When Randy Rogers plays the open-air stage Friday night at The Backyard, he might find himself thinking of making music in another large, but closed room: Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A.
West Coast gospel singer and choir leader Brent Jones performs with the Waco Community Choir Saturday at Victorious Life Church, a concert that will be recorded as Jones' second live album.
Miami University musicologist Tammy Kernodle will highlight the women who used songs and music to advance freedom and civil rights in her musical program “She Sang Freedom,” presented Thursday night at Baylor University’s Bennett Auditorium.
The names Aaron Barker, Allen Shamblin and J.T. Harding may not make heads nod among many country music fans.
Local musicians and regional acts often don’t connect outside of shared songs, but the two are linked in two shows taking place this week.
Those who follow the local jazz scene know pianist Dave Wild from his frequent appearances at Waco-area clubs and restaurants.
The line between opera and musical theater, if any hard line ever existed, gets bridged in the Baylor Opera Theater’s current production of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music.”
When San Francisco-based men’s ensemble Chanticleer performs Tuesday at Baylor University’s Jones Concert Hall, audience members shouldn’t expect a traditional men’s choral sound of bass, baritone and tenor parts.
The name Buffalo Ruckus suggests a band that doesn’t fit musical genres neatly and that’s the case with the Denton band bearing that name.
Waco country singer Holly Tucker is adding a second verse to the song of Texas musicians helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, thanks to a donated guitar and the goodwill — and signatures — of more than two dozen musicians.
An etiquette guide in past Waco Symphony Orchestra concert programs cautions concert-goers against tapping their feet, but the symphony’s Jan. 18 program might allow a little forgiveness.
Country singer Gene Watson doesn’t beat around the bush when asked about what listeners can expect at Saturday’s concert at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton: It’s traditional country music, he said.
Freezing temperatures this week make spring something to anticipate, even though nothing but summer heat has staying power when it comes to Waco weather.
The old year ends Monday with a fresh 2018 ahead and whether your reaction is to kick the past year out with a good riddance or an open-armed welcome to a new year continuing more of the same, there are plenty of places to celebrate.
A big hat and an American accent opened doors for Waco-born singer-songwriter Jarrod Dickenson when performing in the United Kingdom and his lyrics and performing talent made those curious audiences return again and again.
Grammy Award nominations came out Nov. 28 and one of them, it turns out, was for a Baylor University choral director.
The Waco Symphony Orchestra’s biennial holiday show returns Friday night and this year’s “Holly Jolly Holiday Concert” sees a little more pop for the pops part of the lineup.
Country/Americana singer-songwriter Chris Knight is admiring the fall foliage at his farm near Slaughters, Kentucky, while talking about his Thursday night show at the Waco Hippodrome.
For local Texas country music fans, Christmas may have come a little early this year in the form of Winterfest, which tops three nights of country music with such performers as Roger Creager, Josh Abbott, William Clark Green, Waco’s Holly Tucker, Reckless Kelly and Micky and the Motorcars.
Weather was the determining W for last year’s Waco Wonderland with suddenly cold temperatures and rain forcing cancellation of the Waco Christmas parade and delaying Saturday’s opening by a few hours.
For Kingwood natives Blake and Taylor Powell, sibling rivalry is highly overrated. The alternative is putting them on the country and Americana charts.
Performers often speak of being in the groove when they perform, that moment when everything clicks between what’s on stage and what’s in the audience. Texas honky-tonker Josh Ward looks for “the big ol’ whirlpool.”
Singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan found himself stymied creatively when working on his last album toward the end of 2015. He had more questions than answers and for someone known in large part for Christian songs such as “How He Loves” and “Heart Won’t Stop,” that might be perceived as a problem.
For the Central Texas Choral Society’s fall concert, director David Guess opted to shift from performance of major choral works to a varied selection of songs drawn from the 5-year-old choir’s past performances.
When soprano Renee Fleming stands before a full Waco Hall on Tuesday night, she won’t be the only one singing, though the others in the audience will sing just in their hearts and minds.
Americana singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb looks forward to a return to Common Grounds on Saturday night, the Waco venue that he and his band the Neighbors have called home in recent visits, but it’s not as enticing as what follows later this fall: a two-week tour with Willie Nelson.
