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June 14, 2012

Three Chords and the Truth By Ronnie Narmour The Rockport Music Festival came off without a hitch. Throw in the late night shows at the Back Porch each night and it adds up to be the best three days of live music I can remember in a long while. I commend Capt. Tommy Moore for his efforts in putting on this first class festival. I’ll tell you all about it, let’s roll…

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got back to Port A and to find a packed Back Porch and just in time to catch Emory Quinn (San Antonio, TX) who was on fire. Those guys get better every time I see them.

The Blues Broads blew us away…

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playing. It was classic Lobo (Evangeline, I Got Loaded, etc) but we were spent and ready to get back. I’m telling you; those Blues Broads really took it out of us.

Next up was the Blues Broads. This was four ladies with impressive pedigree: Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli, Annie Sampson and Dorothy Morrison. By far, and including Los Lobos, Rodney Crowell and Hayes Carll… Rockport Music Festival revisited… this was the most powerful act of the festival. The next night, I have a personal connection here. I was on Friday, my Tracy’s booking agent for a year or so and photographer buddy, have know Angela since the mid 70’s when Miles and I got back we were both part of the Antone’s family. to Rockport about Both of those ladies are blues singers of half way through distinction. Dorothy Morrison comes the Hayes Carll’s from a gospel background and wrote the (Houston, TX) set. famous gospel song, Oh Happy Days. The I’d been hearing highlight of the show is when Morrison good things about cut loose with a couple of HIGH energy this young man and gospel numbers and got the entire festival was glad to finally on its feet. The power coming off of that see him. No doubt stage was somewhere between a hurricane about it, this kid is and nuclear fission. And, when they good. He’s got a brought Marcia Ball up to sing a couple, rockin’ delivery and Rodney Crowell performing the energy went OFF THE CHARTS. I some really nice at the Rockport Music don’t think I’ve ever been witness to such songs. I really liked an amazing performance by five female Festival. Photo by Miles Merwin Delbert McClinton played the Rockport his “Bad Liver and vocalists. It left me speechless. Music Festival. Photo by Miles Merwin. a Broken Heart”. Up next was a real hero of mine, “The Houston Marcia Ball and Los Lobos… Me and my fellow Moon Monkeys saddled Kid”, Rodney Crowell (Nashville, TN). I had After the Blues Broads, Marcia Ball (Austin, up and headed for Rockport last Thursday only seen him one time back in the late 80’s TX) took the stage and played her patient set of to see Toni Price (Austin, TX) and Delbert at Slim’s in San Francisco, but have Louisiana meets Texas McClinton (Ft. Worth, TX) play. Jan was followed his career closely ever sense. roadhouse. Amazingly beside herself. She and Dale have logged some I think he’s a rare talent. Unfortunately, enough, I met a lot of he’d been on the road for a while and had serious Tuesday Hippy Hours people that had never been fighting off laryngitis at the Continental Club in heard Miss Ball before and was not in good voice Austin where Toni Price has and were impressed He gave it his best shot played for the past 16 years for the first time. She but relied heavily on his and Jan absolutely adores really is a wonderful young guitar monster from her. Myself, I was there for performer and a lovely Australia, Jedd Hughes, to Delbert. He’s the man! I mean lady. After Marcia, fill in most of the blanks and Marcia Ball and bassist, Los Lobos took their the Beatles used to open for even sing a couple of songs. Don Bennet, perform at the sweet time setting up him for Christ’s sakes. As far as I’m concerned, he’s cooler Rockport Music Festival. which made for about It ain’t easy being than Tony Bennett. an hour and a half of Greezy… Hilda Lamas (Corpus Toni Price gets the party After Crowell, we made it back Christi, TX). We had just about decided to split going… to Port A in time to catch Greezy back to Port A when Los Lobos finally did start Wheel’s (Austin, TX) last set The ferry lines were horrible at the Porch. I’ve loved Greezy all weekend; Shrimporee was Wheels since I first heard them at going on in Aransas Pass the Armadillo World Headquarters plus the number of tourists from San Antonio and Austin Toni Price played the in the early 70’s. When they broke coming to Port A for the Rockport Music Festival. into Old Joe Clark, my hair stood straight up. These guys are truly weekend was massive. When Photo by Miles Merwin a Texas treasure and the sweetest we finally did get to Rockport, people on the planet. Toni Price had already started th

Zombie Rocker, Jesse Dayton at the Porch…

We made it back to the Back Porch just in time to catch my favorite zombie rocker, the bastard son of George Jones and the pride of the Golden Triangle, Jesse Dayton (Austin, TX). I’ve know Jesse for years and used to bounce his son on my knee back at the old Antone’s Records office circa 1995. We met later at the Flat’s for drinks and to catch up. He’s just finished making a new zombie move called Zombex which will be out soon.

It was a great, wild, long weekend. On Sunday, we went sailing with Capt. Chester and Vickie and licked our wounds. My life really doesn’t ever slow down very much. Oh well, I’ll sleep when I’m dead I suppose. No regrets…


I want to briefly mention a couple of great shows that you surely do not want to miss. The great Pat Green will be playing at the Texas Game Wardens Fishing Tournament this Saturday, June 16th at Roberts Point Park in Port A. Cody Johnson will open the show at 6:30, followed by the Turnpike Troubadours at 8:30. Green goes on at 10:30. Admission is $15. Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines will be bringing their most excellent show to the House of Rock also on Saturday, June 16th. This is a musical experience you definitely DO NOT WANT TO MISS. Jack Saunders will be opening that show. Also, the Queen of Rockabilly, none other than Wanda Jackson will be performing a rare performance at the House of Rock on Friday, June 22nd. And finally, Joe King Carrasco will be at the Back Porch on June 23. This is all good stuff. And that’s the truth!

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and we could hear her singing, Tumbleweed, as we walked up. It was a heavenly sound. The Thursday night show was the private kick-off party and featured an open bar and free dinner in the VIP area. This, combined with being able to sit at tables with waitresses at our disposal, made it the most comfortable music festival I’ve ever been to.

The surprise of the week… The “Surprise Band of the Week” goes to Josh Weathers (Ft. Worth, TX) who played the Budweiser Stage while Delbert’s band was setting up on the main stage. When Weathers started playing, our jaws dropped. This guy had a voice strong enough to blow you hair back at a hundred paces. It was HIGH energy R&B with the sweetest, strongest voice you’ve ever hear. I kept hearing how he stole the show all weekend… no easy task with Delbert McClinton and Toni Price on the bill. Susan Powell, are you catching this?

A Storyville reunion… The next day, I headed back to Rockport with Mr. Mo for the big Saturday finale. It took forever to get across the ferry but we were able to catch the end of the “RMF All Star’s” set. This was David Grissom, Malford Milligan, Derek O’Brien and Larry Fulcher… all from Austin. Grissom and Milligan were once in the band, Storyville, and played a few of their hits (Bluest Eyes, Good Day for the Blues, etc). It was great to see Derek; I’ve known him since he played with the Cobras in the 70’s. I could spend considerable time talking about these players.

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Delbert the cougar magnet… When Delbert finally took the stage, the cougar hotties flocked to the front in mass… and Delbert played them like only Delbert can. He ran through his songbook of hits: Shotgun Rider, Back to Louisiana, B-Movie, Two More Bottle of Wine, etc and thoroughly worked the crowd into a frenzy. He’s simply the best. We

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The Blues Broads, Annie Sampson, Angela Strehli, Traci Nelson, Dorothy Morrison and Marcia Ball at the Rockport Music Festival.

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