Band: Andy T. /Nick Nixon Band
Date: Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9 p.m.
Venue: The Blues Tavern, 2818 Government Blvd., www.bluestavern.com
While the blues has been molded and shaped by a variety of outer influences, many blues outfits tend to hold tight to tradition. The Andy T. /Nick Nixon Band is a Nashville blues group that builds the foundation of its sound upon tradition. The namesakes of this band are accomplished blues artists. James “Nick” Nixon is a Nashville blues icon and a veteran Chess Recording artist, while “Andy T.” Talamantez has lent his guitar to blues notables such as Guitar Shorty and Smokey Wilson. Together, this duo has pooled their blues knowledge into the release “Livin’ It Up.”
“Livin’ It Up” is definitely rich in traditional blues. Andy T. /Nick Nixon Band shuffles its audience through heartache with “Baby Right Now,” and Chicago style runs free throughout a slow jam called “Good Man.” Blind Pig Records has recognized the duo’s blues mastery and will release their next album on the label, with seasoned blues guitarist Anson Funderburgh producing.