This week, Fayetteville, Arkansas Ozark original old time acoustic quartet “Mighty Fine Times” recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. Also, interviews with the band’s fearless leader Denise Lanuti.
"Mighty Fine Times" members Dennis Collins and Denise Lanuti have many years of musical experience and have been performing together since 1987. Bayard Blain and Jennifer Parker joined the band and together the group features songs from many genres including old time, jazz, cowboy, bluegrass, blues and folk music.
In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator, and country music legacy Mark Jones offers a 1978 archival recording of his own family, The Jones Family, performing the Buck White tune “Buck’s Waltz,” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.
Writer, musician, and traditional dancer Aubrey Atwater presents a portrait of Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers. In this segment, we look in particular at the music and dance of Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers—a story that has everything to do with slavery and isolation.