Mark McClintock, a local author and musician, has a new book out that focuses on history of music in the Ozarks. The title is 50 Years of Ozarks Music: Gospel, Country, Rock and Bluegrass.

The book chronicles the music scene from gospel icon Albert E. Brumley who penned more than 700 gospel and country songs including the classic "I"ll Fly Away" to Max Brown, a well-known area entertainer still going strong in his eighties.

"I wanted to write a book about music for four years," McClintock said. "I have time, now that I'm retired. I thought it would be a challenge but it's something I enjoy. And, it turned out better than I anticipated. I'm really happy with it."

For the book, McClintock interviewed more than 70 musicians, music teachers and music store owners who have been active in music for the past half century. The project took about 8 months to write.

McClintock has numerous other books and favorite topics include music, church histories and family history. His current project is a new book titled Cool, Classic Sports Stores (From Babe Ruth to Patrick Mahomes).

One of his previous titles, McClintock's Market, provided a history of his family's grocery store, a long-time Neosho business that began in 1938 and operated in three different locations, the last on West Harmony Street, before closing.

McClintock is retired from 47 years in the retail grocery business.

In the new book, McClintock interviewed many musicians and gathered together numerous photos.

"I know a lot of musicians," he said. "Max Brown (who is featured in the book) was my first guitar teacher when I was 15 and my folks got me a guitar."

McClintock currently teaches guitar lessons and is also part of The Musicmaker's Band, a bluegrass and gospel group.

Band members are John Scott, drums, Cheryl Bolen on guitar and mandolin, Barbara Short on bass guitar, and McClintock on guitar, 5 string banjo and fiddle.

McClintock is a native of Neosho and still resides in his hometown with wife, Rose. They are active members of the Neosho United Methodist Church.

50 Years of Ozarks Music: Gospel, Country, Rock And Bluegrass, is 144 pages long, offers numerous photographs, and include an index. It is available in both paperback and for Kindle readers on Amazon.com.

Locally, it is available in paperback at all Mitchell Drug Store locations, Neosho Music Center and The Clay Cup in Neosho. It is also available at Always Buying Books in Joplin or directly from McClintock. To order a book, phone 417-592-9648.

McClintock, along with other area authors, will also be at the Neosho Fall Festival on Saturday, October 3.