Eight Houston Musicians Who Deserve More Love

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The Homopolice, with Beau Beasley far right
Bassist, organist, composer, member of the infamous Homopolice, one of the Rocks Off 100, self-avowed electronic music geek, flanger aficianado, and suave Poison Girl drink slinger, Beau Beasley has been broadly immersed in the Houston music scene all his adult life. Not long ago over a cold one at Poison Girl, a discussion began about his favorite Houston players.

Rewind:

Beau Beasley, Organist for the End of Time


As Beasley tossed out names and explanations, it became obvious that his vision is deep and his standards are high. Below, in his own words, is a list of his favorite Houston musicians.

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Steve Candelari
Steve Candelari
Drummer for local Brit-rock cover band Picture Book and Continental Club happy-hour favorites Beetle. I saw him play the Who's Who Are You and it was one of the most powerful performances I've ever seen. He was totally channeling the spirit of Keith Moon.


Wilton Felder

A horn player from Houston living in Los Angeles these days, Felder was a founding member of the Crusaders. He eventually switched his emphasis to bass guitar and became one of the in-house bassists for Motown and worked on milestone albums by Billy Joel, Randy Newman, and John Cale. He's so good he played bass on the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back." Nuff said.


George Weimer

Houston drummer/groove master I've picked up a lot of concepts on feel and groove from hanging around in the back drum room at Rockin' Robin and watching George fuck around on the kit. This is the guy in Houston that can tell you the difference between Mexican cumbia and the Colombian cumbia. And he was in the Onions at one time, one of Houston's longest-running R&B bands.


Kevin Fitzpatrick

Another longtime rock-and-roll Houston drum heavyweight, Kevin locked down the beat for alt-country rockers the Hollisters during their heyday. I've watched him play drums a handful of times, and every time I'm amazed at his awesome country-rock drumming style. Very swinging and very strong.

I also saw some pictures of him hanging with Rush back when he was a youngster at someone's house. Truly legit. These days Fitzpatrick fronts his own band, Snit's Dog and Pony Show.


Paul Ramirez

Paul showed me the ropes on Latin-style percussion and also taught me quite a bit about theory, professional band etiquette, and true musicianship. The sickest drummer in town if you are into hard hitters, he studied under George Weimer and at the University of North Texas.

He appeared in an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger and drummed for Houston noisecore pioneers Splatterrea. He also went to Eisenhower High School and has the old-school NORTH SIDE tattoo to prove it.



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24 comments
hr8369
hr8369

Dittos on Raycraft!!!

jithouston
jithouston

Growing up in Houston in the 80's, who didn't love The Dishes and we can't forget The Judy's  also!

Kevin "Snit" Fitzpatrick is awesome!  Let's give them all some LOVE!

Bert Duplessis
Bert Duplessis

John McVey - phenomenal blues guitarist. Catch up with him soon at Emmit's Place or Shakespeare's Pub. Oh and I agree about Barry Seelen - actually saw him play with McVey at Shakespeare's last week. What a combo!

ricolocohb
ricolocohb

Only Smith could write a blog that has a legitimate and warranted theremin reference. Well verbalize sir.

Michael Terry
Michael Terry

So many in Houston that are better than most.

Miles Yao
Miles Yao

Rocker kids come and go. But Greg Harbar of the Gypsies - this elder statesman of accordion alone propped up the European/Centra Asian scene in Houston.

Cruz Cruz
Cruz Cruz

Ryan Scroggins & The Trenchtown Texans

kidred
kidred

I kinda feel like I belong on this list. oh well. peace. kid red.

Rocky Alvarado
Rocky Alvarado

Kelly Fitsimmons, the guitarist for Carry The Storm. This guy is a total shredder.

Samuel West
Samuel West

DRUM is without a doubt Houston's best local band in my opinion...

Stephanie Ruiz
Stephanie Ruiz

Yes!! Dy'Lan and friends (specifically the one that plays the xylophones)

Roger N Roark
Roger N Roark

Wayne (the train)BRAND NEW CADILLAC is a powerhouse one take rock classic!

llcooper1311
llcooper1311

Jimmy of course, but Phil Florian - that's how it's done.

bibulb1
bibulb1

Let me add my voice to the chorus of appreciation for Jimmy Raycraft. The man's an ferociously good guitar player, a solidly good bass player, the man who showed me just how precise a theremin player can get, a SERIOUSLY good front man, and a really, really, really nice guy on top of all that.


It was an honor, a privilege, and a joy to be in a band with him.


(Plus, "Girls with Glasses" is a GODDAMN TITANIC MONSTER OF A SONG. LOVE that song.)

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

I'm rather shocked at how little video of Jimmy there is. He's almost invisible, and that's just not right.

Ian T. Komouss
Ian T. Komouss

But I didn't know Beau needed love. He's king of the scene!

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah topcommenter

Yep, Raycraft  can bring it.......

Funny thing about Jimmy is he now only plays bass on his rare gigs with Beans

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

@Roger N Roark And what does this have to do with the subject we're discussing?

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

@John Bat Another kid weighing in with no sense of history or much depth of knowledge about who the real players players are in this town. LMAO.

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