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 high-octane discs, they are one of the best acts in contemporary blues-rock. Check smokinjoekubek.com.
Fearless Texas singer-songwriter-guitar-slinger Carolyn Wonderland rocks Lincoln’s Zoo Bar next Tuesday, March 25, 6-9 p.m. Her 2011 disc Peace Meal (Bismeaux) was in the iTunes’ Blues Chart’s Top Ten, the Americana Playlist’s Top 20 and landed her lots of press. A feature in Guitar Player magazine lauded Wonderland’s powerful singing voice as “an amazing instrument unto itself, with uncommon power, dynamics, and range” and the “attack, touch, and tone” of her sizzling guitar work.
Sayers Revs It Up
Hadden Sayers returns for two shows next week. The Hadden Sayers Band performs Wednesday, March 26, at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar and Thursday, March 27, at The 21st Saloon, 6-9 p.m. both nights. Sayers is a 2011 Blues Music Award nominee for his song "Back to the Blues," recorded with Ruthie Foster. Sayers is also part of Foster’s band. Sayers most recent recording Rolling Soul, is his eighth recording and his best yet. The follow-up to Hard Dollar, Rolling Soul (both Blue Corn Music) showcases Sayers’ most mature and accomplished songwriting, from blues-rockers to soul-gospel with another guest appearance by Foster. Lush and heartfelt ballads round out the material. The production finds Sayers turning in even richer, more versatile vocals with no shortage of the skillful and creative guitar licks that are part of Sayers’ triple-threat attack. He pairs musicianship with crowd-pleasing live shows. Look Sayers up at haddensayers.com.
Trampled Under Foot gigs at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, March 20, 6-9 p.m.
40SINNERS is up at McKenna’s Friday, March 21, 8-11 p.m. Matt Cox Band plays Barley Street Tavern Friday, March 21, 9 p.m. with Aly Peeler and The Fergesens. Honeyboy Turner Band brings their jumpin’ Chicago-style blues to Havana Garage Saturday, March 22, 9 p.m.
A benefit to continue renting and maintaining the late MoJoPo’s Benson studio as a place for musicians and artists is Sunday, March 23, 3:30-midnight at his VouDou Lounge space, 6118 Military Ave. See mojopoplanetpower.com for information and performance schedule.