Austin singer-songwriter-guitarist James McMurtry is back for a Sunday Roadhouse show at Waiting Room Sunday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m. McMurtry’s storytelling songs are rich with character studies. His snarling vocals and wicked guitar work are backed by an excellent band. In Austin he and Jon Dee Graham hold back-to-back residency sets at Austin’s Continental Club every Wednesday, which might be the best night of loud guitars and insightful songs to be had anywhere on a Wednesday night. See and

Zoo Bar Music

Lincoln’s Zoo Bar is cooking with some great shows including Big Sandy & His Fly Rite-Boys Sunday, Nov. 16, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, is a double-bill of great national acts with fine Texas guitarist Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch 6-9 p.m. Elmore is a skilled and versatile player who can rip up styles from Western swing to swampy roots. See Then California’s sweat-inducing soul-rock band Orgone takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. with The Heard opening. See Looking ahead to next Friday, Nov. 21, The Paladins play one night only, 9 p.m.

21st Saloon

The 21st Saloon heats up with entertaining Canadian guitarist JW Jones’ CD release event for Belmont Boulevard (Blind Pig Records). Blues Revue magazine wrote that “Jones’ style is a fluid amalgam of T-Bone Walker’s big, bright chords, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson’s slashing leads, and Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown’s jazzy sting.” See Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch bring their eclectic Texas trio sound to The 21st Thursday, Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m., opening for Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band. Alternate Root Magazine says Curran and her players are  “A five-alarm stew of blues, gospel and soul that burns in your gut like the first time you heard Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved A Man.’”

Toy Drive

Toy Drive for Pine Ridge is back, with local musician Larry “Lash” Dunn collecting toys and donations for Pine Ridge children and families. In addition to toys, the non-profit helps with emergency heating, educational resources and more for children, elders and families living on the reservation. The Blues Society of Omaha and Omaha Jitterbugs host a benefit concert Friday, Nov. 21, 5 p.m. at Sokol Hall with headliners Too Slim & The Taildraggers and Grand Marquis. See

Hot Notes

Nashville’s blues-influenced All Them Witches plays Reverb Lounge Thursday, Nov. 13, 9 p.m. The Legendary Shack Shakers are at Reverb Lounge Wednesday, Nov. 19. See

Honeyboy Turner Band is at Havana Garage Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 p.m.

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