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02/21/20 WILLI CARLISLE * ADAM FAUCETT * JAMIE LOU Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.willicarlisle.com
https://www.adamfaucett.com
https://www.jamielouandthehullabaloo.com

Willi Carlisle is, according to The Washington Post, “powerful…both down-home and brainy.” With years of collecting folklore, playing or calling square dances, and working in the avant-garde, Willi Carlisle is a multi-faceted writer, performer, and instrumentalist.

While his big frame and expressive voice draw comparison to old balladeers and bluesmen, Willi sings new songs for the oldest reasons: love, heartache, and joy. People who watch and listen will find that he laughs and sheds a tear onstage almost as often as his audiences do, fire- and-brimstone proof of larger-than-life songs and stories.

Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, and possessing a voice 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 of It Took the Shape of a Bird, a record of his most personal, unbodied, and darkly beautiful songs to date.

Combining the melodies and sensibilities of Wilco and Fleetwood Mac, with the bombast of My Morning Jacket, Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo are primed for the national spotlight. Since debuting in 2015, the band have been wowing audiences with their blazing potpourri of Rock, Pop, Folk & Psychedelia. Delivering standout performances at Riverfest, Valley of The Vapors, Musicfest 31, and Homegrown on The River.

02/22/20 TWO TONS OF STEEL Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.twotons.com

The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the Alamo City’s most-loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine in 1996. It was the beginning of a twenty year journey for Geil and the 4-piece ensemble.

Releasing “Two Tons Of Steel” in 1994 and “Crazy For My Baby” in 1995 on Blue Fire Records, a sponsorship deal with Lone Star Beer quickly followed. Dead Crickets, renamed Two Tons of Steel in 1996 began traveling outside of Texas, including stops at the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville, Tenn., the National Theater in Havana, Cuba, and European tours, to greet fans who had embraced their Texas-born sound. In 1996 they released “Oh No!” on their independent label, “Big Bellied Records.” They followed up the passion project with a live recording at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas, taped during a Two Ton Tuesday Show 1998.

2018, will mark the bands 23rd year of “Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall.” The summerlong event has drawn over 230,000 fans since it began its annual run in 1995. The popular concert series was captured in “Two Ton Tuesday Live,” a DVD-CD combo released on Palo Duro Records in 2006. Also that year, the band’s first national release, “Vegas,” produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines on the Palo Duro label, took them to No. 7 on the Americana Music Charts and was one of the top 20 releases of 2006.

02/23/20 CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PARTY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.
02/25/20 SAM COOKE TRIBUTE SHOW by STEVEN ” SPUD ” HOWARD Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

One of Little Rock’s great singers and his excellent band will be performing a tribute show to the King of Soul, the amazing Sam Cooke!



02/27/20 JASON RINGENBERG Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://jasonringenberg.com/home

Jason Ringenberg is Nashville’s greatest 20th century rock ’n’ roll frontman.

He and his band, Jason & The Scorchers, bridged rock and country in a way that had never been attempted, let alone actuated, and they paved the Music City rock roads on which new-century talents like Dan Auerbach, Kings of Leon, and Jack White now reside.

Whether filling notebook pages with songs or whirling across stages, extra-long mic cable mummifying him in black rubber and copper, Ringenberg exudes the riotous energy of rock ’n’ roll, while favoring welcome and affirmation over sneers. He moves like Jagger, without the preening. He possesses the melodic sense of his old tour buddies in R.E.M., without the lyrical ambiguity. He’s got the fire of Jerry Lee Lewis … but without all the guns and stuff.

“…one of America’s proudest rebels, it is hard to imagine the current Americana scene without his pioneering work…”

– Rolling Stone

“He still has an unbelievable energy level…high kicking around the stage like the 20 something he once was, well still is really. There are few better and none more entertaining.”

– Americana UK

“Jason Ringenberg is Nashville’s most electrifying performer, but his most enduring attribute, his songwriting, is also his most criminally overlooked. “

– USA TODAY

02/28/20 RACHEL AMMONS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/RachelAmmonsMusic

Our favorite delta blues virtuoso of Tyrannosaurus Chickn & Ben Miller Band fame brings her incredible solo set back to the WWT.

02/29/20 D.O.T. * SABLE LINING * LUSTERF*CK Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/dotmuzic/

We are the Daughters of Triton – Diamond, Opal, and Turquoise – Mermaid sisters from Little Rock, AR

03/03/20 SEAN HARRISON * PHILLIP MARTIN * JIM HATHAWAY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.seanharrisonsongs.com

Sean was born in Nashville, raised in Arkansas, spent a decade in Texas and two years in Europe. He has performed in a variety of bands and as a solo singer/songwriter doing shows in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. He has collaborated in recording projects including writing, co-writing and producing Milton Patton’s debut EP in 2016. That album reached the iTunes Country Album Chart as well as various minor charts, and one song was featured in a movie, ADDicted.

