Arkansas Music Poll: Individual lists 

John McAteer

1. – Ho-Hum

2. – Magic Cropdusters

3. – American Princes

4. – Tel Aviv

5. – The Good Fear

6. – Kevin Kerby

7. – Ashtray Babyhead / The Kicks

8. – Big Boss Line

9. – The Easys

10. – Sulac

**

1. – Magic Cropdusters – "The Apartment"

2. – Ho-Hum – "Sanduleak"

3. – Tel Aviv – "Lay Me Down" (EP)

4. – American Princes – "Other People"

5. – The Good Fear – "Keep In Touch"

6. – Magic Cropdusters – "Magic Cropdusters"

7. – Ho-Hum – "Landau Zeal"

8. – Ashtray Babyhead – "O-Rama"

9. – The Easys – "Blood Capsule"

10. – Big Boss Line - Some tape they recorded in the mid-90s. I lost my copy. (EP)

I only chose artists living and working in Arkansas for the writing and recording of the material (although it didn't have to be recorded in Arkansas) so no Johnny Cash or Al Green. Almost all rock bands because I like rock bands and almost all Little Rock bands because I don't get out much.

John McAteer, better known as Johnny Mac, is the lead singer of The Reds and The Baileys.

James Szenher

1. – Louis Jordan

2. – Johnny Cash

3. – Al Green

4. – Pharoah Sanders

5. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

6. – Levon Helm

7. – Dale Hawkins

8. – Ho-Hum

9. – Rwake

10. – 607

**

1. – Al Green "I'm Still in Love With You"

2. – Johnny Cash "At San Quentin"

3. – Pharoah Sanders "Karma"

4. – Louis Jordan "Best of"

5. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe "Live at the Hot Club de France"

6. – Bob Dorough "Schoolhouse Rock: Multiplication Rock"

7. – Rwake "Voices of Omens"

8. – Johnny Cash "American Recordings"

9. – Al Green "Let's Stay Together"

10. - Ho-Hum "Landau Zeal"

I hate ranking things.

Might have been on there if you asked me last week or next week: Sonny Boy Williamson (II), Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Hawkins, Johnnie Taylor, Junior Walker, CeDell Davis, Iris Dement, all the early '90s LR punk bands that I was too young to really know about and would have felt like a poseur putting them on there just coz I saw "Towncraft," Ashtray Babyhead, Mulehead, American Princes, Sugar in the Raw, Soophie Nun Squad, Frown Pow'r, The See.

James Szenher is an Arkansas Times contributor.

Zach Holland

1. – Al Green

2. – Johnny Cash

3. – Scott Joplin

4. – Louis Jordan

5. – Howlin' Wolf

6. – Iris Dement

7. – Sonny Boy Williamson

8. – Pharoah Sanders

9. – Ronnie Hawkins

10 - Levon Helm

**

1. – Al Green - "I'm Still in Love with You"

2. – Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison"

3. – Johnny Cash - "American Recordings"

4. – Ho-Hum "Near and Dear"

5. – American Princes - "Other People"

6. – Greers Ferry – Unreleased

7. – Tel Aviv - "Lay Me Down"

8. – Faith Healers - some unmarked tape I got at a show in 9th grade

9. – Paper Hearts – S/T EP

10. - Dig - unmarked tape

My "greatest act" list ended up being more like a "most important or most legendary" list, because how can I put the local acts of my youth above blues legends like Sonny Boy Williamson ( even though I personally don't listen to him much)? I did find space for smaller local acts in my greatest album list, because I based this list strictly on albums I actually spent a lot of time listening to.

Levon would've been higher on the list, but he's on the list more for his work with The Band than his solo work. I know he isn't supposed to qualify as just a member of The Band, but his role in The Band meant much more to me than some of the people higher on this list. Plus, he once patted me on the knee and said "how you doin?"!

Note: Miles Davis spent summers in Arkansas as a child which he counts as very influential in his upbringing. I'm absolutely positive I left several things off this list, but I felt an incomplete list was better than no list, so here ya go.

Zach Holland is guitarist/vocalist in The Good Fear and keyboardist in Greers Ferry.

Adrian "607" Tillman

1. – E-Dubb

2. – Grand Serenade

3. – Velvet Kente

4. – Nik & Sam

5. – Jeremy Brasher

6. – Grim Musik

7. – Top Key

8. – The Chicklettes

9. – Early Morning Bourbon Girls

10. – Deacon

**

1. – Bru Records – "S/T"

2. – The Easys – "Blood Capsule"

3. – Under The Ground Compilation

4. – A-State Hustlas – "Alleyways and Ditches"

5. – Big Drew – "The South's Best Kept Secret"

6. – Pepper Boy – "Blame Block"

7. – E-Dubb – "Errol Westbrook"

8. – Joker Enertainment – "The Raw Saw"

9. – Grim Musik – "S/T"

10. - Left Leg Limpin – "Dirty Secrets"

607 is a former Arkansas Times Showcase winner and Arkansas's greatest rapper.

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Michael Inscoe

1. – Jonathan Wilkins & the Reparations

2. – American Princes

3. – Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth

4. – Gut Feeling

5. – The Sufferjets

6. – Soophie Nun Squad

7. – Smoke Up Johnny

8. – Chinese Girls

9. – Tulsa Welding School

10 - Moving Front

**

1. – American Princes - "Little Spaces"

2. – Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth - "Mystic Indian Hitmakers"

3. – The Book of Three Days - "No Tassles Reachin For The Sword of Evil"

4. – V/A - "Listen To What I'm Made Of"

5. – Soophie Nun Squad - "The Devil The Metal The Big Booty Beats

6. – Big Cats - "Worrisome Blues"

7. – Chinese Girls - "Pop Life"

8. – Red 40 - discography

9. – The Gossip - "Movement"

10. - Loch Ness Monster - "11 Traditional Songs"

My picks are all very personal I feel, like not based on facts or 'over-all experience' yes: 'over-all existential experience' also I emailed JT note things I wrote this morning. I don't know ok oh also I wasn't very interested in non-local stuff for no real reason.

Michael Inscoe is a local poet.

Danny Grace

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

3. – Louis Jordan

4. – Joyce Green

5. – James Luther Dickinson

6. – Big Bill Broonzy

7. – Pharoah Sanders

8. – Almeda Riddle

9. – Conlon Nancarrow

10 - Elton and Betty White

**

1. – Johnny Cash – "The Fabulous Johnny Cash"

2. – James Luther Dickinson – "Dixie Fried"

3. – Cedell Davis – "Feel Like Doing Something Wrong"

4. – Al Green – "Gets Next To You"

5. – Richard Leo Johnson – "The Legend of Vernon McAlister"

6. – Johnny Cash – "Live From San Quentin"

7. – Jim Mize – "Release It To The Sky"

8. – Ho-Hum – "Let/Me/Wear/Your/Coat"

9. – Sleepy LaBeef – "Down Home Rockabilly"

10. - Tav Falco-Panther Burns – "The World We Knew"

It was very difficult to leave off Narvelle Felts, Charlie Rich, Glen Campbell, Sonny Burgess, Jimmy Driftwood, Luther Allison, The Gunbunnies, Sam Carr, Levon Helm, Jimmy Witherspoon, Little Willie John, Elton Britt, Ronnie Hawkins, John Weston, Robert Palmer, Johnny Taylor, The Doctors For Bob, Sun Seals and so many more. But....

Danny Grace is the lead singer in The Rockin' Guys and The Frontier Circus. As former special events coordinator at Hendrix, he brought the likes of John Cale, Dan Penn and Alejandro Escovedo to Conway for free concerts.

Matt Besser

1. – Trusty

2. – Econochrist

3. – Black Oak Arkansas

4. – The Gossip

5. – Johnny Cash

6. – Lefty Frizzell

7. – Conway Twitty

8. – The Big Cats

9. – Dog Like Spot

10 - Scott Joplin

**

1. – Trusty - "Trusty"

2. – Black Oak Arkansas - "Black Oak Arkansas"

3. – Johnny Cash - "American Recordings"

4. – The Gossip - "Arkansas Heat"

Trusty - Forefathers of the independent music scene that is still going today. I'll never forget listening to my Black Oak Arkansas record and "Hot and Nasty" comes on. I'm cranking it loud. My parents run in and ask "What's that?!" "Umm...it's "Hot & Nasty'." I was so psyched that the Gossip wrote a song about Arkansas. It was a negative song, but at least it was a song with Arkansas in the title. There should be more of those.

Little Rock native Matt Besser is a co-founder of The Upright Citizens Brigade.

Oleo Magneto

1. – Louis Jordan

2. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

3. – Johnny Cash

4. – Jim Dickinson

5. – Pharoah Sanders

6. – Robert Palmer

7. – Joyce Green

8. – Conlon Nancarrow

9. – Almeda Riddle

10 - Big Bill Broonzy

**

1. – James Luther Dickinson – "Dixie Fried"

2. – Tav Falco & Panther Burns – "The World We Knew"

3. – Al Green – "Call Me"

4. – Richard Leo Johnson – "The Legend of Vernon McAlister"

5. – Ho-Hum – "Landau Zeal"

6. – Cedell Davis – "Feel Like Doin' Something Wrong"

7. – Band of Ones – "S/T"

8. – Jim Mize – "Release It to the Sky"

9. – Doktors 4 Bob – "A Lewd Spectacle of Wanton Depravity"

10. - Gleaners – "Blessed"

I was led to the understanding that "Arkansas music act" meant musicians born in Arkansas and that "Arkansas album" meant a long play or extended play recording featuring musicians born in Arkansas. I have serious reservations about these definitions but I have tried to work with them.

Space limitations rather than lack of merit prevented the inclusion of Junior Walker, Little Willie John, Sleepy LaBeef, Ronnie Hawkins, Levon Helm, The Cate Bros., Billy Lee Riley, Sonny Burgess, Johnnie Taylor, Walter Norris, John Stubblefield, Art Porter Senior, Luther Allison, Bobby Brown, Jimmy Driftwood, The All Night Records All Stars, Al Hibbler, Wayne Jackson, Elton Britt, The Wilburn Brothers, Billy Lee Cross & the Wildcats, Jimmy Witherspoon, Elton & Betty White, Son Seals, The Greasy Greens, Bobby Lee Trammel, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Charlie Jordan, Charlie Rich, Frank Frost, Floyd Cramer, The Magic Cropdusters and The Gunbunnies. Each of these musicians has made significant contributions of great artistry. I believe that all of them would deserve at least a tie for 10th on the list of "greatest Arkansas music acts." Of course, if I could have used "ties," most of my top ten would have tied for first.

Rules restrictions prevented the inclusion of non-native Arkansawyers Lefty Frizzell, Dale Hawkins, Big Daddy & the HDs, Albert King, William Grant Still, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf and Little Johnny Taylor.

I have no doubt that nearly everyone would agree that the "greatest Arkansas music act" was Howlin' Wolf playing the clubs of eastern Arkansas while he was residing in West Memphis. Most of these artists would have forced their way into one of both of my top ten lists had they been eligible.

Only widespread confusion about the actual places of birth of Junior Parker (West Memphis or Clarksdale) Buddy Boy Hawkins (Blytheville or ?) and Conway Twitty ( Friars Point or Helena) prevented their serious consideration for inclusion in my ten "greatest Arkansas music acts."

Categorical limitations ( i.e., utter obscurity and a very limited body of recorded work, including no "albums") prevented the mention of certified geniuses Angus K. Ingram, Farris Holliman, Little "Guitar" Pickett, Pat Hare and The Trouble Brothers. Joyce Green's miraculous achievement, singular in every sense, allowed her to transcend all restrictions.

Only an honest desire to avoid conflict of interest charges prevented me from expressing my true opinion that The Rockin' Guys' "Performance Art Miscreants" deserved a top 10 mention in the album category.

Oleo Magneto was the host of "Sunglasses After Dark," the greatest radio show Arkansas' ever known, on KABF for 23 years.

Chris Burnley

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Ho-Hum

3. – Levon Helm

4. – Al Green

5. – Conway Twitty

6. – Iris Dement

7. – Jimmy Driftwood

8. – The Gunbunnies

9. – Mulehead

10 - Red 40

**

1. – At Folsom Prison -Johnny Cash

2. – Massacre -Ho-Hum

3. – Greatest Hits - Al Green

4. – Finer Thing –Mulehead

5. – Near and Dear -Ho-Hum

6. – Paw Paw Patch - The Gunbunnies

7. – Hello Darlin' -Conway Twitty

8. – Il Libertina

9. – The Duke of Arkansas -Jason Morphew

10. - The Moving Front

OK...this was tough. Too many great artists to pick from and had to go with the cream that ultimately rises to the top. Some local, some internationally known. Ultimately, I was asked who I thought were the best artists and what albums were the best done by Arkansans.

There are so many more, especially local that I think deserve some major credit. However, there are only ten spots. That cream that rises to the top? You'll see those on my list.

A few of these I'd like to mention. Lets start with the most obvious: JC.

It was March 20th, 1976 and believe me or not...I vaguely remember it. Not a very vivid memory, actually kind of hazy. But a memory stored somewhere in the archives of my mind that Ican pull out from time to time like a dusty old photo from a shoebox. I found this article printed below after "googling" the words "Johnny Cash Rison Arkansas performance." Ta Da! These are a couple of articles from local papers celebrating the day Cash came to that small town. And I was there.

See, my parents taught school at that little town before I was born. They had a friend that was the football coach at Rison who called and invited us to come see them since Cash would be playing a show at HIS football field. Furthermore, his house was right next to the field and he would host several of Cash's entourage as well as some of Johnny's family members. And I was there too. My parents and I got to stand exit stage right and watch from the wings. Maybe it was because he was all dressed in black, an ominous figure to be sure... and for some reason, maybe his look itself, I remember this. I want to thank my Mom and Dad for making this my very first concert experience. Maybe that makes up for all those shitty hair bands I saw back in the late 80's, early 90's.

OTHER SHOUT OUTS: HO-HUM - Best band that never MADE it. Lenny Bryan is the best songwriter to come out of this state. Period. Still producing great tunes to this day. And I will stand on Hayes Carll's coffee table and tell him that. "Near and Dear" is the Album that Paul McCartney (under the Firemen moniker) wishes he had made. Somehow, I think the Flaming Lips got a hold of some of Lenny's work and let it influence them as well.

