Arkansongs

Floyd Cramer's country keys

Floyd Cramer, who grew up in Huttig, became one of the most important piano players in the development of country music.

Dorough finds his voice

From his beginnings in Cherry Hill, Bob Dorough knew music was his thing.

‘Sunday Afternoon’

In 2004, Jason Morphew recorded his first score, for a film called “Runaway,” starring Robin Tunney of TV’s “Prison Break.”

The unknown supergroup

Can the term supergroup be applied to a band that rarely gigged, whose records are impossible to find and no one’s ever heard of?
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Stones, others 'got' Carter

Bill Carter is not a musician. But the Rector native, author of the 2006 autobiography “Get Carter,” has had a hand in the careers of Tanya Tucker, Reba McEntire and others, most notably the Rolling Stones for many years. Before that, Carter served in the

Activist Lee Hays wove musical fabric

Lee Hays was a singer and songwriter who gained fame in the Weavers, with that folk group being blacklisted in the 1950s and its music being branded as “un-American.”

The Louis Jordan Tributes

But, despite being among the most important figures in American popular music, Louis Jordan isn’t a household name in Arkansas. In the 1990s, a group of music lovers gathered to better preserve Jordan’s legacy, at least in his home state.

More West Memphis soul

After helping craft the Memphis R&B sound of the 1960s, trumpeter Wayne Jackson of West Memphis had many avenues to explore.
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West Memphis soul, part 1

Horn player Wayne Jackson was born Nov. 24, 1941, in West Memphis, and helped craft the Memphis rhythm and blues sound especially typified by Stax and Hi Records.

Fred Tackett: Unknown gun goes large

Little Rock native Fred Tackett, who will be performing Friday, Oct. 7, at the Ozark Folk Festival in Eureka Springs, gained fame in the late 1980s as a member of reformed rockers Little Feat, but he has been recording for decades with countless acts. In

John L. Handcox rolls on

John L. Handcox was born Feb. 5, 1904, in Brinkley, and became the voice of the sharecropper through his poems and songs for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union.

Frost warmed the blues scene

Frank Otis Frost, who was born April 15, 1936, in Auvergne (Jackson County), became known as a premier Delta bluesman of the latter 20th century, with his talents sought for albums, movies and in concert around the world.
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