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01/27/15 Kevin Kerby & Indy Grotto Kevin Kerby & Indy Grotto in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $5. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://kevinkerbylovesyou.com
http://www.maxrecordings.com/products/a-thousand-ships

“His music is best described as muscle in a series of loosely-wound audio snapshots of Little Rock, wedged somewhere between Paul Westerberg’s know-it-all scowl and Jeff Tweedy’s ear for pop poeticism.”

Indy Grotto is a songwriter, mother and wife. A native Australian, she spent her teenage years in South America before finally settling in Little Rock, Arkansas.
01/29/15 Graham Wilkinson & Shawn Nelson ( Austin, TX ) Graham Wilkinson & Shawn Nelson ( Austin, TX ) in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.reverbnation.com/grahamwilkinsonmusic
http://shawnnelsonmusic.com

Graham is constantly reinventing himself. The single “FOCUS” off of his 2011 release “the spiritual accessories ep” made it all the way to MTV.com ( http://www.mtv.com/videos/graham-wilkinson/676426/focus.jhtml ) and remained the #1 Most Shared, Most Commented On, & Most Viewed for over a week; all done as a completely independent, unsigned artist. This past year revealed the depth of his vision with a kid’s album done with his 2 year old twin daughters; “Bloom With Me” ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bloom-with-me/id567169265 ) … All of this is on the foundation of his 2009 release “YEARBOOK” which featured Alejandro Escovedo & Hayes Carll. In between recording, family time, & touring he has opened for such national acts as G. Love, Trevor Hall, The Gourds, Johnathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, Soul Rebels Brass Band & Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Hayes Carll, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Greg Brown, Alejandro Escovedo and dear friend Kimya Dawson. Many big things are in store for 2013 so stay tuned!!!!

What’s rising Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Shawn Nelson to do after making what the Austin Chronicle rated as “one of this year’s best country albums” with 2011′s San Juan Street? Just what he’s done all along: Sing, play and entertain folks and keep expanding his style, sound and songs plus continue to raise the bar on his work. He opens the next chapter in his musical journey with Enough, a four-track EP recorded in collaboration with his band The Good Buds: guitarist Will Webster, mandolinist Fletcher Murchison, bassist Joe Beckham and drummer Patrick Herzfeld. It’s the organic result of their regular schedule of shows over the last year in Austin and beyond playing a natural blend of styles and influences that has “something to satisfy every music lover,” as Texas Music Journal said of San Juan Street. On Enough, you also hear the sound of a writer and his musical compatriots making music to not just satisfy themselves but also challenge one another to “catch some different grooves, stretch out and generate some cool new vibes,” as Nelson says of the disc’s creation (produced and engineered by Beckham and Herzfeld).
01/30/15 Alvin Youngblood Hart Alvin Youngblood Hart in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray! Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor. https://www.facebook.com/alvin.y.hart
http://www.mojomusic.com/alvin/

Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMA’S DOOR, Hart has relayed his eclectic musical message around the world.

A devout follower of the “no barriers” approach carved out by veteran performers like Gatemouth Brown and the late/great Doug Sahm, Hart aims to delight the masses and points to challenge the so-called blues purists.

When not touring solo or plugged in with his revered rock trio “Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory”, Hart enjoys researching, collecting, repairing and modifying obscure musical equipment.
01/31/15 Duckstronaut w/ Sea Nanners & Collin Vs. Adam Duckstronaut w/ Sea Nanners & Collin Vs. Adam in 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.duckstronaut.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Collin-vs-Adam/120110198064313

Finalist in the 2014 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase (their third show ever), Duckstronaut delivers music that is dazzling and effortlessly original in scope. Aaron Sarlo’s song-craft continues to soar to new heights with each of his projects, and combined with the session-level writing and musicianship by Bryan Baker, Matt Rakes, and Adrian Brigman, Duckstronaut is an absolute gem of an Arkansas band, and a major find for music fans everywhere.
02/05/15 JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://jessicaleamayfield.com

Jessica Lea Mayfield is a 24 year old guitarist, singer and songwriter who was born in Kent, Ohio she grew up touring with her families Newgrass/Bluegrass band “One Way Rider” and at the age of 8 years old, they relocated to Nashville Tn, where when they weren’t touring regionally they played 4 shows a day 7 days a week. They lived and traveled on a 1956 tour bus that had once been owned by Bill Monroe that he had christened as the “Bluegrass Breakdown.” She credits her joining of “One Way Rider” and her interest in music to discovering her favorite bands by watching music videos on MTV and VH-1 in the late 90s.

