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09/22/19 THOSE PRETTY WRONGS ( JODY STEPHENS OF BIG STAR ) * ISAAC ALEXANDER Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://www.thoseprettywrongs.com/#home-section
https://isaacalexander.bandcamp.com/music

Those Pretty Wrongs are Jody Stephens and Luther Russell, two old friends and veterans of the music scene in different ways. Jody was the drummer for the legendary band Big Star and now helps run equally legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis. Luther Russell was the leader of seminal roots-rock band The Freewheelers and is now an acclaimed solo artist and producer.

It was the documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me that brought Jody and Luther together creatively, when Jody asked Luther to join him for some promo performances. A chemistry was immediately noticed. They began writing songs and performing them whenever possible, soon taking their name from the opening line of Shakespeare Sonnet 41, which they slipped into one of their first collaborations, “Fool Of Myself”. Burger Records released the first track they cut in Memphis, “Lucky Guy”, with “Fool Of Myself” as the flip side. There was an outpouring of support for the new music, which gave Jody and Luther the confidence to move forward.

Luther lives in Los Angeles and Jody in Memphis, so there was a real commitment to finishing these songs and cutting them until they were totally satisfied. Those Pretty Wrongs will be released in May in a unique partnering between the Ardent Music label and Burger Records. No one could be happier than Jody and Luther, who feel that this keeps a family-like feeling to the release. “Why stop now”, remarks Luther. “We’ve wanted to keep this thing sounding and feeling personal from the start because it’s extremely personal for both of us.” Just like Luther’s handmade collage inside the LP, the record is akin to a series of snapshots: of lives present and past, and fleeting moments of simple joy and reflection.

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09/25/19 SAMANTHA CRAIN * KIERSTON WHITE * ELIZA BEE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $7. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.samanthacrain.com
https://www.kierstonwhite.com

Samantha Crain is a Choctaw singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and poet from Oklahoma.

You Had Me at Goodbye, the fifth full length studio album from Samantha Crain, finds the literary tendencies of her songwriting allowing room for a wink and a nod. This wildly original album stands as the authoritative statement thus far from an uncommonly insightful and intrepid musician. Crain, who recently turned 30, has often been pegged an “old soul” by reviewers and music writers, beginning at her first release at the age of 19. Crain found that for some time, she yearned to fit that mold. As she puts it, “That label permeated me: my songwriting, my demeanor, my aesthetic. I acted older than I was, or how I thought older people acted, because I was unsure of myself, as any young person can be, in many ways.” Coming of age, for Crain, probably seems counterintuitive to longtime fans—flame colored hair, increasingly comical stage banter, and, most notably, a new embrace of something previously absent in her catalogue so far: the pop song.

Kierston White is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Shawnee, OK who performs solo and with trio The Tequila Songbirds (Camille Harp, Elizabee). White released her first and only album in 2014 and looks forward to a new record in 2019.

She is part of this new generation of Oklahoma songwriters giving fresh legitimacy to the craft.”

09/26/19 KK & THE REVEREND BLUES Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/TheReverendBluesRevival/

09/27/19 RUNAWAY PLANET Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://runawayplanet.net

Founded in 2001, Little Rock bluegrass band Runaway Planet evolved out of a long-time friendship between members and a mutual love for traditional string-band music. Their music is a mix of hard-driving bluegrass, three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and original songs.

Drawing from traditional influences like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, they are also inspired by more progressive bluegrass bands like The Country Gentlemen, The Seldom Scene and New Grass Revival. With an ever-growing schedule, Runaway Planet is winning over new fans from traditional bluegrass lovers to younger fans new to the genre.

09/28/19 JUSTIN PETER KINKEL-SCHUSTER * SPENCER THOMAS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://www.constantstranger.com
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2019/feb/20/spencer-thomas/

What does a songwriter who has mined darkness do when he finds a measure of contentment?

This was the challenge that faced Fayetteville, AR songwriter Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster when writing his new album ‘Take Heart, Take Care.’ A songwriter who had success with Water Liars and Marie/Lepanto (his collaboration with Will Johnson of Centro-Matic) and has earned acclaim from NPR, Billboard, NY Times, and Paste Magazine now took time to reassess his writing process. Kinkel-Schuster, who everyone calls Pete, says, “I had, more than anything else, good things to say, and ironically I was unsure of how to say them. I’d spent so long yawping at perceived darkness both real and imagined, internal and external, that I was in a sense starting from scratch, learning to express something good in a way that didn’t feel cheap or silly or disingenuous to me.”

