Giving you the music a day early:
Little Rock’s best honky tonk outfit, The Salty Dogs — singer and guitar player Brad Williams, guitar and pedal steel player Nick Devlin, bass player Brent LaBeau and drummer Bart Angel — spent the summer of 2009 recording their new album, Brand New Reason, and the eight-track record, available from Max Recordings, is ready for its release party at White Water Tavern. Expect rural-living ballads, Bakersfield country and Texas swing along with rock ‘n’ roll rave ups when the band takes the stage. The punkabilly-infused rock ‘n’ roll of Go Fast (which includes LaBeau on bass) will kick off the night at 9:30 p.m. The new album is The Salty Dog’s third album, following 2004’s The Salty Dogs and Friends, and 2007’s Autoharpoon.
Ben Shea was formerly known as the frontman and guitar player of the Hattiesburg, Miss., two piece Dark Knights of Camelot, a duo who alternated between sludgy stoner rock and full-throttle grunge. But since the end of Dark Knights in late 2009, Shea has focused on more personal tales, although tales still rooted in psychedelic rock, grunge and pop, and released the solo album Red Sunshine, a collection of tunes recorded over six months but written over a five-year period. Shea will visit Juanita’s along with Alabama indie rock outfit Baak Gwai with their punchy, guitar-rock tunes such as “Alabamsterdam.” Also on the bill is the darkly colored folk rock of Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass with the music beginning at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show.
The free-spirited, rock ‘n’ roll jamband known as FreeVerse is promising a second full length album to be released some time in early 2010, but before the new album drops, the band, who also incorporate jazz and funk into their musical brew, visit Cajun’s Wharf. FreeVerse takes the stage at 9 p.m.
Here’s a shot of The Salty Dogs doing their country thing on AETN Presents with “Oversize Load”: