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Going Down to 'Leven Point

by Ozark Highballers

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The Ozark Highballers is a string band from the Ozark Mountains of Western Arkansas, composed of Roy Pilgrim (fiddle), Aviva Steigmeyer (guitar), Clarke Buehling (banjo) and Seth Shumate (harmonica).

The album features 22 all new recordings by the band, along with extensive liner notes and historic photographs documenting the origins of the music. Digital download includes liner notes PDF.

Since 2014 the Ozark Highballers have brought their music to square dances, farmers markets, festivals as well as plain old street corners and front porches. Their music reflects the spirit and drive of the rural Ozark string bands of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

From the liner notes by the band:

Old-time is the music of square dances and school houses, church picnics, farm potlucks and logging camps. It is the music heard on front porches while your hands are busy threshing beans or shelling corn. It is the music of the country, before country music was commercial, and each region of the United States has its own particular sound, from the hornpipes of the Midwest to the Cajun dance music of Louisiana to the driving mountain-breakdowns of Appalachia and the Ozarks. We are passionate about playing an Ozark music repertoire not just because it’s a local tradition that deserves to be carried on, but also because it’s a vibrant part of an ever-growing community in the Ozarks. Our rich tradition of music goes far beyond the "hillbilly" stereotypes and cultural tourism that often mask our region. Ozark music is a vital part of the many colored quilt that is our American musical heritage.

We have spent the last few years researching and learning our local music through various sources such as commercial 78rpm recordings from the 1920s, old-timers in our community, and field recordings from several university archive libraries. The result is a repertoire that we feel accurately represents the myriad facets of Ozark music tradition at its best. We hope this album will be enjoyable to listen to, while it also documents a tradition and serves as a resource for all those in the old-time music community.

credits

released April 5, 2019

Recorded by Adam Putman, March and October 2018, at Heartbreak House, Fayetteville, Ark.
Mixed and Mastered by Joseph DeJarnette at Studio 808A, Floyd, Va.

The Ozark Highballers are:
Roy Pilgrim: fiddle, vocals, banjo tracks 4 & 16
Aviva Steigmeyer: guitar, vocals
Clarke Buehling: banjo
Seth Shumate: harmonica, harmony vocals tracks 3 & 21
Pete Howard: fiddle tracks 1, 11, & 22

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Ozark Highballers Fayetteville, Arkansas

The Ozark Highballers is a string band from the Ozark Mountains of Western Arkansas, composed of Roy Pilgrim, Aviva Steigmeyer, Clarke Buehling and Seth Shumate

Since 2014 the Ozark Highballers have brought their music to square dances, farmers markets, music festivals as well as plain old street corners and front porches.
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