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Rockwood Club in 1953: Take it Away, Leon

Before rock ‘n’ roll became all the rage in the Ozarks, Western swing was king in Northwest Arkansas, especially for its proximity to Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was home to Cain’s Ballroom, the venue that would, in turn, be home for … Continue reading

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Rockin’ in the Ozarks Before it Was Called Rock ‘n’ Roll

Though wasn’t called rock ‘n’ roll then, the Ozarks heard plenty of it in the late 1940s and early 1950s, especially when Johnnie Lee Wills came to town. The musician, brother of Bob Wills of Texas Playboys fame, routinely left … Continue reading

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