Images, words and musings about life, music and art in the Alamo City and beyond

Friday, July 25, 2014

FOR THE LOVE OF LIEBERT

Ottmar Liebert on the cover of one his two new albums out this year, "Bare Wood."
(Courtesy photo/Greg Gorman)

In a 23-minute conversation with Ottmar Liebert, we discussed everything from the glory days of radio to the weather in Santa Fe to men wearing lederhosen.

Oh, and music, too, of course.

Liebert is known for his distinctive sound that blends both old and new – a style he calls contemporary flamenco.  A self-professed lover of San Antonio, Liebert and Luna Negra return to our city Thursday, July 31, at the Aztec Theatre. It will be Liebert’s first time playing at the historic downtown venue.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SO THAT'S WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS

What Made Milwaukee Famous (Courtesy of Stevan Alcala Photography)

When Jerry Lee Lewis sang “What Made Milwaukee Famous” in 1968, he was referring to beer. More than 40 years later, an Austin-based band has taken that song title and given it a new identity – theirs.

What Made Milwaukee Famous is a band that doesn’t like to be pigeonholed when it comes to their sound. It’s rock, pop, indie, Americana and ballads all rolled up into one big rubberband ball of music.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A.J. CROCE: THE MUSICIAN HE'S COME TO BE

A.J. Croce (Courtesy photo)

There are expectations that come with a storied family name, and often, those hopes come filled with anticipation and comparisons. It’s a natural occurrence that happens in all walks of life.

But perhaps nowhere are those hopes so high as with the son or daughter of a famous entertainer. A.J. Croce knows what those expectations feel like and he’s not afraid to take them head on. The son of the late Jim Croce has been busy forging his own identity and recently released his eighth studio album, “Twelve Tales.” Croce will perform songs from that album when he plays at Sam’s Burger Joint and Music Hall in San Antonio, Sunday, July 6.

Monday, June 9, 2014

SETH WALKER KEEPS IT REAL

Seth Walker at Sam's Burger Joint and Music Hall, March 15, 2013

SethWalker has the uncanny ability to make a song feel like a treasured classic and vibrantly new all at the same time. His distinctive sound – a smooth, soulful voice interlaced with masterful guitar playing – shines brightly on “Sky Still Blue,” set for a June 10th release from The Royal Potato Family record label.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY BOOKS

The enchilada-red San Antonio Central Library.

We probably all have defining moments we remember from our childhood. The first time riding a bike without training wheels. Catching that rocketing baseball and saving the game. Rollerskating without falling.

For me, it was getting my library card.