Most of the groups heard on the “Echoes of the Ozarks” series had only one recording session, and then faded back into obscurity. Little or nothing was known about them at the time these albums were released, and little, in fact, is yet known about them, although some information about various groups has recently come to light. It has been discovered that two of the bands thought to be from the Ozarks (and included in the series the Weems String Band and The Perry County Music Makers, were actually from Tennessee.
One of the most popular of the groups included in the series, and definitely, at least, known to be from Arkansas, was Pope’s Arkansas Mountaineers. It was known that they were from Searcy, Arkansas (in White County), and that they had been organized by J.D. Pope, a local music store owner. They made only one trip to Memphis, Tennessee in February of 1928, where they recorded eight sides for Victor. Although their 78rpm recordings sold well throughout the South, Pope’s Arkansas Mountaineers were never heard from again. (more…)