Bar Light, Bar Bright: Beer Signs & Songs That Light Them Up

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Photos by Jason Wolter
Chris Knight at the Firehouse Saloon, August 3
Rocks Off has a bad habit of what some people refer to as "honky-tonkin'." Single, childless and a lifelong Lone Star drinker, we have no reservations about staying out till all hours, even if sometimes it does make us feel like we're trapped in George Jones' "Bartender's Blues." No use crying over spilled beer, though. Just give us another one.

And so it was that last week we finally found ourselves at the Firehouse Saloon for Chris Knight. Although the Kentucky singer-songwriter is perhaps a little left-of-center for the Firehouse - an average song of his is like a three-minute episode of FX's Justified - he had enough of a John Mellencamp growl to keep the crowd entertained. When they weren't hassling Rocks Off and our photographer about being in Kings of Leon, that is. Evidently they don't get too many beards at the Firehouse; for our part, we've never seen so many golf shirts in our life.

While we were there, we couldn't help but notice the abundance of beer signs emblazoned with the name of one Texas Music/Red Dirt artist or another. Like any other genre, this one has some people we like a lot, and others we wouldn't cross the street to piss on if they were on fire. Be that as it may, we admired the honky-tonk craftsmanship of all the signs, and thought you might as well. Pop a top and start scrolling.

Brandon Rhyder aug11.jpg
"Laughin', singin', whiskey drinkin', driftin' troubadors/ Livin' like its always Friday night, behind that old red door"

Song: "Old Red Door" (Every Night, 2008)

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"Bar light, bar bright, first bar that I see tonight/ I wish I may, I wish I might, Find someone to hold me tight"

Song: "Barlight" (Life of the Party, 1998)

Cory Morrow aug11.jpg
"I've been a drifter, ever since I could walk/ I've been a connoisseur of beer since I could talk"

Song: "Drink One More Round" (The Man That I Have Been, 1998)

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Firehouse Saloon

5930 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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What about this beer-light lyric?

Ziggy played guitar, jamming good with Weird and GillyAnd the Spiders from Mars. He played it left hand But made it too farBecame the special man, then we were Ziggy's band

Ziggy really sang, screwed-up eyes and screwed-down hairdoLike some cat from Japan; he could lick 'em by smilingHe could leave 'em to hangCame on so loaded man, well-hung and snow-white tan.

So where were the Spiders while the fly tried to break our balls?Just the beer light to guide us,So we bitched about his fans and should we crush his sweet hands?


I paid $23.88 for an i Pad 2 32-GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic

Lumiix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.41 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I

will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when

I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 635 which only cost me $ 61.74

to buy. Here is the website we use to get it al from,


You couldn't handle that shit on strong acid, man.


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