Music

Storytelling and reviews about the artists and trends that define the sounds of the Lone Star State

Music |
April 1, 1991

Jump Starter

The music of T-Bone Walker, the Texas guitarist who put the boogie into “jump” blues, is now definitely on record.

Popular Music |
February 1, 1991

Yo, Y’all

Carrollton’s Vanilla Ice is the country’s coolest rapper, and several other Texas acts are hot on his heels.

Music |
April 1, 1989

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.

Music |
February 1, 1989

This is Now

Looking forward to Jerry Jeff Walker’s second Luckenbach, looking into a new way to settle feuds, and looking back over the career of Texas’ most prolific unknown author.

Music |
February 1, 1989

Blithe Spirit

It took a bit of coaxing, but when R. T. Williams finally sat down at the piano again, the Grey Ghost came back to life.

Music |
January 1, 1989

Playing It Safe

Take two Aspern: one a world premiere by the Dallas Opera, the other the Henry James novella on which the opera is based. Which is better for you?…

Music |
December 1, 1988

Sax to the Max

A Houston bellhop by day, tenor saxman Grady Gaines has come out of retirement to bring back the trademark sound of a great rock and roll band.

Music |
January 1, 1988

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.

Music |
November 1, 1986

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.

Music |
April 1, 1986

Manchild in Musicland

Charlie Sexton. Austin’s guitar-playing boy wonder, is now dream fodder for the masses; Eric Johnson is our latest contender for guitar hero.

Music |
September 30, 1985

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.

Music |
March 1, 1985

New Music Man

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

Music |
May 31, 1984

Top O’ the Pops

The fare offered by the Houston Pops Orchestra may not be highbrow, but conductor Ned Battista thinks it’s American music at its best.

Music |
August 31, 1983

Blues at His Fingertips

Bluesman Stevie Ray Vaughan showcases his powerhouse guitar on a nationally released record. Also on new LPs are fellow Texans, from country king George Jones to Austin cutups the Big Boys.

Music |
May 31, 1983

The Sphinx Who Sings

Austin blueswoman Angela Strehli is an enigma, but there’s no secret to her success: she writes great material and sings it with unbeatable style.

Music |
February 1, 1983

Thunder Claps

The Fabulous Thunderbirds storm away on a new album that shows why they’re Texas’ hardiest rhythm and blues band. Eight more releases capture everything from mandolin picking to Balinese monkey chants.

Reporter |
November 1, 1982

Texas Monthly Reporter

Texas’ greatest rural sheriff, oddest permutation of democracy, unlikeliest punk heroes, and hottest airline dogfight.

Music |
November 1, 1982

Halftime Heroes

The bright-eyed, pink-cheeked cream of Texas youth aren’t scrambling on the football field. They’re playing in the high school band.

Music |
May 31, 1982

Twelve-Pack To Go

A dozen new releases by everyone from the late, legendary Janis Joplin to rising star Rodney Crowell to perennial favorite Waylon Jennings.

Music |
May 31, 1980

Wax Works

The beat goes on in Texas music - from Christopher Cross’s pop ‘n’ roll to the ever-rich rhythm and blues of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Music |
May 31, 1980

Wax Works

The beat goes on in Texas music - from Christopher Cross’s pop ‘n’ roll to the ever-rich rhythm and blues of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.