Music Archive

Monday Music: Bonnie Prince Billy’s Earthquake Ballad

Central Arkansas has been experiencing swarms of small earthquakes since fracking began in the area a few years ago. They recently shut down the injection wells and the earthquakes have radically decreased. Last year producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister traveled to Arkansas to talk to people about what’s happening in the area. They produced
Category: Animals

Monday Music: Handsome Family, “All the TVs in Town.”

Today’s Monday Music comes from husband and wife duo, the Handsome Family’s, 2001 album, “Twilight.” With their bizarre stories and sparse arrangement, Handsome Family songs are welcome earworms. What’s your favorite Handsome Family song or album? Click here for a list of upcoming shows. Do you have suggestions for our regular Monday Music series? Send
Category: Monday Music

Friday Video: “We Got to Have More Love, More Understanding…” Sister Rosetta Tharpe, France, 1960

If you’re not familiar with Arkansas’s own Sister Rosetta Tharpe, here’s a bit of background on this amazing woman from Cotton Plant who bridged the worlds of sacred and secular music.  From the Arkansas Encylcopedia: Rosetta Nubin was born in Cotton Plant (Woodruff County) on March 20, 1915, to Katie Bell Nubin, an evangelist, singer, and mandolin
Category: African American

In Honor of the Life and Music of Hazel Dickens.

Hazel Dickens was one of the most courageous and important singer/songwriters of our time. I had the opportunity to write an audio essay about her life and music for the Ozarks at Large Program on KUAF 91.3 FM, public radio out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The piece aired yesterday, but you can hear it online by going
Category: Connection to Land/Place

For All My Fellow Arkansansans: Sister Rosetta singing “Didn’t It Rain.”

In honor of all the rain and storms, here’s a video from Arkansas’s own Sister Rosetta Tharpe singing one of her most well-known songs, “Didn’t it Rain.” Click here to watch the video on youtube. Thankful for all those who are safe and thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by
Category: Gospel Music