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The third week of January, I was in Memphis, Tenn., where I was honored to receive the Blues Foundation's 2015 Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) award for Journalism and to be a finals judge at the 31st International Blues Challenge. It was quite a week. Receiving the KBA is a huge honor in the blues industry and the actual awards luncheon was an emotional one where the 15 recipients shared stories about how the blues...


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Hoodoo favorites Davina & The Vagabonds hits Lincoln's Zoo Bar Wednesday, Feb. 4, 6-9 p.m. The Minneapolis-based jump and swing band has been turning heads with their lively reinterpretation of classic sounds. Davina's vocal range and infectiously joyous style are unique and the band's horn and keyboard-driven sound also sets them apart in the blues-rock guitar hero era. The band is touring in support of their...


Lil ed band 21st Saloon, Garrett Fundraiser and More from Memphis

See my column in the February monthly print issue for one of my favorite stories from my time visiting Memphis during the third week of January. I was honored to receive the Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism from the Blues Foundation at a luncheon that featured 15 recipients in various behind the scenes categories. Everyone had a personal story of how the blues had impacted them and in many cases...


Whipkey Underwater

Matt Whipkey is saying goodnight to the girl of his dreams – the one named Penny, who tapped into Omaha’s collective memories of summers’ past.

His 2013 double-album Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989 played as a nostalgia trip that stretched Whipkey’s songwriting into new shapes. Arguably, it was a high water mark for one of Omaha’s best-known local rock musicians.

But for Whipkey, the creation and release of...


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