Shoji Tabuchi’s fiddling and singing never put him on Nashville’s country music charts, but his love of entertaining an audience helped him build a national following from the unlikely base of Branson, Missouri.
Austin singer-songwriter Kelly Willis says it’s been quite the year since she and her husband and fellow musician Bruce Robison performed in Waco, a year marked by anxiety in good and bad shades.
Texas country singer-songwriter Sunny Sweeney is no stranger to two-stepping and partying — her current tour with Ward Davis is titled “High on Honky Tonk” — but she’s also not one to side-step the harder places of life in her music.
When Waco musician, promoter and The Backyard co-owner Brian Brown decided to celebrate his 50th birthday with music and friends, he picked a Waco duo that’s all about using the former to make the latter.
Married With Sea Monsters, the Waco indie rock band with the indefinable name, returns to town after a two-year hiatus, performing with three other bands at a Saturday night show at Spin Connection.
Lynnette Geary initially teaches students to play the carillon on a modified electric keyboard.
August heat usually means an entertainment slowdown in Waco, but at the Hippodrome, August means heating up.
“We can end the violence” — it’s no surprise that Kristen Kelly’s Believe logo will be a frequent sight Saturday.
Twenty years after scoring breakout success with his song “I’ll Be,” country/pop singer-songwriter Edwin McCain finds rewards in the smaller details of life.
It’s hard to sum up the Nashville musical duo Dailey & Vincent in a few words. Dailey & Vincent, for instance, is short for Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, but they’re more than two performers, often playing with a backing band, as they will at their Aug. 2 show at the Waco Hippodrome.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — At Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field this June, Kenny Chesney flew in a large group of VIP guests to visit with him before performing for some 55,000 fans. They weren’t music industry bigwigs.
Texas country singer-songwriter Wade Bowen has been on The Backyard’s stage several times before and has shared a stage with fellow musician Randy Roberts even more times, but Wednesday’s “Hold My Beer and Watch This” show will have special resonance.
Hayden Smith, lead singer for the Waco band When Forever Ends, admits that coffeehouse Common Grounds, the venue for his band’s show on Saturday night, doesn’t readily spring to mind when thinking of Christian heavy metal rock.
Rain dripping, ocean waves crashing on the shore, river rapids, even the silent fluttering of butterflies — all make music to Waco musician Sandi Horton, who translates them into a different music when she composes.
Drake and Kanye West — two reigning kings of pop music — both flooded the American consciousness with music this summer in strikingly different manners.
It’s the fourth year at Touchdown Alley for Waco’s Fourth on the Brazos celebration and organizers are expecting largely a hometown crowd for the midweek holiday.
Singing got Connie Smith into country music some 50 years ago, made her a star and still gives her joy in front of an audience.
Though much of Texas country mourned at George Strait’s 2014 announcement that he would retire, country singer Derek Spence found a silver lining.
The second “u” in Rumours signals something different that the rest of the band’s show name explains: “The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show.”
Americana is the broad umbrella under which Texas singer-songwriters Shakey Graves and Paul Cauthen fit, but authenticity may be their greater connection: Both create the music they want and in the way that they want.
Waco’s Juneteenth Family Fun Day, already one of the state’s larger Juneteenth celebrations, expands into an Extravaganza this year, with three days of activities and performances by the platinum-selling ’90s soul and hip-hop group Dru Hill and gospel singer Myron Butler.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If the term “outlaw country” evokes images of Willie Nelson’s hippie braids or Waylon Jennings’ “Honky Tonk Heroes,” then you’ll want to see a new museum exhibit offering a deeper look at the poets, pickers and characters that revolutionized country music in the 1970s.
For Austin band Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, it’s all about the party. Or the show. Or whatever it takes to get an audience on their feet, happy and leaving with a good feeling.
Sundae Drivers and Los Roachez, two Waco-area bands familar to local clubs and stages, take the weekend’s headliner slots at The Backyard downtown, giving fans live doses of Americana, rock, country and blues.
A milestone birthday merits something special. That’s why Texas country musician and Waco native Wade Bowen is changing some things for his annual Bowen MusicFest, which turns 20 this Sunday.
Texas country singer-songwriter Kyle Park says the title of his new album, "Don't Forget Where You Came From," explains in part the change in sound from his last album, "The Blue Roof Sessions."
Spring, as Ted Nugent might put it, is the time when great shaggy beasts shake off winter’s sluggishness and, with hot blood pumping through their veins, go forth to stalk the land.
