December 1st, 2013 at 11:51 am
It may have slowed the process of making music a little, but it did little to alter their sound. The former 80s cover band, now almost exclusively a pop rock outfit in the vein of Passion Pit meets Keane, recorded the album here in Northwest Arkansas.
They wrote their songs, and while there was label input, the record is the one bandmember Zach Gump says they wanted to create.
The result, “Future Colonial,” was released on Nov. 15.
I chatted with Gump about the band’s evolution, the record deal and the band’s career arc. Read my story in Monday’s What’s Up! section [Note: Subscriber content].
The band will resume touring early next year, Gump says. Dates in Northwest Arkansas will resume at that time.
November 29th, 2013 at 1:41 pm
Now 20 years since their breakthrough, self-titled record, the Lousiana sludge metal band Crowbar continues writing, recording and touring. The group is expected to follow up their 2011 album “Sever the Wicked Hand” with an as-of-yet-untitled 2014 recording. The group visits George’s Majestic Lounge on Tuesday (Dec. 3) for a show with supporting act White Light Cemetery. The show begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $12.
November 29th, 2013 at 5:03 am
Just because you have a turkey hangover (or other hangover) does not excuse from seeing some live music this weekend.
Now, go pick yourself up and get out there.
What should you see?
Classic rock stalwarts Grand Funk Railroad will play a gig in the region on Saturday (Nov. 30) night. The band responsible for 1970s-era hits such as “We’re An American Band” and “Some Kind of Wonderful” will visit Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, Mo., for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets range from $30-$60 and are available at the casino’s gift shop or via downstreamcasino.com.
What’s on your agenda?
November 27th, 2013 at 10:21 am
There’s always plenty to be thankful for.
We’re thankful for our readers.
Happy Thanksgiving. See you back here in a couple days.
And, thanks for the music, you guys.
November 26th, 2013 at 12:31 pm
As I am this time every year, I’m hard at work on my Best Albums of the year list.
If hard work can ever be considered sitting around and listening to a lot of good music, that is.
I’ve got a working list, and I hinted at some of those bands in a mid-year post.
Some of those albums are still on my list, which remains a work in progress and will likely be so until I send it along to my editor.
Also at this time every year, I ask for your help. What have you been listening to recently? What will make your best albums list? In particular, what genres outside brooding pop rock — that’s my wheelhouse — are producing interesting music?
Here’s a good new one that might make my list. It’s by Chvrches, and it’s called “The Mother We Share.” [Note: There's an instance of rockstar language]:
November 25th, 2013 at 9:23 am
Country icon Willie Nelson was scheduled to perform tomorrow (Nov. 26) at the Walton Arts Center.
Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.
Parts of the same weather complex that gave us a dusting of sleet, snow and ice caused major problems for other areas of the country, including, apparently, east Texas.
That’s where a bus transporting members of Nelson’s band ran off the road on early Saturday (Nov. 23) morning. Three members of Nelson’s band were hospitalized, but everyone is expected to recover, CNN reports.
The crash forced Nelson and company to scrap four tour dates, including the one in Fayetteville.
On Saturday afternoon, Walton Arts Center officials, via a press release, urged ticket holders to keep their tickets. More information will be released this week, the release says.
We’ll update you.
Until then, wishes for a speedy recovery for the band.
November 22nd, 2013 at 1:17 pm
Earl Cate toured with Levon Helm. He was also a lifelong friend of Levon Helm, and not just because Helm — legendary Southern voice and drummer for The Band — helped get The Cate Brothers Band a record deal.
The Cates grew up in Arkansas, as did Helm, and they performed together often.
So when Helm passed away in April 2012, Cate’s new band, Earl and Them, started adding more songs by The Band into their set lists. They always played The Band, of course, but they made the effort to add a few.
Several of those songs, now polished by more than a year on the road, are included on the newest Earl and Them recording, “Same Love.”
Four Band songs made the cut — “W.S. Walcott Medicine Show,” “Don’t Do It,” “King Harvest” and “The Weight.”
All of the songs on the new album, which was recorded either live inside an empty George’s Majestic Lounge or at Adam Putman’s Insomniac Studios, are cover tunes. Cate hopes new, original material makes its way to a third album. Cate chatted with me recently about the making of the album and the band’s lineage in the blues rock market. Read my story in today’s What’s Up! section [Note: Subscriber content], which appears in the five daily papers published by NWA Media.
Earl and Them will showcase the songs tonight at a happy hour show at George’s. The show is from 6-8 p.m.
November 22nd, 2013 at 5:03 am
So, there’s a slim chance of wintry weather this weekend.
I’m no paid weatherman, but I wouldn’t let it stop you from making plans to see some live music this weekend.
There’s plenty to see.
Guitarist and Grateful Dead associate Steve Kimock will bring his jam-heavy show to George’s Majestic Lounge for a two-night run starting tonight. Playing alongside Kimock — who founded the psychelic rock band Zero — for the George’s show will be Bernie Worrell (Parliament-Funkadelic), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), John Morgan Kimock and many other guests. Tickets for today (Nov. 22)’s 9:30 p.m. show are $20. Tickets for Saturday (Nov. 23)’s 9 p.m. show are the same price. Both are available at the club or via www.georgesmajesticlounge.com.
If you’re in Eureka Springs, you might check out Totojojo tonight.
Hailing from Joplin, Mo., the five-piece ensemble Totojojo has been in this part of the country several times, notably for a gig at Wakarusa in 2011. The jazz/jam/funk rockers are prepping their sophomore album and tonight will perform at Chelsea’s Corner Cafe in Eureka Springs. Admission to the 8 p.m. show is $5.
What’s on your calendar?
November 20th, 2013 at 11:21 am
Like your bluegrass mixed in with a little pop county? Turnpike Troubadours may be for you.
The band Turnpike Troubadours are sometimes lumped into the Red Dirt genre. That might be true courtesy of their location — they’re from Oklahoma – but I think it falls a little short, too. I hear hints of bluegrass and pop country in their sound. You can hear for yourself Thursday (Nov. 21) at George’s Majestic Lounge.
The group has been gaining attention over the last few years. They played at Harvest Festival, and their most recent album, “Goodbye Normal Street,” debuted just outside the Billboard Top 50, which chronicles the best selling albums in America.
The band’s show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17.
November 19th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Here’s something you ought to know: We try to post something new and interesting about the Northwest Arkansas music scene at least five times per week. Sometimes, it’s daily. Sometimes it’s a little less, but it’s always close to that.
Always, it relates to happenings here in Northwest Arkansas. You can always get your national music news elsewhere.
But we’re at the time of the year where those local items are always a little harder to come by — it’s past patio season, and many folks are turning their eyes toward the holidays and consequently, there aren’t as many local gigs happening right now.
So, the forum is yours. Make sure you’re sending in notices to assistant features editor Kevin Kinder (that’s me). Tell me about your band’s new record, your gig somewhere in the area or coverage ideas you have for the Northwest Arkansas music scene.