Archives for 2014

2014 Flying Jam! – The 7th Annual

7th Annual Flying Jam

When: Saturday, 4 October

Where: Searcy County Airport in Marshall

Time: 9 a.m. until about 2 p.m.

What: Food, Fun, Live Music, & Aviation


  • Bring your folding chair and take in the free music
  • Music starts at 10 a.m. in the hangar
  • Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter present
  • Powered parachutes
  • Wood-powered vehicles on display!
  • Games provided by Girl Scouts – Buffalo River Service Unit

General Coordinator, Darryl Treat,  Searcy County Chamber of Commerce   501-941-4828
Fly-in Coordinator for pilots, Richard Craig, 870-404-1444

 Sponsored by the Searcy County Airport Commission and The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.

Flying Jam Music Festival

Annual Fly-in, mini air show with Powerchutes, music festival featuring local musicians, food vendors, crafts and displays. Fun for the entire family. Music stage is in the hangar so bring folding chairs for comfort. Free admission to the public. Free parking.


Rackensack Folklore Society Salutes Local Music Heritage – Saturday Aug. 2


The Rackensack Folklore Society Salutes Local Music Heritage on Saturday, 2 August at 7 p.m. in the Ozark Heritage Arts Center at 410 Oak Street in Leslie! Admission is FREE, however donations will be solicited for the Ozark Heritage Arts Center. This VERY special night of music will honor Jimmy Driftwood, Frankia Stills Treat, Elton Britt, and fiddlers Absie and Abbie Morrison.

Arkansas Folk Festival at Mountain View, Ark., April 19-20, 1963 Absie & Abbie Morrison (Photo by Ernie Deane)


Abbie Sherman Morrison and his twin brother Absie Sheridan Morrison were born and raised in the Searcy County community of Campbell, Arkansas.  The brothers played at the first Arkansas Folk Festival in Mountain View in 1962.  Absie also won the Burl Ives award one year, and played at the Grand Ole Opry.  Absie’s fiddle is on display at the Ozark Heritage Art Center in Leslie.


Searcy County native Elton Britt (born James Elton Baker) had the very first country music performance to be awarded a gold record for selling more than a million copies with “There’s a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere.”  In addition, according to the “Cleveland American” newspaper, Britt once won the world championship as a yodeler.


Jimmy Driftwood was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and his song “The Battle of New Orleans” won a Grammy in 1960 for Song of the Year.  He wrote over 6,000 songs and is a member of the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.  Driftwood graduated from Marshall High School in 1928 and later worked in the Snowball School.

Frankia Treat

Another Searcy County native and recording artist Frankia Stills Treat earned gold, platinum, and double platinum albums for writing a song on Country star John Anderson’s Seminole Winds album.  She was also a writer for Buck Owens’ Blue Book Music.  Her son Mason Treat was a drummer for John Anderson’s band and also earned gold, platinum, and double platinum albums for Seminole Winds.

Rackensack is comprised of a group of musicians, storytellers and friends who are dedicated to the preservation of the performance of old time traditional folk music of the Ozarks.  The acoustic music in Rackensack is comprised of a group of musicians, storytellers and friends who are dedicated to the preservation of the performance of old time traditional folk music of the Ozarks. The acoustic music is performed with fiddles, guitars, banjos, dulcimers, harmonicas, bass tubs and other instruments of our forefathers.  The Pulaski County Chapter of the Rackensack Folklore Society was formed in 1963 as a sister to the original chapter organized in Mountain View.  Jimmy Driftwood of Timbo, was the founder of the Rackensack Folklore Society of Mountain View and was the inspiration for the founding of the Pulaski County Chapter.

Come hear special tributes to our local music talents and visit with the families of these stars of yesteryear! Brought to you by The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, please call 870-448-2557.  Some of the material for this article obtained from The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, and the Rackensack Folklore Society website.

2014 Leslie Homecoming

The 60th Edition of the Leslie Homecoming is coming next week!!

This year’s events are from June 16-21.

Check out all the Events below.

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid is coming to Leslie – July 26th

Little Mermaid

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR is coming to the Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie on Saturday, 26 July at 7 p.m.

This children’s production is $5 for children 12 & under and $10 for adults.

Production by Red Curtain Theatre of Conway.

