Date Artist City Venue Country
01/24/17 LANDREST * COUCH JACKETS 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/Landrest-Hot-Springs-Arkansas-Music-186937184663623/?fref=ts

01/25/17 CHELSEA LOVITT 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.chelsealovitt.com

Chelsea Lovitt is a singer and writer born and raised in south Mississippi, that inescapable linchpin for blues, grit, and dark sense of humor. After studying literature, Chelsea moved to Nashville to begin a career in songwriting. Since then, she has lived in France, the UK, and New Orleans writing, playing and soaking in folk influence wherever she may find it.

Chelsea threw down her first recordings at an old studio on music row with friends Ben Bivens of “Sweet Peach” and Zack Murphy of “the Blackfoot Gypsies” to debut a rough simplicity of sound and fury. Sticking to her inherent roots of rock and roll, blues and folk, she drifts to a garage tone with a timeless persona that haunts anyone of a poetic conviction.

01/27/17 HIGH PLAINS JAMBOREE * JOE SUNDELL 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.highplainsjamboree.com

It’s been said that High Plains Jamboree is a bluegrass band west of the Mississippi and a country band east of the Mississippi. The songs of mandolin player Brennen Leigh have been recorded by country stars Sunny Sweeney and Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack. Leigh has a cult following in Scandinavia, and has performed and recorded with the likes of Charlie Louvin, Robbie Fulks and Jim Lauderdale. Guitarist Noel McKay was discovered by Guy Clark in 1993 while performing at the Jimmie Rodgers Festival in Kerrville, Texas. Clark and McKay’s co-write “El Coyote” went on to win a Grammy for “Best Folk Album.” Bassist and old time banjo player Simon Flory performed throughout the mid south with his mentor, bluegrass legend Donny Catron (Tennessee Gentlemen, Jesse McReynolds, Doyle Lawson). He also studied and taught at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. While each musician’s resume is impressive in its own right, this new collaboration between long time friends has already gained national and international attention. “While guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, and close harmony vocals screams “bluegrass,” HPJ’s vibe is a modern country-western style, where song composition, lyrics, and virtuoso performance take them to a different plane than other stringbands out on the road today.” ​

-Easy Ed, No Depression

Born and raised in Southeast Arkansas, Joe picked up guitar at the age of 13. His first memories of music are playing with his father in the living room at the family home. Along with his brother Jack, they played a variety of folk and traditional music on family occasions. At 19 while attending Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, Sundell began to play banjo and two years later formed his first band the Damn Bullets. After college Sundell moved to Austin, Texas where he released a total of five albums and was a founding member of Sad Daddy, the Austin Steamers, and the Show and Tellers. His music has been described as a combination of many different genres of American music, most notably Bluegrass, Western Swing, Dixieland Jazz, Country Blues, Folk, and Ragtime. He has done numerous tours both as a solo artist and with his various groups, going to both coasts of the United States as well as the United Kingdom and Europe. Sundell is now back in his adopted hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas gigging with his band Sad Daddy in and around the state.

02/03/17 HANDMADE MOMENTS * RAINBOW GIRLS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://handmademoments.bandcamp.com

“What makes the homey Ozark stew of Handmade Moments so very nourishing, so perfectly spiced? Partake and be effortlessly guided through wistful and deep channels of musical flavor, rich with hearty roots and fungi, vegetables home-gardened and watered from the sacred well of American musics: jazz old-time country blues soul hip-hop rock (and it don’t stop). Glistening with insight and whimsy, long-simmering with righteous compassion and beauty, Handmade Moments are a fearless all-weather duo – complementary spirits of musical tightrope and magic – serving up entrée to their secret river of goodness.” – Matthew Souzis

Rainbow Girls is a collaborative of songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, vocalists, and California natives whose wide spectrum of genres is hard to classify, but something along the lines of funky, bluesy, soulful, psychedelic pop with roots in folk and rock n’ roll. With soaring harmonies and a slew of instruments they share and swap throughout their set, the ladies of Rainbow Girls pump out original after original of your favorite new songs, whether it be acoustic or electric.

