Giving you the music a day early:
Young country artist Hunter Hayes released his self-titled, major-label debut on Atlantic Records Nashville last month. The album hit the Top 10 of the country charts, mainly on the strength of the first single “Storm Warning,” which hit the country Top 40. A Louisiana native, KSSN 96 presents Hayes at Juanita’s as part of Hayes’ Most Wanted Fall Tour. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. Cover is only $5. It’s an opportunity to see a country superstar in the making as Hayes has written tunes for Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry, toured with superstar Taylor Swift, played the Late Show with David Letterman and made his Grand Old Opry debut — all in the last year and all before the age of 21.
Texas-born Americana singer/songwriter Adam Carroll is known for his down-home stories about ordinary people over his intricate guitar picking. It’s a combination that has made him well-loved and respected, and has earned him comparisons to songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. Owen Temple is an Austin-based singer-songwriter who is known for his narrative folk tunes that are genuine, such as the collection of tunes found on his new album Mountain Home. So, yes, Temple, too, is sometimes compared to Van Zandt and Prine. Both masterful singer/songwriters come to White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9 p.m.
The Little Rock Folk Club welcomes renown Scottish folk revivalist singer and guitarist Ed Miller. Originally from Edinburgh, Miller now resides in Austin, Texas, but returns hone each year for his Folksong Tour of Scotland and most recently recorded 16 of Robert Burns’ tunes as a tribute to the national bard of Scotland. The Little Rock Folk Club is hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock in the church’s Thomson Hall with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students, and free of children 11 and under.
Singer/songwriter Roger Creager has spent more than a decade spreading his rocking version of Texas country, a version he brings to Stickyz that is built on his stories of late-night trips to Mexico and his wild, honky-tonk live image — an image learned from watching Jerry Jeff Walker and Robert Earl Keen. Expect a night of real country tales and rabble-rousing music, including Creager’s signature tune “The Everclear Song.” Creager’s new album Surrender will be released in January. The opening act is Matt Stell & the Crashers, with their introspective country, high-energy rock and Americana ballads, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 21-and-up show.
First Baptist Chemical calls Walnut Hill home, and describes their sound as “Doug Sahm meets Fleetwood Mac, Sly and the Family Stone and DJ Shadow,” or something called bumpkin folk/Afro-beat. Just know this about the group: its members include Ho-Hum’s Rod Bryan, Good Time Ramblers’ Alex Piazza and singer/songwriter Helen Davey. First Baptist Chemical is also the first band up at a night of local music at The Town Pump, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Also on the bill is the dance-y garage rock of Booyah! Dad, and the roaring indie rock crossed with smart progressive rock of The Year of the Tiger.
Miles Davis and John Coltrane are two of the biggest names in jazz and all of music for that matter, and one of Little Rock’s best jazz bands — Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers — is paying tribute to the pair with a show at Ferneau. The music starts at 9 p.m. with reserved seats $15 and general admission $10. Joining trumpeter Block and his band of Sam Carroll, Oliver “OT” Thomas and Michael Chandler will be Joshua of Velvet Kente and songtress Dee Davis. Plus, a DJ will be spinning as well.
Here’s Hunter Hayes with his “Storm Warning”: