Category: Concert Reviews

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…


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…


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…


Parker Milsap – Main Street Crossing – Tomball, TX – Review

Written by Eddie Ferranti Being able to catch up to musicians who caught your ear but have not come to your town in a while is a very cool thing.  One such performer was Parker Millsap. Rose and I found out that he has honed his chops and is a seasoned pro already at the…


18th Annual Southwest Regional Folk Alliance – Austin, TX – Review

Written by James Killen So, just what is a SWARFA? The short answer is the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance, a regional conference affiliated with the Folk Alliance International. For the attendees, however, it’s a once a year rejuvenating experience with fellow singer-songwriters, venue hosts and media folk. It’s a convention and a music festival and…


Hot Club Of Cowtown – Main Street Crossing – Tomball, TX – REVIEW

Written by Eddie Ferranti Unforgettable live shows are something that you strive to see being in the business that we are in.  Hot Club of Cowtown fits that bill and then some. Keeping alive the traditional country swing brand of music in today’s society is not an easy task, but Elana James has the chops…


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

Written by James Killen For months I’ve been hearing about this Houston based duo, Mystery Loves Company, but I never got to the right place at the right time to catch their show. I finally had them written down in ink for a performance at the Americana on August 25th, only to have Harvey put…


James McMurtry- Heights Theater- Houston, TX – Review

Written by James Killen It hasn’t been long since my last dose of James McMurtry, but getting to see him at the Heights Theater was too good to pass up. A young writer from West Texas, Jason Robert Blum, opened the evening with a more Western than Country style of folk. He appeared solo with…