Arkansas Rockers Revue at White Water
Stephen Koch // This "small valley" referenced is a Little Rock neighborhood (Or actually two) called Capitol View/Stifft's Station, which is also home to such well-known scenester venues as Pizza D'Action, the Oyster Bar and Anthro-Pop Records in addition to the White Water Tavern. To dismiss this as "post-apocolype Tokyo" is to dismiss the home of MOST of the musicians and artists in the city. I also take exception to the statement that "most people in the scene had been (to the WWT) rarely if at all" prior to the Arkansas Rockers Review (sic, should be REVUE). Check the newspaper archives -- the WWT had plenty of its own hip moments in the mid-to-late 1990s, at least. The late, great, WWT stalwart Burger worked not for exclusion, but to bridge any musical generational gaps and scenes, and it seems this project would do well to follow that example.
Richard Matson // In 2000, TJ Deeter started the Arkansas Rockers Review on Tuesday nights at the White Water Tavern. The Rockers Review introduced the younger rock and roll scene to what was previously a slightly metal version of a honkeytonk club. The White Water hovers over the small valley that separates Downtown Little Rock from the Hillcrest neighborhood, built in the 1910s/20s and the newer suburbs that continue west. Sam Murphy describes that valley as "post-apocalypse Tokyo". A main train artery ran through it and you could wander though the woods and stumble upon a community of 20 or 30 hobos. The White Water benefits from this seedy environment. Prior to TJ starting the Review, most people in the scene had been there rarely if at all. It's sawdust atmosphere in the middle of the city, but on the edge of town, was a great venue for young bands to cut their teeth.
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