Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.
Who? It's not even Mardi Gras yet, but pretty soon Rocks Off may have to start a branch of the 200 exclusively devoted to musicians from Galveston. Last week we brought you Robert Kuhn, and today it's our pleasure to introduce you to Kevin Anthony, whose roots on the Island run deep. Step it up, inner-loopers.
|Photos courtesy of Kevin Anthony|
Anthony was BOI -- hope you know what that means -- and says he's been playing music since age eight. His parents and grandparents exposed him to the likes of Bob Wills, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline and Merle Haggard, among others, and the family would also soak up the Cajun and country bands at rodeos and trail rides around the Gulf Coast. They would "dance dance dance," he says.
After graduating high school, he moved to Houston to attend the Art Institute of Houston and began working as a freelance artist. While he was here Anthony played in several bands, but says the city all but killed off the music scene with a noise ordinance limiting the volume to 85 decibels or below. (Sounds familiar.) In 1993 he moved to New York, where he worked for MTV Networks and founded his own studio creating music for Web and TV ad agencies. He also taught himself to play fiddle after joining a bluegrass jam session in the West Village.More »