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Date Artist City Venue Country
10/21/14 Dana Louise Dana Louise 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/danalouiseband

During a solo journey to the Azores Islands in 2011, Dana Louise, a visual artist, taught herself to play guitar. The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana forged the beginnings of her sound, practicing amidst the archipelago’s lava rocks and dragon trees. Based in Northwest Arkansas she tours nationally and internationally.
10/23/14 Adam Faucett w/ All Them Witches & Iron Tongue Adam Faucett w/ All Them Witches & Iron Tongue 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.adamfaucett.com
http://www.allthemwitches.org
https://www.facebook.com/Irontongue

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.

Iron Tongue has spent the last three years and change playing its soulful heavy-amp blues steadily around the South, touring the Midwest and East Coast with Memphis kindred spirits The Dirty Streets, and sharing bills with Black Tusk, Scott Kelly, The Sword, High on Fire, Crowbar and Lita Ford, as well as fellow Arkansans Pallbearer and The Body. Neurosis’s Steve Von Till called Iron Tongue’s debut “a solid slab of balls to the wall shameless rock, with a power and an edge and soul that rarely exists in music today.”
10/24/14 Jim Mize Record Release Show Jim Mize Record Release Show 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.fatpossum.com/artists/jim-mize

At 57, singer/songwriter Jim Mize is in no hurry to become a star. He waited until his early 40s to release his 2000 debut and this self-titled disc is only his third. But what he lacks in quantity he makes up with quality. These nine songs that clock in at just under 35 minutes lay down a hypnotic, swampy, Memphis mid-tempo groove over poignant lyrics, many about the darker side of love, sung in a scuzzy growl somewhere between John Prine, Bruce Springsteen and Heart of a Saturday Night era Tom Waits. In Mize’s dim world, romance is like falling down a rabbit hole and if anyone is looking for him, all they have to do is “follow the blood trail to my heart.” In “Empty Rooms” he describes in detail what is left of the home that is empty after his wife leaves over skeletal, ghostly guitar. A touching duet with Kate Taylor on “This Moment with You” plows Lucinda Williams musical soil but even with its dour voices, is a relatively positive and sweet love song. The tunes go down easy, especially on the relaxed edge of “Eminence Kentucky” that sounds like a Harvest Moon outtake. Mize can rock out too, calling in Big Legal Mess label mate John Paul Keith to add Tom Verlaine inspired slicing solos, to the desperate “Need Me Some Jesus,” a track that fades out just as Keith is getting warmed up. There are echoes of Creedence and the Jayhawks in Mize’s approach and Fat Possum co-owner Bruce Watson’s sympathetic production. Similar to the work of those bands, Mize never extends anything past its logical conclusion. Like the finest and most durable albums, it leaves us wanting more and pushing replay to hear what we might have missed or just to enjoy the music of a weathered, fully developed artist whose backwoods muse is in full bloom.
10/25/14 Tim Easton ( Nashville, TN ) Tim Easton ( Nashville, TN ) 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.timeaston.com
10/28/14 Amasa Hines w/ Strange Vine Amasa Hines w/ Strange Vine in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/AmasaHines
http://strangevinemusic.com

Amasa Hines is a seven piece, Little Rock, Arkansas based band whose sound is as big as their influences are wide. Their influences come from a diverse range of Soul, Afro-Beat, Psychedelic, Blues, Dub, and Indie Rock stylings. Amasa Hines was formed in 2010 and their highly anticipated debut album was released in early 2014.

Strange Vine’s earthy, energetic music is a fusion of blues, psychedelic, and traditional American rock. It’s a sound born of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, from two men who were raised there. Ian Blesse plays drums and Rhodes piano (simultaneously), while Toby Cordova fleshes out the songs with a rotating arsenal of guitars (including one made from a cigar box). Both contribute vocals toward a rich, layered sound that’s greater than the sum of its parts. In just a few year’s time, Strange Vine has already shared the stage with acts like Cage The Elephant, Band Of Skulls, The Growlers, Lord Huron, B.B. King, Robin Trower, Kurt Vile, White Denim, Pokey LaFarge, and JEFF The Brotherhood. -Conlan Spangler
10/29/14 7 SECONDS ! ( All Ages ) w/ Trophy Boyfriend & Peckerwolf 7 SECONDS ! ( All Ages ) w/ Trophy Boyfriend & Peckerwolf in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $15. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.7seconds.com
https://www.facebook.com/Peckerwolf
7 Seconds is one of the most popular hardcore punk bands from Reno, Nevada of all time. The unique formation of the band was founded by two sets of different brothers. Kevin Seconds, Steve Youth and the Marvelli brothers formed the group in 1980. They are regarded as one of the most influential punks bands from the United States.
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10/31/14 HALLOWEEN COVER UP SHOW HALLOWEEN COVER UP SHOW in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. Details coming soon.
11/01/14 Mojo Depot Mojo Depot 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. http://www.reverbnation.com/mojodepot

