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01/25/20 BROTHERS WITH DIFFERENT MOTHERS 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/brothersdifferentmothers/

01/28/20 Au.Dio.Bass. * Sista Smoke * Princeaus 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/465240130804374/
soundcloud.com/princeaus

Sista Smoke is a local rapper and producer who is making waves in the local music scene. Associated acts are KlubHouse, Yuni Wa and Wes B. This will be her first show at White Water Tavern.

X3MEX is our artist highlight of the evening. His talent is well know in the local art scene. He hosts shows at his gallery in NLR (“Dedicated Gallery”).

Au.Dios.Bass is one of Arkansas’s finest music producers. Every show he plays has a different technical setup. His knowledge of gadgets and visual design is unparalleled.

01/30/20 THE MINKS * CHROME PONY 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.theminksband.com
https://chromeponynashville.bandcamp.com

The Minks are Nashville’s “psychedelic-bloos” band, heavy on the rock and roll. We’re talking low-down, all the way, purse-lipped, eyes-shut, head-whirling kind of rock and roll. The band’s palpable sound has roots in every music fan’s top ten—from Lou to Patti to Creedence to Hank. Mixed with raw, jangly instrumentation and soulful saccharine vocals, it’s as much a throwback as it is an answer to the often overlooked underbelly of Nashville’s rock and roll scene.

Front woman Nikki Barber hightailed it to Music City a few years back in hopes of pursuing her musical birthright. With just a guitar and a dream, she created The Minks because she had to. It was this “create or combust” determination, and a little help from her friends, that made her vision a reality. With a few hundred miles, a couple of EPs, some new faces, and a slew of local buzz under their belts, the band sets out to release their first full-length record (Light and Sweet) this Fall through Cafe Rooster Records and tour for forever.

The Minks are here. Let’s boogie!

01/31/20 JOHN NEMETH Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://johnnemeth.com

Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move. John Németh had already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers when he decided to break the mold with his new record, FEELIN’ FREAKY. Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, John creates music that is personal as well as universal, and owes its origin to no one but John Németh. John’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor, and cover themes from social issues of gun violence and class values to the pure hedonistic joy of dancing, sexuality and marijuana. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city. For this album John brought his new songs to his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar – so they could hone the groove and finish building the album as a group. Under the simpatico guidance of Grammy-nominated producer Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), FEELIN’ FREAKY emerges as a modern personal masterpiece.

02/01/20 TIM EASTON 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.

https://www.timeaston.com

American songwriter Tim Easton was born on the Canadian border in upstate New York and spent his formative years living in Tokyo, Japan and Akron, Ohio. Traveling early and often, he learned the ways of the road and rails and spent 7 years as a bonafide troubadour, making his way around Europe, playing the streets and clubs, living in Paris, London, Madrid, Prague, Dublin, and wherever he laid his hat. It was this period of time when he developed his songwriting style – folk based storytelling and personal traveling tales, often peppered with bold confessions or “tell it as it is” reality. Rolling Stone Magazine praised him as “having a novelist’s sense of humanity.”

Returning to his roots in North America, moving to New York City and then Los Angeles, he signed with New West Records and released five critically acclaimed solo albums starting with 2001’s “The Truth About Us,” which featured three fourths of WILCO as the backing band. Invitations to be a support act from mentors Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt arrived. Easton settled in the burgeoning art and music scene of Joshua Tree, California between worldwide tours. After becoming a Father and re-locating to Nashville, Easton recorded an album for THIRTY TIGERS (“NOT COOL” 2013), which accented the stripped down Memphis & Sun Studios sound of the Tennessee Three. His next album 2016’s “AMERICAN FORK,” was a grand departure from his previous efforts, featuring a fully flushed out backing band with elaborate songs arrangements. His most recent album, “Paco & The Melodic Polaroids,” is a fully stripped down, solo-acoustic album celebrating 30 years of companionship with “Paco,” his trusty Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar. The new project was recorded DIRECT TO LACQUER at The Earnest Tube Studio in Bristol, Virginia.

