Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans
Though he made his acting debut playing his famous father, Waylon Jennings, in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” last year, make no mistake about Shooter Jennings — it’s all about music for him, and he has no plans for thespian pursuits.
“It was cool playing my father, but it was weird; I’m no actor,” he said.
Jennings will be doing what he loves to do best — playing and singing country music — at Sticky Fingerz on Thursday, March 30. He’s promoting his new album, “Electric Rodeo,” due out April 4.
Jennings’ genes are prime for the genre — he’s also the son of Jessi Coulter — and his sound comes straight from his folks’ outlaw-country influence, though there’s an undeniable classic rock twist to it.
“I love the rock music of the ’70s, like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath,” Jennings said. “I keep it country, but there’s definitely some influence from there.
“I was in a rock band [Stargunn] a couple of years back, but country is where I’m at, and doing it was a natural progression, sort of like coming full circle.”
His website lists a constant touring schedule. “I basically grew up on the road, and I am completely comfortable in the gypsy lifestyle,” Jennings said. What better way for a real-life country boy to survive?
Jennings debuted with the album “Put the ‘O’ Back In Country,” and his sophomore release was “Electric Rodeo.”
Southern Bitch will open Thursday’s show at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
Watch out for the four horsemen on Wednesday, April 5, at Downtown Music on West Capitol Avenue. The lineup could spark the apocalypse: the California-based doomsday-style metal of High On Fire, along with Louisiana’s Goatwhore and Watch Them Die. Opening it all up will be Fayetteville guys Shitfire, who have a well-deserved seat on the hillbilly-stoner metal scene, though we wish they had a name better suited to their talent. Make sure to request the uber-sludgy “Catapult.”
The show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $12.
A rare treat is in store at Cornerstone Deli and Pub on Friday, March 31, with the appealing Ho-Hum and Hot Springs native Jason Morphew.
Morphew high-tailed it to the West Coast after catching the attention of some major music labels (and graduating from Yale). He’s an old-fashioned acoustic rock balladeer whose music arises from his hauntingly beautiful, descriptive poetry — he is the poetic protege of Miller Williams, a celebrated former U.S. poet laureate and a professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Morphew’s body of work skates over multiple types of rock: There’s not much he can’t or won’t do musically, and he can go all-out with catchy-but-not-manufactured pop rock, as on his last album, “The Duke of Arkansas.” He has also scored films, including “Niagara! Niagara!” and, more recently, an independent film titled “Runaway.”
The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $7.
The Built To Spill show that was set for Friday, April 21, at Vino’s has been canceled. The Vino’s web site says they will reschedule in the fall. Refunds on previously purchased tickets are available through www.musictoday.com.
But never mind who you can’t see at the club: There are a few good shows to catch this weekend.
Friday features an evening of metalcore/experimental and guitar shredding with Dreading Sundown (from Hot Springs) opening for the St. Louis-based screamo band Kill the Excuse (8:30 p.m., $7 cover).
Lucious Spiller is one of the most talented products of our state, and nobody covers Prince better, except perhaps Prince himself. Spiller’s knowledge of blues, soul and pop is head-spinningly vast, and he’s working on a new CD. His version of Hall and Oates’ “Sara Smile” would melt the heart of a Nome King.
Spiller’s next appearance is at the Press Box on Friday (10 p.m.), and then he’ll be at Cajun’s Wharf on Thursday, April 4 (8 p.m.). Admission to either show is $5.
Lions, who represent the long-haired, seedier part of South Austin, Texas, will appear Tuesday, April 4, at the White Water Tavern, 7th and Thayer streets. The group’s debut release — a sweaty, stoner hard rock record, entitled “Volume 1” — was recently released.
Austin band Crawling With Kings, who we wrote about last week, will be at White Water Tavern on Wednesday, April 5, as part of a spring tour supporting its second record, “Regarding Your Request for Closure.” The record was co-produced by Erik Wofford (My Morning Jacket, The Black Angels).
Admission is $5 for either show.
American Princes will have their CD release show on Thursday, March 30, at Juanita’s in celebration of their new Yep Roc label release, “Less And Less.” Also appearing will be The Good Fear and Tin Fire Radio. Admission is $7 for 18 and up.
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