Jackson native Spencer Thomas, singer and drummer for local band Young Valley, says that his upcoming solo record, “Hangin’ Tough,” is built around the theme of perseverance in the face of issues such as depression and troubled relationships. “Hangin’ Tough” is both the name of the album and one of the songs, and Thomas says that for him, the theme of perseverance began with the effort of “saving up sock drawer money” to pay to record the album in the first place.

09/29/19 Sunday Show with SAD DADDY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://www.saddaddyband.com

Sad Daddy began as the meeting of three musical minds — Brian Martin (guitar), Melissa Carper (bass), and Joe Sundell (banjo). The dynamic songwriting of the original three members carried the group’s 2010 self-titled release and won them a loyal following in and around the great state of Arkansas. However, with Carper and Sundell residing in Austin, TX and Martin far away in Ozark country the group’s opportunities for collaboration and performance were few and far between. Now with the original members all back in Arkansas as well as the addition of standout fidller Rebecca Patek, Sad Daddy is embarking on the next chapter of their musical journey. Their follow-up album, “Fresh Catch” was released in fall 2016 to massive critical acclaim and the band has been touring extensively throughout 2017. While Sad Daddy’s musicianship and stagecraft are worthy of mention, the songwriting of Martin, Carper, and Sundell, remains the cornerstone of the group’s allure and allows them to connect with a wide range of audiences.

10/03/19 MAYBE APRIL Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.maybeapril.com

Maybe April is a Country Americana group made up of Katy DuBois (Bishop) and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, AR, and Chicago, IL, they met in the summer of 2012 in Nashville, TN. They wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a GRAMMY week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and had their video “Last Time” premiered on CMT. Maybe April is recognized for their harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs, and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound somewhere in between Americana and Country.

10/05/19 THE LIBRAS PRESENT: BEATLES vs STONES Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1152632404933877/

The Libras are a great band consisting of some of Little Rock’s most beloved musicians. Join us as the perform great songs from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in a fundraiser for Pulaski Heights Elementary.

10/06/19 JON DEE GRAHAM: EARLY SUNDAY SHOW Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://jondeegraham.squarespace.com

Jon Dee Graham is a guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. A former member of the True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo, Graham is the only musician ever to be inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times.

Jon Dee Graham is most well known for his solo work, including the critically acclaimed records “Escape from Monster Island”, “Hooray For The Moon”, and “Full”. He is also well known for his tenure in The Skunks, Austin’s very first punk band, and roots-rock pioneers The True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo. Jon Dee has also played guitar with acts such as John Doe (X, The Knitters), Exene Cervenka (X), Michelle Shocked, Alejandro Escovedo, Kelly Willis, and The Gourds and has had his songs covered by many artists, including Patty Smythe, Patty Griffin and James McMurtry.

10/07/19 OPEN MIC NIGHT HOSTED BY DAVISON DAVISON Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

10/09/19 BOOK RELEASE PARTY FOR JOHN JACOBS’: A LUSH & SEETHING HELL Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

10/10/19 WILLIAM BLACKART * FISCAL SPLIFF * DANIEL PUMPKINSEED Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/events/226740521587070/
https://fiscalspliff.bandcamp.com/album/hot-grease
https://danielpumpkinseed.bandcamp.com/releases
www.williamblackart.com

Arkansas native William Blackart plays a lo-fi country brand of folk music. With lyrics described as “poetic and captivating,” vocals pegged as “rough and emotive” and guitar work called “hypnotic and spare” (Dakota Discography), his influences range from Townes Van Zandt to Leonard Cohen to The Clash.

Daniel Pumpkinseed plays lo-fi, Soul Power Folk on tour out of Tennessee. This will be a special solo performance from Pumpkinseed’s front man, Daniel Pumpkinseed.

10/12/19 2ND ANNUAL BUILD-A-BAND-NIGHT Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

Details to be announced soon.

