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05/31/16 THE HACKING with RECOGNIZER & BLACK HORSE 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/TheHackingmusic/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Black-Horse-176823835721395/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/recognizer.music/?fref=ts
06/02/16 deFRANCE 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/deFrancerocknroll/?fref=ts

Hailing from deep within Arkansas, deFrance is a new breed of Rock n Roll. Cut from the roots of only the best in southern music, deFrance blends elements of true folk & country music with the classic songwriting styles of Tom Petty, Neil Young & Ryan Adams into a fresh take on Rock n Roll. The band put out it’s first release “HOME” in September of this year, and the group has been on a steady string of national dates in support. They are currently working on their second release titled “Second Wind” expected in December.
06/03/16 MULEHEAD * WOODSON LATERAL * SCOTT DIFFEE 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/Mulehead-117759588328057/?fref=ts
http://woodsonlateral.bandcamp.com
https://www.reverbnation.com/gofast

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
06/04/16 BONNIE MONTGOMERY & JASON JAMES 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.jasonjamesband.com

A true and multi-faceted artist in a sea of homogony, Arkansas born and bred Bonnie Montgomery has an artistic vision that transcends cliche and genre.

Bonnie’s southern debut album showcases her powerful operatic voice while her music blends elements of classic country with spaghetti western and traditional Ozark folk music. Backed by a rowdy, virtuosic hillbilly band, Bonnie has toured on her recent album extensively throughout the U.S. The album’s critical acclaim alongside her wild and law-less live performances have earned Montgomery the title for the Ameripolitan Outlaw Female 2016.


Jason James’ self-titled debut introduces a charismatic young artist whose effortless mastery of his chosen style serves as a deeply compelling vehicle for his vibrant creative spirit. The talented Texan writes rousing honky-tonk anthems, heart-tugging ballads and smart, sly-humored country-rock tunes that echo the vintage classics that are his touchstones, and sings them with a level of emotional urgency that makes it clear that he means every word.

A young veteran who’s honed his songwriting skills and performing chops through years of live gigs in clubs and dance halls throughout his home state, James is equally adept at delivering heartbreak and humor, maintaining an earthy, organic honesty that stands in sharp contrast to the slick, gimmicky product that currently dominates the country charts.

“The love that I have for traditional country music is like a mission to me,” James affirms. “For me, there’s never been any consideration of ‘Well, if I change this, I might sell more records.’ For me, it’s always been all or nothing, and this is how I do it.”

The 13 original compositions that comprise Jason James make it clear that the artist is interested in making music that’s timeless rather than retro, reflecting his interest in adding to country tradition rather than merely emulating it.
06/07/16 PAUL MORPHIS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://mistermorphis.blogspot.com

Paul Morphis is a bold entertainer whose style is of the same grit and grace which shaped hillbilly music and blues of the early 1900’s. Yet his songwriting is lyrically rooted in contemporary matters. As a boy, Paul first learned to sing a cappella gospel. He took interest in the guitar as a teenager after listing to rock ‘n’ roll and American folk music. These influences were unmistakable as he began performing in the town squares and smoky music halls of the Ozark foothills.
06/09/16 RAY WYLIE HUBBARD with AARON LEE TASJAN Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $25. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://raywylie.com
https://aaronleetasjan.com

A leading figure of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard remains best known for authoring the perennial anthem “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother.” Born November 13, 1946, in Soper, Oklahoma, Hubbard and his family relocated to Dallas during the mid-’50s; there he learned to play guitar, eventually forming a folk group with fellow aspiring musician Michael Martin Murphey. Befriended by the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Hubbard later formed a trio named Three Faces West, which regularly performed at the Outpost club in Red River, New Mexico, a musical hotbed also trafficked by artists including Steve lb and Bill & Bonnie Hearne. Upon the breakup of Three Faces West, Hubbard toured the Southwestern coffeehouse circuit as a solo act before forming another group, Texas Fever; they too proved short-lived, and he returned to New Mexico to again take up residence at the Outpost.

