Thursday’s Music


Bleu Edmondson.

Giving you the music a day early:

It has been almost a year since Bleu Edmondson released his The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be, but the Texas country artist who mixes in a little soul and country rock into his sound is still on the road promoting the album, including a stop at Juanita’s. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $12 day of. No word on an opening act. The New Braunfels’ resident is known for his Southern-fried country rock, but The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be shows a more personal side. The result is an album for saints and sinners; a few roots rockers such as “Riot Night” and a few reflective ballads.

Justin Moore was the first country star from Arkansas in a while, but it looks like others are following in his footsteps, including northern Arkansas’ Matthew Huff. Huff is making a name for himself with a couple of tunes country music radio is taking notice of: “Back Again” and “As Time Goes By.” Influenced by country vocal groups such as Little Texas, Huff’s music take a little bit from those influences but is probably closer to Keith Urban country — with a mixture of rock power and country ballads. Huff comes to the Rev Room with Aaron Owens Band opening the show at 8 p.m. with their “in-your-face country.” Cover for the all-ages show is $10.

The Arkansas-stamped bluegrass of The Cleverlys has its roots in the Ozarks near Cane Spur. The family worked hard in the day, raising tobacco, but plucked, fiddled and sang in the evening and on the weekends, playing gigs as The Cleverly Trio. Years later, the band is known as The Cleverlys and the children of the family have taken over the band. And the sound? More modern day, as The Cleverlys are as likely to cover Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” as play an bluegrass standard. The Cleverlys come to Stickyz for a night of fun and darn-good bluegrass. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 21-and-up show.

Fresh off selling out Billy Bob’s Texas, the Texas country band based out of Burleson, Casey Donahew Band, comes to the University of Central Arkansas‘ Mudstock Fields, headlining a night of country rock. The band’s new album Double-Wide Dream drops Oct. 25 so expect new tunes along with Texas country chart-toppers such as “Let Me Love You” or “Ramblin’ Kind,” a romping rhythm fueled by blues guitar and fiddle. Joining the band will be Fayetteville’s Matt Stell & The Crashers with their introspective country, high-energy rock and Americana ballads, and up-and-coming country music singer/songwriter Brent Cobb, who appeared at Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown in North Little Rock back in June. Presented by Sigma Tau Gamma, the gates open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Here’s Bleu Edmondson with his “Southland”: