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Tue, 11-25-14


CHASE BRYANT

Opening Act:
ELISE DAVIS

Show Time: 8:30 pm

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Age:
All Ages

Ticket Price:
$7

Music defines Chase Bryant. At
every level and in often
unexpected ways, his truths are
expressed in melody, lyrics, hooks
and sounds … but his reality
goes even deeper than that.
Bryant’s heritage is defined by
music. His upbringing, his craft,
his inspiration and his obsessions
are all centered in the same –
which is good – because there’s no
other way to explain how a 21-
year-old Texan could already be a
top-flight guitar player, head-
turning songwriter, RED BOW
recording artist and co-producer
of his debut album.

Bryant focuses his muse on the
commonalities people share. “We
all have a destination,” he says.
“We all have dreams we want to
follow. I’m no different than
anybody else, I just sing about
it. It’s my job to put the party
on and give people a good reason
to have fun.” And that he does,
whether it’s in the soaring groove
of “Summertime Saturday High,” the
sparkling “Fire,” unabashed
romanticism of “Change Your Name”
or the vocally-charged, guitar-
shredding debut single “Take It On
Back.”

Raised in Orange Grove, TX (pop.
1,200), Bryant’s grandfather
played piano in Roy Orbison’s
first two bands and, later, for
Waylon Jennings. His uncles co-
founded the group Ricochet, which
had several hits in the ’90s.
“From the time I was a kid, the
only thing I wanted to do was play
music,” he says.

“I was two or three years old and
heard Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Lewis
Boogie’ come on my grandfather’s
record player. I remember hearing
him say, ‘My name is Jerry Lee
Lewis and I’m from Louisiana’ …
and I had an identity crisis! I
thought I was Jerry Lee and would
walk around saying that. In
school, I was the odd kid. There
were 20 guitars in town and I
owned all of them.”

Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Tom
Petty, Vince Gill, Bob Wills,
Steve Wariner, Bryan Adams and
more were early influences, but a
confluence of releases brought him
to a turning point. “Keith Urban’s
Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing
and records by Sarah Buxton and
Jedd Hughes did it,” he says. “I
knew I wanted to play mainstream
country – I always knew. But those
records told me that I could be
that and still write guitar riffs
that would stick in somebody’s
head.”

“I never wanted to be anybody
else,” he says. “My grandfather
always told me ‘you can’t be good
at being anybody else. You can
only be good at being yourself.’ ”

Songwriting was an integral part
of his development. “It goes back,
of course, to getting my heart
broken in school,” he says. “Some
girl broke up with me – I may have
been 11 or 12, and I just wrote it
down. I was never great at
reading, but I liked words,
phrases and sentences. The only
way I knew to let people know me
is through writing. I’d just look
at my life, grab some paper and
put it down.

“The other thing I’d do is have
melodies playing in my head.
Something would pop up and I’d
just go, ‘There it is.’ ”
Encouraged by his parents,
particularly his school-teacher
mother, he graduated early and
moved west. “All I wanted to do
was play music and Los Angeles was
my first attempt,” Bryant says.
“Somebody asked me to go out there
and write for this little company
and I took the first flight. The
dream was that simple, but you
can’t stop before the miracle
happens. You have to keep going.
And I feel like it was a miracle
just making it out of Orange
Grove. I loved L.A., but Nashville
is where I wanted to come. I
probably wrote 400 lousy songs
before I wrote my first good one.
But one good one was enough to get
Nashville managers, pluggers and
publishers on board.”

Because of his Roy Orbison
connection, someone suggested a
meeting with Roy’s widow, the late
Barbara Orbison, a prominent
Nashville publisher, who signed
Bryant on the spot, making him her
final signing before she passed.

That road led Bryant to BBR Music
Group imprint Red Bow Records, to
which he signed in August 2013.
During one early meeting, Founder
Benny Brown, notoriously picky
about working with producers,
surprised Bryant. “He’d listen to
my demos and say, ‘Where did you
cut that?’ or ‘Who produced that?’
And I’d always say, ‘In my closet.
Cut it myself. Played it myself.’
Benny trusted me enough to co-
produce with Derek George (Randy
Houser, Joe Nichols). He gave me
the reins, which was something I
always wanted.”

