Emporium Presents & Simmons Bank Arena
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Simmons Bank Arena
Little Rock, AR
$29.50 - $99.50
A singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and dedicated road warrior, Parker McCollum began building a following in his native Texas with 2015’s The Limestone Kid. The album track “Meet You in The Middle” became a hit on Texas’ regional radio chart — no small feat for an independent, 22-year-old musician — but it was the album’s widely-acclaimed follow-up, Probably Wrong, that helped Parker find national success. Compared to John Mayer and Jason Isbell by Rolling Stone, Parker supported the album with a string of sold-out shows, bringing record-breaking crowds to venues like San Angelo’s RiverStage and two sold-out Billy Bob’s along the way.
Born in Conroe, TX, the 29-year-old entrepreneurially-spirited artist bridges the gap between Texas’ homegrown music scene and Nashville’s country-industry headquarters. His songwriting, which has been hailed by The Austin Chronicle for “carrying on the traditions of Texas music without pretension or referring to pickup trucks,” earned him a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville in May 2018 and a recording deal with Universal Music Group Nashville in June 2019.
McCollum released his major label debut album Gold Chain Cowboy July 30th on MCA Nashville. Straddling Texas and Nashville, Parker is “a no-holds-barred, confessional singer-songwriter who excels at relatable tales,” according to Rolling Stone. “McCollum’s ability writing and releasing unique story songs leaves a lasting mark on the listener,” says Billboard while American Songwriter declares, “the Texas native teeters on the edge of next-level superstardom.”
Parker wrote all 10 songs that make up Gold Chain Cowboy including his Platinum-selling No. 1 hit “Pretty Heart” and his latest song on country radio “To Be Loved By You.” In addition to writing album track “Rest of My Life” solo, Parker shares songwriting credits with Jon Randall, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Randy Montana, Rhett Akins, Miranda Lambert, and Songwriters Hall of Famer Tony Lane.
Gold Chain Cowboy, produced by Jon Randall, expands on Parker’s outcast drifter ethos set forth on his widely praised Hollywood Gold EP released last fall which became the top-selling debut country EP of 2020. Parker has been named an ‘Artist to Watch’ by Billboard, HITS Magazine, Rolling Stone, CMT, Opry NextStage, SiriusXM, RIAA and more.
Born and raised in the small border town of Del Rio, TX, William Beckmann spent his formative years with a radio dial dominated by the sounds of northern Mexico. Though he’d eventually gravitate more towards classic country and American roots, Beckmann’s early immersion in mariachi and Norteño music left an indelible mark, one that would help shape his distinctive style and guide him on his path to becoming one of the most promising young voices in country music
“My family has Mexican heritage on both sides,” Beckmann explains, “so speaking Spanish around the house was a regular occurrence. When I started learning how to play guitar, I was just naturally singing in Spanish as much as I was in English.”
While Beckmann still slips a bilingual moment or two into his live shows, these days he primarily delivers his evocative, literate tunes in the plainspoken English of Townes Van Zandt or fellow Del Rio native Radney Foster, who’s helped mentor him since high school. Writing with an old soul maturity that belies his youth, Beckmann crafts rich, detailed character studies fueled by loss and longing, intimate portraits of lonely lovers, big dreamers, and hard drinkers. Take a listen to a track like “Bourbon Whiskey,” which Beckmann wrote at just 19, and it’s easy to see how he’s already managed to land a publishing deal with Warner Chappell alongside tour dates with the likes of Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen.
Flatland Cavalry is breaking out into a gallop. After years of hot trotting across their native
Texas, the country outfit is primed for a breakout with the release of their third full-length album,
the sonically sprawling and wistfully written Welcome to Countryland.
Jonathan Saenz, drummer Jason Albers, fiddle player Wesley Hall, and recent newcomer utility
instrumentalist Adam Gallegos–continue to embrace their trademark sound while further
pushing into the wild unknown. When it was time to embark on recording a new album, resting
on their laurels was simply out of the realm of possibilities.
debut Humble Folks, they’ve been on a healthy trajectory rising through the country ranks. After
years of working with Lubbock stalwart Scott Faris in the friendly confines of Amusement Park
Studios, Flatland decided a change of scenery was necessary. Despite some hesitation and a
mix of emotions, they instantly knew recording at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio A with
rising producer Jake Gear was the right move.
Scott,” says Albers. “I think it was important to try and further expand with this album. Sonically,
this album is definitely something bigger.”
Emporium,” adds Dillon. “That first day, everyone was a little fidgety and shy. You eventually fall
into this comfort zone.”
Justineau, Hailey Whitters, and Kaitlin Butts) has continued to expand with Flatland’s sound
stride for stride, Countryland isn’t a cut and paste effort with Nashville studio musicians. Rather,
it finds the rootsy Texans delivering their A-game due to countless tour runs zig-zagging across
the country and becoming seasoned performers and musicians.
has embraced their surroundings and rural West Texas roots. Formed in 2014 while attending
Texas Tech University, Cordero and company made their presence felt within the Hub City’s
songwriting circles and dancehall circuits. Banking on Cordero’s earnest pen and the band’s
blend of country instrumentation, toe-tapping grooves, and earworm choruses, Flatland quickly
became a regional sensation.