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02/23/18 JOHN PAUL KEITH * MARK EDGAR STUART Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $7. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://johnpaulkeith.net/main/
http://www.markedgarstuart.com

A 12-year veteran of the Memphis music scene, singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Paul Keith has three critically acclaimed solo albums, including his latest, Memphis Circa 3AM. Most recently, John Paul appears on the new tribute album Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration of Sun Records, with proceeds going to St. Jude. John Paul also contributed a song to the new Don Bryant album from Fat Possum Records, Don’t Give Up on Love.

When not playing guitar on recording sessions at places like Sun Studio, John Paul can be seen performing in one of the Bluff City’s many busy nightspots, or on one of his frequent tours of Europe, or singing timeless country and rockabilly duets with songwriter Amy LaVere as Motel Mirrors.

John Paul is an avid student of Memphis music history, appearing as a frequent contributor on NPR Worldwide’s Beale Street Caravan radio program. He’s also the founder and editor of NewMemphisBeat.com, a blog covering the Memphis recording industry.

John Paul will be releasing his next record, Heart Shaped Shadow, as well as Motel Mirrors’ full-length debut, In the Meantime, on Last Chance Records in early 2018.


You can learn a lot about a person by the company he keeps, as a sideman Mark Edgar Stuart has toured with Grammy winner Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jack Oblivian, John Paul Keith and cut two records with singer-songwriter Cory Branan which led to an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. With little fuss or fanfare he became the go-to bass player for an elite group of record producers and artists. His no-nonsense style always played a supporting role that was close to the spotlight, but not too close… Cancer changes things, and so does losing your father. When all of these things happened in rapid succession Mark took some time to heal, and reevaluate. In 2010 He put down his bass, picked up a guitar, and started writing songs he never thought anybody outside his family would ever hear… It’s possible nobody ever would have heard them either, if not for the encouragement of his colleagues. The story you’ll hear over and over again as people discover Mark’s debut CD, Blues for Lou, (and a collection of songs so effortlessly poignant will be discovered and rediscovered for a long time) is how it was triggered by this period of sickness and sorrow. While that’s essentially true, a record like this was inevitable. His debut earned him “Record Of The Year” by the Memphis Flyer. Mark soaks in details like a sponge, and spending so much time in the company of strong songwriters, it was only a matter of time before these humble, humorous and, and sometimes heartbreaking stories found a way to get out.

02/24/18 CONAN * THE DITCH AND THE DELTA * TEMPUS TERRA * Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/hailconan/
https://theditchandthedelta.bandcamp.com

Conan are a British doom metal band from Liverpool, England whose style is characterised by a heavily distorted and downtuned sound. It has been described as “caveman battle doom”. With monolithic tones and barbarian tales, Conan were born to destroy. The Northwestern UK trio of guitarist/vocalist Jon Paul Davis, bassist/vocalist Phil Coumbe and drummer Paul O’Neil began in 2006 with the Battle in the Swamp EP as their first outing in 2007, but it was 2010’s Horseback Battle Hammer EP that first caught the attention of the international underground, and the impression of Conan’s “caveman battle doom” was immediate. Songs like “Satsumo” and “Krull” showed that just because the band sounded big didn’t mean they couldn’t also write a song, and when their debut long-player, Monnos, followed in 2012 preceded by a 2011 split with Slomatics, the response was duly huge.

“Musicians often get shuffled like a deck of cards until the right hand comes up aces. Case in point: Salt Lake City sludge trio the Ditch and the Delta. Guitarist Elliot Secrist and drummer Charles Bogus have been honing their steel for years in various outfits. Enter bassist-vocalist Kory Quist of Making F*ck, and here is a lineup to be reckoned with. Musically, it’s a refreshingly original take on territory that has otherwise been tread into the ground. It’s heavy as hell (a la Neurosis), rhythmically twisted (a la Melvins), and keeps things hooky and melodic without ever going soft (a la Lost Goat)”. -Nate Carson

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02/27/18 CITY MOUSE * THE PLURALS * ATTAGIRL 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.

City Mouse -(MI)

https://citymouse.bandcamp.com/

The Plurals -(MI)

https://theplurals.bandcamp.com/

Attagirl – Little Rock’s lovable nerds. Now featuring One Cankle Shankle on drums.

https://attagirl666.bandcamp.com/

02/28/18 DALE WATSON * BONNIE MONTGOMERY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.dalewatson.com
https://www.bonniemontgomerymusic.com

Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame, latest album Call Me Insane, was recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.). The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music.

Dale has flown the flag for classic honky-tonk for over two decades. He’s christened his brand of American roots “Ameripolitan” to differentiate it from current crop of Nashville-based pop country. 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.


Upon first listening to Bonnie Montgomery, it’s easy to mistakenly assume that you’ve stumbled upon a long-buried track by a legend from the golden era of country/western music. Such is the artistry of this Arkansas native and silver-voiced songstress. Her story is of her journey, but she presents it through a folk/bluegrass/country perspective that’s traditional and timeless.