Mulehead and Kevin Kerby. This is the sound of Arkansas (even though Kevin is originally from Texas.)

Il Libertina. My God...the harmonies. This is a fantastic album from start to finish. When this album comes on, I can smell it.

The Gunbunnies' "Paw Paw Patch" has the perfect pitch of early REM and college radio in a small town liberal arts college. Not sure if they ever made it on one of those early '90s CMJ CDs but they should have.

The Moving Front. I know these boys. They must have locked themselves up in the woodshed for a year and made a hell of a great set of songs.

Chris Burnley was a guitarist in The Results.

Razormack

1. – 607 (of Trauma Team)

2. – Backyard

3. – Grim Muzik

4. – Suited & Booted

5. – Loccs off Wolf

6. – Dirty Jack Lex Ball

7. – Big Keys

8. – Pretty Tony aka Tony Hatchet

9. – A-State Hustlas

10 - Tho'd Studios

**

1. – Konnekkted Ridaz - "Too Much Game"

2. – 607 - "Nethermost"

3. – Playboy Shane - "Mob Hits"

4. – Big Drew & Playa Mone - "Underground Vol. 1"

5. – Grim Muzik - "Who Do's it Vol. 3"

6. – Southern Kartel - "As the World goes Round"

7. – SL Jones - "C.O.L.O.R.S. Bangin on Wax"

8. – E-Dubb - "Errol Westbrook"

9. – Suga City - "Leaks of Controversy"

10. - D Dirt - "Fool Wit Me if you Cool Wit Me"

Razormack is a rapper and promoter who runs the website Razormack.com.

Travis Hill

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Louis Jordan

3. – Al Green

4. – Howlin' Wolf

5. – Levon Helm

6. – Pharoah Sanders

7. – Albert King

8. – Sonny Boy Williamson

9. – Lefty Frizzell

10 - Glen Campbell

**

1. – Johnny Cash - "American Recordings"

2. – Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison"

3. – Howlin' Wolf - "The Rockin' Chair Album"

4. – Johnny Cash - "At San Quentin"

5. – Al Green - "Let's Stay Together"

6. – Al Green - "I'm Still In Love With You"

7. – Pharoah Sanders - "Karma"

8. – Levon Helm - "Electric Dirt"

9. – Lucero - "1372 Overton Park"

10. - Kevin Kerby & Battery - "Beautiful + Bright"

Several of my artist picks predate the album era. I avoided compilations and "best of" collections and thus my picks for albums are weighted to the past few decades. That and Johnny Cash was as BAD as they come.

Thoughts on album selections:

1. At a time when he could have coasted on reputation and past hits, Cash forgoes the Branson route and begins some of the strongest work of his career.

2. The first JRC full length I heard and every utterance is burned in my brain at this point. Carl Perkins.

3. I don't think "genre defining" is too strong to use on an album that became such a HUGE influence on the Brits who would soon lead the Invasion.

4. Cash continued the success of "Folsom" but managed to avoid formula. This is just as essential.

5. Green crafts his sound with Willie Mitchell at a time when Memphis was the center of the Soul universe. Timeless. Al Green makes me a believer.

6. A big part of my informal education during my college years. Sweet, soulful, baaadassss.

7. He played with Coltrane so I'll give it a listen. "The Creator Has A Master Plan" - Wow. He surely does.

8. Levon returns to full form post cancer, post Band breakup/reformation disappointment, and manages to produce another high point in an already essential catalog.

9. Ben Nichols and Co. produce and album that manages to tie together the Memphis Sound with their own brand of country tinged and punk singed (scorched) rock and or roll. With lines such as "White Water Tavern nights...old songs and cheap red wine, there's no finer mess to be found" and mentions of the 7th St Bridge in Little Rock, this one hits close to my heart.

10. I put my money where my mouth is on this one. Kevin is one of the finest songwriters of my generation. I'll stand on Jeff Tweedy's coffee table in my boots and say that.

Travis Hill runs the Little Rock music label Last Chance Records.

Charlotte Taylor

1. – Al Green - "Greatest Hits"

2. – Johnny Cash - "Live from Folsom Prison"

3. – Lucinda Williams - "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road"

4. – Black Oak Arkansas - "High on the Hog"

5. – Albert King - "Born Under A Bad Sign"

6. – Calvin Leavy - "Cummins Prison Farm"

7. – Howlin Wolf - "Smokestack Lightnin"

8. – Sonny Boy Williamson - "One Way Out"

9. – Michael Burks - "From the Inside Out"

10. - Arkansas Bo - "I Know Dat's Right"

When I was fortunate enough to have a recording contract with HI Records in West Memphis several years ago (Taylor and Martinez HI 20000), we didn't understand the history we had stumbled into. Sitting in the small Delta Sound Studios there were on the table in front of us the original analog reel recordings of "Take Me to the River," "Let's Stay Together," etc., that were being digitally remastered. It felt surreal and was the beginning of many great happenings in my musical journey.

God Bless Al Green! I am proud he's from Arkansas.

Little Rock's Charlotte Taylor is a long time blues vocalist.

Leigh Wood

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Levon Helm

4. – Scott Joplin

5. – Louis Jordan

6. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

7. – Pharoah Sanders

8. – Beth Ditto

9. – Victor Wiley

10. – Ettiem

**

1. – Johnny Cash – "At Folsom Prison"

2. – Al Green – "Still in Love With You"

3. – Chinese Girls – "I and II"

4. – Lucinda Williams – "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road"

5. – The Stranger Steals – "The Goals of Misbehavior"

6. – Pharoah Sanders – "Live at the East"

7. – American Princes – "Other People"

8. – Deadbird – "Twilight Ritual"

9. – Trusty – "The Paul Years"

10. - Econochrist – "S/T"

These lists may seem a bit random, but here's my qualifier: I took "the greatest" to mean "most influential."

The folks I picked really have changed music, I believe, whether it be across the globe or in their own neighborhood. I think this list of Arkansas artists shows a group of ten people who have all inspired others to start making music — to form bands and move across the country or to get a Casio SK-1 at a thrift store and record something in their garage.

That's truly Arkansas's legacy on American music: If you want to be a musician, make some music. Do it yourself.

And, I just gotta add this — Miles Davis spent his childhood summers in Arkansas. The racism his father's family encountered, along with his experiences playing in the fields and ponds, away from the East St. Louis streets, no doubt had an affect on his sensibilities, musical and otherwise:

"He had a fish farm down in Arkansas. We would catch fish all day long, buckets of them, tubs of them. Man, we ate fried fish all day long, and talk about good? Shit, that fish was a motherfucker. So, we'd run around all day. Ride horses. Go to bed early. Get up early. And do the same thing all over again. Man, it was fun being on my grandfather's farm."

Leigh Wood is a former Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase judge and the former director of the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative.

Epiphany

1. – 607

2. – Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers

3. – Velvet Kente

4. – Moving Front

5. – Official 1

6. – Suga City

7. – Boondogs

8. – Jim Mize

9. – Tawanna Campbell & Nikki Parish

1. – 607 - "Stepchild"

2. – Conduit Fam - "Theme Muzik"

3. – A-State Hustlas - "Think Its a Game"

Although, I'm unsure if I'm the "best" to comment on the wealth of AR music, like most underqualified people, I did it anyway.

ARTISTS

1 607

One man machine and most inspiring artist I know or even know of. Vast body of work and continues to challenge himself even seemingly uncaring if his audience follows. Dope to me.

2 Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers

Not only are they cover artists extroadanaires, but they actually ENGAGE w/ their audience putting them in the realm of actual entertainers. They keep working and gigging non-stop and they recently put out their own body of work. Overall, cool brothas and I get residual womens on occasion for working w/ them.

3 Velvet Kente

Just when the LR sound was borderlining repetitive, they came through w/ that breath of fresh. Lead by one of the most "sincere" vocalists I peeped in a second or three on some ole "we do what we wanna" w/ this music thing. I aint mad.

4 Moving Front

I don't know if they even still exist, but they just kept getting better and better to me. Sucked me into a genre that I wasn't even the biggest fan of and kept my attention.

5 Official 1

When I came back to Little Rock in early 2000's, they ran the rap scene. True there were many other folks making noise, but w/ Ball Jones, Ice Smiles, Ricky D, D1, and them other folks in helm, in my opinion they forged the way for future rap groups and labels. Plus, "Crush"? Throw that on now in the club when them L-I-Q's are flowing and the girls have let down their ice walls just a bit, and see what happens. Word to the plane in the back of the video.

6 Suga City

Heavily biased, but I believe honest on this one. Them boys came in and hit hella hard and left an impression. Two seemingly polar personalities who blended together semi-perfectly somehow to make reality sound good. Local mass appeal of a hip-hop artist at their peak may have been unmatched to this day.

7 Boondogs

Honestly, their music makes me feel good. Mom dukes told me that's alright sometimes.

8 Jim Mize

Much of their vote in my book is honestly from my affiliation with their drummer and what I've learned and read about them. Oh, and the fact they make good music.

9 Tawanna Campbell & Nikki Parish

Local (and not local) diva legends who held down the 23+ black kickin it crowd for years. Beautiful people as well. I'd holla.

ALBUMS

607 "Stepchild"

Although he has made several "better" songs then some of those that exist on here, in my opinion he has yet to top this as a COMPLETE work in his 30+ disc discography (though Devil's Violin came close).

Theme Muzik

Biased, but honest again. Them Conduit boys were riding w/ a movement as well and created several lil ditties that still resonate round these here parts, such as "Arkansas Sound" and "5 Dollas". Linked with classic production from other locals, such as Dat Heat and Kwestion, the group effort of Suga City, Epiphany, & DK & Soulja T deserves a tip of the hat.

A-State Hustlas

It wasn't solely the music, b/c I swear these brethren had a movement behind them w/ this one. "Everyday/Allday" was the classic that drove their success, but a solid album and a fa real following kept it growing. With the young standout E-Dubb and the then unknown, young producer Kwestion killin it, even w/ somewhat suspect mixing, this joint right here was in heavy rotation. A street classic.

Epiphany is a rapper and the president of Conduit Entertainment.

Charles Wyrick

1. – Crisco Kids

2. – Tel Aviv

3. – Soophie Nun Squad

4. – Ho-Hum

5. – 607

6. – American Princes

7. – Rwake

8. – The Gossip

9. – Evanescence

10 - Black Oak Arkansas

**

1. – Loch Ness Monster - "Eleven Traditional Songs"

2. – The Moving Front - "S/T"

3. – Isaac Alexander - "See Thru Me"

4. – Rwake - "Voices of Omens"

5. – 607 - "Devils Violin"

6. – Kings of New England - "On The Cusp"

7. – Boondogs - "This is the Way the World Ends"

8. – American Princes - "Less and Less"

9. – Ho-Hum – "Massacre"

10. - Tel Aviv - "Underwaters"

Charles Wyrick co-owns Lucky Dog Audio Post. He's played guitar in The Boondogs, The Easys and Western Meds.

Robert Bell

1. – The Stranger Steals

2. – Chinese Girls

3. – Smoke Up Johnny

4. – Fuyu/Rash of Beatings

6. – Jim Mize

7. – Cedell Davis

8. – Hundred Years War

9. – Blue Boy Orlis and the Stompers

10 - Shake Ray Turbine

**

1. – The Stranger Steals - "The Goals of Misbehavior"

2. – Chinese Girls - "Of"

3. – Chinese Girls - "Chinese Girls"

4. – V/A - "Songs from the Mansion"

5. – Jim Mize - "Release it to the Sky"

6. – Fuyu - demo

7. – Smoke Up Johnny – S/T

8. – Rash of Beatings – S/T EP

9. – Generation of Vipers - demo

10. - Hundred Years War - "The Lidless Eye"

Robert Bell is a reporter at Arkansas Business and occasional music critic.

Tav Falco

1. – Ronnie Hawkins

2. – Sonny Boy Williamson

3. – Pharoah Sanders

4. – Calvin Leary

5. – Pat Hare

6. – Albert King

7. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

8. – Jim Dickinson

9. – Junior Wells

10 - Charlie Rich

Born in Gurdon and currently living in Vienna, Tav Falco has led the internationally renowned Panther Burns for 30 years.

Jason Harrington

1. – Ginsu Wives

2. – Jampire

3. – The Moving Front

4. – Mad Trucker

5. – F.A.C.T.S.

6. – Juggernaut Glitch

7. – American Princes

8. – Androids of Ex-lovers

9. – O.T. Ray Vaughn and the F.Y.P.

10 - Sassy Goose

**

1. – Jampire - "V.S.A."

2. – Mad Trucker - "Heated Surface"

3. – Truckenstein-9 / Mad Trucker - "Recklessly Zooted"

4. – Cardiofluxus - "The Sleeper Has Awakened"

5. – Dirtbag - "Me, Myself, & I"

6. – 9th Scientist - "Illatron Magnetic"

7. – Soophie Nun Squad - "?"

8. – Tem Eyos Ki – "S/T"

9. – The Moving Front – "S/T"

10. - Superiority Complex "Stand Up"

Jason Harrington is a producer and rapper who records as Mad Trucker and is a member of Cardiofluxus and Truckenstein 9.

Mike Poe

1. – American Princes

2. – 607

3. – The Moving Front

4. – Epiphany

5. – The See

6. – Techno Squid Eats Parliament

7. – Amores Revenge

8. – Brian Frazier

9. – Ho-Hum

10 - Smoke Up Johnny

**

1. – American Princes – "Other People"

2. – 607- "Mirrors of Time"

3. – The Moving Front – "S/T"

4. – Techno Squid Eats Parliament – "S/T"

5. – Smoke Up Johnny – "S/T"

6. – 607- "Devils Violin"

7. – Brian Frazier – "This Modern World"

8. – Ho-Hum – "Sanduleak"

9. – The Big Cats- "Worrisome Blues"

10. Trusty – "Sugar Smack"

Mike Poe is a local filmmaker and promoter.

