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Don Walser, Rolling Stone from Texas
Thursday September 21st, 10:12AM CST updated

Don Walser, "the Pavoratti of the Plains", died yesterday at his home in Austin. Don was known for his yodeling and was loved by everyone from alternative rock fans to hardcore country. Don received a lifetime National Heritage award in 2000. God bless you Don. We will miss ya.

Don's Wikipedia Entry, Don Walser Offical Site

Forums upgraded, spam cleaned out
Wednesday May 3rd, 6:09PM CST

Howdy all, we've had an absolute deluge of automated spam rained down on our little Honky Tonk forums here for the last few months. I'm not sure why they all think we're interested in their stupid offers and sites, but they're sure persistent about telling us that they're out there.

We've finally gotten around to upgrading our forum software, cleaning out the bad messages and putting in some measures to keep them off our little site here. Hope at least a few of you stuck around. Give the updated forums a try.

Wanted More Dead Than Alive - Lost Blaze Foley Album
Thursday December 1st, 1:27AM CST updated

Long lost country album recorded by Austin legend Blaze Foley with Leland and David Waddell and includes the Briarcliff nightingale Kimmie Rhodes as backup singer, and her ex-husband Joe Gracey on acoustic guitar Austin360 has a good review, as does the October edition of John Conquest's 3rd Coast Music.

Considered the "true" Blaze Foley studio album, we recommend this one highly.

Reviews, Order

Our hearts are with you New Orleans and Gulf coast
Wednesday August 31st, 11:06AM CST updated

New Orleans, where some of this country's best music has been made, and the Mississippi gulf coast have taken a devastating hit. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who are affected.

Please support our neighbors on the coast with contributions, and if you're going to volunteer please do so via an established relief group as they're better equipped to organize and direct resources where they're most needed.

Emergency Contact Information

South by Southwest is here
Thursday March 17th, 11:15AM CST

Its March, and in Austin that means not only college basketball madness, but also 1200+ bands from near and far coming to the live music capital of the world.

Happy St Patrick's Day and here are some good shows for Thursday night if you're brave enough to endure the cold for some good music:

  • Crowne Plaza - 11pm - Steve Poltz
  • Antones - 10pm - Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • Antones - 11pm - Robert Earl Keen
  • Continental Club - 11pm - Ian Moore
  • Fox and Hound - 12am - Cowboy Mouth
  • Hard Rock Cafe - 1am - Guy Forsyth
  • Momos - 9pm - Jane Bond
  • Town Lake Auditorium Shores - 8pm - the gourds


CNN Travel on Luckenbach
Friday November 5th, 3:28PM CST updated

CNN today is running a nice little writeup on Luckenbach with a smattering of Hill Country history. Sure they misspell Geronimo "Jeronimo," but you've got to forgive them -- its a AP story probably written by some damn yank. They do seem to get the feel and mood, and its always good to see a Texas Honky Tonk in the national press.

Luckenbach Home Page, CNN Travle Article

Austin City Limits Festival: Day 3
Monday September 27th, 4:19PM CST updated

Sunday at ACL wasn't quite as crowded as Saturday, but there were still plenty of people there.
  • Guy Forsyth - A modern songwriting bluesman who's become an Austin institution.
  • Kelly Willis - Another Austin favorite with an amazing voice, Kelly put on an excellent show in the early afternoon heat.
  • Mindy Smith - Folk and Americana with a powerfull voice.
  • The Roots - A funky combination of rap and jazz that drew a big crowd to the SBC stage.
  • North Mississippi Allstars - Southern blues/rock is quite alive and kickin', and these guys prove it. See them live, its well worth it.
  • Elvis Costello - He's Elvis Costello, and thats that. He played an excellent set to a huge crowd at the Cingular stage.
  • Spoon - Austin's breeding a lot of indie rock in the last few years, and Spoon is a prime cut example.
  • Drive by Truckers - Excellent Southern roots rock from these relative newcomers.
  • Wilco - The non-Son Volt half of Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy's Wilco has defied classification at every turn. Wilco played the SBC stage to the 30,000-40,000 people not listening to Pat Green.
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Swinging, energetic toe-tappin' R&B and a little of everything else.
  • Cake - Quirky independent music that might be described as what you'd get if They Might Be Giants drank way too much cheap beer.
  • Ben Harper - Fresh off a new album with the Blind Boys of Alabama, fusion jam sensation Ben Harper closed the 2004 ACL festival playing to a sea of people covering 2/3rds of Zilker park.
So there you have it... the Austin City Limits festival has become yet another reason to call Austin the Live Music Capital of the World. See everyone at ACL '05.

Austin City Limits Festival: Day 2 Highlights
Tuesday September 21st, 10:22AM CST updated

Well, 104 degree heat indexes and massive crowds didn't keep anyone away for Saturday's ACL lineup. In fact, Saturday was busier than ever and if you camped out near the stage to be up close when your favorite act came up, it could be quite a challenge to get in and out to get more beer.

Naturally we braved the seering heat and crowds (who, in Austin traditon, were quite friendly) to hear as much music as humanly possible inbetween stops by the beer tent and the bar-b-que vendors.

  • Mason Jennings - The "man with a guitar" songwriter and storyteller type, Ryan Adams-esque.
  • Cat Power - Deep, low and slow emotional outpouring, the kind of cathartic songs you can immagine coming out of the corner of your favorite coffee shop.
  • Josh Rouse - Circling around roots rock and jazz, Rouse has a compelling sound grounded in the musical cross-breeding of the 70s.
  • Ray Lamontagne - Newcomer Lamontagne evokes that gravel-voiced sound of Neil Young or Van Morrison and draws you in with his blunt and honest lyrics.
  • Endochine - Austin's own modern rock sensation did not disapoint on the AV stage.
  • Big Head Todd & the Monsters - Long time independant rockers from Colorado played an excellent show to an enormous crowd at the big SBC stage.
  • The Gourds - Somewhere between bluegrass and Hill Country punk you'll find the Gourds, and its likely you'll find them drinking some whiskey. Returning for their 3rd ACL, the Gourds simply play music that makes you feel good. Be sure to check out their latest, Cow, Fish, Fowl or Pig.
  • Bruce Robison - Hubby to local country-pop darling Kelly Willis and brother to that other Robison on the charts these days, Charlie, Bruce is a true Texas songwriter. Having wrote Tim McGraw's Angry all the Time, the Dixie Chick's Travelin' Soldier and George Strait's Desperately, Bruce is enjoying some well-deserved success and it's always a treat to hear him play his own songs.
  • Modest Mouse - These energetic indie rockers have enjoyed quite a growing following in Austin over the last few years, and they kept a hot and tired crowd at the Cingular stage hoppin' on their feet.
  • Dashboard Confessional - Heavily recycled angsty teen rock. If you find this music on your teen's iPod, do them a favor: buy them a Green Day album and teach them the importance of knowing where your music comes from.
  • Reckless Kelly - Hailing from Idaho, the Braun brothers made for Texas quite some time ago and have since been producing a sound blending progressive country and alternative rock that can only come from Austin's vibrant culture of musical fusion.
  • The Pixies - That's right, The Pixies. Back in full force after more than a decade, this was the show that many camped out all day for, and they did their fans true. We couldn't even see where the crowd stopped for this show.
Yeah, our post-festival hangover has put us a little behind getting these updates posted... don't worry, we'll have Day 3 coverage, pictures and even some bonus video up soon (or, maybe after one or two more glasses of Makers Mark).