At age 15, she recorded her first album “White Lies” in her brother’s bedroom, printing only 100 copies. One of those copies fell into the hands of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. After an introduction, Mayfield and Auerbach hit the studio, recording her debut album “With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt.” and later her sophomore album “Tell Me”
02/06/15 The Salty Dogs The Salty Dogs in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.thesaltydogs.net

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 and an upcoming EP – Too old to fight – set for March 25th, 2014. 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, Kinky Friedman, Kelly Willis and many more.
02/07/15 Wandering Lake w/ Isaac Alexander ( Full band ) Wandering Lake w/ Isaac Alexander ( Full band ) in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://soundcloud.com/thewanderinglake/sets/unmastered-wandering-lake/s-usLVw
http://isaacalexander.bandcamp.com/album/antivenin-suite



02/13/15 Mulehead Mulehead in 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/pages/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
02/14/15 My Bloody Valentine 3D Dance Party: A KABF Benefit My Bloody Valentine 3D Dance Party: A KABF Benefit in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $5. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/events/891008697610797/

KABF and The White Water Tavern present: My Bloody Valentine 3D DANCE PARTY KABF DJ’s Michael Martinez, Michael Shaeffer, Alex Flanders and Katie Cruel will trade off vinyl sets while the 3D version of My Bloody Valentine (2009) will be shown on the big screen. Bring your dancing shoes and wear something scary or romantic, or BOTH! 9pm $5 suggested donation at the door to benefit KABF 88.3FM The first 15 paid guests will receive a pair of FREE 3D GLASSES!
02/17/15 Hudson Falcons w/ Dressed For The Occasion Hudson Falcons w/ Dressed For The Occasion in 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.hudsonfalcons.net


Forming in New Jersey in the late ’90s, the Hudson Falcons chase a creative trail assembled halfway on the roots of punk rock fixed by bands like the Clash and the intense marks of pure rock & roll acts like Bruce Springsteen. Constituted by Mark Linskey (vocals, guitar), Chris Lynn (guitar), Craighton Fischer (bass), and Ben Glotzbach (drums), the Falcons started conquering a loyal legion of fans from the very start of their operations due to their crushing live performances. Releasing several split discs with other punk crews during the subsequent years, the New Jersey band decided only to record their debut full-length record in late 1999. Desperation and Revolution, the Falcons’ debut album, hit the record stores in 2000 trough the GMM Records label, eventually receiving considerable recognition by the media. One year later, For Those Whose Hearts and Souls Are True, the squad’s sophomore effort, corroborated the team’s better dominion on the underground punk rock scene.

02/18/15 Malcolm Holcombe Malcolm Holcombe in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.malcolmholcombe.com

“Not quite country, somewhere beyond folk, Holcombe’s music is a kind of blues in motion, mapping backwoods corners of the heart.” ~David Fricke- Rolling Stone Magazine

“From the first note I was drawn in. Malcolm Holcombe is an old soul and modern day blues poet. He is a rare find.” – Lucinda Williams
02/20/15 TC Edwards Birthday Show TC Edwards Birthday Show in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 10:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.
02/27/15 Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass Buffalo w/ Listen Sister Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass Buffalo w/ Listen Sister in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 10:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.adamfaucett.com

“Nothing can prepare you for the sound that comes out of his mouth when he sings—or bellows—his stellar songwriting. It is a soulful power beyond belief.” -Paste Magazine

Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, and possessing a voice that 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 Blind Water Finds Blind Water, a record of his most arresting and beautiful songs to date.

02/28/15 Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.reverbnation.com/rodneyblocktherealmusiclovers

Rodney Block, a Dumas native who has been thriving in the local music scene for the past couple of years will release his long anticipated album, Outside the Box, in mid-June. Block, a trumpeter who has been featured and performed in various venues across the region ranging from corporate to social, has built a niche in the genres of jazz and hip hop. Notable artists he has shared the stage with include Dwele, Jonathan Butler, Dave Hollister, Wynton Marsalis, and Eric Roberson. In 2007, Block’s televised jazz feature, AETN Presents: Front Row with Rodney Block, was nominated for a Regional Emmy. Block’s backing unit, The Real Music Lovers, features Oliver Thomas (bass), Sam Carroll (piano), and Michael Chandler (drums).
03/03/15 William Blackart w/ Peace Boner & Fiscal Spliff William Blackart w/ Peace Boner & Fiscal Spliff in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $5. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.williamblackart.com
https://www.facebook.com/peacebonerband
https://www.facebook.com/fiscalspliff

” William Blackart, one of Arkansas’ most criminally under exposed and great songwriting talents. ” – The Arkansas Times
03/06/15 CEDELL DAVIS RECORD RELEASE SHOW w/ The Walking Papers CEDELL DAVIS RECORD RELEASE SHOW w/ The Walking Papers in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.fatpossum.com/artists/cedell-davis

