Whew! It is finally done and on the way. My first solo CD, Songbird will be delivered beginning of December. Quite a journey it has been from the idea of laying down 5 tracks on Garage Band on my computer in March to recording 13 tracks in Rideout’s Hideout Recording Studio. I have learned so much about myself, my voice, the recording process. Patience and persistence are the words for the day – you need a lot of both. But I think most important is to remember to have fun and enjoy the process. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity.
“Still Standing” is the newest CD from Blackberry Winter Band soon to be released. A compilation of 15 songs featuring many new originals from Marideth and two from Tedi May. The down-home style of the band is sprinkled with several of a different fare sure to pique your interest. We’ll let you know as soon as it is available.
Wings - a different take on Blackberry Winter Bands usual sound - this time with all three women singing leads and harmonies. Bassist Tedi May starts it out. Women's music fans may remember this one as the lovely iconic Teresa Trull hit with Barbara Higbie and Chris Williamson.
Still Standing - Blackberry Winter Band's new CD, available soon.
The Buffalo Field Campaign has recently created two short and powerful public service announcements taking Yellowstone National Park and Montana to task for their driving roles in the slaughter of America’s last wild bison. Please watch the videos, take the actions urged in each and then share them widely.
Yellowstone Park Plans to Kill Hundreds of Buffalo
Montana is a Bad Neighbor to Yellowstone National Park
Thanks BFC for keeping us informed!
April 23, 2013, Blackberry Winter Band will be performing at the Earth Day Celebration at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO. Details forthcoming.
The band is also scheduled Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Adamson Cabin in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, for the “Bluegrass and Barbeque to Raise the Roof on the Cabin.”
Come join us this Sunday afternoon (February 10, 2013) at the Yellow House in West Plains from 1:00 – 4:30 for lots of fun, music and food. This is our chance to help keep our Community Radio Station KZ88 (88.1 FM) on the air. They are struggling and need us to step up and help them raise the money to keep the programs we are all enjoying going and update equipment. I’ll be singing and playing with CD, Gordon, Van and Marideth. Won’t you do your part?
After many years of working tirelessly in the field to protect the buffalo, small progresses are starting to be made. Here is the latest from out in Montana from the Buffalo Field Campaign:
“Wild buffalo gained ground this week when a Montana district judge ruled in favor of allowing them room to roam in the Gardiner Basin of Montana during winter months. Judge Phillips’ ruling upheld adaptive changes to the Interagency Bison Management Plan made by the state to expand the area where bison are allowed in Montana.
Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project intervened in a lawsuit filed against the State of Montana to defend wild bison against a litany of claims raised by the Park County Stockgrowers Association, the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, and Park County during the severe winter of 2010-2011, when 1400 buffalo migrated into Gardiner Basin.
All ten counts of the complaint were thrown out by Judge E. Wayne Phillips in a major victory for wild bison.
Under the new changes, during winter and until May 1st, bison can occupy habitat in the Gardiner Basin on both sides of the Yellowstone River up to the ridge divide and Yankee Jim Canyon. This includes habitat on the Gallatin National Forest and on private lands where bison are welcome.”
These beautiful, waiting-for-adoption animals are all at the West Plains Regional Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned, neglected, abused and unwanted animals, which took in 295 animals from January-November 2012. Out of those, they found homes for 263. Now I don’t know about you, but I think that is fabulous and something I love to support.
ALL of the money donated goes for the care of the animals, vet bills, food, cleaning supplies and electric and phone bills. They are a grassroots, down home organization supported by volunteers and the “Out of Harms Way” Thrift Store. Did you know:
***8 million animals enter a shelter situation in the USA each year ***4-5 MILLION of these animals are euthanized each year
Until last year I did not even know we had a no-kill shelter. A sweet female dog showed up at my place with what looked like a bullet hole in her side. I could not afford to take her to the vet (we already had 3 dogs and 2 cats, all rescues) and, did not have the heart to not help her either. By calling around for shelters I finally found “Out of Harms Way”. They took her to the vet, covering all her expenses and kept her to find her a new home.
Folks just like you and me can make the difference in the lives of so many animals who through no fault of their own are out there on our streets in every town in Missouri. These two were lucky and have found their forever home.Let’s help our local shelter do more by volunteering time, giving donations of food, pet care items, and money, donations to and purchases from the thrift store. They always need building materials, fencing and office supplies. Let’s not leave it for the few to take care of the many. Each one of us can make the difference in the life of an animal.
It has been almost four years since I volunteered with these folks for two weeks in West Yellowstone, Montana. They were incredibly organized (there were 25 of us there at the time) and totally dedicated to protecting these magnificent animals. We went out in small groups to different areas where buffalo came out of Yellowstone Park armed with our video cameras to witness and record how they were being treated. Until BFC was created buffalo were shot on sight as soon as they stepped across the imaginary line into the no-tolerance state of Montana. They are now, 15 years later, given a short reprieve in some areas outside the Park where they come out to lower elevations looking for food and to calf their young; and when their time limit is up, they are hazed by horseback, helicopters and ATV’s back into the park or rounded up and sent to slaughter. Quite an abominable situation really, although it is much improved.
At an elevation of over 7000 feet the clear, crisp air, the beauty of the still snow covered hillsides (in April) left me breathless – literally. At the end of the two weeks walking around on snowshoes for the first time and hiking up steep hillsides, sitting for hours and watching these majestic animals, hanging out in the van as the herd passed by within a few feet of my open door so close I could hear them breathing, postholing (sinking down in the snow rather abruptly I might add) up to my hip, and gathering together at night to report all that had happened with each group that day and make plans for the next day – I was not only in the best shape of my life, but I felt so fulfilled, happy, part of something so worthwhile. I highly recommend this experience no matter your age. At the very least these folks are people you can feel good about supporting.
That is why out of each CD sold, $1.00 will be split between BFC and my other love, the West Plains Regional Animal Shelter (information forthcoming). If you want to know more about these folks they have a wonderful, very detailed website: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org. Check them out and I hope you find it in your heart (and means) to send some support. You won’t regret it.
Come see us at Carl Colasanti’s Photography Studio opening December 8 on the square in W. Plains, MO. Music all afternoon, including songs from the Songbird CD. And Blackberry Winter Band.