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Shawn Holt and The Teardrops Now Booking Festivals and Events

Shawn Holt's perfectly titled debut CD "Daddy Told Me" on Blind Pig Records is now in record stores and digital delivery systems everywhere.

Shawn Holt is the son of the Legendary Blues Master Magic Slim (Morris Holt). Shawn started playing the blues at the age of 17, when he went on the road with his father and The Teardrops. Shortly after that tour with his father, Shawn realized his genetic destiny and formed his own band. He has been watching, learning and playing the blues ever since. The blues world mourned the passing of Magic Slim (Morris Holt) in the Spring of 2013.

The high energy hard-driving sound of the Teardrops is still alive and well with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad's (Blues Legend Magic Slim) band. Shawn's booming vocals is more than a little reminiscent of his dad's, and his guitar playing while similar to Slim's, exhibits a broader mix of classic and contemporary influences. Shawn shows himself more than capable of leading the Teardrops into a new era.

The album's appeal is perhaps explanied by this comment from an album review in Chicago Blues Guide: "Not many quartet blues ensembles today can reproduce the unique and deceptively simple lumps and blues that Magic Slim use to play. This band is unique in that it can and does effortlessly."

Vintage Guitar magazine added that it's "hard to beat this strong debut featuring a duet with John Primer and standout treatments of Holt's dad Magic Slim's signature lines."

The Washington Blues Society said, "Shawn Holt and The Teardrops shows us that Magic Slim's considerable gifts lives on, an excellent CD."

And speaking of Shawn's talent in particular, The Alternate Root said, "Holt's guitar has its knobs tuned to thrill. His fret work has flash but more importantly it has the ability to watch the road ahead to make sure that it twists and turns in all the right spots."

Bill Dahl of the Chicago Blues Guide wrote, "Shawn Holt, leading a second-generation lineup of Teardrops, proved conclusively he has what it takes to maintain the family legacy."

The torch has been passed.

Shawn Holt and The Teardrops:
Shawn Holt - Guitar/Vocals, Levi William - 2nd Guitar/Vocals, Vernal Sticks Taylor - Drums and Russell Jackson - Bass.

Shawn Holt and The Teardrops are winners for Best New Artist Debut - Daddy Told Me by the Blues Foundation (BMA) 2014. And also won the 2014 Blues Blast Music
Award for New Artist Debut Album - Daddy Told Me.

What's Coming?

05/21/16
appearing at
Santa Teresa Jazz & Bossa
Santa Teresa, Spain

05/25.16
Fest Bossa & Jazz
Mossoro, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

07/01/16
appearing at
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Davenport, IA

07/12/16
The Village at Squaw Valley
Olympic Valley, CA

09/30/16
appearing at
Niagara Falls Blues Festival
Niagara Falls, NY

Noteable Appearances
Uncle Bo's - Topeka, KS 2013
BB's - Kansas City, MO 2013, 2014
Chelsea's Pub - Eureka Springs, AR 2013, 2015
411 Club - Kalamazoo, MI 2013
Beer Geeks - Highland, IN 2013, 2014
Beale On Broadway - St. Louis, MO 2013, 2014, 2016
Terra Blues - NYC, NY 2013, 2014, 2015
Elk Creek Cafe - Millheim, PA 2013
Wilberts - Cleveland, OH 2013
Kingston Mines - Chicago, IL 2013, 2014
Billtown Blues Festival - Hughesville, PA 2013
Kingston Mines - Chicago, IL 2013
Sin City Soul & Blues Revival (Big Blues Bender) - Las Vegas, NV 2013
The Stock Exchange - Bisbee, AZ 2013
Rosa's Lounge - Chicago, IL 2013, 2015
21st Saloon - Omaha, NE 2013, 2014, 2016

