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Saddle Creek signs Icky Blossoms

* Saddle Creek Records is officially in the Icky Blossoms business. The record label have signed the band led by Tilly & The Wall's Derek Pressnall, local filmmaker/musician Nik Fackler and singer/keyboardist Sarah Bohling. The band has played tons of shows locally after playing their first gigs early 2011. Most recently, the band headlined a Dec. 30 show at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The band are set to enter...


<p>  Moreland & Arbuckle</p> BSO, PWF News

With the new year come some changes in the blues community. Longtime Blues Society of Omaha president Terry O’Halloran has stepped down. O’Halloran plans a move to Austin, Texas, later this year but will remain active on the BSO board. Bill Martin, who has been serving as the organization’s treasurer, is the new president. Full disclosure: I have also been named to the BSO board. Visit omahablues.com for more info...


Future Tense: 2012 Music Predictions, Pt. 2

And now, the conclusion of my annual music predictions columns, where I gaze into the glossy black finish of a Fender Squier and see visions of what will occur in the coming days / months / years. Hang onto your hats, because it’s time for the Lightning Round!

-- With all this new technology that (presumably) puts every bit of music ever released at our fingertips, a new appreciation for curated radio will...


Ellis Hall: A Tribute to Ray Charles

Though Ellis Hall began playing piano in third grade at the Perkins School for the Blind, he says he did not really make the decision to become a musician until age 14. He had snuck into a club, much to the chagrin of his mother, and said once he saw the looks on the faces of the gentlemen who were playing and saw the effect they had on the audience, he said to himself, “This is what I am supposed to do.”

His...


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