Brown’s confidence was noteworthy
if for no other reason than the
fact that Bryant is completely
self-taught as a producer. “There
were no studios in Orange Grove,”
Bryant explains. “My parents took
me to a Guitar Center and let me
get what I needed. From there, I
started building little tracks
that I would listen to in the car
and compare with what I heard on
the radio. I taught myself how to
make stuff sound bigger and
better.”

Despite being on the cusp of
exceptional achievement for
someone so young (having recently
been named one of “The Best Things
We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2014” by
Rolling Stone) Bryant sees little
difference between himself and the
audience. “We’re all fans,” he
says. “We’re all friends. And the
music is our connection. To me,
it’s a lifelong relationship and
we’ll all get where we’re going
together. That’s the beauty of
music. This is the first chapter
of my book, and I think people
will find it defines where they’re
at just as much as it defines
where I’m at — because we’re the
same – I’m just the guy with the
guitar. If I wasn’t, I’d be the
guy on the front row with his arm
around his girl raising a glass to
the guy onstage. No question. It’s
just who I am. Music is
everything.”

Sat, 11-29-14


NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS

Opening Act:
TBA

Show Time: 9:00 pm

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Age:
18 +

Ticket Price:
$20

The North Mississippi Allstars
have extensively toured with
Robert Plant and the Band of Joy —
capping off a long list of
milestones for this barn-burning
trio from just south of Memphis.
The list includes everything from
a Blues Music Award for Best New
Artist Debut a decade ago to
multiple Grammy nominations. Now,
the guys are back on the road, and
we’re thrilled to have them back
at Rev Room!

If you like: Gov’t Mule, JJ Grey &
Mofro, Robert Randolph & The
Family Band, The Chris Robinson
Brotherhood

Thu, 12-04-14


FINGERS OF MAGIC 2014

Opening Act:
RODNEY CUMMINGS & MANY MORE TBA

Show Time: 8:30 pm

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Age:
18 +

Ticket Price:
$10/$5 w/college ID

Get ready for the best keys
players that Arkansas has on full
display on December 4th at THE REV
ROOM!! This will be a great show
for you and the family and friends
to see and enjoy.
Drummerboyinfinity prides itself
on producing the best shows and
worth every penny that you spendto
see them! This show will also
benefit the homeless so we are
asking everyone that can, bring
clothes that you don’t wear
anymore (sweaters, coats, ect) so
that those who have no where to
call shelter can at least stay
warm. This show will be a very
special night of music for
everyone! $5 for College students,
$10 presale General admission, $20
VIP PASSES and Reserved Tables at
501-548-5811.

Fri, 12-05-14


6th ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS PARTY

Opening Act:
BURNING ADDISON / FLAMEING DAETH FEARIES / STELLA LUSS / G-FORCE

Show Time: 8:00 pm

Age:
All Ages

Ticket Price:
$10/$5 w/new unwrapped to

It’s that time of the year again.
Time to help the children have a
great Christmas. On Friday,
December 5th, 2014 in the Little
Rock’s River Market, the World
Famous Rev Room will be hosting
the Annual Toys for Tots Christmas
Party. Santa will be there with
some amazing door prizes! The last
5 years the turnout and the toy
donations were amazing. We hope to
do even better this year. Doors
for the concert are at 7:00 and
the music starts at 8:00. Come
early and support the bands and
the event. If you cannot attended
the concert, you can drop your
toys off at the Revolution complex
on December 1 through 5.

Sat, 12-20-14


LUCERO

Opening Act:
Mighty Soul Brass Band

Show Time: 8:30 pm

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Age:
18 +

Ticket Price:
$21 Advance / $26 day of

It’s the LUCERO 2014 Holiday Show! A
portion of ticket proceeds will be
donated to Little Rock’s CARTI Cancer
Research and Hospice.

Fri, 12-26-14


HAYES CARLL

Opening Act:
BAND OF HEATHENS

Show Time: 9:00 pm

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Age:
18 +

Ticket Price:
$20

Hendrix alum Hayes Carll makes a
much welcome return to the River
Market tonight. The initiated know
what’s in store but for those who
don’t, this is tell it like it is
music for people who might not
normally be into that sort of
thing. Honest, at times humorous
and certainly engaging, a Hayes
Carll show is a show that you
won’t want to miss!

