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This is the story of Arkansas. A story told through the sounds of musical instruments and song. Listen to the melancholy blues born on the Delta in eastern Arkansas. Tap your toe in time with the lively folk music spilling down from the hills of Northwest Arkansas. Arkansas's history is in those notes. You'll hear it in the mandolins of the Old School Bluegrass Band, from the 30-voice collegiate choir of Philander Smith University and from the dynamic sound of the South Arkansas Symphony. Indeed, Arkansas's heritage soars on the wings of a musical note.

Choose from the list below to listen to samples of Arkansas's trademark music.

Walkin' In My Sleep
A lively bluegrass tune featuring fiddle and banjo, typical of the music of the Ozarks. walkin'.ra (75 kb) | walkin'.au (411 kb)

Down Home Bag
A toe-tapping instrumental with fiddle and banjo right up front!
DownHome.ra (88 kb) | DownHome.au (484 kb)

As For Me And My House
A fast-moving jazz number blending vocals and bass.
I_Love_You.ra (77 kb) | I_Love_You.au (421 kb)

Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchk
An energetic classical piano work.
Stravinski.ra (79 kb) | Stravinski.au (432 kb)

Too Close Together
This witty blues song brings together trumpet, bass and broom.
Kingbis.ra (73 kb) | Kingbis.au (397 kb)

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Arkansas Arts Council

The Arkansas Arts Council brings Arkansas musicians and Arkansas audiences together through its "Arts on Tour" program. For information about the program and an "Arts on Tour" roster, call the Arts Council at (501) 324-9766 or visit www.arkansasarts.com.

Delta Cultural Center

The music of the Arkansas Delta is as diverse as the Delta itself; but the Delta is best known for the blues. The Delta Cultural Center's Delta Sounds exhibit traces the history of Delta blues and features some of Delta blues' most influential personalities. The Delta Cultural Center hosts "King Biscuit Time," the longest running radio show in the United States, in the Visitors Center every weekday from 12:15-12:45 p.m. This Peabody Award-winning radio show features the legendary "Sunshine" Sonny Payne. The Delta Sounds Room features an entire area dedicated to the Delta's rich musical heritage. For more information on this subject, please contact the Delta Cultural Center at (870) 338-4358 or (800) 358-0972.

Old State House Museum

"Our Own Sweet Sounds," the Old State House Museum's award-winning exhibit, is now available for viewing as a beautiful 120-page book. "Our Own Sweet Sounds: A Celebration of Popular Music in Arkansas," published by the University of Arkansas Press, is a loving tribute to not only the luminaries of folk, country, western, blues, jazz, gospel and rock, but also to the common music that filled local airwaves, and enhanced the enlivened spirit of music lovers everywhere. With this book, author Robert Cochran, Director of the Center for Arkansas and Regional Studies and an English professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has painted a portrait of rich musical diversity. Cochran traces the music and voices that have enriched the life of the community that is Arkansas, and brought further focus to the people and sounds celebrated in the Natural State. For additional information, please contact the Old State House Museum at (501) 324-9685, or the University of Arkansas Press in Fayetteville, Arkansas at (501) 575-7715 or visit www.oldstatehouse.com.