Austin City Limits Festival: Day 1 Highlights
Saturday September 18th, 2:05AM CST updated

Its September in Austin, and that means another year of the wildly successfull Austin City Limits Music Festival. Held in Austin's beautiful Zilker Park, the festival is now in its third year and is going strong. Three-day passes sold out Friday morning (single-day passes are still available) and attendance is expected to top 75,000 per day this year.

Naturally our crack team of beer drinkers and music lovers is on-scene to cover the event. Here are some highlights of the acts we saw on Day 1, and we'll have a full report at the conclusion of the event.

  • Bob Schneider - A local Austin favorite who did not dissapoint. Schneider is a quite prolific musician, ranging from hard rock to Western swing.
  • Blind Boys from Alabama - Founded in 1939, the Blind Boys are still wooing the world with their amazing gospel harmonies. On the big Cingular stage, this incredibly talented ensemble kept a quite large Friday afternoon crowd clapping and swaying.
  • Neko Case - Blusey Alternative Country; supported by an upright bass, banjo and pedal steel, Neko's magnificient voice is one that will not let you go.
  • John Butler Trio- Guitar rock, blues and reggae from down under. We knew these guys were good when we heard just a few songs from them at SXSW this year and thankfully someone was good enough to invite them back to Austin. Check these guys out!
  • Butch Hancock - Flatlander tried and true, Butch is Butch and its hard to say anything more than that. Worth seeing with or without fellow Flatlanders Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
  • Broken Social Scene - Alt Rockers from Toronto with a good energetic sound.
  • Particle - A funk jam band, or "funktronic" in their own words, Particle is a good show that drew an impressive crowd to the Heineken stage this year.
  • Toots & the Maytals - Roots reggae masters delivered an amazing show that kept half of Zilker park on their feet for an hour.
  • Franz Ferdinand - Alt Rock from England, think Talking Heads on fast-forward with a dash of funk. Returning to Austin after their impressive SXSW performance.
  • Los Lonely Boys - Blues, Country and Rock with hauntingly amazing guitar work from local favorites in the process of making it big. Los Lonely Boys could be the most explosive thing to come out of Texas since Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and they're live shows prove they're worth that kind of hype.
  • Sheryl Crow - She's Sherl Crow, and thats why she was on the big stage at the end of opening day... well, that and she's dating Austin's golden boy, Lance Armstrong. No supprise we're seeing quite a bit of Sheryl in Austin these days.
Well, thats all the news thats fit to print from ACL festival Day 1... we'll be back tomorrow with more and if you're lucky, we'll put down the beers and take a few pictures on Day 2.

ACLFest 3 in Austin!
Wednesday September 8th, 2:05PM CST

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is here again for its 3rd year. September 17-19 in Austin's Zilker Park. 130 bands on 8 stages, don't miss it!

FARM AID 2004 - September 18th - Seattle, Washington
Saturday August 21st, 2:23AM CST updated

For the first time in its 19 years, Farm Aid is heading to the Pacific Northwest! On September 18th, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews will host another great Farm Aid benefit concert at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA. The White River Amphitheatre is located on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation - just 35 miles southeast of Seattle and 15 miles northeast of Tacoma. For more info, go to our venue page or visit their website: www.whiteriverconcerts.com.


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Willie Nelson survives Picnic & UFO's
Tuesday July 13th, 5:47PM CST updated

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic was held in Ft. Worth, Texas this year, and as usual was a great sucess. Willie recently had hand surgery which will keep him off the road for awhile, but you can always count on Willie to come back fighing.

Daddy's Hands, Luck, Tx

I remember daddy's hands
folded silently in prayer
And reachin' out to hold me,
when I had a nightmare
You could read quite a story
in the callous' and lines
Years of work and worry
had left their mark behind

I remember daddy's hands
how they held my mama tight
And patted my back
for something done right
There are things that I'd forgotten
that I loved about the man
But I'll always remember
the love in daddy's hands...

I remember daddy's hands
workin' 'til they bled
Sacrificed unselfishly
just to keep us all fed
If I could do things over, I'd live my life again
And never take for granted
the love in daddy's hands …

I've come to understand
There was always love in daddy's hands.
by Holly Dunn

Dad had surgery on his left hand Wednesday. After a year of trying everything from Arnica to Zinc to relieve the pain, he finally had to break down and let them whittle on it a little. Doctors tell him he'll be back playing Trigger after the incision is totally mended, followed by a few weeks of physical therapy. With your healing thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery he may very well be On the Road Again sooner than predicted. Thanks to everyone for the genuine love and heartfelt concern. Keep the faith and he'll see you soon. He's trying as hard as he possibly can to get back to his fans and the life he loves making music with his friends.

Willie's Family, Willie & Merle & UFO's

Ray Charles Dies at 73 on June 10, 2004
Thursday July 8th, 3:02PM CST updated

Ray Charles was the first modern musician who joined country with soul music in his famous album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music". Willie Nelson later did the same and became great friends with Ray, competeing with him on whose version of "Georgia On My Mine" would be the Georgia state song. Ray's version won! Blind from soon after birth, RAY NOW SEEs!


"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash"
Thursday October 30th, 12:38PM CST updated

Those four words resonated throughout the world much as "In God We Trust" and other familiar phrases which have stood the test of time.

Johnny Cash's legacy will live on forever. His music, integrity and deeds will survive time itself. His contributions to mankind are immeasurable. A man loved by millions the world over; he will be deeply missed by all.

Mister Roger's Neighborhood
Monday March 3rd, 10:56PM CST


Mister Roger's Neighborhood

Monday March 3rd, 8:54PM CST updated

"Did you ever hear a song that's hard to even play."


Friday February 7th, 2:50AM CST updated

Manny Gammage of Texas Hatters wouldn't let a customer curse in front of his female clients [Of course, it' was hard to find a lady around Norma and her clan that would curse.]

The Geezinslaw Brother's say 'flat out', that the women they know don't even curse, 'til they get stinkin' drunk!

