Category Archives: Boston Mountains

Standing in the Shadow of The Buckaroos: The Ballad of Bob Morris

Buck Owens had a friend in Bob Morris. Without the Newton County native, Buck would have never had his signature theme song, “Buckaroo.” There would have been no “Made in Japan.” Owens would have had to settle on a different … Continue reading

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Hobart and Hugh, Ashley’s Melody Men and Brenda Lee

Thoughts on Sunday’s Rockwood Club posting continues, but it takes a little bit of a turn. Featured was a recording by Mike McAlister, who was one of many musicians locally and nationally to perform at Fayetteville’s legendary club. He also … Continue reading

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It it the Twilight Zone? No, Just Backwoods Music

In 1954, the CBS news magazine show, “The Search,” came to the University of Arkansas to meet with English professor and musicologist, Mary Celestia Parler. She was the Ozarks’ own Alan Lomax, wandering around in the backwoods and barbershops with … Continue reading

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1959: Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks on Dick Clark’s Show

Fayetteville’s Rockwood Club, which was owned in the early 1960s by rockabilly legend and Huntsville native Ronnie Hawkins, featured Hawkins’ band, The Hawks, on many occasions. Stories about their wild shows have always been great fodder. This 1959 lip-synced performance … Continue reading

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The Day Elvis Presley Came to Newton County

For those living in the Arkansas Ozarks, there were few, if any, opportunities to see the King of Rock and Roll belt out “Jailhouse Rock” in person. In his early days, Elvis Presley played numerous clubs in eastern and southern … Continue reading

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His Name was Otto

The stack of magazines bore the title Rayburn’s Ozark Guide. Here I was, in an antique store in Madison County, thumbing through these curious publications dating from 1943 to 1960 – each with a single color background and a black-and-white … Continue reading

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