Hubbard didn’t record for another eight years, instead building a small but loyal following through constant touring. Finally, he issued Lost Train of Thought on his own Misery Loves Co. label in 1992, followed in 1995 by the Dejadisc release Loco Gringos Lament. Dangerous Spirits appeared two years later, and in 1999 Hubbard returned with Crusades of the Restless Nights. Eternal & Lowdown, which was issued in summer 2001, captured the haunting poetics of religion, philosophy, and salvation. It was followed in 2003 by the raw and gripping Growl, the laid-back Delirium Tremolos in 2005, and Snake Farm in 2006. Hubbard’s near constant touring schedule and curating his own Grit ‘N’ Groove Festival in 2009 and 2010 kept him busy. He eventually emerged with A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) in 2011, and followed it up with The Grifter’s Hymnal in 2012. In April 2015, Hubbard released another self-produced set, The Ruffian’s Misfortune, which like his previous two albums was released through his own Bordello Records imprint. Later in 2015, Hubbard was slated to publish his long-awaited autobiography, A Life…Well, Lived.
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06/10/16 Late Romantics 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/Late-Romantics-919668574719729/?fref=ts

John Willis & Late Romantics formed to promote the release of the King of the Cocktail Party EP in August of 2013. Motley joined shortly after, at the beginning of 2014. This line up gave new life to the sound of the band. Same fun arrangements and vocal harmonies but now drawing more influence from R&B, Soul, and Pop groups of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
06/11/16 GINSU WIVES with SASSY GOOSE & THE UH HUHS 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/Sassygooseatx/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/ginsuwives/?fref=ts
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06/14/16 VISION CONTROL with CRISCO KIDS & THE CASUAL PLEASURES Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://visioncontrol.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/The-Casual-Pleasures-1442607639338696/?fref=ts
06/16/16 THE HEAD with THE DANGEROUS IDIOTS & MIDWEST CARAVAN 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/theheadrocks/
https://www.facebook.com/MidwestCaravan/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/TheDangerousIdiots/?fref=ts

06/17/16 JD WILKES 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.jdwilkes.com

JD Wilkes is an American musician, visual artist, author, filmmaker and self-proclaimed “southern surrealist”. He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (notably on harmonica and banjo), having recorded with such artists as Merle Haggard, John Carter Cash, Mike Patton, and Hank Williams III. Wilkes’ latest solo album Cattle in the Cane (Arkam Records, January 2015) includes his own renditions of traditional tunes (mostly old-time mountain music), with performances by elder Kentucky fiddler Charlie Stamper (the brother of Art Stamper) on many of the tracks. In the last two years, Wilkes has continued to develop his solo project, having toured with Charlie Parr and The Tillers, as well as performing at the 2015 Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Wilkes is perhaps best known as the founder of the Legendary Shack Shakers, a Southern Gothic rock and blues band formed in the mid 90s. Fans of his work with Legendary Shack Shakers include Stephen King, Robert Plant and former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra. Rolling Stone named Wilkes as the “best frontman” at the 2015 Americana Music Association Festival for his performance with the band. Regarding the group’s “southern gothic” lyricism, Billboard Magazine said “[Wilkes writes] mind-blowing lyrics rife with Biblical references and ruminations of life, death, sin and redemption.” Legendary Shack Shakers have toured with the likes of Robert Plant and The Black Keys, among others. Their music has been featured in HBO’s True Blood series, and in a long-running Geico commercial.

JD Wilkes has been compared to iconoclasts like David Byrne, Iggy Pop, or Jerry Lee Lewis, and with his small, wiry frame and intense, incandescent performances, it’s not hard to see why. But while he plays the carnival barker onstage, he’s a dedicated lifelong student of true Southern culture. Master banjo player Dom Flemons said, “JD is a real old-Kentucky banjo player and he can take that to the bank! I gotta watch out next time I see his banjo.” A resident of Paducah, Kentucky, Wilkes is a Kentucky Colonel, an honorable title bestowed by the state’s Governor upon those with a connection to, or who are famous residents of the state of Kentucky. In 2015, Wilkes was featured on the BBC original series Songs of the South, in an episode focusing on the musical history of Tennessee and Kentucky.
06/18/16 COLOR DESIGN with R.I.O.T.S. & ATTAGIRL 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/colourdesignlr/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/RIOTSLR/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/attagirl666/?fref=ts
06/24/16 MOTEL MIRRORS 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://archer-records.com/collections/motel-mirrors

There’s something strange yet familiar about Motel Mirrors—like an old photograph of a place you think you know, but don’t quite remember having visited.

If the collaboration was obvious to LaVere, the style was obvious to Keith: he wanted to emulate the classic 50s and 60s country duets — George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. The two dove into their respective record collections, searching for songs they could make their own.

Three covers — Mickey & Sylvia’s “Dearest,” “Your Tender Loving Care” by Buck Owens and Susan Raye, and Red Foley’s “As Far As I’m Concerned” — blend seamlessly with originals by Keith and a co-write for the pair, “That Makes Two of Us.”

