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No. 73 (Winter 2018)


Winter 2018

Whitney Rose

Whitney Rose recalls her earliest memories of performing were at her grandparents' house on Prince Edward Island in Canada, where she lived for the first part of her childhood. Her grandparents were country-loving bar owners with a habit of bringing the party home after closing time. So at 3 or 4, Rose got her first paid gigs. As her latest album, Rule 62, demonstrates, Rose is a natural born performer and an emerging songwriter every bit as talented as those she's been influenced by. ."

St. Vincent's Deep, Dark Pop

Since adopting the St. Vincent moniker a decade ago, Annie Clark has dabbled in genres ranging from orchestral chamber music to post-punk. The 35-year-old musician hit a groove in 2014 with her visionary self-titled fourth album, which fused jagged guitar riffs with a high-concept Bowie-esque stage persona. But leave it to the creatively restless Clark to flip the narrative once again. For her fifth album, Masseduction, Clark recruited pop hitmaker Jack Antonoff, who's worked with Taylor Swift and Lorde, to give her intricate compositions some addictive '80s-inspired verve."

Creating a Scene

Make no mistake: Houston has music. Lots of it. Blues, rap, folk, zydeco, Tejano, electronic, metal, conjunto, country. Few cities in the nation can boast the sort of diversity the Bayou City offers. And yet, a consistent lament over the years has focused on the lack of a music scene that might rival Dallas' Deep Ellum or Austin's Sixth Street. But that may be changing thanks to an explosion of new venues that have opened over the past year -- or are scheduled to open."

The Late Great Johnny Ace

Johnny Ace -- born John Marshall Alexander Jr. in Memphis in 1929-- appeared to be on his way to a successful recording career when fate intervened on Christmas night1954 at the City Auditorium in Houston. What exactly happened that night has been much-debated, though eyewitnesses insist Ace accidentally shot himself during intermission. Ironically, Ace's biggest hit, "Pledging My Love," was released following his death and was at the top of the Billboard R&B charts for 10 weeks beginning Feb. 12, 1955. More than 60 years later, the song is still being recorded and is one of the most recognizable songs among R&B fans.

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