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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hicks from the sticks: Arkansas hill people to figure in reality TV show

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 6:29 AM

click to enlarge RING OF FIRE: Publicity photo for new reality show filmed in Arkansas.
  • RING OF FIRE: Publicity photo for new reality show filmed in Arkansas.

Do you check Rock Candy? If not, you'll find news there (link corrected) of another great moment for Arkansas in the national spotlight — a Hatfield-McCoy-style reality show filmed around Hardy, complete with barefoot mountain man.

"Clash of the Ozarks" will be on the Discovery Channel. A lead character is known as Crowbar. A gun-toting elderly woman (think Granny Clampett, I guess) is thought to be clairvoyant. From the release:

Crowbar Russell is the patriarch of the Russell family. Everyone in Hardy has their own story of how Crowbar got his name, but one thing is certain: Crowbar and his clan are not to be messed with. Crowbar’s ancestors moved to the Ozark Mountains to avoid being drafted into the Civil War. Once safely in the mountains, they married into the Cherokee nation and developed a deep bond with the land. Today, the Russell family owns hundreds of acres in the area, which they are prepared to defend at all costs. Known for stocking up on homemade canned goods and being the best anglers in the state, the family works hard at being self-sufficient.

Everyone in town knows the Russell clan and many see them as outlaws, but others see them as generous and hard-working church-goers. Crowbar seeks only to work his land and hunt for what he needs to survive. He wants his family to continue doing things the way that they always have, and thus he is opposed to any form of change or progress that might disrupt his way of life. It is for this reason that he has great disdain for Kerry Wayne Evans.

If they can throw down on the gays and talk about how nice black folks were before the civil rights movement (lots of black people up around Hardy, aren't there?) they could be a hit.




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