If you like: Ray Wylie Hubbard,
Joe Ely, Billy Joe Shaver, Slaid
Cleaves

Sat, 01-03-15


TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION

Opening Act:
TBA

Show Time: 8:30 pm

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Age:
18 +

Ticket Price:
$12 adv $15 day of show

Rock ‘n’ roll is all about cutting
loose. It’s about throwing back a
few drinks, raising your hands,
banging your head, and living out
loud. Texas Hippie Coalition cook
up the soundtrack to your “good
time” with their fourth full-
length album, Ride On [Carved
Records]. Their countrified blues
riffs simmer with metallic edge,
while each chorus ignites a sing-
a-long. The Texas quartet—Big Dad
Ritch [vocals], John Exall [bass],
Cord Pool [guitar], and Timmy
Braun [drums]—have formally
landed, and they brought the party
with them, in more ways than one.

Nobody describes Texas Hippie
Coalition better than Big Dad
Ritch does. He grins, “It’s like
Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top had a
child, and Pantera ended up
raising it. We’re Red Dirt Metal.
That’s a flag we wave high. There
wasn’t a line formed for us, so I
created a line and jumped to the
front of that bad boy. Ride On is
the best example of what we do.”

In order to cut this big,
bombastic, and ballsy ten-song
collection, the boys retreated
from their native Denison, TX to
Nashville, TN. Hitting the iconic
Sound Kitchen Studios, they teamed
up with Grammy Award-winning
producer Skidd Mills [Skillet,
Saving Abel] for the first time.
Cord had only entered the fold in
2013, but he immediately became an
integral part of the writing and
recording process.

“When we got to Nashville, Cord,
Skidd, and I were writing two or
three songs a day,” Big Dad Ritch
goes on. “We wrote the whole album
pretty fast. Skidd’s a great guy,
and he’s very easy to work with.
My brain fires like lightning.
Once an idea hits my head, I’m off
and running. Skidd kept up with
us. It was one of the fastest
albums I’ve ever put together.”

That urgency carries over to the
album opener “El Diablo Rojo”. The
riff cocks like a shotgun before
breaking into a devilishly catchy
verse. Big Dad Ritch explains,
“When we go down to El Paso, which
we like to call ‘Hell Paso’,
everybody calls me ‘El Diablo
Rojo’. It means ‘Red Devil’. I
always loved that, and I knew it
needed to be on the album.”

Then, there’s “Rock Ain’t Dead”
which begins with a stadium-size
stomp refuting Marilyn Manson’s
old claim “Rock is Dead”. Big Dad
Ritch hilariously contends, “We
wanted to make sure people know
the state of rock music is not
nearly as bad as radio projects it
to be. We needed to let y’all know
rock ‘n’ roll ain’t dead. It’s
just been in rehab. There’s no
need to recover. Let’s all just
stay strung out.”

Crashing between a chunky guitar
wallop and big bass thud, “Fire In
The Hole” immediately explodes on
impact. “With this album, I wanted
to make the world know that not
only do we exist, but we’re here
to take over,” declares the
vocalist. “This is me warning you
that we’re coming out you like an
air raid. We’re here. We’re in
your face. We’re going to bomb
everybody with some THC. That’s
the theme.”

Elsewhere on the record, Texas
Hippie Coalition teamed up with
longtime collaborator the iconic
Bob Marlette [Pink Floyd, Rob
Zombie] to co-write “Bottom of a
Bottle”, “I Am The End”, “Ride
On”, and “Go Pro”. The latter
begins with a clean southern verse
before breaking into a triumphant
bruiser of a refrain. The singer
adds, “It’s a big middle-finger-
in-the-air song. It lets people
know Texas Hippie Coalition isn’t
going anywhere. You’ve got your
champions, but you’re about to get
one more—this band of outlaws.”

At the same time, Big Dad Ritch
lyrically opens up on the pensive
and powerful title track, which
rounds out this roller coaster
ride. Beginning with another
guitar groundswell, it burns into
one final message from the band.
“My dad used to always say ‘Ride
On’,” he continues. “It’s
something special to me. I live by
it. If the Lord gives me a bad
road, I get on my bike and ride it
out. No matter how bad it is, you
can always ride on.”