Stand by for an "Old Texas Jukebox History". Get your photos out and ready to send in.

Only in "TEXAS"

The geezinslaws, Texas Hatters

Josephine Payne Passes
Wednesday January 8th, 9:11PM CST updated

We are sorry to write of the passing of Josephine Payne. Josephine is the beloved wife of Sunshine Sonny Payne, the host of the King Biscuit Flour Hour. Josephine passed Wednesday morning at the Helena Hospital in Helena, Arkansas. Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Saturday January 11th at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Helena, Arkansas. We all extend our thoughts and prayers out to Sonny during this time of grief. Please take a moment 10:00 Saturday morning to add your prayers from wherever in the world you may be.
Sunshine has asked that memorials be sent to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund 123 Columbia Street Helena, AR 72342
If you would like to write or send a card to Sonny, please mail it to: Sonny Payne c/o SBBS PO Box 237 Helena, AR 72342 or you may email Sonny at

Sunshine Sonny Payne, King Biscuit Flour Hour

Friday January 3rd, 9:45PM CST updated

Sit back on this one, I think:
Remember the Star Trek bar room Scene? ask the kid. I feel a ramble coming on,Honky Tonk Texas, USA & 3B Information Systems) disclaims any involment with this article, it's just America. Fair enough?, by me. Merry Christmas 2002:
Move on. Some of us have peace and others are locked into psycholocical "hell, So Be It & God Bless". Coming over the mountain from Camp Wood to Leakey, I pausued to decided if we cound make it to Arkey's Silver Dollar Saloon by dark.
Soon,a phone call assured us at least a stool (my preference) existed. Annette offered me a huge hug and welcome. We had our usual talk about Arkey & country music Soon, Rhonda showed up, and Texas became the largest state in the union again. XMas with Arkey Blue in Blandera was a trip. Coming from west Texas (Del RIO? Cicadad Acuna), being part of Texas, feeling it ...... but wait my daughter Scottie gave me a Cd "The Weary Boy". These kids have it. This is good country, and havin' spent Christmas with Arkey and a few friends around his fireplace, hearing the local boys pick, feelin' all right, at least.
Oh yeah, I thought I'd meant an angel, but.....I think I told you that. I gotta stop this stuff. HAPPY NEW YEARS 2003

The Weary Boys
Thursday January 2nd, 12:17AM CST updated

Weary Boys Home

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Tuesday December 17th, 7:51PM CST updated

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Saturday December 14th, 2:38PM CST

"Those who are willing to sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither." -Benjamin Franklin

Tommy Elskes Benefit : December 15th
Monday December 9th, 3:27AM CST

Schroeder, TX - Schroeder Hall, the second oldest dance hall in Texas, is hosting a benefit for the Austin based singer/songwriter, Tommy Elskes, on Sunday, December 15, 2002, between 1:30 PM - 10:00 PM.
Smokey Wilson, originator of the event explains, "One of our musical friends is experiencing some problems, and needs our help. The truly great singer / songwriter / guitar player, Tommy Elskes, has had an unfortunate event occur in his life. Several months ago, his ex-wife shot him, and then took her own life. Tommy was hit in the left arm and has had to have extensive surgery. Everyone is wishing him the best, and he is in all of our prayers. The doctors don't know if he will ever be able to use his left hand to play guitar again. (They at first wanted to amputate it, but Tommy talked them into trying to save it). Tommy, like a lot of musicians, has no insurance, so we decided to celebrate Tommy still being with us by having a Music Fest. Everyone attending the Benefit will be asked for a donation with all proceeds going to help defray Tommy's medical expenses."
Texas Music artists scheduled to appear on December 15th include Larry Joe Taylor, Shake Russell, Mike Blakely e Los Yahoos, Kelly McGuire, Mark Jungers, Jarrod Birmingham, Forlini & Cross, Smokey Wilson, Sheriff Mark Gilliam, Bill Pekar, Bob Curry, Leon Vines, Gordon Barth & Duke Royal, Dr Moto, High Speed Hay Ride, Steve Brooks, John Reeves, Marvin Werth, Bill McNeal, Paul McLaughlin, Ashlee Rose, Alton Rex, Jack Motley, Bear Mugford, R-Band, Jay Johnson, Johnny Greenberg, Joe Lopez Blues Band and others to be announced.


The Downliners
Saturday November 30th, 10:20PM CST updated

Previous to last Thursday's show at The Contiental Club, this "old hippie" was dragged from his bed to see the band, "you've just gotta see this, dad". This is the problem with bringing your children up around rock & roll and GOOD country music. When one of your kids is born in the back of a pickup truck on the way to a "Willie" show and Willie names the little turd (now 25 years old) Willie, man, you know you have a problem coming. BUT tonight after twenty years (yeah, twenty), it's his older brother who demanded that I return to The Contiental to see The Downliners. Now I haven't been completely lost for twenty years. I've worked on Honky Tonk Texas, USA and this web site, along with several cd productions and sweeped a lot of floors along with changing a lot of diapers.It's just that on that night in 1981 with Slow Bob & Red Deb of Red Rose fame, it was amazing to see Roky Erkison & the Aliens - real up close at The Continental Club!

Bob and I were across the street at the Austin Motel when we pulled on our boots and Manny Gammage TEXAS Hatter's hats, did one last........(well it was the early '80'), and headed across the road. Bob had never seen Roky (live)...... I was not that pure.
Twenty years later, here I was with a small crowd listening to a band my son had been raving about, The Downliners, and he has damn good taste. His dad, Willie, Chico, and Poodie made sure of that.

Anyway, Jason Shepard opened with a self-penned song which was smooth until the end when Jessie Duke cut loose on his Fender with his cigarette glued to his lips (where it remained until the second half of the show), in spite of the mike in front of him. Something starts twiling in my vodka crazed mind.
Suddenly, Matt Mollica blasts his "TUBE" run organ with smoke bellowing out, and I started to catch on, slowly.
My son said , "See, they've been listening to Sunvolt, The Jayhawaks, Uncle Tupelo and the Old 97's'". I replied, "yeah, but it's more than that!" Mick Southland continued with his strong bass (and compsing) as Brian DiFrank keep a steady and srong drum beat. Who were these guys?

Suddenly, after a copy of a Gram Parson's song, I realized it was none of the above. Sure these fine young musicians had done there homework, but it went farther than that, by far.

Jessie on his with his unused mike (until towaords the show's end), reminded me of Robbie Robertson who never wrote a song or sang forThe Band but was a great guitar player, Matt Mollica on his smoking "tube" organ reminded me of Garth Hudson (but many years younger- and a somewhat smaller organ), Brian DiFrank had a srong and steady drum beat (but no mandolin) - like Levon Helm, but Jason Sheperd and Mick Suthland had to remind one of a musical/lyical combinnation of Levon Helm, Richard Manuel and Rick Danko (with his great bass licks).

