Smokestack Blues

Zoie Clift
The car is my second (or more
accurately my first) home. I drive a lot for work and people often tell me if I
wasn’t a writer, I’d be a trucker. One thing that helps the miles fly by is
good music. One local program I always try to catch is Smokestack Blues, a live
radio show airing every Wednesday from 3-5 on KABF 88.3 FM. You can also catch the show online at the station’s website. 
Hosted by Arkansas native Amy Brawner (whose voice is perfect for radio),
the show turns out an eclectic playlist of blues each week. Here is Amy’s take
on the music genre. “Blues music is proof that there are some souls whose
spirit would not be broken by adversity and trials; some souls created beauty
out of tragedy, and that’s where it begins. Pure joy is as real as pain and
there is salvation and redemption in the music.”
Samples of musicians featured on the show include Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Sleepy John Estes, Big Mama Thornton,
Sonny Boy Williamson, Bessie Smith, Black Keys, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Nina Simone,
R.L. Burnside….
In short, perfect music to help explore the backroads of Arkansas. For more details on the program and
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