Mojo Depot began some two decades ago when Jason Adams (drums), Tyndall Jackson (guitar and vocals), Rob Moore (vocals and guitar) and John “Johnny-B” Wright (bass and vocals) got together under the name The Loose Change, performing at clubs that included the White Water Tavern. After a few years, the band moved to the Bay Area and then to Los Angeles, where a debut CD, Phantom Train, had its beginnings. A new name emerged, Mojo Depot, and the group traveled and wrote more music, which became the next CD, Crazy to Believe. For a time, the band was a coast-to-coast phenomenon, with Moore living in Berkeley, Calif., and Jackson attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Eventually, the two rejoined their Arkansas pals and began recording off-and-on in Arkansas City, where they could work in seclusion, away from the temptations of the big city of Little Rock. Like the “band of brothers” they consider themselves, Mojo Depot has opened shows for The Allman Brothers Band, The Neville Brothers and The Cate Brothers.
11/04/14 Water Liars w/ Midwest Caravan Water Liars w/ Midwest Caravan 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.waterliarsmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/MidwestCaravan

If you haven’t listened to Water Liars, let the music be your introduction. Is it important to know that Bryant is from Mississippi and Kinkel-Schuster is from Arkansas, that they’re shaped by the writers whose influence shines through in everything they make – Frank Stanford and Barry Hannah especially – and that their pain is the pain of the wretched and beautiful South? Sure, and it’s all there in the songs. On “Vespers,” Kinkel-Schuster sings, “When I left her house / It was snowing out / and I left her for the South / But who cares? / We don’t want no one to see us cry. / No, darling, we’d rather die.” These are songs about leaving and staying, about lost fathers and new loves, about distance and memory. These songs are a consideration of what Kentucky poet Joe Bolton called “a future that seems already to have acquired / The irrevocability of the past.” These songs smell of autumn. These songs are the hugeness of rain, the heaviness of breath, the strangeness of cities. Light a cigarette and close your eyes – let these songs whiskey into you, let them brighten your blood, let them be endless in the night. —William Boyle
11/06/14 Jam Messengers w/ The Bloodless Cooties Jam Messengers w/ The Bloodless Cooties 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://www.facebook.com/JamMessengers
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bloodless-Cooties/201542769877895

Jam Messengers play Rock and Soul music via the unlikely alliance of a Brazilian One Man Band (Marco Butcher -The Butcher’s Orchestra) joined to a Blues Preacher from NYC (Rob K – Workdogs). Their mutual love for the raw and the spontaneous make them wickedly entertaining live.
11/07/14 Adam Carroll & Owen Temple Adam Carroll & Owen Temple 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.adamcarroll.com
http://owentemple.com

A Texas Songwriter born and raised, Adam Carroll takes the events of ordinary lives and turns them into deeply moving, often humorous songs.

With seven Indie CDs supporting regular tours across the USA, Canada and Europe as “one of the hippest songwriters on the Texas music landscape”, this engaging Americana guitar-picker has earned further critical acclaim with song placements in the Grammy nominated film, Country Strong and others.

“The core of what I do is songwriting; it’s the one thing I’m passionate about. It’s the most fulfilling and challenging job I can imagine.” explains Adam.

From his studio records produced by Grammy Award winner Lloyd Maines (South of Town, Lookin’ Out the Screen Door, Live at Cheatham Street, Far Away Blues) through to his latest releases (Old Town Rock N Roll, Hard Times with Michael O’Connor, Live at Flipnotics), the quality of his songwriting stands out.

Given a rare command of the English language and an amazing sense of melody, it’s little surprise Adam has earned enviable comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Todd Snider, John Prine and Bob Dylan as well as being recognized as a creative influence on his songwriter peers.

