Country, rock or what have you, in El Dorado McBryde demonstrated in no uncertain terms why she’s climbed out of obscurity and separated herself from her peers. Her obsessions — small town dreams and delusions, striking out at religious hypocrisy — come to life in such a careful way in her hands. She doesn’t make glorified beer commercials or whatever else the Luke Sheltons and Blake Bryans are passing off as country songs.
Yesterday morning, the Cabot Firefighter Calendar Association presented Camp Sunshine, a four-day residential retreat for pediatric burn survivors, with a $5,000 donation. The money was raised via a cheekily sultry calendar that features photos of Cabot Fire Department's most muscular first responders.
Much like its cover, “Olympus, Texas,” released by Doubleday in 2021 and selected by Good Morning America as one of its book club picks, Stacey Swann's debut novel dreams up a rural Texan family whose drama overshadows any relational loyalty.
Is there a pipeline from rural Arkansas to “American Idol”? Not one, but two women from our state have been plucked from their small communities to appear on this season of the famous singing show. Two weeks ago, Holly Grove’s Lucy Love scored a “yes” from all three judges, and on Sunday, March 5, Marybeth Byrd — a 21-year-old college student and radio personality from Northeast Arkansas — will attempt to do the same.
Hosted at the Walmart AMP — an outdoor amphitheater in Rogers with a capacity of 9,500 — the concert is one of the three headlining shows that the Foo Fighters have announced for this year amidst nearly a dozen other festival appearances.
If “North Georgia Rounder,” the newest album from twangy singer-songwriter Pony Bradshaw, sounds like it was meant to be performed on the White Water Tavern stage, it might have something to do with the fact that it was recorded at Jason Weinheimer’s Fellowship Hall Sound, just a couple miles down the road from the beloved tavern.
When I first heard Banzai Florist, I categorized them as "bedroom pop" because of their affinity for warm, washed out tones, but if "Dayshift" is any indication, the project is veering towards straight up pop.
"Lonesome Town" is a catchy, bouncy-bassed strut about a boring city where it's "Monday everyday," but the real gem is "Nite Owl," a stonery half-time confessional about the mournful magic of insomnia, replete with guitar solos that drift downward like water droplets on a windowpane.
This year's recipients include the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts; Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc.; Blytheville Air Force Base Cold War Museum, Inc.; Sultana Historical Preservation Society, Inc.; and U.S. Marshals Museum.
Goodman effortlessly embodied hipness by way of big wiry glasses, a teased fluff of curls and a vintage FFA jacket, but her vocal cords sounded marred by Southern living, scratchy and strained on the low end and piercingly pure when the high notes punched through. She’s one of the finest and most unique vocalists I’ve ever seen live.
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney — an award-winning actress, comedian, writer and a 1998 inductee to the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame — will speak at ABHOF's 12th annual Distinguished Laureate Series. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is hosting the event, which is free and open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Following last week's Bright Eyes announcement, the Little Rock venue has revealed that they're dragging another influential performer into town: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Amythyst Kiah, a formidable singer-songwriter in her own right, is opening.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s next installment of its Masterworks Series revolves around pianist George Li, a visiting instrumentalist so distinguished that he was written about by The New York Times and the Washington Post when he was only 16, the same age he was when he performed for Barack and Michelle Obama.
“Boycott” (2021), a documentary directed by Julia Bacha, highlights the story of three dissenters each ostensibly fighting for their ability to participate in the BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) movement without financial recourse for their businesses.
Ashley McBryde, recent Grammy award-winning country darling from Mammoth Spring, is playing two shows in Arkansas this weekend — one in Fort Smith at TempleLive on Friday and the other in El Dorado at First Financial Music Hall on Saturday, both with an opening performance from Faren Rachels.
In “Dead Soldiers,” a song on her newest album, Goodman bears witness to a friend’s alcoholism, leading her to observe that self-destructive drinking looks a lot like “a man chopping wood for his own funeral pyre.” In other words, she’s not messing around. Stand in the crowd at White Water Tavern and see what kind of action or reflection she might spur you to.