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Arkansas native Adam Hambrick transitions from songwriting to solo career in Nashville

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — If you like country music, there’s a good chance you’ve heard lyrics written by Arkansas native Adam Hambrick. 

As a songwriter, he’s earned two #1 hits on country radio. The University of Central Arkansas graduate wrote Justin Moore’s “Somebody Else Will” and Dan + Shay’s “How Not To.” Moore and Shay Mooney are also Arkansas natives. 

Hambrick credits Moore for helping kick-start his career. In 2011, Moore called a producer in Nashville after watching Hambrick perform on an Arkansas morning show. 

“Here’s the thing you need to know about Justin. Justin is so pro-Arkansas,” Hambrick said. “Anytime that he can help somebody from here, he does. He doesn’t hesitate.” 

Hambrick quickly accepted the invite to Nashville and was soon writing songs. 

Hambrick’s journey to Nashville started in the Arkansas Delta. At 12-years-old, he received his first guitar – a 1960’s Gibson B-25 from his grandfather. 

“He gave me that guitar and he taught me a bunch of bluegrass songs on it,” Hambrick said. 

Last month, he was invited to perform on the The Bobby Bones Show. Bones is yet another Arkansas connection. During the show, Hambrick was told that he’d earned a spot on country music’s most classic stage – The Grand Ole Opry. 

“I found out that I was going to get to play at the Grand Ole Opry on the day I found out that papaw had passed away. It was a very high and low kind of day,” he said. 

Hambrick is not your stereotypical country crooner. There’s no cowboy boots. No steady southern drawl. His proof of country is in his songs. 

“I think the best thing I can do is be true to my voice,” he said. “My perspective is country. I come from a small town and those are the people that I wave the flag for.” Hambrick moved around growing up, but said the closest thing he has to the “house that built me” is his family’s farm in Des Arc, Arkansas.

Hambrick and his wife now live in Nashville with their three-year-old daughter. “She’s going to be a big sister in July, which we’re fired up about,” Hambrick said. He plans to “push pause” on touring when she gives birth. 

Hambrick will likely finish out 2019 the same way he started it – playing his music for crowds across the country. Here is a list of his scheduled shows. 

Click here to listen to Adam Hambrick’s debut single “Rockin’ All Night Long.” 

Sound Room Music Venue In Fort Smith Getting New Name

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — The Sound Room music venue on Garrison Ave. in Downtown Fort Smith is not only changing owners but is also getting a new name.

The venue will soon be known as The Majestic.

Developers say the structure will stay the same, but there will be a lot of other changes on the inside. The changes include a complete renovation of the stage.

There is no word yet on how much the renovations will cost, but it should be back open for business at the end of July.

The company released the following statement on the venue’s Facebook page.

“News travels quickly, but often times not accurately. For this reason, we felt it prudent to personally announce…..

After being for sale approximately one year, we are happy to announce the venue has officially sold, changing ownership late this afternoon.

As many of you know, we purchased the venue from Bill Neumeier in May 2016. The ultimate goal was to breathe life back into one of Fort Smith’s all time favorite music venues and the former location to Neumeier’s Rib Room & Beer Garden, now located at 424 Garrison Avenue. We had big shoes to fill. Yet, Fort Smith rose to the occasion and soon after The Sound Room was open and rocking.

Almost three years into it and well before the passing of Bill, we elected to sell the venue. The sell was not forced or necessary, nor was it based on the loss of Bill. Rather, it was a business decision on our behalf, no one else’s. Hence, today’s changing of the guard.

Rest assured Fort Smith, downtown is set on course for another amazing and exciting venue. Our understanding is renovations will soon be under way with “The Majestic”, set to open late July. Without doubt, we leave you in the hands of exceptionally well experienced people, who know the music industry and truly value Fort Smith and all its potential. You’re going to love it!

To our patrons, we say thank you! To our staff, who have worked endless hours these past few years, you are genuinely appreciated. We wish you the very best. Most of all, we wish the new owners of the venue much success! Cheers to downtown Fort Smith!”

Daryl Hall, John Oates coming to Verizon Arena in September

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Daryl Hall and John Oates, the #1 selling duo in music history is coming to Verizon Arena on Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. Tickets are range from $35 to $230 and can be purchased at the Verizon Arena box office or online at Ticketmaster  or LiveNation.

Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. They have become such musical influences on some of today’s popular artists that the September 2006 cover of Spin Magazine’s headline read: “Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground.” 

