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Ozark Highlands Radio is a weekly radio program that features live music and interviews, recorded at Ozark Folk Center State Park’s beautiful 1,000-seat auditorium in Mountain View, Arkansas. In addition to the music, our “Feature Host” segments take listeners on a musical journey with historians, authors, and personalities who explore the people, stories, and history of the Ozark region.

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Ozark Highlands Radio is a weekly radio program that features live music and interviews, recorded at Ozark Folk Center State Park’s beautiful 1,000-seat auditorium in Mountain View, Arkansas. In addition to the music, our “Feature Host” segments take listeners on a musical journey with historians, authors, and personalities who explore the people, stories, and history of the Ozark region.

    OHR Presents: Tribute to Cathy Barton

    OHR Presents: Tribute to Cathy Barton

    This week, we celebrate the life and music of traditional folk troubadour and Ozark original the late Cathy Barton. Enjoy Cathy and her husband Dave Para recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park. Also, interviews with Cathy & Dave.

    “A lifelong musician, Cathy Barton grew up singing and started learning the ukulele in elementary school in Hawaii. After moving to Missouri, she took up the guitar and banjo and eventually developed a champion old-time banjo style. After hearing a record by Bill Spence on community radio, she became one of the first hammered dulcimer players in her region and helped expand the popularity of the instrument, inspiring many players nationally. Her playing was vibrant, powerful and spot on. She was also a generous and thoughtful teacher. Music was always fun for her and she tried to pass that on as much as any technique to her students and audiences.

    Cathy and her husband Dave Para shared a love for singing and cultivated a versatile and distinctive harmony duet and a reputation for giving dynamic performances acclaimed for variety and expertise. ‘Why do they sound like a whole band,’ the great banjoist Alan Munde once commented.”
    - https://bartonpara.com/bp/

    In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator, and country music legacy Mark Jones offers a 1978 archival recording of Cathy Barton and his own sister Alisa Jones singing the song “The Water is Wide,” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.

    Dave Smith sits down with writer, musician and traditional dancer Aubrey Atwater to discuss the life, music, and enduring musical legacy of folk icon Cathy Barton, one of traditional folk music’s most dedicated champions.

    • 58 min
    OHR Presents: The Steep Canyon Rangers

    OHR Presents: The Steep Canyon Rangers

    This week, Grammy Award winning North Carolina modern bluegrass supergroup The Steep Canyon Rangers recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. Also, interviews with the band’s leader and mandolin Jedi Mike Guggino.

    “Steep Canyon Rangers are Asheville, North Carolina’s GRAMMY winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers, and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin.

    The Rangers are made up of Woody Platt on guitar and vocals, Graham Sharp on banjo and vocals, Mike Guggino on mandolin/mandola and vocals, Nicky Sanders on fiddle and vocals, Mike Ashworth on drums and vocals, and Barrett Smith on bass and vocals.

    Steep Canyon Rangers have been on a journey that is uniquely their own. The band started in college at UNC-Chapel Hill, then dove head first into bluegrass in its most traditional form, and over the years have risen to the top of the bluegrass genre headlining top festivals such as Merlefest and Grey Fox Bluegrass. Only to then be discovered by Steve Martin, famous actor and banjo player. Martin has taken the Rangers on a nearly decade long tour introducing them to hundreds of thousands of new fans and giving them prime time TV exposure. This has helped SCR become the most recognizable modern name in bluegrass music. The band has continued to tour extensively on their own, without Martin, and have expanded their genre into country and Americana with the addition of a drummer, alongside an incredibly versatile bassist - to accompany the original core band. The Rangers are big players in the bluegrass/country and Americana scene today. They are often compared to predecessors The Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the modern Zac Brown Band.” - https://www.steepcanyon.com/about

    In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator, and country music legacy Mark Jones offers a 1978 archival recording of Ozark originals Frank Ellis, Cathy Barton, and Taylor McBain performing the classic tune “Grey Eagle” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.

