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02/12/16 FUTURE ELEVATORS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 10:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/FutureElevators/


It’s an apt phrase for one of Birmingham’s most original musical acts. Like Roald Dahl’s fictional creation, Shackelford—the group’s founder, mainstay, and guiding creative force—is something of a pop confectioner who thinks up impossible sounds and makes them a reality. His self-titled debut as Future Elevators expertly mixes whimsy and gravity, the fantastical with the everyday. Even as he grounds his lyrics in real-world issues, Shackelford fills his songs with new and improbable combinations of familiar sounds: the jagged pastoral folk of “Alabama Song,” the Rube Goldberg blues riffs of “Machine Maker,” the retro-futuristic r&b of “Modern World,” the warm drone of the ten-minute instrumental closer “Aphrodite.”

Between production gigs and touring jobs, Shackelford spent a year piecing his debut album together at the local studios owned and operated by Communicating Vessels (a label that is revitalizing Birmingham’s music scene and releasing Future Elevators). Recording with him was Lynn Bridges, who has worked with Devendra Banhart and fellow Alabamans the Dexateens, and the album was mixed by Darrell Thorp, best known for Radiohead’s Hail to the Thief and Beck’s Grammy-winning Morning Phase.
02/15/16 BILLY JOE SHAVER Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $25. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.billyjoeshaver.com

Shaver is truly one of the most respected living figures in American music. Bob Dylan, who rarely covers other writers, has often played Billy Joe‘s “Old Five And Dimers Like Me” in concert. Johnny Cash called him “my favorite songwriter.” TheWashington Post noted, “when the country outlaws were collecting their holy writings, Billy Joe Shaver was carving out Exodus.”

Billy Joe Shaver has never been a household name, but his songs became country standards during the ’70s and his reputation among musicians and critics hasn’t diminished during the ensuing decades.

One of the best synopses of Shaver’s upbringing is his own song, “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train.” When he sings, “my grandma’s old-age pension is the reason that I’m standing here today,” he ain’t kidding. The “good Christian raising” and “eighth grade education” — not to mention being abandoned by his parents shortly after being born, working on his uncles’ farms instead of going to high school, and losing part of his fingers during a job at a sawmill — are all part of his life story. “I got all my country learning,” he sings, “picking cotton, raising hell, and bailing hay.”

After several trips between Texas andTennessee, he appeared one day in 1968 inBobby Bare‘s Nashville office, where he convinced Bare to listen to him play. Bareended up giving him a writing job and soon his songs began to see the light thanks toKris Kristofferson (“Good Christian Soldier”),Tom T. Hall (“Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me”), Bare (“Ride Me Down Easy”), and later,the Allman Brothers (“Sweet Mama”) and Elvis Presley (“You Asked Me To”). Shaver’s real breakthrough, though, came in 1973 whenWaylon Jennings recorded an album composed almost entirely of Shaver’s songs, Honky Tonk Heroes — largely considered the first true “outlaw” album.

Shaver’s own debut album, Old Five and Dimers Like Me, was produced by Kristofferson in 1973. Along with the title track, it contained now-classic Shaver songs “Willie the Wandering Gypsy and Me” and the aforementioned “Georgia on a Fast Train.” In 1978 Johnny Cash recorded “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day),” a song Shaver wrote just after he chose to give up drugs and booze and turned to God for help.

All Music Guide lists 23 albums, from 1973’s Old Five & Dimers Like Me through 2007’s Everybody’s Brother. Among his many classic songs are “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day),” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Live Forever,” “Tramp on Your Street,” and “Try and Try Again.”

In 1999, Shaver was invited to perform at theGrand Ole Opry. In 2005, Billy Joe Shaver performed on CMT Outlaws. In 2006, he was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. He recently served as spiritual advisor to Texas independent gubernatorial candidateKinky Friedman and his 2007 album “Everybody’s Brother” was nominated for a GRAMMY. For his efforts, the Americana Music Association awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting.

