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Local Musician Meets A Legend

Monday, August 7th, 2017

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Drew Central graduate Ward Davis made a major step in his country music career, last week, when he joined Kris Kristofferson on stage to perform Me and Bobby McGee.

Kristofferson is a music legend, famous for writing the number one hit “Why me, Lord.”

He can be described as “the bridge” across music styles, having performed many concerts with Waylon Jennings, and also having written the classic “Me and Bobby McGee” for Janis Joplin.

UAM Graduate Wins American Idol

Friday, April 8th, 2016

12670907_10156889447160601_5236294660386627628_nTrent Harmon a 2014 graduate of UAM is the winner of of American Idol’s farewell season.

We at MonticelloLive would like to congratulate Trent on his win, and wish him continued success.

You can purchase Trent’s newest single “Fallen” on iTunes by clicking here.

Convention Center’s Update to QC for Extension of 1/2 Cent Library Tax

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Supporters of the proposed Convention Center, expected to e built on HWY 425 on UAM property, made therir proposal the the Quorum Court Monday night, announcing their intent to pursue a “rollover” of the 1/2 cnt libbrary tax, when that tax expires, probably in April or May.
The new tax will end when the pyment for the convention center and/or DMH surgry center expansion are paid in full.

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“Captain” Premier Saturday – “Impressive in Its Quality & Magnitude”

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Captain, a full length movie, produced and directed by Warren’s Rob Reep, premiered Saturday at the Warren Cultural Center. A full house of around 750 were in attendace to see the event, based on the life and history of Hugn Bradley, whom Bradley County is named after.

The film showed Bradley’s life as grew from being “the family’s little brother,’ to a close, personal friend of future president, Andrew Jackson (also from Tenneessee).

The war of 1812, and the Battle of New Orleans, were also well portrayed by 150 actors, from southest Arkasas, including over 20 from Monticello.

DVDs of Captain are available here.


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DC Grad. Jessica Faith Releases Nashville Video

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Drew Central graduate Jessica Faith (Wishard) has just released a video to her song “without a fight”.

It has been a year since Jessica became a “GRAMMY Amplifier 2014 Winner”.

Since that time, the Grammy’s sent her to South by Southwest in Austin, TX to open for superstar Aloe Blacc, and filming a professional music video in Nashville.

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DC’s Ward Davis Organizes Concert for Mayflower Choir, because of Ties to Former Choir Director

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

mayflowerDrew Central graduate and recoroding artis Ward Davis was a member of the DCHS Choir.

When he heard that former DC choir director Bennie Carol Wade Dunavan was the choir director for Mayflower Schools, and how much the devastating tornado had effected her current students, Davis organized a benefit concert at Nashville’s Douglas Corner Cafe, TONIGHT at 7:30, to help the Mayflower Choir .ward davis

Local folks can also be a part, by watching the fundraiser concert online at stageit.com.  The cost is only $10.

Davis’ band, The Beagles, will also perform.

“The Saline” Discussion – Videos

Monday, June 9th, 2014


Around 40 area residents took part in an informational discussion, Sunday afternoon,, after watching a video presentation by Rob Reep, of Warren, on the history of the Saline river.
“The Saline” is 204 miles long and has many stories to tell about indians, farming, fishing, bootlegging, and riverboats.
“The Saline” is available for purchase on Amazon.com

Former DC Grad, Jessica Faith, Wins Grammy Amplifier Award – Listed on ITunes

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

jessica wallflowerJessica Wishard, as she’s know to her Drew Central classmates recently was selected as a winner in the Grammy’s Amplified Awards. Out of over 5,000 entrants, she was one of only 3 shosen for the honor.image

Amplifier Center Stage’s online platform allows emerging musicians to share their songs for a chance to have their music vetted by a panel of some of the biggest names in music today.

Her lated CD EP is available on ITunew, as well.

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Local Singer-Songwriter Seeks to “Amplify” Her Music

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

jessica faithJessica Wishard, a 2013 graduate of Drew Central High School, is pursuing her musical ambitions at the Delta Music Institute (DMI) of Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.

She recorded her first EP, “Wallflower” at the DMI this past spring under the stage name of Jessica Faith and, since beginning her freshman year at Delta State, has already received quite a bit of attention and recognition. As a Music Industry Studies major, she is an active member of GRAMMY U, an organization created by The Recording Academy for college students across the nation who are interested in a music industry career. Through her membership in GRAMMY U, Faith learned about and entered one of her original songs in “GRAMMY Amplifier,” a contest hosted by The Recording Academy as a way to help undiscovered musicians by giving their entry more exposure.

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Local Singer Releases “Pipeliners” Album

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Brison Reed recently released a six-song album on iTunes, Amazon and Reverbnation.

Brison is a life-long resident of Drew & Desha Counties, living most of his life in Monticello.

Brison records for Tripp Jct. Records & Marty d Publishing. The songs on this album were written by Marty Denton, Ronny & Brison Reed.

Brison and his wife Magen are pipeliners, but they still find time for their children and time for Brison to be able to record.

Brison will be headed back to the studio very soon to record more. He is working on some gospel songs also.

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