The Originals

Friday, November 5, 2021 - 7:30pm
Forum Theatre, 115 East Monroe

Tickets:  $7.00 for adults     $5.00 for children

How to purchase:     870-935-2726,  or at the Forum Box Office

Join us for the NEW quarterly music series featuring all original songs from songwriters / performers from Northeast Arkansas and beyond!!  Our first installment is themed " Generations" with 4 Jonesboro musicians - Presley McLain, Kyle Harrison, Grant Camp, and John Spencer.  This event will be filmed in front of a live audience and later aired on Ritters' Tube Town station as well as the FOA's Youtube channel under FOA Jonesboro.

Performer Bios:

Jonesboro native, Kyle Harrison is veteran lead guitarist turned singer / songwriter.  Self taught at the age of 14 Kyle has studied for decades the musical styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Waylon Jennings, and countless other legends.  These musical stylings have mixed together to create the unique sound and feel of who Kyle Harrison is today.

John was born and raised in Paragould, AR.  He began his musical journey at the age of 5, singing along with others and banging on pots and pans!! At the age of 14, John decided it was time for him to  learn an instrument.  He picked up the guitar any ole' cheap one he could get his hands on, and began picking some ole folk and country songs of the like of Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie.  As many songwriters are, after hearing Bob Dylan for the first time John was heavily influenced by his words and music.  By his 30's, John was a traveling musician, frequenting buegrass festivals acorss the United States.  Now, in his early 70's, John has found a way to blend his classical country and folk training with his bluegrass touring days to create what can only be known as John Spencer magic!  John is not only a highly revered and respected treasure, but he is considered by many to be a living legend!!


Since his teenage years, playing bass in loud, sloppy garage bands, Grant Camp has been captivated by the power of well-written lyrics.  As an early result of this captivation, he spent many an hour daydreaming of rock n' roll stardom and working on his songwriting skills in the cozy confines of his high school's classrooms and study halls.  As the 1980's were transitioning to the 1990's and the Athens GA music scene was running full tilt, Grant joined a local South Carolina band, Simon Sez, who was aiming to bring their party to as many frat houses and capuses as possible.  In 1990, the band recorded their first album at Sandcastle Studio in Greenville, SC and subsequently received regular airplay on the Greensville-based radio show, "An Hour From Atlanta to Charlotte".    The band enjoyed some regional success and gigged regularly at colleges and clubs in South Carolina and Georgia from 1989 to 1993.  In 1993, Grant left Simon Sez, sold all of his bass gear, bought an acoustic guitar, and disappeared into the American West.  For the next 11 years, he bummed around the west and worked in National Parks & National Forests.  He read Edward Abbey, Ken Kesey, Gary Snyder, Richard Brautigan, Tom Robbins and Charles Bukowski.  Listened to Tom Waits, Leon Russell, James McMurtry, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark.  He traveled backroads,  wrote songs, and played his tunes around campfires and at fire camps.  In 2004, he moved to Boise, ID with a notebook full of originals.  He founded the Billy G. Camp Band and later King Cotton.  Both bands gigged regularly in Idaho and Oregon and recorded albums featuring Grant's original music.  In 2011, Grant came to Jonesboro where he met future Sky City co-founder and band mate, Nathan Crouch.  The two began gigging around town and soon recorded their first EP as Sky City entitled "Nudie Suit".  That EP was soon follwed up with a full-length album entitled "Quantico Traveler".  Both of these Sky City recordings have received frequent airplay on KASU's "Arkansas Roots" program.  Additionally, since living in Jonesboro, Grant has played bass for both the Callie Harpole band and the Latin-surf trio, Los Continentals.

Presley McLain is a singer-songwriter who spent the majority of his youth in Paragould, Arkansas.  Over the last decade he has carved his approach with chisels of old and new; studying the likes of the great Mississippi bluesmen and American folk singers.  He sings what he means; his songs act as mirrors for man to remember why they're here and that they're here.