02/04/20 BEAT BOOT REVIVAL * PAT BYRNE 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.beatrootrevival.com
https://patbyrne-music.com

An Irish singer and recording artist, Pat Byrne hails from Borris, County Carlow. “Pat’s voice strikes an emotional chord with his audience; ranging from seductive whisper one moment, to full-bodied rock ‘n’ roll growl the next.” – Stuart Gray, Hot Press Magazine Byrne’s early influences were Johnny Cash and Elvis, first encouraging him to pick up the guitar. “I’ll be forever grateful to my parents for having their records in the house,” Byrne said. Pat started drumming as a young teen. He formed his first band in 2007, and continued playing professionally through his University years. Signing with Universal, Pat released his album’s debut single, “End Of The World” in November 2012. Pat continues to tour Ireland, the UK and Europe, as a solo artist. Byrne began collaborating with Alan Downey of the rock band, Aslan, in 2014. With Pat on lead vocals and guitar, they perform a diverse range of music including Pat’s original songs.

BEAT ROOT REVIVAL is a multi-instrumentalist roots duo, combining elements of Folk, Blues, Country, and Rock n Roll to create a melodic sound, made up of powerhouse harmonic vocalists Andrea Magee and Ben Jones. Originally from England and Ireland, Ben Jones and Andrea Magee came to the USA 4 years ago like their ancestors before them, looking for a new life and to share their music far and wide. With just a guitar, a Bodhran and a hunger in their harmonies and songs, Austin, Texas became their adopted home and they have developed an ever-growing fan base gigging regularly while writing prolifically. The band’s CD sales are higher than any other support act we’ve had at our label in years and they just recorded three brand new songs with legendary producer Paul Leary (Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Ballyhoo!, Meat Puppets, Butthole Surfers), which includes a great rendition of Thunderclap Neman’s, Something In The Air.

02/06/20 JIMBO MATHUS 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.therealjimbomathus.com

Jimbo Mathus is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work with the swing revival band Squirrel Nut Zippers.

The late Memphis producer Jim Dickinson once called Jimbo Mathus “the singing voice of Huck Finn.” Outside the South, Mathus is likely known as the ringleader of the hyper-ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers. In his native Mississippi and throughout the South, however, Mathus is the prolific songwriter of born‐in‐the‐ bone Southern music, the torchbearer for Deep South mythology and culture. Think Delta highways, bowling‐pin Budweisers and “catfish music” for the masses. Jimbo Mathus remains a rising-star powerhouse that feeds the soul. “…a true Southern amalgam of blues, white country, soul and rock‐n roll. As Dickinson would say, ‘If you don’t like this, there is seriously something wrong with you.’”

02/08/20 MULEHEAD 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/Mulehead-117759588328057/

The guitars crunch, but they’re spry more so than heavy. The lyrics are lighthearted but by no means frivolous. The songs feel very much like country songs at heart, even if they sometimes sound like country songs with their fingers in the wall socket. Welcome to Kevin Kerby’s Mulehead, a thrilling Little Rock, Arkansas, cowpunk quartet that resides in a world where Jesus lives above the liquor store. Kerby’s conflicted lyrics seem suspicious (but not dismissive) of Christianity, although if he truly felt jaded, perhaps he wouldn’t sing about religion in so many of his songs. “I’ve heard it said the gospel call will come to you in slumber / I was at the bar, you know, and they didn’t leave a number,” he sings in “Out Here in the Pines.” On “Glad to Be Here,” he explains, “I read the Bible cover to cover / It don’t say nothin’ about a girl like you.” “Pilate” is your classic country shuffle from the point of view of a misunderstood outlaw: “Well, my name is Pilate and I have your king / I wash my hands to the whole damn thing / What could I do, I’m just one man / Why I’m in hell, I don’t understand.” You don’t know whether to say “amen” or “another round,” but you get the sense that either is acceptable. –Marc Greilsamer

02/11/20 VAN DARIEN * INDIANOLA 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.vandarien.com
https://www.indianolamusic.com

Heartbreakingly honest observations by Van Darien from her upcoming album, Levee. The 10-song LP, colored by moody baritone guitars, swelling pedal steel, thick booming drums, and haunting vocals, beckons a dreamscape of both beauty and darkness.