For advance tickets, please stop by Elk & Eagle Trading Post in Leslie or Simmons Bank in Marshall.

For more information, please call 501-941-4828.

Jimmy Buffett – Nationwide Live Broadcast at the Kenda Drive-In

There is a special live event coming up on June 19th that no Jimmy Buffett fan will want to miss.

The Kenda Drive-In in Marshall is the only drive-in in Arkansas participating in the Live at the Drive-In Concert series!

This event will be the first of its kind with a live nationwide broadcast of Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band. Mark your calendar for June 19.

Don’t miss it!

Tickets are available NOW!   Click on the picture below to order yours today.


Jimmy Buffett Kenda

Mike Jackson – 30 years of Song – May 24

Mike Jackson, local Searcy County talent and Nashville singer and songwriter will be live at the Killebrew Theater – Ozark Heritage Art Center on Saturday night, May 24th at 7:30 PM.

Tickets are only $5.00 and all proceeds will benefit the Ozark Heritage Arts Museum.


Mikes Picture

Mike is a singer/songwriter born and raised right here in Searcy County. Since 1991, he has made his home just north of Nashville, Tennessee.

Mike grew up just a few miles from the Buffalo National River, in the rural community of Marshall, Arkansas. He began playing guitar as a teen, and wrote his first song while still in school. After graduation, Mike worked as a disc jockey and copywriter for a number of years, before eventually meeting up with a former Motown executive, whose influences, along with those of Nashville producer and publisher Bob Millsap, brought Mike to the Nashville area in the early 90’s.

Mike’s first song cut was by bluegrass legend Mac Wiseman, a song called Countin’ Pennies that appeared on Mac’s MCA/DOT Master Series Album in the 80’s. Since then, Mike has been involved in the music industry as a songwriter, music publisher, performer and producer, in both the bluegrass and Christian music fields.

When we going back


Mike’s current album project is called WHEN WE GOIN’ BACK, and features some of bluegrass music’s best musicians, including Jason Carter on fiddle, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Clay Hess on guitar, Charlie Cushman on banjo and Robert Gateley on the upright bass. Background vocals from longtime HoneyRun bandmates Eddie Cooper and Casey Morton round out the vocals, while a duet with Sarah Peasall of the Peasall Sisters brings Countin’ Pennies to life once more.

Make plans now to attend this event for some great music and helping a great cause.

Tickets are only $5.00

Mike Jackson


2014 Rock, Rhythm and Blues Fest in Leslie on Saturday May 10


Event Poster

On Saturday, May 10th, some of the best musicians around will be converging on the small town of Leslie in North Central Arkansas. Leslie, a town of about 480 people, is located halfway between Harrison and Conway on Hwy 65 and home to the Buffalo River Blues Society. 

This is our 2nd year of bringing awesome acts to the area! Last year, there were over 400 in attendance with 14 bands in 5 venues!

This year, the event is raising money to support both our Blues In The Schools programs in Area Schools and North Central Career Center Adult Education.  

There will be music in only 2 venues this year, on the Outdoor Stage in the City Park and in “the VIP Room” (The Drop Zone), with 12 Bands,  playing 12 hours of music!!! So bring your lawn chairs and your family! Come early as there is also a city-wide yard sale on Saturday morning from 8 am – Noon in the town of Leslie! 

Part of Leslie will be blocked off as there will be Arts & Crafts vendors  as well! Everything from 3-legged stools, massage therapy, handmade jewelry, and so much more! Also, some of the best BBQ this side of the Mason-Dixon Line! 

TICKETS: Get Tickets here for the Music Festival on Saturday! Regular AdmissionTickets are $20 in Advance, $25 at the Gate. VIP Passes are $30!


Click here for more information on Blues In the Schools from the Blues Foundation.

Click here for more information on North Central Career Center Adult Education program, supporting Van Buren & Searcy Counties!


Groove Injectors

The Groove Injectors – This great local band has been around a long time. You name it, they can play it! If you want to groove, they can do it. This band will rock your socks off! 

JD and Mudhounds

JD & The Mudhounds– Take a trip with JD & The Mudhounds…. A musical road trip through Memphis and Clarksdale, with a side trip to New Orleans, ending up in Chicago and you have a idea of the Blues, Soul, and Boogie of JD & The Mudhounds. The band’s music has been described as authentic, fresh and new, yet with a cool retro vibe. It’s The Real Deal. JD & The Mudhounds is not just a blues band, it’s an experience.