02/16/16 THE HUDSON FALCONS with FISCAL SPLIFF & PEACE BONER Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/Hudson-Falcons-112976075410576/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/fiscalspliff/?fref=ts
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Born in the swamps of New Jersey, the Hudson Falcons are following a sound that can only be achieved by playing more than 1,200 shows from the Jersey Shore to Germany. The influences of the road have clearly found their way through the well-worn tires of the band van and into the Falcons’ music. More than ever, there are traces of South Texas and a little bit of heartland stomp mixing in with the New Jersey soul and swagger that has come to symbolize the Falcons and brought them a loyal following both in the United States and abroad. Cultivating a new, fuller sound that is as much Replacements as it is Ramones, the Falcons are, as always, ready to prove it all night—not just through your speakers but in the backrooms, basements, and bars of the open road.
02/18/16 CARSON McHONE with JEREMY PINNELL & KEVIN KERBY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.carsonmchonemusic.com
http://www.jeremypinnell.com
www.kevinkerbylovesyou.com

Carson McHone is an alt-country/americana songwriter from Austin, Texas. She released her debut self titled EP in 2013 and toured nationally and internationally in its support. Her vocals are featured on Shinyribs‘ newest album (Okra Candy, 2015), on Ray Wylie Hubberd’s newest song “Chick Singer Badass Rockin”, as well as a duet on Mike and The Moonpies 2015 release, Mockingbird. In 2014 McHone was selected as one of six songwriters to represent the city of Austin in “Project #ATX6”. The group played showcases in Toronto, Canada at NXNE (North By Northeast Festival) and tourned Northern Germany, culminating in a sold out out showcase at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. She has shared the stage with Ryan Bingham, Lydia Loveless, Charlie Mars, David Ramirez, Jerry Jeff Walker, among others, and in May appeared with Shakey Graves during his ACL television taping, following up as direct support for his June tour. Carson will be touring for the rest of 2015, promoting her newly released full length album “Goodluck Man”.


Jeremy Pinnell, Kentucky’s son from across the river, is a soft-spoken man, born to an area that is equal parts Southern hospitality, Northern attitude and Midwestern charm. Raised from humble beginnings of singing in church and learning the guitar from his father, his craft quickly made heads turn and rooms fall silent. But with his departure from home at 18 to venture into the unknown with only his music, this young man soon found himself surrounded by the demons of the world he used to try and sing away.

The stories told are true, not embellished folklore. (”With an almost uncomfortable accuracy — the kind of dark, ominous emotions most people try to bury” – Citybeat Cincinnati). Jeremy will not speak of them – only sing. While he has returned to his humble beginnings and is living an honest life, his experiences must be heard to be believed. They are real, and most importantly, never forgotten.
02/19/16 BOMBAY HARAMBEE RECORD RELEASE SHOW with COLLIN VS ADAM & PAGIINS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/BombayHarambee/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Collin-vs-Adam-120110198064313/
https://pagiins.bandcamp.com

Goldmine evokes earned grit. It’s a fitting title for the debut LP from Bombay Harambee, of Little Rock, Ark., workplace of Charles Portis. This record blazes a path of arresting and literate post-punk and lives up to the bold decree of the album’s sinister pulp cover: “42 Minutes of Western Action!”

From its opening feedback buzz Goldmine swerves into the churning current of “Interval,” declaring that “Now’s it’s time to stupefy and wonder.” Theirs is a familiar sound but never a game of retread. It seeps up from the fertile eighties and early nineties that once nurtured luminaries like Pavement and Sonic Youth.

Formed by Alexander Jones and Trent Whitehead in 2013, the band has undergone a transformation with the additions of Tyler Nance on drums and Ryker Horn on bass. Recorded at Fellowship Hall Sound with Jim Dickinson disciple Jason Weinheimer, Goldmine was crafted and honed over the last year and a half as the band played through the south and up the east coast. Mastering was handled by Carl Saff.

Released on Max Recordings, Goldmine is available on digital and CD formats, but the ideal medium is vinyl. “I love how vinyl forces a certain process upon the listener. Ideally, each side should flow such that people don’t feel compelled to get up and change the record,” principal songwriter Jones says. “This record is meant to be heard at high volume in a room filled with people.”

Jones draws upon his time spent as a grad student wandering the civil war battlegrounds of Virginia with a “Broken Hand”, nurturing a fascination with the monumental gaffes and shoestring policy of America’s nuclear arsenal (“Check, Check, Checkmate”), and all the while exploring the seedy, southern tableau of Little Rock. The city and its famed late night haunt “Midtown” earn fitting homage, roasting slow in self-loathing and collateral bar damage that recur and re-haunt.

The vivid spaghetti western design penned by Fayetteville artist Gustav Carlson (Backwood Goat, Tourist Unknown), recalls a derailed train in the high buffalo era. The liner note treasure map twists Little Rock to invite a closer look. Goldmine tells a story which may evade dot-connection on the first listen, and that may be the point. The album depicts subjects most of us would rather avoid in polite company. Undeterred, Bombay Harambee tacks them all to the wall.


02/20/16 GINSU WIVES & CASUAL PLEASURES Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/ginsuwives/?fref=ts
https://www.reverbnation.com/thecasualpleasures

02/23/16 MIKE & THE MOONPIES Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.themoonpies.com

Mike and the Moonpies are the modern face of the outlaw country music movement. From their home in Austin, Texas, they carry the torch of their predecessors, while maintaining the originality and independence that the genre is infamous for. The Moonpies, led by Texas born songwriter Mike Harmeier, manage themselves and produce their own albums. While steeped in tradition, the Moonpies rejuvenate honky tonk and traditional country music and appeal to a wildly eclectic audience. They are equally at home in dance halls and theaters, and can share a bill with an indie rock band or a country legend. The Moonpies live on the road and have the scars to prove it. Currently touring the U.S. in support of their third studio album, “Mockingbird,” they continue to live up to their reputation as one of the hardest working and veracious bands in independent country music. “Mockingbird” is the 3rd studio album for Mike and the Moonpies. Produced by frontman Mike Harmeier and longtime friend and musician Michael Kingcaid (What Made Milwaukee Famous), the album features 10 brand new original songs all written by Harmeier and performed by the Moonpies. Several guest performers that appeared on 2012’s “The Hard Way” returned for this one, including Warren Hood (Lyle Lovett), Jenn Miori Hodges (Carper Family), and Pete Weiss (Leo Rondeau). Recorded at the legendary Cedar Creek Studio in Austin by John Silva (the Trishas) and mixed at Good Danny’s in Austin by Max Lorenzen, “Mockingbird” is the band’s best sounding album to date. This collection of songs find Harmeier in a very nostalgic state of mind both lyrically and musically. On the title track, reminiscent of Steve Earle’s “Guitar Town,” Harmeier sings about the influence of his father and grandfather on him today. The debut single “Smoke Em If You Got Em” kicks off with an Allman Brothers style guitar riff and speaks about the evolution of Harmeier and his band in the music industry. Lookout for several surprises on this album which is far and away the band’s most eclectic to date. “Mockingbird” is sure to make a huge impact on the Texas Country scene and place the Moonpies in a position to break into the Americana genre, where a large majority of traditional country and roots music currently reside.


02/24/16 NED VAN GO Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://nedvangomusic.com

Ned Van Go’s members are a ragged crew made up of small town boys who are influenced by beer, desperation, good love, bad love and down home rock and roll. From breakdowns on the side of the road to raisin’ a ruckus during one of their songs, the boys of Ned Van Go are never boring. They rock with energy and simple “blue collar” feel that tell stories of factory working, racism, love in prison, love in a small town and time running out on an aging musician. NVG has been played by independent radio stations from coast to coast and all over the world!
02/25/16 HANDMADE MOMENTS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://handmademoments.bandcamp.com

02/26/16 THE CEDRIC BURNSIDE PROJECT Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $10. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://cedricburnside.net


Born and raised around Holly Springs, Mississippi, Cedric Burnside, grandson of legendary R.L. Burnside and son of drummer Calvin Jackson, has been playing music all his life. He has developed a relentless, highly rhythmic charged style with strong hip-hop and funk influences. This four-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Award’s Drummer of the Year (2010-2014) is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world.

Growing up at his grandfather’s side, he began touring at age 13 playing drums for “Big Daddy” on stages around the globe. Cedric was “I write about my life, my kids, and everyday things. I try to stick to the truth,” Cedric says. He recalls growing up without a radio or a TV. “My granddad used to play out on the porch, and we’d have house parties every weekend. Johnny Woods would come over and blow harmonica, and he’d drink two or three gallons of corn liquor. We just stomped up dirt.”

In addition to “Big Daddy,” Cedric has also played and recorded with among countless others, Junior Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, North Mississippi Allstars, Burnside Exploration, Widespread Panic, Burnside Exploration, Jimmy Buffett, T Model Ford, Bobby Rush, Honey Boy Edwards, Galactic, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears and The John Spencer Blues Explosion. In 2006 he was featured in Craig Brewer’s critically acclaimed feature film Black Snake Moan, playing drums alongside Samuel L. Jackson. (The film is a tribute to R.L. Burnside, and gives many nods to the late bluesman.)

In 2010, Cedric collaborated with his younger brother, Cody Burnside, and his uncle, Garry Burnside, to create The Cedric Burnside Project. They created a new genre of music by infusing Mississippi Hill Country Blues, Funk, R&B and Soul that will keep your foot stomping all night long. The Cedric Burnside Project has brought new life and energy to the blues, it’s no wonder why it’s loved by fans around the world.

Following the untimely and tragic death of his brother Cody, Cedric has kept the flame burning, recording and touring the world with guitarist and lifelong friend Trenton Ayers.
03/04/16 BIG PIPH & TOMORROW MAYBE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $10. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.bigpiph.com

03/05/16 TRAVIS LINVILLE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.travislinvillemusic.com

After showing an exceptional talent for learning to play and sing the songs of Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and Fats Waller, Travis Linville submersed himself in his guitar and into the musical journey that has taken him to 44 states, 6 Canadian provinces and cities all over the United Kingdom. After four years of Oklahoma dancehalls and dives (the fake ID years), Linville emerged as a songwriter and original recording artist with the Okie/Alt./Americana/FolkRock sensation The Burtschi Brothers. Six years of relentless performing and uncomprimising artistic vision transformed the young guitar slinger into something of an Okie icon and earned him a lifetime of street cred among musicians and fans all over the central United States and beyond. The six years since the Burtschi Brothers have seen this guitar hero mature into a singer/songwriter, producer and sideman with limitless depth and class. While most often recently seen traveling as a multi instrumentalist with Austin singer/songwriter Hayes Carll, Linville has continued to nurture his own art and it is his most recent EP release “Sun or Moon” that is the current culmination of this amazing journey. The five songs that make “Sun or Moon” speak on fatherhood, baseball, love, mortality and the hum of the highway, and they give us a glimpse into the soul of this 34 year old troubodour. It’s the soul in the songs and performances that reveals why Travis Linville is one of Oklahoma’s favorite musical treasures.
03/07/16 VALLEY QUEEN Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://valleyqueen.bandcamp.com

Six years ago, Valley Queen’s front woman Natalie Carol drove to Los Angeles on a whim, looking to expand her musical horizons. After a lonely and frustrating year, she was on the verge of returning home when she happened upon an acoustic jam session where she met guitarist David Donaldson. Carol was immediately reminded of the comfort and friendliness of her Arkansas roots; the perfect environment for musical creation. She could hear traces of her hometown influences in his riffs: Zeppelin, Duane Allman, and Muddy Waters. The two began collaborating, exchanging ideas and drawing in other like-minded musicians. “It gave us all something to rest our heads upon, a musical family that became a home for us all,” says Carol. Today, Valley Queen is a hybrid of southern rock and Motown, with traces of 1970s canyon rock. “Carnival”, the A- side on their debut 7” produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, FIDLAR, Fool’s Gold), embodies these influences as Meadors sings about creating a supportive artistic community in Echo Park. The B-side “Make You Feel” is a bluesy slow jam about young love.
03/09/16 DAN BAIRD & HOMEMADE SIN w/ THE SALTY DOGS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $15 advance, $18 d.o.s.. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.danbairdandhomemadesin.net
http://www.thesaltydogs.net

