Carter: Overly Rehearsed Live Music

Overly rehearsed live music Richard Carter   The other day I got a call from a Houston friend who asked if musicians in Wichita Falls still got together and jammed. What he was asking, of course, was do people still get together, a drummer, bassist, several guitarists, and just play jams—not to play tightly rehearsed…

Carter: Steve Morton

Steve Morton Richard Carter I recently got a message from Greg Neth to let me know about the passing of a mutual friend of ours–Steve Morton, a really good guy who had played bass in area bands for the past thirty-plus years. I think that if you had grown up in the area and/or were…

Carter: SXSW Week

SXSW week Richard Carter I recently got a message from Gellert to let me know that Jac Damsel is going to reform one last time to play a going away show for lead singer Jac who is moving away. The band will play at Fat Albert’s at 9:30 p.m. on Friday March 23. The cool…

Carter: Pre-SXSW

Pre-SXSW Richard Carter Emily Pothast’s band Midday Veil will be performing at Felix’s Machine Shop on 107 Mississippi on Friday, March 8 with It Hurts to Be Dead opening. The doors open at 9 p.m. and the headlining act goes on at 11 p.m. it’s all-ages and costs $5. Pothast was a longtime resident of…

Carter: Local Honky Tonks

Local Honky Tonks Richard Carter I received an e-mail from Kenny Mayo the other day about an exhibit he is starting to put together for the North Texas History Museum downtown. His idea is to put together an exhibit of honky tonk music in Wichita Falls from 1950 to 1970. You might not be able…

Carter: The Big Find

The Big Find Richard Carter I got to hang out at a jam/rehearsal with an area metal band that’s been working on things for a while but has yet to play any live shows. The group, Big Find, originally got together about two years ago or so with original 10 Cent Pistol members bassist Jason…

Carter: Paulson

Paulson Richard Carter Rumor spread like wildfire several days ago when New Jersey based band (and clearly Wichita Falls favorites) Paulson announced they were going to play a show. The band, for all practical purposes, broke up a while ago, and they have not recorded or played since. The news that they were going to…

Carter: All Night Long

All Night Long Richard Carter One of my favorite things to do is to watch bands put together their cover songs. For one thing, you can tell an awful lot about a group by their choices of cover songs and how they play that material(how they interpret it). Growing up, an awful lot of the…

Carter: New Live Music Places

New Live Music Places Richard Carter With a number of clubs dropping rock music from their offerings, it was just a question of time before other venues tried their hands at filling them. Live music brings in people and cover charges or increased drink sales. The first place for me to check out was the…

Carter: Downtown Culture Crawl

Downtown Christmas Crawl Richard Carter It’s been a while since they’ve thrown a downtown crawl in Wichita Falls, but last Thursday they had a Downtown Christmas Crawl in the downtown area from around 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. I managed to get there around 5:30 or so and was there until about 7:30 or so.…

Carter: Places to play

Places to Play Richard Carter   Walk around the city square in Denton sometime, and you will be surprised how many clubs there are, and places to see live music. It’s like it’s it own world or something of cool places to hang out and/or just walk around. You can barhop in Denton like you…

Carter: Mark It Eight

“Mark it Eight” Richard Carter Had things gone better, some of us would be preparing to see Morrissey this week. Alas, we had to “settle” for Jimmie Dale Gilmore last Thursday and Friday at the Museum of Art at Midwestern State University. Needless to say, it was an interesting turn of events. Gilmore is an…

Carter: Texas Singer Songwriters

Texas Singer Songwriters Richard Carter   If you are into the Texas singer songwriter thing, and you really should be if you are not, I can recommend a free program next Thursday and Friday. Both start at the Museum of Art and Midwestern State University. The first show at 7 p.m. Thursday is a roundtable…

Carter: On the way

On the way Richard Carter As a follow-up to my last week’s blog about the imprisonment of two female punk rockers in Russia, the leader of the nation publicly defended the two-year imprisonment sentences in hard labor camps.  He also made a comment that they could be doing housework at home had they not chosen…

Carter: Music and Change

Music and Change Richard Carter   There’s always been some sort of protest involved in playing or listening to rock music. I mean, what band or music listener doesn’t see their parents as hopeless squares that want to stop them from having fun, or perhaps having too much fun? And even if their parents don’t…

Carter: Open Mic

Open mic Richard Carter Last week, I attended the first Spot open mic in months. When I walked in about 30 minutes in, it was only Chris Roberson playing guitar and Steve-o Welch playing drums and there was no one else, and I thought it was going to be a long night. Luckily, a pic…

Carter: Isaiah the Mosaic

Isaiah the Mosaic Richard Carter Last Thursday, a group of five Austin-ites—four of whom are from Wichita Falls—played their first ever show in Wichita Falls as the band Isaiah the Mosaic, a pretty cool psychedelic band with keyboards, djangly guitars, a strong rhythm section and relaxed, dreamy  vocals. The band is made up of second-generation…

Carter: A Wet Weekend

A Wet Weekend Richard Carter This past weekend was supposed to have been my first since moving back to Wichita Falls where I wasn’t going to be at Fallsfest. But around noontime on Friday, I was asked to review one of the evenings and I chose Marshall Tucker Band. I have met Kevin Fowler before…

Carter: Upcoming good music

Upcoming good things… Richard Carter   I had the opportunity to touch base with the Denton-based band The Virgin Wolves—about the closest Texas has to a band like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and they were playing a show last Saturday in Deep Ellum. Unfortunately I was unable to get out to the club all the way…

Carter: Fun Fun Fun and then some

Fun Fun Fun and then some Richard Carter At this point in the game, there are a couple of cities that can compete with Austin in terms of having mass outdoor live shows to attend ala Woodstock with tons of fabulous acts but a lot less mud and much safer drinking water. In early March…