Well, let's see...Runny Nose Pete (aka Steve Byam and his band of hooligans) playing gut-bucket blues at Sullivan's 40th & Farnam tonight about 9:30 p.m. (Free show)...Jeremy Mercy & Vern Fergesen playing a free duo Mercies show over at Horseshoe's Whiskey Roadhouse Casino...Josh Hoyer playing a solo show at Lincoln's Wilderness Ridge tonight 7:30-11ish...Sh*%hook has replaced Brad Cordle Band at the Zoo Bar's 5-7 p.m. show, due to illness...touring company for the musical MEMPHIS is happening at the Orphuem in Omaha, Lucky Peterson is at the Holland Performing Arts 1200 Club Saturday Night....and if you missed Hadden Sayers last night at the 21st Saloon (And Wednesday at the Zoo Bar) you missed out...my Sioux City friends can catch them tonight at the Chesterfield...you can pre-order Hadden's brand new disc ROLLING SOUL at www.haddensayers.com
Here's an extended, jazzy version of "Insomniac Blues" that is on the new disc, ROLLING SOUL, recorded at the historic Kessler Theater in Dallas, Texas!
Hadden's song Back to the Blues from HARD DOLLAR STILL gives me goose bumps when I hear it...and it seems that the tune's deserved recognition with a Blues Music Award nomination for Song of the Year last year helped turn more people on to his music. As a long-time fan, I'm hoping that 2013 continues to bring Hadden Sayers more listeners. He's the real deal!
New READER column is online here....now for gosh sake, go hear some live music!
Sayers’ Rolling Soul
Hadden Sayers hits the metro for two shows this week. His new CD, Rolling Soul, drops in February. I first discovered Sayers in the mid-1990s and have been enthusiastically following his music ever since. This is Sayers’ follow up to Hard Dollar, which produced a 2012 Blues Music Award nomination for Song of the Year for "Back to the Blues." Rolling Soul is remarkably an even stronger disc than the excellent Hard Dollar, with a sound that is visceral and in the pocket. The tracks have a muscular intensity and fluid ease. There are a variety of sounds from the slow, simmering “Alone With The Blues” to the sexy “Insomniac Blues” plus plenty of rockin’ riffs. The disc also expands into some soul and R&B that allow Sayers to demonstrate his rich vocal versatility. Check out "That's What You Do." Ruthie Foster also guests on a track. Texas native Sayers is a triple-threat as a skilled guitarist, singer and songwriter. Rolling Soul continues his evolution as a must-see artist. See haddensayers.com. Catch the Hadden Sayers Band Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6-9 p.m. at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar and Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The 21st Saloon.
Playing With Fire Fundraiser
Playing With Fire series founder Jeff Davis reports the headliner for his Feb. 9 fundraiser, England's Ben Poole, was not able to get his visa cleared in time to guarantee he could enter the U.S. for the event. “We have moved the show to the 21 Saloon where we will play only Cassie Taylor,” Davis says. See cassietaylorband.com. The show will go on Feb. 9, 7-10 p.m. at The 21st Saloon, $10 admission.
Lincoln’s Zoo Bar has blues from Omaha’s fiery Hector Anchondo Band Thursday, Jan. 17, 9 p.m. The Bel Airs boogie down at the Zoo next Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6-9 p.m. The Bel Airs also hit The 21st Saloon next Thursday, Jan. 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The Blues Society of Omaha holds an open general meeting at The 21st Sunday, Jan. 20, 3 p.m. A special show with Murali Coryell 6-9 p.m. will follow. Coryell was last seen in Omaha in October at the Playing with Fire fundraiser as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band.
Runny Nose Pete plugs in at Sullivan’s Bar, 40th & Farnam, Friday, Jan. 18, 9 p.m. Blues great Lucky Peterson plays the Holland’s 1200 Club Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. Kris Lager Band rocks The Waiting Room Wednesday, Jan. 23, 9 p.m.