Catch these guys when you can, and if you're not familiar with The Band, that's what this web site is for.

"Tonight, I need to be rudderless."

The Downliners, The Band

StephanieUrbina Jones
Saturday November 16th, 7:27PM CST updated

Stephanie Urbina Jones is a Native Born San Antonian, that was raised in Fredrickburg , Texas and attended the University of Texas. Her first chance to go to Nashville happened when she was hired as the publicist for the "Texas Tornados".
While in Nashville she was picked up by Sony Tree as a "Staff Writer". Some of the artists she wrote for are Lorrie Morgan, Jon Randall, and The Lynns. She has been splitting her time between Nashville and Texas performing her original music for the last 2 years. This year she released her first single for radio in the Texas Market. After 7 weeks her "two stepping" single "God Loves It When We Dance" hit number 4 on the Texas Music Chart and is played on over 65 radio station in Texas.
Her reception in Texas has been short of miracalous. She was singing on the Grand Marshall Float in the Christmas Noche Del Rio Parade to over 250,000 people only one month after coming back to Texas. " She is the only artist ever to achieve performer status at both the Tejano Music Awards and the Kerrville Folk Festival. No artist before Stephanie Urbina Jones has ever been able to bridge these two venues She was also the very first Texas Female to perform at The Verizon in San Antonio, and the very first Hispanic Female to perform at the Nashville Country Hall of Fame......all RIGHT! Thursday- November 21,Tune into KSYM, San Antonio and hear Stephanie on air with Jim Beale debuting songs from the new Christmas album 4:00p.m.,Friday-November 22,Hills Cafe Austin , TX 7:30-10:30p.m.
Saturday- November, Walden Coffee House Concert Series/First Unitarian Universalist Church
7150 W IH10 San Antonio, TX
Information on these dates or to find out how you can order customized Christmas albums from you.
jonesy@stephaniejones.net> say "hi" to Stephanie!
e-Mail at jonesy@stephaniejones.net

StephanieUrbina Jones

Katie's Chart
Saturday November 16th, 7:18PM CST updated

Katie, The Chart

Children's Advocacy Group
Saturday November 16th, 7:14PM CST updated

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 9:00pm until until 12:30 or possibly later, a large group of Austin musicians will perform to benefit the Children's Advocacy Center at Ego's in Austin, South Congress at Riverside. Here's some info about the center taken from their website, which is: Traviscountycac.org.
The mission of the Children’s Advocacy Center is to lessen the emotional trauma to children during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, and to improve the system’s response to child abuse by uniting the efforts of public agencies as well as enlisting community support. The best interest of the child is always the first concern. The Center provides a homelike, child-centered environment where children who have reported abuse and their protective caregivers can go for evaluation, crisis intervention, evidence gathering, and counseling. The Center is a non-profit organization.
Cover is 5.00 with all money going to the charity.

Tommy Elskes' Benefit Attemt Again
Saturday November 16th, 7:07PM CST

Schroeder, TX
Smokey Wilson reschedules the "Benefit for SingerSongwriter, Tommy Elskes"
Sunday, December 15th - 12 NOON - 12 MIDNIGHT
Smokey Wilson has re-scheduled the Benefit for singer/songwriter, Tommy Elskes, for Sunday, December the 15th at Schroeder Hall* from 12 NOON to 12 MIDNIGHT.


Nelson City Dance Hall
Friday November 8th, 11:04PM CST updated

Check this one out on our link or just head out IH 10 SW of San Antonio past Boerne. Steaks, dining and dancing! A good 'un!

It's hard to find, but at the bottom of their Home Page, they have a great bunch of links and site maps to Honky Tonks across the USA under Honky Tonkin USA - close to our name, but still pretty darn good!

Nelson City Dance Hall, Honky Tonk Tx Dancehalls

The Downliners & Reckless Kelly @ Antone's Saturday
Wednesday November 6th, 9:49AM CST

The up-and-coming Downliners play with Reckless Kelly this Saturday (11/9) at Antone's in downtown Austin at 5th & Lavaca. Show starts at 9pm, be there.

Who cares about the music anymore?
Tuesday November 5th, 1:18PM CST

Tom Petty in Rolling Stone on 10 things that piss him off about the music and entertainment industry. Read it.

Katie Kay Texas Music Chart
Tuesday November 5th, 3:05AM CST updated

Katie Key Texas Music Chart Editor Best in Texas Music Magazine 713-952-9221 Shane Media Services 2500 Tanglewilde, Suite 106, Houston, Texas 77063 voice: 713/952-9221 fax: 713/952-1207 katie@shanemedia.com www.texasmusicchart.com 10/28 11/04 Spins Artist Title Album Label
1 1 1322 DIXIE CHICKS Landslide Home Open Wide/Monument
2 2 733 RADNEY FOSTER Everyday Angel Another Way to Go Dualtone
5 3 560 CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED 17 Purple Universal South
3 4 540 GREAT DIVIDE Lost in the Night Remain E 92 Records
4 5 539 STEPHANIE URBINA JONES God Loves it When We Dance Stephanie Urbina Jones Casa del Rio
6 6 515 KEVIN FOWLER Senorita Mas Fina High On the Hog Tin Roof
7 7 509 COODER GRAW Better Days Shifting Gears Three-to-One
9 8 498 KELLY WILLIS If I Left You Easy Rykodisc
11 9 433 RODNEY HAYDEN Heartaches & Highways The Real Thing Rosetta
14 10 400 MARK DAVID MANDERS Drive Highs and Lows Blind Nello
10 11 394 PAULINE REESE Trail to Monterrey Trail to Monterrey Paradora
12 12 388 JACK INGRAM Fool Electric Lucky Dog
17 13 377 MAX STALLING Something to See One of the Ways Blind Nello
8 14 364 DERAILERS All the Rage in Paris Here Come the Derailers Lucky Dog
13 15 364 WILLIE NELSON Maria (Shut Up & Kiss Me) The Great Divide Lost Highway
20 16 341 DAVID BALL When Ever You Come Back to Me Amigo Dualtone
16 17 334 PAT GREEN Who’s to Say Three Days Republic
18 18 326 VINCE LEGGETT Stay Gone The Bottom Line Heritage
23 19 324 DERYL DODD Honky Tonk Champagne Pearl Snaps Lucky Dog
19 20 321 AARON WATSON I Don’t Want You to Go Shut Up & Dance Sonnett
22 21 313 OWEN TEMPLE For Old Time’s Sake Right Here and Now El Paisano
21 22 306 SONNY BURGESS Alone With You When In Texas Music City Records
NEW23 297 RAY PRICE You Just Don’t Love Me Anymore Time Audium
15 24 293 HAL KETCHUM The Richest Man in Texas Lucky Man Curb
NEW 25 281 BILL PEKAR Hollow Spot The First Five Years Corn Fed
R26 275 DALE WATSON Country My Ass Live in London Audium
NEW< 27 274 JOHN EVANS Out of Control Out of Control Shakeabush 28 28 273 BLEU EDMONDSON Little Bit Crazy The Band Plays On Southland
NEW 29 270 BILLY JOE SHAVER Freedom’s Child Freedom’s Child Compadre
26 30 269 DJANGO WALKER Texas Blacktop Highway Down the Road Lazy Kid Music

