‘Some Blues U Can Use’ at Twin City tonight
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.)