About mynakai

For the past four years Linda has been adding her sweet soprano voice to the music of Blackberry Winter Band (of the movie, Winter's Bone fame). Over the years she has sung many styles of music which is reflected on her new CD, Songbird, a blend of traditional folk to contemporary pop.

“Nani” Is Stolen

Pic from OACC 2013

In January, actually the evening of New Year’s Day, my brand new Takamine guitar that took me two years to find was stolen.  (What a way to start the new year!)  It just broke my heart.  In my life, I am so fortunate to have wonderful friends.  Tedi May has been searching online everyday since day one.  Another dear friend, Michelle Gurley, decided to help by starting a fund drive to collect enough money ($2000) to replace it (www.gofundme.com/LindaStoffelGuitarFund) and incredibly we are almost half way there!  I just keep picturing myself playing this beautiful guitar again; I am so grateful to all who have contributed so far.  Here’s what Michelle had to say online (thank you, Michelle):

Musician Linda Stoffel recently had her beloved guitar, Nani, stolen right out of her car in her own garage. She lost a part of her heart and soul that day. Those of us who are friends and fans of Linda Stoffel want to show our love and support for her by helping her to raise the $2000.00 needed to replace her guitar. She is a gifted musician and truly wonderful person who supports many causes herself and she is a friend who always has your back. Let’s show Linda the same love and support she has shown so many others by making a donation and helping her to replace her stolen guitar!
Here is the story of Linda and her guitar Nani, in Linda’s own words:
“Her name is Nani (Hawaiian for beautiful). For two years I searched for just the right guitar. My old dreadnaught Epiphone was too large to acomodate my shoulder, which had been injured in a car accident. Finding the right instrument is a very personal journey, ask any musician. I played all kinds of guitars, listened to lots of recommendations and even purchased one online and promptly returned it. One day I walked into a music store at the same time that a gentleman was opening his guitar case in order to trade it in for another, and that was it. I strummed it once, fell in love immediately and walked out of the store with my new guitar! It was such a joy to play- and then it was gone- stolen right out of my garage as I was unloading my car at my new residence in Springfield. Five months is all I had the pleasure of playing Nani. Needless to say, I was stunned. Mostly I have felt disbelief and a deep sadness. Sometimes I look around expecting to see her. To come up with $2000.00 to replace her- well, that’s just not possible right now. So I search pawn shops and music stores, friends watch online for me, I talk to the police now and then and visualize playing this beautiful guitar again.”

How lucky can one person be; I am blessed to have such wonderful friends in my life.


February 9 KZ88 Fundraiser

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 2.19.01 PMKZ88, our community radio station, needs our help.  Join Blackberry Winter Band (a portion of us anyway) as well as many other musicians to support KZ88 at their fundraiser being held at the Yellow House, West Plains, MO.  Their shoestring budget is always in need of support and this is one way we can help out.  There will be a silent auction, food, and lots of music.  Join us Sunday afternoon February 9, 1:00-4:00 pm and have fun while supporting our local radio station.

“Still Standing” Is Here!

still standing cdThis latest and (we consider) the greatest  CD “Still Standing” from Blackberry Winter Band is now available.  We are so excited to be able to present these 13-songs to you, several of which are originals by Marideth Sisco and Tedi May.  Along with our usual fare of music, we offer a taste of a different nature that I think you will find quite satisfying.  If you liked our other CD’s, you will love “Still Standing.”

The easiest way to get your copy is to email me at:  mynakai@yahoo.com

New CD from Blackberry Winter Band

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“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.

Still Standing, preview 2

Wait until you hear this! I LOVE what we did with this song and am so proud to be a part of our new CD “Still standing.”

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securedownload-1_2Wings – 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.

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Still Standing – Blackberry Winter Band’s new CD, available soon.


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Urgent Update from BFC

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!

Upcoming Events for Blackberry Winter Band

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.”

BBW promo pic copy-2Look forward to seeing you there!

KZ88 Fundraiser at the Yellow House

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?

Progress for the Buffalo of Yellowstone

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.”

 Yeah!!!  Thank you to the folks of the Buffalo Field Campaign for all that you have done and are doing to protect these honorable animals – the buffalo of Yellowstone.

West Plains Regional Animal Shelter

BellaThese 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.Fluffy

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:Babe

***8 million animals enter a shelter situation in the 
   USA each year
***4-5 MILLION of these animals are euthanized each year

Pumpkin II'smom12-15-12Until 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.Landalls dad 12-14-12-1

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.  
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Due to expense and time they do not have a website but can be reached by phone at:   417-256-8438.  Please call before bringing animals because there just is not always room since they are a no-kill shelter.  The Out of Harms Way Thrift Store is located at: 1438 BB Highway, West Plains.  Hours are :   Tuesday-Friday 9-4:30; Saturday 10-3:00; Sunday-Monday closed. You can email them at:  wprashelter@yahoo.com.    $.50 from each Songbird CD sold will be donated to this shelter.