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Monday, Apr 3rd, 2006

Martinez takes top prize, Dust Devils sweep the 4th Annual Texas Music Awards

LINDEN, TX – The 4th Annual Texas Music Awards, presented by and hosted by singing legend Michael Martin Murphey, were held at the historic Music City Texas Theater in Linden, Texas this past weekend to a sold-out crowd. 

USA Network’s Nashville Star finalist John Arthur Martinez of Marble Falls, Texas, was named 2006 Entertainer of the Year, and was also on hand to present the Record of the Year award for which he was honored in 2005, to Mike Siler for his song “It’s About To Get Western.”

Coincidentally, Marble Falls is also home to the Dust Devils, a Roots Rock/Americana combo formed around the husband-and-wife team of Kevin Higgins and Barbara Malteze.  The Dust Devils walked away with four out of the five award categories they were nominated in, including Female Vocalist of the Year (Malteze), Song of the Year (“Walk On” written by Higgins), Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, and Album of the Year (GATHERING DUST).  They continued to stun spectators with their performance of “Walk On,” which included a solo break by Malteze, who did a brief tribute to Janis Joplin, one of her major influences.

During her acceptance speech for receiving Female Vocalist of the Year, Malteze told a story about her grandfather pulling a coffee can out of his freezer so he could give her enough money to pursue her musical ambitions as a young woman in California.  “My grandfather gave me his cold, hard cash – literally!” she exclaimed, to the delight of the crowd.

Other award recipients include Jimmy Kaiser for Male Vocalist of the Year, John Greenberg for Producer of the Year, Mike Siler for Record of the Year, Texas Renegade Band for Live Band of the Year, Hayes Carll for Singer/Songwriter of the Year, Big John Mills for Musician of the Year, Clay DuBose for Rising Star of the Year, and for Radio Station of the Year.

The Live Band of the Year, Radio Station of the Year, and Disc Jockey of the Year awards are the only award categories voted on 100% by the listening public.  Justin Frazell, of 99.5 The Wolf in Dallas, Texas, took home the Disc Jockey of the Year award for the second time in a row, a TMA first. 

Founders awards are also given in three categories.  The 2006 Musical Event of the Year was given to “A Texas Hill Country Christmas,” produced by Stephen and Sue Ann Meyer of the Lodge Recording Studio and benefiting Candlelight Ranch.  Two MyTexan awards were presented to members Grady Lee and Richard Bowden, and one Palmwood award was presented to Jackie Bryant.

The shows producers, Jinelle and Lucky Boyd, co-founders of, began show preparations in November of 2005, and enlisted the help and support of more than 80 volunteers and several businesses and organizations.  “East Texas is such an untapped area full of Texas music lovers – we were thrilled to be able to bring this prestigious event to this neck of the woods.  It was a great success,” said Jinelle Boyd.

Prior to the show, the producers met with all of the nominees to brief them on the day’s events.  The Boyds are quick to point out that those receiving awards are ‘award recipients,’ and not ‘winners.’  “When you announce that someone is the ‘winner’ of an award, that denotes that there must be a ‘loser,’ and there are none of those in this room today,” declared Lucky Boyd, when addressing the nominees.

Immediately following their acceptance of their awards, each recipient filmed a television commercial with the Texas Farm Bureau for Murphey's upcoming benefit telethon and concert in Amarillo.  The event will raise money for victims of the Texas panhandle graze land wildfires that have been ravaging that part of the state.

Murphey closed the show with an intimate performance of three of his most beloved songs.  "He was one of my first musical influences.  To see him perform "Wildfire" was just so incredible!" gushed Female vocalist nominee Anni Clark, who flew in from Maine to attend the show.

The Academy of Texas Music is the official sanctioning organization of music awards in Texas.  In an effort to insure high standards for each awarding body, the award nomination, selection, and voting process must be approved by the Academy to receive an official sanctioned status.  Presently, the Texas Music Awards presented by are the only awards fully sanctioned by the Academy.

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For information on the Wildfire Relief Concert in Amarillo, or to donate to the cause, go to:

Monday, Apr 3rd, 2006

MyCityRocks is creating a program called ROCK SAFE to help women on MySpace.

MyCityRocks has formed an alliance with a group called The Bridge Over Troubled Waters that helps women that have suffered from physical and sexual abuse with counseling and shelter.

We are creating a program called ROCK SAFE to help get the word out in the Houston area. Our goal is to help women understand their options when they get into bad relationships, to help people learn how to party safe, to learn how to avoid giving out personal information in their MySpace profiles that might allow "sexual predators" to find them, and to help young teens learn what to do if they are approached online by much older guys looking for sex.

