AREA -- The Ozark area is a wealth of musical talent and it is being showcased via local venues in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri.
Weekends are loaded with opportunities for locals to share their artistry with friends. And neighbors as visitors to the area. In addition to the well known programs of Mountain View to the weekly offerings of Mammoth Spring, Salem and Hardy area, Thayer and West Plains are not to be overlooked. Weekend shows are commonplace.
The Red Apple Drug Store in West Plains features an abundance of local talent on a weekly basis while Southern Breeze is a recent addition to the musical menu of the West Plains Civic Center.
The Riverbend Station in Mammoth Spring across from Riverbend Restaurant at the junction of Highway 63 and Highway 9 is one of the most recent and successful efforts to satisfy the appetites for "heart music."
In a very short time Riverbend Station, owned and operated by Andy and Jan Wood, has sponsored a host of local groups including the State Liners, the High Landers, Southern Drifters, True Country, Jack and the Second Hand Band, Lost River Bluegrass, Southern River Blue Grass, New River Grass, The Billy Campbell Band, Hurricane Creek Band, Hart Band and the Mattingly Family.
On Sept. 6 Riverbend Station will present "Soultrain." Soultrain will offer country, gospel, blues and ballads, much of which will be original compositions that have been arranged and recorded locally. Soultrain believes that music is the media of the heart and soul. According to local music man Don Shehorn, "In a social and political environment increasingly personal and aloof, area residents will thrill to the warm -hearted, down-to-earth and heart-to-heart renditions of Soultrain." He added, "Join Tommy Massey, myself, Dale Huddleston, Terry Sutherland, Pete Rose, Ron Cowens, Darrell and Judy Holman for an evening of family fun. The music will start at 7 p.m. sharp Sept. 6."