Adam Carroll’s song credits include co-writes and CD or Film covers by Slaid Cleaves (Race Car Joe, Hard to Believe), Hayes Carll (Take Me Away, featured in the film Country Strong) and Band of Heathens (Medicine Man, Maple Tears).

“Among singer-songwriters, Adam Carroll is probably Austin’s best-kept secret. His tunes are marvels of economy; .. constantly inventive and decidedly offbeat .. Live at Flipnotics offers a typically low-key yet inviting overview of his career. With (Producer) Scrappy Jud Newcomb on guitar, he sparkles .. ” Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle

“Influences ? .. Adam Carroll .. I used to skip my own gigs to go watch him .. by far my favorite, somebody whose writing style I emulated in some ways.” Hayes Carll, No Depression 2011


Owen Temple: Traveler, Song Inventor, Runner, Beer Enthusiast. A new album ‘Stories They Tell’ available now.
11/11/14 Dead Soldiers ( Memphis, TN ) Dead Soldiers ( Memphis, TN ) in 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.deadsoldierstn.com

11/13/14 The Hard Pans ( Austin, TX ) The Hard Pans ( 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://thehardpans.com

Featuring Claude Bernard and Jimmy Smith of The Gourds, The Hard Pans are a new rock n roll band out of Austin, Texas.
11/14/14 LIGHTNIN’ MALCOLM ( Holly Springs, Mississippi ) LIGHTNIN’ MALCOLM ( Holly Springs, Mississippi ) in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 10:00pm. Admission: $10. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.lightninmalcolm.com

Lightnin Malcolm has come to exemplify the modern day Deep Blues Guitar groove. Its a sound which traces back to the origins of blues, when a single guitarist rocked the house all night long. When these ancient droning patterns consisting of bass, rhythm, and lead syncopated together are plugged into modern sound systems and teamed up with driving drum beats, Malcolms guitar becomes larger than life, bringin state of the art primal Mississippi Juke Joint Blues to the big stage. This sound didnt just come out of nowhere. Born in Missouri in mid 70s, Malcolm started playing his music and traveling on the road in his late teens. He lived his music, playing night and day where ever the road took him, surviving off his versatility. “Music had been on my mind since 6 or 7, but it took till my teen years to start gettin around on my own, and you know, put it into action. I played mostly solo then, playin guitar,singing, and kick and snare drums with my feet as a 1 man band.” His travels took him all over but it was North Mississippi that he identified with most and took him in. He immediately befriended and began perfoming with many of the Legends living there such as Big Jack Johnson, Cedell Davis, R.L. Burnside, Hubert Sumlin, Honeyboy Edwards, T Model Ford, Sam Carr, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Otha Turner, Robert Belfour and many others. Over thousands of nights playing the rough and tumble juke joints, soaking up the rhythms and culture, Malcolm learned to be an alert and durable performer. “I used to show up at juke joints solo, and they would be listenin’ to the jukebox and everybody dancin’ to Al Green, Johnnie Taylor, and Tyrone Davis. Then they would shut the jukebox off and stick me out in the middle of the floor…and man I’d be so nervous cuz the jukebox sounded so good and I didnt think they would accept or want to hear me… But this was how I was surviving and failure was not an option… You had to win them over on the first song or you wasnt gonna get another try! Guitar solos werent important but basslines and rhythm was mandatory for the dancers, and you had to sing with everything you got! And once you won them over you was bout to have the greatest night of your life!! This rigid training ground and the help of his Legendary teachers taught Malcolm to be an intense performer, with the stamina to channel and electrify the audiences emotions. Drums are an important part of Malcolms music and over the years hes worked with the best in Mississippi including Kenny Kimbrough, Cedric Burnside, Calvin Jackson, Cameron Kimbrough and many others. Whoever is anchoring the drums, the music takes on a churning force of tribal rhythms, where both instruments push each other to new heights. “Everywhere we go people say the same thing. I cant believe its just 2 of you…You guys sound like 5 or 6 pieces!” In 2009 Malcolm won Blues Music Award for Best New Artist and toured the world with Burnside on drums. In 2011 he released the critically acclaimed album RENEGADE, a true showcase for Malcolms developing songwriting and vocals, infusing soul, reggae, hip hop and rock into his hill country sound. 2011 also saw Malcolm serving as “musical director” on Hubert Sumlin and Honeyboy Edwards final tour of their lives, which also included rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
11/15/14 Mulehead Mulehead 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. After leaving Ho Hum, a band that had made the rounds from major label next big thing to independent local, Kevin Kerby decided to take a different look at the music he was making. Having enough of the typical corporate band factory, he decided to take a different path. Growing up in Texas, Kerby was in several bands with longtime friend Brent Best from Slobberbone. He moved to Arkansas to go to college. In 1992 Kerby joined Ho Hum. He started Mulehead at this time filling out the band with friends and bandmates. The first Mulehead record, Never Again, reflects this lineup. After quitting Ho Hum in 1996 he began to solidify the Mulehead lineup. He first added guitar player Dave Raymond while looking to promote Never Again. Dave had played in several local bands. Through Dave Geoff Curran joined the group to play drums. He was new to the area and had most recently played drums on Jim Roll’s 1999 release Lunnette. Brent Labeau rounded out the permanent lineup on bass guitar. Much like Kerby, Labeau, had gone the major-label route with a stint in the Gun Bunnies. Together this lineup released the Gospel Accordion II in 1999.
11/18/14 Arkansas Rockers Revue hosted by TJ Deeter: Pockets w/ Casual Pleasures & 607 Arkansas Rockers Revue hosted by TJ Deeter: Pockets w/ Casual Pleasures & 607 in 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. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Casual-Pleasures/1442607639338696
http://iam607.com
11/20/14 Thollem McDonas w/ Ginsu Wives Thollem McDonas w/ Ginsu Wives 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.thollem.com
https://www.facebook.com/ginsuwives