Van Darien dives deep into her roots and surfaces with empathized portraits of the characters who have shaped her journey. Ranging in metaphor from the fluidity of water to the sturdiness of steel, Levee is a tapestry of deeply human experiences that have been woven together with a combination of heavy emotion and electric tranquility.

‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye’ follows Indianola’s 2017 debut EP, ‘Zero,’ which Paste praised as “wise beyond its years” and the Charleston City Paper hailed for its “rock ‘n’ roll fervor.” Beverly was named a Southwest Airlines Artist On The Rise, and the collection earned him festival performances from Luck Reunion to Wildwood Revival alongside dates with Josh Ritter, Butch Walker, Langhorne Slim, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Nicole Atkins, and more. The following year, Indianola appeared as a special guest on Shovels & Rope’s ‘Busted Jukebox Volume 2,’ collaborating on a reimagining of The Hollies’ “The Air That I Breathe” that prompted the husband-and-wife duo to describe Beverly as “one of the finest singers and writers out there today” in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

02/13/20 DIRTY STREETS 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://dirtystreets.bandcamp.com

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, a hub of historical soul and blues that crafted much of the world’s modern music, Dirty Streets have spent years on the road and in the studio forging their own style. They’ve moved from DIY, independant recordings to ambitiously self-produced studio ventures over the course of five albums.

02/14/20 JEREMY PINNELL 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.jeremypinnell.com

“Hardscrabble honky-tonk at its best, nodding to Johnny Cash and Buck Owens in equal measure. Ties of Blood and Affection is a stellar collection that could earn Pinnell comparisons to Sturgill Simpson.” – ROLLING STONE

“Kentuckian Jeremy Pinnell hits all the country-tune sweet spots. His voice is strong and a little mournful — you can feel his ache seep through the speakers as you listen — and the rhythm section shuffles along gently. Weepy pedal steel licks feel just right as Pinnell sings a regretful refrain of ‘I did it again,’ a familiar sentiment for any of us who’ve ever done a little backsliding.” – THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION

02/15/20 FUNKANITES Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

Funkanites are an eight piece Little Rock Arkansas-based Afrobeat, Soul, and Funk ensemble. The lineup features members of other Little Rock bands such as Amasa Hines, Velvet Kente, and Twice Sax to name a few. To say the band is well seasoned is an understatement. They are quite capable of handling any genre thrown at them, however, their focus is heavily on late 60’s and 70’s Afrobeat, Soul, and Funk with a contemporary spin on the genres. Big bombastic horn lines are the norm, as well as an airtight rhythm section that stretches and sews the pocket but never leaves it. Though almost entirely instrumental, some of the members have been known to sing on a traditional Afrobeat tune or two. They are ambassadors of a music that is not so readily available in a live setting in this day and age. They will move you.

02/20/20 PALM GHOSTS 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://palmghosts.bandcamp.com

Palm Ghosts is a Cinematic Dream Pop band based in East Nashville.

Their records have covered genres from indie folk to jangle pop, and most recently, the sounds of early 4AD and Factory records releases and Peter Gabriel’s more cinematic offerings.

Palm Ghosts truly are the sound of one hand clapping.

02/21/20 WILLI CARLISLE * ADAM FAUCETT * JAMIE LOU 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.willicarlisle.com
https://www.adamfaucett.com
https://www.jamielouandthehullabaloo.com

Willi Carlisle is, according to The Washington Post, “powerful…both down-home and brainy.” With years of collecting folklore, playing or calling square dances, and working in the avant-garde, Willi Carlisle is a multi-faceted writer, performer, and instrumentalist.

