DAMN BULLETS/BRIAN MARTIN AND THE CIRCULATORS

10 p.m., Juanita’s. $6.

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Of all the Arkansas groups who try to channel that old, weird
Americana (and there’s a surprisingly sizeable contingent), perhaps
none tap into it with more skill and unhinged joy than the Damn Bullets
and Brian Martin and the Circulators. The Bullets, who started in
Conway but now call Little Rock home, return to Juanita’s after being
selected as one of four finalists in DigitalCafeTour.com’s national
independent talent search. That honor landed the band in New York for
the early part of the month, where they performed several gigs that
were filmed by DigitalCafeTour.com and will be available for viewing
sometime down the road, they promise. On Friday, look for sneak peeks
from the group’s forthcoming album, which promises to be as frenetic
and scattershot as the Bullets you’ve come to know and love. Musicians’
Showcase runners-up Brian Martin and the Circulators play a swinging
folk-blues that touches on all the central barroom themes — dancing,
drinking, Southern women. They’ve inspired quite a following in the Spa
City, particularly among the ladies. They often travel. LM.

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