03/05/20 DALE WATSON Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.dalewatson.com

Dale Watson has flown the flag for classic honky-tonk for over two decades. The Alabama-born, Texas-raised Watson may be the hardest working entertainer today and is rapidly approaching legendary status. He is a country music maverick, a true outlaw who stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.

“I’m one of Dale’s biggest fans” – Willie Nelson

03/06/20 JOE & THE FEELS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/Joeandthefeels/

03/07/20 ZAKK & BIG PAPA BINNS * 20 WATT TOMBSTONE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://20watttombstone.com
https://www.facebook.com/zakkandbigpapabinns

20 Watt Tombstone are Wasau Wisconsin’s hard touring death blues saviors. They have played hundreds of shows over the past few years, and are now looking at embracing European shores this summer. Fusing the sounds of ZZ Top with Kyuss by way of Robert Johnson and Black Flag, the band has continually outdone themselves since their formation in 2011. The band built their name on the road, but it was a split with Left Lane Cruiser that propelled them to the next level. Now they seek to grow upon all of this and bring the entire stoner rock scene to a new frontier.

This is the sort of band who remain devout to their community no matter the consequences. The stoner rock underground has allowed them to make a living from this, and they are determined to give back. Frontman Tom Jordan is even stepping in as an organizer of Wisconsin Doomed & Stoned Festival. Their DIY aesthetic has impressed fans across the world, all of whom are eager to see the bands next steps This dedication has paid off in other ways too and won the band endorsements from Gretsch Guitars, Saluda Cymbals, Scorpion Drum Sticks, Lava Cables, SIT Strings and Rock Relentless Clothing.

Zakk & Big Papa Binns is a father/son duo with dueling slide guitar, one-man-band style drums and a raw hypnotic delta blues sound. They are also members of the band Brethren, who have toured extensively with legendary bluesman Cedell Davis over the last 5 years, so… some dues have been paid. This duo plays a heavy, foot stompin, deep hill country, honest from the heart kind of blues.

03/10/20 HANDMADE MOMENTS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.handmademomentsmusic.net

“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

03/12/20 CALEB CAUDLE * WILD PONIES * JADE BRODIE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.calebcaudle.com
https://www.jadebrodieandthebackups.com
https://www.wildponies.net

Caleb Caudle wanted an earthy, funky sound for his new album. He assembled several Grammy-winning musicians to chase it down in the Cash Cabin, a small place with a big history.

“It feels like you’re in the shadow of giants,” Caudle says.

He emerged from the shadows with Better Hurry Up, his eighth studio album. Its 11 songs showcase Caudle’s vivid lyrics and foreboding vocals, as well as the work of an A-list cast of musicians. John Jackson of the Jayhawks produced, and guest vocalists include Courtney Marie Andrews, Elizabeth Cook, Gary Louris, and John Paul White.

A large sound emerged from the little cabin, which Johnny Cash built in 1979 as a private sanctuary near his home outside Nashville. It evolved into a recording studio more than a decade later. Since then the rustic structure has hosted sessions by everyone from Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris to Jamey Johnson and Todd Snider, as well as Cash’s own work on his acclaimed series of American Recordings. Caudle and Jackson used the space to create a dramatic, compelling record.

JADE BRODIE IS A RAILROADING SONGSTRESS FROM NORTHERN NEVADA. DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM THE BLUE COLLAR HERO AND THE AWAY-FROM-HOME LIFESTYLE OF THE RAILROAD. SHE WRITES HER SONGS WITH A HEAVY TRAIN BEAT, STRONG WILL, AND SIMPLE POETRY. ORIGINALLY FROM THE NEAR COASTAL TOWNS OF SONOMA COUNTY , CA SHE BOOMED AROUND UNTIL SHE FOUND A BETTER LIFE IN WINNEMUCCA, NV. NOW JADE ALONG WITH HER FRIENDS SHE CALLS THE BACKUPS BRING HER MUSIC TO THE STAGE FOR YOU TO DANCE TO, DRINK UP, AND ENJOY.

Although they’re based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.

Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017’s Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band’s history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered Old-Time players from Galax, Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.

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03/13/20 ADVENTURELAND * WAY AWAY * HOPE MONTGOMERY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $5. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://adventureland.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/wayawaytheband/

Adventureland has been making good-natured indie rock out of Little Rock since 2017.

