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04/01/15 DARSOMBRA w/ AUTO-DREAMER & MAINLAND DIVIDE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $6. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.darsombra.com
https://www.facebook.com/AutoDreamerMusic123

http://mainlanddivide.bandcamp.com


Transcendental audio/visual rock duo Darsombra have packed and prepared their space shuttle for launch, readying themselves for journey to inner space. Brian Daniloski (a veteran of metal bands Meatjack and Trephine), pilots, navigates, and controls the sound of Darsombra, alternating between searing guitar riffs, leads, loops, mammoth vocal swells, and soundscapes. He takes one part metal, one part psychedelic rock, one part experimental, and dashes of prog, glam, and krautrock, to soundtrack the voyage. Filmmaker Ann Everton stewards us along the way by projecting her kinetic, psychotropic videos specifically composed to Daniloski’s music, engulfing the audience within the trip.
04/02/15 The Trophy Boyfriends w/ Glittercore & Glowing Life 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/thetrophyboyfriends
https://www.facebook.com/glowinglifeband
http://www.reverbnation.com/glittercore

Glowing Life is a rock band from Little Rock, Arkansas formely known as Cosby. Glowing life was formed by Chad Conder and Mitch Vanhoose.

“A rock ‘n’ roll trio w/ heavy instrumentals combined w/ harmonies that remind me of a more mature version of 90s garage bands. – Idle Class Magazine
04/03/15 MULEHEAD RECORD RELEASE SHOW w/ BROTHER ANDY & HIS BIG DAMN MOUTH 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://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
04/08/15 Iska Dhaaf w/ The Coasts Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://iskadhaaf.com
http://thecoasts.bandcamp.com

Iska Dhaaf (taken from Somali, translated roughly to “let it go”) Inspired by Sufi poetry, limitation, and an obsessive preoccupation with writing, Nathan Quiroga and Benjamin Verdoes have fused their seemingly disparate musical and personal backgrounds into something searching and honest. Their songs, with heavy rhythms and cutting melodic hooks, are at once infectious and sweetly disarming

04/09/15 Amy LaVere 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://amylavere.com

Amy LaVere, born Amy Fant, is an American singer, songwriter, upright bass player and actress based in Memphis, Tennessee. Her music is classified as Americana, combining a blend of classic country, gypsy jazz, and southern soul. She has released three albums on Memphis label Archer Records, and has acting credits in motion pictures.

04/11/15 BILLY JOE SHAVER Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $25. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. THIS SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 27, BUT WAS RESCHEDULED BY BILLY JOE SHAVER FOR SATURDAY, APIL 11.

Last Chance Records and The White Water Tavern are proud to present BILLY JOE SHAVER live on Saturday, April 11, 2015! Get your tickets early as this will be a sold out show.

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http://www.lastchancerecords.com/billy-joe-shaver-at-the-white-water-tavern-03-27-15-tickets/

Billy Joe Shaver has never been a household name, but his songs became country standards during the ’70s and his reputation among musicians and critics has remained legendary throughout the ensuing decades.

All Music Guide lists 23 albums, from 1973’s Old Five & Dimers Like Me through 2007’s Everybody’s Brother. Among his many classic songs are “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day),” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Live Forever,” “Tramp on Your Street,” and “Try and Try Again.”

In 1999, Shaver was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. In 2005, Billy Joe Shaver performed on CMT Outlaws. In 2006, he was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. He recently served as spiritual advisor to Texas independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman and his 2007 album Everybody’s Brother was nominated for a GRAMMY. For his efforts, the Americana Music Association awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting.

Shaver is truly one of the most respected living figures in American music. His songs have been cut by Elvis, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and many others. Bob Dylan, who rarely covers other writers, often plays Billy Joe‘s “Old Five And Dimers Like Me” in concert and Johnny Cash called him “my favorite songwriter.” The Washington Post noted, “when the country outlaws were collecting their holy writings, Billy Joe Shaver was carving out Exodus.”

www.billyjoeshaver.com
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04/16/15 John Moreland 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.johnmoreland.net

John Moreland, High on Tulsa Heat 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
04/17/15 John Paul Keith 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. http://johnpaulkeith.net

John Paul Keith, the brilliant singer-songwriter and blistering guitarist who exploded out of a self-imposed musical exile in Memphis with 2009’s critically acclaimed Spills and Thrills and 2011’s The Man That Time Forgot, returns with Memphis Circa 3AM — his most accomplished and moving collection of songs yet. Less a tribute to the spirit, soul and sound of the city than the living, crackling embodiment of it, Memphis Circa 3AM finds Keith reaching the songwriting depths and musical heights that his previous two releases foreshadowed. Produced by the truly legendary Roland Janes — house guitarist for Sun Records in the 50s and longtime engineer and producer at Sam Phillips Recording Service — the album is a time-stopping 12-song duet between two deeply kindred artists, as Keith’s songs and Janes’ direction achieve a sonic balance that is both familiar and original. Cut live to two-inch tape — with Janes providing direction from the booth and not a computer in site — the album sounds deeply rooted and incredibly fresh at the same time. “When you think about the sheer scope of the work Roland has done, it is intimidating,” Keith says. “So many of my favorite records he either played on or worked on in some capacity. Working in there, I had to put it out of my mind. You can’t get anything done if you think too much about it. But Roland never brings it up. He immediately makes you feel comfortable. It became clear to me in my first meeting with Roland that he had no interest in doing any sort of nostalgia project. He wants to do something new and fresh and creative. It really helped us work.”
04/21/15 Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds 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.reverbnation.com/danalouiseandthegloriousbirds