MakeGaryPay.Org---- Gary Bradley Vs. Texas Farmers
Saturday November 2nd, 6:39PM CST updated

"Why are our America's Farmer's losing their land, daily"
"Why are our taxes going to pay scam artists?"
"Why is natural farm land turning into crowded & cheap housing developments?
"Why does Willie Nelson. have to spend time on helping America's farmers, the breadbasket of the world, instead of singing "Crazy" to his millions of loyal fans?
Responding to concerns raised by the Save Our Springs Alliance and citizens from Travis and Hays Counties, the FDIC filed a request for an extension of the deadline to object to Gary Bradley's attempt to walk away from his SEVENTY THREE MILLION DOLLARS debt to all American citizens? Judge Frank Monroe granted the FDIC's request and now has until December 16, 2002 to file an objection to Gary Bradley's attempted discharge of his most recent scam?.

Contact FDIC attorney Sam Taylor(SaTaylor@FDIC.gov) and urge him to fully investigate any fraud committed by Gary Bradley. In the FDIC's deposition of Bradley on April 30 and May 1, 2002, Bradley "testified regarding a number of convoluted business transactions and asset conveyances, but was unable to recall many details of same." Since Bradley is not forthcoming with his financial information, the FDIC should subpeona and depose Bradley's numerous business partners to find out the full truth about Bradley's assets in order that the American taxpayers be paid what we are owed by Bradley.

Recent press reports have informed the public that Gary Bradley has been using a trust - the Lazarus Exempt Trust created by his sister - at his disposal, withdrawing cash without any timeline for paying it back. The trust's assets have been valued at THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS. While this is certainly a good development for the nation's taxpayers, if the FDIC does not object to Bradley's discharge, we will not receive a penny from that trust - or any other trusts, off-shore accounts (Mafia?), or other assets Bradley may have hidden over the years. That is why it is imperative that the FDIC conduct a full investigation to determine if fraud was used in securing the Circle C loans that Mr.Bradley personally guaranteed AND that the FDIC collects the debt that American taxpayers are owed by Senor Bradley, including any future income that Bradley earns.

Besides all these scams, Gary won't even pay his son's child support which Austin's Premier divorce attorney, Ted Terry (and personal pal of Martin at HonkyTonkTx.com), has had to drag from his hidden "assXXXX" (assetts).Good job Ted. It's election time: Either Vote for Gary and his legislative pals, "I don't have the millions I owe you, America" or Willie Nelson's Farm Aidand the American Farmer.

Is the choice clear enough for Texas Farmer's? We think so. Call your legislator and theFDIC in Dallas.

Thanks, and remember, "Don't Mess with Texas".

Lloyd Doggett-US House, SOS Alliance, Million Due US Land Owners, Farm Aid, Willie, FDIC, Contact FDIC, Ombudsman- FDIC, Ron Paul - Tx House

Tommy Elskes Benefit Postponed
Monday October 28th, 8:23PM CST updated

Smokey Wilson writes... "Guys I hate to do this ... But we are under water down here in DeWitt County Texas, and it looks like more is coming. Having said that, we are going to have to postpone the Musical Benefit for Tommy Elskes until a later, hopefully dryer, date. Anyone interested in sending Tommy letters, cards or donations can do so at:


Billy Joe Shaver
Thursday October 24th, 10:10PM CST updated

10/18/2002, Bandera, TX, Cabaret Cafe and Dance Hall w/Kinky Friedman
10/19/2002, Austin, TX, Antone's w/Kinky Friedman
10/26/2002, Keller, TX, Wilmot House (Private Event)
11/21/2002, San Antonio, TX, Casbeer's
11/22/2002, Houston, TX, Mucky Duck
11/23/2002, Dallas, TX, Poor David's Pub
11/24/2002, Austin, TX, Cactus Cafe
11/27/2002, Nashville, TN, 12th and Porter
11/29/2002, Atlanta, GA, Smith's Old Bar
11/30/2002, Charlotte, NC, Neighborhood Theatre
12/1/2002, Chapell Hill, NC, Local 506
12/2/2002, Rocky Mt., NC, Private Event
12/7/2002, Cambridge, MA, House of Blues
12/14/2002, Berwyn, IL, Fitzgeralds
1/11/2003, Conroe, TX, Crighton Theatre w/Kinky Friedman

Billy Joe's Home

Katie's Music Chart
Tuesday October 22nd, 10:25PM CST

1 1 1211 DIXIE CHICKS Landslide Home Open Wide/Monument 2 2 901 RADNEY FOSTER Everyday Angel Another Way to Go Dualtone 3 3 574 GREAT DIVIDE Lost in the Night Remain E 92 Records 4 4 479 STEPHANIE URBINA JONES God Loves it When We Dance Stephanie Urbina Jones Casa del Rio 7 5 475 CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED 17 Purple Universal South 5 6 437 DERAILERS All the Rage in Paris Here Come the Derailers Lucky Dog 6 7 437 HAL KETCHUM The Richest Man in Texas Lucky Man Curb 9 8 425 KELLY WILLIS If I Left You Easy Rykodisc 10 9 414 SONNY BURGESS Alone With You When in Texas Music City 13 10 389 KEVIN FOWLER Senorita Mas Fina High on the Hog Tin Roof 11 11 380 PAT GREEN Who’s to Say Three Days Republic 8 12 353 DERYL DODD Honky Tonk Champagne Pearl Snaps Lucky Dog 14 13 353 PAULINE REESE Trail to Monterrey Trail to Monterrey Paradora 12 14 346 WILLIE NELSON Maria (Shut Up & Kiss Me) The Great Divide Lost Highway 18 15 345 AARON WATSON I Don’t Want You to Go Shut Up & Dance Sonnett 16 16 326 COODER GRAW Better Days Shifting Gears Three-to-One 15 17 325 JAMIE RICHARDS Cold in Mexico No Regrets D Records 24 18 312 JACK INGRAM Fool Electric Lucky Dog NEW 19 296 DAVID BALL When Ever You Come Back to Me Amigo Dualtone 23 20 291 RODNEY HAYDEN Heartaches & Highways The Real Thing Rosetta 19 21 273 BRIAN BURNS I’ve Been Everywhere (in Texas) The Eagle & The Snake: Songs of the Texians Bandera 22 22 273 VINCE LEGGETT Stay Gone The Bottom Line Heritage 21 23 265 PAT GREEN Three Days Three Days Republic R 24 264 CLAY BLAKER This Heart’s Not Mine Welcome to the Wasteland NeoBilly Records 29 25 257 MARK DAVID MANDERS Drive Highs and Lows Blind Nello 25 26 253 HARRIS & RYDEN This Hard Town Run Two Mule Records 20 27 248 RANDY ROGERS BAND Lost and Found Like It Used to Be Down Time 28 28 236 MARK WINSTON KIRK As Good as it Gets The Party’s Here Cutting Edge 17 29 235 CORY MORROW (Love Me) Like You Used to Do Outside the Lines Write On 26 30 226 JACK INGRAM One Thing Electric Lucky Dog

