Sessions :: Stevie Newman

The Wildflower Revue (Amy Garland Angel, Mandy McBryde, and Cindy Woolf) are curating May Sessions at South on Main! They've invited Stevie Newman to grace us with blues and country tunes on Wednesday, May 23. The show begins at 8 pm with a $10 cover. Call ahead to reserve a table - (501) 244-9660

ABOUT THE CURATORS

THE WILDFLOWER REVUE :: A southern gothic girl-group vision of mournful mountain melodies, heavenly hillbilly harmonies and epic tales of sin-soaked country outlaw heroines. 

ABOUT THE BAND

Born into a musical family, Stevie Newman soaked up the constant exposure to Gospel hymns of the churches his family still attends. He was also struck by the music of Haggard, Jones, Williams, Robbins, Cash, the Carter Family, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and KISS.

Newman’s band, The Domino Kings, was launched in 1993 as a three-piece party band playing rockabilly, blues, country, surf music, and whatever else struck their fancy. By the time of their first recording, however, they’d honed their trademark rockin’ country sound. The band has headlined festivals across United States and Europe.

STEVIE NEWMAN & THE DOMINO KINGS PRESS

USA Today -- Brian Mansfield

This Springfield, Mo band plays vintage honky-tonk and rockabilly without even the faintest whiff of musty obsolescence. That’s because they sing about stuff that really matters, like all the girls who’ve screwed them over or at least one who did a real number on somebody. Every lie, every infidelity drives the rhythm section deeper into the pocked, and bitterness cuts through songs like the twang in Stevie Newman’s guitar. (3 out of 4 stars)

Entertainment Weekly -- Alana Nash

While lots of bands sing about faithless women, getting even, and going back for more, few do it with as much style as The Domino Kings…They’re equally drunk on heartache and hooch, finding just the right recipe for memorable neo-Bakersfield honky-tonk, with a chaser of hillbilly rock. Smokin’. B+ 

The Washington Post -- Buzz McClain

The Domino Kings sound like they threw the country radio out the window of the doublewide in ‘63. A little Luther Perkins, a dab of Don Rich, throw in some Merle, sprinkle liberally with Old Crow and- Poof!- you got a band for your rockin’ roadhouse.

Billboard – Ray Waddell

The Domino Kings are a kickin’ band out of Springfield, Mo, and their debut on Missouri-based indie Slewfoot Records is a retro country romp with solid original material. Largely influenced by 1960’s power country, The Kings play with vigor and attitude… Guitarist Stevie Newman offers languid country three-quarter weepers like “One More Day”, as well as the driving bluegrass romp “The End of You”. Other winners include… the title cut [“Life & 20“], a spooky Appalachian dirge delivered with mournful style. Much of the star quality here belongs to Newman’s wicked guitar chops, often echoing the styles of axe aces of yore like Don Rich and Luther Perkins.

Rollingstone.com -- David Kuner

Like fellow traditionalists BR549 and Junior Brown, the Springfield, Mo based Domino Kings aren’t just committed to recreating the music of country’s golden age, though they can approximate the prototypical honky-tonk of Ernest Tubb, the highly charged rockabilly of Sun Records era Johnny Cash and the hard country “Bakersfield sound” typified by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard with ease. The band also writes it’s own material, providing a contemporary take on honky-tonk that takes it’s place alongside the music of the vintage era.

Austin American Statesman -- Austin American Statesman

Vintage Guitar Magazine -- John Heidt

“Some Kind of Sign” kicks things off just like you’d want them to be kicked off – punchy, tremeloed chords and breakneck solos push it along. Check out the chromatic lick toward the end. Whew! There’s plenty of honky-tonk twangers here that sound great, too. “Walk Away if You Want To” and “It’s All Over But the Crying” are two-step heaven. The big, fat solo sound on the latter is an unexpected treat. “Pain In My Past” is a fun samba, the kind the Mavericks sort of made their own. Here the guitar work features double- and triple-stops guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. “A Million Miles From Here” is an acoustic country tune with twangy double-stops and fine string-bending. Lyrically, things generally deal with relationships, except for the finale, “Bridges I’ve Burned.” It’s the extremely heavy tale of a killer, bound for the electric chair, recounting the sorrow he has caused. The big guitar solo fits the somber mood. Fans of country music will love this. Guitaraholics, too. Great care is taken to make sure all the string work fits the tunes, and sounds great.