'State of the Ozarks' is a valuable collection that finely preserves and promotes the vast Ozark highlands. With stories from today, yesterday and tomorrow, Heston takes us to where the action is in these diverse Ozark highlands. The histories and the happening, the legends to the legacy, the music to its origin, the lovers to the landscapes - it's all for the taking, in these here hills.
What a writer Josh Heston is. In his work, we can see, hear, feel, and taste the lifestyles, landscapes, menus, and music of this vast region of the South. We get a clear portrayal of the people here, who are as independent as they are diverse, as free as they are careful in their roam of this land they call - or called - home. Read up. Gas up. Gear up. In these pages, you've just found your next decade of road trips.
Casey L. Penn
Pennwords - Writing, Design, Music
The cultural heritage of The Ozarks is both fascinating and fun in the loving hands of Joshua Heston. In pictures and words, Mr. Heston documents the past, the present, and inspires hope for the future.
D.A. Callaway, Silver Dollar City Citizen, Bluegrass Promoter of the Year Award Winner (2012, 2013, 2016) Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) and Les Beasley Impact Award Recipient (2013) National Quartet Convention
In 'The State of the Ozarks,' Joshua Heston is following the footsteps of Ozark folklorist icon Vance Randolph. With a keen eye and ear, Joshua records the people and cultures of the Ozarks in a collection of enjoyable and very readable essays. In the Ozarks many aspects of life have changed, but the basic character and roots of the Ozarkers remain and we are fortunate to have Joshua documenting Ozark society here in the twenty-first century.
Barry R McCain, author of 'Finding the McCains' and 'The Laggan Redshanks,' and administrator of the Ulster Heritage Project.