Gill Franklin

The Gil Franklin Band – Gil Franklin has been a fixture in the Arkansas music scene for over three decades. He has played in too many bands to mention,( Notably The Blues Patrol)and has done too many things to talk about. Oddly enough,this band is the first to perform almost all original material. Fan response have been great. While his songs are uniquely his, they remain the blues.

Zakk and Big Papa

Zakk & Big Papa Binns – Zakk & Big Papa Binns is a father/son duo with dueling slide guitar, one-man-band style drums and a raw hypnotic delta blues sound. They are also members of the band Brethren, who have toured extensively with legendary bluesman Cedell Davis over the last 5 years, so… some dues have been paid.  

This kicka** duo won the Solo/Duo Competition for the Buffalo River Blues Society and went on to represent them at the IBC 2014.

Low Society

Low Society – You’d be forgiven if, in stumbling upon the first notes of a Low Society song, you thought you’d found a forgotten classic. But a few bars in and you know this is not your grandpa’s blues. 

This awesome band won the Band Competition for the Buffalo River Blues Society and went on to represent them at the IBC 2014. This band is one to be reckoned with..

Ben Rice

Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice – Coming to you from the Portland, Oregon area, they’re coming to Arkansas on their Double Strength Tour, making a special stop in Leslie, Arkansas. 

Northwest Blues artist, Lucy Hammond, has been “livin’ the blues” for over 30 years. As a songwriter, Lucy delivers a writing style that ranges from New Orleans Jazz ,to Memphis Soul,to sultry Blues Rock. When Lucy sings, you best be sitting down,or better yet dancing ! Lucy never disappoints, never holds back,& she leaves it all onstage,every performance! Her ability to connect with the audience can’t be missed ! She gives voice to the emotion we all feel,& expresses it with soul! 

Ben Rice, at 25 is a growing force in the NW Blues scene. Ben Rice brings vintage blues into the modern era. Twisting soul, roots blues, and west coast blues with rockabilly, funk, and rock. Ben Rice, as Lloyd Jones put, “gets it.” His inventive twists on blues are creating a buzz up and down the West coast. Winning the 2013 Male Vocalist and Traditional Act of the Year from the Cascade Blues Association as well as Performance and Acoustic Guitar of the Year from the West Side Blues Society. 

Brick Fields

Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones – Larry Brick and Rachel Fields-Brick, both Arkansas natives, come together with their natural approach to their own genre of music which has recently been called Ozark Gospel Blues.  Larry, on guitar and background vocals along with Rachel using her ambrosial voice while playing guitar and flute, bring together a stormy performance each and every time.  Brick Fields, the multi-award winning musical team are definitive blues artists and they are no strangers to being surrounded by great music. Rachel has toured with, opened for and recorded with acts and players from  such groups as JGB,Government Mule, the Temptations, Widespread Panic, Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company and many others. The Nashville Blues Society has called Brick Fields Music an “Unleashed cleansing of the soul!” and New Music Of Tomorrow says, “Brick Fields is by far the most soulful artist I have heard in years!”

Jason Vivone

.Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – Jason Vivone has been called the Orson Welles of Roots and Blues music. “It’s a helluva compliment. And it makes me drop and do 100 crunches immediately,” says Vivone. Maybe it’s because of his girth. Or maybe it’s because there lies a cinematic approach to the tunes of the Billy Bats. If you close your eyes, it is easy to make little mind movies of the family reunion of EDDIE ATE DYNAMITE or the domestic drama of MEAN.They came high-stepping out of Kansas City in 2013, blind siding the public with Lather. Rinse. Repeat of joyously twisted, stomping blues. In 2011 singer, songwriter and string master Jason Vivone released his solo album, My Roaring Twenties. Now, Vivone and his band of merry musical pranksters return with the equally mind-bending Eddie Ate Dynamite

Tas Cru

Tas Cru & the Tortured Souls – It is not for nothing Tas Cru has been called “the master of the triple entendre.”  His songs are blues poetry – telltale life lessons crafted with rare verbal flair and delivered with a power and passion the heights of which only the seasoned concert entertainer can reach. Rawcuss, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru’s songs and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today!

