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Arden Barnett


Big Boss Man Arden Barnett had the idea to perform re-entry into the music business back in 2001. After getting laid off from his “real job” as the best golf course mapper man this side of the Mississippi, Arden said, “every day I was out there, all I could think about was bookin’ bands.”

With a ~not all who wander are lost~ personality and a need to share his love of music with anyone and everyone, Arden put down the gps backpack and set out to do just that. 12 years later, Ardenland has produced events in every corner of Mississippi and across the country. The only thing Arden loves more than his job (and family) is his perfectly tuned listening room and collection of 45,000 records from every artist imaginable. Arden also provided a list of eight (8) albums (music people, am I right) to describe himself:

  • Genesis: Foxtrot
  • Willis Alan Ramsey: Willis Alan Ramsey
  • Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
  • Pat Metheny Group: Pat Metheny Group
  • Gregory Alan Isakov: That Sea, the Gambler
  • Henryk Górecki: Symphony No.3
  • Roberta Flack: First Take
  • Frank Sinatra/Count Basie: It Might as Well Be Swing

With the energy and sleep schedule of a kid in their 20s, Arden can truly always be found at the office with a record on, glass of wine in one hand and planning his next event with the other.

TJ Barnett

Talent Buyer

TJ aka Tommie Jo aka animal enthusiast #1 is Ardenland’s band booking queen. A Jackson, Mississippi native, her love for concert promotions was born when started booking bands her freshman year of college. With a penchant for historic, independent venues and a deep rooted love for Jackson, it’s no surprise that TJ ended up at Ardenland. We asked TJ to choose one (1) album that describes her best, and she promptly sent back this list of TEN (10):

  • Patsy Cline: Sentimentally Yours
  • Laurie Anderson: Mister Heartbreak
  • Margo Guryan: 27 Demos
  • Michael Kiwanuka: KIWANUKA
  • John Prine: Souvenirs
  • Wilco: A Ghost Is Born
  • Silver Jews: American Water
  • The Modern Lovers: Precise Modern Lovers Order: Live in Berkeley & Boston
  • Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People
  • Sparklehorse: Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain

And before you ask—no, she is not related to Arden.

Cason Brown

Box Office Manager

Jonathan Taylor

Production Manager

Every venue needs a man in a chair who makes it all happen and JT is that man. He’s always passionate about working with the smorgasbord of bands we book, so sometimes we throw opera, country music, and rock’n’roll at him all in the same week just for fun. He makes every artist feel completely at home on the Duling Stage and we always let his tech nerd side shine because it means we have the best sound and lights in the state. Sometimes we let him get on stage and blast his favorite Kanye album, Graduation, to relax after a long day.