Pilegarden - Copenhagen, Denmark 2014
Bruunskepakhus - Fredericia, Denmark 2014
Remisen - Brande, Denmark 2014
Mandal Blues Club - Mandal, Norway 2014
Mojo - Copenhagen, Denmark 2014
Paletten - Viborg, Denmark 2014
Brenderup - Hojskole, Denmark 2014
Stoberihallen - Hillerod, Denmark 2014

Blues Music Awards - Memphis, TN 2014
Time Out Pub - Rockland, ME 2014
Famous Dave's Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival - Lincoln, NE 2014
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival - Glenwood, IA 2014
Pennsylvania Blues Festival - Palmerton, PA 2014
Fargo Blues Festival - Fargo, ND 2014
Mayne Stage - Chicago, IL 2014
Chan's - Woonsocket, RI 2014
Black Eyed Sallys - Hartford, CT 2014
Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks - Millheim, PA 2014
Wilbert's - Cleveland, OH 2014
Fargo Winter Blues Festival - Fargo, ND 2014
Downtown Williamsport - Williamsport, PA 2014
Uptown Music Collective - Williamsport, PA 2014
Billtown Blues Festival - Hughesville, PA 2014
Rooftop Concert Series (Historical Museum) - Joliet, IL 2014
Boundary Water Blues Festival - Winton, MN 2014
Round Barn Blues - Kirksville, MO 2014

Stoberihallen - Hillerod, Denmark 2014
Buckeys - Oslo, Norway 2014
Kulturpubben - Lillestrom, Norway 2014
Rawa Blues Festival - Poland 2014
Dexter - Odense, Denmark 2014
Mojo - Copenhagen, Denmark 2014
Vershuset - Naestved, Denmark 2014
Kilden - Brondby, Denmark 2014

Shawn Holt with the New Blues Generation Tour 2014
Blues Festival - Haringe, Belgium
Blues Station Concerts - Tournon d'Agenais, France
Le Rocher de Palmer - Cenon, France
Jago Blues - Talant, France
Le Trianon - Paris, France
Espace Vauban - Brest, France
Montford Blues Festival - Montfort-Sur-Meu-Cedex, France
Le Camji - Niort, France
So Blues Festival - Le Mans, France
Le Hublot - Nancy, France
Theater de Tamboer - Noogeveen, Netherlands
Les 4Ecluses - Dunkerque, France
La Tannerie - Bourg en Bresse, France
Le Jam - Montpellier, France
Le Sonograf - Le Thor, Frnace
Festival Jazz a Draguignan - Draguignan, Frnace
L'Imprevu - Montemboeuf, France
La Traverse - Cleon, France

Monroe County Library 28th Annual Black History Month Blues Series - Monroe, MI 2015
Calgary Mid Winter Blues Festival - Calgary, AB 2015
Biscuits & Blues - San Francisco, CA 2014, 2015
SLO Veterans Hall - San Luis Obispo, CA 2015
Ukrainian Amerian Cultural Center - Whippany, NJ 2015
Brian's Backyard BBQ - Middletown, NY 2015
Blues Furnace Blast Festival - Bethlehem, PA 2015
Chicago Blues Festival - Chicago, IL 2015
Cognac Blues Festival - Cognac, France 2015
Cincinnati Blues Festival - Cincinnati, OH 2015
The Edmonton Blues Festival - Edmonton, AB 2015
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Sioux City, IA 2015
Callahan's Music Hall - Auburn Hills, MI 2015
2 Palms Bar & Bistro - Clearwater, FL 2016
Bonita Blues Festival - Bonita Springs, FL 2016
Knights of Columbus Hall - Springfield, IL 2016
Zoo Bar - Lincoln, NE 2016
3rd Annual Winter Blues Festival (Shawn Only) - Fairbury, NE 2016

Shawn Holt appearing with Bobby Rush, Joe Louis Walker & Wayne Baker Brooks:
Kalamazoo State Theater - Kalamazoo, MI 2016
Dorothy Menker Theater - Palos Hille, IL 2016



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