Mike Shirkey

KUAF host of "The Pickin' Post"

Mike Shirkey has been host and producer of "The Pickin' Post" since 1980.  He's had many musical influences from his childhood in the Arkansas delta to his one year tour of duty in Vietnam with the US Army.  
Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas.  In years to follow, Mike started the successful "GoodFolk Productions", bringing national and international musicians to Northwest Arkansas.
In 2011 he received the Folk life award from the Arkansas Arts Council.

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On today's Ozarks at Large, we revisit some musical performances from our archive to look ahead at music happening in our region in the next few months. We hear Darrell Scot after one of his earlier concerts in Fayetteville, we talk with Kalyn Fay after the release of her last album, and we hear performances from John Moreland and Charley Crockett, recorded in front of a live audience for past editions of the Fayetteville Roots Festival.

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Bryan Bowers, one of the best-known autoharp players in the world, will perform Tuesday night at the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in Fayetteville beginning at 7 p.m. He talked with Mike Shirkey, host of KUAF's The Pickin’ Post, about his instrument of choice.

Members of the group Gentlemen of a Certain Age recently stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio to perform during a live edition of the Pickin' Post on 91.3. The group includes Ed Nicholson, Ed Carr, Dennis Collins, Kelly Mullhollan, Tony Rupp, and Stan D'Aubin. The group also featured recent northwest Arkansas transplant Morgan Marvar. We hear some highlights from that live set.

In mid-June, we spent three hours at the Fayetteville Public Library celebrating a pair of long-running shows: KUAF’s The Pickin’ Post and Shades of Jazz. First in this sampler of that night's music, we hear singer and songwriter Steve Fischer and then a collection of jazz musicians from northwest Arkansas including Claudia Burson, Matt Beach, Ben Harris, Darren Novotny, Austin Farnam, Garrett Jones.

Judge David Newbern served on the Arkansas State Supreme Court for 14 years. He's been involved in music for a much longer period of time. He recently sat down with Mike Shirkey of The Pickin' Post to discuss law, music and history. We have an excerpt from the visit and Mike will play much more of the interview on The Pickin' Post Saturday night at 7:00 on 91.3.

Slaid Cleaves has developed a deserving fan base for his songs. He'll be in Fayetteville this weekend and talked with Mike Shirkey, from KUAF's Pickin' Post, this month.

John McCutcheon has six Grammy nominations, 34 albums and the love of fans and critics.  Friday he'll perform at the Fayetteville Public Library and Mike Shirkey, host of KUAF's Pickin' Post,caught up with John recently.

Jack Williams has spent decades touring.  Friday night he'll play within a few miles of his home in West Fork.  He talks to Mike Shirkey from KUAF's The Pickin' Post about his career and  plays a couple of songs, too.

On this edition of the podcast, we hear segments from a recent live, fundraising edition of The Pickin' Post with Mike Shirkey. We hear performances from Shore and Cockram, Peter Lippincott, Jamey Hall and others as they aired live from the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio at KUAF.


On this edition of the KUAF Music Mixdown, we hear recent performances by Sad Daddy and Luke Pruitt, and we also hear archived performances of The Old 78s.

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