A:"Most of the folks that show up are friends, and it's always nice to see them. This is the only time I see some folks, so it gives us a place and time to catch up. The new folks, I hope to spend some time with and gauge their reaction afterwards and try to convince them to come back."
Q:Many local bands don't have the experience or opportunity to play house shows. How much of an asset do you hope your concert series will be for local bands and Parkersburg itself?
A:"I would hope it is an asset. I try to get local acts to open for the house shows. Some acts will let me. Some have a plan. But when I can, it gives local artists exposure to people that love music in the area. It isn't and never will be a big crowd, but it is a place to listen and be heard. And those people won't keep it a secret if they like you.
"For Parkersburg, I think it brings a different kind of act. Some of the artists only do house shows. It's a really good mix of styles and cool that they come from all over North America and end up playing at my house."
Q:What was your response to seeing Shovels and Rope live at the Nelsonville Music Festival earlier this year and then finding out they'd be coming to your house to play?
"I thought it was a long shot to get them. I knew nothing about them before I saw them, other than they were incredible. They really were on everyone's lips after that weekend. I figured it would be too much or not their thing, but I talked with their tour manager and worked on something that both of us could live with, and here we are. I also hosted The Kernal, Mechanical River and Andrew Combs one night through talking with their tour manager. It was a double win."
Q:Are there any weird rules fans have to obey to come into your home?
A: "No weird rules. It's my home. I think everyone understands it's not a bar. It's a listening event. Just respect the people that came for the show."
Reach Harrah at wvrocksc...@gmail.com.