Friday, January 11, 2013

This week's Reader column is online, read on.
Davina and The Vagabonds' show at the 21st Saloon was amped-up perfection. In case you missed it, I'll add a Davina clip from their gig at New Orleans Jazz &  Heritage fest to this week's post so you can get a taste of this fine Minneapolis band!

Don't forget that Hoodoo favorite Hadden Sayers is in the metro next week. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Lincoln's Zoo Bar 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at The 21st Saloon 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 18 at The Chesterfield in Sioux City.
Hadden has a great new disc about to hit the streets called ROLLING SOUL. 
It's his finest work to date, as good as HARD DOLLAR with some smoldering soul tunes, fine songwriting and choice guitar licks. 
Here's Hadden with his song BACK TO THE BLUES that was nominated for Song of the Year in the 2012 Blues Music Awards. To find out more or preorder the ROLLING SOUL disc, visit

In addition to the updates in this week's column that include new Sunday Roadhouse shows by the great Tom Russell on Wednesday, February 27, 7:30 p. m. and Hayes Carll on Sunday, March 31, 5 p.m., Dean sent me an email today with the annoucement of a show Sunday, February 17, with Austin's Will Sexton and Shannon McNally at the Side Door Lounge. This should be an excellent show for Americana fans. Will is the brother of Charlie Sexton (Arc Angels, Bob Dylan, etc.) and Will is a fine musician and songwriter in his own right. See, 

Here's a set of music from Shannon, Will and Charlie Faye, taped at Music in the Hall in Oxford,  Miss.

While we're talking Sunday Roadhouse, let me give a shout out to Grant Peeples, a new-to-me-artist that I first saw at the Sunday Roadhouse last year. Grant's last two CDs PRIOR CONVICTIONS and OKRA & ECCLESIASTES (both produced by Gurf Morlix) have remained in steady rotation in my music listening.
Give Grant a listen.
And another very fine song called Powerlines. Listen to the lyrics!

And here's some Davina! 

Davina, Hadden & Levi

The swing and New Orleans piano blues of Davina & The Vagabonds take center stage at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Jan. 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sowers’ remarkable vocals are full of sass and soul. Her music is joyous, retro-fueled and fresh as her red lipstick. Davina and the boys also play Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6-9 p.m. The Minneapolis Star Tribune praises Davina as the “hardest-working blues woman in Minnesota” celebrating her “throaty but cushiony voice…that’s part Bonnie Raitt, Etta James and a little Amy Winehouse, and her band’s rollicking New Orleans flavor.”
Back to the Blues
Next week Texas blues-rocker Hadden Sayers plays the metro. Sayers is a 2012 Blues Music Award nominee. His memorable song “Back to the Blues,” recorded as a duet with Ruthie Foster, was nominated for Song of the Year. Sayers works as the guitarist in Foster’s band when he’s not making his own music. Sayers is finishing his latest CD, Rolling Soul, due out in February. Sayers’ mixes blues, soul and rock delivered with great vocals and versatile guitar prowess that enhances his fine songs. Hadden Sayers Band hits Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Jan 16, 6-9 p.m. and The 21st Saloon Thursday, Jan 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Levi William Send-Off
Lincoln’s Levi William represents the Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) in the 29th International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 29-Feb. 2. The BSO hosts a send-off party for William Sunday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m. at The 21st Saloon. William won the chance to participate in the IBC through a BSO competition in the spring of 2012. The BSO has opened the entry process for bands to compete in the 2013 Nebraska Blues Challenge. See for rules and entry form. Entries are due no later than Feb. 18, 2013 for the spring Nebraska Blues Challenge. (Full disclosure: I am on the board of the Blues Society of Omaha.)

Hot Notes Levi William also plays Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Friday, Jan. 11, 9 p.m. Tijuana Gigolos are up at the Zoo 5-7 p.m. Lucky Peterson is scheduled at The Holland’s 1200 Club Saturday, Jan. 19. Looking ahead, The Royal Southern Brotherhood is back at The 21st Saloon Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears get down at The Waiting Room Feb. 15 after 9 p.m. The Sunday Roadhouse hosts two shows at the Waiting Room: Tom Russell Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. and Hayes Carll Sunday, March 31, 5 p.m.

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