Timeless is a good word for it. If you put the needle down and close your eyes, you might mistake yourself for being somewhere else. At another time, in a different town. In a bar, listening to a band of strangers, whose voices are at once, both fleeting and familiar.


06/25/16 HEARTBREAKERS & RUMPSHAKERS PRESENTS: SUMMER SOLSTICE V featuring THE FUNKANITES + BIJOUX w/ DJ SETS by G-FORCE * JOSHUA ASANTE * BALDEGO 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1332119186802801/


Heartbreakers and Rumpshakers presents: The 5th Annual SUMMER SOLSTICE

Saturday June 25th, 2016

This event is a dance party that pays homage to the joy, timelessness, and irresistible danceability of 60’s and 70’s era soul music. We are thrilled to announce for the first time we will have a band playing some selected deep cuts. The Funk A Nites, Little Rock’s own funk powerhouse band, will be backing one of the finest vocalists in town: Bijoux.

The band will play a short set to kick off the evening and will be accompanied by DJ sets by: Greg Mobley (aka G-Force) and Joshua Asante (of Velvet Kente and Amasa Hines). Baldego (aka Seth Baldy) might also spin some tunes for you.

We are going all out for this event so please don’t miss it.

You can purchase presell tickets, silk screened posters, and buttons here:

https://www.freshtix.com/events/summer-soulstice-5
07/01/16 SAD DADDY 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.saddaddyband.com

Sad Daddy began as the meeting of three musical minds — Brian Martin (guitar), Melissa Carper (bass), and Joe Sundell (banjo). The dynamic songwriting of the original three members carried the group’s 2010 self-titled release and won them a loyal following in and around the great state of Arkansas. However, with Carper and Sundell residing in Austin, TX and Martin far away in Ozark country the group’s opportunities for collaboration and performance were few and far between. Now with the original members all back in Arkansas as well as the addition of standout fidller Rebecca Patek, Sad Daddy is embarking on the next chapter of their musical journey, with a follow up album in the works and a full schedule of tour dates to go with. While Sad Daddy’s musicianship and stagecraft are worthy of mention, the songwriting of Martin, Carper, and Sundell, remains the cornerstone of the group’s allure and allows them to connect with a wide range of audiences.
07/07/16 CHOCTAW WILDFIRE 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.choctawwildfire.com

In a town brimming with talent, Choctaw Wildfire has quickly become one of Austin’s must-see acts. The Austin Chronicle calls them a 2015 “Best New Local Act” and praises their sophomore album Nowhere as one of the best local releases of 2015. While the band’s raw intensity has captured the attention of the home town faithful, the intimacy and intrinsic beauty of Charlie Pierce’s songs lie at the core of Choctaw Wildfire’s appeal. There is great power in life’s simple truths and Choctaw Wildfire proves this with every performance.
07/23/16 NIKKI HILL Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://nikkihillmusic.com

Those who have seen Carolina girl Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her.

Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release ‘Heavy Hearts Hard Fists’ and debut album ‘Here’s Nikki Hill’, released in 2013. With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music.

Nikki Hill’s self-titled, independently released EP in June of 2012 created a heavy and sudden international underground buzz that the band has traveled with across America and overseas to Europe and Australia. Those four tunes penned by Hill, combined with memorable live performances, have drawn a wide range of people from every avenue and musical taste to their shows. Her enthusiasm for music is simply contagious. One club advertisement will call Nikki “The Southern Fireball”, “the New Soul Sensation”, “amazing R&B Shouter”, and even “the new Queen of Rock n’ Roll”.

If you haven’t heard of her yet, prepare for your ‘whiplash moment’. You have been warned.
07/28/16 ADAM CARROLL with CHRIS CARROLL Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://adamcarroll.com
http://chriscarrollsongs.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


Canadian born – Texas based, singer songwriter, Chris Carroll’s music does a little bit of genre hopping, pulling in influences from all of the map, but still deeply steeped in the Americana roots that have the ability to draw in an audience. Chris has recently released her debut record, Trouble & Time.
07/30/16 ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART 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.ayhmusic.com

Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory is a live explosion of roots rock that is a test of time in the world of music. He creates a blurred line of Blues, Roots, Country and Rock music that has been enjoyed in our culture for decades. The band bends the strings and drops the groove to a level that is only achieved with experience and true love of playing with such passion. This trio brings a very eclectic music experience that you will be telling all of your music loving fans about the next day and for years to come.

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.

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