Lincoln musicians Shawn Holt and Levi William were honored in Memphis Thursday, May 8, when Shawn Holt & The Teardrops took home the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut. Shawn Holt heads the band he took over from his father, Magic Slim, with Slim’s rhythm section Christopher Biedron (bass) and Brian “BJ” Jones (drums). (Correction and apologies for last week when I had the incorrect name for the drummer.) Levi William joined the band on second guitar when Holt took over the band. The group’s excellent debut CD on Blind Pig Records, Daddy Told Me, won them the honor. Shawn Holt has been playing for a number of years and was tapped before Magic Slim’s illness and passing to join The Teardrops and then to lead the band. See blues.org for the full list of winners.
Sue Foley & Peter Karp
The always-wonderful Sue Foley and Peter Karp are in Omaha Thursday, May 15, 6-9 p.m. at The 21st Saloon with their band. They have released two great musical collaborations on Blind Pig Records and put on a marvelous live show. Foley was born in Canada but spent many years in Austin where she recorded a number of celebrated blues albums for the Antone’s Record label and toured extensively. Karp is also a veteran musician who broke into the New York City scene with an “art-blues-punk” group. Visit reverbnation.com/karpfoley. Also performing are The Ori Naftaly Band and Katy Guillen & The Girls.
Jammin’ for Mental Health
The sixth annual Jammin’ Away the Blues event for mental health awareness is Saturday, May 17, at Lincoln’s Duggan’s Pub, 440 S. 11th St. Doors at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Performing are Delta Groove recording artists Mitch Kashmar and Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes plus Deak Harp and Honeyboy Turner Band. Selfe has received over 15 Muddy Awards from the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade Blues Association. Acclaimed harmonica player Mitch Kashmar is also based in the Pacific Northwest and has worked with and recorded with many of the blues genre’s greats. Harmonica player Deak Harp has been influenced by many classic blues artists and currently lives in Clarksdale, Miss. The all ages event is sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Nebraska. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door. See mha-ne.org/jamminawaytheblues.
Chicago’s Nick Moss plays The Hive Friday, May 16, 9:30 p.m. Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers and AZP play Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Friday, May 16, 9 p.m.