Drawing from many genres, Opal Agafia & the Sweet Nothings blends the best elements of soul, blues, rock, jazz, gospel, country, swing, and traditional mountain music into a sound that captures the past and boldly pushes ahead. Agafia calls her genre, “Ozark Mountain Soul Roots n Roll.” The band’s fan base is an eclectic and broad blend of folks from all walks of life, stretching from across the West, Mid-West and the South, where they have established successful tour routes filled with eager supporters.
Opal Agafia & the Sweet Nothings, based in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, embodies the sounds of the Ozark Mountains: a little soul, a little roots, a little rock-and-roll, a little old-timey swing – and a lot of heart.
Opal’s voice is packed with power and emotion; her lyrics are sophisticated yet accessible. The band made up of seasoned musicians provides a consistently tight backdrop that pushes every song forward, compelling listeners to pay close attention, lest they miss a single minute of this show. The result is music that’s irresistible, no matter the listener’s background.
Agafia, already a skilled songwriter, holds nothing back. She couldn’t if she tried. Every Opal Agafia & the Sweet Nothings performance seems like their best of the year as the band’s commitment to their music shines. Watching them perform her dozens of originals – adding a few tasteful covers from her musical influences – is riveting, as Agafia soars at leading the gifted players, effortlessly displaying a commanding stage presence that is as rich as it is rare.
Even the most studious listener would never know it, but Agafia is relatively new to the world of performing. While still a college student, she began a songwriting collaboration with her mother, DeAnna Smith, an accomplished writer in other realms. Their songs reflect their deep roots in the Ozark Highlands, as well as their concerns about the current conditions and future of the world. They know their history, but they do not long for it so much as explore how it may shape the future. Their approach is both fresh and familiar.
Opal Agafia’s first performed on stage in January 2015, singing and strumming guitar at a few local joints and smaller music festivals with musician pals and their bands. In just a few months – cheered on by fans and fellow musicians who admired her work already – Opal Agafia & the Sweet Nothings developed into a powerful band. Together, they put on a high-energy show while taking care to keep the songwriting in the spotlight.
During their first year, Opal Agafia & the Sweet Nothings quickly became a standout in the Arkansas music scene, performing hugely popular sets at festivals such as Highberry and Hillberry, and packed shows at venues from Little Rock to Fayetteville’s George’s Majestic Lounge. Spring 2016 brought the release their first studio album, “One Down, Forever To Go.” With engaging new songs emerging, the band has debuted to many appreciative live audiences.
In 2018, Agafia’s sophomore album, “Share What You Own,” was released to enthusiastic audiences in packed venues across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Kansas, and Colorado. Summer 2018, the group was featured on popular music festivals such as the Walnut Valley Festival, Woody Guthrie Fest, and Backwoods Music Festival. Two of Agafia’s original songs were featured in a short film entitled, “American Fishtrap,” and won Best Score at the Wild Bunch Film Festival.
As the group continues to tour and share new music, their grassroots fanbase quickly grows larger and larger. In 2019, Agafia is already scheduled to release a full-length live album. The group will take the new release on tour to the American West this summer. With the loyal support from their fanbase and continuous dedication to deliver their all at every live performance, there are no limitations as to what Opal Agafia and her band may accomplish.