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When I lived in Springfield, Missouri, May Kennedy McCord was my dear friend and neighbor, and many hours were spent at her house at 1111 North Jefferson singing the old songs and talking about the Ozarks. She was one of the reasons I moved to Eureka Springs in 1983. Luckily, I found a few informants I could record who have since passed on. I still perform the old songs whether they be called Ozark folksongs, Appalachian folksongs, Smoky Mt. folksongs, etc. I started collecting the old songs in 1959 and have worked since then to keep these old songs and the spirit of the Ozarks hillbilly alive. I once read that someone said, "How can we know where we're going if we don't know where we've been?" I only hope the younger generation will see the value in these songs and be keepers of the flame.
 
Arkansas Red-Ozark Troubadour

Arkansas Red
Eureka Springs, AR