Barbara Lynn, who turned 72 last month, was born in South Texas’ Golden Triangle region of the Gulf Coast. Beaumont to be exact, where she still resides today. Playing its clubs as a southpaw teen guitarist, she barely clocked 20 years old when her first single, “You’ll Lose a Good Thing,” soared to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 8 on the pop chart. Before she knew it, she appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Twice.
In the ensuing years and decades, neither being a woman nor Sixties civil unrest slowed her down. “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” was later covered by Aretha Franklin and Texas legend Freddy Fender. One of the greatest thrills of Lynn’s career was when one particular artist called her up personally to get permission to cover another of her tunes.
“Mick Jagger called me at my manager’s office,” she recalls by phone from Beaumont. “My manager said to me, ‘There’s someone I would like you to talk to, Barbara. His name is Mick Jagger.’ I said, ‘You mean the Mick Jagger with the Rolling Stones?!’ He said, ‘Yes ma’am.’ Jagger told me, ‘I’m here to collaborate with your manager and ask you if it’s all right with you for us to record your song “Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin’).”’
“I told him, ‘You have my full permission!’”
While Lynn stepped back from music to become a mother, as a grandmother she’s still rocking loud and hard, bringing it with the gusto she’s had her entire career. Her grandkids’ band, the Johnsons, are also on the bill, along with the Soul Supporters and DJ Topper James. She’s a powerhouse performer, a woman of great tales, and full of joyous laughter.– William Harries Graham
Fort Worth’s Jason Eady celebrates Daylight and Dark, a collection traveling deep into the woods of love and loss. Eady loves his honky-tonk, but these songs recall the narrative sorrow of singers like Don Williams and Randy Travis.– Jim Caligiuri
Barroom poets and musical brawlers notch another 365.
D.C.’s Carney trio gives bromance new meaning via the Camaro fuzz rock of Innocence. Local math rocker TNT, too.
The Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival puts the squeeze on the Moose Lodge for the third year, lining up accordion greats including Austin’s Johnny Degollado and hard-working locals Conjunto Los Pinkys. Saturday, North Texas Norteño sextet Los Arcos Hermanos Peña are joined by Tejano Idol runner-up Devin Banda. And don’t let the genre scare you away; conjunto commingles Mexican roots with South Texas influences, a century of tradition relying heavily on the partnership between the lilting accordion and a 12-string Mexican guitar, the bajo sexto. Dancing’s optional, but only for some.
Saturday Conjunto Calidad (4pm), Miggy Carrillo y Su Conjunto (5), Conjunto Los Pinkys, with Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia (6), Ricky Ruiz y Los Escorpiones (7:30), Smiley y La Fuerza Musical (8:30), Crystal n Crew (9:30), Conjunto Baraja de Oro (10:30), Los Arcos Hermanos Peña, with Devin Banda (11:30)– Nina Hernandez
Kevin Russell’s foursome keeps iterating “Gourds? What Gourds?”