The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Josh Turner, K-Rino, Romeo Santos, etc.
joshturner.com Josh Turner at CMA Music Fest in 2010
Nutty Jerry's (Winnie), April 5
It's hard to keep up with every new country crooner that comes over the pop-twang airwaves, but thankfully Josh Turner's deeper-than-the-holler voice manages to stand out from the Keith Urban clones, sounding way more trad-country than those other guys at RodeoHouston who can't travel without a flatiron or a lady to bedazzle their jeans.
Coupled with the fact that he joined the Grand Ole Opry at just 30 years old, Turner is worth the time of you crotchety classic-country heads. Now if he could only start writing some raunchy beddin' songs, we would have a new Conway Twitty on our hands. With Holly Williams and Jody Booth. CRAIG HLAVATY
Founder and leader of the legendary South Park Coalition, a collective that now numbers some 60 artists, K-Rino may not have been the very first Houston rapper, but he has been among the very best for two, maybe three generations now. His career has tracked the parallels between rapper and street hustler with uncommon depth and insight across some 20 albums, including the brand-new The Maven.
Fiercely smart, resolutely independent -- a recent single is called "Murda the Mainstream" -- K-Rino has created a legacy that long ago would have been enough for a rapper of his accomplishments to rest on his laurels. Being K-Rino, though, that's the last thing he's going to do. Instead he's throwing Saturday's party celebrating his 30 years as an MC, which might as well be a party for Houston rap itself. CHRIS GRAY
Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Market Square Park, April 6
Somewhat like another Washington, Houston's own Little Joe, New Orleans' Walter "Wolfman" Washington is one of his hometown's most beloved musicians and a relative enigma everywhere else. Tutored by no less than Lee Dorsey of "Workin' In a Coalmine" fame, the 69-year-old Walter was leading his own band by the early 1970s, establishing himself as one of the first names in Crescent City soul.
Although he can of course howl at the moon if the mood strikes him, more often this Wolfman recalls other urbane yet still Southern R&B singers like the late Johnny Adams and Bobby "Blue" Bland. CHRIS GRAY
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