You may not know their names, but Nick Nixon and “Andy T” Talamantez are veteran blues musicians. They’re out on the road touring in support of their 2013 CD, Drink, Drank, Drunk (Delta Groove) produced by well-known Texas guitarist and longtime bandleader Anson Funderburgh. Nixon is a heritage artists who has gotten a new hearing. Born in Nashville, he was part of the city’s Jefferson Street Blues scene and recorded for Chess Records in the '70s. Nixon’s smooth R&B vocal style found him performing with The New Imperials for 45 years. Nixon was also a friend of Jimi Hendrix and sometimes shared the stage with Hendrix. Nixon has been credited with taking a key role in reviving Nashville’s blues scene. Now Nixon is partnered with “Andy T” Talamantez, who has worked with Guitar Shorty and Smokey Wilson, and whose guitar style is influenced by artists like T-Bone Walker, BB King, Magic Sam and Albert Collins. See andytband.com. They play The 21st Saloon Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m.
Live & Local
Betty Jean, the new incarnation of Heather J. Berney’s The Betties, has a CD release party at The Slowdown, Thursday, Feb. 6, 9 p.m. The new disc is Over the Moon and it’s Berney’s third CD. Also performing are Travelling Mercies and Matt Cox.
There is a great weekend of local bands at The Hive, 1207 Harney. Friday, Feb. 7, catch The 9s plus The Undisco Kids after 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, it’s Kris Lager Band.
OEAA Awards Show
The 8th annual OEAA awards program is Sunday, February 16, 7 p.m., at a new location, the DoubleTree Hotel, 1616 Dodge Street. Musical performances during the awards show are scheduled to include music nominees Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers, Purveyors of the Conscious Sound and Belles & Whistles featuring Daniel Christian. There are also official pre-party and post-party events. Tickets to the awards are $25 and available at oea-awards.com/tickets.
Lincoln Exposed is back Feb. 5-8 with various genres and multiple bands at The Zoo Bar, Duffy’s and Bourbon Theatre. See the venue schedules or the Facebook Lincoln Exposed event page.
Jazz fans note Hammond B3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith performs Friday, Feb. 7, at the Holland Performing Arts Center's 1200 Club. Smith has been influential in jazz, acid jazz and funk. See omahaperformingarts.org.
The popular, soulful R&B and blues of John Németh hits Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Omaha’s 21st Saloon Thursday, Feb. 13, both shows 6-9 p.m.