by Robert Bell
Fayetteville's Damn Arkansan is a relatively young band, but to listen to their full-length debut, you'd think they'd been playing together for much longer. It's clear that Will Eubanks, Chris Fletcher, Caleb Rose and Drew Walls have listened carefully and often to the Great Americana/Roots Rock/Folk Catalog.
They've absorbed the work of The Band, The Dead, Bob 'n' Neil, "Sweetheart of the Rodeo"-era Byrds and more recent acts like Wilco and Old 97s.
Check out the track "Hard to Sleep," which boasts some deft fingerpicking, swell pedal steel, stacked harmonies, with a propulsive rhythm and charmingly unaffected vocals. Long about the middle of the song, the tempo picks up and the harmonica joins in, recalling prime mid- to late-'60s Dylan.