No Small Talk is continuing our coverage of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase. This week, we chat with Dazz and Brie — who won last year’s showcase and are judging for us this year. (Go check out some of their music!)

This is the 26th year of the Musicians Showcase. If you’re interested, this old article from Billboard that discusses its creation — with tons of stuff on the legendary Chris Maxwell — is now on Google Books.


Stephanie couldn’t make it this week, so Omaya and I tried our best to fill in. Here are some links to follow along with the show:

* Recap of Round 2 of the Musicians Showcase

* Then There Was Joe directed by Justin Warren

* Phantom of the Opera from Arkansas Cinema Society

* All the Quincy Jones news you need

* Sophia Kennedy’s self-titled album, including the track “William by the Windowsill

* Our weekly To-Do list, with a special shout out to Shannon McNally