Category Archives: Folklore

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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Alan Lomax Collection an Arkansas Music Resource

From the 1930s to 1990s, folklorist Alan Lomax traveled around North American as well as the globe to capture musical sounds of the region. Arkansas musicians, including those from the Ozarks, were included in the recordings. Many of the recordings … Continue reading

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Happy Little Home in Arkansas Eases Sad Memories for Grandpa Jones

“Hey Grandpa, what’s for supper?” The cry offstage was directed at Grandpa Jones during Hee Haw, a homespun – and often surreal – country music variety show that aired on television from 1969 to 1993. It featured corn ball humor, … 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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