02/04/17 TRAVIS LINVILLE * JESSE AYCOCK * LAUREN BARTH 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.travislinvillemusic.com

It’s a quiet confidence, an air of authority limited to only the most studied artists, a commanding irreverence woven with a thread of vulnerability. There’s something inexplicably authentic about Oklahoma’s Travis Linville, and it’s carried him from dive bars and classrooms to “The Tonight Show” and esteemed theaters and festivals across the globe. Linville is legendary regionally for his work in the now-defunct Burtschi Brothers and for his behind-the-scenes influence—including producing John Fullbright’s first album and teaching guitar lessons to a then nine-year-old Parker Millsap. The “Oklahoma Gazette” rightly called him a “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” and noted that his success opened doors for a state teeming with talent: a mentor and contemporary for other Oklahoma acts like Fullbright, Millsap, Turnpike Troubadours and John Moreland. His acclaimed solo releases include 2012’s “Sun or Moon” and 2014’s “Out on the Wire” EP, called “rich, soulful and beautiful” by Jimmy LaFave. A live audition of a track from the latter even netted him a role in a William H. Macy film, in which he performed the song. A gifted instrumentalist, Linville is also known for his work as a sideman with Texas songwriter Hayes Carll, who calls him “criminally underrated.” He’s also performed with Willie Nelson, Tommy Allsup and Ryan Bingham and shared billing with Merle Haggard, Other Lives and Billy Joe Shaver, among countless others. Independently, Linville has sold 15,000 albums and played thousands of shows across his 20-plus year career, with an ever-evolving repertoire deeply rooted in songcraft, sly humor and subtlety. “Travis Linville writes, plays and sings music the way it’s supposed to be done,” Carll says. “With depth, heart and soul. One of my all-time favorite musicians.”

Jesse Aycock, is a Singer Songwriter/Multi Instrumentalist from Tulsa Oklahoma. He crafts his own unique brand of music with influences of early rock, the original Tulsa sound, folk, psychedelic, country and soul into his songs. His artistry captures the human condition in story songs, love songs, and songs about everyday life. Jesse Aycock has already released two highly praised albums “Life’s Ladder”, and “Inside Out Of Blue”. Aycock just finished tracking his new full length album “Flowers & Wounds” @ the legendary Church Studio in Tulsa, OK. For the session Jesse brought in his long time bassist Eric Arnt, along with Neal Casal, and George Sluppick of (Chris Robinson Brotherhood). The album is being mixed by Jason Weinheimer, and features guest appearances by David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) Jimmy Karstein (JJ Cale) and Indy Gratto (Boondogs). When he sings his songs in his high and tender tenor that is reminiscent of John Lennon, he conveys the loneliness and longing of Gram Parson’s best work with Emmylou Harris, and the soulfulness of Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes.

02/07/17 THE HUDSON FALCONS 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.hudsonfalcons.net

Forming in New Jersey in the late ’90s, the Hudson Falcons chase a creative trail assembled halfway on the roots of punk rock fixed by bands like the Clash and the intense marks of pure rock & roll acts like Bruce Springsteen.

02/09/17 BROTHER HAWK Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://brotherhawkatl.com

Brother Hawk puts on its morning jacket, unhitches its crazy horse, and gallops off in the direction of a big pink house somewhere over the hills and faraway. With this much horsepower at your command, why would you need to reinvent the wheel?

As captured on their most recent LP, Affairs of Plain Living, the four piece Atlanta band deals in raging riffs and huge hooks. Rhythms pound and pulse as serpentine guitar leads uncoil and slither, spiked with venomous licks that only a forked tongue could produce.

Their blend of Southern fried blues rock is firmly rooted in the earthy tricks traditionally traded for at the red clay crossroads but their live performances convey an electrified ebullience that blasts them into the stratosphere. On stage, they’re riding rockets fueled by a vicious cocktail of sweat and hellfire. An uncut, undeniable purity of purpose is palpable when the band is firing on all cylinders. Brother Hawk’s sound is the sunset that the hero rides into. It’s red hot white light. It’s honest emotion. It’s alive.

02/10/17 LOUISIANA SOUL REVIVAL 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. https://www.facebook.com/louisianasoulrevival/

The Louisiana Soul Revival featuring Doug Duffey brings the Soul, Blues, and Funk music of Louisiana to the world with an 11-piece band that is fronted by National Blues Hall of Fame, and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee, Doug Duffey.

The band debuted with a five-song, in-studio video recording in front of a live audience. The resulting video album was released track-by-track over the following three days and generated more than 16,000 views and 500 shares in the first 36 hours.

