Best Of 2013

Best recovery: Ernie Locke, Nervous Turkey

Ernie Locke, Nervous Turkey

Funky driving blues rock trio Nervous Turkey broke up for a while, reconvened for a few special dates in 2011, and planned another reunion for last year’s Guavaween that was canceled unexpectedly when guitarist/singer/harpman Ernie Locke had to undergo emergency pacemaker surgery. Locke was back on stage with beat-driver Aaron Fowler and ivories ace Mark Cunningham a couple months later for a NYE reunion do-over at Locke’s own stomping ground, Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café, and other noteworthy performances have followed, including a memorable set at Gasparilla Music Fest. The deep greasy growls, gut bellows and clambering presence of CL’s 2009 Best Frontman winner are still as huge as ever, even if Ernie himself has shed some noticeable pounds.