Friday Five: Arkansas

Ken Morton, Jr. | August 3rd, 2012

Over the years, Friday Fives have covered songs about Florida, Texas and California. Today, we turn our attention to the great state of Arkansas. Before we count down five songs about the state, however, enjoy some of these hilarious laws passed at some point Arkansas’ history. (taken from dumblaws.com):

  • Alligators may not be kept in bathtubs.
  • Honking one’s car horn at a sandwich shop after 9 p.m. is against the law.
  • In Little Rock — Dogs may not bark after 6 p.m.
  • In Little Rock — Flirtation between men and women on the streets of Little Rock may result in a 30-day jail term.
  • It is unlawful to walk one’s cow down Main Street after 1 p.m. on Sunday.

5. Lee Ann Womack – “A Little Past Little Rock”

Over 14 years have passed since this beautiful and haunting musical lament was released. Several albums and many singles under the bridge, it’s still one of her best.

 

4. George Strait – “Arkansas Dave”

The first song Bubba Strait wrote for his father is partly based upon outlaw Dave Rudabaugh, also known as “Dirty Dave.”

 

3. Bill Monroe – “Arkansas Traveler” 

The first known sheet music publication of this great little fiddle tune dates back to 1847. The Father of Bluegrass is one of a long line of musicians who’ve done a take on this classic.

 

2. Darrell Scott – “No Love in Arkansas (The Ring)”

The girl from the green hills of Tennessee has taken Scott’s protagonist’s heart and he’s ditched the girl fromArkansas. The winner of this situation is the Mississippi. That deep, muddy river gained a gold ring.

 

1. Glen Campbell – “Arkansas”

Campbell sings about the good old Natural State, full of lakes, rivers, and dirt roads leading to ramshackle houses.

  1. Jack Williams
    August 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Hayes Carll – Little Rock
    Bruce Springsteen – Mary, Queen of Arkansas

  2. Adam Sheets
    August 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Black Oak Arkansas- “Hills of Arkansas”

  3. bob
    August 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Collin Raye – Little Rock (written by Tom Douglas)

  4. Jon
    August 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Oh, come on, now.

    Stanley Brothers, “How Far To Little Rock”
    http://youtu.be/cQxUDN63AQM

    Stanley Brothers, “Still Trying To Get To Little Rock”
    http://youtu.be/rZOxtLsgMQ4

    Rickie Simpkins, Frank Wakefield, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Mike Bub, “Arkansas Traveler”
    http://youtu.be/HgyyD_97YCE

    Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, “Bald Knob, Arkansas”
    http://youtu.be/cQxUDN63AQM

    Sadly, the best Arkansas-themed song and recording – the Osborne Brothers’ original Decca recording of (Arkansas native) Damon Black’s “Arkansas” – doesn’t seem to be legally available on the web, but you can hear a sample of their Sugar Hill remake here: http://www.allmusic.com/song/arkansas-mt0033176611 .

  5. Paul W Dennis
    August 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I think my favorite Arkansas themed song was “I Hear Littel Rock Calling” by Ferlin Husky.

    I also liked the Wilburn Brothers version of “Arkansas”, the same song referenced as by the Osborne Brothers. The Wilburn Brothers charted in the lower reaches of the charts with the song. When both acts were on MCA/Decca, they recorded quite a few of the same songs

  6. Daniel Mullins
    December 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Don Williams’ “Where The Arkansas River Leaves Oklahoma”

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