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. — The Clark Family Trio from Searcy/Little Rock; folk, country, pop and Americana music.
The Clark Family Trio features Cindy Clark on bass and vocals, her daughter Sallie Ann Clark on guitar and vocals, and their friend Bill Nesbitt on guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocals. The Trio is listed with Arkansas Arts On Tour and has been featured at Silver Dollar City, the Ozark Folk Center, the Eureka Springs Folk Festival, the Eureka Springs Bluegrass Weekend, Our Saturday Musical in Mountain View, the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, Ozark Highlands Radio, KASU Bluegrass Monday, and many other notable venues. The Trio draws from a large variety of musical styles, including bluegrass, folk, country, jazz, pop and gospel, always infusing their sound with tight three-part harmonies and Nesbitt's instrumental work.
6 p.m. — The Salty Dogs from Little Rock; classic and contemporary country music.
Together for 14 years, the four-piece neo-classic country band is the Land of Opportunity’s honky tonk sage. Started as a lark retro-country act, the quartet immediately found chemistry, along with a lot of joy, as they dug into their craft. Their sound has expanded over a decade and a half, from uber-twang and purist classic country to equal parts 1954 Nashville, 1961 Bakersfield, and 1972 everywhere. The band has played countless shows sharing the stage with Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Earl Keen, The Gourds, Pete Anderson, David Rawlings, Kinky Friedman, Junior Brown and Kelly Willis. The band’s music has been featured on TLC‘s hit TV show, Trading Spaces, on the award-winning Sundance Channel hit show, Rectify, and most recently the motion picture release, Valley Inn.
7 p.m. — The Boss Tweeds of Mountainburg; 50s/60s rockabilly and country music.
Known for their genre of psychobilly, the Boss Tweeds include the sweet sounds of Joe Hamilton’s reverb-laden guitar solos and vocals worthy of an Alan Freed extravaganza. His backing crew, brothers Jody and Brad Birchfield (drums and bass respectively), provide vocal harmonies and occasionally perform under the spotlight. The band also salutes their Arkansas rock and roll forefathers, covering tunes by Ronnie Hawkins, Johnny Cash and Billy Lee Riley.
8 p.m. — The Akeem Kemp Band from Morrilton; blues and rhythm and blues band.
Akeem Kemp is a natural prodigy who is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Arkansas. Influenced by Albert King’s string bending and soulful, smoky vocals as well as Jimi Hendrix’s overdriven amplifiers with high volume and gain, Kemp has managed to create his own style and unique tone. His powerful and heartfelt vocals with his smoking guitar strokes distinguish him as a real-deal emerging artist. Through the inspiration of life experiences, he uses his music to connect with all walks of life. Kemp is on a journey to create memories, conceive feelings and communicate lyrics people may feel they cannot say any other way except through music.