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Michelle Malone: Connected to Dirt

Listen, my children, and you shall hear tales beginning with the lengend, “In the early days of South by Southwest....” From Georgia’s ripe scene, Michelle Malone could tell a few, having debuted at SXSW 1988. Saturday, she joins her Southern folk-rock with ATX’s Patrice Pike and Houston native Jen Foster at the Saxon Pub. Read More | Comment »

10:47AM Fri. Oct. 18, 2013, Margaret Moser

Suzy Bogguss: Staying True to the Impulse

When Suzy Bogguss titled her recent CD American Folk Songbook, she wasn’t kidding. The Illinois-born country singer-songwriter actually used her grade school songbook as inspiration for the recording and show she’ll be performing at One World Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 17. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Tue. Oct. 15, 2013, Margaret Moser

The Hightower Legacy

“One thing about Donna Hightower I want people to know, she wasn’t retired.” Ex-Austinite and vocalist Denia Ridley called yesterday from France, the day of Little Donna Hightower’s memorial. The 86-year-old jazz singer died August 20, leaving an international legacy that ended in Austin. Read More | Comment »

4:47PM Wed. Aug. 28, 2013, Margaret Moser

Shirley Ratisseau’s Last Blues

Shirley Ratisseau, 84, died Friday, April 12. With her passed a largely undocumented piece of Texas music history that began at her birth. She was inducted into the Austin Music Awards’ Hall of Fame in March. Read More | Comment »

12:31PM Tue. Apr. 16, 2013, Margaret Moser

Suzi Quatro Coming to Austin

Our favorite rockrgrl local or otherwise, Carla DeSantis Black, returns with another conference for female musicians up her velvety sleeve. The first annual MEOW Con takes place Oct. 24-26 at the Renaissance Hotel, with keynote speaker SUZI QUATRO. I hoped that would get your attention. Read More | Comment »

2:27PM Wed. Apr. 10, 2013, Margaret Moser

Carson McHone

Releasing an album or recording remains a milestone for any musician. Tonight at the White Horse, 10pm, Carson McHone oversees her first EP. I booked the young local for a U18 Threadgill’s series several summers back, and found myself utterly charmed by the teen songwriter citing onetime local Ana Egge as an inspiration. Read More | Comment »

3:20PM Tue. Jan. 22, 2013, Margaret Moser

First Came Memphis Minnie

“Excuse me, guys, I’m doing an interview. Just hang out.” Maria Muldaur muffles the cellphone she’s speaking on as she drives from Florida to dates that includes New Orleans, Houston, Denton, and a Sunday night gig in Fredericksburg at the Hill Top Cafe. If all you know of her is 1974 hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” get ready, because Maria Muldaur is on a mission. Read More | Comment »

10:25AM Fri. Nov. 2, 2012, Margaret Moser

Celtic Tiger Moya Brennan

Moya Brennan. If the name looks unfamiliar, think of Mairé Brennan. If that doesn’t ring Irish bells, think of the ethereal voice on the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack. All three are one and the same. Brennan headlines Fiesta Gardens this weekend for the 16th annual Austin Celtic Festival. Read More | Comment »

9:07AM Thu. Nov. 1, 2012, Margaret Moser

Why Pie?

Given last night's all-star Hey, Loretta! Hillbilly Hoedown and Pie Social at the Continental Club, the proceeds of which benefited the SIMS Foundation, I looked up the history of pie socials to see how they developed. Finally! Something Wikipedia has no entry for! Read More | Comment »

1:25PM Tue. Apr. 10, 2012, Margaret Moser

Born Traveler

The email, as often happens, came forwarded to me through close connections. “Since her diagnosis of ovarian cancer and, also, with four other doctors in Houston, Traci Lamar Hancock decided to accept the help of hospice in her home.” The email continued. Read More | Comment »

4:26PM Mon. Apr. 2, 2012, Margaret Moser

Doobie Brothers: Rockin' Down the Highway

Early summer 1971, the Doobie Brothers toured Texas for the first time, driving their own Winnebagos. In San Antonio, they played Freeman Coliseum between locals Giant Smiling Dog and Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth. Four decades later, led by original guitar/vox combo Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, they play ACL Live at the Moody Theater tomorrow, Tuesday. Read More | Comment »

3:19PM Mon. Mar. 26, 2012, Margaret Moser

SXSW Encore: Eric Burdon

Eric Burdon never let his career get in the way of his musical vision. From classic British Invasion chartoppers with the Animals (“House of the Rising Sun”) and later War (“Spill the Wine”), to the modern Animals (including local drummer Brannen Temple), Burdon is still sharp, relevant, creative, and inspired 50 years after breaking out of North England. Read More | Comment »

4:44PM Mon. Mar. 19, 2012, Margaret Moser

Natalie Zoe's Birthday Bash

Happy birthday, Natalie! Hope you don’t mind me plugging your CD release for The High Road this Friday, Feb. 24, at the Saxon Pub by also mentioning your Big Uh-Oh Birthday Bash. I know you’re proud of this album. You should be. You walked all those roads to this point, and some were mighty tough. Read More | Comment »

2:34PM Mon. Feb. 20, 2012, Margaret Moser

Grounded in Commitment

If the names Jack Ingram and Grounded In Music sound familiar, it’s because the 2012 Benefit Concert at Gibson Guitar Showroom on Wed., Feb. 15, is the second time the two have associated for the cause. This year, he’ll be joined by Hayes Carll, with Savannah Berry and Grounded in Music students. Read More | Comment »

3:18PM Mon. Feb. 13, 2012, Margaret Moser

The Girls on the Bus

Weekday morning sounded the same as I boarded the bus during third grade in 1962, down in the desolate suburbs of southeast Houston. We lived so far out of town, the road into my subdivision was a one-lane shell road and horny toads ran free in the vacant lots. Today, Sabo Road has its own exit off the Sam Houston Tollway and horny toads are on license plates. Read More | Comment »

4:05PM Mon. Feb. 6, 2012, Margaret Moser

Don Cornelius, RIP

Don Cornelius, best known as the TV host of Soul Train, was found dead this morning in his Sherman Oaks, CA., home. An L.A. coroner confirmed he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Cornelius was 75. Read More | Comment »

10:28AM Wed. Feb. 1, 2012, Margaret Moser

Mayor's Roundtable Benefits Austin History Center

Why is there a statue of Molly Pitcher downtown? It’s not. That's a statue of Angelina Eberly, heroine of Texas’ "The Archives War." Tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 1, is the Angelina Eberly Luncheon at the Driskill Hotel, 11am. Reservations are still available at $125, with proceeds benefiting the Austin History Center. Read More | Comment »

11:14AM Tue. Jan. 31, 2012, Margaret Moser

John Aielli Back in the Hospital; Stable

KUT has confirmed that John Aielli is in the hospital again. The popular on-air personality suffered a heart attack on Jan. 4. "We are in touch with John and he is alert and in typical good spirits," posted the station just after 10am this morning. Read More | Comment »

10:51AM Tue. Jan. 31, 2012, Margaret Moser

Good Music, Good Himes

Quick, connect the dots between Christopher Cross and Ghostland Observatory using San Antonio psychedelia as a reference! Answer? Engineer Chet Himes. Read More | Comment »

4:01PM Mon. Jan. 23, 2012, Margaret Moser

Etta James RIP

Etta James died on Friday, January 20, from various health complications, five days shy of her 74th birthday. James' full-bodied R&B sound was one of Chess Records' enduring legacies. Read More | Comment »

10:45AM Fri. Jan. 20, 2012, Margaret Moser

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