Music Archive

Musical Migrants Radio Series: Jesse Lee Jones and Yoko Noge

You can follow the Boiled Down Juice online via Twitter or Facebook.  You might also be interested in the newly forming McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action.  If you know of a topic we should cover, please contact us with your ideas!  Thanks for reading!  I’m really excited about today’s post, a look
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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
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607’s New Album YIK3S!

I recently had the opportunity to visit with LR rapper 607 about how he got started, his inspirations, his love for music, his work with brother Bobby as the group Ear Fear, and this new album, Yik3s! The show aired on KUAF’s Ozarks at Large Program last week.  If you’d like to listen to the entire
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Julianna Barwick, Magic, and Singing with Cats (kind of).

Several months ago our friends at the Art of the Rural posted about muscian Julianna Barwick and the role her music plays in how we choose define the sounds of rural America.  Thanks to their post I started reading more about Harwick and her delay-pedal harmonies, the sounds of which bring back memories of playing with
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Happy Birthday to Ella Baker: “Ella’s Song.”

Today would have been freedom fighter and civil rights leader Ella Baker’s birthday.  Thanks so much to Americans Who Tell the Truth who posted this great Sweet Honey in the Rock video  of “Ella’s Song” this morning.  Lyrics below embedded video. Lyrics and music by Bernice Johnson Reagon Sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock We who
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Clunk is Booking Shows Again!

If you’ve lived in Arkansas and were/are into the independent music scene, you’ve probably seen shows at Clunk Music Hall or bought records at Clunk Records in Fayetteville. Great news! Clunk (Chris Selby) has started booking shows again, and here’s a great interview with him about the past and future. To hear his interview with
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Friday Video: Revisiting Sufjan Stevens “The Great God Bird” and audio from Brinkley, Arkansas

This week’s Friday video is more of a Friday audio piece.  And it’s an old one, originally published in 2005.   Sufjan Steven’s “The Lord God Bird,” popped up into my playlist yesterday, and every time that happens I always wind up hitting repeat at least three times.  Sometimes more like seven. Below is an audio
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Random Acts of Kindness: Missouri Musicians Jam for Breast Cancer Awareness and Treatment

So many people facing breast cancer don’t have money for the costly treatments, repeated doctor visits and hospital stays.  Two different towns in Missouri are raising money this weekend to help people in their area, channeling the skills of local musicians to play for a good cause.  All musicians are welcome to join in and share in the music.  Organizers
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34th Annual Ozark Quilt Fair this Saturday

This weekend the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale is hosting the 24th Annual Quilt Fair.  There will be new and antique quilts on display and for sale, as well as awards presented for Viewer’s Choice awards for both new and antique quilts.  While you’re there you can also check out all the exhibits
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Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens by Bill C. Malone

At this year’s American Folklore Society conference (something I intend to write more about very soon)my wonderful friends Mike and Rachel Reynolds-Luster surprised me with a belated birthday gift: a paperback copy of Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens (Music in American Life Series, University of Illinois Press, 2008). It’s so
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