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Arkansauce Independently Releases 5th Album, OK to Wonder, April 21

First Single “Up on The Shelf” Out Today

Premiered by Glide Magazine:

Strong lyricism, warm harmonies, and impressive solos abound throughout this track

Get it here → https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/arkansauce/up-on-the-shelf 

Photo by Phil Clarkin

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Arkansauce is excited to independently release their 5th album, OK to Wonder, on April 21. The melodies of the Ozark Mountains’ rolling hills and raging rivers can be heard in this progressive string quartet’s distinct blend of newgrass. Arkansauce is Tom Andersen on bass, guitarist Zac Archuleta, Ethan Bush on mandolin, and Adams Collins on banjo. Their music features improvisational string leads matched with complex melodies, intriguing rhythms, and deep thumping bass grooves. Each member sings lead and harmony parts as well as contributes to the lyrics, which offer authentic, intelligent songwriting with hard-hitting hooks. 

OK to Wonder is filled with songs of revelry, wonder, insight, and whimsy—inspired not only from their home state of Arkansas, but also throughout their travels. “We are a band that spends most of our time in the back of a van hurtling toward long nights, good times, and a destiny unknown,” says Ethan. “Our inspiration is gathered by events unfolding in our own adventures in real time. These days, the desire to create, inspire, and redefine within our scene seems to be the main driving force behind our music. From a young age we were huge fans of live music and were introduced to a lot of great music by our families.”

Music Mecca’s Spencer Nachman calls them a “fiery, finger-picking string band… What is apparent at any Arkansauce show is their positivity and desire to uplift the audience’s spirit, no matter the circumstance.”  Americana UK’s Tim Newby writes, “Their take on bluegrass, which is forward-thinking yet still adhering to a traditional model, is powered by their creative and technically challenging arrangements.”

OK to Wonder ‘s 11 tracks were recorded in Fayetteville at Crisp Recording Studio with engineer Darren Crisp, James Tuttle [Leftover Salmon, The String Cheese Incident, Hot Rize, Michael Franti, Cary Morin] on the mix, and Brad Sarno [Son Volt, Jay Farrar] for the mastering.

Beginning with the upbeat “Up on the Shelf,” which Ethan describes as, “a rowdy song about a wild night out and gradually became a much more in depth picture of the ups and downs of a relationship; I aimed to maintain the spirit of the original concept, while trying to depict the stress that partnerships may bring through an honest and unique lens.”

Big City Chicken” harnesses the creative insights gathered during the first few weeks of pandemic quarantine, setting a pulsing, contemplative feel until it reaches a breaking point mid-song and everything turns around into a delightful trip as they celebrate getting back on tour. “First Night of the Tour recalls the “rules of the road,” a fun reminder that “Everybody knows that you don’t unload the very first night of the tour.”

Other songs include an ambitious and stimulating “Coldiron,” the Hartford-esque “How Time Flies,” and the hard drivin’ “My Home in Arkansas.” “I’ll Be Yours gives encouragement to the underdogs of the world, while the empathetic and anthemic “Early Bird” shines and welcomes you to join in. 

Bim Batta,” with its 80s electro/hip-hop flair, is the first of three instrumentals on the album composed by Adams who says, “At some point, I became obsessively interested in how a four-piece bluegrass group might emulate various styles of drum grooves and rhythms.” “The Funky Gorilla” leans into Stanton Moore’s New Orleans funk approach and a delightful “Air Bender” completes the album with its undulating banjo transporting the listener on a magical country western jaunt.

Previous albums include All Day Long (2015), Hambone (2016), If I Were You (2017), and Maybe Someday (2019). The band has extensive roots in their home state of Arkansas (winning the 2021 Arkansas Best Bluegrass Artist of the Year in the Arkansas Country Music Awards) as well as out in the wider bluegrass, Americana, and festival music scenes.  

Having played shows from California to Connecticut over the last several years in addition to two tours in Europe, the band is no stranger to the road. They supported Yonder Mountain String Band for a leg of their summer tour in 2019, played mainstage spots on festivals with bands (including but not limited to) Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, The Del McCoury Band, Billy Strings, Leftover Salmon, Tauk, The Wood Brothers, and shared the stage with the legendary Sam Bush as a guest.  

For more information and news from the road, please visit www.arkansauce music.com, www.facebook.com/Arkansauce.Music, www.instagram.com/arkansaucemusic, and www.youtube.com/@arkansaucemusic314.

OK to Wonder Track Listing
1. Up on the Shelf 4:25 (Bush)
2. Big City Chicken 6:31 (Bush)
3. First Night of the Tour 3:29  (Bush)
4. Coldiron 5:42 (Bush)
5. Bim Batta 4:44 (Collins)
6. I’ll Be Yours 4:32 (Bush)
7. Early Bird 4:58 (Archuleta)
8. The Funky Gorilla 5:09 (Collins)
9. How Time Flies 4:48 (Bush)
10. My Home in Arkansas 4:11 (Andersen)
11. Air Bender 4:58 (Collins)

Ethan Bush – Mandolin, Vox on 1,3,4,6,7,9,10
Adams Collins – Banjo, Vox on 1,3,4,6,8,10, Piano on 7
Zac Archuleta – Guitar, Vox on 1,7,9 
Tom Andersen – Bass, Vox on 1,3,4,6,7,9,10

Arkansauce Tour Dates


3/03 Fri – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
3/04 Sat – Appleton Beer Factory – Appleton, WI
3/08 Wed – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
3/09 Thu – Golden Dagger – Chicago, IL
3/10 Fri – Granada Theatre – Mount Vernon, IL
3/22 Wed – Hop Springs Beer Park – Murfreesboro, TN
3/23 Thu – Barley’s – Knoxville, TN
3/24 Fri – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC
3/28 Tue – The Camel – Richmond, VA
3/29 Wed – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
3/31 Fri – Best Booth Bash – Ridgeway, IA
4/2 Sun – Parkway Brewing – Salem, VA
4/13 Thu – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA*
4/14 Fri – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ*
4/15 Sat – 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ*
4/16 Sun – Yucca North – Flagstaff, AZ*
4/21 Fri – Beer City Music Hall – Oklahoma City, OK
4/22 Sat – Backwoods Music Festival – Ozark, AR
4/27 Thu – 123 Pleasant St. – Morgantown, WV
4/28 Fri – Some Kind of Jam – Kempton, PA
4/29 Sat – Private Wedding – Roanoke, VA
4/30 Sun – House Show – Lynchburg, VA
5/06 Sat – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
5/12 Fri – Sustain Art & Music Festival – French Lick, IN
5/19 Fri – FreshGrass – Bentonville, AR
5/25 Thu – The Lariat – Buena Vista, CO
5/26 Fri – Cervantes Other Side – Denver, CO
5/28 Sun – McAwesome Fest – Castle Rock, CO
6/02 Fri – Dixie Center for the Arts – Ruston, LA
6/15 Thu – Ozark Mountain Soul Fest – Eureka Springs, AR
6/17 Sat – Survivor’s Ball – Lonedell, MO
6/23 Fri – Argentina Vibes – North Little Rock, AR
7/14 Fri – ABQ Biopark Zoo – Albuquerque, NM
8/5 Sat – Keystone Bluegrass & Beer – Keystone, CO
8/6 Sun – Rhythm on the Rio – Del Norte, CO
8/11-12 Fri-Sat – Lovegrass Music Festival – Wilson Lake, KS
* w/ The Brothers Comatose

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MARCH 23-26, 2023


The Infamous Stringdusters featuring Molly Tuttle 

Sam Bush – Leftover Salmon – Steep Canyon Rangers 
The Earls of Leicester – Peter Rowan – Donna the Buffalo – Sierra Hull
Keller Williams – Jim Lauderdale – Jon Stickley Trio – and more!

Tickets on sale atwww.suwanneespringreunion.com  

LIVE OAK, FL — Suwannee Spring Reunion takes place Thursday through Sunday, March 23-26, 2023 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, FL. Suwannee Spring Reunion is truly a gem of a festival where festival goers experience four days and nights of music rooted in Americana, newgrass, bluegrass, folk, blues, and more. Slip into Spring in the most fabulous of ways—making memories with friends old and new while gathering under the gorgeous, mossy live oak trees in this picturesque setting in the midst of a friendly, family-style environment! 

Suwannee Spring Reunion will feature music on multiple stages including the beloved tree lined Amphitheater Stage, the Porch Stage, the Dance Tent Stage, and the Music Hall Stage. There will be workshops by a wide range of performers at the festival on the Music Farmers Stage, jam sessions at Slopryland and Bill Monroe Shrine, as well as pickin’ parties throughout the campgrounds. The Vending Village will feature a wide variety of arts and crafts, as well as culinary pleasures, with a strong emphasis on original creations and unique items sure to satisfy all.  

We are thrilled to announce the full schedule of events → suwanneespringreunion.com/schedule

Thursday: Sierra Hull performs the sunset slot on the Amphitheater Stage, preceded by Peter Rowan and followed with a Leftover Salmon late-night set. Armchair Boogie kicks off the festival music at 4pm! Others performing Thursday include John Mailander’s Forecast, Mile Twelve, and Hattie & Joe Craven on the Porch Stage. 

Free Range Strange and Sloppy Joe will be performing Thursday sets on the Music Hall Stage. 

