Cate Brothers, Hayes Carll, Nikki Hill

The Cate Brothers perform at The 21st Saloon Thursday, May 22, 6-9 p.m. The Cate Brothers are legends in American soul-blues music. Raised in Fayetteville, Ark., Earl and Ernie Cate were exposed to the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll at a local club where they also became friends with a young Levon Helm. Steve Cropper and Helm were involved with The Cates’ debut on Asylum Records, with Cropper...

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Holt Wins, Karp-Foley, Big Jam

Lincoln musicians Shawn Holt and Levi William were honored in Memphis Thursday, May 8, when Shawn Holt & The Teardrops took home the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut. Shawn Holt heads the band he took over from his father, Magic Slim, with Slim’s rhythm section Christopher Biedron (bass) and Brian “BJ” Jones (drums). (Correction and apologies for last week when I had the incorrect name...

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Blues Music Awards Get Local

The Blues Foundation’s 35th annual Blues Music Awards happen in Memphis this Thursday, May 8. A number of national artists who appear regularly at local venues are up for awards. Lincoln’s own Shawn Holt and Levi William are nominated in the Best New Artist Debut category for Shawn Holt & The Teardrops’ debut release Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig). Shawn Holt is the son of the late Magic Slim, a...

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Rockin’ Blues & Roots

Texas blues-rockers Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat hit The 21st Saloon Thursday, April 24, 6-9 p.m. Suhler is an accomplished guitarist and bandleader who showcases the depth of his musical talents in his latest CD Panther Burn (Underworld Records), released in February. There is plenty of rockin’ guitar, but just like with his live shows, guitar solos are only part of the mix. Panther Burn embraces...

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Gorillas, McPherson, Whitmore

The 21st Saloon celebrates the return of the Gas House Gorillas Thursday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. The Brooklyn-based band calls their entertaining sound and style “punk Americana.” Rockabilly Magazine writes of the group, “This is what a popular culture roadmap might sound like. Find the jump-blues freeway, cut down the swing off-ramp, follow the rock 'n' roll backload and keep that radio at top...

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Joe, Bnois, Carolyn & Hadden

Several Texas blues guitar stars are hitting the area this week, starting with Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King. They and their band are up at The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 20, 6-9 p.m. The two Dallas-based artists have been playing together since 1989. Their fall 2013 release Road Dog’s Life (Delta Groove) is a follow-up to their 2012 move to Delta Groove. With a back-catalog of over 15...

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