Tommy Elkles
Tuesday October 22nd, 10:21PM CST updated

08/26/02 Tommy is out of the hospital and doing much better! Tommy will be spending some time with his family in New Mexico to rest and begin the challenging healing process ahead. As of a couple days ago the doctors were very optimistic that will make a 100% recovery. Tommy hopes to be back on stage by Thanksgiving. His sprits are positive and he said he is ready to get to work on his road to recovery. Stay tuned for more updates!
09/27/02 Tommy is back in Austin and doing much better. He still has a cast on his arm but that will be coming off in the next few weeks. Looks like no more operations will be necessary! Tommyis anxious to back to work. He has been overwhelmed by all the support of his family, friends and fans. Picking up the guitar is out of the question for another couple of months so Tommy is putting together a show that will feature his voice and with back up by other musicians. They are rehearsing now and should be ready to go sometime in October.
10/18/02 Well, as one can imagine, the healing process nevers moves along fast enough. Despite the intense pain, Tommy is determined to get through this in a positive state of mind. Smokey’s festival has been the perfect antidote! Please tell all your friends and come out to the party. If you can not stay the weekend come out for a day. Let’s all get together and support a friend in need!
Martin & all at Honky Tonk Texas wishes our old pal the best in the world. We love you Tommy. Stop by and say hello.(see your box at the Chili Parlour!.)


Benefit fot Tommy Elskes
Sunday October 20th, 10:15PM CST updated

Music Festival and Campout - October 26 and 27 at the Smokey Wilson RanchforTommy Elskes, Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th.
Smokey explains, "One of our musical friends is experiencing some problems, and needs our help. The truly great singer-songwriter-guitar player, Tommy Elskes, has had an unfortunate event occur in his life. Recently his ex-wife shot him, and then took her own life. Tommy was hit in the left arm and has had to have extensive surgery. Everyone is wishing him the best, and he is in all of our prayers. The doctors don't know if he will ever be able to use his left hand to play guitar again. (They at first wanted to amputate it, but Tommy talked them into trying to save it). Tommy, like a lot of musicians, has no insurance, so we decided to celebrate Tommy still being with us by having a Music Fest."
Jarrod Birmingham, Shake Russell, Mike Blakley, Kelly McGuire, Chris Holzhouse, Geronimo Trevenio, Smokey Wilson, Bill McNeal, Jack Motley, Billy High, C.J. Berkman, Tim Henderson, David Stockton, Paul McLaughlin, Gordon Barth, Adan Davila, Bill Pekar, Eric G, Ashlee Rose, Alton Rex, John Reeves, Leon Vines, and Marvin Werth are all sharing their talents during the two day event.

Performances are scheduled between 1 PM and 12 Midnight on Saturday, October 26th and between 3 PM and 11 PM on Sunday, October 27th. There will also be playing and singing around the campfires on Saturday night after the main show too.
A entry fee will be charged with the proceeds going to help Tommy defray some of his medical expenses. Camping is available in one of the best camping spots in the state, the Smokey Wilson Ranch. Smokey invites everyone to come out for this good cause, and to "bring your instruments, what you need to camp and a good attitude."

Tommy's Home, Smokey Wilson

Kathey Key's Texas Music Chart
Thursday October 17th, 12:12PM CST updated

Tonight: Stephanie Urbina Jones, Love & War, Plano Darden Smith, Suzanna's, Wimberley Max Stalling, Blancos, Houston Eleven Hundred Springs, Ego's, Austin Jack Ingram, Cactus Canyon, Beaumont Wade Bowen & West 84 & Mark David Manders, Blaine's Pub, San Angelo Friday, October 18: Tracie Lynn, Leon Springs Dance Hall, San Antonio Kelly McGuire, "SCREAMS - World's Largest Halloween Park", Waxahachie Rusty Wier, Poor David's Pub, Dallas Cory Morrow, Reign Entertainment Complex, Denton Kevin Fowler, Horseshoe, Gatesville Bleu Edmondson, Wormy Dog Saloon, Stillwater, OK Owen Temple, Golden Light, Amarillo Peter Dawson Band, Executive Surf Club, Corpus Christi Bruce Robison, Hall of Fame, Bryan Django Walker, Firehouse Saloon, Houston Susan Gibson, Gruene Hall, Gruene The Great Divide, Jitterbugs, Nacogdoches Saturday, October 19: Cooder Graw, Texas Tech RaiderGate, Jones Stadium, Lubbock Lost Wolf, Hutto Old Time Days Dance, Hutto Kenefick, The Firehouse Saloon, Houston David Ball, Bustin' Loose, Sulfur Springs Radney Foster, Hanovers, Pflugerville Danni Leigh, Reckless Kelly, Gruene Hall, Gruene Dan Roberts, Wizard Academy Reunion, Buda Opie Hendrix & Texas Tallboys, Cornish Warehouse, Houston Pat Green, Terri Hendrix, Charlie Robison, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Dixie Chicks, etc., State Fair of Texas, Dallas Roger Creager, Bull Blast, Bay City Sunday, October 20: Brett Watts, James Hinkle, Johnny Mack, John Nitzinger, Mad Max Tennant, White Elephant Saloon, Ft. Worth Aaron Watson, Back Roads Bar & Grill, Brownwood Miranda Lambert, Gypsy Tea Room, Dallas

Kathey's Chart

Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Cruise #9
Monday October 14th, 3:35PM CST updated

A new cruise... a new ship... a new look. Everything for Sandy Beaches Cruise 9 is in place for January 11-18, 2003. We have a beautiful ship for SBC 9, the ms Veendam of the Holland America line. Along with a new cruise and a new ship, we have a new look to the web site. To find your way around, click on "More About Delbert " or "More About SBC 9" to access the menus.


