The 24th Street Wailers are one of the acts that really impressed me the first time they gigged here last year. The Canadian rockabilly band is led by the fiery Lindsay Beaver on drums and lead vocals. Beaver also wrote the majority of the tunes on their Juno Award-nominated 2014 disc Wicked. The CD was recorded in Austin with producer Billy Horton who was producer and bass player for the late Nick Curran. Beaver acknowledges that their high-octane rockabilly sound is inspired in part by Curran, who was a powerhouse roots guitarist, singer-songwriter and performer. In addition to his solo work, Curran’s resume ran from Kim Lenz & The Jaguars to The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The 24th Street Wailers put down a scorching sound. The band has added seriously blistering guitar slinger Elliot Sowell to their arsenal. Sowell is familiar to local fans from several years as John Németh’s guitarist. Sax player Jon Wong lays down some rockin’ saxophone in the old-school R&B style. See the24thstreetwailers.com. Catch the band at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, March 18, 6-9 p.m.
Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers return from a Colorado tour to play Omaha’s Harney Street Tavern in the Old Market for St. Patrick’s night. The band plugs in starting at 8 p.m. and plays till about 11 p.m. Hoyer reported online March 6 that the band’s latest disc, Living by the Minute (Silver Street) has cracked the Top 100 of the Americana Music Association (AMA) chart. The Shadowboxers were in the Top 18% of albums being played on the Americana Terrestrial Radio Chart as well as receiving online plays from internet radio. See joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com. The band is back in Omaha Saturday, March 21, 9 p.m. at Slowdown, playing a double-bill with fellow Silver Street Records artists The 9s.
BSO Showcases Local Artists
The Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) has created a compilation CD in celebration of the organization’s founding in 1998. The end result is a two-disc set with a $12 price tag that features 28 cuts from both local and regional artists. It’s a great way to sample the local blues scene and get acquainted with the variety of blues sounds played by area bands. Titled Deeper Blue, the CD is lucky to have a track from the late Sean Benjamin, who contributed his cut not long before his untimely passing last year. Other local artists appearing on the disc include Blue House & The Rent-to-Own Horns, Honeyboy Turner Band, Dave Steen & Jailhouse Tattoo, Kris Lager Band, Swampboy Blues Band, George Walker, Steve Lovett Blues Band and Christy Rossiter & 112 North Duck. Also featured are Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers, Brad Cordle Band, Kate Fly, Hector Anchondo Band, Steve Byam and Joe McCarthy. Regional acts who donated tracks include Trampled Under Foot, Scott Keeton Band, The Old No. 5’s and Davina & The Vagabonds.
The official CD release parties for the disc will be held in conjunction with the Davina & The Vagabonds shows at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, March 25 and at The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 26, both shows 6-9 p.m. Copies of the CD will be available for sale at both events. The original music was donated by the participating artists and chosen by a BSO committee that developed and produced the project. Proceeds go to help the Blues Society of Omaha to continue the organization’s mission of supporting the blues in eastern Nebraska. For more on the CD and the CD release events, visit facebook.com/BluesSocietyofOmaha.
Davina & The Vagabonds are touring in support of their recent release, Sunshine. See davinaandthevagabonds.com.
Songwriter Steen Releases CD
While we are talking about local music, in-demand Lincoln songwriter Dave Steen has a brand new CD of his original music out. You can hear samples from the just-dropped disc, Town Full of Secrets by Dave Steen & Jailhouse Tattoo, at soundcloud.com/dave42552.
Steen’s songwriting work has been acclaimed for years with many notable national artists recording his tunes from Eric Bibb, Maria Muldaur, The Cate Brothers and D.A. Foster to late, great artists Michael Burks, Solomon Burke and Junior Wells. Steen is also a frequent collaborator with Coco Montoya and his songwriting can be found on many of Montoya’s discs.
Locally, Steen has been playing guitar and getting his songs out front the last few years with the Brad Cordle Band. Now he’s taken center stage with this disc, promising in press materials a “’twisted roots’ collection of greasy, gritty, American originals…a soulful, blues-rockin’ dance party.” You can purchase the disc at amazon, iTunes and at cdbaby.com/cd/davesteenjailhousetattoo.
Blue House with the Rent To Own Horns gigs at Clancy’s West at 168th & W. Center on St. Patrick’s night. See bluehouseblues.com.
Rockabilly show band The Red Elvises plays Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Tuesday, March 17, 6-9 p.m. The band revs up rockabilly Night at Chrome Lounge Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Oklahoma blues-rock guitarist Dustin Pittsley is back at The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 19, 6-9 p.m.
Sunday Roadhouse presents Malcolm Holcombe Sunday, March 22, 5 p.m. at The Reverb Lounge. See sundayroadhouse.com.
The Blues Society of Omaha and The 21st Saloon host a memorial jam and tribute to Johnsen Brothers’ bass player Steve Johnsen who passed away in February. The event begins at 3 p.m on Sunday, March 22. Proceeds will be donated to the hospice that made Johnsen’s final time comfortable, according to the wishes of his widow Nancy Johnsen.
FolkHouse also celebrates their 150th house concert on Sunday, March 22, 7:30 p.m., with singer-songwriter-guitarist Jeff Black, who has had songs cut by a variety of well-known artists from Alison Krauss & Union Station to Waylon Jennings to Sam Bush and received Grammy recognition. See folkhouseconcerts.com.
Hoodoo favorite and former Indigo Swing frontman Johnny Boyd has a special show at The Reverb Lounge next Tuesday, March 24, 8 p.m. Boyd is a phenomenal vocalist in the sweet jazz crooner tradition: think Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and even early Elvis, singers with beautiful voices and plenty of heart. Now making his home in Portland, Or., Boyd is backed by some of that city’s best musicians. They mix jump-blues and swing with inflections of jazz, rockabilly and American roots music at its best. Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine says “A real-gone daddy who can croon the blues.” See johnnyboyd.com.