• Have kayak, will travel: 5 Questions with NPR’s Stefan Szabo

    Have kayak, will travel: 5 Questions with NPR’s Stefan Szabo

    • April 25, 2019

    Out of Harrison, Arkansas, National Park Radio has become a modern-folk sensation. Remarkably, Stefan Szabo—the band’s bedrock—didn’t begin writing music until his late 20s. NPR’s music feels timeless and leaves no doubt that it comes from the Ozark Mountains. We connected with Szabo as he and the band exited the Grand Tetons on the way

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  • Starling: Q&A with Abbey Waterworth

    Starling: Q&A with Abbey Waterworth

    • July 10, 2018

    Ozarks songbird Abbey Waterworth is rapidly becoming a regional favorite. Her sophomore album, Starling, arrived in the summer of 2018 in time for what she calls a “dream come true” performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Compass Rose served her with a rapid-fire Q&A: How many instruments do you play? Five. Guitar,

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  • Arkansauce building community of fans

    Arkansauce building community of fans

    • June 20, 2018

    With every run on tour, string band Arkasauce goes a bit further, and each time banjo player Adams Collins is amazed at how their Ozarks sounds are received. Time on the road has developed outright stage chemistry for a band built by an amalgamation of musical backgrounds. “It’s a really unique blend,” Collins says. “There’s

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  • Born from solo doldrums, The Steel Wheels approach show No. 1,000

    Born from solo doldrums, The Steel Wheels approach show No. 1,000

    • May 18, 2018

    The Steel Wheels began with a songwriter growing tired of playing shows by himself. Trent Wagler was living in Virginia, working on the songwriting craft while being introduced to some old time music in the early 2000s. He was slotted to open for Goldmine Pickers out of Indiana, and told the band he would be

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  • Handmade Moments celebrate on anniversary of near-tragedy

    Handmade Moments celebrate on anniversary of near-tragedy

    • May 8, 2018

    Anna Moss and Joel Ludford started playing music together in Arkansas in 2009, a jazz-centric trio playing small bars. It was called Handmade Moments, a side project to Conway, Ark.-based rock band Don’t Stop Please. Nearly a decade after they first met, Handmade Moments is a near-household name, Moss and Ludford are completely at ease on

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