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By Ronnie Narmour The Christmas Season is upon us and there are some really good shows on the near horizon. Since many of you will be traveling in the coming weeks, I’ve included a few Austin and San Antonio shows in the “Live Music Tonight” box at the bottom of the page. I wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday filled with family, friends and good music. Let’s roll...



December 8, 2010

Tarpon Ice House



(361) 749-BEER (2337)

Available For Private Parties





Stuart Burns & 4 Min. Ride Every Thurs. 7 p.m

The Ones Dec. 18

da, Allen Shamblin, Esperanza Spalding, George Stait, Chris Tomlin, Arcade Fire, ARS Lyrica Houston, John Beasley, Beyonce’, Allen Shamblin, Ryan Bingham, Intocable, Israel Houghton, Jewel, Norah Jones, Miranda Lambert and Lecrae.

Savannah Welch, Kelley Mickwee, Liz Foster, Trisha er couldn’t refuse his friend. So, Snider ended up canKeefer and Jamie Wilson. Savannah is the daughter of celling the Trishas recording time at the last minute and recording artist Kevin Welch. I have heard nothing but the trickle down was that the Third Coast gig never hapgreat things about these girls. My friend, Light House pened. The girls went on to record in Austin instead at Texas GRAMMY Nominees Rick, introduced me to them when they were in Port A the storied Cedar Creek Studios which turned out to be summer before last, while staying out at the light house a good thing. Casey Monahan, director of the Texas Music Office in DO NOT MISS LIST with him, on a songthe office of the Governor, has announced the 42 Texas This show is on my all time DO NOT MISS LIST and Slaid Cleaves writing sabbatical. In- a show that is sure to be a sell out. I’d try to get tickets born-or-based acts who received 53 GRAMMY nominadividually, they are as early if I were you. tions this year. The winners will be announced in FebSlaid Cleaves (Austin, TX) will cute as a button. Collecruary at the 53rd annual awards show. I always find this play the Third Coast Music Studio Robert Earl Keen tively, they create their list interesting being that this is the most prestigious ac- on December 11th. Cleaves is a own sunshine. Musicalcolade in the music business and the artists that usually singer-songwriter from Austin by Robert Earl Keen (Bandera, TX) will play the Brewsly, they make the earth ter Street Ice House the day after Christmas. Expect this get these awards are big in the records selling business way of Maine, who has achieved move. Their compari- show to be, shall we say, well attended. Actually, you’ll and are seldom any artists that I pay attention least some level of success with his down son to the Dixie Chicks probably need a shoe horn to squeeze into the place. The in the categories of anything other than roots oriented to earth songs about wishbones, is inevitable. I’ve heard hoards of devoted Robert Keen fans in the Coastal Bend genres. I could usually care less who won the “Album of tombstones and being broke down. reports from Rick about were sealed in stone ever since he first sang about never the Year” or “Song of the Year” much less the “Best New His song, Down at the Horsesold out shows he’s been being able to stay sober on the Corpus Christi Bay. He Artist” or the other contemporary pop stuff. But, the Na- shoe Lounge was a staple on the to, such as at the Saxon has legions of fans around the world that pretty much tion Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences does rec- Americana charts for months. In Pub in Austin, that end- sell out every show and sing every word of every song ognize recordings in other fields such as folk, blues, gos- his own words, Cleaves describes ed in thunderous stand- he plays. In Texas, it’s just plain un-American not to pel, Latin and Americana that do catch my attention, par- himself as a man who, “Grew up ing ovations. The savy adore Robert Earl. He set the standard for “Texas Counticularly if they are from Texas. in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes music fans of Austin try” music that paved the way for such artists as Charlie Here Are Some Of The Grammy Nominations Of Tex- songs. Makes records. Travels know their stuff and that Robison, Pat Green and Kevin Fowler. The boy could around. Tries to be good.” His maans I Thought Noteworthy: barometer has more than easily run for governor and win. You don’t have a hair on terial is solid and bares similarity Guy Clark; Best Contemporary Folk Album for Some- to Bruce Springstein, although kept my interest peaked. your butt if you miss this show. days the Song Writes You The Austin ChroniCleaves doesn’t ever really break cle describes them this And that’s the truth! Steve Earle; Best Song Written for Motion Picture, loose. All of his songs are weaved way, “The around clever hooks and thoughtTelevision or Other Visual Media for This City sound of ful word crafting. He is a man that the band truly takes is a harpride in monious each song b l e n d he presents. of soul, Cleaves blues and draws from old counhis life’s exSlaid Cleaves will play the 3rd Coast try, with a periences as Music Studio Dec. 11th. sprinkling of being a janibluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll. It is a distinctor, warehouse rat, ice cream truck driver, rope-tow operator, film de- tively American sound built on music that veloper, groundskeeper, meter has stood the test of time.” reader, and pizza delivery driver The Trishas were supposed to play the before his musical career paid the Third Coast Studio last year but cancelled bills. Once a darling of the Port- at the last minute when they got the call land press, Cleaves relocated to from record producer and folk legend, Austin in 1990. By 1992, Cleaves Todd Snider, to go and record an EP had won the prestigious New Folk which wasn’t to happen. Actually, you can competition at the Kerrville Folk blame this one on Billy Joe Shaver. This Festival, an award previously giv- all came down at a time when Shaver was Fellow Texans, Guy Clark and Steve Earle are nominated for en to such artists as Nanci Griffith, in trial for aggravated assault. Snider was Grammys this year. Steve Earle and Robert Earl Keen. a close friend of Shaver’s deceased son, At the age of 46, his discography Eddie Shaver, and became very close to Roky Erickson; Best Album Notes for Love Cast Out boasts a dozen recordings, the most recent being the Billy Joe after Eddie overdosed and died All Evil 2009 release, Everything You Love Will be Taken Away. in the late 90’s. Billy Joe called on Snider Jimmy Vaughan: Best Traditional Blues Album for for moral support during his trial and SnidThe Trishas Plays Blues Ballads and Favorites Robert Earl Keen will play Brewster Street Dec. 26th. The Trishas (Austin, TX) will play the Third Coast James Cotton (who now lives in Austin); Best TradiMusic Studio on December 18th. The band consists of tional Blues Album for Giant

