(West Plains) – An historic two-CD compilation of classic performances from the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival archives will be released at this year’s 20th anniversary event, set for June 20 and 21 in downtown West Plains.
The festival, which also features a cooking stage, mule jump competition, turkey calling competition, quilt show and a host of artisans displaying their homemade wares, celebrates Ozarks culture and will take place in and around the West Plains Civic Center at 110 St. Louis St., along East Main Street and on Court Square. Admission to all festival events is free.
The CD collection, titled Roots: The Music of the Ozarks, features eight performances by featured bands and solo artists and costs $20. Festival organizers describe it as “35 of the best songs and performers ever to grace the OTMF stage.”
Organizers said the CD includes performances by at least two artists who have passed from the scene, giving testimony to how fleeting and fragile the genre of old-time music and its makers really is, said Paula Speraneo, president of the West Plains Council on the Arts, which produces the festival.
The CD set includes hometown favorites, such as the Collins Family Band and the Davis Creek Rounders, to regional legends like the Grace Sisters, the Black Eyed Susies, Kim and Jim Lansford, and chronicler and perennial favorite Judy Domeny Bowen, to multigenerational groups such as the Graves Family and the Carol Frazier Band.
Juneapple Records producer Marideth Sisco, an accomplished musician in her own right, supervised the collection and remixing of the various musical cuts and said the experience was like a walk into festival history.
The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains, and seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands. Major sponsors include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, West Plains Civic Center and Missouri State University-West Plains. Partial funding for this event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
For more information about the festival, visit www.oldtimemusic.org or “like” the “Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival” page on Facebook for up to the minute information.