Jason Weinheimer

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Louis Jordan

4. – Levon Helm

5. – Jim Dickinson

6. – Sonny Boy Williamson

7. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

8. – Greg Spradlin

9. – Isaac Alexander

10 - Chris Maxwell

**

1. – Al Green – "Let's Stay Together"

2. – Johnny Cash – "At Folsom Prison"

3. – James Luther Dickinson – "Dixie Fried"

4. – Greg Spradlin Outfit – "..and Twiced as Gone"

5. – Ho-Hum – "Massacre"

6. – Isaac Alexander – "See Through Me"

7. – Gleaners – "Blessed"

Jason Weinheimer leads Love Ghost and Boondogs and is a member of The Easys, engineers and produces local albums and writes commercial music under his Sellout Music brand.

Ray Wittenberg

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Sonny Boy Williamson

4. – Junior Walker

5. – Bob Dorough

6. – Charlie Rich

7. – Lazy Bill Lucas

8. – Les Spann

9. – Gunbunnies

10 - Fred Tackett

Ray Wittenberg is the advertising director of the Oxford American and a member of The Smittle Band.

Sulac

1. – Big Boss Line

2. – Shake Ray Turbine

3. – Mulehead

4. – No Hickeys

5. – Older Women

6. – Chow Quay

7. – The Stranger Steals

8. – Magic Cropdusters

9. – An A+ Set Up

10 - Soophie Nun Squad

**

1. – Nessie- "Hightower"

2. – Frown Power- "Don't Doubt, It Shout It"

3. – Mulehead- "Never Again"

4. – Johnny Mac- "S/T"

5. – Mulehead- "The Gospel Accordion II"

6. – Magic Cropdusters- "Goshen"

7. – Magic Cropdusters- "The Apartment"

8. – Widowpaw- "Stretchin' Like Gretchen"

9. – Soophie Nun Squad- "Pasizzle Sizzles The Drizzle"

10. - An A+ Set Up- "Language"

i need more time, do you know if there's a payment plan available at the time store? is there a time store? i would love to comment about all of these choices, and as i understand it some people even get payed for that sort of thing. as it is though, i'll bring the beer and we could talk about these bands and albums all night, and so, so many more that deserve mention. we have a healthy and incestuous family tree in this musical community, and i could go on for hours.

Sulac is a current or former member/leader of Widowpaw, Hector Faceplant, Loch Ness Monster, Physical Science, Winston Family Orchestra.

Greg Spradlin

1. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

2. – Sonny Boy Williamson

3. – Levon Helm

4. – Charlie Rich

5. – Luther Presley

6. – Conway Twitty

7. – Lefty Frizzell

8. – Billy Lee Riley

9. – Glen Campbell

10 - Charles Woods

**

1. – Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison"

2. – Al Green - "Let's Stay Together"

3. – Charlie Rich - "Nice 'n Easy"

4. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe - every album....

5. – Love Ghost - "Exit Wounds"

6. – Boondogs - "Smarter Than Some"

7. – Mulehead - "Never Again"

8. – Isaac Alexander - "See Through Me"

9. – Ho-Hum - "Sanduleak"

10. - Conway Twitty - "Conway Alive II"

Let's just say up front, that the artist category is too short.

I ended up bumping J Cash, Almeda Riddle and more of the fifties hillbillies (yes, there are LOTS more), and I can't even tell you the rationale.

Most of these are self-explanatory, but I had to include my homeboy Luther P. to represent White County. The fact that "When the Saints Go Marching In" was written by a shape-note singer from Pangburn cements his place on the list.

Charles Woods is hands down the best singer alive in Arkansas today. It's a damn shame if you don't know that.

As for the albums, I'm biased in some of my choices - (full disclosure) I played on a couple of them. Thanks boondogs and Al Green!

Greg Spradlin is a local singer/songwriter and former front man in The Skeeterhawks.

Rett Peek

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Howlin' Wolf

4. – Pharoah Sanders

5. – Chinese Girls

6. – Cedell Davis

7. – Soophie Nun Squad

8. – Ho-Hum

9. – American Princes

10. – Mulehead

**

1. – Johnny Cash – "At Folsom Prison"

2. – Al Green – "I'm Still in Love with You"

3. – 12ft6 – 7"

4. – Ho-Hum – "Near & Dear"

5. – American Princes – "Other People"

6. – The Stranger Steals – "The Goals of Misbehavior"

7. – Mulehead – "The Gospel Accordian II"

8. – Chino Horde – "S/T"

9. – Shake Ray Turbine – "The Sauce of Solution"

10. - Five-0 – "Fall Through" 7"

Tough tough task here. So many good tracks, and great live bands that had a profound and lasting impact on me, most of which unfortunately did not make my list. I could tinker, substitute, and switch out bands & albums all day long and never feel as though I'd gotten it quite right. But alas.

Rett Peek is a local photographer and a former member of Class of '84 and Tel Aviv.

Werner Trieschmann

1. – Louis Jordan

2. – Al Green

3. – Johnny Cash

4. – Glen Campbell

5. – Cedell Davis

6. – Ho-Hum

7. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

8. – Jason Morphew

9. – Kevin Kerby

10 - Greg Spradlin

**

1. – Al Green – "Greatest Hits"

2. – The Essential Johnny Cash

3. – Ho-Hum – "Sanduleak"

4. – Kevin Kerby – "Finer Things"

5. – Gunbunnies – "Paw Paw Patch"

6. – Mulehead – "The Gospel Accordian II"

7. – Jason Morphew – "The Duke of Arkansas"

8. – Jim Mize – "Release It to the Sky"

9. – The Caterwaulers – "S/T"

10. - Boondogs – "Take Shelter"

Werner Trieschmann is a playwright, a longtime Arkansas pop critic and a contributor to the Times.

Sammy Williams

1. – Sonny Boy Williamson

2. – Johnny Cash

3. – Al Green

4. – Pharoah Sanders

5. – Trusty

6. – Ho-Hum

7. – Conway Twitty

8. – The Boondogs

9. – Dale Hawkins

10 - Glen Campbell

**

1. – Johnny Cash - "At San Quentin"

2. – Glen Campbell - "Gentle on My Mind"

3. – Living Sacrifice - "Reborn"

4. – Pharoah Sanders - "Karma"

5. – The Reds - "Economy of Motion"

6. – American Princes - "Other People"

7. – Rwake - "Voices of Omens"

8. – Chris Denny - "Age Old Hunger"

9. – Sonny Boy Williamson - "King Biscuit Time"

Although plenty of great musicians have come from Arkansas, they didn't always put together the best albums (luckily some of them put out enough albums that a treasure of great songs exists). Some of my picks for best albums are exactly this though, 100% great albums all the way through. A few other picks (Living Sacrifice, Rwake) paved the way for bands to come, and set a bar that has not been surpassed.

Sammy Williams is a member of Futuro Boots and Midwest Caravan.

Phillip Martin

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Levon Helm

4. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

5. – Louis Jordan

6. – Peetie Wheatstraw

7. – William Grant Still

8. – Charlie Rich

9. – Lefty Frizzell

10 - Billy Lee Riley/Sonny Burgess

**

1. – Johnny Cash – "The Collected Sun Sessions"

2. – Levon Helm – "Dirt Farmer"

3. – V/A – "Lost Souls, Volume 2"

4. – Al Green – "Let's Stay Together"

5. – American Princes – "Other People"

6. – Ho-Hum – "Sanduleak"

7. – Gunbunnies – "Paw Paw Patch"

8. – V/A – "The Little Rock Sounds 1965-1969"

9. – Jim Mize – "No Tell Motel"

10. - Jason Morphew – "The Duke of Arkansas"

While crowd(mob)sourcing this might make for some interesting/entertaining/library frieze-like bizarro results I'll simply stipulate that I have absolutely no confidence in my own ballot. This is just a snapshot of what flittered through my mind at the moment and those my lists seem obvious to me (I tried to be more catholic in the album choices, and I tried to consider only actual albums though I can't argue with Cash's collected Sun works)

Anyway, here's a partial list of folks I wish I could have voted for (not in any order and leaving out a lot): Al Bell, Doktors for Bob, Techno-Squid Eats Parliament, Trusty, Chino Horde, Jubilee Dive, Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Mulehead, Magic Cropdusters, Salty Dogs, Big Cats, Gossip and, of course, Coldplay.

And Evanescence, just because they shouldn't be ignored.

Philip Martin is a longtime movie, pop and cultural critic with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

John Mark Boling

1. – Scott Joplin

2. – Johnny Cash

3. – Al Green

4. – Pharoah Sanders

5. – Lefty Frizzell

6. – Sonny Boy Williamson

7. – Levon Helm

8. – Conway Twitty

9. – Sweet Sweet Connie Hamzy

I took the "greatest of all time" qualification pretty seriously, so my choices are kind of vanilla and don't fall too far off the beaten path, with maybe one exception which I explain below. That also means there aren't too many recent artists on the list. Albums were just too damn hard to come up with in such a short time, and it's not a qualification that I generally consider while listening to music. And I'm afraid Arkansas music knowledge doesn't run deep enough in me to talk convincingly about specific albums, and it just seems rude of me to rate one over the other without it. Hopefully the other respondents will be able to take up the slack there. On Sweet Sweet Connie: "Sweet Sweet Connie, doin' her act, she had the whole show and that's a natural fact." You asked for the greatest Arkansas musical act... Her prolific career has spanned 40 years, she has played with some of the most legendary musicians in the world, and she's a true Little Rock original.

John Mark Boling works Continuum Press' 33 1/3 album book series and was a member of Richochet Rocket

Jack To The Future

1. – Al Green

2. – Johnny Cash

3. – Louis Jordan

4. – Conway Twitty

5. – Glen Campbell

6. – American Princess

7. – Rwake

8. – Sweet Eagle

9. – Levon Helm

10 - Jed Clampett

**

1. – Johnny Cash – "Live from Folsom Prison"

2. – Al Green – "Call Me"

3. – Louis Jordan – "Go Blow you Horn"

4. – Levon Helm – "Dirt Farmer"

5. – Glen Campbell – "Gentle On My Mind"

6. – Conway Twitty – "I've Already Loved You In My Mind"

7. – Johnny Cash – "I Walk The Line"

8. – Al Green – "Lets Stay Together"

9. – Rwake – "Voices of Omens"

10. - Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth – "Mystic Indian Hitmakers-

Jack to the Future is the drummer and lead singer in Life Size Pizza.

Brian Lovell

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Glen Campbell

4. – Conway Twitty

5. – Chino Horde

6. – Big Cats

7. – American Princes

8. – Smoke Up Johnny

9. – Ben Nichols

10 - Androids of Ex Lovers

**

1. – Johnny Cash – "I Walk the Line"

2. – Johnny Cash – "American IV: The Man Comes Around"

3. – Johnny Cash- "At San Quentin"

4. – Al Green- "Lets Stay Together"

5. – Conway Twitty- "Hello Darlin'"

6. – Glen Campbell- "Rhinestone Cowboy"

7. – American Princes – "Little Spaces"

8. – Conway Twitty- "You've Never Been This Far Before"

9. – Smoke Up Johnny – "S/T"

10. - Androids of Ex Lovers – "S/T"

Brian Lovell is Thick Syrup Record's unofficial mascot.

Lizzie Burnham

1. – The See

2. – Velvet Kente

3. – Adam Faucett

4. – Soophie Nun Squad

5. – American Princes

6. – The Big Cats

7. – Ho-Hum

8. – Johnny Cash

9. – Al Green

10 - Levon Helm

**

1. – Soophie Nun Squad - "Don't Let Them Take You Alive!"

2. – Kevin Kerby + Battery - "Beautiful & Bright"

3. – Adam Faucett - "The Great Basking Shark"

4. – Ho-Hum - "Landau Zeal"

5. – American Princes - "Little Spaces"

6. – The Big Cats - "Worrisome Blues"

7. – Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison"

8. – Al Green - "Call Me"

9. – Johnny Cash - "American Recordings"

10. - Levon Helm - "Dirt Farmer"

This was one tough survey. Obviously, being younger than a lot of people, my Arkansan music knowledge is not the most comprehensive out there. I tried to pick classic and contemporary Arkansas artists. From Levon Helm to Velvet Kente, there is something in between for everyone. Perhaps the biggest criterion to be considered on my list was a well mastered craftsmanship with words. I strongly believe in telling great stories through music, and every last one of these artists and albums does that. Whether it be through short bursts of punk music with Soophie Nun Squad or the haunting vocals of Adam Faucett, I've found what I'm looking for in all of my choices. Agree or disagree, I think the Arkansas music arena has fluctuated and grown for the better over the years, and I cannot wait to see what else comes along.

Lizzie Burnham is a local photographer who runs the website littlerockmusic.net.

Kevin Brockmeier

1. – Iris DeMent

2. – Boondogs

3. – Al Green

4. – Elton White and Betty White

5. – Christopher Denny

6. – Ben Nichols

7. – The Abbasi Brothers

8. – Lucinda Williams

9. – Fishwagon

10 - The Linksprings

**

1. – Iris DeMent - "My Life"

2. – Iris DeMent - "Infamous Angel"

3. – Boondogs - "this is the way the world ends"

4. – Al Green - "Let's Stay Together"

5. – Christopher Denny - "Age Old Hunger"

6. – Elton White and Betty White - "Sex Beyond the Door"

7. – Ben Nichols - "The Last Pale Light in the West"

8. – Iris DeMent - "The Way I Should"

9. – The Abbasi Brothers - "Something Like Nostalgia"

10. – Boondogs - "I Don't Belong (EP)"

Kevin Brockmeier is the award-winning author of "The View from the Seventh Layer."

Blake Phillips

1. – Frown Pow'r

2. – Soophie Nun Squad

3. – Velvet Kente

4. – A+ Set-Up

5. – American Princes

6. – Ho-Hum

7. – Smoke Up Johnny

8. – The See

9. – Chris Denny

10 - Adam Faucett and Tall Grass

**

1. – Frown Pow'r - "Don't Doubt It, Shout It"

2. – American Princes - "Little Spaces"

3. – Chris Denny - "Age Old Hunger"

4. – A+ Setup - "Language"

5. – Ho-Hum - "Sanduleak"

6. – Jason Morphew - "Duke of Arkansas"

7. – Smoke Up Johnny - "S/T"

8. – Adam Faucett - "Show Me Magic, Show Me Out"

9. – The See - "Bars of Gold" EP

10. - Soophie Nun Squad - "The Devil, The Metal, The Big Booty Beats"

Blake Phillips is the drummer in Frown Pow'r.