Honors and recognition include Cru Awarded the 2014 Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award (KBA) for Blues Education, named to the New York State Blues Hall of Fame – 2013 as a Master Blues Artist,  and in 2009 he was named by Blues Festival Guide Magazine as its 2009 Blues Artist on the Rise.


Jeff Jensen

The Jeff Jensen Band – was formed May of 2004. Since then, the band has performed hundreds of gigs. Some of the most impressive have been with Deborah Coleman, Paul Oscher, and blues legend BB KING as part of his 80th birthday tour. The band has competed in the International Blues Challenge in 2005 representing the Santa Clarita Blues Society, 2006 representing the Pinetop Perkins Blues Society, once again in the 2007 IBC representing Santa Clarita Blues Society. Now the band is touring 200+ shows a year around the West-Coast and surrounding states.

Ori Naftaly

The Ori Naftaly Band – In a very short time this extremely talented band has gained international recognition and support by the international blues community and by an extended fan base, located in the USA, Holland, India, Germany and other countries all over the world.

Within the course of two years The Ori Naftaly Band has twice toured the United States and the Netherlands, won the Israeli Blues Challenge Competition, and was the first Israeli band ever to have reached the Semi-Finals of the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee. They have released two live studio albums and are currently working on their third new album


(All Times Approximate and subject to change so check back often for updates)

Festival Grounds Entrance

10:00 am – 11:00 am The Groove Injectors

Ticket booth opens at 10:30 am

Main Stage

11:00-12:00 The Gil Franklin Band

12:15-1:15 Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice

1:30-3:00 Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones

3:30-5:00 Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats

5:30-7:00 Tas Cru & The Tortured Souls

7:30-9:00 Jeff Jensen Band

9:30-11:00 The Ori Naftaly Band

towards the end of Ori’s set all the ladies will be invited back on stage to do a couple of “diva” songs

VIP Stage (The Drop Zone)

1:00-2:30 JD & The Mudhounds

2:45-3:45 Zakk & Big Papa Binns

4:45-5:45 The Gil Franklin Band

6:45-7:45 Lucy Hammond & Ben Rice

8:45-9:45 Low Society

New Farmers Market Group Organizing in Searcy County

A new group of local growers is organizing in Searcy County to start a new Farmers Market group for selling local produce.  Searcy County Farmers Markets held their second organization meeting on April 11, just after the monthly Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Petit Jean conference room.   The new group has also joined the Searcy County Chamber of Commerce as members.    Officers were elected and a permanent home of the old Berry Shed in Marshall was chosen.

Farmers Markets photo

The new group has the full support and cooperation of the Searcy County Chamber and is working closely with the chamber’s  Agri Tourism committee for promotion and organizing assistance.

The first “Farm Market” is planned for Saturday May 3rd, in conjunction with the “Taste of Searcy County” event, promoted by the chamber and by Ozark Byways.

Officers who were elected were: President Cynthia Garmoe, Vice President Wilma Gener, Secretary Helen Griffin, 1st Treasurer Nikki Jewel, 2nd Treasurer Brian Griffin, Historian David Garmoe, Historical Advisor Ken Fariss,  Board Members, Betty Jewel, David Garmoe and L. C. Ratchford.

If you would like to join this group of Searcy County growers and market your farm products to the public, please call President Cynthia Garmoe at 479-236-0046 or email her at

There is a downloadable PDF application below.

Farmers Market Application


2014 Searcy County Events Calendar (Updated 4/14/2014)

Here is the brand new 2014 Events Calendar for Searcy County!!

Updated April 14, 2014.

Bookmark this page or print and cut out where you won’t miss out on any event happening in Searcy County.



New Member – Clowning Around Entertainment

Clowning Around Entertainment of Arkansas is on a mission to provide quality entertainment at an affordable price.

Their Motto is, “Entertainment For All”.

They specialize in Children’s Events and Singing Telegrams.


Clowning Around Entertainment offers entertainment for parades, fairs, festivals, university and school programs, parties, receptions, and other events.

Clients include parents, individuals and organizations.

Children’s services include musicians, balloon and face art, and theme parties!

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To contact Clowning Around Entertainment of Arkansas call 870-221-3259 or Email

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