Send You Back to Arkansas: Our Own Sweet Sounds II 

From the first, Arkansas music mattered. You see it in fragments of cane flutes, whistles older than Columbus. The oldest image of an Arkansas musician may be a man carrying a rattle on a Quapaw buffalo robe; the oldest recorded Arkansas sound may be a 1928 string band from the Ozarks. There's a crazy-quilt variety—ballad singers side-by-side with bluesmen, rockers in outrageous Spandex with pistol-toting cowgirls, zoot-suited jazzmen next to grave-faced gospel quartets. Listen to the Arkansas music—let it "send you back to Arkansas."