Friday sees Sam Bush,The Earls of Leicester, Keller Williams, Donna the Buffalo, Big Richard, Caleb Caudle and more on The Amphitheater and Porch Stages. Jon Stickley Trio closes out the night on the Porch, followed by another late-night set with Leftover Salmon on the Amphitheater Stage. Two other stages open on Friday—The Dance Tent and Music Farmers Stages—bring more music from Peter Rowan, Armchair Boogie, Roy Book Binder, The Grass in Dead, The Ain’t Sisters, Shawn Camp & Verlon Thompson doing the songs of Guy Clark, Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp, Mile Twelve, Sloppy Joe, and Quartermoon

The Music Farmers Stage will have hands-on workshops with Rev Jeff Mosier (banjo), Jared Womack (Dobro), Hattie & Joe Craven (‘Singing with Soul’), Tom Nelly (guitar), and Roy Book Binder (blues guitar). 

Saturday is just as stacked between the five stages. The Infamous Stringdusters featuring Molly Tuttle will play the Amp Stage evening slot, preceded by the Steep Canyon Rangers and followed by a  late-night set with Donna the Buffalo. We’ll see daytime Amphitheater Stage sets by Jon Stickley Trio (they’ll also be late-night on the Dance Tent Stage), Big Richard (also post-sunset on Dance Tent Stage), Hattie & Joe Craven (also on the Dance Tent Stage), and Medicine Springs. Others performing through the festival include Rev Jeff Mosier Ensemble, Jim Lauderdale with Donna the Buffalo, Habanero Honeys, Lee Hunter & The Gatherers, and further music from Verlon Thompson (including a set with Jim Lauderdale on the Music Hall Stage), Roy Book Binder, Free Range Strange, Caleb Caudle, Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp, Shawn Camp, and Quartermoon

Workshops for Saturday include Brett Bass (Building Speed for Bluegrass Guitar), Barry Sager (harmonica), Tom Nelly (guitar), workshop with Joe Craven and a Sloppy Joe Jam set. 

Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus will host a Kids Talent Show Saturday morning on the Music Farmers Stage. 

Vassar Sunday brings it all in reunion-style and, as always, Donna the Buffalo will host the closing jam on The Amphitheater Stage– bringing up a plethora of guest performers who performed through the weekend. Sunday brings full sets by Jim Lauderdale Band, Verlon Thompson & John Mailander, Rev Jeff Mosier Ensemble, The Grass Is Dead, The Ain’t Sisters, Belle & The Band, Roy Book Binder, Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp, and Quartermoon. Tania & The Moon Tunes opens with the morning slot on the Amphitheater Stage with fantastic kids performances.

Serendipitous moments seem to spring forth like wildflowers and so many of these incredible musicians have been returning to the park for a long time, often referring to it as a “Soul Retreat” of sorts. It is called a “reunion” for a reason and because of that there’s always an exciting amount of “surprise” stage collaborations between the musicians performing! 

The woods light up to the sounds of campground pickin’ and performers can often be found joining right along with attendees around the campfires. The park itself is a place where kids of all ages can remember why they fell in love with the magic mixture of sights, sounds, and sensations that constitutes a weekend of paradise that is the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Matching the history on the stage, longtime park hosts, Beth and Randy Judy, are partnering with the Spirit of the Suwannee to make sure that every piece needed to make an epic weekend of music and fun is in place and ready to write the new entries for this new legend. Suwannee Spring Reunion (and its sister festival Suwannee Roots Revival which takes place in October) hold the space for a special couple of music-filled weekends to look forward to and back upon with laughter and love in your heart.

Tickets are on sale now. Suwannee Spring Reunion offers a multi-day Weekend Ticket that includes festival admission for four days of music, as well as primitive camping on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Advance Tier 4 Tickets are on sale now, priced at $200 (includes fees and taxes). Student /Military Early Bird are $185 (includes fees and taxes). Prices advance to Tier 5 on Monday, March 6, so get your tickets now! An additional event car pass is now required to bring a car into the campground—Advance Car Pass: $15 or $20 at the Gate. For complete ticket information and to purchase tickets, visit www.suwanneespringreunion.com/Tickets/.

SOSMP offers guest comforts including a general store, full service restaurant, free showers, indoor bathrooms, and water stations. Upgraded camping, including RV hook ups and cabin rentals, as well as golf cart rentals are currently on sale. Reservations may be made by calling the Park office at (386) 364­-1683. SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville and is host to a variety of events. Please visit the park’s web site at www.musicliveshere.com for further information. 

Suwannee Spring Reunion 2023 Lineup

The Infamous Stringdusters featuring Molly Tuttle
Sam Bush
Leftover Salmon
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Earls of Leicester
Peter Rowan
Donna the Buffalo
Sierra Hull
Keller Williams
Jim Lauderdale
Jon Stickley Trio
Verlon Thompson
Shawn Camp
Roy Book Binder
Rev Jeff Mosier Ensemble
The Grass Is Dead
Big Richard
Hattie Craven & Joe Craven
John Mailander’s Forecast
Armchair Boogie
Caleb Caudle
Mile Twelve
The Ain’t Sisters
Medicine Springs
Lee Hunter & The Gatherers
Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp
Sloppy Joe
Belle & The Band
Free Range Strange
Habanero Honeys
Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus

For more information, tickets, and to reserve camping, please visit www.suwanneespringreunion.com

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