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Merle Haggard and his Arkansas Ozarks Ancestry

  Newton County, Arkansas, has a seemingly unlikely connection with the country music genre known as the Bakersfield Sound — a style of country music that came from the California city from which it was named. At least three musicians … Continue reading

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Taking a Chance on Fayetteville’s Talent

In the 1950s and 1960s, Sam Phillips and Leonard Chess both started small record labels (Sun and Chess records respectively) that made big stars. Arkansas was filled with small record labels, too, such as Rimrock, founded by musician Wayne Raney, … Continue reading

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Now Let’s Talk About Singing …

After the previous post about The Group in Greers Ferry, it got me to thinking about Almeda Riddle, who also lived in the town.Was she aware of them? Did they ever meet? That part, we may never know. But her … Continue reading

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