Photo Gallery: Southern Avenue @ The Hollow, 2/7/2020
The Hollow didn’t have the crowd it should have Friday night; was it the bad weather, that the band wasn’t well known (yet), or too many other shows last night? It doesn’t matter. For the hundred or so people that braved the cold, they experienced rising stars in the blues and soul world. In fact, Southern Avenue reached the finals of the International Blues Challenge in 2016. Something our own blues community is well familiar with. They were also nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album category for its sophomore album, Keep On. The band went up against Gary Clark Jr. (who ultimately won) and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, as well as other top blues acts Sugaray Rayford and Larkin Poe.
My only advice is the next time they are in town… make the effort to go see them. You won’t be disappointed. Tierinii Jackson takes control of the stage from the moment she steps up to the mic. However, the talent doesn’t stop with her. Lead guitarist, Ori Naftaly, controlled the mood with his emotionally inspiring guitar riffs that might have been the only thing short of an earthquake that could turn attention from Tierinni’s sulfurous dance.
Tikyra Jackson, aka TK, was back on the drums holding things down along with Evan Sarver on bass. Tikyra also served up backing vocals to her sister. Jeremy Powell (keyboards) rounded out the band.