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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: Oldtime!

    OHR Presents: Oldtime!

    More than a time, it’s a feeling, a style, and a sound. It’s “Oldtime.” In this special episode, OHR explores this rich international music genre. Sit a spell with Dave Smith and Mark Jones. Enjoy uncommon music performed by world class traditional Oldtime artists recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. Featured on this episode are The April Verch Band, David Holt & Josh Goforth, Love Holler, Harmony, The Lazy Goat String Band with Dom Flemons, The Downhill Strugglers, Bruce Molsky, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, Lukas and Eden Pool, The Hogslop String Band, Betse Ellis & Clarke Wyatt, and The Ozark Highballers.

    In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator, and country music legacy Mark Jones offers a 1978 archival recording of Ozark original Sam Younger and himself performing the song “Kicking Mule,” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.

    In his segment “Back in the Hills,” writer, professor, and historian Dr. Brooks Blevins investigates historic outlaws of the Ozarks. Many famous outlaws including Bonnie & Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd have hidden out in the Ozarks. Brooks guides us through this cult of criminality, recounting details of the Ozark experiences of Bonnie & Clyde in part two of this series called “Public Enemy.”

    • 58 min
    OHR Presents: Best of the West

    OHR Presents: Best of the West

    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 through the Ozark hills with historians, authors, and personalities who explore the people, stories, and history of the Ozark region.

    In this week’s special episode, OHR heads west. The Western United States encompasses a plethora of great musical traditions. We’ve saddled up a superb sampling of Western American music performed by various traditional artists recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. Featured on this episode are The Jason Roberts Band, The Purple Hulls, Don Edwards, The Western Flyers, Dom Flemons, Frank Fairfield & Zac Sokolow, The Quebe Sisters, and Riders in the Sky. Let’s ride!

    In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator, and country music legacy Mark Jones offers a 1976 archival recording of Ozark original and our very own Dave Smith performing the song “The Happy Sunny Side of Life” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.

    In his segment “Back in the Hills,” writer, professor, and historian Dr. Brooks Blevins investigates historic outlaws of the Ozarks. Many famous outlaws including Bonnie & Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd have hidden out in the Ozarks. Brooks guides us through this cult of criminality, recounting details of some of the nation’s most notorious crooks’ Ozark experiences in part one of this series called “Public Enemy.”

    • 58 min
    OHR Presents: Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives (Full Concert)

    OHR Presents: Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives (Full Concert)

    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 through the Ozark hills with historians, authors, and personalities who explore the people, stories, and history of the Ozark region.

    This week, five time Grammy Award winning traditional country, bluegrass, & Americana music legend Marty Stuart and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, recorded live at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Also, interviews with Marty. Mark Jones offers an archival recording of himself & Marty Stuart performing the song “The Train That Carried My Girl From Town.”

    Marty Stuart is an American country music singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music. As a musical child prodigy, Marty grew up playing with some of the greatest names in bluegrass & country music. His early career saw him working with Lester Flatt, Vassar Clements, Doc Watson, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Porter Wagoner, and many others. As an adult, Stuart launched a successful solo career that has spanned 30 years, and garnered five Grammy Awards. He has appeared on numerous TV shows including Hee Haw, The Nashville Network, and his own show “The Marty Stuart Show.” These days, he tours & records with his band “The Fabulous Superlatives,” featuring Kenny Vaughan on lead and acoustic guitar, Harry Stinson on drums and background vocals, and Chris Scruggs on electric, acoustic, steel and bass guitars, and background vocals.
    https://www.martystuart.net

    In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator, and country music legacy Mark Jones offers a 1980 archival recording of himself & Marty Stuart performing the song “The Train That Carried My Girl From Town,” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    OHR Presents: John McEuen & The String Wizards (Full Concert)

    OHR Presents: John McEuen & The String Wizards (Full Concert)

    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 through the Ozark hills with historians, authors, and personalities who explore the people, stories, and history of the Ozark region.

    This week, world renowned Grammy award winning musician, producer, writer, filmmaker, and founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McEuen with his String Wizards recorded live at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Also, interviews with this prolific creator and performer.

    “John McEuen has been a ‘professional performer’ since 1962, working as a magician in Disneyland’s Magic Shop as a teenager. Music soon came along, which led to his long and varied career first solo, then as a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966. Over 10,000 concerts and 300 television shows throughout more than 3 million miles - with the band and as a solo performer - John has pursued his passion for performing and recording. John left NGDB at the end of their 50th year touring to focus on the demand for his solo performing and projects. Beyond performing, he concurrenty has a rich history of creating, producing and preserving original and traditional folk and acoustic music, and taking it to new audiences.

