Eight regional acts will take the stage Thursday and Friday nights, Oct. 17-18, during “KASU Music Nights” at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess. The performances are all free and will be held at the Dyess Colony Visitors Center.
These talented singers and musicians representing all parts of Arkansas will perform after the conclusion of symposium events in the Visitors Center. Each presentation will last 50 minutes.
Here is the lineup:
5 p.m. — Rodger King and Company from Lonoke; classic country and bluegrass.
Rodger King grew up in southeastern Arkansas in the small town of Humnoke where “everybody knew everybody.” King loved music and his parents bought his first guitar when he was nine. With that, his path was set. He developed into a sought-after guitarist and songwriter whose catalog includes country, bluegrass, gospel, blues and swing. His music has been featured at major bluegrass festivals and clubs and to record or share the stage with Josh Graves, Kenny Baker, Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss, Mac Wiseman, Chubby Wise, and Blues Boy Willie. He has opened shows for George Jones, Ricky Skaggs, Marie Osmond, Moe Bandy, The Kendalls, Marty Haggard, Ronnie Reno and Marty Stuart. He also learned from Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Jimmie Rodgers and others.
6 p.m. — The Natural Disasters from Batesville/Melbourne; pop, rock, country and Americana music.
The Natural Disasters are a multi-genre duo composed of John T. Parks and Sarah Jo Sample. The pair began their musical adventure in 1996 when Sample hired the 17-year-old Parks as the bass player in her band, Double Shot. They toured surrounding states for the next several years and were the opening acts for several artists and bands including Restless Heart, John Michael Montgomery, Doug Stone, Mark Chesnutt and B.J. Thomas. After Double Shot, the two set off to pursue college, family, solo albums and careers. In 2007, they reunited to add pieces to the puzzle in the energetic cover band, The Lockhouse Orchestra. Their blended voices, love for the audience, and curiosity for the unwritten song brought the two together in 2013 as a duo act.
7 p.m. — The PF Flyers from Jonesboro; 1960s and 1970s pop and rock music cover band.
The PF Flyers is a group from Jonesboro who play golden age classic rock from the 1960s and 1970s. Their tight sound results in realistic reproduction of rock standards by bands such as Bachman Turner Overdrive, the Eagles, the Beatles and the Hollies.
8 p.m. — The Billy Jones Band from Jacksonville; blues and rhythm and blues band.
Born in the deep south of the United States, Billy Jones grew up in his grandfather's bar, listening to blues in different juke joints and bars. Elmore James, Big Joe Turner, Jackie Wilson, B. B. King, Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke and other great blues and soul musicians were his influences and, when he was only five years old, he already had a guitar in his hands. Soon he started to perform for the American troops, which allowed him to travel all over the world and get a wide musical experience. Now he brings his recordings that accurately combine blues, funk and Southern soul, which make an actual urban sound, perfect to attract the new generations of blues music lovers. Ten powerful songs with an amazing punch and good rhythm, where Billy Jones’ well pitched voice and excellent guitar work shine like a dazzling star, perfectly supported by Corey Bray on keyboards, Rev. "Do Dirty" Kendrix on bass and Mark Flinoil on drums.