Friday, November 30, 2012

Music in the Ozark Hills


     There is plenty of music in the Ozark hills, as most of you know already. If you don't know already, ask a bluegrass music friend or fan. In just a few days over Thanksgiving 2012, we were exposed to Christmas music in Blanchard Caverns north of Mountain View (feat: Robert and Mary Gillihan, Marion Spear, Pam Mowery, Danny Dozier, Pam Setser, and Pati Long. Abby Spinks alternates weekends with Pam Mowery); bluegrass music in Mellon's Country Store just down the way from downtown Mountain View; and the finest of traditional bluegrass from Frank Ray and Cedar Hill at the beautifully-restored Collins Theatre in Paragould, AR (feat: Pete Brown, Patti LaFleur, Frank Ray, Shannon Cox, and Jim Bunch). There were also some fine musicians just passin' the time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the gazebo in the Mountain View City Park, which is devoted to serious mountain-style bluegrass pickin'.

     We'll keep it short and show you a few photos we took along the way. Check out events at Mountain View, ARl5nVng/s200/MtnView+AR+Mellon%27s+Country+Store+11-23-26-2012.jpg" width="200" /> Pappy Mellon in the jammin' corner at his Mtn. View general store  2012
Jes' a pickin' at Mellon's General Store -- even Betty sang with us  2012

Pickers at the Square on a lovely November afternoon in Mountain View, AR  2012

Picker and Rudolph on his banjo - Town square in Mountain View, AR  2012

Andy: "Hey, Barn! Come 'ere just a second!" (Stone County Sheriff's car from a few short years ago)  2012

Frank Ray & Cedar Hill, Collins Theatre, Paragould, AR  2012