An Evening with Jimmy Cunningham

With musical guest The Salty Dogs

Started as a lark retro-country act, the quartet immediately found chemistry, along with a lot of joy, as they dug into their craft. Their sound has expanded over a decade and a half, from uber-twang and purist classic country to equal parts 1954 Nashville, 1961 Bakersfield, and 1972 Everywhere.

May 25, 2023Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.$35/ticket (includes dinner & the show). Cash bar. Location: The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse301 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Jimmy Cunningham, Jr. is the Executive Director of the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Alliance (DRBA), a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national travel corridor between Pine Bluff, AR, and Greenville, MS. He is also the Director of Tourism Development for the Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Cunningham has worked extensively with communities in the Lower Delta region of Arkansas and Mississippi in identifying and developing unique cultural assets related to music, the visual arts, and natural resources. His work led to the designation of portions of U.S. Highway 65 South in Arkansas (2017) and U.S. Highway 82 in Mississippi (2018) as the “Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway” by the legislatures in these respective states. This is the only multi-state music highway designated by two state legislatures in the nation. It also led to the designation by the Pine Bluff, Arkansas City Council of the “Delta Rhythm & Bayous Cultural District” in the downtown area. The recently (2022) completed plans for this arts-intensive district led to a $2 million dollar allocation by the Pine Bluff City Council for seed money to develop the district’s unique narratives related to blues, civil rights, the Civil War, cotton, cinema, and other assorted topics. Cunningham was  the brainchild of the Delta Music Trail Commission passed by the Arkansas Legislature in 2019 which created tax breaks on Arkansas Delta music highways for the creation of large scale murals and other visible placemaking projects. By partnering with Winrock International in 2022, he was able to help secure funding for four cities on the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway to enhance placemaking and broadband service. His most recent curated art exhibits include the DRB Freedom and Blues (2018), the DRB Runaway Blues (2020), and the DRB Chitlin’ Circuit  (2021). Cunningham’s workshops related to the Delta music and African American culture have been presented throughout the Mid-South and Delta regions while his online digital vignettes (2020) have garnered national awards from the National Association of Interpreters.  The author of two Delta regional books, African Americans of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County (Arcadia Publishing, 2012) and Delta Music and Film: Jefferson County and the Lowlands (Arcadia Publishing 2015), along with contributions to The Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music (University of Arkansas, 2013), Cunningham is also a voiceover artists, program consultant, and grant writer.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in public administration (Grambling State University) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and is married to Alicia Cunningham.