Bobby Crafford

1. – Sonny Burgess and Legendary Pacers

2. – Johnny Cash

3. – Ronnie Hawkins

4. – Charley Rich

5. – Conway Twitty

6. – Glen Campbell

7. – Levon Helm

8. – Louie Jordan

9. – Al Green

10 - Billy Lee Riley

**

1. – Sonny Burgess and The Pacers – "Sun Days"

2. – Johnny Cash – "At Folsom Prison"

3. – Ronnie Hawkins – "Best of..."

4. – Conway Twitty –"Greatest Hits"

5. – Levon Helm – "Dirt Farmer"

6. – Louie Jordan – "Best of..."

7. – Billy Lee Riley – "Red Hot"

8. – Charley Rich – "Greatest Hits"

9. – Al Green – "Let's Stay Together"

10. - Glen Campbell – "Wichita Lineman"

Bobby Crafford is the drummer in Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers.

Michael Martinez

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Glen Campbell

4. – The Gossip

5. – Rudy Ray Moore

6. – Charlie Rich

7. – Free Blood

8. – Chinese Girls

9. – Soophie Nun Squad

10. – 607

**

1. – Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison"

2. – Johnny Cash - "At San Quentin"

3. – Johnny Cash - "American Recordings"

4. – Al Green - "Lets Stay Together"

5. – Al Green - "I'm Still In Love With You"

6. – Al Green - "Call Me"

7. – Glen Campbell - "Wichita Lineman"

8. – Glen Campbell - "Rhinestone Cowboy"

9. – The Gossip - "Standing In The Way Of Control"

10. The Gossip - "Music For Men"

Michael Martinez is the long time host of "The Rhythm Room" on KABF.

Marc Smirnoff

1. – Bob Dorough

2. – True Soul Revue

3. – Al Green

4. – Pharoah Sanders

5. – Levon Helm

6. – Glen Campbell

7. – Larry Donn

8. – The Browns

9. – Sleepy LaBeef

10 - Mable John

**

1. – Melvin Endsley – "I Like Your Kind of Love"

2. – Snub" Mosley and his Band – "Man With the Funny Little Horn"

3. – Jimmy Driftwood – "Voice of the People"

4. – Ketty Lester – 'When a Man Loves a Woman"

5. – The Spiritual Harmonizers – "Going to a Meeting"

6. – Hershel Gober – "The Proud American"

7. – Barbara Fairchild – "Someone Special"

8. – Skeets McDonald – "Goin' Steady With the Blues"

9. – Little Willie John – "Fever: The Best of Little Willie John"

10. - Black Oak Arkansas – "Early Times"

Damn you, Arkansas Times, this was torture. I love my selections—but I'm still agonizing over the artists and albums I didn't have room to list.

Arkansas has birthed a truly overwhelming amount of musical talent; that's the only proper conclusion; that's why I suffered with this.

For variety, I've limited my album list to artists we haven't had on Oxford American CDs. I've limited my music act list to living artists—just because it's thrilling to be reminded of the giants in our midst.

Marc Smirnoff is the editor of The Oxford American, which put out an issue and companion CD devoted to Arkansas music last year.

Barry Poynter

1. – Levon Helm

2. – Dale Hawkins

3. – Billy Lee Riley

4. – The Gunbunnies

5. – The Cate Bros.

6. – Ho-Hum

7. – Bobgoblin

8. – Evanessence

9. – Franklin-Devlin Band

10 - Fifth Cliff

**

1. – Dale Hawkins – "Wild Cat Tamer"

2. – Ho-Hum – "Sanduleak"

3. – Bobgoblin – "12 point Master Plan"

4. – 2 Minutes Hate – "Worm"

5. – Ho-Hum – "Massacre"

Barry Poynter is one Little Rock's most prolific engineers and producers and a former member of 2 Minutes Hate and Fifth Cliff.

Colter McCorkindale

1. – Ho-Hum

2. – Boondogs

3. – The Easys

4. – The Big Cats

5. – American Princes

6. – Christopher Denny

7. – Soophie Nun Squad

8. – Techno Squid Eats Parliament

9. – Shake Ray Turbine

10 - Living Sacrifice

**

1. – Ho-Hum - "Landau Zeal"

2. – Boondogs - "Fever Dreams"

3. – The Easys - "Blood Capsule"

4. – The Big Cats - "On Tomorrow"

5. – American Princes - "Other People"

6. – Christopher Denny - "Age Old Hunger"

7. – Mulehead - "Finer Thing"

8. – Shake Ray Turbine - "The Sauce of Solution"

9. – Al Green - "Let's Stay Together"

10. – Evanescence - "Fallen"

I am in no way attempting to vote with anything resembling objectivity, just what I find myself listening to most.

Colter McCorkindale is a guitarist and a contributor to the Arkansas Times.

Brian Rodgers

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Louis Jordan

4. – ho-hum

5. – Glen Campbell

6. – Kevin Kerby

7. – Levon Helm

8. – Chino Horde

9. – American Princes

10 - 2 Minutes Hate

**

1. – Johnny Cash - "At San Quentin"

2. – Al Green - "Call Me"

3. – Glen Campbell - "Wichita Lineman"

4. – Kevin Kerby - "Secret Lives of All Night Radios"

5. – Ho-Hum - "Sanduleak"

6. – American Princes - "Less and Less"

7. – Louis Jordan - "What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You Gonna Get Drunk Again)"

8. – Affection - "S/T"

9. – Magic Cropdusters - "Goshen"

10. - Chino Horde - "S/T"

Brian Rodgers is the bassist in The Moving Front.

Brad Williams

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Levon Helm

3. – Glen Campbell

4. – Conway Twitty

5. – Charlie Rich

6. – Floyd Cramer

7. – Roy Buchanan

8. – Al Green

9. – Louis Jordan

10 - The Wilburn Brothers

**

1. – Johnny Cash – "At Folsom Prison"

2. – Johnny Cash – "With His Hot and Blue Guitar"

3. – Conway Twitty – "Hello Darlin'"

4. – Charlie Rich – "Behind Closed Doors"

5. – Glen Campbell – "Gentle on my Mind"

6. – Al Green – "I'm Still in Love With You"

7. – Johnny Cash – "Live at San Quentin"

8. – Levon Helm – "Dirt Farmer"

9. – Billy Lee Riley – "Red Hot"

10. - The Wilburn Brothers – "The Wilburn Brothers"

Regarding ten selections: Picking the "best" of anything is an impossible task. I have a tendency to gravitate to what I know best. That's definitely not fair to others, but so be it. There are only a handful of artists that exude the "cool factor" on and off stage. Two of those are Johnny Cash and Levon Helm. Johnny Cash crossed genres and had a huge impact on music and the world for that matter. Levon's catalog of material has stretched from the Band to present day Grammy awards. He made playing with "feel" his prime importance. Longevity does mean something. A couple other notes of interest regarding my selections:

*Floyd Cramer and Roy Buchanan set the bar in their respective instruments. Cramer became country piano as we know it today. Roy Buchanan will always be heralded as one of the Tele greats.

*Love the growl or not, Conway Twitty has the #1 hits to back it up.

Brad Williams is the front man of The Salty Dogs and a member of Big Silver and Greers Ferry.

Amy Garland Angel

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Levon Helm

3. – Al Green

4. – Louis Jordan

5. – Charlie Rich

6. – Glen Campbell

7. – Dale Hawkins

8. – Kevin Kerby (Mulehead)

9. – Black Oak Arkansas

10 - Trout Fishing in America

**

1. – Johnny Cash - "American Recordings"

2. – Levon Helm - "The Band"

3. – Al Green - "Let's Stay Together"

4. – Charlie Rich - "Behind Closed Doors"

5. – Black Oak Arkansas - "Hot & Nasty"

6. – Glen Campbell - "Wichita Lineman"

7. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe - "Gospel Train"

8. – Louis Jordan - "The Best of Louis Jordan"

9. – Evanescence - "Fallen"

10. - Luther Allison - "Luther's Blues"

Amy Garland Angel is a local singer/songwriter and the host of "Backroads" on KABF.

Sean Williams

1. – Isaac Alexander

2. – Ho-Hum

3. – The Easys

4. – Punkinhead

5. – Big Silver

6. – Grande Serenade

7. – Cosmic Giggle Factory

8. – Two Minutes Hate

9. – Adventures In Jet

10 - Ashtray Babyhead

**

1. – Isaac Alexander – "See Thru Me"

2. – Ho-Hum – "Sanduleak"

3. – Ho-Hum – "Local"

4. – Big Silver –"The Afterlife"

5. – Grand Serenade – "Lean Times"

6. – Big Silver – "S/T"

7. – Mulehead – "Rocket Surgery"

8. – Ashtray Babyhead – "Radio"

9. – Big Silver – "Love Note"

10. - Screaming Mimes – "Respectable Barbecue"

Searcy native Sean Williams is the front man for Nashville's The Nobility.

Ben Nichols

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – American Princes

3. – Al Green

4. – Trusty

5. – Levon Helm

6. – Louis Jordan

7. – Kevin Kirby

8. – Jim Dickinson

9. – Chino Horde

10 - Dale Hawkins

**

1. – Johnny Cash – "Unchained"

2. – American Princes – "Other People"

3. – Johnny Cash – "At Folsom Prison"

4. – Trusty – "S/T"

5. – Mulehead - Rocket Surgery"

6. – V/A – "Towncraft"

7. – Chino Horde – "S/T"

8. – Generation of Vipers – "S/T"

9. – Levon Helm – "Dirt Farmer"

10. - Levon Helm – "The Band"

Ben Nichols is the front man in Memphis-based Lucero.

Harold Ott

1. – Joyce Green

2. – The Blue and the Gray

3. – The True Soul Revue

4. – Joe Lee

5. – Tommy Riggs

6. – The Romans/Merging Traffic

7. – The Spires of Oxford

8. – Jim Dickinson

9. – Larry Donn

10. – Sickshine

1. – V/A - "The Vaden Rock 'n' Roll Story"

2. – V/A - "The Little Rock Sound" (Butler Center)

3. – Cedell Davis - "Feel Like Doin' Something Wrong"

4. – Paulette Interpretation - "Paulette Interpretation"

5. – Metal Mike, Alison, and Julia - "Surf City or Bust"

6. – Knowbody Else - "S/T"

7. – David Wright's Original Home Band - "David Wright's Original Home Band"

8. – Living Sacrifice - "S/T"

9. – Tom & Jerry plus Barbara - "The Club Live"

10. - Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth -"Mystic Indian Hitmakers"

Joyce Green: Joyce Green's "Black Cadillac" may be one of the finest rockabilly songs out there. A legendary and incredibly rare record. The Blue and the Gray: Their 45 on Zay Dee Records "Don't Send Me No Flowers" and "Wine, Wine, Wine" define snotty 60s punk. The True Soul Revue: The True Soul Revue is a recent reunion of the original studio musicians for this killer 60s/70s funk/soul label out of Little Rock. Joe Lee: A legend in Jonesboro as a jazz saxophonist, record producer, band leader, etc. Joe Lee has seen it all twice and is ready for a comeback. Tommy Riggs: A local legend that was a DJ on several Arkansas radio stations and as an amazing soul singer with a wild sense of humor. The Romans/Merging Traffic: A popular Little Rock garage band that transformed into a soul group with a 45 on Decca. The Spires of Oxford: A great 60s punk group from Pine Bluff. Jim Dickinson: Great producer, performer, and artist who played on your favorite records. Larry Donn: Larry Donn's recordings on the Vaden label are amazing rockabilly. Sickshine: A group from North Little Rock popular in the 90s who combined metal and hip hop before it was trendy. V/A "The Vaden Rock 'n' Roll Story": Great comp on Arkansas' finest rockabilly label. V/A "The Little Rock Sound": Another cool comp that focuses on the cult garage/psychedelic label, MY records, out of Little Rock in the 1960s. Cedell Davis "Feel Like Doin' Something Wrong": Great raw blues from this Pine Bluff legend. Paulette Interpretation "Paulette Interpretation": Haunting psychedelic folk on this rare LP by a Little Rock group in the late 1960s. Metal Mike, Alison, and Julia "Surf City or Bust": Tracks 7-20 are the Rockin' Blews, a raw Little Rock garage group formed by Metal Mike Saunders, who went on to form the Angry Samoans in California. Knowbody Else "Knowbody Else": This album is a good psychedelic LP from the band that would transform into Black Oak Arkansas. David Wright's Original Home Band "David Wright's Original Home Band": A cool 70s private psychedelic folk rock weird LP from Eureka Springs. Living Sacrifice "Living Sacrifice": From 1991, this album fit right into my steady diet of metal LPs as a teenager. Tom & Jerry Plus Barbara "The Club Live": Tommy Riggs leads this wild and X rated recording from Arkansas that features Riggs' wild sense of humor. A local classic LP. Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth "Mystic Indian Hitmakers": Impressive album of honest and infectious tunes.

Harold Ott is the state's foremost expert on psychedelic rock. He's released two volumes of "Pysch of the South," local and regional pysch rock compilations.

Isaac Alexander

1. – Levon Helm

2. – Ho-Hum

3. – Charlie Rich

4. – Kevin Kerby

5. – Michael Jukes

6. – Boondogs

7. – The Nobility

8. – Adam Faucett

9. – Gunbunnies

10. – 607

1. – Ho-Hum - Sanduleak

2. – Mulehead - Never Again

3. – Boondogs - Smarter Than Some

4. – Ho-Hum - Massacre

5. – Ho-Hum - Near and Dear

6. – The Nobility - The Mezzanine

7. – Michael Jukes - Beautiful Surprises

8. – Adam Faucett - Show Me Magic, Show Me Out

9. – Charlie Rich - Behind Closed Doors

10. - Cosmic Giggle Factory - Beat Rabbit Tango

Isaac Alexander is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/drummer who plays or has played in Big Silver, Boondogs, The Easys, Greers Ferry, Molten Lava and The Screaming Mimes.

