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Ozark Highlands Radio

Folk Music

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.

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.

Location:

Mountain View, AR

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

OHR Presents: Jimmy Driftwood II

6/18/2022
This week, legendary songwriter, performer, folklorist, historian and Ozark original Jimmy Driftwood recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park. Dave Smith gives an historical portrait of the life of this remarkable Ozarker. There was never a more popular, outspoken or controversial musician or personality to come out of Stone County, Arkansas than James Corbitt Morris (better known as Jimmy Driftwood.) Driftwood was a driving force behind the creation of the Ozark Folk Center State Park...

Duration:00:58:57

OHR Presents: Dulcimer Jamboree!

4/30/2022
This week, It’s Dulcimer Jamboree! A whole host of mountain & hammered dulcimer national champions recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. Also, interviews with the some of these interesting and eclectic musicians. For over 35 years, Ozark Folk Center State Park has hosted the annual Dulcimer Jamboree. The annual event takes place in mid-April and features three days of specialized instruction and performances from the country’s top mountain and hammered...

Duration:00:58:57

OHR Presents: Mark Alan Jones

2/26/2022
This week, Ozark original multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, audio engineer and OHR host, our very own Mark Jones recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park. Also, interviews with Mark as well as with his long time friend, country music superstar Marty Stewart. Anyone who listens to Ozark Highlands Radio will be familiar with the fun loving and friendly voice of Mark Jones, the keeper of our “Vault.” In August of 2021, we lost Mark to Covid-19. His passing was a profound loss to...

Duration:00:58:57

OHR Presents: More Hogslop String Band

2/12/2022
This week, Nashville, TN based high energy neo-traditional oldtime music sensation The Hogslop String Band returns to Ozark Folk Center State Park. Also, interviews with this rowdy rabble. “Staying true to tradition while maintaining a bold irreverence is something that rarely goes hand-in-hand but Hogslop String Band manages to walk that line. With their roots in old-time string band music and their energy based in wild rock-and-roll, you could almost call them punk purists. It’s an...

Duration:00:58:56

OHR Presents: Mary Parker & Sylamore Special

1/29/2022
This week, Ozark original and Mountain View, Arkansas based seventeen year old award winning fiddle prodigy Mary Parker and her band of rising bluegrass superstars, Sylamore Special, recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park. Also, interviews with this up and coming fiddle wunderkind. For over ten years now, Mary Parker has been a regular performer here at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. That’s extraordinary, considering that she’s only now seventeen years old. The middle in her family...

Duration:00:58:57

OHR Presents: The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

1/15/2022
This week, Gatlinburg, Tennessee based neo-traditional bluegrass quintet The Po' Ramblin’ Boys recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park. Also, interviews with Ramblin’ Boys guitarist and vocalist, Josh Rinkel. “At a time when most people feel constantly distracted by technology and barraged by the news, authenticity and straightforward honesty are paramount. There’s something about the music of The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys that cuts right through the noise of the world and speaks plainly to...

Duration:00:58:57

OHR Presents: Celebrating 50 Years of the Buffalo National River - Part 11

1/4/2022
This episode continues our tour of places “you shouldn’t miss” and other remarkable spots along the 135 miles of America’s first national river, as well as where to find information about park events, facilities and services. Featured are interviews with park ranger & interpreter and Buffalo National River Partners Board member Kevin Middleton and Buffalo National River Partners Board Chairperson Terrie Martindale. In this special Ozark Highlands Radio series, author, folklorist and...

Duration:00:09:41

OHR Presents: Celebrating 50 Years of the Buffalo National River - Part 10

1/4/2022
This episode guides us on a tour of places “you shouldn’t miss” and other remarkable spots along the 135 miles of America’s first national river. Featured is an interview with park ranger & interpreter and Buffalo National River Partners Board member Kevin Middleton. In this special Ozark Highlands Radio series, author, folklorist and songwriter Charley Sandage celebrates 50 years of the Buffalo National River, America’s first national river. On March 1st, 1972, President Nixon signed the...

Duration:00:08:56

OHR Presents: Celebrating 50 Years of the Buffalo National River - Part 9

1/4/2022
This episode recalls early efforts to conserve and protect America’s first national river. Featured is an interview with long time area resident and photographer Ed Alexander, who’s father, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologist Harold Alexander was one of the early pioneers in seeking to protect the river. In this special Ozark Highlands Radio series, author, folklorist and songwriter Charley Sandage celebrates 50 years of the Buffalo National River, America’s first national river. On...

Duration:00:10:55

OHR Presents: Celebrating 50 Years of the Buffalo National River - Part 8

1/4/2022
This episode investigates the impact of human activity on the river environment and ecology, as well as policies and guidelines designed to mitigate such issues for America’s first national river. Featured are interviews with park ranger and interpreter Lauren Ray, park ranger & interpreter and Buffalo National River Partners Board member Kevin Middleton, and long time area resident and photographer Ed Alexander. In this special Ozark Highlands Radio series, author, folklorist and songwriter...

