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09/05/15 MARVIN BERRY w/ CHAD CONDER & BRANDON ALANIS 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. https://www.facebook.com/marvinberryband?fref=ts
09/08/15 BOBGOBLIN w/ SECONDHAND CANNONS 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. http://www.bobgoblin.com

Inspired by a vast array of musical styles including punk, post-punk, new-wave, 70s glam-rock, prog rock, and even orchestral music, BOBGOBLIN began to act on their inspirations in Denton, Texas in the early 90s, soon after lead vocalist/keyboardist Hop Litzwire and drummer Rob Avsharian met at the University of North Texas. After bassist Hech MaHech andf guitarist Lech Vogner helped get the concept off the ground, personell changes led to guitarist/bassist Tony Jannotta joining Litzwire and Avsharian in 1994. The angular, tight, and aggressively melodic BOBGOBLIN sound, along with a socially-conscious and satirical ideology, was then set. Aided by the strength of their intense performances, their visual concepts, and their 1994 independent release JET, the band was soon signed to a major-label. After the group recorded their major-label debut, The 12 Point Master Plan, guitarist Jason Weisenberg joined the band, and they excitedly hit the road in support of their new release. Though the experience in the corporate music business had some advantages, disagreement with the label over how the record and the band’s concepts were being utilized, along with disagreement over the quality of the second recording, led to the termination of BOBGOBLIN’s collaboration with the label…
09/09/15 THE STORYTELLERS CLUB Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: DONATIONS @ the door for the band. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/events/465716913605198/

Hey! The first Storytellers Club was so wonderful! This go around will go a little differently. Thanks to everyone who came out last month! Can’t wait to see you guys again! This month we are happy to have Kristopher Pierce as our emcee!

The registration link is at the bottom. Get after it! If you like listening to or telling stories, this one’s for you. We are inviting you to share your stories whether it be about adventure, excitement, grief, happiness, fury, comedy. Storytelling, like any other art form, is to entertain, to present knowledge, to teach behavior and morals, as well as to inform and explain. Stories are how we view the world and the people in it. Each story must be your own true story. There will not be a rehearsal before this event. Each storyteller must be 13+. Also, every event is better with food so whether you’re a listener or storyteller, bring something for all to share! If you would like to share your story, click on the link below.
09/10/15 SPERO w/ ISAAC ALEXANDER & NATHAN HOUSER 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/events/955650624505826/
09/11/15 BONNIE MONTGOMERY w/ PALOMINO SHAKEDOWN 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.bonniemontgomerymusic.com
http://www.palominoshakedown.com

A classically trained singer whose southern roots run deep, Montgomery has taken her authentic spin on golden-era country/western music through the U.S. and Europe, headlining shows and also supporting Gossip, Shovels and Rope, Robert Ellis, Hayes Carll, Billy Joe Shaver, Turnpike Troubadours, Pokey LaFarge, and Wayne “the Train” Hancock.

Bonnie’s composition of the modern folk opera “Billy Blythe”, about the childhood of Bill Clinton, previewed in New York, and has earned her the attention of publications such as The New Yorker, The Economist, The Huffington Post and the London Daily Telegraph.


Palomino Shakedown is a new American music sensation from Austin Tx.

Combining the influences of Country, Southern Soul, and Rock n’ Roll, Palomino Shakedown delivers original music that appeals to the head, the heart and the hips.

Palomino Shakedown is the result of the natural evolution of Austin Honky Tonk heavyweights Horse Opera.

The line up that came together at the end of 2014, organically began combining styles and sounds in a new direction, and it became clear that it was now more than a country band, and deserved its own chance, its own name.
09/12/15 TROPHY BOYFRIENDS w/ special guests 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/thetrophyboyfriends?fref=ts

09/13/15 PRIVATE WEDDING PARTY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.
09/17/15 THE VANDOLIERS 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. https://www.facebook.com/Vandoliers

“…a sort of hopped-up blend of a crack C&W studio band circa 1974 with bluegrass, Tejano, and, yes, rock elements.” – FWweekly.com

“The Vandoliers have already mastered the rollicking, stomping feel of an established roots-rock act.” – DallasObserver.com

“It’s just plain old well-written American music.” KDGE.com
09/18/15 BONNIE MONTGOMERY w/ DOUG STRAHAN 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.bonniemontgomerymusic.com
http://www.dougstrahanmusic.com

A classically trained singer whose southern roots run deep, Montgomery has taken her authentic spin on golden-era country/western music through the U.S. and Europe, headlining shows and also supporting Gossip, Shovels and Rope, Robert Ellis, Hayes Carll, Billy Joe Shaver, Turnpike Troubadours, Pokey LaFarge, and Wayne “the Train” Hancock. Bonnie’s composition of the modern folk opera “Billy Blythe”, about the childhood of Bill Clinton, previewed in New York, and has earned her the attention of publications such as The New Yorker, The Economist, The Huffington Post and the London Daily Telegraph.

