The Music Heritage Of The Natural State
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Vada Sheid Community Development Center
Sponsored by the Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society
and Arkansas State University/Mountain Home


Bob has lived in Baxter County most of his life, making music since his teens. As a musician, radio broadcaster and video producer, he owns and operates Cedar Crest Recording Studio in Henderson, a role which has provided him with years of involvement with Arkansas musicians. As a member of BCH&GS, Bob is hosting this concert to help the society and to show off some of the immense musical talent residing just a stones throw from folks who live in and around Baxter County.

Boots Walker is an internationally known songwriter with several number one hits in Europe. His song “Geraldine” was a smash hit in Japan. His early years in New York were spent working for various music publishers and creating jingles for broadcast. He is retired now and living near Yellville.

Ron is a 20-year veteran composer from Nashville. He currently is living in Heber Springs. He has a background in studio production, as well as performing with artists such as Leon Russell, Tony Joe White, Tammy Wynette, and even Johnny Cash. He has written songs for Kansas and wrote the Top 10 hit “Heart Of The Matter” for Joe Cocker. Ron is proficient on many instruments, including guitar, piano, and bass. He is talented and versatile, having the ability to perform a number of genres including jazz, blues, country and rock. As a songwriter, singer, and musician, Ron has the ability to take music to another level with his passion and skill.

(also known professionally as Doug Deforest)
A professional musician and session leader for many years, he has just about done it all. He writes, produces, and performs on a regular basis. Over the years, he has been a bass player with Mickey Gilley, The Platters, The Dixie Cups, David Alan Coe, Mark Nesler, Dean Scott, Brian Black, Frankie Ford, Razzy Bailey, Chubby Checker, and many, many more! Doug has opened for such acts as Brooks and Dunn, Willie Nelson, Sawyer Brown, Head East, The Mavericks, Charlie Daniels, and Dan Seals, among others. Doug has appeared in several television shows, either as a solo act or support player, including the Arsenio Hall Show, The Pat Sajak Show, and Hee Haw. He also produced, wrote, and hosted his own weekly variety show "America's Country Magazine", which was seen for two seasons in syndication in over 80 markets worldwide! Doug resides in Cherokee Village where he operates his recording studio on Lake Paradise.

Mark Cheney started the original Cedar Crest Studio with Bob Ketchum in 1976. Together they formed the group “Goldrush”, who recorded an album in 1977 and opened for concert acts John Mayall and The Guess Who in 1979. Mark is currently recording a solo album with Bob Ketchum at the helm.

Tom moved to our area from Chicago years ago. He joined Bob’s band “Big Deluxe” in 1981 and played as a regular session drummer for Cedar Crest Studio during that time. He is credited as the drummer for many recording projects during the 80’s and 90’s.

M. R. “Randy” Keck is an artist and composer. Under the band name of “Whiplash Gumbo”, Randy has recorded 7 albums spanning three decades with Bob Ketchum at Cedar Crest Studio. Their musical partnership has gone from 33 1/3 vinyl record albums to cassettes, to CD’s, and now to digital delivery. The duo has also released several music videos. The latest, “Skippin’ Down That Double Yellow” has achieved some critical acclaim and all are available to watch on The Cedar Crest Studio YouTube page.

Jerry's tasteful bass chops come from years of experience in all kinds of playing situations. Among his many notable accomplishments, Jerry was the bass player with The Famous Unknowns, the first house band for B.B. King’s club in Memphis. He also toured with and played on three of David Lynn Jones’ CDs. His album “Miracle At A Reasonable Price” is a masterpiece of soulful compositions.

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