Michael Corcoran

Michael Corcoran is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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Touched by the King: A feeling for the blues was instrumental in Freddie King’s sensational guitar slinging
 If you've spent any time in a Texas blues club, you've heard Freddie King, whose influence goes beyond notes, style and material. "The Texas Cannonball" is there in the stinging leads that pierce precaution and in the low-slung blues breakers that remind everyone to tip the waitress or bartender. King's been dead since 1976, yet...

3:42 AM Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

If you've spent any time in a Texas blues club, you've heard Freddie King, whose influence goes beyond notes, style and material. "The Texas Cannonball" is there in the stinging leads that pierce precaution and in the low-slung blues breakers that remind everyone to tip the waitress or bartender. King's been dead since 1976, yet...
Archive: Willie's 1996 Picnic in Luckenbach a Texas original
 There are generally two types of picnics on the Fourth of July in Texas. One is marked by red-and-white tablecloths on redwood tables under trees, with the family eating fried chicken and potato salad and then trying to find a good place to watch the fireworks. Then there's the other kind of Fourth of July picnic, one that's often equated...

3:27 PM Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015

There are generally two types of picnics on the Fourth of July in Texas. One is marked by red-and-white tablecloths on redwood tables under trees, with the family eating fried chicken and potato salad and then trying to find a good place to watch the fireworks. Then there's the other kind of Fourth of July picnic, one that's often equated...
Archive: Country fans, Deadheads dance together at Willie's 2003 Picnic
 A clump of nouveau flower children stood outside a purple bus in the parking lot with index fingers raised, a plea for spare tickets. Three shirtless college-age men in cowboy hats blasted David Allan Coe songs from a Jeep. A middle-age couple in matching Lone Star flag running shorts hopped off a trailer selling "$1 hayrides" from...

2:45 PM Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015

A clump of nouveau flower children stood outside a purple bus in the parking lot with index fingers raised, a plea for spare tickets. Three shirtless college-age men in cowboy hats blasted David Allan Coe songs from a Jeep. A middle-age couple in matching Lone Star flag running shorts hopped off a trailer selling "$1 hayrides" from...
7 Nights of Austin music: Dec. 20-26
 FRIDAY Robert Earl Keen at ACL Live. The song goes on forever and the lyrics never end when Keen tells a story with guitar. On his 1994 LP “Gringo Honeymoon,” Keen penned a dysfunctional holiday get-together with “Merry Christmas From the Family” and the tune became a book and a reason for REK to leave the house in...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

FRIDAY Robert Earl Keen at ACL Live. The song goes on forever and the lyrics never end when Keen tells a story with guitar. On his 1994 LP “Gringo Honeymoon,” Keen penned a dysfunctional holiday get-together with “Merry Christmas From the Family” and the tune became a book and a reason for REK to leave the house in...
Austin music: 13 top releases in 2013 (and an honorable mention or two; it’s been a very good year)
 You know it’s been a great year for Austin records when you have to leave off Grammy-nominated albums by the Greencards and Sarah Jarosz because there’s just not enough room on the “best of” list. And that’s in a year when such perennial top tenners as Spoon, Heartless Bastards, Gourds, Dana Falconberry, Ray...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

You know it’s been a great year for Austin records when you have to leave off Grammy-nominated albums by the Greencards and Sarah Jarosz because there’s just not enough room on the “best of” list. And that’s in a year when such perennial top tenners as Spoon, Heartless Bastards, Gourds, Dana Falconberry, Ray...
Ray Price changed country music while staying true to his own sound
 Singer Ray Price, who revived country music not once but twice, was perhaps more influential than anyone in the country field besides his former roommate Hank Williams. But even after beating back the Elvis explosion in the 1950s by inventing the country shuffle, then helping usher “the Nashville sound” to prominence in the next...

12:46 AM Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Singer Ray Price, who revived country music not once but twice, was perhaps more influential than anyone in the country field besides his former roommate Hank Williams. But even after beating back the Elvis explosion in the 1950s by inventing the country shuffle, then helping usher “the Nashville sound” to prominence in the next...
Austin360 best of the week, music: Dec. 13-19
 FRIDAY 101 X Indie Workforce X-mas with Cage the Elephant, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and Ume at Emo’s East. Oh, yes, the radio station-sponsored holiday package shows. But this one is solid and to the point, with hard rock, roots rock and college rock all in a row. None of those poppy one-hit-wonders who grew up on Weezer. Come...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

FRIDAY 101 X Indie Workforce X-mas with Cage the Elephant, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and Ume at Emo’s East. Oh, yes, the radio station-sponsored holiday package shows. But this one is solid and to the point, with hard rock, roots rock and college rock all in a row. None of those poppy one-hit-wonders who grew up on Weezer. Come...
Austin360 music picks, Dec. 6-12
 FRIDAY John Mayer at the Erwin Center. This pop/blues singer-guitarist gets a bad rap for all the high profile women he dates, then dishes on. You look at that cute face with the permanent smirk and have a firehose fantasy. But there is no denying that this Connecticut native, who attracted his first record deal as a 23-year-old at South...

9:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 05, 2013

FRIDAY John Mayer at the Erwin Center. This pop/blues singer-guitarist gets a bad rap for all the high profile women he dates, then dishes on. You look at that cute face with the permanent smirk and have a firehose fantasy. But there is no denying that this Connecticut native, who attracted his first record deal as a 23-year-old at South...
7 Nights: Music picks for Nov. 29-Dec. 5
 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Cedar Park Center. Quite an honor for Ben “Macklemore” Haggerty to headline over mentor-by-example Talib Kweli. But the Seattle-based rapper and production partner Lewis earned the status with catchy, fresh and edgy LP “Heist.” First single “Thrift Shop” made history by being...

6:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Cedar Park Center. Quite an honor for Ben “Macklemore” Haggerty to headline over mentor-by-example Talib Kweli. But the Seattle-based rapper and production partner Lewis earned the status with catchy, fresh and edgy LP “Heist.” First single “Thrift Shop” made history by being...
7 nights: Austin360 music picks for Nov. 22-28

6:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

FRIDAY Chvrches at Stubb’s. How Google-smart was it to spell Churches with a v? This Scottish trio, fronted by singer Lauren Mayberry, pops right up on searches because they’re made to be easy to find with hits like “The Mother We Share” from new LP “The Bones of What You Believe.” Irresistible synthpop...
7 Nights of Music: Picks for Nov. 15-21
 FRIDAY Poliça, Marijuana Deathsquads at Emo’s East. Two bands, five drummers: pound it! That’s how it’s going down at Emo’s, with a pair of artsy rock bands from Minneapolis unfazed by comparisons to Suicide and Portishead. The headliner, whose name means “policy” in Polish, grew out of Gayngs, the...

6:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

FRIDAY Poliça, Marijuana Deathsquads at Emo’s East. Two bands, five drummers: pound it! That’s how it’s going down at Emo’s, with a pair of artsy rock bands from Minneapolis unfazed by comparisons to Suicide and Portishead. The headliner, whose name means “policy” in Polish, grew out of Gayngs, the...