Hadden Sayers hits the metro for two shows this week. His new CD, Rolling Soul, drops in February. I first discovered Sayers in the mid-1990s and have been enthusiastically following his music ever since. This is Sayers’ follow up to Hard Dollar, which produced a 2012 Blues Music Award nomination for Song of the Year for “Back to the Blues.” Rolling Soul is remarkably an even stronger disc than the excellent Hard Dollar, with a sound that is visceral and in the pocket. The tracks have a muscular intensity and fluid ease. There are a variety of sounds from the slow, simmering “Alone With The Blues” to the sexy “Insomniac Blues” plus plenty of rockin’ riffs. The disc also expands into some soul and R&B that allow Sayers to demonstrate his rich vocal versatility.

Check out “Don’t Take Your Love (Out on Me)” now previewing on Sayers’ website. Ruthie Foster also guests on a track. Texas native Sayers is a triple-threat as a skilled guitarist, singer and songwriter. Rolling Soul continues his evolution as a must-see artist. See haddensayers.com. Catch the Hadden Sayers Band Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6-9 p.m. at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar and Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The 21st Saloon.

Playing With Fire Fundraiser

Playing With Fire series founder Jeff Davis reports the headliner for his Feb. 9 fundraiser, England’s Ben Poole, was not able to get his visa cleared in time to guarantee he could enter the U.S. for the event. “We have moved the show to the 21 Saloon where we will play only Cassie Taylor,” Davis says. See cassietaylorband.com. The show will go on Feb. 9, 7-10 p.m. at The 21st Saloon, $10 admission.

Hot Notes

Lincoln’s Zoo Bar has blues from Omaha’s fiery Hector Anchondo Band Thursday, Jan. 17, 9 p.m. The Bel Airs boogie down at the Zoo next Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6-9 p.m. The Bel Airs also hit The 21st Saloon next Thursday, Jan. 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The Blues Society of Omaha holds an open general meeting at The 21st Sunday, Jan. 20, 3 p.m. A special show with Murali Coryell 6-9 p.m. will follow. Coryell was last seen in Omaha in October at the Playing with Fire fundraiser as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band.

Runny Nose Pete plugs in at Sullivan’s Bar, 40th & Farnam, Friday, Jan. 18, 9 p.m. Blues great Lucky Peterson plays the Holland’s 1200 Club Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. Kris Lager Band rocks The Waiting Room Wednesday, Jan. 23, 9 p.m.


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