Arkansas Music http://ualrpublicradio.org en Loretta Lynn To Take Part In 2014 Johnny Cash Music Festival http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/loretta-lynn-take-part-2014-johnny-cash-music-festival <p>Country music legend Loretta Lynn is scheduled to perform during the 2014 Johnny Cash Music Festival at Arkansas State University.</p><p>ASU said Monday that Lynn will be joined by fellow Country Music Hall of Famers Reba McEntire and Bobby Bare at the event on Aug. 15. Singer and comedian Mark Lowry is to host the event at the Convocation Center on the ASU campus in Jonesboro.</p><p>Lynn - considered by many the "Queen of Country Music" - has hits dating back more than 50 years, including the biographical "Coal Miner's Daughter."</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:08:16 +0000 Associated Press 19443 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Organizers Seek Period Furniture http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/johnny-cash-boyhood-home-organizers-seek-period-furniture <p></p><p>Organizers rehabilitating the Johnny Cash home in Dyess are looking for furnishings that will reflect the time the Cash family lived in the dwelling in the 1930s and '40s.</p><p>The first phase of the project is to open in April.</p><p>Ruth Hawkins is directing the project through Arkansas Heritage Sites and Arkansas State University at Jonesboro.</p><p>The Jonesboro Sun reports Cash's siblings, Joanne and Tommy, described everything they recall from the home and drew pictures from memory.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:28:26 +0000 Associated Press 17765 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Organizers Seek Period Furniture Rosanne Cash Reflects As Opening Of Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Nears http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/rosanne-cash-reflects-opening-johnny-cash-boyhood-home-nears <p></p><p></p><p>As final work is being completed to open Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas as a museum, his daughter Rosanne Cash came to Little Rock over the weekend for a sold out show and to be honored for her work in helping to restore the small house.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 02:41:20 +0000 Michael Hibblen 15115 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Rosanne Cash Reflects As Opening Of Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Nears Little Rock Leaders Launch Campaign To Fund Robinson Renovation Project http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rock-leaders-launch-campaign-fund-robinson-renovation-project <p>Little Rock city leaders kicked off a campaign Tuesday to get citizens excited about helping to fund a $68 million renovation and expansion project at Robinson Center Music Hall.</p><p>The event was held on the steps of the auditorium, with Mayor Mark Stodola and other city leaders promoting a December 10 special election to vote on whether to use an existing two percent advertising and promotion tax to finance the additions.</p><p>Former Mayor Jim Dailey reminded those in attendance of the building’s historical significance.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:02:00 +0000 Maggie Carroll 13667 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Little Rock Leaders Launch Campaign To Fund Robinson Renovation Project Book Looks At Notable Arkansas Musicians And Events http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/book-looks-notable-arkansas-musicians-and-events <p></p><p>A new book now on sale looks at the history of music in Arkansas.</p><p><em>Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music </em>was put together by the same folks responsible for the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.</p><p>It features profiles of well known Arkansas natives like Johnny Cash, Al Green, Levon Helm and Glen Campbell, as well as lessor known, but significant musicians like southern gothic artist Tav Falco and the sombrero-wearing couple Elton and Betty White, who were known for their graphic sexual lyrics.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:11:04 +0000 Michael Hibblen 10610 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Book Looks At Notable Arkansas Musicians And Events Concert To Raise Money For Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/concert-raise-money-johnny-cashs-boyhood-home <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On Saturday, Vince Gill will headline the 3rd annual <a href="http://www.johnnycashmusicfest.com/">Johnny Cash Music Festival</a> in Jonesboro, Arkansas.&nbsp; Cash's siblings Tommy and Joanne Cash, the Gatlin Brothers and others will also be performing.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:23:30 +0000 Johnathan Reaves/ KASU 9711 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Concert To Raise Money For Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Music Icon Launches Artists’ Careers With Arkansas And Tennessee-Based Business http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/music-icon-launches-artists-careers-arkansas-and-tennessee-based-business <p>A new business venture in North Little Rock and Memphis seeks to change current norms in the recording industry.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Music mogul Al Bell grew up in Arkansas and later became chairman of </span>Stax<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Records and president of Motown Records.</span></p><p></p><p>Bell says he is once again working with authentic artists who no longer fit into conventional categories</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:50:13 +0000 Malcolm Glover 7141 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Music Icon Launches Artists’ Careers With Arkansas And Tennessee-Based Business Music Industry Figure To Give Little Rock Lecture http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/music-industry-figure-give-little-rock-lecture <p>Longtime music industry figure and Arkansas native Bill Carter is set for a speaking engagement in Little Rock.</p><p>Carter is to speak June 5 as part of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' Legacies and Lunch series. Carter grew up in Rector and built his career as an attorney and agent for popular music stars.</p><p>The Rolling Stones summoned Carter for help after an arrest in Arkansas, and he represented Reba McEntire at the start of her career.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 11:19:36 +0000 Associated Press 4951 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Drive Launched To Get More Violins in Elementary Schools http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/drive-launched-get-more-violins-elementary-schools <p></p><p></p><p>The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Thea Foundation, is launched the Stringed Instrument Drive.</p><p>It is aimed at collecting gently used violins and monetary donations to bring classical music back into the schools in Little Rock and North Little Rock</p><p>Paul Leopoulos, Executive Director of the Thea Foundation, says music can help children achieve academically and boost their confidence.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 22:40:56 +0000 Maggie Carroll 4062 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Drive Launched To Get More Violins in Elementary Schools BBC Looks At Johnny Cash's Concert At Ark's Cummins Prison in 1969 http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/bbc-looks-johnny-cashs-concert-arks-cummins-prison-1969 <p>The late Johnny Cash was well known for his prison concerts, but this weekend the BBC will air a special looking at one lesser-known prison show that helped spur reform in Arkansas.&nbsp; You can listen to the show <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012nt77" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The international broadcaster sent a reporter from London to Arkansas to research the performance at Cummins Prison in 1969.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:52:14 +0000 Michael Hibblen 99 at http://ualrpublicradio.org BBC Looks At Johnny Cash's Concert At Ark's Cummins Prison in 1969