The rhythm of the Ozarks has echoed through the Hardy hills for well over a century. Since the town was first founded, music has played an important part of its heritage.
Some of Hardy's most famous residents have been musicians. Grand Ole Opry performers and Hardy residents, The Wilburn Brothers, had hit records in the 1950s and 1960s along with a television show that ran through the mid-1970s. In 2012, Hardy resident Lauren Gray became a Top 40 contestant on the popular music television show "American Idol."
The "Arkansaw Traveller Folk Theater" was constructed in 1968 to preserve the Ozark music heritage in Hardy. Closed for a number of years, the theater was recently purchased and renovated to become the Highlander Food, Drink and Event Center. Several other Hardy venues currently offer musical entertainment on a regular basis. All types of music genres are featured including Ozarks traditional bluegrass, folk, blues, jazz and indie rock.
For a complete listing of Hardy music performances, artists and venues see the online Event Calendar.
Video courtesy of Liane Maddox of Hardy Pottery.
Video taken May 30, 2014 in Thompson Park, Hardy, Arkansas.
The musicians include Dennis Horton of Horton's Music.
Photo courtesy of Liane Maddox of Hardy Pottery. Photo taken May 30, 2014 in Thompson Park, Hardy, Arkansas. The musicians include Dennis Horton of Horton's Music.