WANT TO GO?
10th Annual Hank Williams Tribute Concert
Presented by FOOTMAD
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: Adults $20, seniors $15, students $10, children 13 and under free.
INFO: 304-415-3668 or www.footmad.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Steel guitar player Kayton Roberts has no plans to slow down, at least not any time soon.
"I'm 79-years-old," he said, proudly. "I'm shooting for 179, and I'll keep going until they toss dirt in my face and bury me."
Roberts will finish up a busy 2012 by performing Saturday night with Rob McNurlin and John Lilly at their annual Hank Williams tribute show. Now in it's 10th year, the concert will be held at the Culture Center Theater.
Roberts, a noted session player in Nashville, has been playing with McNurlin for about three years, but he is probably better remembered for his three decades playing steel guitar for country music legend Hank Snow.
Snow, who wrote and recorded songs including "I'm Moving On," "The Golden Rocket," "Hello Love" and the updated American version of "I've Been Everywhere," was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1979. His career spanned more than 50 years, from late 1940s until his death in 1999 at the age of 85.
"I was with him right up until the end," Roberts said. "I was a pallbearer at his funeral."
Roberts met Snow through fiddle player Chubby Wise, who played in Snow's band. While the band was on break in the mid-1960s, Wise returned home to Lake City, Fla., where Roberts was living and playing in a local dance band.
Snow had recently lost his rhythm guitarist, and Wise came out to see Roberts play.
"I was just playing rhythm that night," Roberts said. "I hadn't even brought the steel out."
Wise was impressed with what he heard and said someone had told him Roberts could play the steel guitar, too. Roberts offered to get the instrument from his house and show him. Wise said sure.