Texas country singer-songwriters Pat Green and Casey Donahew will spend Thursday night in Waco doing what they like best, playing songs and telling stories. And, as they did during a recent Texas Music Takeover tour of London earlier this month, they’ll be doing it together.
Yes, pianist Arlington Jones does live in Arlington, Texas, but that’s not where his name comes from.
As a founder and frontman for Christian band Third Day, singer Mac Powell knows there are plenty of good causes to champion and plenty of audiences who respond to those causes.
A little more than two years ago, Texas country/Red Dirt singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue asked fans for suggestions of what LaRue favorites they’d like to hear in an album. The result, “Us Time,” proved successful enough, drawing from nearly 20 years of his career, to carry him longer than the usual album tour.
Some musicians and performers have added single names to pop music’s vocabulary. Kris Kristofferson has added phrases:
Waco arts organizations learned this month that they’ve been dealt a flush hand in Texas Commission for the Arts program grants: All five organizations applying for project grants had their requests fulfilled.
Live country music plays during the final weekend of the 65th annual Heart O’ Texas Fair, but it’s not all the same flavor of country.
Musicians rally to help fellow Texans in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey with Sunday's Texas Music Flood benefit in Waco.
Americana and country performer Adam Hood and his band will fill the Saturday slot left vacant when the Josh Abbott Band canceled its Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo concert in the aftermath of the mass shooting Sunday in Las Vegas.
The Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo has long held memories for Texas country singer-songwriter and Waco native Wade Bowen.
New York rapper, writer and producer Andy Mineo dipped into his ‘90s boyhood when he got writer’s block for his next album, the upcoming “Uncomfortable,” and the result took on a life of its own.
Texas country singer-songwriter Mike Ryan says songwriters sometimes get those “aha!” moments and one recent case came in a sad song.
Justin Furstenfeld, lead singer and songwriter for the alt-rock band Blue October, sounded a little out of breath during a recent phone interview, but it’s for good reason: He’s on his morning walk in San Marcos, where he and his family live, pushing 18-month-old son Gunner in his stroller.
The irony of David Ramirez’s latest album “We’re Not Going Anywhere” is that he and his band did the opposite in recording it: They went somewhere.
Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo faces a busy fall: concerts in New Mexico, Texas, California, Nebraska, Oregon, Kentucky and Colorado. Travel abroad to concerts in Canada, Scotland, South Korea and Lebanon. Performances of works by Brahms, Ravel, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Strauss, Mozart and Bartok. Promotion of the Decca Gold album “Cliburn Gold 2017” containing his performances of Ravel’s “La Valse” and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Sonata.
For some songwriters, there’s a deeper goal than entertaining and amusing their listeners, a side of the music and lyrics that speak to the soul and spirit.
The first week of September not only starts with plenty of live music, but plenty of musicians. Here’s a look at four shows with multiple bands or performers slated to play.
The unfolding calamity of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the Gulf Coast area this past week may shade the typical celebration for Labor Day weekend, the holiday that traditionally bookends the summer, but for those needing a break, however small, from the concern and human drama, there are plenty of opportunities.
Texas singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard chuckles when asked if mortality was on his mind when he wrote the songs for his newly released album “Tell The Devil I’m Getting There As Fast As I Can.”
Margaritas and salsa come back this year to the Margarita & Salsa Festival at Extraco Events Center — well, in one form at least.
Thoughts of a garden often cause people to think of spring and new life, but it’s a springtime of the spirit that Christian worship leader Kari Jobe had in mind when she wrote her latest album.
Waco guitarist and band leader Classie Ballou has provided the live music for scores, if not hundreds, of good occasions during a five-decade career, so it’s only fitting that when he turns 80 years old, family and local musicians are returning the favor.
Texas singer-songwriting brothers Bruce and Charlie Robison stop off in Waco Saturday night as part of their “My Brother & Me” acoustic tour.
Acclaimed gospel singer and pastor Marvin Sapp will cap the two-day Miraculous Outpouring Conference in Waco by preaching and singing in the 7 p.m. Sunday worship service at Carver Park Baptist Church.
In looking for a new sound for a community festival, New Era Booking and Management promoter Paul Franklin is opting to go Old School for this Saturday’s new Brazos Blues Festival — Old School as in the ageless sound of Southern soul music.
For Texas country singer-songwriter Josh Ward, radio has been as hot as a Texas July and that’s the kind of weather he likes.