Searcy Arkansas Music
Bonnie Montgomery has been a fixture on the Little Rock music scene for decades, with a voice that has an incredible range and sings deep, intricate country songs. But she was also influenced as a crossover performer, and in a place like Searcy, Arkansas, she experienced the rise and fall of one of the most influential artists in country music.
At the age of 95, she was inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame by the Jazz Heritage Foundation and was named Americana Roots Artist of the Year at the 2019 Arkansas Country Music Awards. The radio industry has also recognized Robbins, including by inducting him into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame, as well as a number of other awards.
The Montgomery Howdeshell toured and played as support acts for large crowds, but it wasn't just the band that left its mark on the big music scene. The band's last big break came when they opened for American Idol's Phillip Phillips, performing for the first time in his hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Salling and the band are still a favorite at the Arkansas Blues Heritage Festival, formerly known as the King Biscuit Blues Festival. They continue to perform at festivals throughout the state of Arkansas and other parts of the country, including Arkansas City.
He has led several bands, from small combos to big bands to praise and gospel bands, and still lives in Northwest AR.
Arkansas' latest project is working with Arkansas State University to restore Johnny Cash's youth home in Dyess, as well as the annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, held annually in Jonesboro. Percussionists of all levels and abilities are invited to continue the tradition of the Arkansas Drum and Bugle Circle, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Montgomery will host a release party on Saturday, June 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Monuments can be placed to his family, friends and family members or his musical endeavors.
The Weavers, Lee Hays was born in Little Rock and grew up singing in local bands in Arkansas and Texas. In 1942 he joined Jay McShann's band, and the duo was associated with the likes of Johnny Cash, John Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and John Prine. From there they formed a band that included Matt "Guitar Murphy" Murphy and guitarist Pat Hare, as well as James "Buddy" Johnson and Willie "Willy" Williams.
Now he is a full-time music member of nominated duo Blue Country, with partner Aaron Benward, and is pursuing them full-time. Brokenheartsville named Breakthrough Video by Country Music Television (CMT) This year for Breakthrough Video. Alan Jackson invited Nichols to open his chosen show "Country Music Radio" for him, and in the same year he won the Horizon Award of the Country Music Association. In 2003 he was named one of the "Top 100 Country Artists of All Time" by the Academy of Country Music and in 2004 named "Best Country Artist" by the country music industry.
With Earl on guitar and Ernie on piano, the Cate Brothers became known for their iconic Southern soul music in the mid-1960s.
Lockwood and Williamson teamed up to host the now-legendary "King Biscuit Hour" on KFFA radio. Hawkins also owned and operated the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which featured some of rock music's earliest pioneers, including John Lee Hooker, Billie Holiday, Roy Orbison, and even John Conway himself.
The show was conceived for Davis by his friend and singing cowboy George "Buddy" Davis, with whom he had previously appeared in several westerns. His distinctive piano style can still be heard in country music of the late 60s and early 70s as well as in a number of other musical genres.
Norris worked professionally from 1944 to 1950, and in 1949 he also worked with Bitsy Mullins. He was fascinated by the blues musicians who visited nearby West Memphis, Arkansas, mainly because of his work. His early influences came from family records, where he spent hours trying to copy the works of blues men like Lonnie Wolf, Jimmie Vaughan and Johnny Cash. Williamson taught Wolf to play the harmonica and lived with him for a few years in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
After their marriage, the two traveled to Virginia and Ohio, where they were to raise their three children, and Burrow received a bachelor's degree in music education from Harding University in Searcy with a master's degree in English. After the marriage ended, they moved back to Arkansas in 2009, where he played his first shows in Little Rock. McKissic earned a B.S. in music from Arkansas AM & N (now UAPB), followed by a degree from Marjorie Petray in Berkeley, CA. Montgomery attended Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia), where he graduated with a major in opera.
He was born at the White Water Tavern in Little Rock, which he calls a "wonderful place" where he got a chance when he played a song on a wooden organ.