Arkansas Music

Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Drive Launched To Get More Violins in Elementary Schools

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Thea Foundation, is launched the Stringed Instrument Drive.

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

Paul Leopoulos, Executive Director of the Thea Foundation, says music can help children achieve academically and boost their confidence.

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Local & Regional News
4:52 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

BBC Looks At Johnny Cash's Concert At Ark's Cummins Prison in 1969

Johnny and June Carter Cash talk with Arkansas Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller at Cummins Prison in 1969.
Credit Winthrop Rockefeller Collection

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.  You can listen to the show here.

The international broadcaster sent a reporter from London to Arkansas to research the performance at Cummins Prison in 1969.

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Local & Regional News
4:47 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Work Underway To Restore Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home In East Arkansas

Johnny Cash's boyhood home, lifted up so that work can begin to restore its foundation.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

On what would have been Johnny Cash's 80th birthday, dozens of family members joined hundreds of fans and residents in the east Arkansas town of Dyess Sunday to formally mark the beginning of work to restore his boyhood home.

"This project has been in the making for several years and I never thought that it would actually come to fruition," said daughter Rosanne Cash, who led the ceremony at the Dyess Community Center. "We never foresaw that it would take on this kind of life."

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George Takei
10:46 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Actor George Takei Returns To Arkansas To Promote The Arts And Human Rights

George Takei at the Capitol Hotel in Little Rock.
Credit Malcolm Glover

Actor and activist George Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, is in Little Rock this week to perform with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

While the orchestra plays, Takei will narrate A Survivor from Warsaw, a piece written by Austrian composer Arnold Schönberg in 1947. As narrator, Takei takes on the persona of Jewish concentration camp survivor.

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Johnny Cash
4:22 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Thousands Attend Fundraiser To Restore Johnny Cash Home

Rosanne Cash during a rehearsal for the Johnny Cash tribute show at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
Credit Michael Hibblen

A sold out show at Arkansas State University raised more than $310,000 for the restoration of the boyhood home of music legend Johnny Cash in the east Arkansas town of Dyess.

Four generations of the Cash family, including daughter Rosanne Cash, son-in-law Rodney Crowell and son John Carter Cash were on hand to pay homage to Cash, as were many of his longtime friends like Kris Kristofferson.

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Johnny Cash
4:50 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

New Collection Of Rare, Vintage Johnny Cash Recordings Released

The cover of Johnny Cash's From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2.
Credit Columbia/ Legacy Records

More than seven years after the death of Arkansas-native Johnny Cash, a new collection has just been released of rare, vintage recordings.

As FM 89's Michael Hibblen reports, “Bootleg II: From Memphis to Hollywood” spans the first 15 years of Cash's music career, and includes his first radio broadcast, when Cash and the Tennessee Two got a weekly show on West Memphis station KWEM.

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Local & Regional News
4:21 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Legendary Radio Program May Be Coming To An End

Clyde Clifford, whose real name is Dale Seidenschwarz, in the studio of KKPT-FM 94.1 The Point during his program Sunday.
Credit Michael Hibblen

The radio program Beaker Street, which debuted 45 years ago playing progressive rock on Little Rock powerhouse KAAY and had regular listeners around the country, could be coming to an end.  It's being canceled by its current broadcast home, KKPT, The Point 94.1.

Things haven't changed much over the decades.  Listeners of Beaker Street still hear records fade out, strange background sounds come up and then the mellow voice of Clyde Clifford.

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music education
11:10 pm
Tue July 28, 2009

The Pied Piper of Arkansas

William “Woodpecker” Worden at the Little Rock Farmer's Market.
Credit Malcolm Glover

William "Woodpecker" Worden is a modern-day Pied Piper, but instead of leading local children astray, his flute playing and music mentoring helps many youngsters realize their untapped potential.

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