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Arkansas Roots

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Arkansas Roots  celebrates the music, arts and culture of Arkansas with interviews, vintage and current recordings, and news of upcoming arts and performance events. Program hosts Marty Scarbrough and Mike Doyle emphasize the state’s great musical heritage and its vibrant music scene today.

The Little Rock-based Psych of the South record label recently released "Baby Doll," a CD featuring music by a 1960s band called the Playboys, which was a group of teenagers from Pine Bluff.  The group performed regularly in the region around Pine Bluff in the early 1960s.  Under the name The Magnificent Seven, the group released a 45 rpm single in 1962 on the Vee-Eight record label.  An unreleased, live recording of the band from 1963 was discovered, and the new CD features that recording and both sides of the 45 rpm record. 

Jekalyn Carr Official Website

The Grammy’s are right around the corner, and 4 music artists from Northeast Arkansas were nominated.  One of the nominees, Jekalyn Carr, is a Gospel music recording artist from West Memphis who had her first hit single at the age of 14.  

Festival Fun -10/21 Weekend

Oct 15, 2016

Arkansas is hosting a variety of fun activities for all types of people- from musicals and wine festivals to corn mazes and haunts!

Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights some family-friendly events happening around Northeast Arkansas. If you or your kids love farm animals, hay mazes, and more fun activities, Williams has the perfect event for you.

Williams also has information on haunted houses, zombie shoot-ups, and a nighttime zip-line for the thrill-seekers.

Whether you're looking for awesome amusement or a terrifying treat, Arkansas has enough activities to keep you and your family entertained.

In this episode, Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights a couple of fun and scary places that are fun for the whole family.  We'll go on a trip to central Arkansas to an annual fair where you can go on carnival rides and sample delicious fried foods.

An Irish band known for its collaborations with Nashville musicians will perform as part of Arkansas State University’s free lecture-concert series October 16 at 3 p.m. in Riceland Hall in ASU’s Fowler Center. The Brock McGuire band’s Jonesboro appearance is underwritten by KASU, the on- air and online public media service of A-State, with additional support from Dr. James and Mary Sheridan of Campbell, Mo.; Dr. Troy Bartels, “Dentistry for the Entire Family;” Donn & Kacky Mixon of Jonesboro; and the ASU-Lecture Concert Series.
 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

A locally produced film that focuses on the problem of human sex trafficking is receiving high praise at film festivals across the nation and will be shown in Hollywood this month.  KASU’s news director Johnathan Reaves talks with producer and director Hunter West about his film “Ridge Runners”.   Click on the Listen button to hear the interview. 

Blues, Boats, Blacksmithing, and BOOs!  That just a taste of the events Travel Writer Kim Williams will tell you about going on in Arkansas.

Williams has details on a historic Blues festival in South Arkansas in a town dripping with history of the music and the Mississippi.  Also, in this episode, there's an opportunity for kids to learn about boats... Steamboats to be exact.  Williams takes you to a historic city in Lawrence County where the family can have fun learning about how life was like back when Steamboats dominated the waterways and economy.

Travel Writer Kim Williams lets you in on a little secret in this episode of Traveling Arkansas... she LOVES Fall!  In this episode she will highlight some fun activities in the Natural State that will help you fall in love with Fall in Arkansas, too.

She highlights 2 opportunities to travel back in time and take part of some of the activities settlers  have done way back when.  If time travel is not your thing, Williams also shares with you 2 one-of-a-kind concerts taking place in the state.

As the leaves begin to change colors, it's time to enjoy the Natural State in one of the most beautiful seasons ever created: Fall.

Travel Writer Kim Williams takes you on an audio tour of Arkansas to get a glimpse of some of the fun activities taking place.  Join Williams as she lets you in on one of the largest yard sales you'll ever find.  If you feel like rockin', then a town in Northeast Arkansas along Rockin' Highway 67 will show you a good time.  Or, you can stop by the Main Street in another Arkansas town for a little music and fun.

Once upon a time, four very famous men stopped by a small town in Northeast Arkansas and changed the reputation of the town forever.

The four very famous men, of course, are The Beetles and the small town is Walnut Ridge.  This very popular musical group has apparently generated a ton of other great artistic events taking place around the Natural State for the 9/16 weekend.