Arkansongs

Fridays at 6:51 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KUAR

Arkansongs is hosted by Stephen Koch and heard on National Public Radio stations across the state.

Each week, Arkansongs examines another facet of Arkansas music, exploring the people and events that have made the state among the most important in forming the American musical vernacular that has in turn influenced the world.

Visit the Arkansongs Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the latest program information. Or listen to various episodes below. 

Arkansongs - When The Saints Go Marching In

May 17, 2016

“When the Saints Go Marching In” is one of those ubiquitous songs that cross over from mass popularity into becoming part of the fabric of American culture. People all over the world know the song, but few know of the Faulkner County-born “Saints” lyricist Luther G. Presley and his connections to Little Rock and White County. Performed by everyone from James Brown to Judy Garland to Dolly Parton to Homer Simpson, it’s “When the Saints Go Marching In” on this week’s “Arkansongs.”

Arkansongs: Jimmy McCracklin

May 6, 2016

Despite being a native of present-day Helena-West Helena, Jimmy McCracklin came to embody the West Coast blues sound with his keyboard playing and faster song tempos. His more than half-century in music -- and writing songs like “The Walk,” “The Drag,” “The Wobble,” “Think,” “Tramp” and more -- solidified McCracklin’s reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter. It’s Phillips County native Jimmy McCracklin on this week’s “Arkansongs.”

Arkansongs: The Jelly Roll Kings

Apr 29, 2016

The Jelly Roll Kings were a blues trio featuring Arkansawyers Frank Frost and Sam Carr and Mississippi native Big Jack Johnson. Formed in 1962, the band became better known over the years as its members achieved fame individually – sort of a supergroup in reverse. It's the Jelly Roll Kings. On this week's Arkansongs.

Central High School

Sep 19, 2014

Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan

Sep 12, 2014

Towncraft: Part Two

Aug 29, 2014

Towncraft: Part One

Aug 22, 2014

Frank Frost

Aug 15, 2014

Armstrong Twins

Aug 8, 2014

Willy "Big Eyes" Smith

Aug 1, 2014

Louis Jordan V-Discs

Jul 25, 2014

Louis Jordan Food Songs

Jul 18, 2014

Louis Jordan Calypso

Jul 11, 2014

Bob Burns

Jun 27, 2014

Tiny Tim

Jun 20, 2014

Open The Door Richard

Apr 25, 2014

Jesse Belvin: Part Two

Apr 18, 2014

Jesse Belvin: Part One

Apr 11, 2014

Vena Townsend

Apr 4, 2014

Casey Bill Weldon

Mar 28, 2014

Junior Parker

Mar 14, 2014

West Memphis

Mar 7, 2014

Dick Powell

Feb 28, 2014

Almeda Riddle

Feb 21, 2014

Hambone Willie Newbern

Feb 14, 2014

Lee Hayes

Feb 7, 2014

Bobby Whitlock Solo

Jan 31, 2014

Bobby Whitlock Songs

Jan 24, 2014

Conlon Nancarrow

Jan 3, 2014

Grace Brim

Dec 27, 2013

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