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FTNB Houston Week 9 Preview

posted by Jared A. Godar February 25, 2019 0 comments

Little lighter than average this week, but still good things going on. Of course, there’s always the rodeo, but here are some other good shows this week. Per usual, the ★ indicates shows I plan to attend. Please come say hi.


Monday, February 25th


John Egan | Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club | 9:00 PM

Solo blues resonator guitar over a stomp board. Pretty solid.

Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club 5731 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77005


Kacey Musgraves | Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo | 7:00 PM

You know her and she’s great.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo | 3 NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054


Tuesday, February 26th


Folk Uke | McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | 7:30 PM

Folk duo out of Austin with amazing harmonies and surprising lyrics.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098


Wednesday, February 27th


Brooks & Dunn | Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo | 7:00 PM

Coming out of semi-retirement.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo | Three NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054


Liz Brasher | The Heights Theater | 7:00 PM

Soulful, southern, one-woman act wth a mean guitar.

The Heights Theater | 339 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008


Thursday, February 28th


Radney Foster | McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | 7:00 PM

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098


Friday, March 1


Nashville Pussy | White Oak Music Hall | 7:00 PM

With Hell’s Engine and Speeddealer. Self-described as “southern boodie on steroids,” Nashville Pussy is touring behing their seventh studio album, Pleased to Eat You.

White Oak Music Hall | 2915 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009


Stoney LaRue | Big Texas Dance Hall & Saloon Spring | 9:30 PM

Red dirt music.

Big Texas Dance Hall & Saloon Spring | 19959 Holzwarth Rd, Spring, TX 77388


Saturday, March 2


Roger Creager | Friendswood Texas Music Fest | 7:00 PM

Texas Country

Friendswood Texas Music Fest | 1100, South Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX


Anna Joy Harris (📷: Jared A. Godar)

The first few times I encountered Anna, she was playing fiddle accompanying the likes of Darrin Bradbury and Sally Jaye. While we share a number of close friends, we had actually never even swapped howdies until after her BEAST set.

Like the first time I heard Megan Palmer put her backing fiddle down and pick up a guitar to sing her own songs, I got to see an entirely different, amazing side of Anna. Head-banging, hair flipping, gritty guitar pouring out of a dirty-amp.

Those of you who saw me this week know I am currently channeling my inner Bob Ross and I’ve been growing a head of hair lately. For the rest of my life, I can always recall fondly that the first time I ever head-banged with enough hair for it to matter was to Anna Joy Harris. Rounding out the trio were Raun “I build pretty things out of wood without power tools” Swanson Shultz on drums and Griff[o] Winto[r] “of the East” on bass.

Over coffee and crêpes yesterday, I learned Anna is also an accomplished concert pianist and so much more. Stay tuned for an in depth FTNB exclusive “Get to know Anna Joy Harris” article in the coming weeks.

Two more fun facts:

1) Her grandmother started teaching her piano when she was six months old;

2) Her grandfather was the founder of Austin City Limits.

I’m still processing live audio from her set. There will be a song or two from this show posted very soon. In the meantime, enjoy some of the unbridled talent and versatility of this incredible musician and human! 

Haven’t been out to the Old School Farm / Bar in a few weeks. I’m overdue for a visit and plan to rectify that tonight. If you’ve yet to make it, they have a beautiful room and bar out on a farm just outside town.

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Had the pleasure of listening to Casey James Prestwood and his impeccably dressed crew at the 5 Spot last night. Didn’t get enough, so in for more this evening.  This Denver-based band plays a good mix of classic country and original music. Give them a listen here:

Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels | Old School Bar | 5022 Old Hydes Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN 37218 | Tonight (4/27) | Doors 7:00 | Music 8:00 | Free