Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shawn Holt & Josh Hoyer Nominated in Blues Blast Music Awards, Mat D & HOLYOKE, Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling & The Jewel Tones at the Zoo Bar July 1!

In case you missed it, in May, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, featuring young Lincoln guitarist Levi William and Magic Slim's rhythm section won the national Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut for their Blind Pig CD DADDY TOLD ME.

Last week there was more good news for Shawn (aka Lil' Slim) and for Lincoln musician Josh Hoyer:
Josh Hoyer and Shawn Holt with Levi William are among the nominees for BEST NEW ARTIST DEBUT in Blues Blast Magazine's Music Awards. 
Shawn Holt was also nominated for the very prestigious SEAN COSTELLO RISING STAR AWARD.

Josh Hoyer posted to Facebook: "Honored to be nominated for "Best New Artist Debut Album" from Blues Bast Magazine. We are very proud of the record and hard at work to release our second album this November. Very cool that Shawn Holt was also nominated." #zoobar #lincolnisamusiccity

Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
That makes the Blues Society of Omaha's first three Nebraska Blues Challenge Winners! all making their presence known on the national scene.
Very proud of those guys!

AND Saturday night Mat D & The Profane Saints from Sioux City knocked me out at Barley Street in Benson on a double bill with Omaha's own hard-charging Filter Kings.

Mat D & The Profane Saints are ones to watch. They are on the mainstage at Sioux City's Saturday in the Park event this year.
You can listen to their CD Holyoke on their web page and read about them -- it's Country-Americana-folk and the band is very rockin'!
Frontman Mat deRiso has stage presence and charisma, great songs and a fine band that is playing at a national level. Very danceable stuff that I think you'll dig if you like artists like Jason and the Scorchers, The Bottlerockets, Steve Earle, James McMurtry....... rockin', rollin', strippers, sin, saints, salvation, drinkin' -- all the time-honored honky-tonk topics  brought to a sizzle!

Have a listen to Holyoke at

  Mat D & the Profane Saints, June 21, Barley Street Tavern, Omaha.
Photo: B.J. Huchtemann

 And here is a don't miss show -- check out this fine, fine East Coast band this coming Tuesday, July 1, 6-9 at Lincoln's Zoo Bar. If you dig jump, swing and Chicago blues delivered with sparkling, hot-sparking musicianship, plenty of heart and meaty grooves get down to this show. Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling & The Jewel Tones! Hear their music and check out videos at

A little video from earlier this year of Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling & The Jewel Tones with Rick Estrin and Little Charlie Baty sittin' in! (above)
And Doug, Dennis and the boys gettin' it done at Little Lou's BBQ in April.
Zoo Bar Show poster at the bottom of the page. (below)


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