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. Back in the States, she began singing and songwriting professionally, touring regionally and internationally, and is currently recording her debut album with Trout Records.

Joined by the Glorious Birds — Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), and Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass) — Dana brings her vibrant, melodic vocals and finger picking to a body of complex songs. Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-rooted flung-into-the-future folk. Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection.
04/24/15 Jimbo Mathus & The Tri State Coalition 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


he 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.’”
04/25/15 Closed For Private Wedding Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 10:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.
05/08/15 PATRICK SWEANY 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.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 Pat to form a band. After 4 critically acclaimed CDs (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and the UK. He’s played premiere festivals all over the U.S., and supported national acts such as The Black Keys, The Gourds, The Wood Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Hot Tuna, and Paul Thorn on tour. His latest record, Close To The Floor, hit the streets July 16, 2013. It was recorded to 2″ tape in Nasheville, TN and features contributions from Joe McMahan (Luella & The Sun, Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Jon Radford (Justin Townes Earle, Lilly Hiatt), and Ryan Norris (Lambchop), among others. Close To The Floor is a gritty, hard look at some very difficult recent events in Sweany’s life and recalls the halcyon days of Muscle Shoals releases by Dan Penn, Eddie Hinton and Leon Russell.
05/11/15 SWINGIN’ UTTERS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://swinginutters.com

The Swingin’ Utters have been kicking around the San Francisco Bay Area for 25 years now. They’ve met their wives and their best friends on these streets; they’ve grown and aged right here in the Bay Area. This has ignited the very essence of what goes into their value system and more importantly their music, because it is a reflection of those experiences. For example, the band took a break to raise their families, right at the height of their popularity! Did it faze them? Not really. Darius became a plumber. Johnny honed his drawing skills and started a screen printing business in his garage. Spike continued singing for all-star cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. No one really knows how Greg spends his time. He is sort of a mystery. That’s the thing with these guys. It is family first, with music always germinating within those life choices. During the Utters’ semi-hiatus, they all continued playing music in bands like Druglords of the Avenues, the Re-volts and Filthing Thieving Bastards. Their life experiences influence what goes into their records. A case in point is their debut: 1995’s The Streets of San Francisco; their first full length and an essential “streetpunk” masterpiece. Fat Mike took notice of their grit and honesty, and signed them to Fat Wreck Chords. From there they put out a ton of great records, including A Juvenile Product of the Working Class, Five Lessons Learned, Brazen Head, Swingin’ Utters and Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, and Bones. For 10 years the Utters toured relentlessly with the likes of Rancid, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys and everyone in between. Which brings us back to celebrating their 25th anniversary, the band fully recharged with their second album in three years and no signs of slowing down anytime soon. When the Swingin’ Utters finally released Here, Under Protest last April after an 8 year wait, fans were seriously excited and rewarded for their loyalty and patience with another well-crafted punk rock masterpiece. And that was just the start. With a flurry of writing in 2012, the band quickly released a new two song 7” titled The Librarians Are Hiding Something last Fall, with another full length already recorded, now set for release on February 19th, 2013. Now what was particularly cool about this single is that the A-side was a nice precursor to what fans could expect from the upcoming full length in that it welcomed the appearance of new bassist Miles Peck on an Utters record AND marked Jack Dalrymple’s debut as a songwriter for the band, as he and vocalist Johnny Bonnel co-wrote Librarians. Said Bonnel, “I’ll simply say it is one of the happiest times in my years with Swingin’ Utters. Being able to create music with these dudes is pretty exciting and I’m looking forward to writing more!” And so onwards and upwards to the present. With their latest opus Poorly Formed, Swingin’ Utters continue to shatter musical boundaries. Obviously they’ve got the punk rock end of the spectrum nailed, and have always had a flare for folk and coun¬try as well, but this album sees them hone their indie/post-punk/garage-rock skills. Part of that is due to the emergence of Jack Dalrymple (of One Man Army fame) as a contributing songwriter for the first time since he officially joined the band and started recording with them on their last full-length. Mix that with Johnny and Darius’ well established songwriting prowess, and round it out with their collective pop sensibilities, and what you end up with is a truly unforgettable album. Picture some classic Swingin’ Utters with a dash of Gang of Four and a pinch of The Strokes, all wrapped up in a bunch of catchy melodies and you’ll start to get an idea of what you’re in for with Poorly Formed. Darius Koski, singer/guitarist had this to say about the record: “Our new record was written pretty quickly, more so than anything we’ve done in the past. One of the reasons, I think, was that Jack had several songs in various stages of completeness, but once he decided to give Johnny the music, and have Johnny write the lyrics and vocal melody to his instrumentation, things started to fly… So there are several of these Johnny/Jack songs on the record (which marks the first songs Jack’s written with us). In that way, it was a brand new writing process for us, so it was pretty exciting, and we’re really happy with the way all of these songs came out in the end. Mixing with Chris Dugan was an added bonus, and we really hope we can work with him again! We’ll be on the west coast in March, as well as a few NoCal record release shows in late February. We’re planning on hitting everywhere else in the US (and Canada too!) by the end of the summer. We’re going to Australia with Frank Turner and the Dropkick Murphys for a few days in early April (our first time on that continent!), and heading to Europe in July. Hopefully Japan sometime in the fall.” Get ready to redefine just who the Swingin’ Utters are, since they’re not a band who’s ever made the same record twice. And while the tones and arrangements set this record apart from their recent work, there’s still plenty of piss ‘n’ vinegar along with all the other hallmarks of a great Swingin’ Utters record: catchy melodies, diverse instrumentation, and intelligent, heartfelt lyrics.
05/28/15 MIKE AND THE MOONPIES w/ SWAMPBIRD 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. http://www.themoonpies.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/swampbird

