Category Archives: Listen Here First

A lesson on swearing and pop songs with The Dan Band

November 21st, 2014 at 11:39 am

Appropriately, The Dan Band started as a joke. Dan Finnerty decided to sing Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” at a karaoke bar. Soon after that, a friend asked Finnerty to jump onstage before her and repeat the process because she … Continue reading

Small instrument, big sound: Jake Shimabukuro and the ukelele

November 14th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Ukeleles are cute. Particularly in the world of folk pop music, the ukelele is something that adds a little brightness or color to a song, but rarely serves as the leading attraction. But when Jake Shimabukuro plays his ukelele, it’s … Continue reading

Not so standard: The sounds of the New York Standards Quartet

November 7th, 2014 at 10:51 am

When the members of New York Standards Quartet decided to start playing together after a gig at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City, they had two goals in mind. The members wanted to be a band, and not just … Continue reading

The 10 bands you must see at this year’s Harvest Festival

October 15th, 2014 at 9:47 am

Music festivals feature a never-ending assortment of choices. If you haven’t thought about what to pack, what to wear and what to eat and drink while at Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival, well, you haven’t spent as much … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Oct. 8 at George’s

October 6th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

The long-haired Southern boys in J. Roddy Walston & The Business earlier this year released the album “Essential Tremors,” which as been earning a lot of airplay on modern rock and alternative radio. They also spent much of the year … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: Dr. John, Sept. 28 at the WAC

September 26th, 2014 at 11:37 am

Dr. John joins The Band for “Such a Night.” You will have such a night if you attend Dr. John’s show on Sunday at the Walton Arts Center. The first show of the Walton Arts Center‘s new season is one … Continue reading

Soon in tunes: Pat Green, Sept. 26 at the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair

September 23rd, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Pat Green worked hard “All Just to Get to You.” He’ll get to Fort Smith on Sept. 26 for a show there. The Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair pulls in a lot of entertainment. During the next week or so, there’s … Continue reading

The weekend in live music, with The Airplanes and more

September 12th, 2014 at 5:03 am

The Airplanes, from Fayetteville, perform the song “Paper Hearts.” They perform this weekend at George’s Majestic Lounge. The video is pretty cool, too, creating a little paper art along the way. Art is everywhere. That’s the theme of a story … Continue reading

The Top 7 shows at the upcoming Fayetteville Roots Festival

August 28th, 2014 at 9:39 am

The Fayetteville Roots Festival is great on many levels, not the least of which is how little competition is present. What do I mean by that? Aside from after about 11 p.m. each evening, there isn’t much in the way … Continue reading

Concert review: Tim McGraw, Aug. 7 at the Walmart AMP

August 8th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Tim McGraw, you old charmer. Old is relative, of course. He’s 47, and he’s in fitness magazine shape, although he hid his physique underneath a Rush World Tour 1987-88 T-shirt. (Aside: Tim, you kinda won me over with that shirt). … Continue reading