Jody Denberg

Stories

Bach to Basie

Dallas’ KERA discovered that music that’s good for you doesn’t have to be boring.

Beyond the Blues

The unlikely twosome of eccentric rocker Doug Sahm and blues champion Clifford Antone has rescued from obscurity a distinctively rhythmic, indisputably raunchy regional sound.

Chantilly Lace and A Jolly Face

When Texas songwriter the Big Bopper died with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in a 1959 plan crash, his hit “Chantilly Lace” became the end rather than the beginning of a national career.

Around the Clock Rock

An all-night deejay takes his listeners on a long night’s journey into day.

Revenge of the Retrorockers

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mason Ruffner, and Omar and the Howlers all got the same message from album-oriented-rock radio: Wrap it up, we’ll take it.

Fruit of the Vinyl

A good record store is more than just a supermarket of sound.

You Can’t Get There From Here

From Houston’s Miss Molly to San Antonio’s Claude Morgan, Texas is full of local music heroes. Does their road to success have to pass through Austin?

Who Made the Cut?

On LPs spurred by the MTV limelight, Timbuk3 blends street beast with witty wordplay, the True Believers combine six-string moxie with striving vocals, and the Tail Gators pack a sonic wallop.

Better Than Ever and More of It

New records from Texas bands have only one thing in common—stubborn individuality.

Dancing in the Streets

Tuff Enuff, the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ fifth and finest album, has a snap, crackle, and pop that could finally make the T-Birds explode.

Resident Rockers

Five new albums show that Texans can get any kind of music they want from local labels.

New Music Man

A producing career, a hit video, a record company, successful sound tracks: Austin’s Patrick Keel is having it all.

Lawrence Welk Meets The Doors

Brave Combo’s World Dance Music brings wit and verve to an unlikely mix of sounds; the Sir Douglas Quartet is still recording after all these years.

Cut From the Herd

“Herd It Through the Grapevine,” a new disc anthology, has the top of the pop crop.