Alan Short

1. – ECONOCHRIST

2. – Black Oak Arkansas

3. – Deadbird

4. – Rwake

5. – Trusty

6. – Soophie Nun Squad

7. – Mutha's Day Out

8. – Tem Eyos Ki

9. – Sickshine

10 - The Body

**

1. – Econochrist - "Ruination"

2. – Black Oak Arkansas - "If An Angel Came to See You, Would You Make Her Feel at Home?"

3. – Deadbird - "The Head and the Heart"

4. – Rwake - "Hell is a Door to the Sun"

5. – Trusty - "S/T"

6. – Soophie Nun Squad -"Don't Let Them Take You Alive"

7. – Mutha's Day Out - "My Soul is Wet"

8. – Tem Eyos Ki - Tour CD

9. – Sickshine - "New York Recordings"

10. - The Body - "All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood"

These are all right off the top of my head. My main goal is to highlight what I see as unsung classics from here, rather than go for the more obvious stuff, like Johnny Cash. I also shamelessly voted for my own band.

Alan Short is or has been a member of Deadbird, Entrance, Hug, Soophie Nun Squad and Them of Delphi.

Mike Mullins

1. – Living Sacrifice

2. – RWAKE

3. – PM Today

4. – Ho-Hum

5. – A Problem of Alarming Dimensions

6. – Brother Andy & HBDM

7. – The Moving Front

8. – The Kicks/Ashtray Babyhead

9. – Tel Aviv

10 - San Antokyo

**

1. – Living Sacrifice - "Reborn"

2. – Living Sacrifice - "The Hammering Process"

3. – Living Sacrifice - "The Infinite Order"

4. – RWAKE - "Hell Is A Door To The Sun"

5. – A Problem of Alarming Dimensions - "h-hov-hover"

6. – The Kicks - "Hello Hong Kong"

7. – Drove - "Mothra's Back In Town"

8. – Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth - "Mystic Indian Hitmakers"

9. – 2 Minutes Hate "Let It Eat"

10. - Ho-Hum - "Landau Zeal"

Mike Mullins is the lead singer and guitarist in Underclaire.

Josh Rowland

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Cassandra Wilson

4. – Louis Jordan

5. – Levon Helm

6. – Jim Dickinson

7. – The boondogs

8. – ho-hum

9. – The Gunbunnies

10 - Big Silver

1. – Isaac Alexander – "See Thru Me"

2. – boondogs – "Smarter Than Some"

3. – Chris Michaels – "Morning And Night"

4. – The Gleaners – "Blessed"

5. – The Gunbunnies – "Paw Paw Patch"

6. – Mulehead – "Never Again"

7. – Jim Mize – "Release It To The Sky"

8. – Ho-Hum – "Local"

9. – Skeeterhawks – "Y'all Caught"

10. - The Mystery of The Sock Drawer – Compilation

Josh Rowland is a rabid local music fan.

Colin Brooks

1. – Trusty

2. – Ho-Hum

3. – American Princes

4. – Chino Horde

5. – The Big Cats

6. – Il Libretina

7. – Soophie Nun Squad

8. – Smoke Up Johnny

9. – The Moving Front

10. – Mulehead

1. – Trusty - "Goodbye Dr, Fate"

2. – American Princes - "Other People"

3. – Ho-Hum - "Massacre"

4. – Il Libretina - "ST"

5. – The Big Cats - "On Tomorrow"

6. – Chino Horde - "Everything"

7. – Mulehead - "Finer Thing"

8. – Smoke Up Johnny - "Smoke Up"

9. – Ho-Hum - "Sanduleak"

10. - 2 Minutes Hate - "Let It Eat"

i'm terrible at these things and felt rushed to come up with things that included my friends.

Colin Brooks is a current or former member of Dan Zanes and Friends, The Big Cats, Substance, Red Forty, Trusty and Ho-Hum.

Tre Baker

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Glen Campbell

4. – Ronnie Hawkins/Dale Hawkins

5. – Jimmy Driftwood

6. – Wayland Holyfield

7. – Albert King

8. – Junior Walker

9. – Jim Dickinson

10 - Sonny Boy Williamson

**

1. – Various - "Towncraft"

2. – Roy Buchanan - "Roy Buchanan"

3. – Pharoah Sanders - "Karma"

4. – Il Libretina - "il libretina"

5. – Charlie Rich - "Boss Man"

6. – Ho-Hum - "Sanduleak"

7. – Mulehead - "Gospel Accordion II"

8. – Donald Cowan - "Songs In the Night"

9. – Johnny Cash - "Live at Folsom Prison"

10. - Al Green - "I'm Still In Love With You"

I'm totally playing the points system with my rankings here. Do I think a collective punk album with songs about being straight edge and running from the pigs is better than "Live at Folsom Prison"? Well, maybe. But let it be said that I'm ranking these more to let the underrated albums bob up. I'm sure Johnny and Al will get plenty of votes. (Maybe there's an honorary mention?) I feel bad there are no women in my top 10, but I can't just rank Iris DeMent in there with Amy Lee or KT Oslin just for quota's sakes. 8.) Donald Cowan - Seven years later, and I have yet to track this Russellville native down. This CD was mailed to me back when I was at the sports radio station and back when we inexplicably played Tool and P.O.D. on the weekends. "Songs In The Night" featured a bitchin', Judas Priest-styled album cover, songs that started with similar acoustic intros, subjects that ranged from heartbreak to nuclear winter, and best of all, the album's closer "200 Miles to Memphis". Don't confuse it with that Elvis impersonators movie. No, "200 Miles" was about a group of buddies getting together after a long week of work and hitting the road to go see old school wrestling contest at the Memphis Pyramid. Highlights of the song include a roll call of the cities and towns passed through on I-40 on the way to Mud City and an encounter with the King -- Jerry Lawler. Donald, if you're out there, I'm on Facebook. 5.) Charlie Rich - Not to be confused with "Big Boss Man", Rich entitled this 1970 album simply "Boss Man". The man from Colt was still in between his days at Sun Records and his impending 70s stardom with "The Most Beautiful Girl In the World". "Boss Man" featured "The Memphis and Arkansas Bridge" a song about the "old bridge" that currently carries I-55 and Rich's frustration with not being able to find it to get back home. His narrator ends up in Nashville, very far from his "home in Walnut Ridge", and as much of a farce as it sounds, we don't doubt that the song may be based on actual events. 4.) il ilbretina - Big Star harmonies combined with Mott the Hoople glam and a chorus on "X-mas Gift" that may be the best wordless chorus ever recorded in the state. Add in lots of human mistakes, like accidentally leaving the video arcade game console during the recording inside the converted studio, and you've got one of the better albums released in this town of the past ten years. 2.) Roy Buchanan - I had always heard about Roy Buchanan, but hadn't actually heard Roy Buchanan until I was in my mid-30s. I'm prone to ripping and downloading stuff that I've never heard without thinking to my iPod, amassing a huge number of unheard hits on my mp3 player. One morning, as prep for a PET scan, a nurse hooked an IV into my hand and filled my veins up with iodine. I had to stay stationary in a huge recliner for an hour so that the chemicals could spread out through me without any bouncing around. So they dimmed the lights and I turned on the iPod. This beautiful, ethereal, angelic, bluesy, sorrowful guitar instrumental came through my headphones. I started to sink further into the plastic recliner, into the floor, when I was jarred by a voice on the song that sounded as non-musical as they come. Based on this hick accent, was this some local guy from Dennard or Botkinburg? And where in the hell did he get the guitar playing from? Iodine be darned, I sat up and turned the light on to see who it was. It was Roy Buchanan's "The Messiah". Even without the intravenous tubes, his self-titled album is a good one. 1.) Towncraft - the memories are faded, but the concept of a loose band of maybe 25-50 teenagers getting involved in putting out a record is still exciting. There were the yard sales, the river shows, some weird meeting that took place in the WLR Denny's Conference Room in the back. There were the eyewitness accounts of how the recordings went at Trimble Studios as friends waited yards away at the benches on Hillcrest's Promenade. I was invited to help sing background vocals on "Wasson in Wonderland", and let me tell you something, only I and Juice Newton of "We Are the World" fame can tell you how fun it can be to be such a small part of something that is seemingly so big. The tribes have all blended in maturity, but there was a time when there were the straight-edgers and the ones who weren't straight-edge. There was a Chino Horde clique and a Substance clique. Little Rockers and Dogtowners. That it all came together into something fairly cohesive was something I think any 18-year-old should be proud of. Seeing Towncraft in record stores in places as far flung as Minneapolis' Oarfolkjokeopus record store as steps were taken into adulthood reminded us that home was never that far away.

Tre Baker is assistant internet editor at Arkansas Business and was a bassist in The Contingencies.

Brent LaBeau

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Levon Helm

3. – Mulehead

4. – The Gunbunnies

5. – Glen Campbell

6. – Al Green

7. – Conway Twitty

8. – Louis Jordan

9. – Sonny Boy Williamson

10 - Rudy Ray Moore

1. – The Gunbunnies - "Paw Paw Patch"

2. – The Mulehead - "The Gospel Accordion II"

3. – Go Fast - "The Great American Get Down"

4. – Magic Cropdusters - "Trust Fund Babies"

5. – Pharoah Sanders - "Pharoah's First"

6. – Mudboy And The Neutrons (Jim Dickinson) - "Known Felons in Drag"

7. – Trusty - "A Name to Depend On"

8. – V/A - "Echoes Of The Ozarks (All Volumes!!)"

9. – Lucero - "The Attic Tapes"

10. - The Band - - Any/All recordings

The Gunbunnies "Paw Paw Patch" -This album literally changed my life. Mulehead "The Gospel Accordion Too" -This album, recorded & mixed over Memorial day weekend 1999, introduced the world to the "Mulehead swagger". In my humble (albeit partial) opinion, this was one of the finest bands Arkansas will ever see. Powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline. Go Fast "The Great American Get Down" -"Southern Rock"? You might as well just say "Rock Rock". And this album ROCKS! The Magic Cropdusters "Trust Fund Babies" -Ex-Gunbunny, David Jukes, with the Bryan Brothers (Rod & Lenny) in tow, called me up one Saturday to see if I could record them on my old 4-track cassette deck. We had two hours available. So after a quick setup, and a visit from Paul Lovett (R.I.P.) I hit record, and it just all fell into place. I did a quick mix for David, he did a quick, hand drawn cassette cover, one-at-a-time cassette duplication and "Trust Fund Babies" was out. The energy and enthusiasm in the performance of those songs just stuck to that crappy little 4-track cassette tape. And it was the perfect portrait of David Jukes, in all his quirky glory, as a top-notch singer, songwriter, and the most creative and individual guitar player I have ever had the privilege to play music with. Pharoah Sanders "Pharoah's First" -That's some crazy jazz for a kid from Little Rock! Mudboy And The Neutrons (Jim Dickinson) "Known Felons in Drag" -Pure "swampy goodness"! Trusty "A Name to Depend On" -I used to live around the corner from the Trusty warehouse, on Rock St. I remember walking around, downtown and hearing some gawd-awfull sounding drums, that would turn into an incessant, catchy tune, that would get stuck in my head for days. It's just a shame that they felt they had to leave Arkansas to "make it". Various "Echoes Of The Ozarks (All Volumes!!)" -Classic,1930's field recordings of the local talent throughout the natural state. Brilliant!! Lucero "The Attic Tapes" -Kinda like "Trust Fund Babies", this album of crappy demos captures the pure essence of the music. Could not be any better than it is. Pure magic. The Band - Any/All recordings!! -Nuff said.

Brent Labeau is a member of Big Boss Line, Mulehead and The Gunbunnies.

Kelley Bass

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Levon Helm

3. – Al Green

4. – Glen Campbell

5. – Conway Twitty

6. – Charlie Rich

7. – Black Oak Arkansas

8. – Chris Maxwell

9. – Rod Bryan

10 - Jeff Coleman

**

1. – The Band - "Music From Big Pink"

2. – Al Green - "Let's Stay Together"

3. – The Band - "The Last Waltz"

4. – Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison"

5. – Gunbunnies - "Paw Paw Patch"

6. – Jeff Coleman - "Done to Death"

7. – Ho-Hum - "Sanduleak"

Asking who the "best" Arkansas artists and "best" Arkansas albums naturally prompts naming the "biggest" in terms of national acclaim and album sales. So I did some of that. And then I used parts of my lists to tout Arkansas artists who wowed me in the two periods of time I covered the local music scene for first the Arkansas Gazette and then Arkansas Times.

Kelley Bass is a former culture writer and editor at Arkansas Times and the Arkansas Gazette.

