Now, to next week. At 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, once again at Sticky
Fingerz, we move to round four, featuring …
Ryan Couron Two years running, we've got a could-be
country star in the Showcase (last year, you'll remember Nik and Sam).
Little Rock's Couron has lately been in contact with Nashville, hosting
some label folks here not too long ago and headed to Nashville in March
for another meet-and-greet. The 23-year-old, who says he's been at it
for six or seven years, sounds radio ready on his debut, “Play What I
Feel Like,” which includes unsubtle but convincing songs like “Huntin'
and Fishin'.” Another of the few Showcase acts who play music for a
living, Couron comes to us a night before he plays Denton's Trotline in
Benton. You can also see him regularly at Grumpy's, The Underground Pub,
and Fox and the Hound.
Iron Tongue This new throwback metal act doesn't make
sense on paper. You've got producer Jason Tedford (guitar), who most
memorably played bass for pop-rock heroes Ashtray Babyhead. And Stan
James (drums) and Mark Chiaro (guitar), both of the
blues-and-Southern-rockin' Jeff Coleman and the Feeders. Then, there's
Reid Raley (bass), of Fayetteville metal act Deadbird and CT (vocals) of
Southern sludge gods Rwake. Together, they channel Sabbath, Motorhead
and maybe a little Molly Hatchet. Look for a split vinyl EP in the near
future and a full length in the summer. In the meantime, for Thursday's
show, bring your earplugs, Tedford warns.
Outstanding Red Team Perhaps the newest band in the
Showcase, this rock outfit features Loch Ness Monster vets “Scottish”
Brian Hirrel (guitar, lead vocals) and Jimmy Young (bass), San Antokyo's
Slaughterhouse (guitar) and Jesse King (drums). Everyone but the
drummer sings. Look for an EP soon with a full-length to follow. Like
the band's name, the latter's songs might all be named for “Apocalypse
Now” references, according to Hirrel.
Underclaire One of Central Arkansas's most active
bands, Underclaire comes to the Showcase after more than a decade
together as a band. Fresh off the release of its third album, “Making
Sky,” recorded with Little Rock's Barry Poynter, the quartet of Bryan
Baker (drums), Rob Brackett (bass), Edison DeLeon (guitar) and Mike
Mullins (guitar and vocals) brings an anthemic brand of modern rock to
the stage. Listen, too, for lyrics that bleed from song to song. “Making
Sky” is a song-cycle about fraternal twins, with relationship problems,
a suicide and a killing spree central to their story.
Read Rock Candy online (arktimes.com/blogs/rockcandy) for more on
the Showcase, including song samples, audio, video and post-show
UPCOMING SHOWCASE SCHEDULE
Feb. 25: Stella Fancy, Big Boots.
March 5: Bobby, Elise Davis, Brother Andy & His Big