10/13/19 SUNDAY BLUES JAM HOSTED BY TEXAS RICKY D Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

10/17/19 JESSE COTTON STONE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://jessecottonstone.com

Jesse Cotton Stone, is a Colorado-Born, American Highway-Raised, Blues Man. A 3rd Generation “Carny”, he spent the earliest of his years on the Carnival circuit training as a traveling entertainer from his parents and grandfather who was a balloon clown.

In 1994, at the age of 11 he began teaching himself to play blues guitar by ear,

“Though Colorado born, my blues influence was rooted on the banks of the Missouri River, where my Fathers side of our family had migrated from Texas during the Great Depression. We lived many years there throughout my upbringing and spent most summers going to blues clubs, barbecues,juke joints, blues festivals, and National Gospel Choir competitions, throughout the midwest while on the road with the carnival circuit.”

10/19/19 PRIVATE WEDDING PARTY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

10/20/19 AARON LEE TASJAN Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.aaronleetasjan.com/home/

Most people know Aaron Lee Tasjan as one of the wittiest, most offbeat, brilliant, weed-smokin’ & LSD microdosin’ Americana troubadours writing and singing songs today. And the New York Times, NPR and Rolling Stone will all gladly corroborate. But steel yourselves, folk fans, because he’s about to follow his restless muse straight out from under the weight of everyone’s expectations into the kind of glammy, jingle-jangle power-pop- and- psych-tinged sounds he hasn’t dabbled in since his younger days playing lead guitar for a late-period incarnation of The New York Dolls.

Really, the roots of Tasjan’s new record, Karma for Cheap, stretch even deeper, drinking up the sounds of a Southern California childhood spent listening to The Beatles while riding around with his mom at the wheel of their navy blue Volvo station wagon—back to the very first pre-teen year he picked up a six-string and started figuring out all the pretty little chords in those Lennon-McCartney tunes. Back to the pure, blissful unfiltered innocence of falling in love with music for the first time.

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10/21/19 TULSA REVUE: JOHN FULLBRIGHT * JESSE AYCOCK * PAUL BENJAMIN * J TOVAR Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/events/363809260981634/

The TULSA REVUE featuring John Fullbright, Paul Benjaman, Jacob Tovar & special guest Jesse Aycock. A live experience done Tulsa-style, with quality players and a sense of community. Experience individual sets from each artist with a supporting cast of players, as the the evening wraps with all joining together for a family jam of epic proportion.

JOHN FULLBRIGHT — Critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated, John Fullbright is a musical triple threat – songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and singer of the highest order. His Oklahoma roots are apparent in his music, but his sound is his own. Catch a live show and be mesmerized by the artistry of this talented individual. Recommended if you like Leon Russell, Jimmy Webb, or Guy Clark.

PAUL BENJAMAN — Groove-based tunes with more than a nod to the elusive Tulsa Sound and other forms of American music. Signature guitar licks from band leader Paul Benjaman and steel work from Hard Working Americans member, Jesse Aycock, apply a vintage hue that is both nostalgic and fresh. Recommended if you like JJ Cale, Wilco, or Warren Haynes.

JACOB TOVAR — A man from a different time, a different era. With a gentleman’s handshake, a booming voice, a contagious smile, and a quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all walks of life through his sincere songs of roots, folk, Americana, and old school country. Recommended if you like Ernest Tubb, Jamey Johnson, or Chris Stapleton.

JESSE AYCOCK — A multi-instrumentalist that is in demand for live touring and studio work. His original songs display lyrical depth and beautiful melodies that belie his age. Also known for being the guitarist/lap steel player for Hard Working Americans. Recommended if you like Neil Young, Ryan Adams, or Gram Parsons.

10/25/19 HALLOWEEN COVER-UP SHOW: DETAILS T.BA. Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

10/26/19 TRAVIS LINVILLE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://www.travislinvillemusic.com

It’s a quiet confidence, an air of authority limited to only the most studied artists, a commanding irreverence woven with a thread of vulnerability. There’s something inexplicably authentic about Oklahoma’s Travis Linville, and it’s carried him from dive bars and classrooms to “The Tonight Show” and esteemed theaters and festivals across the globe.

Linville is legendary regionally for his work in the now-defunct Burtschi Brothers and for his behind-the-scenes influence—the “Oklahoma Gazette” rightly called him a “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” and noted that his success opened doors for a state teeming with talent.

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