DOUG DUFFEY began singing and playing piano at an early age and was composing and performing professionally by age 14.His first single, recorded in Nashville in 1970, was chosen by Billboard, Cashbox and Record World as “Pick Hit” and broke into the top 100 charts.He has written songs for & or recorded with George Clinton, Funkadelic, Rare Earth, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Keith Richards, Herbie Hancock, David Byrne, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Anders Osborne, Little Queenie, Marcia Ball, Zakiya Hooker, Jerry Beach, John Autinand many others. He has been called “one of the most prolific songwriters living in Louisiana” & has released 9 critically acclaimed recordings of his songs. His style blends New Orleans Jazz & Funk with his North Louisiana Mississippi Delta roots: Delta Blues, Louisiana Rock & Roll, along with Memphis Soul & Gospel. In the early 1990s he 1st toured Europe & has been performing between there & Louisiana, since. He has appeared many times at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival [solo & w/band] since the late 1970s; has performed @ the Louisiana Folklife Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Heineken Jazz Festival major International music festivals & the best concert halls & music venues in the US & Europe. He has appeared on television, radio, interviews, & global live Internet broadcasts.

02/15/17 ADIA VICTORIA * JOSHUA ASANTE 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://adiavictoria.com

Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. From blood-born howls to idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying You Are Here. The Nashville-based artist travels the lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues. Ask about her artistic goals, and the songwriter/vocalist will say, “I want to shine a light on the unseen, and speak the unspeakable.” Adia Victoria is a truth teller. She admits, “I don’t necessarily paint myself in a flattering light. This isn’t the pop version of pretty or the strategically posed pretty-ugly. Sometimes I’m just ugly. There’s a brat in some of these songs, selfish, naïve, vengeful, but there’s also a tender eye that just wants the listener to feel seen and understood.” Rolling Stone Magazine featured Adia Victoria as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” The Village Voice called her an “eerie, intriguing songwriter,” with “bone chilling guitar riffs and lyrics topped with candid scorn. Vogue highlighted the recording artist as one of “5 Beauties Who Answer to Afropunk’s Rebellious Call.”

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02/15/17 KEVIN GORDON Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://kg.kevingordon.net

“He’s amazing.” –Jim Lauderdale

“Dude’s a juke-joint professor emeritus”–Rolling Stone

Kevin Gordon, Louisiana-born songwriter who’s earned raves from media, musicals peers, and fans in equal measure, released his latest, ‘Long Gone Time’ to critical praise from American Songwriter, Pop Matters, Offbeat, & others. Hitting #26 on the Americana Radio Chart, the album also attracted the attention of NPR’s World Cafe and Folk Alley; Gordon performed live as a featured guest on both programs.

Praised by NPR, The NY Times, & USA Today, Kevin Gordon’s songs have been covered by everyone from Keith Richards and Levon Helm to Irma Thomas and Todd Snider. In his illustrious two-and-a-half decade career, Gordon has shared stages with Snider, John Prine, Leon Russell, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and the Blind Boys of Alabama among others, played the storied New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival multiple times, and earned the respect and admiration of his peers and a slew of musical icons.

02/18/17 BILLY JOE SHAVER Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $25. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.billyjoeshaver.com

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 hasn’t diminished during 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 theGrand 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 candidateKinky 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. Bob Dylan, who rarely covers other writers, has often played Billy Joe‘s “Old Five And Dimers Like Me” in concert. Johnny Cash called him “my favorite songwriter.” TheWashington Post noted, “when the country outlaws were collecting their holy writings, Billy Joe Shaver was carving out Exodus.”

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02/28/17 MARCELLA & HER LOVERS 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.marcellaandherlovers.com

“Simien is in the core of Memphis tradition- different roots influences in idiosyncratic and unexpected ways. She is one of the most interesting artists to emerge on the Memphis scene in years.” -Chris Herrington, GoMemphis, Memphis Commercial Appeal

What does a smile sound like? Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, Simien grew up onstage with her father, two- time GRAMMY award winner Terrance Simien. In 2009 she moved to Memphis to attend the Memphis College of Art. In no time she was back onstage, delighting audiences with a sound born from fusing elements of her Creole heritage with the angelic grind of Memphis soul.

One detects in Simien’s music subtle yet devastating touches of the Memphis and Muscle Shoals sounds infused with the fingerprint of her Creole ancestors—that now laughing, now sighing Zydeco accordion and exhortations in shouted Creole French. Throughout, Simien’s voice, an instrument fierce and galloping with dignified pleading, floats above the music’s cradled melee like a night star, fondly reminding us of a mysterious past while at once exciting us with the romance of the uncertain future.

Ryan Harris, of Oxford American’s South on Main live music venture in Little Rock called the bands’ 2015 performance one of the “top 5 of the year.”

Legendary producer Boo Mitchell (“Uptown Funk”, RZA, Royal Studios) and Scott Bomar (Hustle & Flow, Cyndi Lauper, Electraphonic Studio) who engineered The Bronze Age, are great fans and frequently attend live performances.

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