Katie Key'sTexas Music Chart
Monday October 14th, 3:13PM CST updated

Katie Key
Texas Music Chart Editor
Best in Texas Music Magazine
1 1 1015 DIXIE CHICKS Landslide Home Open Wide/Monument
2 2 851 RADNEY FOSTER Everyday Angel Another Way to Go Dualtone
6 3 487 GREAT DIVIDE Lost in the Night Remain E 92 Records
4 4 472 STEPHANIE URBINA JONES God Loves it When We Dance Stephanie Urbina Jones Casa del Rio
8 5 466 DERAILERS All the Rage in Paris Here Come the Derailers Lucky Dog
3 6 457 HAL KETCHUM The Richest Man in Texas Lucky Man Curb
11 7 419 CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED 17 Purple Universal South
5 8 418 DERYL DODD Honky Tonk Champagne Pearl Snaps Lucky Dog
7 9 412 KELLY WILLIS If I Left You Easy Rykodisc
9 10 409 SONNY BURGESS Alone With You When in Texas Music City
12 11 377 PAT GREEN Who’s to Say Three Days Republic
10 12 375 WILLIE NELSON Maria (Shut Up & Kiss Me) The Great Divide Lost Highway
20 13 349 KEVIN FOWLER Senorita Mas Fina High on the Hog Tin Roof
14 14 347 PAULINE REESE Trail to Monterrey Trail to Monterrey Paradora
13 15 333 JAMIE RICHARDS Cold in Mexico No Regrets D Records
15 16 307 COODER GRAW Better Days Shifting Gears Three-to-One 18 17 304 CORY MORROW (Love Me) Like You Used to Do Outside the Lines Write On
NEW 18 304 AARON WATSON I Don’t Want You to Go Shut Up & Dance Sonnett
16 19 300 BRIAN BURNS I’ve Been Everywhere (in Texas) The Eagle & The Snake: Songs of the Texians Bandera
24 20 262 RANDY ROGERS BAND Lost and Found Like It Used to Be Down Time
17 21 257 PAT GREEN Three Days Three Days Republic
NEW 22 252 VINCE LEGGETT Stay Gone The Bottom Line Heritage
NEW 23 251 RODNEY HAYDEN Heartaches & Highways The Real Thing Rosetta Records
NEW 24 247 JACK INGRAM Fool Electric Lucky Dog
21 25 246 HARRIS & RYDEN This Hard Town Run Two Mule Records
28 26 240 JACK INGRAM One Thing Electric Lucky Dog
R 27 238 KEVIN FOWLER The Lord Loves the Drinkin’ Man High on the Hog Tin Roof
22 28 237 MARK WINSTON KIRK As Good as it Gets The Party’s Here Cutting Edge NEW 29 236 MARK DAVID MANDERS Drive Highs and Lows Blind Nello
23 30 211 TIFT MERRITT Virginia, No One Can Warn You Bramble Rose Lost Highway

Everbody has their opinion, but what ahout Delbert McClinton's LONE STAR BLUES, one of the best country songs by "ANYONE" in a long time and by a friend who just didn't quit his job at the local gas station and buy a hat! Look it up for the real #1.

Katie's Chart

Tommy Alverson's Texas Music Family Gathering
Thursday October 10th, 3:17PM CST

Continuing a yearly tradition, Texas singer/songwriter, Tommy Alverson brings us his Texas Music Family Gathering #5. This year at a new location: Tres Rios River Ranch in Glen Rose, Texas, about 50 miles southwest of the Metroplex. Thursday, October 10 music Noon – Midnight
Friday, October 11 music Noon – Midnight
Saturday, October 12 music Noon - Midnight
(Gates open at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 9)
Do this this weekend and tell Tommy, Diamond Jim, Cornell, The Sisters, Fromholz and everyone else that Martin and everyone else at Honky Tonk Texas said "Hey" and great job.
Have a blast!

Family Gathering, Tres Rios River Ranch

Thursday October 10th, 1:05PM CST

Yorktown, TX - The oldest town in DeWitt County is ready to enjoy their 44th Annual Western Days celebration held in the downtown city park, and you are invited to take part in the excitement on October 18, 19 & 20. There is "no admission fee" to this fun filled family festival. The weekend includes live music and street dances, armadillo races, a motorcycle poker run, Shawe Indian dancers, an exotic animal petting zoo, a children's parade, as well as a Grand parade, cook-offs, horseshoe/washer throws, a carnival, folkloric dancers, a climbing wall, a tractor exhibit, a quilt show, and Hermann Sons Dancers.
See WESTERN DAYS Link for more information.


Auction and Golf Tournament for the Children's Hospital of Austin
Friday October 4th, 11:03PM CST

This Sunday, October 6, 2002 5:00PM at the Austin Marriott at the Capitol, 701 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701 The PGA's favorite band, Duck Soup will be playing while Lane Savoie analyzes your golf swing!
Visit with area golf pros, including Matt Brost and Ruffin Moore, and purchase mulligans for your team, and enjoy fabulous food prepared by our Executive Chefs.
Most importantly, bid on over 50 Marriott/Renaissance weekends, and be sure to enter the putting competition for a chance to win an all inclusive trip for 2 to the 2003 Masters!
It's a great time for a good cause at the Austin Marriott at the Capitol!

ABC Documentary on Family Farmers by Willie Nelson
Tuesday October 1st, 8:44PM CST

"Strong Roots, Fragile Farms" will be released October 6, 2002. The film is narrated by Willie Nelson with a music by Peter Buffett, who scored the Dances with Wolves soundtrack. The film explores the real life impact of globalization upon today's family farmers in Iowa, North Carolina, the Philippines, and Mexico.
The decision to air "Strong Roots, Fragile Farms" rests with the local ABC-TV stations. Therefore, it is imperative that citizens concerned about the plight of family farm agriculture and rural communities should write their local ABC-TV affiliate as soon as possible. If there is sufficient interest from the public, the program managers or station managers will likely respond positively. To find the list of your state's ABC-TV affiliates, go to http://abc.abcnews.go.com/site/localstations.html Click on your state, and you get the list your state's ABC-TV stations, their telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and e mail addresses. A letter is better than a phone call or email, because the station has to keep on file all letters.

ABC Stations

Tuesday October 1st, 8:36PM CST updated

Mickey Newbury, a songsmith credited with helping usher in a new era of country music songwriting, died Saturday night after a long illness. He was 62.
Newbury died at his home in Vida, Ore., where he had lived since the 1980s. Details on funeral arrangements weren't available last night. ''Mickey had been ill for a while,'' said Owsley Manier, a longtime Newbury friend and a Nashville independent music producer. ''We've all been expecting this for a while.''
Here's a look at just a few of the artists who recorded Newbury's songs: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Elvis Such graet songs as "I Don't Think About Her Anymore", "She Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye," "An American Trilogy", "33rd of August" and many, many more.
Once again Hillbilly Heaven is a better place to be!