While his big frame and expressive voice draw comparison to old balladeers and bluesmen, Willi sings new songs for the oldest reasons: love, heartache, and joy. People who watch and listen will find that he laughs and sheds a tear onstage almost as often as his audiences do, fire- and-brimstone proof of larger-than-life songs and stories.

Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, and possessing a voice the Onion A.V. Club warns “knocks your brain into the back of your skull,” Adam Faucett has drawn comparisons from Tim Buckley to Cat Power to Otis Redding.

Called “one of the greatest, most thoughtful lyricists the state has to offer,” (Arkansas Times) Faucett has again pushed the borders of his “part folk, part blues, part elemental rock stomp, part unidentifiable cosmic holler” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) with the release of It Took the Shape of a Bird, a record of his most personal, unbodied, and darkly beautiful songs to date.

Combining the melodies and sensibilities of Wilco and Fleetwood Mac, with the bombast of My Morning Jacket, Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo are primed for the national spotlight. Since debuting in 2015, the band have been wowing audiences with their blazing potpourri of Rock, Pop, Folk & Psychedelia. Delivering standout performances at Riverfest, Valley of The Vapors, Musicfest 31, and Homegrown on The River.

02/22/20 TWO TONS OF STEEL 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.twotons.com

The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the Alamo City’s most-loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine in 1996. It was the beginning of a twenty year journey for Geil and the 4-piece ensemble.

Releasing “Two Tons Of Steel” in 1994 and “Crazy For My Baby” in 1995 on Blue Fire Records, a sponsorship deal with Lone Star Beer quickly followed. Dead Crickets, renamed Two Tons of Steel in 1996 began traveling outside of Texas, including stops at the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville, Tenn., the National Theater in Havana, Cuba, and European tours, to greet fans who had embraced their Texas-born sound. In 1996 they released “Oh No!” on their independent label, “Big Bellied Records.” They followed up the passion project with a live recording at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas, taped during a Two Ton Tuesday Show 1998.

2018, will mark the bands 23rd year of “Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall.” The summerlong event has drawn over 230,000 fans since it began its annual run in 1995. The popular concert series was captured in “Two Ton Tuesday Live,” a DVD-CD combo released on Palo Duro Records in 2006. Also that year, the band’s first national release, “Vegas,” produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines on the Palo Duro label, took them to No. 7 on the Americana Music Charts and was one of the top 20 releases of 2006.

02/27/20 JASON RINGENBERG 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://jasonringenberg.com/home

Jason Ringenberg is Nashville’s greatest 20th century rock ’n’ roll frontman.

He and his band, Jason & The Scorchers, bridged rock and country in a way that had never been attempted, let alone actuated, and they paved the Music City rock roads on which new-century talents like Dan Auerbach, Kings of Leon, and Jack White now reside.

Whether filling notebook pages with songs or whirling across stages, extra-long mic cable mummifying him in black rubber and copper, Ringenberg exudes the riotous energy of rock ’n’ roll, while favoring welcome and affirmation over sneers. He moves like Jagger, without the preening. He possesses the melodic sense of his old tour buddies in R.E.M., without the lyrical ambiguity. He’s got the fire of Jerry Lee Lewis … but without all the guns and stuff.

“…one of America’s proudest rebels, it is hard to imagine the current Americana scene without his pioneering work…”

– Rolling Stone

“He still has an unbelievable energy level…high kicking around the stage like the 20 something he once was, well still is really. There are few better and none more entertaining.”

– Americana UK

“Jason Ringenberg is Nashville’s most electrifying performer, but his most enduring attribute, his songwriting, is also his most criminally overlooked. “

– USA TODAY

02/28/20 RACHEL AMMONS 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/pg/RachelAmmonsMusic

Our favorite delta blues virtuoso of Tyrannosaurus Chickn & Ben Miller Band fame brings her incredible solo set back to the WWT.