With “Forever”, her second full-length album, Montgomery once again delves into classic country sounds and storytelling.

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03/02/18 DYLAN EARL & THE REASONS WHY * LOST DOG STREET BAND * HANG ROUNDERS 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://dylanearlmusic.com
http://www.lostdogstreetband.com

Dylan Earl is a Post-country/Countrypolitan/Twangcore songwriter living in the great damn state of Arkansas. He has succumb to life in a passenger van; see him in your town.

Lost Dog Street Band formed in the winter of 2010 after husband-and-wife duo Benjamin Tod (guitarist/vocalist) and Ashley Mae (fiddle player) parted ways with former musical project Barefoot Surrender. Originally conceived as a duet, Benjamin and Ashley quickly dedicated themselves to carrying the tradition of the American troubadour – hopping trains and hitchhiking across country while delivering their unique brand of original songwriting and tragic storytelling.

03/04/18 GURF MORLIX * EARLY SUNDAY SHOW 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.

https://www.gurfmorlix.com

Gurf Morlix is an American singer-songwriter and music producer.

Born in New York, Morlix moved to Texas in 1975 and performed with Blaze Foley. He moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and joined Lucinda Williams’ band. He accompanied her from 1985 to 1996 and produced two of her records, Lucinda Williams and its follow-up, Sweet Old World.

Morlix has produced albums for Slaid Cleaves, Mary Gauthier, Robert Earl Keen and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

He is a member of the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame (2004) and the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame (2005) and was the Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year in 2009.

03/08/18 DEAD MEADOW * ADAM FAUCETT & THE TALL GRASS * CANAAN Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/DeadMeadowOfficial/
http://www.adamfaucett.com


Dead Meadow formed in 1998 with Jason Simon on vocals and guitar, Steve Kille on bass, and Mark Laughlin on drums. They began to combine 70s hard rock and 60s psychedelic rock with far out and sometimes mystically minded lyrical themes occasionally even hinting at the obscure genius H. P. Lovecraft and other far out writers of the bizarre and weird.[1] The first album, Dead Meadow, was released in 2000 on Tolotta Records, a label run by Fugazi bassist Joe Lally. The LP version was released by Planaria Records. This was quickly followed by 2001’s Howls from the Hills, also released on Tolotta Records. At the completion of “Howls from the Hills” John Peel asked Dead Meadow to record a Peel Session which was recorded in Fugazi’s home studio, the first time a Peel Session was recorded outside the BBC studios

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.

03/09/18 DANA LOUISE & THE GLORIOUS BIRDS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $7. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://www.danalouisemusic.com

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 touring 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.

03/10/18 ANDREW BRYANT 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://andrewbryantmusic.com

My name is Andrew Bryant. I live in Mississippi. I write songs and record them and make them into records. I started on a cassette deck in my bedroom as a teenager and haven’t stopped since. I release albums under my own name. I also play in a band called Water Liars.

03/11/18 LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://www.thegloryfires.com

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires are an Alabama-based rock band whose music is informed by the swagger of classic Southern rock, the energy and attitude of punk, the intelligence and personal lyrical stance of indie rock, and the deep grooves of R&B. The group was formed in 2010 by guitarist, lead vocalist, and principal songwriter Lee Bains III.

On June 30th, 2017, Don Giovanni Records released Youth Detention///(Nail My Feet Down to the South Side of Town), the third full-length album by Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires.

Call it Youth Detention for short. A double LP spanning 17 songs, it is the band’s most ambitious work to date — a sprawling and visceral record given to both deep introspection and high-volume spiritual uplift.

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.

03/13/18 ROYAL THUNDER * TRANQUILLO * HELL CAMINO 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.

http://www.royalthunderofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialHellCamino/

It’s 2017 and after making perhaps the toughest album of their career, Royal Thunder are coming out swinging. The Atlanta based four-piece (Mlny Parsonz –bass/vocals, Josh Weaver –guitar, Evan Diprima –drums, Will Fiore –guitar), once memorably described by NPR as playing, ‘a revved-up Southern hard rock that howls like Led Zeppelin astride a psychedelic unicorn’, are, with WICK, reaching their tipping point. Following 2007’s self-titled EP (reissued four years later by Relapse Records), 2012’s CVI and 2015’s critically acclaimed Crooked Doors, Royal Thunder’s fourth release is an accumulation of shared experience, musical and otherwise, making art out of adversity and imbued with a new melodic succinctness that’s borne out of a band who’ve spent the last few years growing up together.


