- TRADITION: Acoustic Anderson.
In a show almost as traditional as Christmas itself, lauded finger-style guitarist Muriel Anderson will perform at Acoustic Sounds Cafe on Friday, Dec. 9.
Anderson, a Houston native who was a student of Chet Atkins, has released a new album, “Wildcat.” She also has a classic Christmas CD that the regular Acoustic Sounds crowd loves, and Anderson always draws a large crowd for her appearances here.
Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for students. The show is non-smoking and alcohol-free. Acoustic Sounds Cafe is in the Second Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Pleasant Valley Drive and Cantrell Road.
Besides performing beautifully crafted solo shows, Anderson also teaches sought-out classes. On Saturday, Dec. 10, she will be teaching from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., in Room 161 at the UALR Fine Arts Building. It’s free for UALR students and $25 for non-students.
A couple of Memphis acts are booked into Downtown Music on Saturday, Dec. 10. A “new-age” country act (as described by the guys at the club) with the curious and slightly twisted name Josephus and the George Jonestown Massacre, will be the headliner. Influenced by the late Johnny Cash, the band has a dark and ethereal approach to country music, which matches its strange name.
Opening act Organ Thief, whose members describe themselves as “Parliament meets Talking Heads,” has recently released the album “Orphan Teeth.” The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m., with admission $5.
Sticky Fingerz digs this weekend into the musically fertile soil of North Mississippi with blues and Southern rock outfit Shady Deal playing on Friday, Dec. 9. The Oxford, Miss., natives have an album titled “The Lift,” which was produced by the legendary Jim Dickinson and released in 2004. Group members include Jesse Hammock on vocals and rhythm guitar, James Pendley on keys and vocals, Austin Marshall on drums, Jake Curtis on lead guitar and Mason Watkins on bass.
Sharing the bill is Norman, Okla.-based Hosty Duo (Mike Hosty and Mike Myers), a regular Sticky Fingerz act. Myers keeps the beat and Hosty does everything else with blues, hick-hop and country, all delivered with a sense of humor, especially in songs like “Chewbacca” and “Dishwasher Blues.” They are a perfect mix of the style of Ry Cooder, Spaghetti Westerns and deep-blues intelligent rock. The show starts at 9:30 p.m., and admission is $5.
Vicksburg, Miss., native Patrick Smith brings in the funk with a North Mississippi flavor and a tooting horn section on Saturday, Dec. 10. Smith, a self-taught keyboardist, has a circle of musical friends in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jimbo Mathus and the North Mississippi Allstars, all of whom he has toured and recorded with. Smith’s show start at 9 p.m. with no opening act. Admission is $5.
They’re back: We hadn’t heard from Jacksonville-based hard- and indie-rock group Reverend Appleby in a while, so we were happy to see the band on the Wednesday, Dec. 14, roster at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom, along with Satchel Boogie, Third Degree and Gunderson. We like the Reverend’s rock style with strong vocals by Daniel Robertson and the frenetic guitar work of Bobby Appleby.
Reverend Appleby also will make an appearance at the Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis at 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, along with Gunderson.
Cajun’s Wharf brings in its popular act Elvis T. Busboy and the Blues Butchers on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 8-9. There’s nothing to do with Presley for the blues-rock group, except maybe for the lead singer’s semi-pompadour, but the group is popular among Cajun’s regulars. Among the group’s members is keyboardist Tim Alexander, formerly of Asleep at the Wheel. Admission is $5.
One of our favorite musicians, Shannon Boshears, will be at Cajun’s on Saturday, Dec. 10, with her band starting at 8:30 p.m. Boshears has a CD out, entitled, tongue-in-cheekly, “chicksinger.” Cover is $5.