by Robert Bell
BLACK OAK ARKANSAS
9 p.m. Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
Over the course of four decades, somewhere around 50 souls have passed through the ranks of Black Oak Arkansas. But there has been one constant, and that of course, is front man Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, who is widely considered the prototype for such raunch-tastic Wildman lead singers as David Lee Roth.
Nowadays, like many rockers of his vintage, Dandy's stage presence is a bit more subdued than it was in the heyday of the '70s. But there's no denying the group's legacy in the history of not just Arkansas acts, but Southern rock as a whole. These days, though they might not be playing the same size venues as their contemporaries in Skynyrd or The Allmans, Black Oak is nonetheless one of the originals of the genre, still at it.