Friday’s Music

Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition.

Giving you the music a day early:

Jimbo Mathus is the wild man of Mississippi music, an artist born in the Mississippi Delta who recreates his roots in his music. The former member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers returns to Little Rock as Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition play White Water Tavern. The music starts around 10 p.m. The outfit — Matt “Pizzle” Pierce on guitar, Justin Showah on bass, Eric Carlton on keyboards and Austin Marshall on drums — create interplanetary honky-tonk, roots music founded on Southern rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, gospel and soul. Mathus and company released Knockdown South in 2005 and followed it up with his sophomore album, Jimmy the Kid, a collection of what Mathus describes as “Mississippi music.”

The “Iron Man” of Arkansas blues Michael Burks uses his guitar to split the sky and make it cry with piercing, soulful, electric Delta blues. Although he was born in the land of bratwurst and beer in Milwaukee, Burks grew up in Arkansas, learning the blues from his bluesmen father and grandfather. A guitar player since the age of 2, Burks was a member of the house band at the Bradley Ferry Country Club juke joint on the outskirts of Camden for six and a half years. Burks issued his debut album in 1997, following it up with a series of albums showcasing his blues guitar playing and earning multiple Handy Awards nominees in the last 10 years. Burks comes to Stickyz, and the 21-and-up show gets going at 9 p.m. with cover $10.

Montrose native Ben Coulter has played his independent minded, singer/songwriter rooted country music in a number of venues, including recent gigs at Denton’s Trotline and even El Chico. But for a full band show Ben Coulter & The Delta Outlaws will appear at Vino’s with the music starting around 9 p.m. Cover is $6. No word on the opener. Known for playing more than 125 shows a year, Coulter’s voice is smooth and his music the raw country that recalls the Delta blues in places.

North Little Rock band Rwake bring their black metal with a heavy dose of Southern rock music to Downtown Music, headlining a night of Mid-South metal with Fayetteville death metal band Vore and Memphis melodic black metal band Epoch of Unlight. The music starts at 8 p.m. with cover $7.

Here’s Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition in action with their “Who’ll Sop My Gravy”: