Last Night: Those Darlins | Rock Candy

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Last Night: Those Darlins

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 1:46 PM

click to enlarge unknown.jpg

Not at White Water.

Those Darlins
March 15, White Water Tavern.

Those Darlins, the fearsome girl trio hailing from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, opened their set last night with a smirk, as lead guitarist Kelly Darlin pranced around the stage with the sexual composure of Jeannie C. Riley making a television appearance. But before we had a chance to feel like we were stuck in a tourist revue in downtown Nashville, the Darlins howled and shredded with the abandon of Wanda Jackson in a pair of ripped-up stockings.

The girls are all accomplished enough guitarists, regularly swapping around Epiphones, Telecasters and a Hofner bass. But towering blonde lead guitarist Kelly outshone her mates, with occasional stage antics reminiscent of Dwight Yoakam or other hammy country greats -- I'm speaking of that move, in particular, where they hold up a guitar like it's going to punctuate their sentence.

Their set ranged from country-pop anthems to an obligatory instrumental rockabilly number. They dedicated a song, "to all the cowboys out there," and spun off a snappy cover of Velvet Underground's "Lonesome Cowboy Bill." Everyone got sweaty when it came time for an oversexed version of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates' "Shakin' All Over," which found the band running around the stage and sprawling themselves every which away as if throwing a tantrum.

Despite being on their way to Austin to play five exhausting showcases (and I was assured this was an easy feat compared to last year's seven), the girls played like we needed to be impressed, and generally tore shit up. Since they've been through Little Rock before, and it's SXSW week, thankfully the crowd was pretty hearty for a Monday night, and it should always be. The rapture of Those Darlins commands it. 

-Natalie Elliott

Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Lindsey Millar

  • The Midterm Recap Edition

    Midterm election results, ballot initiatives and the emergence of Baker Kurrus in the Little Rock mayoral race — all covered on this week's podcast.
    • May 25, 2018
  • The Dark Money Edition

    The coming primary and judicial elections, especially the dark money flowing into a race for an Arkansas Supreme Court position; also Leslie Rutledge and the ballot initiative process and the Razorbacks and War Memorial.
    • May 18, 2018
  • The Leslie Rutledge Sovereign Immunity Trap Edition

    The Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District, sovereign immunity and Leslie Rutledge and the Little Rock mayoral race — all covered on this week's podcast.
    • May 11, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Coming Monday: Little Rock Black Restaurant Week

    MoTown Monday is Ceci's Chicken and Waffles. Tasty Tuesday is Sims BBQ and Brewster's Soul Food Cafe. Wing Wednesday is Chicken King and Chicken Wangs. Soul Food Thursday is Lindsey's BBQ and Hospitality House and Food Truck Festival Friday is @station801. It's the first Black Restaurant Week.
    • Mar 8, 2017
  • New music from Isaac Alexander

    New music from Isaac Alexander.
    • Jul 14, 2017
  • No Small Talk Ep. 8: Katy Henriksen, Springs Arts preview

    A packed episode this week of "No Small Talk": a chat with Katy Henriksen, from Of Note on KUAF; Stephanie Smittle breaks down the Spring Arts issue; and we finish up with just a tiny bit of Oscar chatter.
    • Mar 9, 2018

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation