An Evening with Paula Martin & Brad Williams

January 26, 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

Paula Martin was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and spent her formative years in Little Rock. After extensive traveling, she received her MFA in creative writing from the University of New Orleans before going on to create and produce Arkansas’ internationally-syndicated “Tales from the South” radio show. Her poetry, short stories and creative nonfiction have won multiple national and international awards and been published in anthologies, collections, literary magazines and journals. Paula has two published novels, four poetry collections, and has recently collaborated with musicians as a song lyricist and songwriter.  A recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council Governor’s Arts Award, and the 2017 Inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame, Paula is a writer, teacher and healer who has been helping people tap into their own divine essence for over 25 years. Her first songwriting album, Highway 300 Ride, is slated to be released in December 2022.

Brad Williams was born and raised in the Arkansas Delta, only 18 miles from Johnny Cash’s home and 39 miles from Elvis Presley’s Graceland. The gumbo-laden farmland formed his appreciation for all types of music including the Sun Studio era, Bluegrass, Gospel and the Blues. Brad has combined all of his influences into a 25-year career in music. Brad’s tunes have been heard in motion pictures (Valley Inn), on television (Sundance’s – Rectify, Tyler Perry’s series – If Loving You Is Wrong, TLC’s Trading Spaces), and on various other advertising spots including Arkansas State Parks and Tourism. The Salty Dogs have been and continue to be Brad’s main project. Over the last 20 years, The Salty Dogs have achieved numerous awards such as the 2003 Arkansas Times Musician’s Showcase Winner for Best Original Band in Arkansas, 2018 Central Arkansas Music Awards for Best Country Artist, and the Country Music Association’s 2021 Vocal Band of the Year. Brad has just released his first solo album, The Greatest Is Love, on November 25th via Hymnal House Recordings.

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.