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Bonnie Montgomery, Summer Dean

By Rebekah Hall Scott

9 p.m. White Water Tavern.

Michelle Waggoner

In a transcendently twangy pairing, Texas-based singer/songwriters Bonnie Montgomery (pictured) and Summer Dean are touching down at White Water Tavern as a stop on their “Queen of the Road” tour. The classically trained Arkansas native Montgomery — famed composer of “Billy Blythe,” an opera about Bill Clinton’s boyhood in Hot Springs — croons and trills through her 2018 album “Forever” with songs about love lost and found and the heart-hangovers in between. “No More” is a defiant, confident rejection of a no-good man, while “Comets” is a dramatic, poignant journey through the desert, carried by Montgomery’s impressive range. Here’s hoping she performs both. Montgomery’s elevated take on the honky-tonk genre is evenly matched by Dean, whose first EP, “Ladylike,” takes care to examine different forms womanhood can take in the South. Dean kicks off the EP with “A Heartache I Can Use,” demonstrating a voice as immediately familiar and full as that of Tammy Wynette or Patsy Cline; “Alabama (Can I Call You Hank)” is a high-spirited tale of romance on the music hall dance floor. Both artists are past winners of the “Outlaw Female of the Year” at the Ameripolitan Awards, a title decidedly earned. See for ticket details.


July 3, 2019
2:00 am
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