Shawn Holt’s first nationally released recording, Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig Records), hit stores Tuesday, Sept. 24. The CD features Holt, son of the late Magic Slim, with another Lincoln musician, Levi William, and Holt’s father’s Teardrops rhythm section, Chris Biedron (bass) and Brian "B.J." Jones (drums).
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops do a mix of songs including five Shawn Holt originals along with a couple of Magic’s tunes. Former Magic Slim sideman John Primer guests on the disc.
Reviewer and blues musician Pierre Lacocque (of Mississippi Heat) wrote that Shawn Holt “only uses a thumb pick for his guitar, with no special effects, and straight into his amplifier. It is indeed a guitar style that is reminiscent of his father’s…Not many quartet blues ensembles today can reproduce the unique and deceptively simple lumps and blues that Magic Slim used to play. This band is unique in that it can… and does! Effortlessly…The passing of the torch from father to son is a success. A new era begins.”
For more see facebook.com/shawnholtandtheteardrops. It is worth noting that both Shawn Holt and Levi William are former winners of the Blues Society of Omaha’s Nebraska Blues Challenge and have represented the BSO at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. (Full disclosure, I am an advisor to the BSO and a member.)
The wondrous Candye Kane is back at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6-9 p.m., and at Omaha’s 21st Saloon Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m. Bandleader and vocalist Kane is touring in support of her recent, excellent release Coming Out Swingin' on her own Sister Cynic label featuring fine, versatile guitarist Laura Chavez. These ladies are a one-two punch of commanding roots musicianship with plenty of swing and jump-blues in this release. Kane is also a cancer survivor who seeks to empower others fighting health issues or adversities. None other than B.B. King has pronounced, “Candye Kane has that big, brassy voice that has authority and sass; the kind of thing men like because it’s seductive and women like because it’s powerful.” See candyekane.com.
Omaha’s 21st Saloon is shifting the time of Thursday blues shows to 6-9 p.m. Up this Thursday, Sept. 26, is The Kinsey Report. Hailing from Gary, Indiana, The Kinsey Report features brothers Donald, Ralph and Kenneth, who carry on in the blues tradition begun by their father Big Daddy Kinsey.They are also at the Zoo Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.