"Right after the Derecho came through," Josh said. "It was nine days later and we weren't sure if the power was going to come back on. People asked us about moving it back because of that, but we didn't see any point. Not having electricity didn't stop anyone from getting married 150 years ago."
Luckily, the lights came on the night before the wedding.
The Band Wagon plays a mix of bluegrass, old country and grassified classic rock, including covers of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
Rock n' roll with Appalachian music is a powerful mix, they say.
The group is doing pretty well, but they're ambitious. Nobody has quit their day jobs just yet. Josh teaches music lessons, Pam waitresses a couple of days a week and Dennis still has his job with Marathon Petroleum.
"But we're trying to increase the frequency of the gigs," Pam said. "More gigs, less waitressing. Maybe one of these days we can do this all the time."
Vearl, they said, has been doing that for 30 years.
WANT TO GO?
The Band Wagon
WHERE: Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St. E.
WHEN: 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays
WHERE: Taylor Books, Capitol St.
WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday
INFO: 304-342-1461 or www.taylorbooks.com
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.