02/29/20 D.O.T. * SABLE LINING * LUSTERF*CK 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/dotmuzic/

We are the Daughters of Triton – Diamond, Opal, and Turquoise – Mermaid sisters from Little Rock, AR

03/07/20 ZAKK & BIG PAPA BINNS * 20 WATT TOMBSTONE 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://20watttombstone.com
https://www.facebook.com/zakkandbigpapabinns

20 Watt Tombstone are Wasau Wisconsin’s hard touring death blues saviors. They have played hundreds of shows over the past few years, and are now looking at embracing European shores this summer. Fusing the sounds of ZZ Top with Kyuss by way of Robert Johnson and Black Flag, the band has continually outdone themselves since their formation in 2011. The band built their name on the road, but it was a split with Left Lane Cruiser that propelled them to the next level. Now they seek to grow upon all of this and bring the entire stoner rock scene to a new frontier.

This is the sort of band who remain devout to their community no matter the consequences. The stoner rock underground has allowed them to make a living from this, and they are determined to give back. Frontman Tom Jordan is even stepping in as an organizer of Wisconsin Doomed & Stoned Festival. Their DIY aesthetic has impressed fans across the world, all of whom are eager to see the bands next steps This dedication has paid off in other ways too and won the band endorsements from Gretsch Guitars, Saluda Cymbals, Scorpion Drum Sticks, Lava Cables, SIT Strings and Rock Relentless Clothing.

Zakk & Big Papa Binns is a father/son duo with dueling slide guitar, one-man-band style drums and a raw hypnotic delta blues sound. They are also members of the band Brethren, who have toured extensively with legendary bluesman Cedell Davis over the last 5 years, so… some dues have been paid. This duo plays a heavy, foot stompin, deep hill country, honest from the heart kind of blues.

03/10/20 HANDMADE MOMENTS 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.handmademomentsmusic.net

“What makes the homey Ozark stew of Handmade Moments so very nourishing, so perfectly spiced? Partake and be effortlessly guided through wistful and deep channels of musical flavor, rich with hearty roots and fungi, vegetables home-gardened and watered from the sacred well of American musics: jazz old-time country blues soul hip-hop rock (and it don’t stop). Glistening with insight and whimsy, long-simmering with righteous compassion and beauty, Handmade Moments are a fearless all-weather duo – complementary spirits of musical tightrope and magic – serving up entrée to their secret river of goodness.” – Matthew Souzis

03/12/20 CALEB CAUDLE * WILD PONIES * JADE BRODIE 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.

https://www.calebcaudle.com
https://www.jadebrodieandthebackups.com
https://www.wildponies.net

Caleb Caudle wanted an earthy, funky sound for his new album. He assembled several Grammy-winning musicians to chase it down in the Cash Cabin, a small place with a big history.

“It feels like you’re in the shadow of giants,” Caudle says.

He emerged from the shadows with Better Hurry Up, his eighth studio album. Its 11 songs showcase Caudle’s vivid lyrics and foreboding vocals, as well as the work of an A-list cast of musicians. John Jackson of the Jayhawks produced, and guest vocalists include Courtney Marie Andrews, Elizabeth Cook, Gary Louris, and John Paul White.

A large sound emerged from the little cabin, which Johnny Cash built in 1979 as a private sanctuary near his home outside Nashville. It evolved into a recording studio more than a decade later. Since then the rustic structure has hosted sessions by everyone from Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris to Jamey Johnson and Todd Snider, as well as Cash’s own work on his acclaimed series of American Recordings. Caudle and Jackson used the space to create a dramatic, compelling record.

JADE BRODIE IS A RAILROADING SONGSTRESS FROM NORTHERN NEVADA. DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM THE BLUE COLLAR HERO AND THE AWAY-FROM-HOME LIFESTYLE OF THE RAILROAD. SHE WRITES HER SONGS WITH A HEAVY TRAIN BEAT, STRONG WILL, AND SIMPLE POETRY. ORIGINALLY FROM THE NEAR COASTAL TOWNS OF SONOMA COUNTY , CA SHE BOOMED AROUND UNTIL SHE FOUND A BETTER LIFE IN WINNEMUCCA, NV. NOW JADE ALONG WITH HER FRIENDS SHE CALLS THE BACKUPS BRING HER MUSIC TO THE STAGE FOR YOU TO DANCE TO, DRINK UP, AND ENJOY.