Their artistic fan base includes Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and MTV’s newest hipsters Gym Class Heroes who dubbed their tour “Daryl Hall for President Tour 2007.” One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion.

Signed to Atlantic by Ahmet Ertegun in the 1970’s, Daryl Hall & John Oates have sold more albums than any other duo in music history. Their 1973 debut album, Abandoned Luncheonette, produced by Arif Mardin, yielded the Top 10 single, “She’s Gone,” which also went to #1 on the R&B charts when it was covered by Taveras. The duo recorded one more album with Atlantic, War Babies, (produced by Todd Rundgren) before they left and promptly signed to RCA. Their tenure at RCA would catapult the duo to international superstardom.  

From the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also #1 R&B), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums—’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ‘82’s H2O, ‘83’s Rock N Soul, Part I and ‘84’s Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, “Sara Smile,” “One on One,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say It Isn’t So” and “Method of Modern Love.”

Daryl also wrote the H&O single “Everytime You Go Away,” which singer Paul Young scored a number-one hit with a cover of the song in 1985.

That same year, Daryl and John, participated in the historic “We Are the World” session as well as closing the Live Aid show in Philadelphia. 

By 1987, the R.I.A.A. recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history, a record they still hold today.

On May 20, 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI’s 56th annual Pop Awards. The award has previously gone to the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton.

Daryl Hall’s latest project is a multi-award-winning monthly web series (and MTV Live show), Live from Daryl’s House (www.livefromdarylshouse.com). “It was a light bulb moment,” he says of the show’s genesis. “I’ve had this idea about just sitting on the porch or in my living room, playing music with my friends and putting it up on the Internet.”  Live from Daryl’s House is also aired weekly on MTV Live every Thursday at 11pm EST/8pm PST.

The past episodes of Live From Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Jason Mraz, Joe Walsh, Booker T and the MGs, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rob Thomas, Cheap Trick, Train, Cee Lo Green, Smokey Robinson, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Keb Mo, Dave Stewart, Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump along with newcomers such as Nick Waterhouse, Nikki Jean, Dirty Heads, Chiddy Bang, Rumer, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Elle King, Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Hutchinson, Chromeo, Matt Nathanson, Parachute, Plain White T’s, Allen Stone, soul diva Sharon Jones, Diane Birch, L.A. neo-R&B party band Fitz & the Tantrums, hot new alternative band Neon Trees and veteran alternative mainstays Guster.

In March 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment released their first new concert video in seven years: Daryl Hall And John Oates: Live In Dublin on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray and Digital Formats. Filmed at the Olympia Theatre on July 15, 2014, this set features the duo’s first ever concert performance in Dublin. Daryl Hall and John Oates dipped into their 40+ year rich repertoire to deliver a setlist steeped in hits: “Sara Smile,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” “Out Of Touch,” “Kiss On My List,” “Private Eyes,” “Rich Girl,” “Maneater,” and many more. It’s fitting that this high-energy 15-song concert film traverses songs from across their career, as Hall promises the audience that their “making up for lost time” in a city they’ve never performed in before.

Daryl Hall & John Oates are 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees.

Daryl Hall opened “Daryl’s House,” the restaurant and music club, on Halloween night ‘14 in Pawling, NY with a special performance featuring H&O. “Daryl’s House,” which also serves as the backdrop of Palladia’s Live From Daryl’s House, aims to combine top-notch food with amazing artists.

John Oates released his memoir, Change Of Seasons (St. Martin’s Press) on March 28, 2017. Relying on his many handwritten journals, he brings to light many fascinating stories, ranging over his entire life, with a journalist’s eye and a poet’s heart. In Change of Seasons, Oates shares his highs, lows, triumphs, and failures. He takes the reader on a wild ride through all the eras, personalities, and music that have shaped him into who he is.

Rascal Flatts coming to Walmart AMP in Rogers this August as part of 'Summer Playlist Tour'

ROGERS, Ark. — Multi-award-winning country music artists Rascal Flatts will be making a stop in Rogers this summer as part of their “Summer Playlist Tour.”

The trio will come to the Walmart AMP on Saturday, Aug. 31, with special guest Morgan Evans as part of the Cox Concert Series.

Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, April 19 starting at 10 a.m., with prices ranging from $30 t $89.50 plus fees.

Tickets go on sale online or by phone, or at the Walmart AMP box office in Rogers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. They’ll also be available at the Walton Arts Center box office in Fayetteville from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. 

Tickets can be purchased online at the Arkansas Music Pavillion website or by calling (479) 443-5600.

Rascal Flatts last played at the AMP in 2017.