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The Snoop 8.22.2013

This area of the Ozarks is known for its music and the God-given talent of many accomplished musicians who have never had a formal lesson.
However, last Saturday night, local residents had the rare opportunity to experience music from the other side of the page, so to speak. Summerscape 2013 brought together around 40 musicians from Springfield to Mtn. Home to West Plains – and including Ava – for an evening of symphony that is seldom witnessed here.
The Ava Performing Arts Center (APAC) was thoroughly adequate for the presentation, with a spacious stage, comfortable seating and excellent acoustics for the program.
While the place should have been packed out for a presentation of that nature, I was happy to see around 100 in attendance.
You really don’t appreciate the level of talent involved in a program like that until you realize how much they had to practice for the hour-long performance. I suspected that they had been rehearsing for weeks. I was awed when Jim Norman said, no, they would get together Saturday to practice for Saturday night’s performance.
If there was a missed note in the entire concert, they did a good job covering it up.
Director Barbara Deegan is to be commended for putting together such a program and staging it in Ava. She would have been more than justified in asking for a concert hall in Springfield for such a performance.
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When you hear Allison Ann Green on the radio or see her name on the marquee at some time in the future, you can say, “I saw that little girl in Ava.” You can say that, that is, if you were at the Monday night jam at the Ava Senior Center this week.
Fourteen-year-old Allison is a success story in herself, and when the right breaks come her way, she will turn some heads in the music business.
Allison came to Ava this week especially to perform at the Monday jam. However, after she got here, she got a call to be on stage at Osage Beach at 9:30 the same night, so she was worked into the program early so she could be on the road.
Adopted at 2-days old by her grandparents, Allison got the kind of start in life that would have spelled instant defeat for many kids. And if that early start were not enough to beat her, her adoptive mother/grandmother died before she was 4, leaving Allison to be raised by her grandfather, Clarence Green.
Clarence now is not only Dad to Allison, but he is also her chauffeur, road manager and No. 1 promoter.
Allison, who has never had a music lesson, is accomplished on both the guitar and mandolin, and also plays the piano, and performs more than a dozen songs she has written herself.
She has played Starvy Creek, opening July 4 for Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, has appeared several times on the Grinders Switch (Minnie Pearl’s home town) Radio Show at Centerville, Tenn., and not long ago won first place in a national talent competition.
She has performed at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville, Ky., the annual Bluegrass Festival in Savannah, Tenn., and the Gospel Barn at Somerset, Ky. She has also performed with Larry Sifford at the Missouri Boatride in Kimberling City, at Fish & Company in Osage Beach, not to mention the Monday Night Jam in Ava, Missouri.
We have suggested she also stop by the Oldfield Opry some Saturday night and sing for those folks.
Allison has been performing regularly since she was 6, but Dad says her first performance was in church when she was 2, when she was still wearing Pull-Ups. She’s a little embarrassed when that is mentioned but she says, “Go ahead, you’re gonna tell it anyway.”
After stopping by the Herald Office Monday afternoon, Allison went to Marriott’s Music Store on the Ava square where she and Junior played music much of the afternoon, until time to go to the “jam” on Monday night.
Rick and Sandy Dietz heard her and will be booking her for Thursday Nite Music sometime in the future.
You can also see and hear some of her music on You Tube by typing in Allison Ann Green.
The website says she is from middle Tennessee, but the family actually now lives in the Licking, Mo., area.

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