Robert Johnson SA Sessions Starring Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent with Arthur King & The  Alamo Allstars

The San Antonio Blues Society Presents

Robert Johnson SA Sessions Starring Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent with Arthur King & The Alamo Allstars

Sat, November 18, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20.00 - $60.00

This event is 18 and over

Seating NOT GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final. 

All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $20 Advance/ $25 Day of Show/ $60 Reserved Booth


Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent
Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent
When it comes to Americana Roots Music and especially the Blues, the late great Stephen Bruton knew what he was talking about. Those who knew him knew that he always got to the point. His description of his long time friend and musical comrade in arms is succinct and quite a heady compliment, but then, Johnny Nicholas is an amazing talent.
For four decades Johnny’s consummate musicianship and vocal skills have graced live music scenes across the country and abroad. He has toured, performed and recorded with many true blues and Americana Roots Music legends including:
Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Lockwood Jr., Johnny Shines, Big Walter Horton, Roosevelt Sykes, Nathan Abshire, Robert Pete Williams, Eddie Taylor, Billy Boy Arnold, Hound Dog Taylor, Johnny Young, Houston Stackhouse, and Boogie Woogie Red.
He recorded and toured with Johnny Shines and Snooky Pryor, producing and playing guitar on their W.C. Handy Award-winning album Back to the Country. He was a lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with Asleep at the Wheel when they won their first of many Grammy Awards.
Arthur King & The Alamo Allstars
Arthur King & The Alamo Allstars
In 1973, 16 year old Arthur King lived in Boston MA when a neighborhood kid was starting a blues band. Arthur didn't know what the blues were, but he knew he wanted to play in a band. One year later, Luther Georgia Boy Johnson hired most of that neighborhood band. When blues musicians from Chicago like James Cotton, Hound Dog Taylor, and some of Howlin' Wolf's guys were in the Boston area they would sit in with the band. Arthur played with Luther for one year until the booking manager found out some of the guys were too young to cross state lines. Arthur continued to play blues with various Boston area bands. He made several pilgrimages to Chicago to sit in with and learn from Eddie Taylor, The Aces (formerly Little Walter's and later Jr Well's band), Son Seals, and others. In 1979, Arthur moved to Rochester NY to play some house-band gigs and tour in the northeast with Joe Beard. By the mid 80s Arthur King initiated the first of many variations of the "Arthur King Blues Band". He released "Bluestime!" On the Backalley Records label. The 3-track 45 RPM was recorded live at Richmond's, a premier live blues venue in Rochester. Around 1990, Arthur returned to Boston to head up several other blues groups and played with Silas Humbolt Jr and George Mayweather.

Arthur put his guitar down for a while in 1997 and became an over-the-road truck driver. He did tour Florida in 2004 and 2005 with Delta Dave Johnson when his schedule would allow. After that he returned to full-time truck driving. The music flame was re-sparked when his younger brother, a classical guitarist who had toured all over Europe, was starting a blues band. He asked about some originals Arthur had written. Sharing his music and composing new material brought on the rejuvenation of Arthur's blues playing career. In 2015, Arthur was on short-haul run to San Antonio, when he came by The Cove and found the San Antonio Blues Society monthly blues jam in progress. And he's been attending ever since!
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215