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Bob Ketchum music collection

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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

November 13, 2014

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Ketchum, Robert Warren, 1946-
Title: Bob Ketchum music collection
Dates: 1967-2014
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet; 1,764 digital files, 45.3 GB
Abstract:This collection represents Ketchum's career of work as a musician and music producer. It includes recordings from bands associated with Cedar Crest Studios and broadcasts of the HiTek Redneck Radio Show.
Identification: BC.DC.14.54
Language: English
Permanent URL:


The audio and video recordings are organized alphabetically by the artists' last name or the name of the band. The HiTek Redneck Radio Show is arranged chronologically by date of broadcast.

Scope and Contents

This collection represents Ketchum's career of work as a musician and music producer. Included with the artist and band recordings are Ketchum's weekly internet broadcasts of the HiTek Redneck Radio Show that began in 2010 to highlight recordings made at Cedar Crest Studios. Also included are music videos and concert video recordings of artists and bands associated with Cedar Crest Studios.

The collection includes 649 mp3 song recordings, 385 mp3 internet radio program recordings, and 67 music video recordings produced in association with Bob Ketchum and his Cedar Crest Studios in Henderson, Arkansas. Also included are a catalog and discography of the audio collection, a video interview with Bob Ketchum, and other biographical material.

Biographical Information

Bob Ketchum was born in Henderson, Arkansas, in 1946. He has been a professional songwriter and musician since 1964, playing drums, guitars, bass guitars, and synthesizers. Ketchum's first band, The Vipers, was popular at rock and roll dances in Arkansas and Missouri from 1964 to 1968. In the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, Ketchum worked at AM and FM radio stations in Pine Bluff and in Fort Smith. He formed the Dime-a-dozen Music publishing company in 1971 and began promoting concerts with acts like Trapeze, Black Oak Arkansas, Mitch Ryder and Detroit, Bloodrock, Sugarloaf, and the Box Tops, among others. Continuing as a musician, he received a gold record award for his work as a drummer on Freddy Fender's hit song, "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights," in 1975.

Ketchum opened Cedar Crest Studios in Henderson, Arkansas, in 1976. He received gold record awards in the mid-1980s for studio pre-production work on the "Headhunter" and "Blitz" albums by the band Krokus. From Cedar Crest Studios, Ketchum launched the Hype, Corral and the New Life recording labels for which he acted as producer, recording engineer, and often as a musician. He recorded a wide range of regional and national artists and bands across a wide range of musical genres. Beyond music recording at Cedar Crest Studios, Ketchum also has offered services as a graphics artist; animator; video director/editor; switcher operator; videographer; on-camera talent; or the voiceover for a TV or a radio commercials.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Cedar Crest Studios (Henderson, Ark.).
Country music -- Arkansas.
Internet radio broadcasting -- Arkansas.
Ketchum, Robert Warren, 1946-
Music -- Arkansas.
Musicians -- Arkansas.
Rock music -- Arkansas.


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bob Ketchum music collection, BC.DC.14.54, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Bob Ketchum, August 4, 2012

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