‘Some Blues U Can Use’ at Twin City tonight

Texarkana Gazette - - ACCENT - By Aaron Brand

If you’re look­ing for “Some Blues U Can Use” tonight, look no fur­ther than Twin City Sports Bar down­town.

Tonight, the East Broad Street venue will host LJ Echols and Luster Baker, two tal­ented South­ern blues acts, for a show of that name. Look for a spe­cial guest to join them, too.

Now based in Dal­las but orig­i­nally hail­ing from Mis­sis­sippi, LJ Echols records on his own la­bel, Neck­bone Records, and calls him­self The Prince of South­ern Soul. Since go­ing solo in 2004, he’s snagged the at­ten­tion of South­ern soul mu­sic fans with mem­o­rable songs like “Drag­gin That Wagon” and “Hit it From the Back.”

Echols, who’s been nom­i­nated for the Just Blues Mu­sic Awards, has also opened for blues lu­mi­nar­ies like Denise LaSalle and the Bobby Blue Band, putting him in es­teemed com­pany on the stage.

And in Luster Baker, Twin City Sports Bar wel­comes a Louisiana mu­si­cian with the hot song “That’s My Boo,” said Dou­glas Arnold, co-owner of the club.

Baker’s 2015 al­bum is “They Call Me Mr. Juicy,” which came out on Soul­ful Records and was pro­duced by Baker and TK Soul. They col­lab­o­rated on songwriting, too. Baker’s other hits in­clude “Main Thang” and “Dump Truck,” also from that re­lease.

“Both of these guys are blaz-

ing up the South­ern soul charts, they’re trav­el­ing and they want to make Texarkana one of their stops,” Arnold said. Rather than blues like Muddy Waters, this evening’s mu­sic is more like South­ern soul, he said of the style fa­vored by these two singers. It’s mu­sic to make you dance with more of a groovy, R&B feel to it.

“We do a ‘Soul Ses­sion’ ev­ery month,” Arnold ex­plained, but they aim to branch out with some blues now, too. That was by re­quest from their Twin City Sports Bar pa­trons.

Arnold says the down­town venue strives to keep live en­ter­tain­ment go­ing in the city and “bring down­town up to speed with other down­towns,” Arnold said. That means good mu­sic and good en­ter­tain­ment for Texarkana.

Also com­ing up at Twin City is their “Soul Ses­sion” night on Oct. 28. Twin City also hosts fish fry Fri­days and monthly bar­be­cues, in ad­di­tion to other mu­sic acts. You can keep track of their events at the Twin City Sports Bar page on Face­book.

In the mean­time, get your blues tonight. Show time is 9 p.m.

“Come on down and have one of the best mar­gar­i­tas in town and get ready for some ‘Blues U Can Use,’” Arnold said.

(Cover: $10 at the door. Twin City Sports Bar is lo­cated at 221 E. Broad St. in Texarkana, Ark.)

BAKER

ECHOLS

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