Cedell Davis was born Ellis Davis on June 9, 1927, in Helena, then a booming river town on the Arkansas bank of the Mississippi. He grew up there and in the upper Mississippi Delta around eight miles south of Tunica, on the E.M. Hood plantation, where his brother lived. Together with one of his childhood friends, Isaiah Ross (future Sun recording artist Dr. Ross the Harmonica Boss), Cedell began playing blues, first harmonica, then some guitar. Then tragedy struck — during his ninth and tenth years he grappled with severe polio. He returned to Helena, to his mother, who was locally renowned as a healer, though she worked as a cook, and there he began the painful process of relearning, in fact rethinking the guitar, which he could no longer play in the conventional manner. “It took me about three years,” he recalls. “I was right- handed, but I couldn’t use my right hand, so I had to turn the guitar around; I play left-handed now. But I still needed something to slide with, and my mother had these knives, a set of silverware, and I kinda swiped one of ‘em.” This was the beginning of a guitar style that is utterly unique, in or out of blues. The knife-handle on the strings produces uneven pressure, which results in a welter of metal-stress harmonic transients and a singular tonal plasticity. Some people who hear CeDell’s playing for the first time think it’s out of tune, but it would be more accurate to say he plays in an alternative tuning. Because the way he hears and plays intervals and chords is consistent and systematic. Cedell began playing around the Delta as a young man, and over the years he continued to work in some of the world’s most dangerous dives. Somehow he learned to project a kind of presence that defuses violence, keeping him miraculously whole amid raging chaos. There is something Buddah-like about that presence, a sense of having learned to deal with a physically violent world with his mind. It also enables him to compose and sequence verses for new songs on the spot and hold them in his memory for as long as necessary. Over the years Cedell has played in Southern juke joints with a number of other musicians. His most significant and longest-lasting association was with the great Robert Nighthawk, who was considered the Delta’s finest slide guitarist by no less an authority than Muddy Waters. They worked together for ten years straight, roughly 1953-’63, trading off “bassing” and lead duties song by song. During the early part of his time with Nighthawk, Cedell was based in St. Louis, where he got to know Big Joe Williams, Charlie Jordan, J.D. “Jelly Jaw” Short, and other leading lights. But during the last part of 1957, he was badly injured in a St. Louis tavern, when an apparent police raid caused a massive stampede. Before that, CeDell could at least walk on crutches. But his legs were broken in so many places during the stampede that he has been largely confined to a wheelchair ever since. On June 5, 1961, he “came back home to play.” At first he was based in Helena, but after he secured a regular gig with Nighthawk at the Jack Rabbit (later the Jungle Hut) in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, he settled there, and there he remains. Pine Bluff’s other claims to fame include a massive U.S. Government chemical and biological warfare research and storage facility, located nearby; and according to CeDell’s song, “If You Like Fat Women,” there are “more fat women there than any place I ever saw.” Many listeners find CeDell difficult: his sense of time, his sense of structure, that timing–not to mention his lyrics. CeDell is a remarkable communicator, and quite possible the greatest hard core vocalist around.

- Robert Palmer
03/09/15 Leon Bridges Leon Bridges in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $7. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.leonbridges.com

A little soul for your Saturday afternoon. What we know about Leon Bridges is that he’s from Fort Worth, Texas and that he brings gospel-tinged soul that feels like it’s coming to us from another decade. It’s proof that there’s a difference between sounding old and sounding timeless. Leon’s music may sound like the ’50s, but that doesn’t make it feel any less powerful today.
03/09/15 Bombbay Harambee 7 inch Release Show Bombbay Harambee 7 inch Release Show in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 10:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://bombayharambee.bandcamp.com
03/16/15 Elise Davis w/ Carolina Story Elise Davis w/ Carolina Story in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.elisedavis.com
http://carolinastory.com

In March of 2013, Elise signed her first publishing deal with Horipro Entertainment in Nashville, TN. “Where most artists wear their heart on their sleeve, Elise Davis wears hers in her emotionally-packed voice. The Little Rock native is making waves in Nashville’s music scene after winning American Songwriter’s “The Pub Contest” — a hefty publishing deal with HoriPro Entertainment — which was judged by artists like Holly Williams and Hunter Hayes earlier this month. The year-long deal will be the first venture into co-writing for the solo-singer, who has written all of her previous efforts, and was honored to have been selected for the opportunity. Often drawing comparisons to the likes of Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, Davis’ music has captured the attention of more than just those invested in the contest.” -NASHVILLE LIFESTYLES 5/30/13

It’s rare you find a married music duo that adheres to none of the married-duo-cliches. Carolina Story writes and performs songs, knowing that there are enough love songs on earth. They evoke the blue collar man and woman, because that’s exactly who they are. From their genesis, they have crafted their sound to be a perfect mix of the lyrical grit and wit of Hank Williams Sr. and the tender atmosphere of Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams. Carolina Story (Ben and Emily Roberts) are from Arkansas and South Dakota respectively, meeting and falling in love in Memphis, Tennessee, setting up shop in East Nashville and making a name for them selves in every state in between. Since 2009, Carolina Story has been hard at work touring, writing and putting out music they believe in; each release astonishingly better than the last. Starting as starry-eyed newly-weds ready for the road ahead with their self-titled debut evolving into wise road-worn troubadours on their album, “Home”, with the ability to turn an insightful phrase at a moment’s notice. Carolina Story’s potential is in their numbers. They’ve played in excess of 650 shows in 43 states since 2009 and debuted “Home” at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart in November of 2011.

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