For the past seven years, Mike and the Moonpies have been making a name for themselves as Austin Texas’ premier honky tonk band. With the growing regional popularity of their 2012 release “The Hard Way,” radio single of the same name, and a non-stop regional touring schedule, they have recently taken the entire Texas music scene by storm. The Moonpies have delivered some of the most memorable performances in recent years in venues like Gruene Hall and Luckenbach TX, and have gained a cult like following in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and throughout the midwest.

With tales of their on and off stage antics, genuine songwriting, and dedication to playing real country music spreading like wildfire, The Moonpies are on the path to becoming a household name in Texas music and beyond.


Swampbird is a foot-stomping folk-rock five piece out of Little Rock, Arkansas. After starting off in the living room of a college apartment, they’ve spent spent the past 3 years building their sound and their fan base with countless live shows. From wall-smashing house shows to premiere music clubs, these guys have spread their brand of whiskey-spilling, youthful rock’n’roll all over the midsouth. Swampbird recorded On Being Alone in an old shotgun house on Magazine St. in New Orleans. The album was released in May of 2013 on Bear America Records to great reviews; music writer Shea Stewart describes Swampbird as, “Some dreamy psychedelic rock. A touch of freewheeling roots and earthy country,” and says that the record “doesn’t contain a single weak moment.” Since that release, they have worked tirelessly to develop new material that captures their growth as a band as well as their commitment to raw, energetic performance and are currently working on an album to be released fall of 2014 Some of the artists we have shared stages with: American Aquarium, Drive-By Truckers, Truth & Salvage Co., Ben Kweller, Wussy, Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy, Jonathan Tyler, Adam Faucett, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Murder by Death, Larry & His Flask, Sons of Bill, Banditos,, Paul Thorn, Sonny Burgess & The Legendary Pacers
05/30/15 KEVIN GORDON Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://kg.kevingordon.net

Gordon fan. Think of John Lee Hooker tied to the hard, imagistic poetry of William Carlos Williams, and you get a little bit of an idea. It’s something like trance blues, I suppose – but then you encounter the tangled, complex story lines of ‘Colfax’ or ‘Trying to Get to Memphis’ or ‘Bus to Shreveport.’ There really is no way to sum it up neatly – you just have to listen. And listen again. For the pure emotional pleasure of it. For the unmistakable, hard-driving passion of words and music, rocking together in rhythm.” Gordon’s previous release, “o Come Look at the Burning” – climbed to the Top 10 on the Americana radio chart, and continues to receive significant airplay at XM/Sirius satellite radio. The album made several year-end Top Albums lists as well. Playboy magazine says, “Kevin Gordon’s ‘O Come Look At The Burning’ may be the least classifiable of the [Nashville Underground] lot but perhaps the best, with a strange assortment of swamp rock, blues and literate lyrics.” The opening track from the Burning record, “Watching the Sun Go Down”, was recently licensed for use in the new HBO series, True Blood. The title track of Kevin’s 2000 Shanachie Records release, “Down to the Well”- a duet with Lucinda Williams, was featured on both the Oxford American Music issue CD and on No Depression: What It Sounds Like, Vol. 1 compilation, released by Dualtone Records. Gordon’s songs have been recorded by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Irma Thomas, Webb Wilder, Kate Campbell, and others. His recordings are featured in major motion picture soundtracks and in national advertising campaigns. Raised in north Louisiana and currently based in Nashville, Kevin earned a master’s degree in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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