Moving south from Illinois for warmer weather and a barroom education of country picking was, according to Doug, among a plethora of bad choices, one of the best decisions he’s made in his adult life. Now after 13 years of playing lead guitar in various bands, as well as recording and co-­leading Austin’s strangest boogie-doom­-beast, Chili Cold Blood and cosmic country purveyors of funky ­tonk, The Moonhangers, he is releasing a new album entitled “Coal Black Dreams, Late Night Schemes.” As much a stew pot of roots music as CCB and MH’s previous albums, the solo record eases on in the direction of Blue-­Eyed Soul but finds home on the bar stool of the Dew Drop Inn, The Horse Shoe Lounge, your neighborhood watering hole. It’s a different direction for Strahan, much to do with his time playing and writing with The Memphis Strange, but the Gary Stewart­-esque vibrato remains.
09/20/15 LAST CHANCE RECORDS SHOWCASE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.
09/21/15 JOHN MORELAND 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.johnmoreland.net

Some days, being John Moreland has to hurt. As others bury experiences and stifle regrets, Moreland pokes old wounds until you’re sure they’ve got to be bleeding again. It’s painful. But in Moreland’s care, it’s also breathtakingly beautiful. With the release of his highly anticipated third solo album High on Tulsa Heat (out April 21st via Thirty Tigers), he offers another round of the lyrics-first, gorgeously plaintive songs that have earned him devoted listeners across the country.

Moreland started writing when he was 10 years old, the same year his family moved from Kentucky, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he still lives today. He turns 30 this year, but he’s been slinging songs for more than half his life. He started fronting local punk and hardcore bands in high school. After graduation, he had an epiphany. “I’d just overexposed myself to punk and hardcore to the point that it just didn’t do anything for me anymore,” he says. The remedy? He ditched his music for his dad’s: CCR, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Steve Earle.

“I think what appealed to me about it was lyrics,” he says. “In hardcore, there might be great lyrics in a song but you have to read them off a piece of paper to know it. I was 19 in 2004, and Steve Earle had put out ‘The Revolution Starts Now,’ and I remember hearing the song ‘Rich Man’s War’ and totally feeling like somebody just punched me in the chest.”

Moreland’s been chasing the chest punch ever since, composing pointedly and prodigiously. “I’ve always written to make myself feel better, I think,” he says. “It’s my way of figuring stuff out — figuring out where I stand. You can’t do that without emotion. You can’t do that insincerely.”

When Moreland released In the Throes in June of 2013, the album didn’t just charm listeners — it stunned them. American Songwriter proclaimed that “[t]hose not familiar with the Oklahoma City singer-songwriter should remedy that pronto,” while No Depression declared the collection “isn’t so much songwriting as alchemy with words and music.” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow heard his songs and joined the chorus, tweeting: “If the American music business made any sense, guys like John Moreland would be household names.”
09/23/15 AMERICAN AQUARIUM Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $15. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.americanaquarium.com

For nearly a decade, American Aquarium have spent the majority of their days on the road, burning through a sprawl of highways during the day and playing hours of raw, rootsy rock & roll at night. Sometimes, the job is a grind. Most times, it’s a blessing. American Aquarium’s songs, filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love and long horizons, have always explored both sides of that divide. For every drunken night at the bar, there’s a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there’s the chance of a broken heart. It’s that kind of honesty — that sort of balance — that makes the band’s newest album, Wolves, their strongest release to date.
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09/24/15 DIRTY FENCES * BOMBAY HARAMBEE * FAUX FEROCIOUS 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. https://dirtyfences.bandcamp.com
https://bombayharambee.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/fauxferocious

“Dirty Fences from New York City sling ‘70s street-level punk rock & roll. Tommy Ramone beat. Harmonies. Tons of vocals. From fast slasher power pop tunes to country ballads to Eddie Cochran style parents­just­dont­understand sex rock and roll, they know their stuff and have a lot of fun with it.”

09/26/15 THE SALTY DOGS 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.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.
09/30/15 DANIEL ROMANO 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.danielromanomusic.com

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 11, 2015 – Not quite country, Americana, folk, songwriter or pop, Daniel Romano’s exquisite and expansive new album, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, due July 31 on New West Records, is pieces of each, but ultimately the work of a singular mind. To peer inside, all you have to do is listen. Self-produced and largely self-performed in his hometown Welland, Ontario, a picturesque water town near Niagara, the album features Romano’s baritone croon and poetic hard luck storytelling set atop an expanded palette filled with sweeping strings, blasts of horn, stately piano, twangy pedal steel, an 808 drum machine and swaths of accordion. Not a retro preservationist, nor a post-modern cowpunk, the songwriter embraces classicism and sadness in its extremes to create something beyond nostalgia. Check out the first single “The One That Got Away (Came Back Today),” which premiered via Rolling Stone who described the album as “countrypolitan crooning, honky-tonk heartache and mid-century melodrama.” – Rolling Stone
10/02/15 CEDELL DAVIS 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://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
10/06/15 ADIA VICTORIA Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $7. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/adiavictoria