Runka, runka, three chords and a cloud of dust! The Georgia Satellites were one of the most ferocious bands of the 80’s and what set them apart from the other 10,000 groups who cranked their amps up to 11 was that their wild riffs and tanked cries came from a band that, from the start, understood it’s place in rock tradition and fought hard to solidify it with each recording.

The story starts in the early 80’s at Hedgen’s, a “country club for the spiritually impoverished and emotionally destitute” , as chief songwriter Baird would later identify it. Bassist Keith Christopher, Drummer Mauro Magellan and Guitarists Rick Richards and Dan Baird were playing on the Atlanta circuit in various bar bands such as the Hellhounds, the Brains and the Woodpeckers. These bands would gradually morph into the original Georgia Satellites.

#1 fan and road manager Kevin Jennings, sold an EP of early Satellites recordings to an independent UK record label, Making Waves and the EP, Keep The Faith, provoked an extraordinary reaction from the UK music press, which, in turn, woke up the previously indifferent stateside music industry. The stand-out track on the EP and most peoples introduction to the band was Keep Your Hands To Yourself which was swiftly culled from the bands eponymous debut major label release on Elektra and became a runaway grammy nominated hit, both LP and single only being kept off the respective #1 slot’s by Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Living On A Prayer. A second hit single, Battleship Chains, solidified the LP’s platinum success.

Where the Satellites really earned their reputation though, was with their live shows. All those years of three sets a night, paid dividends as their live performances laid waste to audiences across the States and in particular Europe, which took the band to it’s collective heart, a love affair that continues to this day.

Two more Elektra LP’s, Open All Night and the remarkable Salvation And Sin, plus a track, Hippy Hippy Shake, on the Tom Cruise movie soundtrack, Cocktail, followed, but by the early 90’s, all those years of incessant touring had taken their toll and the band split.

Dan Baird forged a successful solo career with Rick Rubin’s Def American, scoring major hits with the album Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired and single I Love You Period. A second LP, the critically acclaimed Buffalo Nickel, followed and Dan also developed a career as a highly sought after producer.

Post Satellites Mauro played on both of Dan’s Def American albums before taking time out to raise a family and concentrate on his other interests. Keith had also returned to the fold for the Def American recordings and like Mauro played on both ‘Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired’ and ‘Buffalo Nickel’. After recording ‘Buffalo Nickel’, Keith went on to join Kenny Wayne Sheppard’s band and play on a multitude of sessions, including Ayo’s 2006 double platinum debut Joyful.

In 2001 Dan returned to live performance, with the Sofa Kings, a band that featured hot shot guitarist Ken McMahan. The shows producing the live album, Redneck Savant. Dan also found time to record and tour as part of the alt “supergroup”, The Yayhoos who also featured Keith Christopher and long time Dan sparring partner Terry Anderson. The Yayhoos line up is completed by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel. The foursome have released two albums to date, Fear Not The Obvious in 2002, following it in 2007 with Put The Hammer Down.

2003 saw the release of a compilation of Dan and Georgia Satellites unreleased gems – Out Of Mothballs – and Mauro put out an album with his other band The Crashers – Love School. Dan, Keith, Mauro and Ken hit the road for the first of a sucession of tours which were documented on the 2005 double live set – Feels So Good.

In 2007 the band decided to take some time off to concentrate on writing and to recharge their batteries. During this period, Ken had his first child and decided to spend some time at home. His legacy and importance to the band are stamped all over the live cd and dvd set – Fresh Out Of Georgia – which will stand as a worthy testament to his time with the band.

His replacement is none other than Warner E. Hodges, also guitarist extraordinaire with Nashville legends, Jason And The Scorchers. Warner is probably the only guitarist capable of matching Dan’s intensity chord for chord and proved to be the missing piece in the Homemade Sin jigsaw. Long term friends, Dan had co-produced Warner’s 2007 debut solo album – Centerline.

February 2008, Dan, Warner, Mauro and Keith embarked upon the recording of Homemade Sin’s debut studio album. Recorded in Nashville the fourteen tracks on ‘Dan Baird & Homemade Sin’ represent the first new Dan Baird studio album since ‘Buffalo Nickel’.

The album was released in Europe in May 2008 to rave reviews and was playlisted by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, an American release scheduled for 2009. Live audiences got to hear the new songs for the first time when Homemade Sin, joined the Quireboys on a highly successful package tour of the U.K. and Scandinavia. The band were back in Scandinavia once again in October with one veteran (and by all accounts highly jaded) music journalist giving the band a SIX out of FIVE star review and proclaiming the show to be the best gig he’d seen in over twenty years!


The Salty Dogs are a four piece band that enjoys playing and recording original country music. The Little Rock based band has released 3 full-length studio albums including their current EP – Too old to fight. The band was formed in 2003 and was named the “Best Original Band in Arkansas” by the Arkansas Times. Since then, the band has played countless shows sharing the stage with such likes of Junior Brown, Hank Williams, Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show, The Gourds, Pete Anderson, David Rawlings, Robert Earl Keen, Kinky Friedman, Kelly Willis and many more.
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03/11/16 PATRICK SWEANY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 10:00pm. Admission: $10. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.patricksweany.com

Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between. On a given night (or on a given album) he’ll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He’s a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing ’em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn’t his ability to copy – it’s his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby “Blue” Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own. It’s no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad’s extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants. In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide – with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style. But Patrick wouldn’t stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of 50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed him to form a band. After 6 critically acclaimed records (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and Europe. He’s played premiere festivals (Newport Folk Fest, Merlefest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews) and supported international acts such as The Black Keys, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna, and others on tour. His latest record, Daytime Turned To Nighttime, comes out in September 2015. It was recorded in his adopted community of E. Nasheville, TN and features contributions from long-time collaborator and producer Joe McMahan (Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Bryan Owings (Tony Joe White, Solomon Burke), among others. For Daytime Sweany took a fairly different approach than his usual raw, intense blues sound, opting for more subtle textures and playing. Seminal 70s records by Bill Withers, Bobbie Gentry and Bobby Charles & The Band provide the sonic blueprint, while Sweany wraps his trademark baritone and impeccable acoustic slide work around songs of longing, redemption and growing up.
03/12/16 SEAN FRESH & THE NASTY FRESH BAND Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/seanfreshagain/?fref=ts

03/15/16 THE SPEEDBUMPS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: Donations. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. www.thespeedbumps.com

The Speedbumps are an award-winning American band with a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk influences, and singer-songwriter Erik Urycki’s breathy, commanding vocals and canny phrasing.

The band’s roots lie deep in the Rustbelt, where quiet strength and limited embellishment define the culture. The working class towns around Akron, the former rubber capital, from which artists like The Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Joseph Arthur have emerged, have provided the band with an aesthetic that seeks to tease out beauty from the gritty details of everyday life.

The Speedbumps’ unique live shows include instruments like Cello, Banjo, Ukulele, Wurlitzer, Glockenspiel, Vibraslap and Mandolin. On several occasions, the band has performed with a 40 piece symphony orchestra, featuring arrangements written by bass player, Kevin Martinez, who holds a degree in Music Theory and Composition.

The Speedbumps winning combination of thought-provoking singer-songwriter material and high-caliber musicianship have earned the band a large and loyal fan base in the Northeast and Midwest. With the May 5th release of the their new album, the band will be touring United States and abroad, sharing their new songs and soaking up the world to feed the next batch of tunes.

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