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December 2, 2023

Rock Royalty Visits County

Founding members of rock band Heart

Michael and Roger Fisher, founders of the rock band, Heart, visited Bolivar County this past weekend. Roger is the founding guitarist of Heart and co-wrote and plays guitar on the Heart classics, “Crazy On You”, “Magic Man”, “Barracuda”, “Love Alive” and so many other Heart songs. The Fisher brothers have been visiting the Delta for many years.  

“Of all the incredible things that can be found in the South, nothing equals the experience and heart of the Delta’s people,” said Roger.  

The Fisher brothers live in Seattle and in 2013, Roger, along with the other original members of Heart, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Heart has sold over 35 million records worldwide, including approximately 22.5 million albums in the United States. 

Heart has placed top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990 and 2010s. They were ranked number 57 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and ranked number 49 on Ultimate Classic Rock’s Top 100 Classic Rock Artists. 

This photograph was taken by The New York Times Best Selling author, John Ramsey Miller in the garden at McCartys in Merigold. 

Miller is also a commercial portrait photographer, and he has photographed notable recording artists for album covers for major labels and portraits of recording artists including Tennessee Ernie Ford and The Jordanaires, Bill Monroe, Bill Anderson, David Allan Coe, Amy Grant, Brenda Lee, Dion, B.J. Thomas, Dr. Hook, Don Williams, Eric Clapton, Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, Tammy Wynette, Earl Scruggs, Bill Gaither Trio, Eddie Rabbitt, Jerry Clower, Terry Bradshaw, Dottie West, Crystal Gayle, Dolly Parton, Carlene Carter, Ed Brown, Alex Chilton, Ronnie Milsap, Fury Lewis, B.B. King, Burt Reynolds, Robbie Benson, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash, Gary Stewart, Guy Clark, 2 Live Crew, Johnny Duncan, Tommy Overstreet, Dogwood, 2 Average White Kids.

Additionally Miller produced a series of photos after setting up a ‘studio’ at Angola Prison’s Death Row. 

Miller was born in Greenville. He attended Delta State University in Cleveland where he studied art. Miller currently lives in North Carolina.