Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bottomline: Josh Garrett
Louisiana music from Josh Garrett & the Bottomline is one of the highlights of this week’s shows. Garrett’s high-energy music is complete with horns and fueled by the Cajun and zydeco sounds of his Louisiana bayou home. Garrett’s music should appeal to fans of Tab Benoit’s swampy blues. Garrett’s fiery guitar attacks, great vocals and excellent original songs stand up to the caliber of more well-known acts like Tommy Castro. Garrett is a roots star on the rise. Check for more. He and his great band plug in at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar on Saturday, Aug. 13, after 9 p.m. Just found out that Kris Lager Band will share the bill. Gonna be a big party!
Also at the Zoo
An Omaha musician who has transplanted to Austin, Cass Brostad, brings her Guided by Vices tour featuring new Austin friends Mandy Rowden and Charlie Mason to the Zoo on Thursday, Aug. 11, after 9 p.m.  On Friday, Aug. 12, it’s jazz with The Darryl White Quartet after 9 p.m. Keyboardist Nick Semrad performs with acclaimed trumpeter Darryl White, bassist Seth Ondracek and guest percussionist Dana Murray. Murray has played with Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones. Visit for details.
Next Wednesday, Aug. 17, it’s California's David Vidal plus Lincoln's The Hundred Miles. Heads up now for a cool double show on Saturday, Aug. 20 when Dave Gonzalez’s Stone River Boys plays at 6 p.m. Then it’s old-school blues steeped in the sounds of Chicago’s South side from The Kilborn Alley Blues Band at 9 p.m.
English Guitarist Russ Tippins
Pacific Street Blues radio show host Rick Galusha presents England’s Russ Tippins Band at Gator O’Malley’s on Thursday, Aug. 11, after 9 p.m. Galusha is enthused about “Tippins’ mix of Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) vocals over
Humble Pie arena blues-rock [guitar] styling.” See and
21st Saloon Blues
Thursday, Aug. 11, Texas guitarist Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones rocks the 21st.
On Thursday, Aug. 18, it’s Chicago blues-rocker Ronnie Baker Brooks. Shows start at 5:30 p.m. See
Hadden Sayers Band Shines
The Hadden Sayers show at the Zoo Wednesday, Aug. 10, was beautiful. Sayers has a knack for mixing up just the right set list, his new band is killer and he's touring behind the best CD of his career. It was a great night of music. In case you missed it, Sayers is set for an Omaha gig at the 21st Saloon on Thursday, Jan. 5. Mark your calendar and be there. If you are a fan of Tommy Castro, Mike Zito or other blues-rock guitar stars, you will appreciate Sayers. 
Here's what I wrote about his new CD a few weeks ago...worth repeating.
Do yourself a favor and check out Hadden Sayers' great new disc HARD DOLLAR. Sample about half the CD's tracks and see a couple of cool videos produced for the launch at I've been a fan for a long time, but I think this is Sayers' best release to date. 
His guitar playing is stellar but he can keep it in the pocket too, so that when he lets loose with a guitar solo you are reminded again that he's a fine player. There's beauty, muscle and heart in this recording: lots of excellent guitar solos here along with Sayers' emotive vocals fleshing out a collection of fine songs that he's spent the last few years crafting. The duet with Ruthie Foster on Sayers' own "Back To The Blues" is a love letter to the music that is pure perfection. Follow Hadden Sayers Band on Facebook for notes from the road as Sayers puts some hard-touring behind the new disc. Here's Ruthie joining Hadden and his band to perform the tune at Sayers' SXSW showcase at Austin's Saxon Pub. This song deserves to be up for Blues Music Award for Song of the Year 2012. Check it out. 

Also dig Sayers' tribute to those "Sweet Texas Girls"...a catchy song with a cool, classy video that is a tribute to all kinds of great women from Sayers' home state and beyond.
Go to and buy the disc. It's really good.

In case you missed these items from last week:
Lager Van Repair Fund
I wrote last week about the Kris Lager Band’s van fire enroute back to Omaha from a South Dakota show. Friends of KLB have set up a fund to help with vehicle repairs. Look up the Kris Lager Band Transportation Fund page on Facebook for details.

Also mark your calendars now for Hoodoo hero Jon Dee Graham on Sunday, Sept. 25, in a special Roadhouse at the Side Door Lounge. Seating is limited. See
Graham will also perform at the Zoo Bar on Saturday, Sept. 24, in a 9 p.m. set that will be followed by the Sons of 76. Watch for details. It will be a special treat to have Graham in the metro for two shows, slated to be solo acoustic at this point. Check for the latest info on Graham's fan-fueled JonDeeCo Co-Op that offers a bunch of member-only exclusives for those who join up for a modest $10 a month. The Co-Op members have already received member-only links to a special acoustic performance of "Look Up" and a humorous short film.

Hot Notes
Kim Bowen hosts Slowpoker’s, a Neil Young tribute band, visiting from Italy. They have a welcome acoustic jam at the Benson Grind on Friday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m. The full Slowpoker’s band plays The Waiting Room on Sunday, Aug. 21 at
8 p.m. See
Lincoln’s Ribfest Aug. 11 through 14 features great music including The Derailers and The Bel Airs. See
The Ruthie Foster show scheduled for Glenwood, Iowa, on Aug. 13 is cancelled.

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