Giving you the music a day early:
Big Smith, the Springfield, Mo., band composed of five cousins and one, fiddle-playing non-cousin, earlier this year released their first studio album of original material since 2000′s Big Rock, titled Roots, Shoots and Wings, a 16-track collection of the band’s modern take on hillbilly music. To celebrate — and play — the new music, Big Smith is hitting the road, including a return to Revolution Music Room. Big Smith is simply an Ozark-Mountains powered, musical hootenanny of explosive bluegrass music mingled with country, rock ‘n’ roll and folk. The opening act is only promised as special guests, with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. and cover $8 for the 18-and-up night of music.
The Voices for Justice concert will be held at Robinson Center Music Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Thompson Murray and representatives from Arkansas Take Action will present new video messages from Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley along with special acoustic performances by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. Tickets are $26.75.
Mulehead returns to White Water Tavern on Saturday night. The Saturday night will feature a special guest as opening act at 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 with any remaining tickets $12 day of show. Advance tickets are available through www.lastchancerecords.com. Expect the Arkansas-stamped alt country outfit Mulehead to rock through about 30 tunes over the two nights, including five from The Gospel Accordion II, 11 from Rocket Surgery and six from Finer Thing along with covers, including The Who’s “Squeeze Box.”
Here’s Big Smith with their “Got Nobody”: