing songs, fire flew from his fingertips as an otherworldly sound reverberated into the night. According to legend, despite ... More >>
Don O. has been spinning blues records on KNON since 1983, literally about a month after they went on the air. See, he was a listener of the pre-KNON station at that frequency, KCHU, from '75 until they were switched off in '77. Heartbroken at the station's demise and subsequent absence of blues on ... More >>
We were reminded just last week: First Presbyterian Church plans not only to install a recording studio inside 508 Park Avenue, a nod to the building's storied history as one of only two spots where bluesman and myth Robert Johnson recorded the music that serves as rock-and-roll's backbone, but t ... More >>
Deep Ellum is in many ways the music capital of Dallas. Yes, the area has had its ups and downs. No, it hasn't always been the center of the music scene, especially with Denton consistently pumping out artists at a rapid rate. But, fact is, without a doubt, Deep Ellum has for over a century now b ... More >>
In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, we look back -- way back -- to the 1920s. OK, so the Dallas Observer wasn't exactly in circulation until 1980, but we're referring to an article published in 1998, in which Robert Wilonsky finds historian Alan Govenar, who uncovers the mystery ... More >>
Courtesy SonBrimmerThe jaunty pick-me-up "Dallas Rag" by the Dallas String Band appears on a number of compilations, among them the easy-to-find Texas Black Country Dance Music (1927-1935) and Before the Blues Vol. 2 and the hard-to-get American Pop: An Audio History - From Minstrel To Mojo: On R ... More >>
Beans for breakfast? Are you kidding?Ah, but according to the indispensable tome The Tex-Mex Cookbook, here in the Lone Star State a pot of beans was often used to break a cowboy's fast on the long trail, whether plain (as preferred by eminent Texas writer J Frank Dobie) or with a little bacon and c ... More >>
Almost one month ago, there appeared in the Florida Times-Union a story I've yet to hear or see commented upon locally: Bob Hayes, holder of more than 20 Dallas Cowboys records (including 71 career TDs and 20 yards per reception), is buried in an unmarked grave in his hometown of Jacksonville, Flori ... More >>
UTD gets sad and jazzed
Dallas' annual literary festival returns
Need some perspective on the good, bad and ugly of Deep Ellum? Just remember--at least it's not Lower Greenville.
Blind Lemon Jefferson: Ya know, he's not just the namesake of a failing club in Deep Ellum. Over the weekend, a friend wondered precisely what good reason this city had for not having a Dallas music museum in, say, Deep Ellum, where Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly hopped off the train some 80 ye ... More >>
Deep Ellum Blues
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Hole in the Wall
DV8 could be the standout at the North Texas New Music Festival
The Baptist Generals want to make a happy album. They just can't.
Why does Dallas write its musical history with an eraser?
Vena Cava became The Theater Fire, but still no one knows what to do with them
Hole in the Wall
The Monthly's music issue strikes a bum note
The Artman cometh, and he's got the blues
Or: Oh, look...it's another end-of-the-century list
We don't want to tell One Ton how to run its business, but...
The world premiere of Little Mexico is another vivid Teatro treat
For the world premiere of Blind Lemon to work, either the production needs to be smaller or the space needs to be larger
Blind Lemon Jefferson musical (or is it?) finally opens its eyes
After waiting and worrying, playwrights finally see opening date for Blind Lemon musical
A new book on Deep Ellum's past strips away the dust of myth and history
A historian and a playwright bring a Dallas blues legend's story to the stage
What's tops in Texas (and elsewhere)
Texan Jazz unveils the Lone Star contribution to jazz
Documentary Arts preserves the lost music of the Hmong