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Rodney Crowell, blues, fireworks, and more to be part of this year’s Depot Days in Newport

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell to headline 21st annual Depot Days Festival

The 21st annual Depot Days music festival is set to take place Sept. 28 and 29 on historic Front Street in downtown Newport.

The festival is described in a press release for this year’s event as “…a showcase of local, regional, and national talent paying tribute to the early history of rock and roll. Old U.S. Hwy. 67, which runs through the heart of Newport and Jackson County, was the home for dozens of roadhouses and nightclubs which hosted early shows by rock pioneers in the 1950s and 60s. Music legends such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Sonny Burgess all frequented the venues along the highway when rock music was in its’ infancy. Festival goers from Europe, Australia, and all over the U.S. make annual pilgrimages to Front Street to catch a glimpse of living legends from the 50s as well as younger generations of musicians who were inspired by the elders.”

WATCH BELOW: Rodney Crowell visits with Arkansas 103.3’s/Outlaw 106.5’s Ken Loggains about the singer-songwriter’s Arkansas roots, his career, Crowell’s new collection of original Christmas songs, and his upcoming show at Depot Days this Saturday.

The expansion of the festival includes a Friday night Blues Show beginning at 6 p.m. and headliner Rodney Crowell takes the stage Saturday night at 8:45 p.m. Crowell, a Grammy winner and member of the Nashville Songwriters of Hall of Fame, is known for his classics such as “Ashes by Now,” “Stars on the Water,” “After All This Time,” “She’s Crazy for Leavin’,” “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried,” “Many a Long and Lonesome Highway,” “Above and Beyond,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Ain’t Living Long Like This,” and “Shame on the Moon.” The latter two songs were also covered by Waylon Jennings and Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, respectively.

On Saturday, the music starts at 1 p.m. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway 67 Museum will be open from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday with free admission.

The festival also offers food vendors, crafts, a BBQ contest, and prizes given away from the stage all day on Saturday. Coolers and lawn chairs are welcome. Admission is free.

For more information, visit the Depot Days Facebook page,, or contact the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce at or call (870) 523-3618.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 28

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.:  Conductor’s Receptions in the Depot. Tickets are $30 per person and $50 per couple. There will be complimentary heavy hors-d’oeuvres, beer, and wine along with entertainment by the classic country dance rock group, the Zyndall Raney Band.

Music on the Terry Scoggins Memorial Blues Stage

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.:  Arkansas Brothers

7:20 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.:  Larry McCray

9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.:  Earl and Them

Saturday, Sept. 29

All events on the Terry Scoggins Memorial Stage

9:30 a.m.:  Lion’s Club auction

12:30 p.m.:  Opening Ceremonies featuring the Presentation of the Colors from the Newport High School ROTC and the National Anthem performed by Susan Johnson

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.:  The Jimmy Dunham Family

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.:  The Zyndall Raney Band

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.:  Ace Cannon

4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.:  Sonny B’s Legendary Pacers

5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.:  A Tribute to Johnny Rivers with JR (Johnny Rivers) Rogers

6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.:  Cody Slaughter (Elvis tribute)

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.:  The Lockhouse Orchestra

8:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.:  Rodney Crowell

10:30 p.m.: Fireworks


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