Arkansongs

Fridays at 6:51 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KUAR

Arkansongs is hosted by Stephen Koch, produced by Keith Merckx and syndicated on National Public Radio affiliates across the state.

Each week, Arkansongs examines another facet of Arkansas music, exploring the people and events that have made the state among the most important in forming the American musical vernacular that has in turn influenced the world.

Visit the Arkansongs Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the latest program information. Or listen to various episodes below. 

Arkansongs - When The Saints Go Marching In

May 17, 2016

“When the Saints Go Marching In” is one of those ubiquitous songs that cross over from mass popularity into becoming part of the fabric of American culture. People all over the world know the song, but few know of the Faulkner County-born “Saints” lyricist Luther G. Presley and his connections to Little Rock and White County. Performed by everyone from James Brown to Judy Garland to Dolly Parton to Homer Simpson, it’s “When the Saints Go Marching In” on this week’s “Arkansongs.”

Arkansongs: Jimmy McCracklin

May 6, 2016

Despite being a native of present-day Helena-West Helena, Jimmy McCracklin came to embody the West Coast blues sound with his keyboard playing and faster song tempos. His more than half-century in music -- and writing songs like “The Walk,” “The Drag,” “The Wobble,” “Think,” “Tramp” and more -- solidified McCracklin’s reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter. It’s Phillips County native Jimmy McCracklin on this week’s “Arkansongs.”

Arkansongs: The Jelly Roll Kings

Apr 29, 2016

The Jelly Roll Kings were a blues trio featuring Arkansawyers Frank Frost and Sam Carr and Mississippi native Big Jack Johnson. Formed in 1962, the band became better known over the years as its members achieved fame individually – sort of a supergroup in reverse. It's the Jelly Roll Kings. On this week's Arkansongs.

Central High School

Sep 19, 2014

Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan

Sep 12, 2014

Towncraft: Part Two

Aug 29, 2014

Towncraft: Part One

Aug 22, 2014

Frank Frost

Aug 15, 2014

Armstrong Twins

Aug 8, 2014

Willy "Big Eyes" Smith

Aug 1, 2014

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