The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, which has traveled the world entertaining and leading praise, will continue its Texas swing with a stop Thursday evening at St. Eugene Catholic Church in McGregor.
Predicting May weather in Waco for the annual Pints in the Park is a gambler’s game, but the remaining elements of Saturday’s edition — Texas barbecue, beer and live honky-tonk music — surely rate as a Texas trifecta.
The start of a national tour always is a big thing, but the concert that kicked off the current “Jesus, I Believe” tour for Christian worship band Big Daddy Weave was more memorable than usual: a Carnegie Hall performance backed by a 250-voice choir.
For a writer and performer whose songs have provided inspiration for millions of Christians, Michael W. Smith found himself at a strange place more than a year ago: creatively blocked and several years past his last album, released in 2014.
Shotgun Rider, the Texas duo of Logan Samford and Anthony Enriquez, knows the task ahead — building a base in Texas and beyond — means introducing fans to two distinctives, the band’s West Texas-lonesome sound and its name.
Tejano icon Little Joe Hernandez admits that though he lives in Temple, he doesn’t play many dates for his Waco neighbors.
The Central Texas Choral Society will do its part to mark the centennial of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein by performing his “Chichester Psalms” in its spring concert Monday night at Truett Seminary’s Powell Chapel.
It’s not just wine stimulating the senses at the Waco Winery Tasting Room and Rooftop Patio, but sound and sight from its small stage.
Atlanta saxophonist Mace Hibbard performs with the Waco Jazz Orchestra on Monday night, but with a different status: distinguished guest artist rather than talented Waco High School student.
When the band Honest Men opens for Kings Kaleidoscope Sunday night at Common Grounds, they’ll know the territory: The band started three years ago at Baylor University and Common Grounds was a basic venue.
Live music and award recognitions combine Friday night at the Music Association of Central Texas’ annual Groovy Awards, held at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum.
The band names Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and California Honeydrops offer no clues to the style of music they perform — horn-driven swing and infectious rhythm-and-blues/soul, respectively — but both suggest an easygoing, fun vibe for their audiences.
Texas country star Pat Green comes back to Waco’s The Backyard April 27 with a new album of his songs. That’s not unusual, but who’s singing them is: a Who’s Who of Texas country.
Texas country singer-songwriter Josh Grider returns to his former musical stomping grounds of Waco Saturday night to open for Josh Abbott and his band at The Backyard in what Grider jokingly refers to as “a night of two Joshes.”
Atlanta-based comic, rapper and online personality DC Young Fly headlines shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday at the Waco Hippodrome, 724 Austin Ave.
Texas country singer Cody Johnson looks at Saturday’s concert at the Extraco Events Center where he’s headlining a lineup of Mark Chesnutt, William Michael Morgan and Shotgun Rider, and thinks how far he’s come in Waco.
Nashville country singer Maggie Rose has been playing and performing for more than 10 years, but Thursday night marks something new: her first show in Waco.
Gaetano Donizetti’s 1840 comic opera “The Daughter of the Regiment” returns to a Waco stage Friday and Saturday as McLennan Opera’s spring production.
The audience at the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s season-closing April 12 concert at Waco Hall likely will recognize the music, passages from more than a dozen movie themes and soundtracks.
David Rovics sings to educate, motivate and entertain, all during the same show or rally, but, then, that’s what an activist folksinger does.
Performer Johnny Lovett wants to save the sounds of country music’s greats and the vault is his voice.
Spring weather is bringing more than flowers and Waco music fans might want to stock up on insect repellent with regional and national acts scheduled for outdoor night concerts, many set along the Brazos River’s stretch through Waco.
Austin singer-songwriter and Waco native Jaimee Harris is quick to talk in a phone interview after arriving in Michigan hours earlier for a show that night.
Violinist Simone Porter has another musical instrument in mind when talking about the concerto she’ll perform with the Waco Symphony Orchestra on Saturday: the human voice.
This year’s Brazos Nights concert series continues its long-running musical diversity, with announced acts representing jazz, vintage Tejano, rhythm-and-blues, soul, blues and rock — in only four bands.
Texas singer-songwriters Jack Ingram and Hayes Carll team up Tuesday night for a joint acoustic concert at the Waco Hippodrome and if the past is any predictor, it’ll be a show on their own terms and in their own voices. They come to Waco after a similar show at Hank’s Texas Grill in McKinney on Sunday.