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Pinetop Perkins (who now lives in Austin); Best Traditional Blues Album (with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith) for Joined at the Hip

Wednesday, Dec. 8th

Lyrical Bynge @ Doctor Rockits New Riders of the Purple Sage/ Alvin Crow @ Antones (Austin)

Little Joe y La Familia; Best Tejano Album for Recuerdos

Thursday, Dec. 9th

Willie Nelson; Best Americana Album for Country Music

Stuart Burns & 4 Minute Ride @ Tarpon Ice House Forty Pound Dog @ Executive Surf Club Jason Boland/ No Justice @ Brewster Street

Grupo Fantasma; Best Alternative or Urban Album for Existential

Friday, Dec. 10th

Buddy Holly; Best Historical Album for Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings Other Texans on the list include: Kirk Whalum, Joe Posada, Sunny Sauce“You Ring, I Spring”

The Trishas will play the 3rd Coast Music Studio Dec. 18th.

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hooks bar bq & Grill

Aloha Dave & the Tourists @ Executive Surf Club Scarecrow People @ Brewster Street Bright Light Social Hour/ Witness by Proxy @ House of Rock Ray T & the City Crew @ The Flats Marcia Ball @ Antones (Austin) Joe Ely/ Bugs Henderson @ Saxon Pub (Austin) James McMurtry @ John T. Floore Country Store (S.A.)

Saturday, Dec. 11th

Slaid Cleaves @ 3rd Coast Studio The Deadbeats @ Brewster Street Dave “Bottlehead” Miller @ Hooks BBQ Hilda Lamas Band @ Executive Surf Club Periwinkle Massacre/ Laoric @ Theo’s Bar & Billiards EMT @ Sugar Shack (Rockport) Storyville @ Antones (Austin) Joe Ely/ Uncle Lucius @ Saxon Pub (Austin)

Sunday, Dec. 12th

Open Mic w/ Van Blize @ Tarpon Ice House (5-7) New Riders of the Purple Sage @ Sam’s Burger Joint (S.A.) Willie Nelson @ Gruene Hall

Tuesday, Dec. 14th

Open Mic w/ Rev. Fred @ House of Rock

722 TARPON (361)749.FOOD

Thursday, Dec. 16th

Kevin Fowler/ Kyle Park @ Concrete Street Ben Danaher @ Executive Surf Club Stuart Burns & 4 Minute Ride @ Tarpon Ice House

Kyle Bennett/ Phillip Thomas @ Brewster Street Russell McGilvray @ Hooks BBQ Ben Danaher @ Executive Surf Club Tab Benoit @ Antones (Austin) Ian Moore @ Casbeers (S.A.) The Trishas @ Saxon Pub Robert Earl Keen @ John T. Floore Country Store (S.A.)

Friday, Dec. 17th

Cruise Control @ Executive Surf Club Indianola Railroad @ Brewster Street Sewn Shut/ Day of Reckoning/ Eternal Reverence/ Ammo for My Arsenal @ House of Rock Ray T & the City Crew @ The Flats Russell McGilvray @ Hooks BBQ Cruise Control @ Executive Surf Club Jerry Jeff Walker @ Gruene Hall Robert Earl Keen @ John T. Floore Country Store (S.A.)

Saturday, Dec. 18th

The Trishas @ 3rd Coast Studio EMT @ Executive Surf Club Another Level @ Brewster Street Days Past/Witness by Proxy/Redfield/Rez @ House of Rock Sick City Daggers/ The Livends/ Retox/ Space Fuzz @ Theo’s Bar & Billiards The Ones @ Tarpon Ice House Richard Lockhart & Russell McGilvray @ Hooks BBQ Patricia Vonne & Michael Martin @ Sam’s Burger Joint (S.A.) The Krayolas @ Casbeers (S.A.) Jerry Jeff Walker @ Gruene Hall Roger Creager @ John T. Floore Country Store (S.A.)

Sunday, Dec.19th

Open Mic w/ Van Blize @ Tarpon Ice House (5-7)

Tuesday, Dec. 21st

Open Mic w/ Rev. Fred @ House of Rock

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