“A fresh, disciplined avant-pianist with an attractively extreme viewpoint” (LA Weekly), Thollem is a peripatetic pianist/keyboardist, comproviser, singer-songwriter, educator, and social critic. His musical compositions and performances range from post-classical, to free jazz, to noise to punk rock. He has been touring perpetually throughout North America and Europe since 2006, performing solo works and collaborating with an array of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a project bringing together improvisers and composers across the Mexico/U.S. border, as well as groups as diverse as Tsigoti, Bloom Ensemble, Soar Trio, Magimc, Hand To Man Band, and Bad News From Houston. Thollem has been dedicated to the acoustic piano for most of his life with 41 albums to date on 17 different vanguard labels. He has recently lept into the electric sphere with an array of new releases.
11/26/14 Runaway Planet Runaway Planet 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. http://www.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.
11/28/14 Amasa Hines Amasa Hines in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 10:00pm. Admission: $7. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/AmasaHines http://strangevinemusic.com Amasa Hines is a seven piece, Little Rock, Arkansas based band whose sound is as big as their influences are wide. Their influences come from a diverse range of Soul, Afro-Beat, Psychedelic, Blues, Dub, and Indie Rock stylings. Amasa Hines was formed in 2010 and their highly anticipated debut album was released in early 2014. Strange Vine’s earthy, energetic music is a fusion of blues, psychedelic, and traditional American rock. It’s a sound born of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, from two men who were raised there. Ian Blesse plays drums and Rhodes piano (simultaneously), while Toby Cordova fleshes out the songs with a rotating arsenal of guitars (including one made from a cigar box). Both contribute vocals toward a rich, layered sound that’s greater than the sum of its parts. In just a few year’s time, Strange Vine has already shared the stage with acts like Cage The Elephant, Band Of Skulls, The Growlers, Lord Huron, B.B. King, Robin Trower, Kurt Vile, White Denim, Pokey LaFarge, and JEFF The Brotherhood. -Conlan Spangler
12/05/14 The 2014 Holiday Hangout Night 1 The 2014 Holiday Hangout Night 1 in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: Various Options. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.lastchancerecords.com
http://www.lastchancerecords.com/holiday-hang-out-14-regular-weekend-pass/

CONFIRMED ARTISTS:

AMERICAN AQUARIUM
AUSTIN LUCAS & THE BOLD PARTY
BRENT BEST
JOEY KNEISER & KELLY SMITH
JOHN MORELAND
JOHN PAUL KEITH
JKUTCHMA
KEVIN KERBY
LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES
MICAH SCHNABEL
OTIS GIBBS
SHANE SWEENEY
SLOBBERBONE
TWO COW GARAGE