See Honky Tonk Tx Legends, Mickey's Home

Hot Nut Leader Dies
Monday September 30th, 2:37AM CST updated

Doug Clark, drummer for Hot Nuts dies at 66 For 47 years, they've been the original gross-out guys, the prototype fraternity-house dance band, their lyrics mild by today's standards, but risqué nonetheless. If you have partaken in a fraternity party since 1955, at a college anywhere up and down the Eastern Seaboard, then you probably know Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts -- and have heard of their lore.
Monday, the band lost its founder, drummer and spiritual leader. Doug Clark died at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, near where he grew up and still lived, after three years of declining health. He was 66. During those three years, he barely touched his worn-out set of Ludwig drums, but he frequently traveled with the band that continues to play from Oxford, Miss., to New Haven, Conn. "He hadn't felt up to performing," said older brother John, the band's lead singer and out-front guy from its inception. "He spent his last days thinking about how great his life has been and how blessed he's been. "He was always amazed -- and pleased -- that he got to do what he loved doing and make a living out of it." The band, he said, will continue to perform and keep its name as a tribute to his brother. Doug's son, Montey, has replaced his father on the drums.
The Hot Nuts took the Clark brothers on an amazing ride -- with one or the other always at the wheel going from the KA house at Ole Miss to the Cottage Club at Princeton. Doug Clark was born in Chapel Hill on June 18, 1936, son of Rebecca and John Clark Sr., who died six months ago. Chapel Hill is where the Hot Nuts started. The Clarks raised their sons on Crest Drive, across the train tracks from the stone-walled campus, in an all-black community that bordered Carrboro. Early on, it became clear that schooling wasn't his interest, entertaining was. At all-black Lincoln High School, he was a star quarterback and baseball and basketball player and the marching band's drum major. Christmas of 1954, he was serving drinks at the holiday party at the nearby Sigma Nu house when he heard Willie Hargrave's trio jammin' on stage. Told they made a night, he went home and immediately began organizing his own band, playing fraternity parties at UNC and N.C. State. They called themselves The Tops, but that band ended a year later. From that split emerged the Doug Clark Combo, which included Doug on drums and John on saxophone. The band played "Hot Nuts," which Doug had learned from Hargrave's band, and soon the fraternity boys were calling them "Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts." Their music has been a collection of beach, rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues. But always mixed in was The Hot Nuts Show, in which John Clark led the crowd in singing unprintable lyrics. Charlotte lawyer Jon Barrett recalls the first time he heard them as a boy in Chapel Hill. A high school friend of his sister Nancy's dropped by one afternoon. "My parents were out and he and my sister had this clandestine meeting in the driveway," Barrett said. "He slipped her something. I was about 10 and had to know what it was. It was a Hot Nuts album. Before our parents got home, we turned it on and couldn't believe what we heard. "We spent the next few weeks memorizing the songs." Through the decades, Doug and the band were the act of choice for a successful party. "When your fraternity was lucky enough to get them, everybody came to your party from all over the campus," said Bill Ashendorf of Charlotte, UNC class of 1961. "You knew you were going to have the best party for the weekend." The 1960s were probably their busiest decade, when they played 28 nights a month. But even now, they still play three to four nights a week. Often, their audience consists of children of the students they performed for when they first started. The band's current gigs include debutante parties in Atlanta and Savannah and a graduation party at the exclusive St. Catherine's School, a boarding school in Richmond, Va. For the millennium, they played a country club in Jacksonville, Fla. They play birthday parties, bar mitzvahs and weddings and are one of the most-requested bands for college reunions. "What Doug and the band were then is what they are now," said Larry Farber, a partner in East Coast Entertainment of Charlotte, which books many of their shows.
"Everybody who's heard the Hot Nuts probably have a verse of their own," he said. "There will be a lot of sad people; Doug was really a beloved guy. If you need any verses, I've got them, but I ain't giving them out."
The Hot Nuts were a major influence on Dallas Blues music in the early '60's with shows promoted by famous Dallas promoter Angus Wynne with financial backing by Don & Tom Lively.
"Hot Nuts, Hot Nuts, You get them from the Peanut Man.".

Katie Key's Texas Music Chart
Thursday September 26th, 3:34PM CST

TONIGHT: Jimmie Vaughan, Antone's, Beaumont Owen Temple, Blanco's, Houston Seth James, Garden in the Heights, Houston Jason Boland & the Stragglers and Brandon Rhyder Band, Antone's, Austin Susan Gibson, Gruene Hall, New Braunfels Peter Dawson, Roper's, Austin Jack Ingram, Sunset Station, San Antonio Steve Young and Steven Fromholz, Executive Surf Club, Corpus Christi Guy Forsyth, Chuy's, San Antonio Jason Allen, Big John's Ice House, Houston
Friday, September 27: Kelly Willis, Cactus Records and Continental Club, Houston Harris & Ryden, Firehouse Saloon, Houston Derailers, Cheatham Street, San Marcos Thrift Store Cowboys, Tavern in the Gruene, New Braunfels South Austin Jug Band, The Pier, Austin Cooder Graw, Billy Bob's, Fort Worth Jesse Dayton, Love & War in Texas, Plano Deryl Dodd, Texas Swing, W. Tawakoni Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Reign, Denton Eleven Hundred Springs, Top Rail, Dallas Stephanie Urbina Jones and Larry Joe Taylor, Greek Brothers, El Campo Jackson Parten, Leon Springs Dance Hall
Saturday, September 28: Brandon Rhyder Band, Firehouse Saloon, Houston Django Walker, Rodeo, Liberty Owen Temple, Tut's, Conroe Cory Morrow, Waller County Fair, Hempstead Tift Merritt, Antone's, Austin Karen Poston & the Crystal Pistols, Cheatham Street, San Marcos Cooder Graw and Nathan Hamilton, Gruene Hall, New Braunfels Kevin Fowler, Midnight Rodeo, Austin Mark David Manders, Saenger Halle, New Braunfels Various Artists at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park, Austin Chris Wall and Kevin Deal, Texas Theater, Waxahachie Brian Houser, Billy's Brewery, Denton Billy Joe Shaver & Kinky Friedman, Continental Club, Houston
Sunday, September 29: Delbert McClinton & the Allman Brothers, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston Kevin Fowler, Eldridge Park, Sugarland Bleu Edmondson, Adair's, Dallas Cosmic Dust Devils, Tavern in the Gruene, New Braunfels Houston Marchman, Armadillo on the Creek, Comfort Stephanie Urbina Jones & Lee Roy Parnell at Ruggles Grill, Houston
Katie Key Texas Music Chart Editor Best in Texas Music Magazine 713-952-9221

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