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Blackberry Winter Band and John Hess Bring “Green Soul of the Ozarks” to Hendricks Hall April 28

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 21, 2014) –Marideth Sisco and the Blackberry Winter Band and photographer John Hess return to the University of Central Missouri Monday, April 28, to present an amazing multimedia performance, Green Soul of the Ozarks: Blackberry Winter Band at 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Hall.

Blackberry Winter Band
Marideth Sisco and the Blackberry Winter Band

This is the second year the Blackberry Winter Band and Hess have combined their many talents and passions to bring the special event to UCM as part of the annual Earth Week celebration. The public is invited to experience the sounds of folk and Ozark hill music, combined with photographic images that bring nature to life, free of charge.

The Blackberry Winter Band earned critical acclaim for the soundtrack of the Academy Award-nominated independent film Winter’s Bone. During location scouting for the film, producer Debra Granik asked folk singer and storyteller Marideth Sisco to assemble musicians to play the soundtrack for the film set in the Missouri Ozarks. Winter’s Bone took top honors at Sundance and earned a Golden Globe and four Oscar nominations.

The Blackberry Winter Band has produced a soundtrack of authentic music from the Ozarks Hills. Their live performances include a mix of original and traditional tunes featuring honey-sweet harmonies sprinkled with picking from the veteran local musicians. The band completed a U.S. tour and will play festivals and shows anywhere people love this heartfelt and moving regional music.

Several of the band members have had long-standing musical ties. Bo and Marideth played together in a Springfield, Mo.-based quartet singing swing and big band tunes in the mid-1980s. Billy won the 1987 Walnut Valley Fest fiddle contest with Bo playing backup. Billy and Tedi met and played together when they were teenagers in Harrison, Ark., and have stayed in touch ever since. Marideth met Van, Dennis and Linda when she moved to West Plains, where they still get together and play regularly. Marideth also appears regularly with her colorful stories on KSMU public radio’s These Ozarks Hills.

John Hess
John Hess

John Hess is a scientist who combines knowledge of biology with the aesthetic of an artist. As a professor emeritus of biology at UCM, he taught evolutionary biology, ornithology and photography for more than 30 years. He has been active in photography for more than 40 years. His subjects are almost always natural, but they range in scale from broad panoramas to microscopic organisms. Hess’s book, The Galapagos: Exploring Darwin’s Tapestry” was published in 2009, the result of seven days spent on the islands.

Hess has exhibited his work at the UCM Gallery of Art and Design during the past 35 years, and more recently at the Erdman Gallery of the Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2006 he was awarded a coveted artist-in-residency at Rocky Mountain National Park, and again in 2007 at Mesa Verde. He began combining imagery with music in 2011, first in the classical vein with The Darwin Project at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. He subsequently began a successful collaboration with Sisco and the Blackberry Winter Band at the Folly Theater, and now once again at the University of Central Missouri.