Archives for February 2012

The “Barren Hollow Boys” play to a Packed House at the Killebrew!!!

On Saturday night February 25th the Barren Hollow Boys played to a packed house and standing room only crowd at the Killebrew Theater – Ozark Heritage Arts Center,  in Leslie, Arkansas.

This was the first sold out music show the Killebrew Theater has seen since it’s re-opening about 2 years ago, when the Chamber “brought it back from the brink” of closing.  And now, thanks to the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce, the Kimbrell Theater is again live and well with great entertainment 3-5 times per month.

With  music from band members Adam Kyle, John Watts, David Watts, Jim Horton, Shawn Horton and Brandon Horton, and great comedy from Caleb Horton, the “boys”  gave the crowd all they could handle for over 2 hours with great country and gospel music, and side splitting comedy.



The boys were introduced and immediately began with their rendition of Man of Constant Sorrow, which was a huge hit with the whole crowd, and set the tone for the evening.     Their first hour consisted of some great country classics, like He Stopped Loving Her Today, Folsom Prison Blues, and Wipeout,  with featured drummer, Adam Kyle, showing off his talents.    After a short intermission the boys started right where they left off, and entertained the crowd with more great country and gospel music.    There was lots of dancing, clapping, and some great songs to sing along and everyone had a great time.

Another of the evening highlights was when the group dedicated a song to Jack and Edna Jean Treat.  Jack is the treasurer of the Chamber and on the Board of the Ozark Heritage Arts Center, and one of the persons who is most responsible for saving the theater.

If you missed this show, don’t worry, there are already plans being made to bring the Barren Hollow Boys back for another performance sometime in the late spring or early summer, so keep a watch on the website for dates and times in the future.   With the packed house for this show, it may be necessary to sell advance tickets for the next show however because these guys are hot!!!     Check out the pictures and videos of the show!!

Crowd enjoying the Barren Hollow Boys



Barren Hollow Boys












Dancers enjoying the music















The Sound of Music……in Leslie

It may not be the Alps, but there is a growing music scene in the quaint Ozark hamlet of Leslie.  Located at the crossroads of U.S. 65 and Arkansas 66 in southern Searcy County, Leslie hosts two music venues.  The Ozark Heritage Arts Center (OHAC) and The Drop Zone.

Both are located near major thoroughfares to Branson, Missouri and Mountain View, Arkansas.  The OHAC is located in a building constructed as a community hall in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, or WPA.  It later became used as a gymnasium by the Leslie school system.  Inside the arts center is the 350-seat Killebrew Theatre.  It gets its’ name from Rex and Daphne Killebrew who remodeled the old Leslie school gym in 1992.  They gave it the name of the Ozark Heritage Arts Center.


Clarence Treat, who was part of the popular 60’s folk group, The New Christy Minstrels, is on tap to play the OHAC with his son Dean on Saturday, March  3 at 7:30 PM.   All profits from ticket sales will go to Spit for the Cure Breast Cancer Cohort to aid breast cancer research.  If you do some searching at, you can find out that a Marshall High School graduate, Susan Treat Kadlubar, Ph.D., along with Suzanne Klimberg, M.D., both of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, initiated the idea for Spit for the Cure.  Searcy County, where Clarence Treat’s benefit concert is being held, is also the home county of Dr. Kadlubar who grew up just a few short miles away from the Killebrew Theatre.

Clarence Treat

The OHAC’s house band, In Cahoots, or another band performs in the theatre every second or fifth Saturday.  Among those playing in February are the John Taylor Band, Red Hat Diva’s and The Barren Hollow Boys.  In addition to Clarence Treat’s performance in March, there will be performances by In Cahoots and a gospel group will perform on Mar. 31. Tickets can be purchased on site for $5 at 6:30 p.m.  Performances begin at 7 p.m.

The Volunteers

On Mar. 25 there will be a free concert in the afternoon by the U.S. Army band The Volunteers.  The Volunteers, according to the web site, is the Army’s premier touring show band.  The site states that they are a talented six-piece group performing a blend of popular American music, including rock ‘n’ roll, standards, country, jazz, and patriotic.

A new addition to the Leslie music scene is The Drop Zone which is located inside of Oak Street Station.  The Drop Zone is a no-alcohol and no-smoking family place.  It is also home to the Buffalo River Blues Society.  They have karaoke most every Friday evening in addition to live music the first and third Saturday of every month from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  The Drop Zone is owned by Sandra Chidester and managed by Tom Anderson.

Anderson loves managing The Drop Zone and says it opened last September and can seat up to 80 people.  He said there is a calling for the blues in this area.  Among the four blues bands that have performed so far is CloverBlue.

Coming on Feb. 18 is Brethren, a blues band from Hot Springs. They’ve played their Mississippi Delta blues at music festivals and venues from Helena to Chicago. Mar. 17 is the date to hear Smooth Down Under, a rocking roadhouse blues band from Branson, Missouri. There’s going to be a youth concert on Mar. 24, with three local youth bands, Alive On Tuesday, WeBuiltThePyramids, and Arrows Point South.  At their Oak Street location in Leslie, The Drop Zone also has had updated bluegrass, rock n roll, and even Bohemian folk music.

The Drop Zone

Admission ranges from $6 to $10.  For more information, check out The Drop Zone on Facebook, or you can call 501-253-6373 or email .

According to Jack Treat, a member of the OHAC board of directors, the arts center has come a long way since 2010 when the facility was in a state of disrepair.  Several people have contributed time, effort and money to get the facility back on its feet.  Treat says the OHAC gives local talent a better venue in which to perform.

In addition to music, plays are occasionally performed in the facility.  The OHAC also hosts a small art gallery and a museum of interest to those who enjoy learning of Ozark culture and Leslie’s history.  On Jun. 1 the annual Ancestor Fair will be held there.

The arts center and museum are typically only open when there is a performance being held in the Killebrew Theatre.  For more information, please go to the Searcy County Chamber of Commerce web site.   And yes, the hills are alive with the sound of music.

By Darryl G. Treat     Leslie, Arkansas