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By Bill Lynch

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Though strung out along East Coast, Yarn still a tight-knit band


Blake Christiana said his band Yarn doesn’t get back to Brooklyn much these days.

The Americana/alt country band, which headlines the season’s final Live on the Levee Frida...

Toothless Ruth returns to rockin’


Drummer Mike Felty knew the moment he heard Chris Short sing that he’d found the perfect guy to front that cool, new rock band he wanted to put together.

It’s just where he found him that didn’...

Little Elvis impersonator makes a big impression


PARKERSBURG — There will only ever be one “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

His name was Elvis Aaron Presley. Born in January 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, the ...

From ‘Africa’ to Charleston: Toto at Clay Center Sunday


It used to be one of the crown jewels of rock ‘n’ roll: getting your band’s picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. 

Dr. Hook famously rhapsodized about the mind-blowing pleasure i...

Former Hendrix bassist home for Live on the Levee


It was pouring rain the day Billy Cox met Jimi Hendrix.

“I was on post in the Army, and I was coming from a theater,” he said. “We all ran for cover, and I wound up on the doorstep of Service C...

Tyler Childers plays solo showcase in Huntington Friday


Working his way from the backroads of Kentucky to a club near you, Americana singer/songwriter Tyler Childers is making a name for himself with his thoughtful songwriting and earnest delivery that has been compared to ev...

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em


Two o’clock on a Friday afternoon and the lunch rush should be dying down, but at Rollin Smoke BBQ on Route 119 between Mink Shoals and Big Chimney, it barely has.

Joey Beasley can scarcely get his window cl...

W.Va. company tames ‘green fairy’ absinthe


Among artists, poets and writers, absinthe has always been the stuff of legend.

The wormwood spirit was downed by some of the most celebrated names in the arts during the latter 19th and early 20th centuries.

Josh Gracin' still has nothin' to lose


After each season of “American Idol” ends, the Top 10 hit the road for an American tour. It’s good exposure for the budding pop stars and a chance for them to connect with fans as well as launch thei...

Country singer John King provides music to eat by at Ribfest


John King is having the time of his life. The young singer from Habersham County, Georgia has a song on the country charts, “Tonight Tonight,” and he’s staying on the road, trying to kick start a mus...

A taste of Texas comes to Ribfest


After 16 years, Ribfest founder Bill Picozzi never tires of talking about his annual, four-day food festival, now located at Shawnee Park in Dunbar.

“The food is amazing,” he said.

“We h...

Summerfest back for year 15


Summerfest is back “around the mound” in South Charleston again with music, games and fun through Saturday.

This marks Summerfest’s 15th year, and Bob Anderson, the executive director of the So...

Foreigner rocks this year’s West Virginia State Fair


It’s not unusual for golfers to take their clubs when they travel on business. If there’s a course nearby, maybe they can squeeze in a round. At the very least, they can always practice.

Tom Gimbel, g...

Hybrid Soul Project honored to headline live on the Levee


For The Hybrid Soul Project, getting to headline Live on the Levee Friday night feels like a major step and an honor that’s been a long time coming.

“I feel like we’ve paid our dues. We’...

The world comes to W.Va.’s 25th Appalachian String Band Festival


On a picnic table just outside the Chestnut Lodge at Camp Washington Carver, the site of West Virginia’s annual Appalachian String Band Festival, a small group of French and Québécois tourists sat and ta...

Light Opera Guild flashes back to the ‘80s with ‘The Wedding Singer’


A lot of actors have dream roles. Not many of them would consider appearing in a musical based on an Adam Sandler movie a “dream role,” but then again, not everybody is 25-year-old Lauren Meyer.


Stratus still going strong after 40 years


After 40 years together, Stratus, Charleston’s best-known R&B group, knows it’s starting to show its age. Most of the band members are eligible for retirement, but they’re not contemplating going...

Walking the dinosaur


Most people don’t really start remembering much of anything until they’re at least a couple of years old. What they do remember is often fragmented or sketchy, but special.

Brett Kern’s first s...

Old Crow and friends highlight summer concert season at Power Park


Saturday afternoon, The Clay Center and Appalachian Power Park treated Charleston to what might have been the highlight of the summer season: an outdoor concert featuring Old Crow Medicine Show that felt less like a one-...

Old Crow Medicine show looks back to move forward


There’s something to be said for holding on to old high school journals and notebooks — at least Old Crow Medicine Show’s Chris “Critter” Fuqua thinks so. He says It’s important ...

Donna the Buffalo embraces new musical landscape, shuns genre labels


Tara Nevins of Donna the Buffalo said being in music is very different now than in the past. The whole relationship between fans and performers has changed.

“Before all this cyberspace stuff, you only had ac...

Mitch Ryder still rockin’ after five decades


Mitch Ryder said there’s a reason why good music comes out of cities that historically are economically strapped and crime-ridden, like Detroit.

The 69-year-old rock ‘n’ roll singer and Michiga...

Anything Goes: St. Albans actor brings diverse talents to stage


Sean Watkins didn’t set out to be a professional stage actor, but with his boyish good looks, toothpaste commercial smile and trim, athletic build, the 28-year-old certainly looks the part.

The St....

Camp teaches special-needs people how to ride a bike


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Monday afternoon, around a dozen kids in shorts and T-shirts began filtering into the Huntington High School gym at about a quarter after 3. It’s the m...

A common ‘Thread’ flows through new Rosanne Cash CD


Country singer/songwriter and occasional music rights activist Rosanne Cash said sometimes well-meaning fans come up to her and ask about the best way for them to support their favorite musicians. She kind of laughed abo...

Good News Mountaineer Garage hosts its last ArtWalk


After 13 years on Hale Street, Good News Mountaineer Garage is moving to a new location on the West Side. While it’s not an end to the organization that helps provide work vehicles to the poor, it’s the end...

New record label hosts free music festival in Hurricane Saturday


Alec Neu said doing a good deed for his community isn't the only reason he and business partner Anthony Princeton organized the Hurricane City Musical Festival, but it's a big part of it.


‘Detroit’ challenges theatergoers’ perceptions of themselves, their world


Sometimes it's not enough for a piece of theater to entertain. Sometimes, it has to show you something, maybe even show you yourself.

Tyler Eldridge and Marlette Carter say that's what "Detroit" is trying...

Free music festival celebrates fifth anniversary


Steve “Sweat” Thomas doesn’t have a lot of great aspirations for his Sweatstock festival in Point Pleasant. Sweatstock is probably never going to become another Woodstock, and that’s alright b...

Song for Sandy Hook an unexpected blessing for band


A good song can do wonders for a musician.

Tim Warren of The Alternate Routes, who perform Friday at Huntington’s Pullman Square, said his band might not have recorded its most recent record if not for one g...

Marshall Artists announces new season


Retired “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, actor and television presenter Alan Thicke, and real-life “Jersey boy” Frankie Valli headline the 2014 Marshall Artist Series at the Keith-Albee Performan...