Friday, July 21, 2017


There must be something the Omaha water, because that city has produced some great great music over the past few years.  Two of the musicians responsible for this great music will be rolling through the area for a couple of amazing FREE shows, and it's all courtesy of your pals at 89.7 The Maverick!

David Nance rolled through town a couple of times last year and gave us killer shows.  His last album grabbed my attention immediately, resulting in a Nance binge on Discogs.  I HAVE NO REGRETS!  He comes from a home recording DIY background, but his new album 'Do The Negative Boogie' was done in a studio and it generating significant buzz.  The songs are great, and they sound like they'll be amazing live.  Speaking of live, his band on this tour is being compared to CRAZY HORSE, so that kicks up the excitement level considerably.  Don't miss this FREE SHOW at The Nakato on Saturday, August 5th!

"Omaha has given us the reigning heir to Henry Miller's dark emotional mirror, Townes Van Zandt's three-chord moan, and Lou Reed's warehouse minimalism: his name is Simon Joyner."
                      — Gillian Welch

"Pound for pound Simon Joyner is my favorite lyricist of all time. He has shades of all the greats (Van Zandt, Cohen, Dylan) but exists in a space all his own ... He truly is an American songwriting treasure. It is my hope that more people will discover his music and share in the unique joy that it brings."          — Conor Oberst

That's some heavy praise from some heavy hitters, right?  Simon Joyner has had a massive influence on the Omaha, Nebraska music scene.  The Saddle Creek/Bright Eyes scene gives him massive props, and Beck included one of his albums in a ten favorite albums list for Rolling Stone.  British DJ John Peel loved Joyner's 1994 album 'The Cowardly Traveler' in it's entirety on one of his shows, in an incident often referred to as the "Peel Incident".  When you're impressing someone like John Peel you know you're doing something right.

Simon Joyner will be passing through town in Friday, August 18th, and there is also no cover for the show.  In an interesting big of music news, his backing band will be almost entirely composed of members that will play with David Nance when he plays on the 5th.

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