    • 58 min
    OHR Presents: The Steep Canyon Rangers (Full Interview)

    OHR Presents: The Steep Canyon Rangers (Full Interview)

    This week, Grammy Award winning North Carolina modern bluegrass supergroup The Steep Canyon Rangers recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. Also, interviews with the band’s leader and mandolin Jedi Mike Guggino.

    “Steep Canyon Rangers are Asheville, North Carolina’s GRAMMY winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers, and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin.

    The Rangers are made up of Woody Platt on guitar and vocals, Graham Sharp on banjo and vocals, Mike Guggino on mandolin/mandola and vocals, Nicky Sanders on fiddle and vocals, Mike Ashworth on drums and vocals, and Barrett Smith on bass and vocals.

    Steep Canyon Rangers have been on a journey that is uniquely their own. The band started in college at UNC-Chapel Hill, then dove head first into bluegrass in its most traditional form, and over the years have risen to the top of the bluegrass genre headlining top festivals such as Merlefest and Grey Fox Bluegrass. Only to then be discovered by Steve Martin, famous actor and banjo player. Martin has taken the Rangers on a nearly decade long tour introducing them to hundreds of thousands of new fans and giving them prime time TV exposure. This has helped SCR become the most recognizable modern name in bluegrass music. The band has continued to tour extensively on their own, without Martin, and have expanded their genre into country and Americana with the addition of a drummer, alongside an incredibly versatile bassist - to accompany the original core band. The Rangers are big players in the bluegrass/country and Americana scene today. They are often compared to predecessors The Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the modern Zac Brown Band.” - https://www.steepcanyon.com/about

    In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator, and country music legacy Mark Jones offers a 1978 archival recording of Ozark originals Frank Ellis, Cathy Barton, and Taylor McBain performing the classic tune “Grey Eagle” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.

    • 18 min
    OHR Presents: Mighty Fine Times

    OHR Presents: Mighty Fine Times

    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.

    • 58 min
    OHR Presents: Mighty Fine Times (Full Interview)

    OHR Presents: Mighty Fine Times (Full Interview)

    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.

    • 21 min
    OHR Presents: Wood & Wire

    OHR Presents: Wood & Wire

    This week, Grammy nominated Austin, Texas based progressive bluegrass quintet “Wood & Wire.” Also, interviews with these boundary bending bluegrass mavericks.

    “To understand the musical entity known as Wood & Wire, it’s best to toss aside expectations regarding the sounds that might be created by four pickers holding assemblages of wood and wire — specifically acoustic guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin. Banjo player Trevor Smith spent some of his teen years in Tucson, Arizona, playing in headbanger bands while studying Bill Monroe and J.D. Crowe. Mandolinist Billy Bright, raised in El Paso, Texas, swore his youthful allegiance to punk rock. And bassist Dom Fisher holds a jazz studies degree from Ithaca College in upstate New York.

    They don’t claim to defy categorization, they just ignore the notion of boundaries.  ‘Us coming together and throwing those recipes in a blender is what makes the sound of what we do unique’ asserts Houston and Galveston raised lead singer/guitarist Tony Kamel. Kamel, unbelievably, cites Wood & Wire as his first professional band outing, though he obviously developed prodigious skills since digging his mom’s guitar out of the attic at 12.” - https://www.woodandwireband.com/bio

    In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator, and country music legacy Mark Jones offers a 1978 archival recording of West Virginia country music legends The Bailes Brothers performing the traditional song “I Saw the Light,” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.

    Writer, musician, and traditional dancer Aubrey Atwater discusses children’s songs in folk culture with musical examples and her own cultivated insight. In this segment, we look at children’s songs, many of which have ancient lyrics and references. As songs are passed from parent to child or child to child, it is very natural to sing about our surroundings and what we overhear. What is surprising, though, are the often morbid origins of these songs. Death, disease, cruelty, religious conflict, politics, war, corruption, taxes, you name it.

    • 58 min

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