Giving you the music a day early:
Revolution Music Room rings in the new year with a visit from an old friend: Hayes Carll. The Texas-bred but Arkansas-educated (Hendrix College) Americana singer/songwriter’s hilariously heartbroken “She Left Me For Jesus” from his 2008 Lost Highway Records release Trouble in Mind won the Americana Music Association Song of the Year award, and Trouble in Mind appeared on several best-of lists at the end of 2008. The album — and Carll’s music — is filled with dusty tunes of whiskey drinking and drawling heartbreaking hymns of good country music flavored with rock ‘n’ roll rhythms and folk storytelling. And Carll — influenced by the greats of Texas music such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark — is currently preparing for the release of his next Lost Highway recording in 2011. The show gets going at 9:30 p.m. with tickets $20 for the 18-and-up night. The opening acts are Memphis urban folk artist Grace Askew and Oklahoma bluesy folk artist Travis Linville.
Two of Little Rock’s most well-established dance parties are joining forces, ringing in the new year with an event simply titled Together at Juanita’s. Cybertribe and Cool Shoes present a collection of the state’s best DJs with Wolf-E-Wolf, Sleepy Genius, Justin Sane, Sleek, Cameron Holifield, Ewell, Paul Grass and Risky Biz. The show gets going at 8:30 p.m. with doors opening at 8 p.m., and continues till 2 a.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door for regular admission, and $25 in advance and $30 at the door for VIP admission.
Music lovers of all ages are welcomed to Vino’s for the institution’s All Ages New Year’s Eve Bash, featuring Old News, The Perimeter, Safe to Shore and more acts. The party, including some of the state’s best up-and-coming talent, begins at 8 p.m. with cover only $5. The night will also include drunk specials for the adults.
Flying Saucer is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party, featuring the music of Nevertrain, a local rock ‘n’ roll outfit that blends rock, blues and country for one heck of a good time. Beyond the champagne toast at midnight, the night includes an iPad giveaway, with each person in the door having an opportunity to win. Doors open at 7 p.m. with admission $10 for U.F.O. Club members and $15 for non-members. Reservations are available for $50 per table.
The Peabody is ending the old year with its special New Year’s Eve Party. Kicking off at 8 p.m. and going on until 2 a.m., the night includes a wide selection of metro music greats all over the downtown hotel, including DJs Tre’ Day and G-Force in the lobby; cover bands CRISIS and Tragikly White or jazz trumpeter Rodney Block in one of the hotel’s ballrooms; and Wine & Roses in Mallards Bar. Besides the music, there will be a light show, balloon drop and midnight champagne toast. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the hotel gift shop for $45 or at the door the night of the party for $55.
Here’s Hayes Carll with his “She Left Me For Jesus”: