by Robert Bell
JIMBO MATHUS AND THE TRI-STATE COALITION
10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $10.
The Mississippi Renaissance man Jimbo Mathus writes and performs the type of tunes that have been described as "catfish music for the masses." Now as you can probably imagine, the Arkansas Times is going to be into something like that. We're pretty populist, we love catfish (we've got one as our mascot) and we dig music. Add it all up and it does indeed sound something like Mathus: It's familiar, Southern, steeped in tradition yet beholden to no one.
An aside: Do you think Mathus has ever been to The Lassis Inn? If not, one of ya'll should take him there. I'm being serious now. I know Mississippi's got some good catfish over there, but Lassis is undeniable. If you can't find anyone else to take him to get lunch there, I'll go. I've got my own car. I'm at: 501-375-2985. Ask for "Robert."
After the jump, check out "Shady Dealin,'" and keep your ears peeled for that nod to watching the doggies over at West Memphis. Also, check out the video for a Kickstarter that Mathus has going to help with producing his next album, "White Buffalo." They're more than half way to their goal.