Continued a very enjoyable stay in Houston. Morning with John Lomax (great nephew of the music historian Alan Lomax), a long time Houston music journalist. His father managed Steve Earl and Townes van Zandt – John was Earl’s youngest roadie (12 yrs old). As with so many folks who’ve been around music, John was full of interesting anectodes and history. Explained how Zydeco was largely supported by the churches – clubs wouldn’t have it because people came to dance, not drink. Most Zydeco bands tour regional parishes, where their shows are actively promoted by the priests, and often include a potluck. Arhoolie, a label in Berkeley is the principal label for these acts.

His blues stories were all too familiar. The older generation (Albert Collins, Joe Hughes, etc) are now survived only by Little Joe Washington, a 60+year old blues guitarist who has been essentially homeless for years, showing up randomnly at shows with his guitar, playing a couple songs then passing his hat for tips and dissappearing – surfacing a couple hours later at another show. Drugs have been everpresent. Blue is truly a hard luck world.
Spent a great afternoon being driven around by local music buff, artist and techie Akil Head. Included a stop at SUC, DJScrew’s record store/shrine that is the epicenter of the Chopped&Screwed world. DJScrew OD’d on codeine in 2000. It’s unlike any store I’ve seen (see pictures). The store exclusively stocks mixtapes which you buy, cash only, from a clerk behind glass. On any given day there are 50-75 different Cds for sale. Picked up a good sampling.
Then on to a great meetup at Star Pizza. About 15 people showed. Lots of new CDs and some great discussion about local music, pandora features, and of course the various required eating. Was given a collective lecture on the preparation of crawfish. thanks to everyone – Kevin, John, Wilson, Raena, Sean, Akil, Bonnie, Garland, et al
Topped off the night with a collection of local bands at Walters. Satin Hooks rocked the house.
Got to get up early for the trip to Baton Rouge.


  1. Michael Sirois
    April 04, 2006 at 5:16am
    I can't believe I missed a Pandora meetup. I started using Pandora a few days ago, but didn't check out the blog until this morning. Darn. Well, I hope everyone had a good time. Excuse me, I have have to go give a thumbs up to a song. (8^) Michael
  2. raena
    April 04, 2006 at 11:30am
    "pandora evangelist"... lol, you just dont know.
  3. Ian
    April 06, 2006 at 3:32pm
    Bummer ... I didn't catch the train in time! I'm in Austin but missed you last week when you were here. Just read Lomax's story ( and I'm on the pandora bandwagon!
  4. robert
    April 19, 2006 at 2:45pm
    i love this thing check out moses guest,drop trio,dub-tex my fav in houtx
  5. Henry Vojtek
    April 21, 2006 at 9:57am
    sorry I miss you guys in Houston you guys are doing something great for music listeners not the same old crap push down our throats by payola $$$$. thank you ps if you come to houston please let me know you got check out last concert cafe,it is great place for local music
  6. janet
    April 27, 2006 at 9:01am
    your music selections for artists from latin america, the caribbean and other spanish speaking places are not so great. otherwise i love your site.
  7. May 09, 2006 at 6:29pm
    i love pandora!!! i would so work here if i was old enough!!! i don't know if it's any different anywhere else, but in houston, every song the local stations play are mundane and unoriginal, and in addition, are ground into the dirt from over play. i used to like dani california! anyway, pandora has given me the opportunity to experience other kinds of music, which has really helped me overcome my boring life. i've even gotten friends interested!
  8. Tracey Pacetti
    May 18, 2006 at 12:56pm
    Since you were so close you should have made the drive to LakeCharles Louisiana. There is a truely great place there called Luna's Bar and Grill, such good food and some really faboulous soulful good music by Dave Evans who in my opinion is a great undiscovered talent..he owns the place. So if your ever in that neck of the woods again it would be worth your while to swing by and check it out.
  9. jazcat
    May 29, 2006 at 11:00am
    tim..u have got to check out the thursday night jazz at market street in the woodlands..great local and national acts...our band "maydwell" performed there this spring by popular demand and we will be back in the fall..amazing venue..outdoor..byob..legally..surrounded by very nice bistros...and all
  10. Bill Kiefer
    June 16, 2006 at 3:16am
    The greatest band ever to hail from the state of Texas: King's X. They're friendly kinda folk, sit in their rockin' (no pun intended) chairs on the front porch, pen, paper, six string and fly swatter in hand on hot, steamy afternoons, writing tasty little ditties. Next time ya'll are down 'round the Houston way (Katy, more specifically), look 'em up. You'll be glad you did. Bill Kiefer
  11. keisi
    June 17, 2006 at 1:17pm
    I just started using pandora a few weeks ago. I live across the border from El Paso. And I really like pandora!!!!!! and I was really happy when I found music in spanish!!! the best thing!!
  12. Mark
    June 19, 2006 at 8:31am
    Just discovered Pandora....great service! Sorry to have missed you when you were in Texas. Two suggestions for additional music from here....Thomas Michael Riley and The McKay Brothers...both high-quality acts. They can be found at and The McKays just released a new CD produced by Lloyd Maines which is great!
  13. rachel caraballo
    July 07, 2006 at 7:15am
    I WORK AT BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, SAN ANTONIO, TX. I have everyone in my clinic tuned in. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. Richard Ahlgrim
    August 04, 2006 at 1:22pm
    Just got turned on to Pandora recently and have been spreading the word ever since. Sorry I missed the fact that you were going to be in Houston. Just in case you are ever in Houston again here are my suggestions. 1. No offense to his Dad but John Lomax is an idiot, stay away from him. 2. Try to make a visit to Anderson Fair, it's a Houston institution, featuring Folk/Texas/Singer Songwriter. It's been here since the 60's. 3.A visit to KPFT, the local Pacifica station, would also be worthwhile. In my opinion the lineup there starting earlier on Saturady mornings offers the best music programming you will find anywhere near Houston.
  15. anthony
    September 05, 2006 at 3:08pm
    houston music history has to include deadhorse. they were so ahead of their time it hurts. relapse re-released "peaceful death and pretty flowers" as well as "horsecore". check it out.
  16. Uncle Gropey
    September 07, 2006 at 5:36pm
    Omari Tau is a great Houston artist as well. He does local venues here and there I think, when he isn't performing in The Lion King.
  17. Evita
    October 13, 2006 at 9:09am
    Tim and friends, I have been a listener ever since I discovered it by accident online. A I must say I enjoy it very much. This quickmix idea is great!!! Great job, keep it up!!!!! I am sorry that I missed you when you came to Houston. Maybe, next time.
  18. Priscilla
    April 18, 2007 at 6:56pm
    Have I told you lately that I love Pandora? Well I do!! I think it's the best thing that happened to internet radio. You guys are awesome! keep up the fantastic job. I missed you guys when you came to Houston but next time I'll be there \\\
  19. celexa
    June 29, 2007 at 6:29pm
    I want to say - thank you for this!
  20. paxil
    June 30, 2007 at 2:07am
    Incredible site!
  21. meridia
    July 03, 2007 at 6:40pm
    Good work!
  22. Daniel
    August 17, 2007 at 6:30am
    Shoot I missed it too, I didnt get the email until It was too late. Next time could you shoot those out the day before?!

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