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Music: Newman follows own path

posted: 01/20/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Randy Newman doesn't spend all of his time composing and singing songs destined for Pixar and Disney movies.

Music Scene: 'Guitar Masters' set 3 shows in central Arkansas, Conway

posted: 10/23/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Acoustic guitarists Peter Janson of Boston and Steve Davison of Little Rock will bring their eight-date, Mid-South "Main Act: American Guitar Masters" tour to three central Arkansas locations this weekend:

MUSIC: Crow’s red-dirt roots true

posted: 01/21/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Not everyone linked to the “red dirt band” musical trend in Texas and Oklahoma can lay claim to having that much familiarity with actual dirt, red or otherwise, but Bart Crow has the credentials.

MUSIC: Adding girl singer made Sleeper Agent a success

posted: 01/09/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

The career of alternative rock band Sleeper Agent awakened when a teenager joined the band, taking over the lead singer job and bringing a female perspective.

MUSIC: Aycock has Tulsa sound in genes, kindred spirits in LR

posted: 11/05/2013 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Just because he lives in Tulsa doesn’t mean Jesse Aycock hasn’t become tuned in to the central Arkansas music scene.

MUSIC: Railers quit their day jobs, decide to go for life in band

posted: 10/17/2013 3 a.m. Discuss

Reckless Kelly is a band that needs no introduction, having logged many a central Arkansas show for a decade or more. The band will visit again this weekend while on tour to promote the band’s eighth studio album, Long Night Moon, released Sept. 3.

MUSIC: One-man band sets blues debut in state

posted: 10/15/2013 3:23 a.m. Discuss

The voice of Lincoln Durham is somewhat striking, unlike that of most small-town Texans, resembling more such legendary country bluesmen as Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Some are reminded of Townes Van Zandt, Paul Rodgers (of Free and Bad Company), Ryan Bingham and Ray LaMontagne.

MUSIC: Okkervil to flood the Rev

posted: 10/01/2013 3:33 a.m. Discuss

Okkervil River flows out of Austin, Texas, from time to time, and fans of the indie rock band take delight in the literary melodies and off-kilter songs of the band’s founder, Will Sheff, who moved from New Hampshire to be part of the fabled music scene in Austin.

MUSIC: Canada departs for Little Rock show

posted: 09/17/2013 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Cody Canada departed one band, named his next one The Departed and will arrive Wednesday at the Revolution Room in Little Rock for a show.

MUSIC: Bell takes her time, does things her way

posted: 07/23/2013 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Aspiring musicians realize that dues must be paid on the way up the career ladder, and singer-songwriter Emily Bell is no exception, despite what appears to be a lengthy musical resume. Bell has studied musical theater since the age of 5, attended prestigious performing arts schools in Texas and New York, and worked in the music scenes of Houston, New York, Los Angeles and now Austin.


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