03/15/18 THE FRONTIER CIRCUS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $7. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

https://www.facebook.com/frontier.circus

The Frontier Circus is a Psycho-Western band specializing but not limited to great country and psychedelic covers. TFC has three releases on Max/Ironic Records-A Littler Bit Psycho-A Little Bit Western, SideShow and Made in Japan (all available on vinyl).  Known for there live stage performances the Circus plays venues in and around the Central Arkansas area (The White Ware tavern-Little Rock, Kings-Conway, Maxine’s Live-Hot Springs). They are often seen with long time trail pards- Jim  Mize, The Hickoids and Marvin Berry. TFC is a popular Festival band appearing numerous times at Little Rock’s HarvestFest,  El DoradoFest  and RiverFest. Led by Ring Master Frontier Dan (vocals, guitar, theremin, saxophone), the band features the fabulous talents of Justice Williams (guitar), Daredevil Dave (drums), Lighting’ Lou (bass) and The Big River (guitar).

03/17/18 AKEEM KEMP Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $7. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://www.akeemkempmusic.com

Akeem Kemp is a natural prodigy who is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Arkansas. He grew up performing in a gospel quartet, but branched out as a blues solo artist releasing his first album, “I Like It All,” followed by his second album, “A Woman Needs Love,” right after high school. Influenced by Albert King’s string bending and soulful, smoky vocals as well as Jimi Hendrix’s overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, Akeem has managed to create his own style and unique tone. Through the inspiration of life experiences, he uses his music to connect with all walks of life. Akeem is on a journey to create memories, conceive feelings, and communicate lyrics people may feel they cannot say any other way except through music.

03/24/18 RODNEY BLOCK & THE REAL MUSIC LOVERS 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/rodneyblockmusic/

“Music is truly universal; it’s spiritual,” says Rodney Block, arguably one of the city’s best trumpet players and most iconic jazz artists.

If you’ve frequented the social scene in Little Rock at all in the past decade, chances are you’ve been entertained by Block, either solo or with his band Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers. The band formed officially in 2007, and along with Block, includes Sam Carroll on piano/keys, Oliver Thomas on bass and Jonathan Burks on drums. Patrick Pettus and N’ell Jones are advance team/band managers and the group’s barber and stylist is André Talbert.

“The band is dubbed as a jazz musical outfit, but we play pretty much everything,” says Block, including hip-hop, rhythm and blues, gospel and even rock. “The versatility allows us to play all types of events: corporate, private, ceremonial, clubs, festivals, etc.” Block and the band play a lot — about 85-90 dates a year, he estimates.

03/29/18 URBAN PIONEERS 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://urbanpioneersmusic.com

Mix one part Texas fiddle, one part Tennessee banjo, a splash of guitar, stir it with a doghouse bass and you have a swingin’ cocktail for your ears known as the Urban Pioneers.

“Hillbilly Swing Music is true to the title, filled with fun ditties and infectious reels that reawaken the simple joy of primitive American string music in a way that is invigorating and fun, yet still enriching with intelligent turns and deceptively-smart songwriting.

Their fourth overall record…really is a step up in quality across the board from the trio, from the songwriting, to the production, to simply the audio grade of the recordings. It’s probably worthy of naming as their best record yet.

A former classically trained violinist and an enlisted man in the Navy take time from trapping feral hogs on their property in North Texas to play a few songs for you to help spin the troubles away. This is what old time primitive country is all about.”-

03/30/18 SAD DADDY 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.saddaddyband.com

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. Their follow-up album, “Fresh Catch” was released in fall 2016 to massive critical acclaim and the band has been touring extensively throughout 2017. 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.

04/05/18 NATHAN & THE ZYDECO CHA CHAS !!! Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.

http://zydecochachas.com

Over the course of the last 30 years, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas have proven themselves to be the premier Zydeco band in the world, and they’re still out there, rolling down the Zydeco Road.

Growing up in a Creole-speaking home in St. Martinville, Nathan eagerly sought out the music of zydeco originators such as Clifton Chenier. When he was too young to actually attend a Clifton Chenier dance at a St. Martinville club, he hovered by the window-sized fan at the back of the building to hear his idol, only to have the bill of his baseball cap clipped off by the fan when he leaned too close. Later, while recovering from a serious illness, Nathan decided to dedicate himself to learning the accordion. That dedication blossomed into an illustrious career, encompassing seven albums and spanning close to two decades.

The music of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas is the expression of a remarkable South Louisiana family. Dennis Paul Williams, Nathan’s brother, brings his jazz-influenced guitar chops to the band. He’s also a well-known painter whose work has been shown throughout the country, and who contributed the cover and tray card paintings for their new album, Hang It High, Hang It Low. Keyboardist Nathan Williams Jr. is enrolled in the music program at the University of South Louisiana, while he leads his own band in the Lafayette area. Rubboard player Mark Williams is a cousin who has been with the band since its inception. Manager Sid “El Sid O” Williams, the eldest Williams brother, is an entrepreneur who has built a remarkable network of businesses in Lafayette, while honing his skills as an accordion contender himself.

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