CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ron Sowell founded the Woody Hawley Series to showcase some of the nation's finest singer-songwriters in the cabaret environment of the Clay Center's Walker Theater. Now, in a deserved turn that closes this year's season, Sowell himself is featured Saturday, backed by guitarist Ryan Kennedy of the "Mountain Stage" band and The Bob Thompson Unit bassist John Inghram.
Sowell has been such a fixture on the local scene, directing the "Mountain Stage" band and mentoring generations of younger musicians, that it's not until you witness a full serving of his music that you realize the broad range of his skill as a guitarist, songwriter and song interpreter. He also has that most desirable quality in a singer-songwriter -- he's witty at the microphone.Mountain Stage vocalist Julie Adams and guitarist Steve Hill open the show and join Sowell for some songs. The evening starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 seniors and students. Get them online at www.theclaycenter.org, at the Clay Center box office or by calling 304-561-3570.