Duration:00:09:22

OHR Presents: Celebrating 50 Years of the Buffalo National River - Part 7

1/4/2022
This episode describes the park staff and volunteer support structures as well as the immense logistical challenges of maintaining America’s first national river. Featured are interviews with Buffalo National River Chief of Interpretation Cassie Branstetter, area native and long time Buffalo National River staff member Zed Davenport, Buffalo National River Partners Board Chairperson Terrie Martindale, park ranger and interpreter Lauren Ray, and long time area resident and photographer Ed...

Duration:00:12:57

OHR Presents: Celebrating 50 Years of the Buffalo National River - Part 6

1/4/2022
This episode inventories natural resources and the history of economic activity around America’s first national river. Featured is an interview with park ranger & interpreter and Buffalo National River Partners Board member Kevin Middleton. In this special Ozark Highlands Radio series, author, folklorist and songwriter Charley Sandage celebrates 50 years of the Buffalo National River, America’s first national river. On March 1st, 1972, President Nixon signed the bill creating a new national...

Duration:00:10:07

OHR Presents: Celebrating 50 Years of the Buffalo National River - Part 5

1/4/2022
This episode recounts the controversy over, and political maneuvering that resulted in the creation of America’s first national river. Featured are interviews with writer, professor, and regular Ozark Highlands Radio contributor Dr. Brooks Blevins, and Buffalo River area native and long time Buffalo National River staff member Zed Davenport. In this special Ozark Highlands Radio series, author, folklorist and songwriter Charley Sandage celebrates 50 years of the Buffalo National River,...

Duration:00:08:09

OHR Presents: Celebrating 50 Years of the Buffalo National River - Part 4

1/4/2022
This episode examines the history of human activity and historic cultural sites along America’s first national river. Featured is an interview with Buffalo National River archaeologist Suika Rivett. In this special Ozark Highlands Radio series, author, folklorist and songwriter Charley Sandage celebrates 50 years of the Buffalo National River, America’s first national river. On March 1st, 1972, President Nixon signed the bill creating a new national park, the Buffalo National River. 2022,...

Duration:00:08:45

OHR Presents: Celebrating 50 Years of the Buffalo National River - Part 3

1/4/2022
This episode details planned park festivities for the 50th anniversary celebration year and profiles a unique volunteer support organization for America’s first national river, the Buffalo National River Partners. Featured are interviews with Buffalo National River Chief of Interpretation Cassie Branstetter and Buffalo National River Partners Board Chairperson Terrie Martindale. In this special Ozark Highlands Radio series, author, folklorist and songwriter Charley Sandage celebrates 50...

Duration:00:07:13

OHR Presents: Celebrating 50 Years of the Buffalo National River - Part 2

1/4/2022
This episode explores the myriad of wildlife that thrive both above and below the waters of America’s first national river. Featured are interviews with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologist Rachel Norton and Buffalo National River ecologist and aquatic wildlife specialist Shawn Hodges. In this special Ozark Highlands Radio series, author, folklorist and songwriter Charley Sandage celebrates 50 years of the Buffalo National River, America’s first national river. On March 1st, 1972,...

Duration:00:10:12

OHR Presents: Celebrating 50 Years of the Buffalo National River - Part 1

1/4/2022
This episode explains the geology and natural water systems that created and continue to sustain America’s first national river. Featured are interviews with Buffalo National River biological sciences technician Ashley Rodman and park ranger & interpreter and Buffalo National River Partners Board member Kevin Middleton. In this special Ozark Highlands Radio series, author, folklorist and songwriter Charley Sandage celebrates 50 years of the Buffalo National River, America’s first national...

Duration:00:09:29

OHR Presents: The Tillers

12/31/2021
This week, Cincinnati, Ohio based post-punk neo-folk acoustic oldtime string band The Tillers recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park. Also, interviews with The Tillers’ fearless leader, Mike Oberst. “The Tillers have been thumping their own distinctive sound of string band style folk music for a decade, riding it all over the country and across the sea. Four studio albums and one live record have won them praise as modern folk storytellers of the national soundscape. The band features...

Duration:00:58:58

OHR Presents: Outlaw Country

7/31/2021
This week, outlaw country music icons the legendary Billy Don Burns and his protege Josh Morningstar recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park. Also, interviews with these artistic outlaws. As country music moved towards a more slick commercial “Nashville sound” in the 1970s, some of its most notable artists bucked the trend. Influential country musicians such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings fought back against the major studios and won the right to record their music the way they...

Duration:00:58:59

OHR Presents: Folk Nouveau

7/10/2021
This week, postmodern folk singer-songwriter McKain Lakey and neo-acoustic folk-rock duo Jamie Lou & Garrett Brolund recorded live at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. Also, interviews with these innovative trouveurs. Artists featured on this week’s show embody the spirit of folk nouveau or “new folk.” They’ve taken in sounds and stories of traditional folk music as well as modern influences to build new sounds and stories bridging their own personal experiences to...

Duration:00:58:55