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 sundayroadhouse.com and jamesmcmurtry.com.
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 jasonelmore.net. Then California’s sweat-inducing soul-rock band Orgone takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. with The Heard opening. See orgonespace.com/band. Looking ahead to next Friday, Nov. 21, The Paladins play one night only, 9 p.m.
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 jw-jones.com. 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 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 toydriveforpineridge.com.
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 reverblounge.com.
Honeyboy Turner Band is at Havana Garage Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 p.m.