Although they’re based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.

Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017’s Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band’s history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered Old-Time players from Galax, Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.

03/14/20 LEE BAINS & THE GLORY FIRES * COLOUR DESIGN 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.thegloryfires.com
https://www.facebook.com/colourdesignar/

The songs are deeply rooted in Bains’ experience of his hometown, Birmingham, AL. Youth Detention depicts a Southern city in the decades surrounding the turn-of-the-millennium: in the throes of white flight, urban disinvestment, racial tension, class struggle, gentrification, gender policing, homophobia, xenophobia, religious fervor, deindustrialization, and economic upheaval.

The lyrics could ring true anywhere, though. The South exists in the world and, like the South, the world is increasingly beholden to many of these same tensions and forces. The songs on Youth Detention are meant as small acts of resistance to those systems. Documenting minor moments — the refusal to sit quietly through a display of bigotry, the act of quieting down and listening to somebody’s struggle, sticking up for friends targeted for their difference — that, hopefully, serve as the beginnings of a more profound awakening.

03/16/20 SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS * THE YAWPERS 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.

https://www.disarmers.com
http://www.theyawpers.com

“…a sneering fusion of punk-rock autonomy and say-it-like-it-is country from the classic era, paired with a timeless vocal warble and tons of attitude…she’s a nonconforming spitfire…” – Rolling Stone

Inspired by artists such as the Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams, Sarah sings with confidence, control, and, at times, a hint of menace. The Disarmers match her on every track, coloring the tales of resilience and empathy with as much urgency as ever as well as a broader sonic sweep. It’s easy to hear Sarah as a close cousin to artists like Hurray for the Riff Raff and Margo Price on the title track, or in the country-‘60s mod vibe on “Lesson.” “Good as Gold,” sporting a kiss-off line for the ages, “You’re as good as gold/ I’m as good as gone,” is both vulnerable and defiant, soaring with pop-inflected harmonies. And with an expansiveness evoking the wide-open West, “What it Takes” speaks to the truth of the record, to her life, and to the universe.

The Yawpers are the sheep in wolf’s clothing.

Through their first three albums, the group divined a signature style—what Pitchfork described as “an expansive vision of rock ‘n’ roll, one that cherrypicks from various folk traditions: punk, rockabilly, blues, whatever they might have on hand or find in the trash.” The sound is a front-heavy, groovy, fire & brimstone punk-blues overlying a dynamic and metaphysical roots rock. On their fourth album Human Question, the Denver trio zooms out to a more vast and accessible stylistic and spiritual universe. The 38-minute thrill ride generates growth and cathartic self-reflection for audience and performer alike. If there was justice in this world, the Yawpers would be the savior that rock-n-roll didn’t know it was waiting for.

03/19/20 BONGZILLA 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.
https://www.facebook.com/Bongzilla

When one says “Bongzilla”, the first thing that comes mind is THC-infused riffs, growled vocals, more references to marijuana than an issue of High Times magazine, and heaviness only copied and matched by more recent bands like “Dopethrone”. Massive riffs, each one with considerable crunch and with enough catch to make keep you coming back over and over. Sonic blues greatness and the epicness of doom/stoner greats into a blend, blend in some marijuana and crank it out at ear-shattering loudness.

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03/20/20 PATRICK SWEANY 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.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 7 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.

04/03/20 JAMES McMURTRY: EARLY SHOW Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $25. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com

Songwriting giant James McMurtry is heading to the White Water Tavern to perform two solo shows in one night! These shows will sell out!

” James writes like he’s lived a lifetime.” —John Mellencamp

“The most vital lyricist in America today.” —Bob Harris, BBC 2 RADIO

“Music that’s haunting but familiar, much like the struggles he depicts.” —WASHINGTON POST

“brave, smart, and pithy music that captures James McMurtry at the top of his game.” —ALL MUSIC

“more energized than ever.” —TEXAS MONTHLY

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