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The Joint to Present Counter Country Comedy of 10 Horse Johnson

(ARGENTA) – 10 Horse Johnson, the Ozarks-born, Hollywood-bred, Little Rock-based, toe tappin’, gut bustin’, devil mockin’, counter country comedy band, will be presented by The Joint for two nights only – Tuesday, December 11th and Thursday, December 13th at 301 Main Street in Argenta.

Tickets for the 8:00 p.m., 90-minute show are, appropriately, $10 and available in advance at The Joint’s box office.

The roots of 10HJ began at the Upfront Comedy Club in Santa Monica, when frontman and songwriter Newton joined two of his fellow Brian Reise Acting Studio classmates in a three-act comedy show – Pat McGuiness with a dead-on Sam Kinison tribute and Tony Horton (P90X Creator) with a filthy mime routine, which obviously killed his career…as a filthy mime. Newton played and sang three originals and referred to an unseen band which didn’t show up. Afterward, he was stunned when real musicians such as Mark Hart (Crowded House, Supertramp) and Jerry Rightmer (Sanford Townsend Band, Seals & Croft) wanted to be in the band.

Since then, 10HJ played live regularly at storied LA clubs Molly Malone's and Viva Cantina, with artists such as The Naked Trucker & T-Bones. The band debuted nationally on the legendary Dr. Demento radio show; gifted the song 'Lord Please Make My Daddy Burt Reynolds' for the iconic superstar on an NBC sitcom; had a record-setting ten-week LA theatre run with Steve Martin's 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile;' and wrote and performed the Sirius XM Playboy Radio Night Calls theme, 'Talk Purty to Me,’ earning them a recurring gig on the satellite station.

After Newton’s return to Arkansas, 10HJ reunited with original Johnsons in LA as the house band for Sirius XM Playboy Radio's holiday specials, opening and closing the two-hour broadcast and performing several originals throughout. Their appearance helped give the show the most listeners of any Sirius XM show on Thanksgiving. They followed with the July 4th special, and rumor has it a live Christmas special's already in the works.

In April 2010, 10HJ made its Little Rock debut in a five-song set at Juanita's for YouTube/FunnyorDie.com sensation Dwight David Honeycutt's Sweet Tea Party, where they premiered the DDH campaign song.

In September 2010, 10HJ delivered the first live performance of their single, 'Woo Pig Fever,' at RazorRock in Little Rock's Riverfest Amphitheatre. For Hog fans, it's the other Swine Flu.

In 2011, 10HJ was chosen as one of only twenty semi-finalists for the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase.

Last year, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre presented three nights of 10HJ at the Argenta Community Theatre.

Of late, they wrote and recorded 'The Last Ride' for Harry Thomason's Hank Williams' film of the same name. It didn't make the cut, but it's all good. They at least have a song for their funeral. We'll half of 'em. One half's an avowed, unbelievin' heathen, while the other is an avowed, believin' heathen.

Because of suggestive lyrics, not-so-subtle innuendo, and an occasional soiled word, parental guidance is suggested.

The use of personal recording devices and flash photography are strictly – encouraged. So bring your phones, hit record and throw the mess up on the YouTube.

The Rep to Bring Funny with Counter Country Comedy of 10 Horse Johnson

(LITTLE ROCK) – 10 Horse Johnson, the Ozarks-born, Hollywood-bred, Little Rock-based, toe tappin’, gut bustin’, devil mockin’, counter country comedy band, will be presented by Arkansas Repertory Theatre for three nights only – Thursday October 20th (Preview) Friday October 21st and Saturday October 22nd at the Argenta Community Theatre (405 Main Street, North Little Rock).

The house opens at 7:30 pm, with an 8:00 pm curtain for the two-hour, festival seating (first come, first served) show. Tickets are $10 for the preview and $20 for opening and closing nights.

The roots of 10HJ began at the Upfront Comedy Club in Santa Monica, when frontman and songwriter Newton joined two of his fellow Brian Reise Acting Studio classmates in a three-act show – Pat McGuiness with a dead-on Sam Kinison tribute and Tony Horton (P90X Creator) with a filthy mime routine, which obviously killed his career…as a filthy mime. Newton played and sang three originals and referred to an unseen band which didn’t show up. Afterward, he was stunned when real musicians such as Mark Hart (Crowded House, Supertramp) and Jerry Rightmer (Sanford Townsend Band, Seals & Croft) wanted to be in the band.

Since then, 10HJ played live regularly at storied LA clubs Molly Malone's and Viva Cantina, with artists such as The Naked Trucker & T-Bones. The band debuted nationally on the legendary Dr. Demento radio show; gifted the song 'Lord Please Make My Daddy Burt Reynolds' for the iconic superstar on an NBC sitcom; had a record-setting ten-week LA theatre run with Steve Martin's 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile;' and wrote and performed the Sirius XM Playboy Radio Night Calls theme, 'Talk Purty to Me,’ earning them a recurring gig on the satellite station.

After Newton’s return to Arkansas, 10HJ reunited with original Johnsons in LA as the house band for Sirius XM Playboy Radio's holiday specials, opening and closing the two-hour broadcast and performing several originals throughout. Their appearance helped give the show the most listeners of any Sirius XM show on Thanksgiving. They followed with the July 4th special, and rumor has it a live Christmas special's already in the works.

In April 2010, 10HJ made its Little Rock debut in a five-song set at Juanita's for YouTube/FunnyorDie.com sensation Dwight David Honeycutt's Sweet Tea Party, where they premiered the DDH campaign song. In September 2010, 10HJ delivered the first live performance of their single, 'Woo Pig Fever,' at RazorRock in Little Rock's Riverfest Amphitheatre. For Hog fans, it's the other Swine Flu.

In 2011, 10HJ was chosen as one of only twenty semi-finalists for the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase.

Of late, they wrote and recorded 'The Last Ride' for Harry Thomason's Hank Williams' film of the same name. It didn't make the cut, but it's all good. They at least have a song for their funeral. We'll half of 'em. One half's an avowed, unbelievin' heathen, while the other is an avowed, believin' heathen.

The Rep shows mark the band’s theatrical debut in Arkansas. Because of suggestive lyrics, not-so-subtle innuendo, and an occasional soiled word, parental guidance is suggested.

For tickets or more information, contact The Rep at 501.378.0405 or www.TheRep.org.

The use of personal recording devices and flash photography are strictly – encouraged. So bring your phones, hit record and throw the mess up on the YouTube.

Forethought on The Afterthought

I first "played" Hillcrest's legendary The Afterthought in 1987. The impromptu appearance came when cast and crew of The Farkleberry Follies, in which I had been enlisted to play then-Governor Bill Clinton, gathered for post-show libations on piano bar night. In the days before Karaoke, amidst showtunes and standards, when I was shoved up to the microphone, I sang the only thing I could remember - 'The Rainbow Connection' - as Kermit T. Frog. If I couldn't sing, I sure as hell was gonna get a laugh. 24 years later, after the kind invitation of Brother Andy, I'll get the chance to redeem myself as Dover and I share our 10 Horse Johnson around 10:00 pm on Wednesday, June 15th. We're the featured artists among the open mics, so roll out. It's free. And a little bit dirty.