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Adler & Hearne next performers at Americana Concert series

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Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne will perform Sept. 15 on the Moon State in the Springfield Botanical Gardens. This is the next-to-last concert in the series.

Singer/songwriters Adler and Hearne will perform a spirited blend of folk and jazz steeped in their Texas roots on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., during the second-to-last outdoor concert in the 2016 season of Americana & Roots in the Gardens, on the Moon Stage in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne describe themselves as “organic song farmers,” serving up seasoned original songs mixed with fresh harvests of homegrown music in a spirited and soulful genre they define simply as “Texas Folk,” with subtle jazz and blues overtones.

The one-hour performance benefits the Kickapoo Edge Prairie, one of five naturalized areas among the 20 themed gardens and 15 special collections in the Springfield Botanical Gardens located in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., in southwest Springfield. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults.

Proceeds from the concert series will be used to create a paved trail through the Kickapoo Edge Prairie to accommodate walkers, strollers and wheelchairs, says Ric Mayer, chair of the Friends of the Garden group that develops and maintains the prairie garden located east of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.

In 2014, Adler and Hearne wrapped up a four-month concert tour in support of their CD “Second Nature,” produced by Texas music icon Lloyd Maines, recorded at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas outside Austin. The same year, the duo was honored by the Texas Commission on the Arts and named to the state’s official Texas Touring Roster for the 2014-1016 touring season, an honor now extended through August of 2018.

In concert, she (Adler) and he (Hearne) blend their voices and instruments in a spirited signature sound reflective of their true second-nature connection through song. The two met in Nashville while on solo musical journeys. Years later their paths merged in Texas, where they formed the duo Adler & Hearne, along with their indie label Spring Hollow Records.

In 2005, they released a house concert recording aptly named “Opposites Attract.” Returning to Nashvill, the couple made their debut studio recording “To The Heart” (2009), named among the Top 20 releases by the Folk DJ community in 2010.

Their 2012 release “Adler & Hearne Live at Eddie’s Attic,” showcases songs from a June 2011 concert on the legendary stage in Decatur, Ga., and features special guest Michael Johnson.

In addition to producer Lloyd Maines’ instrumental contributions, “Second Nature,” features guitar-slinger/songwriter daughter Kate Hearne on lead guitar on several of the CD’s 13 songs. Other special musical guests featured are Glenn Fukunaga (bass), Chris Gage (keys), Terri Hendrix (harmonica and harmony vocals), Pat Manske (percussion and engineer) and Steve Smith (mandolin).

At least two new recordings on the front burners include a new  but unnamed recording comprised of the duo’s original songs of a more spiritual nature, and a new collection of Adler & Hearne’s growing repertoire of original songs inspired by their East Texas piney woods home and life.

Adler & Hearne’s music has grown deep roots in the sandy soil and piney woods of their Spring Hollow Organic Song Farm. The duo’s musical formative years share common experiences in folk, gospel and classical music – organic influences that inform their singing and songwriting.

Their live sets range from crooning songs of love and longing, losing and finding – to covering touchy subjects with unexpected musical overtones – to camping it up with modern day spirituals steeped in dry wit. The two pride themselves on their multigenerational audience appeal.

The fundraiser is sponsored in cooperation with the Friends of the Garden, Springfield Botanical Gardens, Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

International guitarist Claude Bourbon will perform Oct. 12 in the final Americana & Roots in the Garden Concert Series for 2016.

International guitarist Claude Bourbon will perform Oct. 12 in the final Americana & Roots in the Garden Concert Series for 2016.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for more comfortable seating. In case of inclement weather, the concerts, suitable for all ages, will be held inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. Free parking is available near the entrance of the venue.

The final concert in the series is Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 6 p.m. Guitarist and international artist Claude Bourbon will perform his medieval and delta-infused blues.

For more information, call the Botanical center at 417.891.1515 or Ric Mayer at 417.995.3943.

Friends of the Garden tax-deductible annual memberships on several levels can be purchased at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center gift shop. For more information, visit us on Facebook or at FriendsoftheGarden.org.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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