Shawn Holt’s BMA Nomination

Nebraska’s own Shawn Holt, son of the late Magic Slim, was recognized last week with a Best New Artist Debut nomination when the 35th Annual Blues Music Award nominations were announced.
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops released the very fine disc Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig Records) in September. The band is Shawn Holt (vocals/guitar), Lincoln’s Levi William (second guitar/vocals, and Magic Slim’s Teardrops Brian Jones (drums/vocals) and Christopher Beidron (bass).
They played The 21st Saloon the night nominations were announced. Their sizzling stage show was easily among the top shows I have seen this year, pure, first-class blues. Holt and William played with authority and camaraderie. Whenever they break into trading guitar licks, the resulting fireworks are remarkable.
See the whole list of nominees at blues.org.
Get a taste of the great blues Shawn Holt and Levi William are putting down on Christmas night at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar, when Shawn “Lil’ Slim” Holt carries on the Dec. 25 show at the Zoo, a traditional night of blues long anchored by the late, great Magic Slim

Nikki Hill's Rock ‘n’ Soul
The dynamic, fiercely rockin'  Nikki Hill takes the stage at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Dec. 19, 6-9 p.m. Check out the videos at nikkihillmusic.com to see why this band has been making a big impression wherever they play. One reviewer proclaims Hill’s sound is “The Staple Singers meet AC/DC.” They hit the Midwest fresh from nearly two weeks touring Spain. They are also at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m.

Scottie Miller’s Piano Blues
Marvelous Minneapolis piano man Scottie Miller is up at McKenna’s Wednesday, Dec. 18, 8-9:30 p.m. with 40SINNERS opening at 7 p.m. Miller hits Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, Dec. 19, 6-9 p.m. Miller is a Hoodoo favorite, a powerhouse songwriter, singer and pianist whose “day job” is playing in Ruthie Foster’s Family Band. See scottiemiller.com.

Hot Notes
Also Thursday, Dec. 19, see WE B3 featuring Mitch Towne on keyboards with Luke Polipnick and Dana Murray at the Zoo after 9 p.m.
Brad Cordle Band plays Lincoln's Zoo Bar Friday, Dec. 20, 5-7 p.m.
Barley Street Tavern presents a holiday showcase of local players Friday Dec. 20 after 9 p.m.  See the lineup barleystreet.com
Venue 51, 1951 St. Mary’s Ave., is hosting free “Friday Afternoon Club” blues shows, 6-8 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Thrift Shop Radio plays Friday, Dec. 20.
Matt Cox and The Mezcal Brothers heat up The Waiting Room Sunday, Dec. 22, 6 p.m.

posted at 02:51 pm
on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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