Brad Caviness

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Jim Dickinson

3. – Gossip

4. – Living Sacrifice

5. – Evanescence

6. – Ho-Hum

7. – Charlie Rich

8. – Velvet Kente

9. – Christopher Denny

10 - Ashtray Babyhead

**

1. – V/A – "Towncraft"

2. – SnailhuntR – "Origin of the Spiral"

3. – Ashtray Babyhead – "Radio"

4. – Evanescence – "Origin"

5. – Ho-Hum – "Near and Dear"

6. – Christopher Denny – "Age Old Hunger"

7. – Charlie Rich – "Behind Closed Doors"

Johnny Cash's roots as a farmer's son from the cotton fields of Dyess, Arkansas are as indispensable to his rock star mythos as that man he "shot in Reno just to watch him die." It lends authenticity to everything from his association with the poor and disenfranchised (prisoners) to the duality of his music that celebrates both sin and redemption, patriotism and progressivism, and the humility of a simple man who is one of the world's biggest rock icons. In many ways it's a stretch to classify Jim Dickinson or Gossip strictly as Arkansas musicians, rather than musicians with Arkansas roots. Or it would be in neither of them had made blatant attempts to acknowledge and nurture their association with their places of birth. Like Cash, a central element to Gossip, and especially Beth Ditto's larger than life public persona, is her upbringing in rural, conservative Judsonia. Even given White County's prominence in Gossip's biography, it would be easy to think of them as a band from Oregon, except for the fact that when they do play in Arkansas, they pass up the opportunity to play larger, more lucrative venues (which they could also certainly sell-out) to play Vino's, which they refer to as their "home." Dickinson, emigrated less far away than Gossip, just across the Mississippi River near Memphis in North Mississippi. He also kept close ties to the Arkansas' music scene, producing Boondogs' famed "lost" album, working with the Greg Spradlin Outfit, and playing his last concert at Juanita's in Little Rock just a few short months before his death. Little Rock musicians owe him a debt that, based on the slim attendance at that Juanita's show, they don't acknowledge with near the enthusiasm they should. A lot of people who follow the music scene in Little Rock are mystified by the popularity of groups like Living Sacrifice and Evanescence. How are these bands so popular and or legendary if no one's ever heard of them? The answer to that secret lies in the size of the Christian rock segment of the Little Rock music scene that plays exclusively to the all-ages clubs and youth group centers. Living Sacrifice are legends, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. For twenty years, they refused to compromise their music for broader acceptance in the Christian music marketplace or their beliefs for respect from the metal scene, and their persistence has been rewarded as the band is now rightly regarded as a respected and influential act in both worlds. Evanescence was one of the first bands, especially in the mainstream, to cite Living Sacrifice as a primary influence. Beginning themselves as underage musicians playing in underage clubs, they built their following as much on the novelty of being a female-fronted hard rock act as its slickly-produced DIY recordings and ambitious, if uneven and infrequent, live shows. Though it only had a print run of 2,500 copies, I still think, biased as I am, that Evanescence's first full-length recording, "Origin," even with its thin bottom end and ACID loop percussion, is their best. Budget limitations forced them to experiment with ideas creatively to achieve the sound in their heads when they couldn't afford to hire orchestras and choirs to fill up the sound stage. I wish we had cleared the Butthole Surfers sample, or at least credited it. But we never got threatened by the Surfer's lawyers, so I guess it all worked out. Like Johnny Cash and Gossip, Evanescence is famous partly for their Arkansas roots. But outside of the state's borders, that fame takes on an ironic quality, like the caricatures in the old Saturday Night Live sketch, "Goth Talk," wearing their heavy make-up, velvet and leather clothing in South Florida. Likewise, Evanescence is almost as famous for the band's interpersonal drama, personnel firings and quittings, off-shoot bands, and copy-cat accusations as it is for its music. Charlie Rich rose to fame in the midst of the regrettable "Rhinestone Cowboy" era of country music. But, digging into his catalog, it became apparent how easily he transcended that genre with deft songwriting and performance touches that pointed as often to jazz or rockabilly as to Nashvegas as musical touchstones. I would also place him on this list if the only recording he ever made was "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World." That song has remained eternally relevant to me at every point in my life, even as my taste in music evolved and changed. It still brings me joy every time I listen to it. If ever a song belonged in a museum of perfect pop songs, "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" surely does. Ho-Hum earns my respect for retreating from a disastrous national distribution deal back to the local scene and actually becoming a better band in the process. "Near and Dear," especially, documents a band who became expert at making gorgeous pop music outside of the pop conventions. Chris Denny frustrates me as a musician a lot of times. "Age Old Hunger" is a brilliant songwriter's record and his unique Roy Orbison meets Nina Simone vocal delivery should carry him on to fame and respect. And when his band is "on," I've seen them take those songs into a Television-esque realm of jam band heaven. And, then there's the nights where the band or Chris seem to just wander through the songs. Or contracts are scrapped, bands are fired, and records are shelved. And it is all undone. Every time I see Velvet Kente, on the other hand, I think here is a band that is just on the cusp of something truly remarkable. Joshua pulls together a broad range of influences, from Bob Marley, to Bob Dylan, with shades of Miles Davis, The Police, Tom Waits, etc., into music that is funky, emotional, spiritual, and truly unique. I missed out on the original "Towncraft" LP since I went to college out of state (and probably would have balked at an album not released on CD at the time), but I greeted the Towncraft documentary and accompanying soundtrack with some enthusiasm. I've purchased multiple copies to give friends an overview of the Little Rock's music scene and a great selection of those bands' music. In fact, the documentary and soundtrack may have achieved the original LP's purpose (which was to document the music of the Little Rock scene before they all moved away to go to college) better than the original LP. It's another biased entry, but I have to share my enthusiasm for SnailhuntR's "Origin Of The Spiral" album. Drummer Matt Putman spent a number of years as a percussionist for Living Sacrifice, and would sell CD-R copies of his "side project" SnailhuntR on Sac's merch table. Truth be told, SnailhuntR, a partnership with vocalist and guitarist Matt Depper, was in fact his real focus, and I chased Matts Putman and Depper for nearly two years to make an agreement to package the CD officially, which we did in August of 2003. To this day, it's still one of my favorite records, and one that is difficult to categorize. I used to describe by asking people to imagine the tour buses for Radiohead, They Might Be Giants, Frank Zappa, Flaming Lips, and Devo all wrecked into each other, and this album was the inevitable memorial concert. That's still a catchy and not entirely inaccurate way to describe "Origin Of The Spiral," though I think now it does some disservice to SnailhuntR's own unique musical voice and their literary sensibility. Since 2000, Snailhuntr has only played a handful of shows. They always were, and probably always will be, mostly a studio band. And, although that makes an independent band and album far more difficult to market, this album remains a labor of love to me, and I am proud to be associated with it in any way.

Brad Caviness is one of Little Rock's most rabid music fans.

Rob Bell

1. – Al Green

2. – Scott Joplin

3. – Louis Jordan

4. – Johnny Cash

5. – Levon Helm

6. – Punkinhead

7. – Gunbunnies

8. – ho-hum

9. – 607

10 - Isaac Alexander

Never been much of an album guy, so I don't feel qualified enough to list my album picks. Truth is, I'm more of a hook whore. Butch Stone once told me, "Don't bore us, get to the chorus." Frustrated me then, but now I get it. Shamefully, I'm nothing but a pop junky.

Rob Bell is a member of The Easys, Greers Ferry and The Screaming Mimes.

Coby Bryan

1. – Mulehead

2. – Kevin Kerby

3. – Drunken Angels

4. – Il Libretina

5. – San Antokyo

6. – Brother Andy and his Big Damn Mouth

7. – Sweet Eagle

8. – Go Fast

1. – Mulehead - "Rocket Surgery"

2. – Mulehead - "the Gospel Accordion II"

3. – Kevin Kerby + Battery – "Beautiful and Bright"

4. – Go Fast - "Great American Get Down"

Coby Bryan is a passionate local music fan.

Jack Hill

1. – Levon Helm

2. – Al Green

3. – Johnny Cash

4. – Louis Jordan

5. – Glen Campbell

6. – The Cate Brothers

7. – The Gunbunnies

8. – The Greasy Greens

9. – Jimmy Driftwood

10 - Kat Hood

Explanatory text: The first five choices should need no explanation. The Cates were the first Arkansas band to release a major label record and they provided years of pleasure listening and on the dance floor. The Gunbunnies were the first central Arkansas act to release a major label recording, but more importantly, the band packed clubs for years with unforgettable tunes. Even though The Greasy Greens never delivered a recording of any sort, they have livened up many an event for more than three decades, with even former President Clinton out on the dance floor last year when the Greens played Vino's. Driftwood demonstrated that it was possible to live in Arkansas and make music, while also making his beloved Ozarks famous for its sounds. Hood currently shows that someone can work a day job and also write, record and perform fine music, and lead a band.

1. – Levon Helm - "Electric Dirt"

2. – Levon Helm - "Dirt Farmer"

3. – The Gunbunnies - "Paw Paw Patch"

4. – Al Green - "Greatest Hits"

5. – Ronnie Hawkins - "Greatest Hits"

6. – Iris DeMent - "Infamous Angel"

7. – Johnny Cash - "The Legend of Johnny Cash"

8. – Louis Jordan - "The Best of..."

9. – The Cate Brothers - "Live"

10. - Ho-Hum - "Massacre"

Jack Hill is a long time culture reporter and a contributor to Arkansas Times.

Ben Dickey

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

3. – Sonny Boy Williamson

4. – Levon Helm

5. – Lefty Frizzell

6. – The Big Cats

7. – Foxy Emma

8. – Louis Jordan

9. – Class of '84

10 - Hiram Ragon Experience

**

1. – Johnny Cash - "Johnny Cash with his Hot and Blue Guitar"

2. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe - "The Complete..."

3. – Sonny Boy Williamson - "Work With Me"

4. – Johnny Cash - "Now There Was a Song!"

5. – Johnny Cash - "Unchained"

6. – Sonny Boy Williamson - "King Biscuit Radio Hour"

7. – Chinese Girls - "OF"

8. – The Big Cats - "Anthology"

9. – Foxy Emma - "Live at the Isle of Man"

10. - Shake Ray Turbine - "The Sauce of Solutions"

Ben Dickey is vocalist/guitarist in Blood Feathers and a former member of Hiram Ragon Experience and Shake Ray Turbine.

Bill Eginton

1. – Sonny Burgess and the Pacers

2. – Ho-Hum

3. – Gil Franklin

4. – Billy Cole

5. – Greasy Greens

6. – Blues Patrol

7. – Larry Davis

8. – Burger

9. – Thomas East

10 - Barbara Raney

1. – Ho-Hum - "Massacre"

2. – Joyce Geren - "Black Cadillac"

3. – V/A - "Lost Souls, Vol. 1"

4. – Lee Anthony - "Right Track"

5. – Sonny Burgess - "Red Headed Woman"

6. – The Rockin' Guys - "Christmas Album"

7. – Grand Serenade - 'Lean Times"

8. – Paulette - "Interpretation"

9. – Blues Patrol - "Live at the WW"

10. - Amy Garland - "Angora"

Bill Eginton is the owner of Arkansas Record & CD Exchange.

Lindsey Millar

1. – Al Green

2. – Johnny Cash

3. – Jim Dickinson

4. – Magic Cropdusters

5. – Charlie Rich

6. – Pharoah Sanders

7. – Levon Helm

8. – Johnnie Taylor

9. – 607

10 - Soophie Nun Squad

1. – Al Green - "I'm Still in Love with You"

2. – Bob Dorough - "Just About Everything"

3. – James Luther Dickinson - "Dixie Fried"

4. – Charlie Rich - "The Complete Hi Recordings"

5. – Chinese Girls - "OF"

6. – Levon Helm - "Electric Dirt"

7. – Jim Mize - "Release It to the Sky"

8. – Rwake - "Voices of Omens"

9. – Arkansas Bo - "I Know That's Right, vol 1"

10. - Ho-Hum - "Massacre"

Like a lot of the folks who declined to participate, I had trouble wrapping my mind around comparing contemporary locals with nationally respected natives. But list making is fun and to make mine make sense I decided to compile them based almost solely on my listening/concert going habits over the years.

A note on the less obvious ones: Bob Dorough is grossly underrated. If you only know Charlie Rich as a country crooner, you don't know Charlie Rich. He was the ultimate blue-eyed soul man as evinced by the compilation of sides he did for Memphis' Hi Recordings. Arkansas Bo lives in Dallas now, but I bet he'd figure out a way to sell you a copy of this mixtape somehow. It's my favorite local rap release, followed closely by "Lead by Example," the first mixtape from his duo mate in Suga City, Goines.

Lindsey Millar is the arts and entertainment editor at the Arkansas Times.

Lee Anthony

1. – Al Green

2. – Johnnie Taylor

3. – Louis Jordan

4. – Glen Campbell

5. – Black Oak Arkansas

6. – Albert King

7. – Larry "Totsy" Davis

8. – Calvin Leavy

9. – O.C. Smith

10 - Johnny Cash

1. – Al Green - "Greatest Hits"

2. – Johnnie Taylor - "Taylored in Silk"

3. – Louis Jordan - "Best of"

4. – Glen Campbell - "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"

5. – Black Oak Arkansas - "Greatest Hits"

6. – Albert King - "I'll Play the Blues for You"

7. – Larry "Totsy" Davis - "Funny Stuff"

8. – Calvin Leavy - "Cummins Prison Farm"

9. – O.C. Smith - "Hickory Holler's Tramp"

10. - Johnny Cash - "The Essential"

Lee Anthony is the founder of Little Rock's True Soul Records.

Sam Murphy

1. – Chino Horde

2. – Shake Ray Turbine

3. – Ho-Hum

4. – Chinese Girls

5. – Generation of Vipers

6. – Five-O

7. – Uptown Prophets of Armageddon

8. – The Looks

9. – Trusty

10 - William Martyr 17

Sam Murphy is a guitarist in Blood Feathers and was the drummer in Chinese Girls and a member of Class of 84.

Joe Cripps

1. – Howlin Wolf

2. – Louis Jordan

3. – Al Green

4. – Johnny Cash

5. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

6. – Conway Twitty

7. – Pharoah Sanders

8. – Glen Campbell

9. – CeDell Davis

10. – The Gunbunnies

I have a hard enough time ranking artists, I can't rank the records. I really don't like putting these folks in a ranking system and I'm leaving a lot of people out that I respect just as much. This is a "Top of the head list", at best. I know points are being awarded but I'll take any of these people on any day and more to boot. We do alright in Arkansas.

In 2002, Joe Cripps produced CeDell Davis' "When the Lightning Struck the Pine" and in 1999, won a Grammy for his work in Brave Combo.

Matt Anders

1. – Les Attaques

2. – The Clicking Beetle Bad Omen Band

3. – No Hickeys

4. – Hundred Years War

5. – Tel Aviv

6. – Nathan Brown (A.K.A. "Browningham")

7. – Chinese Girls

8. – Color Club

9. – Tem Eyos Ki

10 - Sassy Goose

It was just recently that I found out that there are two musical acts from Arkansas named "Hundred Years War". The one from Hot Springs sucks and is not who I've listed.

Matt Anders is a long-time figure in Little Rock music, notably for his work in The Evelyns and, most recently, Pink Drapes.

Derek Jenkins

1. – Louis Jordan

2. – Johnny Cash

3. – Lefty Frizzell

4. – Al Green

5. – Howlin' Wolf

6. – Sonny Boy Williamson

7. – Conway Twitty

8. – Pharoah Sanders

9. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

10 - The Gossip

**

1. – Louis Jordan – "Best of"

2. – " Johnny Cash – "At Folsom Prison"

3. – " Al Green - I'm Still in Love with You"

4. – Al Green - "Call Me"

5. – Howlin' Wolf - "Evil"

6. – Pharoah Sanders - "Karma"

7. – Al Green - "Explores Your Mind"

8. – Lefty Frizzell - "Look What Thoughts Will Do"

9. – Conway Twitty - "Hello Darlin'"

10. - Sonny Boy Williamson - "King Biscuit Time"

Derek Jenkins is the former host of KXUA's "Mystery Train" and a contributor to the Times; you may recognize him as the A Boy Named Sooie.

