Searcy native Bonnie Montgomery has been nominated for Outlaw Female in the 2016 Ameripolitan Awards, an Austin, Texas-based award show that honors musicians whose work doesn’t match with today’s notions of country music. The awards ceremony will be held in Austin on Feb. 16, 2016.
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Here are the Little Rock albums we listened to more than any others this year, the ones that meant the most to us and that we’d push on any out-of-towners who asked what was new in the Little Rock music scene.
I've never been a good dj really, always throwing in a Rossini aria or some spoken word ballad by Johnny Cash at a late night party, but I do listen to music constantly and had fun putting this list together. I narrowed it down to music I'm listening to a lot this week, some of my all time favorites, and mostly (hopefully) a playlist that others might enjoy.
This week's singles round-up is a day late since I've been out of town for a week reporting on rare mushrooms in Star City, but I promise it represents the very best of the new Arkansas music you missed in the last several days, with country songs and weed raps and doom metal that doesn't sound anything like doom metal.
Bonnie Montgomery, who you may recognize either as the composer of that Bill Clinton opera a few years ago (covered by the New Yorker) or as a beloved local country singer-songwriter (she's released two EPs, "Cruel" and "Joy," via Fast Weapons Records), has finished a full-length self-titled album and it's due out July 29.
Tomorrow night, White Water Tavern will host the first in a series of anniversary shows for Little Rock's Thick Syrup Records, this time featuring locals Bonnie Montgomery and Andy Warr. Proceeds will go to benefit ongoing tornado recovery and relief efforts. Other Thick Syrup Anniversary shows on the way include a concert at Stickyz on May 9 featuring Bear Colony and The See and two shows at White Water on May 16 and 17, featuring Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, Nathan Brown, Bonnie Montgomery, Ginsu Wives, Twelve Tone Elevator and Jumbo Jet.
Tomorrow night: Dunbar Garden event to feature hors d'oeuvres from South on Main, Natchez and Butcher and Public chefs
Amazing music, courtesy of Bonnie Montgomery! Delicious passed hors d'oeuvres from South on Main chef Matt Bell, Natchez chef Alexis Jones and Butcher and Public chef Travis McConnell!
Billy Joe Shaver performs at White Water Tavern Wednesday.
Magic Mouth performs at White Water Tavern Saturday.
The Arkansas Times Farm to Table Dinner Party is Saturday night.
Amy Garland plays an album-release show Saturday at White Water Tavern.