    “He brings his guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin along with favorite NGDB songs and the stories behind them to the stage in a manner that earned the honored Best in the West Award from the Folk Alliance Organization.

    “McEuen has made over 40 albums (7 solo) that have earned four platinum and five gold recognition awards, Grammy nominations, CMA and ACM awards, an Emmy nomination, IBMA record of the year award, and performed on another 25 albums as guest artist. He's also produced another 7 albums, and 14 film scores (two Emmy nominated shows) and more than 300 concerts throughout his career - the first in 1965 in Long Beach Calif., with Bob Dylan.

    “His production of Steve Martin - The Crow won the 2010 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. Prior to that, The Music of the Wild West CD- produced by McEuen, was honored with the Western Heritage Award. A Grammy nomination for String Wizards II preceded the1994 Uncle Dave Macon Award for his excellence in preservation and performance of historic music. On Sirius/XM's The Bridge, John's popular Acoustic Traveller show is now in its 9th year. McEuen produced and directed the 2006 documentary film The Dillards - A Night In the Ozarks, which captures his early mentors at their best.

    “In April of 2018 John officially became an author, with his first book The Life I’ve Picked being published (On Chicago Review Press). A memoire, a telling of incredible stories from raising 6 kids in the music business and the ins and outs of being an iconic band member to being a single father to his current full and varied career, his book takes the reader on his unusual journey.

    “In September of 2017 John was inducted in to the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. McEuen's countless jams include street performers to Phish, Earl Scruggs, Levon Helm… and even on Sesame Street with a herd of goats and a cow! Arguably, McEuen's most important legacy may be his initiating what Rolling Stone called ‘The most important record to come out of Nashville’ and what the 2004 ZAGAT survey called ‘the most important record in country music’ - Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
    http://www.johnmceuen.com/biography.html

    In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator and country music legacy Mark Jones offers a 1973 archival recording of his father, country music icon Grandpa Jones performing the classic song “Mountain Dew,” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park arch

    • 1 hr 48 min
    OHR Stories: Brooks Blevins’ “Public Enemy Ozarks”

    OHR Stories: Brooks Blevins’ “Public Enemy Ozarks”

    Brooks Blevins gives a native’s view of the people, music, and colorful events that shape the Ozark region. In this episode of stories, the author and historian investigates historic outlaws of the Ozarks. Many famous outlaws including Bonnie & Clyde, Maw Barker, and Pretty Boy Floyd have hidden out in the Ozarks. Brooks guides us through this cult of criminality, recounting details of some of the nation’s most notorious crooks’ Ozark experiences.

    • 26 min
    OHR Stories: Brooks Blevins’ “Ozark Jubilee” and “Ozark Opry”

    OHR Stories: Brooks Blevins’ “Ozark Jubilee” and “Ozark Opry”

    Brooks Blevins gives a native’s view of the people, music, and colorful events that shape the Ozark region. In this episode of stories, the author and historian presents the story of the Ozark Jubilee, one of America’s first nationally broadcast Oldtime barn dance country music television shows based in Springfield, Missouri. As a bonus, Brooks also recounts the history of the Ozark Opry, one of the first Oldtime barn dance music stage shows also in Springfield.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

jdlorenzo8 ,

Entertaining & Educational

Wow ... I discovered this podcast last year when I was searching for podcasts involving David Holt.
The library of past shows is wonderful and I greatly anticipate each new broadcast. I greatly enjoy traditional country, bluegrass and folk music and this podcast offers all of those forms with great intelligence and humor. I enjoy learning about the artists who are featured, most of whom I was unaware of previously. I hope Ozark Highlands Radio continues to broadcast for many years to come. It truly enriches my life and makes a difficult, stressful urban commute to work much more enjoyable. Thanks for producing it and keeping it fresh and engaging each week! May God grant you many years!

VicCarol ,

The Radio Show

I love this radio show! I love sitting down in the evening with what feels like friends. I love the stories and the memories from the vault. I have listened to every show at least once. It is a truly peaceful fulfilling hour. Thank You.

zzfigmentzz ,

A Can't Miss Show

I listen to Ozark Highlands Radio every Friday night on KUAR in Little Rock and tonight I wondered how I could hear more - how great to find this podcast! Try it, you'll love it!

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