WANT TO GO?
Dave "Corncobb" McCormick
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Fairplain Yacht Club. 3984 Cedar Planks Road, Ripley
INFO: 304-372-8918 or www.fairplainyachtclub.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dave "Corncobb" McCormick is a fixture on the local music scene. A talented singer/songwriter who works mostly in the country vein, McCormick won the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest in 2006, then moved to Nashville not long after to take a shot at fame and fortune.
He got a publishing deal and played for and with several major recording artists, including Merle Haggard. But fame was elusive, and after a couple of years struggling on Music Row, he returned to West Virginia, where he plays solo and with a band, including a standing Thursday night gig at the Fairplain Yacht Club in Ripley.
McCormick hasn't given up writing songs. The songwriter recently released two new CDs, "Mountains on the Moon" and "Ghost Inside My Guitar," available through his website, davemccormicksongs.com.
The Gazz called McCormick to talk to him about Nashville, writing songs for a living and Merle Haggard.
Q: Your phone has a Nashville area code. Are you shuttling between there and West Virginia?
A:"I'm back in Spencer, but I still make trips back and forth. Right now, I'm making a lot of calls trying to set up shows. I'm talking to a lot of fairs and festivals, trying to get on with them for the summer."
Q: As a guy who performs pretty regularly at local clubs, what do people want? Do they want covers or original music?
A:"Well, usually, I do about half and half, but it depends. Sometimes I go into a place and they know me, and I'll end up doing mostly original material. It's funny.