Getting to hear just one of these world-class artists speak would be enough to justify attendance, so the fact that all three of them will be in the same room means you’ve got no excuse. Come out on Thursday, June 1.
Before Joshua Asante was even born, the idea that he was chosen followed him around. After learning by way of pure intuition that she was pregnant with Joshua, his mother attended a tent revival where a minister passed her by, stopped in his tracks and then turned around. “He touched her womb and kind of lost his shit,” Asante said. Because his mother hadn’t yet told anyone about the baby, she took the clergyman’s gesture as an affirmation that all the mystical energy she’d been feeling around her gestating child was something to take seriously. These expectations shaped his creative life.
"Country McGee" was recorded at Cinderella Sound — a space with shag carpet on the walls that just happens to be Nashville's oldest running independent studio — with the accompaniment of legendary session players like Wayne Moss, Lloyd Green, Charlie McCoy and Hargus "Pig" Robbins.
Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst’s music is often unabashedly political, and there are plenty of messed up things going on in the world of Arkansas government that are worth riffing on, but Oberst chose instead to devote much of the stage banter at his recent Little Rock show to confusing, faux-conspiratorial rants.
Though absent any Arkansas musicians, the schedule of nearly-monthly shows they're bringing to the AMFA is robust, with much Southern representation and a healthy dose of jazz, soul, blues and singer-songwriter sensibilities.
Mother/daughter acting duo Diane Ladd and Laura Dern will be in Little Rock at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 to talk about their new co-written book, "Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding)," which was released via Grand Central Publishing in April.
The second-to-last film completed film by Orson Welles, the director behind “Citizen Kane,” “F for Fake” is a trailblazing, video essay-esque exploration of essential themes at the heart of artmaking, like authenticity and authorship.
This fall, Numero Group will put out a double vinyl of the entire EAAY discography, including both the LP and songs that could previously only be found on various EPs and 7 inches. In the meantime, the remastered version of "Let's Be Enemies" is waiting for you on Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
Actor John Cusack, perhaps best known for his boombox-wielding moment in "Say Anything... ," is coming to the Robinson Center on Friday, Sept. 15, and the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville on Sunday, Oct. 29. Cusack will speak at a screening of "Sixteen Candles."
Every song on the sophomore release from Fayetteville solo artist Jude Brothers concerns the excruciating ending of a long-term, life-altering romantic and creative partnership, but it’s no typical breakup album. The grieving process is rendered with such allegiance to even the most ephemeral moments of emotional honesty that no discrete chapters can be found.
Many of the pieces were created by children and adults in classes taught by Mabel Rose Jamison "Jamie" Vogel, a white woman who preserved a remarkable amount of art and artifacts by her incarcerated students.
The list of headliners promises a master class in how ideas around country and traditional music forms are being reconsidered and revived, with sets from Mavis Staples, Del McCoury, Molly Tuttle, Sierra Ferrell and more.
Wednesday, Asheville's scruffiest indie rock band, has an unflinchingly specific, contemporary and bleak way of describing the American South. Listen for yourself at Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack on Friday, May 19.