SWRFA CD Reviews-2017

Written by James Killen It has been over a month since I began listening to all of the discs that I was given at this year’s event. I listened to each of them at least twice and in detail. I was given more than thirty of them and there was merit to each. I have…


Mystery Loves Company- The Americana – Houston, TX – Photos

Photos by Eddie Ferranti


Mystery Loves Company- The Americana – Houston, TX – Review

Written by James Killen I got to the Americana Saturday evening, ready to be entertained once again by Maddy and Carlos and their unique blend of musical styles as Mystery Loves Company. This evening was the first time that I caught the whole band complete with drummer. In addition, the band was gathered together to…


The Black Lillies- Main Street Crossing- Tomball, TX – Review

Written by James Killen Wednesdays are radio nights at Main Street Crossing as the first hour of the show is recorded for later broadcast on a local radio station. Well those listeners got a treat when they turned the knob to The Black Lillies’ performance from the 29th. The Lillies are a country rock jam…


The Black Lillies- Main Street Crossing- Tomball, TX – Photos

Photos by Eddie Ferranti


Jeff Plankenhorn- The Mucky Duck- Houston, TX – Review

Written by James Killen While many of my fellow Houstonians were lined up early in the morning for Black Friday sales, I was puttering around the house and biding my time until show time for Jeff Plankenhorn’s 7PM performance at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. He was accompanied this evening by Jon Notarthomas on acoustic guitar. It…


Jeff Plankenhorn- The Mucky Duck- Houston, TX – Photos

Photos by Eddie Ferranti


Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band – Smart Financial Center – Sugarland Texas – Photos

Photos by Jim Bille


Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band – Smart Financial Center – Sugarland Texas – Review

Written by Jim Bille Ringo Starr and his longest running incarnation of the All Starr Band made an appearance at the Smart Financial Center in Sugarland and put on probably the best ‘feel good’ show of the year.  The feel good music was not only from Ringo’s storied catalog but from contributions of every member…


Jackie Venson- The Mucky Duck- Houston, TX – Review

Written by James Killen I’ve been dwelling over YouTube videos of Jackie Venson for months, sharing them with friends, and looking forward to getting the chance to check her out in person. I was anxious to see if this lady’s jazzy, bluesy, rocking style was consistent with the videos and recordings or if those were…