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Arkansas Blues History


Arkansas doesn't immediately pop into mind when one thinks of "The Blues."  More recognizable Blues geography includes Memphis, Chicago, the Mississippi delta region and Texas.  Don't forget that Arkansas has its own delta region and the famous "King Biscuit Time" radio show originated in Helena, Arkansas. Arkansas does hold a well-deserved place in the hearts, minds and ears of the informed though. The Natural State has produced it's share of Blues greats and they will be showcased here.

Arkansas Blues Artist

Willie Cobbs, Smale

Luther Allison, Widener

Al Green, Forest City

Roosevelt Sykes, Elmar

Jimmy Witherspoon, Gruden

Junior Walker, Blythesville

Johnnie Taylor, Crawford

Guitar Mac, Cotton Plant

Roy Buchanan, Ozark

George 'Harmonica' Smith, Helena

Frank Frost, Augusta

Al Hibler, Little Rock

Little Willie John, Cullendale

Sam Carrr, Marvell

Robert Lee McCoy, Helena

Levon Helm, Elaine

Bobby Rush, Pine Bluff

Robert Nighthawk, Helena

Louis Jordan, from Brinkley

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, from Cotton Plant

Son Seals, from Osceola

Sonny Boy Williamson II, from Helena

Robert Lockwood, Jr., from Turkey Scratch

Junior Wells, from Marion

Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, from Helena