03/13/20 SeanFresh Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/seanfreshagain/

03/14/20 LEE BAINS & THE GLORY FIRES * COLOUR DESIGN Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://www.thegloryfires.com
https://www.facebook.com/colourdesignar/

The songs are deeply rooted in Bains’ experience of his hometown, Birmingham, AL. Youth Detention depicts a Southern city in the decades surrounding the turn-of-the-millennium: in the throes of white flight, urban disinvestment, racial tension, class struggle, gentrification, gender policing, homophobia, xenophobia, religious fervor, deindustrialization, and economic upheaval.

The lyrics could ring true anywhere, though. The South exists in the world and, like the South, the world is increasingly beholden to many of these same tensions and forces. The songs on Youth Detention are meant as small acts of resistance to those systems. Documenting minor moments — the refusal to sit quietly through a display of bigotry, the act of quieting down and listening to somebody’s struggle, sticking up for friends targeted for their difference — that, hopefully, serve as the beginnings of a more profound awakening.

03/16/20 SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS * THE YAWPERS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.disarmers.com
http://www.theyawpers.com

“…a sneering fusion of punk-rock autonomy and say-it-like-it-is country from the classic era, paired with a timeless vocal warble and tons of attitude…she’s a nonconforming spitfire…” – Rolling Stone

Inspired by artists such as the Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams, Sarah sings with confidence, control, and, at times, a hint of menace. The Disarmers match her on every track, coloring the tales of resilience and empathy with as much urgency as ever as well as a broader sonic sweep. It’s easy to hear Sarah as a close cousin to artists like Hurray for the Riff Raff and Margo Price on the title track, or in the country-‘60s mod vibe on “Lesson.” “Good as Gold,” sporting a kiss-off line for the ages, “You’re as good as gold/ I’m as good as gone,” is both vulnerable and defiant, soaring with pop-inflected harmonies. And with an expansiveness evoking the wide-open West, “What it Takes” speaks to the truth of the record, to her life, and to the universe.

The Yawpers are the sheep in wolf’s clothing.

Through their first three albums, the group divined a signature style—what Pitchfork described as “an expansive vision of rock ‘n’ roll, one that cherrypicks from various folk traditions: punk, rockabilly, blues, whatever they might have on hand or find in the trash.” The sound is a front-heavy, groovy, fire & brimstone punk-blues overlying a dynamic and metaphysical roots rock. On their fourth album Human Question, the Denver trio zooms out to a more vast and accessible stylistic and spiritual universe. The 38-minute thrill ride generates growth and cathartic self-reflection for audience and performer alike. If there was justice in this world, the Yawpers would be the savior that rock-n-roll didn’t know it was waiting for.

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03/19/20 BONGZILLA Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.
https://www.facebook.com/Bongzilla

When one says “Bongzilla”, the first thing that comes mind is THC-infused riffs, growled vocals, more references to marijuana than an issue of High Times magazine, and heaviness only copied and matched by more recent bands like “Dopethrone”. Massive riffs, each one with considerable crunch and with enough catch to make keep you coming back over and over. Sonic blues greatness and the epicness of doom/stoner greats into a blend, blend in some marijuana and crank it out at ear-shattering loudness.

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03/20/20 PATRICK SWEANY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. 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 him to form a band.

After 7 critically acclaimed records (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and Europe. He’s played premiere festivals (Newport Folk Fest, Merlefest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews) and supported international acts such as The Black Keys, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna, and others on tour.

04/03/20 JAMES McMURTRY: EARLY SHOW * TICKETS SOLD OUT * Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: SOLD OUT. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com

Songwriting giant James McMurtry is heading to the White Water Tavern to perform two solo shows in one night! These shows will sell out!

” James writes like he’s lived a lifetime.” —John Mellencamp

“The most vital lyricist in America today.” —Bob Harris, BBC 2 RADIO

“Music that’s haunting but familiar, much like the struggles he depicts.” —WASHINGTON POST

“brave, smart, and pithy music that captures James McMurtry at the top of his game.” —ALL MUSIC

“more energized than ever.” —TEXAS MONTHLY

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04/03/20 JAMES McMURTRY * LATE SHOW * SOLD OUT! Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 10:00pm. Admission: SOLD OUT. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com

Songwriting giant James McMurtry is heading to the White Water Tavern to perform two solo shows in one night! These shows will sell out!

” James writes like he’s lived a lifetime.” —John Mellencamp

“The most vital lyricist in America today.” —Bob Harris, BBC 2 RADIO

“Music that’s haunting but familiar, much like the struggles he depicts.” —WASHINGTON POST

“brave, smart, and pithy music that captures James McMurtry at the top of his game.” —ALL MUSIC

“more energized than ever.” —TEXAS MONTHLY

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