PICKIN’ AND WINNIN’
5 p.m., Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs. $25-$40.
The brainchild of Memphis singer/songwriter Keith Sykes, long a regular presence in Central Arkansas, this two night-showcase gathers 10 acclaimed songwriters for some pickin’ and some grinnin’ and some songs you probably know by heart. Sykes, who’s penned songs for the Judds, John Prine and Jerry Jeff Walker might be best known for “Volcano,” which Jimmy Buffett made a hit. Those sharing the spotlight with Sykes include Richard Leigh (Crystal Gayle crossed over with his “Don’t It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue”) and Susan Gibson (she penned the Dixie Chicks’ biggest hit, “Wide Open Spaces”), popular Texas songwriter Larry Joe Taylor, Michael Hearne, Jimmy Davis, Jed Zimmerman, Nancy Apple, Blair Combest and Delta Joe Sanders. The event kicks off on Friday with a meet-and-greet reception with the songwriters, followed by a songwriters-in-the-round concert at 8 p.m. The finale, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, features individual sets by each songwriter. Tickets for Saturday only are $25; it’s $40 for both nights. Proceeds benefit the Tim Mathis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Special room rates are available at the hotel.