TEXARKANA — De Queen, Ark.-born Collin Raye's first new album of original work in many years arrived a week ago.
Titled "SCARS," the Americana album sees Raye working with Miranda Lambert and Vince Gill. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys contributed with electric guitar work.
Atypically for his material, Raye himself wrote a dozen of the songs on this album, joined by his brother Scotty Wray on four numbers for songwriting duties. Recorded at Nashville's The Butcher Shoppe Studio, the album is on the BFD/Audium Nashville label, with whom Raye signed this year.
If live music is what you want, Texarkana has that, too, for the post-Turkey Day weekend, courtesy of a weekend show sure to bring some soul to the holidays.
The Saturday night Soul Session show at On the Boulevard brings a "reloaded" Wild Wild West Edition. Doors open at 9 p.m.
"This show is going to be packed with exciting entertainment," said Douglas Arnold of Arnold Boy Entertainment. "We have The SynRG band out of Little Rock, Arkansas, which is an eight-piece band that plays everything from jazz, R&B, blues, country, rock and top 40s."
They've served up an eclectic array of music in their decade on the music scene, getting their start as the Porter's Jazz Cafe house act. In that time, they've opened for popular acts like Avant, Anthony Richardson and Angie Stone.
Added Arnold, "And it's being hosted by not one but two comedians, Derrick Keener and Keke from the Chi. This show is going to have a 'Wild Wild West' theme, cowboys and Indians. I'm excited. And the city's favorite DJ will be back in the mix, DJ Shelby."
Get tickets ($10 before the show, $20 at the door) by calling 903-691-9235. The venue is located at 4110 Arkansas Blvd. Temperature checks and a mask requirement will be in place.
That's not all, however. Other live music options include Fat Jack's Oyster and Sports Bar hosting hometown singer Jed Harrelson and his "Music Collective" for a Black Friday show (7:30 p.m. start), plus country tunes with Texas-based singer Genevieve Allen on stage at 7:30 Saturday night.
Enjoy live music, but remember to be safe out there.