ARKANSAS TIMES: “The genesis of this event was as a celebration of Last Chance Records founder Travis Hill’s birthday. But it’s grown into a three-day blowout that’s as much a gift for everyone else in the roots/Americana music community as it is one for Hill himself. Hill has joined forces with the White Water Tavern and Mary Chamberlin’s Tree of Knowledge distribution for this bonanza of barroom country rock.”
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12/06/14 The 2014 Holiday Hangout Night 2 The 2014 Holiday Hangout Night 2 in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: Various Options. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.lastchancerecords.com
http://www.lastchancerecords.com/holiday-hang-out-14-regular-weekend-pass/

CONFIRMED ARTISTS:

AMERICAN AQUARIUM
AUSTIN LUCAS & THE BOLD PARTY
BRENT BEST
JOEY KNEISER & KELLY SMITH
JOHN MORELAND
JOHN PAUL KEITH
JKUTCHMA
KEVIN KERBY
LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES
MICAH SCHNABEL
OTIS GIBBS
SHANE SWEENEY
SLOBBERBONE
TWO COW GARAGE


ARKANSAS TIMES: “The genesis of this event was as a celebration of Last Chance Records founder Travis Hill’s birthday. But it’s grown into a three-day blowout that’s as much a gift for everyone else in the roots/Americana music community as it is one for Hill himself. Hill has joined forces with the White Water Tavern and Mary Chamberlin’s Tree of Knowledge distribution for this bonanza of barroom country rock.”
12/07/14 BREAKFAST BOOKS AND BOOZE: Holiday Hangout Day 3 BREAKFAST BOOKS AND BOOZE: Holiday Hangout Day 3 in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 12:00pm. Admission: Various Options. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.lastchancerecords.com
http://www.lastchancerecords.com/holiday-hang-out-14-regular-weekend-pass/

CONFIRMED ARTISTS:

AMERICAN AQUARIUM
AUSTIN LUCAS & THE BOLD PARTY
BRENT BEST
JOEY KNEISER & KELLY SMITH
JOHN MORELAND
JOHN PAUL KEITH
JKUTCHMA
KEVIN KERBY
LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES
MICAH SCHNABEL
OTIS GIBBS
SHANE SWEENEY
SLOBBERBONE
TWO COW GARAGE


ARKANSAS TIMES: “The genesis of this event was as a celebration of Last Chance Records founder Travis Hill’s birthday. But it’s grown into a three-day blowout that’s as much a gift for everyone else in the roots/Americana music community as it is one for Hill himself. Hill has joined forces with the White Water Tavern and Mary Chamberlin’s Tree of Knowledge distribution for this bonanza of barroom country rock.”
12/13/14 The Legendary Shack Shakers The Legendary Shack Shakers 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.legendaryshackshakers.com

Grammy-nominated soundtrack artists, the Legendary Shack Shakers, are back at it, soon to mark their 20th year as a group! Described by guitar legend Jeff Beck as “a cross between the Yardbirds and the Sex Pistols”, the band has obviously earned quite a name for itself. Their hell-for-leather roadshow is infamous for its unique brand of Southern Gothic that is all-at-once irreverent, soulful, dangerous, and fun. Led by their wildly charismatic, rail-thin frontman/blues-harpist, J.D. Wilkes, the Shack Shakers are a four-man wrecking crew from the South whose explosive interpretations of the blues, rock, country, western and even carnival music have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true believers. With the recent addition of Atlanta guitarist Rod Hamdallah and drumming wunderkind, Brett Whitacre, the Legendary Shack Shakers have quickly become known for providing some of the best entertainment (live or otherwise) that you can get for your hard earned money. Founding member Col. J.D. Wilkes is the band’s vocalist and also plays the harmonica. Wilkes is noted for his wild stage antics, which have been compared to those of Iggy Pop, David Byrne, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Mark Robertson has played upright bass with LSS for the past twelve years, and Brett Whitacre has drummed for at least seven. Duane Denison, member of recently reformed The Jesus Lizard (and formerly Hank Williams III) joined the band in 2008. Current garage blues guitar player Rod Hamdallah joined the band early 2012.
12/19/14 Jimbo Mathus & The Tri State Coalition Jimbo Mathus & The Tri State Coalition in Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 10:00pm. Admission: $10. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://jimbomathus.com

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. His latest band, The Tri-State Coalition, features solid talent cut from the same Delta cloth. Mathus describes Tri-State’s sound as “…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.’”

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