Aaron Sarlo

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Junior Wells

4. – Sonny Boy Williamson

5. – Glen Campbell

6. – Econochrist

7. – Trusty

8. – Chino Horde

9. – Elton and Betty

10 - Conway Twitty

**

1. – Junior Wells – "Hoodoo Man Blues"

2. – Johnny Cash – "At Folsom Prison"

3. – Sonny Boy Williamson – "His Best"

4. – Johnny Cash – "The Sun Recordings"

5. – Al Green - "I Can't Stop"

6. – Johnny Cash – "American IV"

7. – Al Green – "Let's Stay together"

8. – Trusty – "The Paul Years"

9. – American Princes – "Other People"

10. – Elton and Betty White – Whatever they put out

Aaron Sarlo fronted Techno-Squid Eats Parliament in the early-'90s. He currently plays in Dangerous Idiots.

Matthew Thompson

1. – Trusty

2. – Chino Horde

3. – Econochrist

4. – Numbskullz

5. – Shake Ray Turbine

6. – The Big Cats

7. – Soophie Nun Squad

8. – Elton and Betty White

9. – Generation of Vipers

10. – Big Boss Line

Matthew Thompson was the bassist for Jetjangua and is the co-founder/editor of the celebrated Fluke Zine, created in North Little Rock and currently run out of Thompson's home in Arizona.

Chad Conder

1. – Ho-Hum

2. – Big Silver

3. – Adam Faucett

4. – Isaac Alexander

5. – Velvet Kente

6. – Kevin Kerby + Battery

7. – William Blackart

8. – Brother Andy and his Big Damn Mouth

9. – Androids of Ex-Lovers

10. – UnderClaire

**

1. – Ho-Hum – "Landau Zeal"

2. – Ho-Hum – "Massacre"

3. – Ho-Hum – "Near and Dear"

4. – Taught the Rabbits – "Mallet and Watch"

5. – Ashtray Babyhead – "O-Rama"

6. – Big Silver – "Afterlife"

7. – Living Sacrifice – "Reborn"

8. – Isaac Alexander – "See Through Me"

9. – Adam Faucett – "The Great Basking Shark"

10. - Molten Lava – "Hot Liquid Rock"

Didn't know if this survey wanted to include past AR acts, so this was a quick list of the dudes i think rule it still. I also included bands and artists i've had the pleasure of playing with at one time or another. Shameless.

Chad Conder is the drummer for Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth as well as Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass.

Chris King

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Charlie Rich

4. – Louis Jordan

5. – Glen Campbell

6. – Levon Helm

7. – Punkinhead

8. – The Cate Brothers

9. – The Gunbunnies

10 - American Princes

**

1. – Punkinhead – "New South Soul"

2. – Johnny Cash – "American Recordings"

3. – American Princes – "Other People"

4. – Louis Jordan – "Let the Good Times Roll"

5. – Dali Automatic – "Kiss Yr Universe"

6. – Al Green – "Greatest Hits"

7. – The Gunbunnies – "Paw Paw Patch"

8. – Mulehead – "Rocket Surgery"

9. – Ho-Hum – "Sanduleak"

10. - Evanescence – "Fallen"

It's always debatable to call anyone the greatest unless they are actually competing in some kind of MMA-style cage match...My "Albums" list is pretty much just based on what I've listened to the most through the years with the exception of ONE that I've barely listened to, but I recognize it deserves a place on the list.

Chris King is the owner of Sticky Fingerz and Revolution.

Bonnie Montgomery

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Teddy Redell

3. – Isaac Alexander

4. – Kevin Kerby

5. – John Willis

6. – Jim Ed, Bonnie and Maxine Brown

7. – Mandy McBryde

8. – Cody Belew

9. – Floyd Cramer

10 - Jimmy Driftwood

**

1. – Johnny Cash – "Johnny Cash with his Hot and Blue Guitar"

2. – Teddy Redell - "The Original Early Teddy Redell"

3. – Isaac Alexander - "See Thru Me"

4. – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Jimmy Driftwood - "May the Circle Be Unbroken"

5. – Kevin Kerby - "Beautiful and Bright"

6. – " Johnny Cash – "Unchained"

7. – " John Willis – "Salvation Songs"

8. – Cody Belew - "Paradise"

9. – The Screaming Mimes - "Ignorant Jive"

10. - Johnny Cash - "Live at San Quentin"

Bonnie Montgomery, the frontwoman for Montgomery Trucking, is currently preparing to debut her nationally anticipated opera about Bill Clinton's childhood entitled "Billy Blythe."

Bart Angel

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Levon Helm

3. – Glen Campbell

4. – Floyd Cramer

5. – Charlie Rich

6. – Louis Jordan

7. – Al Green

8. – Lefty Frizzell

9. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

10 - Roy Buchanan

**

1. – Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison."

2. – Glen Campbell - "Wichita Lineman."

3. – Johnny Cash - "Unchained."

4. – Al Green - "Let's Stay Together."

5. – Charlie Rich - "Behind Closed Doors."

6. – Black Oak Arkansas - "Black Oak Arkansas."

7. – Levon Helm - "Dirt Farmer."

8. – Roy Buchanan - "Sweet Dreams: The Anthology."

9. – Ronnie Hawkins - "Ronnie Hawkins."

10. - The Baileys - That tape with 'Christ of the Ozarks on it.

Floyd Cramer- You know he's playing inside of two bars. A member of the Nashville A-Team. He played on *everything*. 'Last Date,' in my opinion, is the best pop-instrumental ever. Glen Campbell- MUCH more for his work with the Wrecking Crew than 'his' stuff (Jimmy Webb's songs are so good I could make hits out of them). Glen's a monster picker and the list of songs he's played on and people he's backed is jaw-droppingly ridiculous. Roy Buchanan- Could/Should (?) have been The Band's guitar player. Check him out, hipsters. There would have been no Van Halen without Jim "Dandy" Mangrum. I wish I had room for Bob Dorough. He educated a generation or three with 'School House Rock' before it went to pot. Played a little with Miles Davis.

Bart Angel is the drummer for The Salty Dogs and The Amy Garland Band.

Mike Motley

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Levon Helm/ The Band

4. – The Gossip/ Beth Ditto

5. – Glen Campbell

6. – Conway Twitty

7. – Sonny Boy Williamson

8. – Patsy Montana

9. – Black Oak Arkansas

10 - Evanescence

**

1. – Johnny Cash – "At Folsom Prison"

2. – The Band - "Music From Big Pink"

3. – Al Green - "Lets Stay Together"

4. – The Gossip - "Standing In The Way Of Control"

5. – American Princes - "Other People"

6. – Soophie Nun Squad - "The Devil, The Metal, The Big Booty Beats"

7. – Glen Campbell - "Wichita "

8. – Rwake -"Voices Of Omens"

9. – Evanescence -"Fallen"

10. - Black Oak Arkansas - "High On The Hog"

Mike Motley has contributed to a number of local acts, including Sugar and the Raw, Big Boots and Soophie Nun Squad.

Andy Conrad

1. – Mulehead

2. – Trusty

3. – 607

4. – Ho-Hum

5. – Magic Cropdusters

6. – American Princes

7. – Andy Warr

8. – Substance

9. – Issac Alexander

10 - Billy Lee Riley

Andy Conrad has been a member of early-'90s punk icons Numbskullz and 12ft6.

Kevin Kerby

1. – Ho-Hum

2. – Magic Cropdusters

3. – Ashtray Baby Head

4. – Go Fast

5. – Trusty

6. – Soophie Nun Squad

7. – The Moving Front

8. – American Princes

9. – il libretina

10 - Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth

**

1. – American Princes - "We Are the People"

2. – The Big Cats - "On Tomorrow"

3. – Ho-Hum - "Sanduleak"

4. – Lucero - "1372 Overton Park"

5. – Boondogs - "This is the Way the World Ends"

6. – il libretina - "il libretina"

7. – Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth - "Mystic Indian Hitmakers"

8. – Magic Cropdusters - "Goshen"

9. – Pants - "Last One Leaving"

10. - Mulehead - "Finer Thing"

Kevin Kerby is the celebrated singer/songwriter known for his work with Mulehead as well as his solo albums and recent release as "Kevin Kerby + Battery."

Burt Taggart

1. – Louie Jordan

2. – Al Green

3. – Pharoah Sanders

4. – Cedell Davis

5. – Jim Mize

6. – Junior Wells

7. – Bob Dorough

8. – Ho-Hum

9. – Trusty

10 - American Princes

**

1. – Louie Jordan -"Best Of" [MCA]

2. – Al Green - "Belle"

3. – Pharoah Sanders - "Karma"

4. – Cedell Davis - "When Lightnin' Struck The Pine"

5. – Jim Mize - "Release It To The Sky"

6. – Junior Wells - "1957-1963: University Rock"

7. – Bob Dorough - "Just About Everything"

8. – Ho-Hum - "Near & Dear"

9. – Trusty - "The Paul Years"

10. - American Princes - "Less & Less"

Burt Taggart, for all intents and purposes, is the mayor of Little Rock music, having founded Chino Horde and The Big Cats. He currently runs the long-standing Max Recordings, his stalwart local label.

Michael Goodrich

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Pharoah Sanders

3. – Howlin' Wolf

4. – Sonny Boy Williamson

5. – Louis Jordan

6. – Victor Wiley

7. – Kevin Kerby

8. – Dale Hawkins

9. – Trusty

10 - David Jukes

**

1. – Johnny Cash - "American Recordings"

2. – Howlin' Wolf - "Evil"

3. – Pharoah Sanders - "Thembi"

4. – Sonny Boy Williamson

5. – Pharoah Sanders - "Black Unity"

6. – Magic Cropdusters - 1st one

7. – Dale Hawkins - "Suzy Q"

8. – Johnny Cash - "Solitary Man"

9. – Kevin Kerby - "Beautiful & Bright"

10. - Michael Goodrich - "Late at night in a Monaara/World"

Michael Goodrich is the local guitarist/singer in Parachute Woman. He's currently finishing his solo debut.

Michael Keckhaver AKA Sterno

1. – Pharoah Sanders

2. – Dale Hawkins

3. – Johnny Cash

4. – Roy Buchanan

5. – Howlin' Wolf

6. – CeDell Davis

7. – Moondog

8. – Conway Twitty

9. – "Son" Seals

10 - Billy Lee Riley

**

1. – Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison"

2. – Roy Buchanan - "Roy Buchanon"

3. – Pharoah Sanders - "Karma"

4. – Black Oak Arkansas - "Black Oak Arkansas"

5. – Moondog - "S/T"

6. – Dale Hawkins - "Rock 'n Roll Tornado"

7. – CeDell Davis - "Feel Like Doin' Something Wrong"

8. – Howlin' Wolf - "The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions"

9. – Billy Lee Riley - "Red Hot"

10. - Conlon Nancarrow - "Studies for Player Piano"

Michael "Sterno" Keckhaver is a former member of Doktors for Bob and The Glands, amongst others. He's also contributed tor Free Press and Spectrum Weekly.

Trevor J. Ware

1. – Ho-Hum

2. – Isaac Alexander

3. – Sugar and the Raw

4. – Plu

5. – American Princes

6. – Grand Serenade

7. – Big Boots

8. – Lucky Father Browne

9. – Shoplift

10 - Friends and Gentle Hearts

**

1. – Ho-Hum - "Near and Dear"

2. – Isaac Alexander - "See Thru Me"

3. – American Princes - "Other People"

4. – Shoplift - Unreleased, I ganked this from Blue Chair Studio

5. – Grand Serenade - "Lean Times"

6. – Plu - "Sinking Ships, Sinking Ships" i think...

7. – Sugar and the Raw - "Transluscent"

8. – American Princes - "Little Spaces"

9. – Thick Syrup Records Arkansas Compilation

10. - Adam Faucett - "The Great Basking Shark"

It's pretty impossible to put a list like this together, the best you can do is try to take a little snapshot of a period of time in your life and the music that filled it. This is by no means intended to be definitive, but covers a lot of the bases as far what I was listening to in the mid '00's. This is the soundtrack for my early 20's in Little Rock.

Trevor Ware has played bass guitar for Grand Serenade and Big Boots. He also currently backs local songwriter Elise Davis.

Jeremy Brasher

1. – Ho-Hum

2. – Mulehead

3. – Chino Horde

4. – Velvet Kente

5. – Rwake

6. – Soophie Nun Squad

7. – Econochrist

8. – Johnny Cash

9. – Al Green

10 - Louis Jordan

**

1. – The Good Fear –" Dirty Lowdown Adventure"

2. – Tel Aviv – "Underwaters"

3. – Rwake – "Voices of Omens"

4. – Kevin Kerby – "Secret Lives of all Night Radios"

5. – Chino Horde – "S/T"

6. – Soophie Nun Squad – "Vs. the United States of America"

7. – Econochrist – "Trained to Serve"

8. – Johnny Cash – "I Walk the Line"

9. – Al Green – "I'm Still in Love With You"

10. - Louis Jordan – "The Best"

Jeremy Brasher is the frontman for The Moving Front. He's also been in The Stranger Steals and W/O.

Nicole Boddington

1. – Al Green

2. – Levon Helm

3. – Dale Hawkins

4. – Ronnie Hawkins

5. – American Princes

6. – Big Cats

7. – Ho-Hum

8. – Boondogs

9. – Jim Mize

10 - Chris Denny

**

1. – Al Green – "Al Green Gets Next to You"

2. – Al Green – "Let's Stay Together"

3. – Levon Helm – "Dirt Farmer"

4. – Dale Hawkins – "Rock N Roll Tornado"

5. – Big Cats – "Worrisome Blues"

6. – American Princes – "Less and Less"

7. – Ho-Hum – "Let/Me/Wear/Your/Coat"

8. – Boondogs – "Fever Dreams"

9. – Jim Mize – "Release It To The Sky"

10. - The Easys – "Blood Capsule"

Nicole Boddington is local music critic and former Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase judge.

