by Robert Bell
WHITE WATER TAVERN HOLIDAY HANGOUT
8 p.m. White Water Tavern. $15.
The genesis of this event was as a celebration of Last Chance Records founder Travis Hill's birthday. But it's grown into a three-day blowout that's as much a gift for everyone else in the roots/Americana music community as it is one for Hill himself.
Hill has joined forces with the White Water Tavern and Mary Chamberlin's Tree of Knowledge distribution for this bonanza of barroom country rock.
It starts off Friday with singer/songwriter Austin Lucas, Memphis rock 'n' rollers John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives, Texas rabble-rousers Slobberbone, Ohio cow-punkers Two Cow Garage, and the soulful country rock of Tennessee's Glossary.
Saturday will see an acoustic in-store performance at Arkansas Record & CD Exchange from Lucas, Brent Best of Slobberbone, Jason Kutchma of Red Collar and Joey and Kelly Kneiser of Glossary. That night's lineup includes Little Rock's finest, Kevin Kerby, with Kutchma, Two Cow Garage, Glossary and Slobberbone again, and a high likelihood of an all-hands-on-deck jam session with all those folks.
Sunday sees the welcome return of the "Breakfast, Books & Booze" brunch book and record sale. That starts at noon and there's no cover 'til after 5 p.m., when there'll be acoustic music from Iron Tongue, Andy Warr, Bonnie Montgomery, Adam Faucett, Joshua of Velvet Kente, Shane Sweeney, Micah Schnabel, John Moreland and Cory Branan.
Oh, and if all that weren't enough, Jonathan Wilkins will be satisfying your hunger for delicious food from the kitchen with a variety of specials that I'm told will include barbecue, catfish and grits and a big birthday cake.