Texas Hippie Coalition continue
riding high after three critically
acclaimed albums—Pride of Texas
[2008], Rollin [2010], and
Peacemaker [2012], which debuted
in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Top
Hard Rock Albums Chart. They’ve
left crowds drunk, disorderly, and
begging for more everywhere from
Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma
to the Rockstar Energy Mayhem
Festival. Now, they’re coming for
you.

“We’re about swigging the whisky,
smoking the weed, and letting the
women chase us,” Big Dad Ritch
leaves off. “When I first started
this band, I thought, ‘There’s an
appetite for this sort of music.’
Once I got in front of people, I
saw it wasn’t just an appetite. It
was a hunger. The masses are
starving to death for this kind of
music. Who’s eating with me? I’m
serving up some good old Texas
Barbecue known as THC.”

If you like: ZZ Top, Pantera,
Nashville Pussy, Lynard Skynard

Thu, 01-15-15


AARON WATSON

Opening Act:
TBA

Show Time: 8:30 pm

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Age:
18 +

Ticket Price:
$10 adv $15 day of show

Aaron Watson has been through a
lot in his twelve-year career:
eleven albums, the birth of four
children, countless hours on the
road and many more still spent
toiling away at his guitar,
writing songs with Jesus on one
shoulder and the ghost of Waylon
Jennings on the other, making the
country tunes he was born to play.
But a year ago, the music nearly
stopped for this lone star legend
from Amarillo, Texas. Watson and
his wife lost their newest
daughter, Julia Grace, just
shortly after her birth. And this
man, who lives and breathes his
craft, fell silent.

“I thought the last thing I want
to do is make music, to get up
there and sing,” Watson says, his
Texas accent strong and smooth as
molasses. “So I said, ‘God, I
don’t think I can do this. If
music is what you need me to do,
then I need some help. Because I
can’t write a song to save my
life.’ And over the next month I
wrote a record like it was no big
deal – and I think it’s my best
one yet.”

The resulting album is titled Real
Good Time, and it’s testament to
the power of music to lift us out
from our lowest moments and bring
joy and salvation though the wail
of the fiddle, twang of a steel
guitar or note of Watson’s rich
voice. He’d give all the credit to
God, but it’s also the result of a
long career inspired by the greats
of country music – George Strait,
Chris Ledoux, Willie Nelson,
Jennings. His music has formed
into a unique sound that is at
once both purely new, and
representative of a grand,
southern tradition. Because, as
Watson points out, “country music,
real country music, is cool. It’s
the coolest there is.”

Watson’s career has been, as he
would put it, “slow and steady; a
long distance race and not a
sprint.” Though he currently lives
in Abilene, he was raised in
Amarillo (“you can’t get any more
country than that,” he laughs) on
his father’s record collection
that not only included classic
country, but also acts like the
Beach Boys and the Beatles. While
his mother would encourage him to
sing, Watson preferred other
boyish pursuits like baseball,
which he played up until college
where he was derailed by an
injury. It was at Abilene
Christian University where Watson
picked up the guitar and realized
his God-given talent for
songwriting. “Eventually I started
selling records out of my
backpack,” he says, and his crowds
grew from there. It wasn’t an
overnight rise. “We did it the
hard way,” he says with pride. “We
did it the old-school way.”

It was very early on when Watson
learned the importance of fans –
and how much he truly valued them.
“I treat my fans like family, like
royalty,” he says. To this day, no
matter the time or size of the
crowd, he still lingers after a
concert to hug the audience and
shake hands. “I sign anything and
everything they’d like, and there
isn’t one person who leaves the
show thinking I don’t appreciate
them.” And they’ve grown from a
devoted Texas base to followers
across the nation and beyond, even
showing up in droves for concerts
in Europe, which is now becoming a
part of his normal touring
schedule.

Ask Watson what inspires him – and
his music – and he’ll list three
things: family, fans and faith. He
has an undying and steadfast
dedication to all of these
pillars, and every one influences
the other. “They are what makes my
music. When I’m writing songs,
that’s what on my mind. What else
is there?” Real Good Time has
songs about Watson’s wife, his
parents and grandparents, about
his faith in Jesus. “It’s
reflective of who I am. And I
think that is what makes an artist
an artist.”