Fil Griggs

1. – Levon Helm

2. – Johnny Cash

3. – Art Porter Trio w/Art Porter Jr.

4. – Floyd Cramer

5. – Fred Tackett / Little Feat

6. – Tommy Riggs w/Linda Bailey

7. – Cherry Brooks and the Hot House Tomato Boys

8. – Louie Shelton

9. – Blackfoot ('60's Arkansas rock band)

10. – Snickers

**

1. – Levon Helm – "The Last Waltz"

2. – Johnny Cash – "A Hundred Highways"

3. – Fred Tackett & Little Feat "Let it Roll"

4. – V/A - Lost Souls, Vol. 1

5. – V/A - Lost Souls, Vol. 2

6. – Evanescence – "Fallen"

7. – Louie Shelton – "Hot and Spicy"

8. – Shannon Boshears – "Chicksinger"

9. – The Cate Brothers Band – "Radioland"

10. – Snickers – "The Malaco Sessions"

Fil Griggs is the guitarist/vocalist for famous '60s garage rockers The Lost Souls.

Brother Andy Warr

1. – al green

2. – lefty frizzell

3. – levon helm

4. – rwake

5. – william blackart

6. – Ho-Hum

7. – adam faucet

8. – underclaire

9. – hundred years war

10 - isaac Alexander

**

1. – johhny cash - "american volume 4"

2. – al green - "let's stay together"

3. – rwake - "voices of omens"

4. – william blackart - "left"

5. – the band - "the band"

6. – adam faucet - "show me magic. show me out"

7. – american princes - "other people"

8. – Ho-Hum - "massacre"

9. – kevin kerby + battery - "beautiful and bright"

10. - isaac Alexander - "see thru me"

"Brother" Andy Warr is the most recent winner of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, bassist for Pilot Whale and frontman for Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth.

Jeremy Partin AKA Skullcrusher

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Rwake

3. – King Don

4. – Underclaire

5. – Evanescence

6. – Living Sacrifice

7. – Kevin Kerby

8. – Shitfire

9. – Crankbait

10. – STDs

**

1. – Rwake – "Voices of Omens"

2. – King Don – "The Amazing King Don"

3. – Evanescence – "Origin"

4. – Underclaire – "Lights Out, Cairo"

5. – End of Eye – "a brief history of negative energy"

6. – Shitfire – "Polishing the Weapons of War"

7. – Living Sacrifice – "S/T"

8. – Deadbird – "The Head and the Heart"

9. – Seahag – demo

10. - Shadows of Verbannten – demo

Rwake - Voices of Omens: Rwake taps into a cosmic darkness unlike any other band I know. Listen to them at your own risk. This is the heaviest record ever released by an Arkansas act, and is not surprisingly my top pick. Underclaire - Lights Out, Cairo: Under-rated. Under-appreciated. Underclaire. This minimalist rock act gets the maximum out of their well-crafted songs. Mike Mullins can lay claim to being one of the best songwriters in the state, and has a crystal clear, perfect voice to match. He's found an ideal counterpart in guitarist Ed De Leon. And drummer Brian Baker does more with a 3-piece drum set than other drummers do with countless racks of gear. While they have released great music over the years, this first record is still my favorite. Listen to "Hurricane" or "Black Parade" and tell me you're not moved. Shitfire - Polishing the Weapons of War: If ever there was an album that mimicked the female orgasm, this is it. This record just builds and builds slowly with delicious, infectuous riffs. And halfway into the record when you just can't take it anymore, the orgiastic pleasure just explodes and washes over you in waves. This is the only record that made me wish I had a vagina. King Don - The Amazing King Don: King Don is too easily dismissed as a joke act. But he takes what he does very seriously, and should go down as one of the greatest entertainers in the history of Arkansas. King Don pours his heart into everything he does, and I don't know that I've heard anybody bare their soul like he does in "Diamond in My Eye" and "Face in the Raincloud". Living Sacrifice - their influence on the Christian metal scene is undeniable. But they were also the envy of the heavy music scene here period. Their shows at Vinos are legendary. They got so crowded that even I stopped going. Their debut album, to me, remains their best work. End of Eye - a brief history of negative energy: My life is dictated by logic, both at work and play. Data is analyzed, and decisions are made. I've often wondered what it would be like to have an unstable mind. Listen to this record, and you'll find out. This album makes me uncomfortable. Evanescence - Origin: Yes, it's true that Evanescence turned their backs on our music scene here, their Christian roots, and in the end, on each other. Makes you wonder what kind of people they really are. But this was before all of that. You can't deny the sheer talent of this band. While it was Fallen that jettissoned them to superstardom, their first cd still contains their best work in my opinion. I still love you Amy. And I still want to do naughty things with corndogs to you. STDs - The STDs have literally carried the punk scene here on their backs for the past few years, and for that, they have my respect. True, they have been banned from nearly every venue in town. But before you label them as senseless nihilism and punk rebellion, maybe you should actually check out one of their shows. As a performance artist, there is none better than frontman Jay Gray. He's brilliant in front of a crowd that loves him, and even better in front of a crowd that doesn't.

Jeremy "Skullcrusher" Partin is a music critic and the bassist in VORE.

Matthew Steel

1. – The Band

2. – Al Green

3. – Johnny Cash

4. – American Princes

5. – The Good Fear

6. – Mammoth Orange

7. – Sugar and the Raw

8. – Grand Serenade

9. – Tel Aviv

10 - Eclipse Glasses

**

1. – The Band - "Music From Big Pink"

2. – Al Green - "Al Green: Greatest Hits"

3. – American Princes - "Other People"

4. – Tel Aviv - "Underwaters"

5. – The Good Fear - "Dirty Lowdown Adventure"

6. – Grand Serenade - "Crashing Cars EP"

7. – The Gossip - "Standing In the Way of Control"

8. – Eclipse Glasses - "S/T"

9. – Ho-Hum - "Near and Dear"

10. - American Princes - "Less and Less"

Matt Steel is the bassist and singer for Whale Fire.

Clay Grubbs

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – Levon Helm

4. – Louis Jordan

5. – Jimmy Driftwood

6. – Scott Joplin

7. – American Princes

8. – Ho-Hum

9. – Ronnie Hawkins

10 - Soophie Nun Squad

**

1. – Johnny Cash - "Folsom Prison Blues"

2. – The Band - "Music From Big Pink"

3. – Al Green - "I'm still in love with you"

4. – Johnny Cash - "American Recordings"

5. – Ho-Hum -"Local"

6. – American Princes - "Other People"

7. – Tem Eyos Ki – "S/T"

8. – Soophie Nun Squad – "The Metal, The Devil and The Big Booty Beats"

9. – Louis Jordan – "Best Of"

10. - Jimmy Driftwood - "Americana"

Clay Grubbs is a guitarist and vocalist in Whale Fire.

John Steel

1. – Johnny Cash

2. – Al Green

3. – The Band

4. – Louis Jordan

5. – Scott Joplin

6. – Ho-Hum

7. – American Princes

8. – Gossip

9. – Sugar and the Raw

10 - Eclipse Glasses

**

1. – The Band - "Music From Big Pink"

2. – Al Green - "Al Green's Greatest Hits"

3. – Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison"

4. – Ho-Hum - "Near and Dear"

5. – The Band- "S/T"

6. – American Princes - "Other People"

7. – The Gossip - "Standing in the Way of Control"

8. – Tel Aviv - "Underwaters"

9. – American Princes - "Less and Less"

10. - Ashtray Babyhead - "Radio"

John Steel is a guitarist and vocalist in Whale Fire.

Kat Hood

1. – Levon Helm

2. – Katmandu

3. – Good Time Ramblers

4. – Erin Enderlin

5. – Eden's Edge

6. – Amy Garland

7. – Shannon Boshears

8. – Jed Clampitt

9. – Emily Kaitz

10 - Bill Nesbitt

**

1. – Levon Helm - "Electric Dirt"

2. – Good Time Ramblers - "Nashville Cowboy"

3. – Buddy Case - "Citizen of the world"

4. – Kat Hood - "Kat Tunes"

5. – Amy Garland - "Angora"

6. – Shannon Boshears - "Black Mascara"

Levon Helm, the best slice of Arkansas I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Katmandu because of extremely talented guys I get to play with:. Chuck Gilbert, Paul Edmonson, Billy Hoover, Dave Seago and Davis Hendricks. Good Time Ramblers,can't help but love these guys with their original tunes and high energy. Arkansas's best alt country as far as I'm concerned. Buddy Case's album" Citzen of the world" is some of the best original music you'll ever hear. .

Kat Hood is a local singer/songwriter known both for her solo releases and work with Katmandu.

Terry Buckalew

1. – Charlie Rich

2. – Johnny Cash

3. – Al Green

4. – Rosetta Tharpe

5. – Son Seals

6. – Louis Jordan

7. – Robert Nighthawk

8. – Junior Walker

9. – Bill Broonzy

10 - Roosevelt Sykes

**

1. – Johnny Cash- "Live at Folsom Prison"

2. – Jr. Wells- "Hoodoo Man Blues"

3. – Son Seals-"Son Seals Blues Band"

4. – Al Green "Al Green Gets Next to You"

5. – Charlie Rich "Behind Closed Doors"

6. – Jelly Roll Kings "Rockin' The Juke Joint Down"

7. – Roosevelt Sykes "Feel Like Blowing My Horn"

8. – Sonny Boy Williamson "Bummer Road"

9. – Robert Nighthawk "Live on Maxwell Street"

10. - Sister Rosetta Tharpe "Gospel Train"

Terry Buckalew is the assistant director of the Delta Cultural Center in Helena and host of "Delta Sounds" on KFFA.

Natalie Elliott

1. – Scott Joplin

2. – Johnny Cash

3. – Al Green

4. – The Browns

5. – Dale Hawkins

6. – Rudy Ray Moore

7. – Levon Helm

8. – Gossip (Beth Ditto)

9. – Jim Mize

10 - Wayne Raney

Natalie Elliott is an editorial assistant at The Oxford American and a former Musicians Showcase judge.

Donovan Suitt

1. – Elton and Betty White

2. – Cosmic Giggle Factory

3. – Uptown Prophets of Armageddon

4. – Sulac (aka Widowpaw)

5. – Big Boss Line

6. – Magic Cropdusters

7. – Afrodesia

8. – Chinese Girls

9. – TOAST

10 - LD Mitchell & the Amalgamated Taxi Cab Service

**

1. – Elton and Betty White "Hard, Deep Sex Explosion"

2. – Louis Jordan "Jumpin' And Jivin' At Jubilee"

3. – Al Hibber "Al Sings With The Duke"

4. – Rudy Ray Moore "This Pussy Belongs To Me"

5. – Reagan's Polyp "Love Overdrive: Unpopular"

6. – Al Greene "Back Up Train"

7. – Jimmy Driftwood "Voice Of The People"

8. – Rayburn "Rayburn"

9. – Scott Joplin "Rags To Riches"

10. - Soophie Nun Squad "The Devil, The Metal, The Big Booty Beats"

Donovan Suitt is one half of experimental disc jockey/band duo Rural War Room.

John Tarpley

1. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

2. – Levon Helm

3. – Al Green

4. – Rose McCoy

5. – Johnny Cash

6. – Ho-Hum

7. – Walter Norris

8. – Tav Falco

9. – CeDell Davis

10. – Sulac

**

1. – Glen Campbell - "Wichita Lineman"

2. – Sister Rosetta Tharpe - "Gospel Train"

3. – Ho-Hum - "Near and Dear"

4. – Junior Wells - "Hoodoo Man Blues"

5. – Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison"

6. – Al Green - "Lay It Down"

7. – Tav Falco - "Behind the Magnolia Curtain"

8. – Mr. Bear - "These Machines"

9. – Bob Dorough - "Devil May Care"

10. - The Rockin' Guys - "Arkansas Born and Inbred"

John Tarpley is the editorial assistant for the Arkansas Times and local musician.

Dylan Yelenich

1. – Ho-Hum

2. – Albert King

3. – Mulehead

4. – Nessie

5 -- Sister Rosetta Tharpe

6. – Johnny Cash

7. – Al Green

8. – Roy Buchanan

9. – Jim Mize

10 - Soophie Nun Squad

**

1. – Ho-Hum - "Landau Zeal"

2. – Albert King - "Born Under a Bad Sign"

3. – Mulehead - "The Gospel Accordian Vol. 2"

4. – Nessie - "Hightower"

5. – Johnny Cash - "My Mother's Hymn Book"

6. – Al Green - "Call Me"

7. – Ho-Hum - "Funny Business"

8. – Pharoah Sanders - "Live at the East"

9. – Frown Pow'r - "Don't Doubt It, Shout It!"

10. - Soophie Nun Squad - "the Devil, Metal, and Big Booty Beats"

Dylan Yelenich is the bassist for The See.

Nate Powell

1. – Howlin' Wolf

2. – Tem Eyos Ki

3. – Sickshine

4. – Johnny Cash

5. – Scott Joplin

6. – Substance

7. – Econochrist

8. – Trusty

9. – William Martyr 17

10 - The Stranger Steals

**

1. – Tem Eyos Ki - "S/T "

2. – Trusty - "Kathy's Keen" 7"

3. – Johnny Cash - "At Folsom Prison"

4. – Econochrist - "Ruination"

5. – Substance - "Paper Boats and Heavy Trains"

6. – V/A - "Towncraft"

7. – Chino Horde - "S/T"

8. – William Martyr 17 - "The Celebration of Love" 7"

9. – Generation of Vipers - "S/T " 12"

10. - Five-O - "Fall Through" 7"

Nate Powell is a nationally celebrated cartoonist, a founding member of Soophie Nun Squad and the founder of Harlan Records.

Chuck Dodson

1. – Louis Jordan

2. – William Grant Still

3. – Conlon Nancarrow

4. – Walter Norris

5. – Sonny Boy Williamson

6. – Pharoah Sanders

7. – Johnny Cash

8. – Albert King

9. – Floyd Cramer

10 - Al Green

Chuck Dodson is a Hot Springs-based jazz musician, documentary filmmakers and gallery curator who currently sits on the board for the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.

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