This will be an ongoing program with many facets. The AddMe cards will be a part of the program. We will be including weekly ROCK SAFE tips in the newsletter each week and on our MySpace profile. There will be a series of events held that we are going to produce ourselves and that will combine fun with opportunities to get out information.


Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2006

Hello, Flamenco Fans!

This is your last reminder for the Del Espadin Flamenco & Spanish Dance Flamenco Fiesta, featuring Gabriella, "La Tempestad", on Saturday, March 25th, from 8-10pm at the West University Dance Center, 4003 Bellaire Blvd. @ Stella Link, 2nd floor. Come join us for an evening of lively Flamenco music, song and dance, right from the heart of Spain. Guest performances and exhibitions may include ballroom, salsa, or middle eastern. Light refreshments will be provided. $5 admission. Seating is limited.

Also attached is a flyer on our Flamenco Guitar Workshop coming in April, featuring Carlos Sanchez.

For more information on any of these events, please visit or call 713.705.8701 today!

Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2006

R.I.P. Joe "Krullenzith" King

Krullenzith was the front man for GATES OF ENOCH and LILITH MOON and founder of CHAOTIC GOAT RECORDS. He is survived by his wife and 3 month old son.

Original message from Joe's wife:

"Joe 'Krullenzith' King of Gates of Enoch has passed this day, March 18th. He is missed and loved by many people including me (his wife), Sebastian Alexander King (his 3 month old son) and his whole family. Even though he is gone I know his presence shall remain eternally. He played a big part in the underground metal scene and wanted nothing more than to do all he could achieve with Gates of Enoch and to help the striving metal scene by trying to open a club. There is so much more that I can say, but I don't have the strength or words to say them. He will be missed greatly."

Funeral Service Information:

Viewing and funeral sevices will be held at Brookside Cemetary, 13401 Eastex Freeway & Lauder Rd.

Viewing will be held on Tuesay between 4-9PM and Wednesday between 8AM-1:30PM.

Burial ceremony will be held at the same location on Wednesday at 2PM immediately following the viewing.

Chaotic Goat

Thursday, Mar 9th, 2006

Guitarist Jesse Taylor dead at 55

By Michael Corcoran
Wednesday, March 08, 2006

In a town full of guitar players, he was the most ferocious. Lubbock-born Jesse "Guitar" Taylor, who came to prominence in the Joe Ely Band that toured with the Clash in the late '70s, earned his nickname by playing every solo as if the notes were shooting through him. Offstage, the tattooed gentle giant was one of the most good-hearted people you could meet.

Taylor passed away Tuesday evening at his home from complications of hepatitus C and cirrhosis. He was 55.

"When Jesse joined the band in 1975, his playing took us to a whole new level," Joe Ely said from California, where he's on tour. The Clash's Joe Strummer loved Jesse. "Keith Richards had us open some (Rolling Stones) shows because he was such a fan of Jesse's. Bonnie Raitt tried to get Jesse to join her band."

But Taylor stayed in Austin, where he backed Billy Joe Shaver and the Flatlanders in recent years.

Read more here.

Tuesday, Mar 7th, 2006
Hear Ye fans of rock and metal (and all around good eggs!)

This Saturday nite, March 11, a show not to be missed if you know anything about the local rock and metal scene! MIDNIGHT CIRCUS, SIX MINUTE CENTURY, STRIDE, and WOLFEBLITZER.

All four bands have pulled together in support of our bro, Matt Kanzler and his wife, Kathy. They've come upon some pretty steep medical bills and we'd all like to chip in to show we care and help ease the burden!

Apart from the great show, there's gonna be some really cool stuff for auction. WolfeBlitzer will donate all proceeds from that nites' merch sales and sell chairs for an honorary choir to be featured on WolfeBlitzer's forthcoming cd! DO NOT MISS IT!

Tuesday, Mar 7th, 2006

Elvis Presley’s Guitar Player Returns To SugarHill 30 Years Later With The Honky Tonk Heroes

Legendary guitar master and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee James Burton, made a triumphant return to SugarHill Recording Studios 30 years later, to track guitars for Louisiana band The Honky Tonk Heroes.

Burton recorded guitars with SugarHill Chief Engineer Andy Bradley in Studio A and B, assisted by Tyson Sheth. Burton tracked 11 songs with The Honky Tonk Heroes, which will be featured on their new album due late April 2006. Band members Larry Parcell and Kevin Rath are producing the album.

James Burton was often seen at SugarHill in the 70’s, cutting guitars on Huey P. Meaux’s recordings. Meaux owned SugarHill at the time and had a huge influence on the southern sock scene, recording hits with Freddy Fender, Lightnin’ Hopkins, George Jones and countless legends that passed through the studios’ doors.

A self taught guitar prodigy, James Burton started working when he was only 15 jump starting his career by playing on Dale Hawkins’ 1957 hit song "Suzie Q"; a record that would become one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

His talent was soon discovered, establishing himself in the industry and leading to his most recognized work with Elvis Presley as lead guitar player in the late 60’s until Presley’s death in 1977. He has also worked with other legends including Ricky Nelson, Randy Newman, Gram Parsons, John Denver and Roy Orbison’s legendary video performance Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night.

For more on SugarHill Recording Studios, visit:
For more on James Burton, visit
For more on The Honky Tonk Heroes, visit

Tuesday, Mar 7th, 2006

Debut EP From Houston's Own Playing With Stars

Although the collective paths of Playing With Stars has just recently come together, the individual journeys have never been too far apart. Kathy and Ron Crumpler, singer and guitarist respectively, can trace theier roots back to a band by the name of Juice Box they were in a few years back. When that project reched it's conclusion, the couple formed an acoustic act by the name of Playing With Stars. Soon, Tom Bonner was added on drums and recently, an old aquaintance of Ron's by the name of Brian Moore was brought into the mix to round out the group as bassist. These individual roads have converged at an on-ramp to success and Playing With Stars is now in the fast lane on the freeway to rock.

On Saturday March 11, 2006 Playing With Stars will be releasing their debut six song EP with a kick-off CD release party at Rudyard's located at 2010 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77006. This is a pre-release before the CD is available to be sold online starting Tuesday March 14, 2006 with a regional tour to follow.

Tuesday, Mar 7th, 2006

"Goodbye" Sounds More Like Hello

Houston's dynamic, energetic rock band, Volįtil, is releasing "Goodbye", the first single from their currently untitled EP.

After 6 months hibernating in "the lab", creating fresh, new music that appeals to audiences of every generation, Volatil is ready to let the world hear the first single. "Goodbye" was born in 2001 from life experiences; it wasn't until late 2005 that Volatil added it to the EP, after being requested at every Volatil Show. This four piece band led by strong vocals, grooving drums, alternative guitars, and powerful bass lines have been compared to both No Doubt's buoyant pop and Alejandra Guzman's grit. Volatil's songs tell stories that connect with one's own experiences. With music that appeals to both Spanish and English audiences, Volatil hopes to break the language barrier, and make new friends wherever they perform.

Volįtil is also excited to announce their participation at the Seventh Annual Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass Music Festival during SXSW on Saturday, March 18th, in Austin. This festival is a benefit concert for the Go Lulu! Foundation, and includes headliners such as The Feds, Soul Hat and other independent national bands. For more information on the Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass Music Festival, you can visit:

Saturday, Mar 4th, 2006


Legendary singer-songwriter/guitarist, 45 year old, Chris Whitley died of lung cancer on November 20, 2005. Chris leaves behind a younger brother Dan, an older sister Bridget, and daughter Trixie. A man of rare poetic honesty, Chris Whitley maintained a resolute musical integrity throughout his career. Chris was kind enough to take part in our tribute to honor Houston musician Tim McGlashen.

Two tribute concerts for Whitley will take place in Austin and Houston. Proceeds will in part benefit a trust fund for Trixie Whitley. NDUGU will debut at these shows. NDUGU once again pairs the sonic rhythm section of Robert Woodrich (vocals, bass) and Danny Lee (drums). On electric guitar will be none other than Harry O, and joining in on sax, Tim Kochen from the Buddhacrush. Throughout the years the members of NDUGU have been apart of such legendary bands as The Zealots, the Buddhacrush, Tomorrow and The Cry. NDUGU is very honored and grateful to pay tribute to such talented artist as Chris Whitley.

The Whitley benefit for the Houston area will take place at Warehouse Live on Sunday, March 5. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Current artists to perform include Shawn Colvin, Charlie Sexton, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, Doug Pinnick, the Sonnier Brothers, the Dan Whitley Band, John Egan, Arthur Yoria and NDUGU. Warehouse Live is located at 813 St. Emmanual Street, Houston, Texas. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

In Austin, the show will be held at The Glenn on Saturday, March 4, with the same lineup, but will also include Alejandro Escovedo and band and The Barbwire Project featuring- Eric Johnson, Malford Milligan, Steve Barber, Bill Maddox, Stephen Bruton, Chris Maresh, Rebecca Henderson and the Tosca Strings. The Glenn is located at 13101 Hwy 71 in West Austin by The Backyard. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased through Get Tix- A raffle will be held at each event featuring special autographed items. Also be on the lookout for surprise guest appearances. For details go to

Ray Younkin was a special performer at Tim McGlashen’s benefit, and he also designed the beautiful poster for the show. His latest song “Blanket of Night” on his recent CD was nominated for song of the year at the Texas Music Awards. It was one of 5 songs nominated out of 15,000 considered. Voting ends Feb. 24th, so vote now!

Saturday, Mar 4th, 2006


It’s time once again to get off the porch and run with the big dogs.  90.1 FM KPFT’s “Blues Hound” and “Baby Girl” (“Howlin’ the Blues”, Sundays 2-4 p.m.) have scheduled their 4th Annual Spring Howl for Sunday, April 2, 2006, from 2-8 p.m.  This year’s blues extravaganza will be held at Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar (1031 E. 24th Street, Houston, 

Kicking off this year’s show in support of their soon-to-be released CD, “The Road”, will be Shannon & Lance G.  Local bluesman, Michael Heyman brings his new power trio, Roomful of Mirrors, up next for an explosive set. Austin’s Seth Walker follows with his infectious blend of down home blues roots music and will be featuring songs from his upcoming self-titled CD. 

The Brad Absher Band takes the stage next.  Brad, a former Tulsan who now resides in Houston, has been thrilling audiences all over with his unique soul drenched vocals and guitar prowess.  Look for him to perform many of the songs from his 2005 release “Gulf Coast Soul.”  Special guest, John Gaar from Austin, will join Brad for a guitar-slingin’, soulful-singin’, rockin’ blues set.  John’s CD, “Bittersweet Success,” received him honors as a top songwriter by Billboard Magazine.  Don’t miss these soon-to-be luminaries of the blues.

John Moschioni, aka “Johnny Boy”, a swingin’ daddy-o that everyone ought to know, headlines this year’s event.  Johnny’s quartet consists of Richard Cholokian on drums, Thomas Helton on upright bass, and guitarist extraordinaire Joel Foy, who has recorded with everybody from William Clarke to James Harmon. 

Raffles will be held throughout the day with loads of t-shirts, CDs, and other cool goodies for attendees.  A $15 donation will get you into this Pacifica benefit.  For more information on the event and 90.1 FM KPFT, log on to or email “The Blues Hound” at

Tuesday, Feb 28th, 2006


"After a much needed 4-month break from the scene SEVRIN is back and better than ever with the introduction of our new and phenomenal drummer "Matt Cayer" and new and amazing bassist "Dan Castaneda". We have quite a few shows lined up and with our first Houston show in over 5 months on - Saturday 04/01, in addition to our first appearance at the legendary Curtain Club in the Dallas Deep Ellum district on 04/29."

Luke from Redefining The Moment, the band from ex-members of Donora's Center, writes, "As you should recall, I wrote last time that Clint has chosen to leave Redefining the Moment in pursuit of other priorities. With his continued blessing, we have found the new addition to the group: a drummer named Adam Barton. It's quite unreal how things worked out so quickly with him, but he is everything we could hope for and then some. He brings a unique new style to RTM and we're very excited to see where things go from here."

Webmaster Ed from The HungerOnline.Com, "Last on the list of news is the hardest part for me to mention. For those of you who have not visited the website in the past week, Stephen Bogle has left the band. The following news was posted on the site in the news area: 'After 15 years Mr Stephen Bogle has left the band to pursue his own personal endeavors and see what the rest of the music world has to offer. I'm positive that his future holds nothing but the best that music has to offer. He is a great musician and an outstanding producer. He would never tell you but he is the best producer in town. Always modest about his own career he always chose to speak with his work. The Hunger will always love and appreciate his friendship, work ethic and loyalty to the band. Things will not be the same without him but life goes on. We will leave the email link to stepen's email up for a couple of weeks so you guys can send him any parting messages. Thanks!'"

Local worship band Not Afraid has two new songs up on their myspace page here:

Opie Hendrix finally got a new newsletter announcing that for a limited time two songs from the soon-to-be-released Chupacabra are available to download at Join Opie's myspace'll be in good company. Speaking of good company, check out (That's Opie's wife!)

Houston ex-pat Hadden Sayers (now residing in Ohio) is back in the studio, "Hello All, no dates are currently posted for the HSB as I am hard at work on the new Hadden Sayers Band CD! This CD...our 6th is truly a labor of love and I am enjoying dedicating all of my time to making the best music I'm capable of. I will update you from time to time on my progress via this list and the myspace site at "

Jordan from Prevail Within writes, "First things first, our full length album is still set to be released this April under our own Sindrome Records. We have a concept and album title but are waiting to release it with the cover art. We also are pleased to announce our team up with Mightier Than Sword Records out of NYC... we will be releasing a 7" under them this summer... We have a big show coming up in March in San Antonio on the 4th with Come Back Hailey and the 31st with the Casualties and The Unseen... Check out our website for more info... "

Paul Beebe starts another band..."READING DAYS is a new band featuring Paul Beebe on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Mark Riddell on bass, Matt Clark on lead guitar, and Jon Sanchez on the drums.  For the old Drifter fans, we play a few of those songs as well as some new ones. The debut performance is this Friday 3/4/06 at The Continental Club opening for Tody Castillo, a critically acclaimed local songwriter. We go on at ten, so I hope to see you there!"

Saturday, Feb 25th, 2006
HOUSTON OPEN MIC AWARDS 2006 Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 6:00 pm

The Houston Open Mic Awards are getting near. This night is honoring our Open Mic Family...all the performers (musically minded and spoken word) and non-performers (faithful clientele) who have supported our open mics and made each night so special at JP Hops House in 2005. This will be a Sunday-night extravaganza with decorations, food, music and presentation of the trophies. Eighteen awards will be handed out by the end of the night. These awards are not competitive but instead are meant to be fun (see the categories below)! If you played at our open mics in 2005, your name has been written on a star and placed on the stage. There are over 200 stars on the wall! We love you guys! We are looking forward to having a ball and sincerely hope you will make plans to join us for our 1st Annual Houston Open Mic Awards!

Open Mic Award Nominees "Golden Ear Award" - (biggest all around music fan) Larry Englebretson * Chris Schmidt * Cyd Wright

"He Thinks He Lives Here Award" (most faithful open mic bar regular, non performer) Terry Clarke * Bob Davis * Rob & Judy Mood JD Idaho

"Pied Piper Award" - (their own audience in tow) Jeff and Ben * Stan & Paul

"Can You Hear Me Now Award" - (poet award) AJ Grammar * Chris Schmidt * Beverly Shirkey Chris Stiteler * Alan Young

"Most Supportative Organization" Houston Association of Acoustic Musicians (HAAM) Houston Fort Bend Songwriters Association (HFBSA) Nashville Songwriters Association International - Houston Chapter (NSAI)

"Most Intriguing Thingamajig" - (most unusual/interesting instrument) Mike Darnell - Liberty Tree Guitar * Jim Kam - Chapman Stick Danny Jones - Dulicmer * Gary Taylor - Ukulele

"Supportive Back-Up Musician Award" (most supportive back-up musician, instrument or vocal) Otis Futhermucker * AJ Grammer * Tony Rose * TC Smythe * Roni Todd John Williams * Willie B

"Everybody Knows My Song Award" - (original or cover songs) Dan Ennis - "Herbie The Herbivore" Otis Futhermucker - "One leg to the east....." Bobby Mitchell - "Rump Wrangler" Larry Sepulvado - "I Must Have Been Drunk When I Said I'd Stop Drinking" Gary Taylor - "You Can't Be A Wimp And Live In Texas"

"Rib-Tickling Award" - (humorous songs) Russell Dodge * Stan Hatch & Paul McCann * Bobby Mitchell

"More Than A Hobby Award" (started with open mic to CD Released in 2005) Big Lizard Boys - "Pick Yourself Up" Mike Pope - "The Reason for Our Time" Kat Rose - "Power and Passion" Tom Tranchilla - "Sketches Of Life"

"The Good Hair Award" Danny Jones * Otis Futhermucker * TC Smythe

"Buzz Award" - (talk of the town) Ken Gaines * Ericka Luckett * Jen Rathbun * Smythe & Taylor * Mark Zeus

"Seldom Seen Award" - (only played once, leaving us wanting more) Dodd Eastham * The Fowler Brothers * Robert Frith * Ken Gaines * Brian Kalinec

Recipients of the following Awards will be announced at the Ceremony:

"Open Mic Is My Life Award" - (most times attended)
"Longest Journey Award" - (longest distance traveled)
"Open Mic Magic Award" - (most interesting combination of musicians)

There are 2 more awards which are not listed above that will be announced and presented at the party.

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