After a series of records
including one of gospel songs
titled Barbed Wire Halo and
another a dual disc CD/DVD, Aaron
Watson LIVE: Deep in the Heart of
Texas, Watson feels like Real Good
Time is the pinnacle of his
musical tenure thus far. “It
really sums up what we have been
doing the last twelve years, and I
feel like it is the cream of the
crop for us,” he says. He even
recruited names like Willie Nelson
and Elizabeth Cook to sing with
him on “Honky Tonk Kid” and
“Leather and Lace,” respectively.
There are full-force fun swingers
(“Real Good Time), tongue-in-cheek
romps (the satirical “Hey Y’all”)
and slow, heartfelt tunes (“July
In Cheyenne”). What you won’t find
are any songs that Watson doesn’t
believe reaffirm his morals, his
faith in Jesus and love for his
family. “I don’t sing cheating
songs,” he says. “It’s not about
selling millions of records. It’s
about making a positive impact,
and my music is my legacy. I want
people to listen and know what I
was about after I have left this
world.”

Watson has accumulated many
accolades and critical
accomplishments over the course of
his career; including selling over
150,000 records, seven #1 singles
on the Texas Music Chart, and 4
albums that debuted on the
Billboard charts. He’s attended
the ACM Awards (“I think I was the
only guy there with a cowboy hat
on!” he says), but in all he’d
“rather have rewards than awards.
My rewards are my family and fans.
And having Lyle Lovett call and
say that he and his mom listened
to my gospel record driving across
county. Or a disabled veteran
coming up to me with tears in his
eyes thanking me for the song I
wrote for my father.”

The song, “Raise Your Bottle,” was
written for Watson’s dad who was
disabled in the Vietnam War, and
he has used it to raise money and
awareness for the Boot Campaign, a
foundation that supports American
troops upon their return home.
Giving back not just in song but
also in action is a huge part of
Watson’s philosophy.

When Watson started making music,
they called him the Honky Tonk
Kid. At 35, they still do. He’s
proud of it: though he’s gone from
an old van and trailer to a tour
bus, from sawdust floors to big
stages, he still holds dear the
core reasons why he first started
writing songs and singing so many
years ago. “We have a formula that
has been working for over a
decade, and that’s making good,
wholesome, fun music reflective of
what I believe in,” he says. This
newest record is all of that,
wrapped up in a rollicking ride
and brought into existence through
the toughest of tragedies but also
by the grace of God. “It’s the
best that I’ve got, no regrets,”
he says. So kick your feet up, as
Watson sings, and let a country
boy show you a real good time.

If you like: Wade Bowen, Bart
Crow, Josh Abbott Band, Casey
Donahew Band

Fri, 01-30-15


SHOVELS & ROPE

Opening Act:
CAROLINE ROSE

Show Time: 9:00 pm

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Age:
18 +

Ticket Price:
$17 adv $20 day of show

Necessity is the mother of
invention. Less is more. Make it
work with what you’ve got. Two
guitars, a junkyard drum kit
(harvested from an actual garbage
heap- adorned with tambourines,
flowers and kitchen rags), a
handful of harmonicas, voices, and
above all.. songs. Hailing from
Charleston, South Carolina,
Shovels & Rope prefer to keep it
simple. They have cleverly managed
to take three separate recording
projects and combine them into one
cohesive, folk rock, sloppy tonk,
harmonized, loose but tight,
streamlined audience killing
machine.

At the show, expect to hear a
little something from any or all
of their releases – while the duo
switch instruments and share lead
vocal duties. We’re excited to
have them back in Little Rock
tonight in support of their latest
effort, “Swimmin’ Time” out now!

If you like: Houndmouth, Justin
Townes Earle, Hayes Carll, Jason
Isbell

Fri, 02-20-15


JASON BOLAND & THE STRAGGLERS

Opening Act:
TBA

Show Time: 9:00 pm

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Age:
18 +

Ticket Price:
$12 adv $15 day of show

The Bourbon Legend is back! Jason
& the guys consistently put on a
great show with an amazing energy
and charisma that keep the fans
wanting more and we’ve certainly
seen our share of people who
weren’t in the know become ardent
believers. We are always proud to
have Jason & The Stragglers on our
stage!

If you like: Reckless Kelly,
Stoney LaRue, Roger Creager,
Charlie Robison

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