South Carolina-born and Nashville-based Adia Victoria has only officially released one song but she’s already solidified herself as one of country music’s most exciting new stars. Since June, her eerie, angst-y anti-Southern pride anthem “Stuck in the South” has gained thousands of SoundCloud plays; and she spoke on a panel in Yale’s Department of African-American Studies about Paramount Records alongside Greil Marcus and Jack White. “Everything still kind of feels the same,” says Victoria, who just began her first-ever tour. “This year I look most forward to distill the world around me into art.” Roger Moutenot, who has worked with Yo La Tengo and Sleater-Kinney, is producing her upcoming LP.
– ROLLING STONE


She Says: “I think I bring to the table a voice not given much attention. As a marginally employed, self-driven woman of color there aren’t many microphones being shoved in my face or chances to speak my own truth. Perhaps people should check out my music to find that the superficial differences that society erects between people are just that — not real. You might just find you have more in common with the girl handing you your burger at the drive through than the gilded millionaire on the radio trying to twerk her way into relevancy.”
10/08/15 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.com

Cedric Burnside is the grandson of North Mississippi hill country blues legend, R.L. Burnside. He has won Blues Drummer of the Year three times. Cedric has teamed up with guitar virtuoso, Trenton Ayers, to create the Cedric Burnside Project.

The Cedric Burnside Project is the collaboration between Cedric Burnside and Trenton Ayers, both hailing from the hill country of North Mississippi. Cedric provides lead vocals, as well as guitar and drums. Trenton is CBP’s lead guitar player and provides back-up vocals. The two come together to create a sound that is at once, both traditional blues and new-school funk.
11/08/15 WINDHAND Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://windhandva.bandcamp.com

For a band who traffic in measured, unhurried riffage, Richmond’s WINDHAND have moved awfully quickly over the last few years. Founded in 2009, the VA quintet have been making waves since the release of their 2010 practice space demo, a two-track CD that garnered the band comparisons to artists like Electric Wizard, The Devil’s Blood, and Black Sabbath. That auspicious start was further realized in March 2012 when the band released their self-titled debut, which quickly became an underground hit and sold out of multiple vinyl presses in a matter of months.

WINDHAND returned in 2015 with their third full-length, Grief’s Infernal Flower, a multifaceted slab of thundering stoner doom that Noisey has called “doom metal’s most anticipated album of the year.” Produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, Soundgarden, etc), Grief’s Infernal Flower is massive, heavy, and personal, a modern testament to the power of doom and stoner metal’s legacies. One sees the urgency the band have displayed over their career reflected in their music – long-canonized tropes are reimagined and reinvented, WINDHAND convey an irrepressible sense of motion even within the slowest of songs. Front woman Dorthia Cottrell firmly establishes herself as one of the best vocalists of the genre by perfectly balancing beauty with enormous power, and the twin-guitar attack of Garrett Morris and Asechiah Bogdan weaves together nine songs of perfect riffs and fuzzed-out bliss. That often-delicate splendor is all tempered by the colossal rhythmic mastery of bassist Parker Chandler and drummer Ryan Wolfe, whose lower-register expertise serves as the backbone of the new record. Though the first two WINDHAND albums were underground classics, Grief’s Infernal Flower stands to see WINDHAND cementing themselves as one of the premier metal bands of our time.
11/14/15 PETER CASE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $15. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.petercase.com

Peter Case’s work sets the bar for authenticity, passion and imagination and spans a number of genres, including folk, blues, and rock. Raised in Buffalo, NY, Case came to the Bay area in 1973 and worked as a street musician and played in the seminal power pop group The Nerves, before moving to Los Angeles to form the Plimsouls, landing a deal with Geffen Records.

The Plimsouls achieved success with the single, “A Million Miles Away,” but broke up shortly after. Case’s 1986 solo Geffen record revealed deep roots in folk and blues, and earned him his first Grammy nomination for the song “Old Blue Car” as well as the Number 1 spot on the NY Time’s 1986 Best CDs list. Six CDs later, Case earned another nomination for Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, a remarkable collection of songs that features Case’s voice and a single guitar. It’s clear that Case is a major talent on the Americana troubadour landscape.

Case’s 2010 CD, Wig emphasized the rock and blues side of Case’s repertoire, while 2007’s Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John demonstrates what Case can do with just his voice and a guitar. With or without a backing band, Case delivers his songs with both intense passion and introspective nuance.

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