“… an absolute riot of fun, some damned fine music and a genuine festival highlight.”
– Americana UK

The Arkansas Porch Sessions debuted in 2022 and were a hugely popular addition to the deer park spectacle. Powered by Arkansas The Natural State, artists Willi Carlisle, Dylan Earl and Jude Brothers delivered mini-sets throughout each day and kept festival-goers enraptured with their songs, stories and personalities. All three are back this year and are joined by Arkansas polymath Bonnie Montgomery. We managed to get Willie and Dylan to visit us backstage in 2022, where they spoke and sang their truth as always, but deer park regulars know less about Jude Brothers and Bonnie Montgomery, so let us introduce you to these acclaimed Arkansas artists…

Jude Brothers

An Arkansas-born, New Mexico-formed folk hero with a penchant for whimsy, the singular songwriting style of Jude Brothers is passionate and playful. “Spellbinding and poetic,” says Folk Radio and we wouldn’t argue with that, either. With lyrics communicating the duality of existential dread and the intoxicating thrill of living and loving, Jude Brothers’ vocal shape-shifting is a mystical landscape of their own creation. With guitar, tenor banjo or harp in tow, this Ozark bard bridges the tangible and ethereal landscapes of life. Don’t miss them.


Bonnie Montgomery

With roots in White County, Arkansas, Montgomery has the phrasing of a poet, the crystalline timbre of a soprano and the spirit of a revolutionary. From high romantic ballads swaddled in violins, to fiery anthems of dissent and spaghetti western-inspired vignettes, she is an artist in possession of a startlingly original voice. Montgomery wrote a short-length opera about Bill Clinton’s youth in Hot Springs in 2016, with accolades from The New Yorker and Huffington Post following, before her second full-length album ‘Forever’ was critically-acclaimed for its timeless songwriting. Coming to Black Deer for the first time in 2023, make sure Bonnie Montgomery is on your ‘not to miss’ list…


Arkansas Porch Sessions 2023 Spotify Playlist


The Arkansas Porch Sessions 2023

(subject to change)
Join Willi Carlisle, Bonnie Montgomery, Dylan Earl and Jude Brothers for songs, stories and some fun with Arkansas The Natural State (timings below) – and don’t miss the Ozark Holler Hootenanny headlining on Friday night in Haley’s Bar.


13:45 – 14:25
15:25 – 16:05
17:05 – 17:45
18:45 – 19:25


13:55 – 14:25
15:25 – 15:55
16:55 – 17:25
18:25 – 19:05


13:15 – 13:45
14:45 – 15:15
16:15 – 16:45
18:00 – 18:30