Garden of Many Delights

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s Garden Party 6 was indeed one for the books.

Not only did it barely sprinkle (I think we’ve all learned not to put much stock in weather forecasts) but the music, food and silent auction were all over-the-top!

The music kicked off with a set by jazz guitar great Vince Lewis – joined by 2015 WVMHoF inductee Russ Hicks on pedal steel, and The Carpenter Ants’ rhythm section of Ted Harrison and Jupie Little.

Then, Tony Award winning actor (and Huntington native) Michael Cerveris and his father dropped in to say hello. Michael did a short set that ended with his version of “Pinball Wizard” (Cerveris originated the title role in the Broadway production of “Tommy”). We also announced that Michael will return as co-host for the next Induction Ceremony on February 10, 2018.

After a break for Café Cimino’s incredible spread, John Ellison took the stage backed by Russ Hicks, Randy Gilkey and The Carpenter Ants. It was a classic Ellison set of soul and R&B classics, and his originals (including, of course, his signature song “Some Kind of Wonderful”).

The fabulous cake pictured below was created for the event by Rock City Cake Company (check them out at 241 Capitol Street, in Charleston).

Special thanks to the WVMHoF crew for all the work that went into the event before, during and after: Sherry Hobbs, Terri Arthur, Clare Finly, Tris Lozaw, Meredith Summers and Susan Harris!


In Memoriu The Valentinos

Hall of Fame Mourns the Passing of Jim McCoy

We are excited to announce The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s 2018 class of inductees. We feel this is one of our most exciting lineups of inductees, presenters, and performers to date.

Once again, these artists represent the quality and the diversity of West Virginia talent, and the impact they have made on the music of the state and the nation.

The six inductees are: Hasil Adkins, Ann Magnuson, Frank Hutchison, The Morris Brothers, Fred “Sonic” Smith, and Michael W. Smith. The presenters, acceptors and performers include: Patti, Jesse and Jackson Smith; Lenny Kaye; Tim O’Brien; Jerry Douglas; Southern Culture on the Skids; Alan Griffith; John Morris; and Jack Morris.

We will also be announcing the names for a new category called “In The Wings.” This new addition includes artists and bands that will be inducted into the WVMHoF at some future date. As we induct just six artists every two years, it is another way for the WVMHoF to recognize West Virginia musicians who have made a lasting contribution to American music.

The induction ceremony will be held February 10, 2018, at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Stay tuned for information regarding tickets and performances.

Click here for the Inductees' biographies, photos and song samples.

The WV Music Hall of Fame’s CD tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens, The Rhinestone Hillbilly, will be shipped to the duplicators very soon. The compilation includes tracks by many of WV’s finest: Bill Withers, Kathy Mattea, Connie Smith, Charlie McCoy, Ann Magnuson, Mayf Nutter, Tim O’Brien, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., Larry Groce, Russ Hicks, James Price, Mollie O’Brien & Julie Adams, Todd Burge, John Lilly, and the Carpenter Ants. Stay tuned…
West Virginia My Home Musicians and the Mountain Stage Experience

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s new documentary, “West Virginia My Home: Musicians and the Mountain State Experience,” offers a fascinating look at some of the most prominent musicians to come from West Virginia, and how the “Mountain State Experience” influenced their lives and music.

Artists including Bill Withers, Brad Paisley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Hazel Dickens, George Crumb, Kathy Mattea, John Ellison, Everett Lilly, Charlie McCoy, Billy Edd Wheeler and Billy Cox, recall their experiences growing up in West Virginia, and how those values and ideals helped shape their careers.

Educational and inspiring, the documentary is suitable for all audiences. For students in particular, the film illustrates that growing up in a small town in a small state does not need to be a barrier to pursuing their dreams.

The film was produced by the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame and was funded by the West Virginia Humanities Council, the West Virginia Legislature, and the Hamilton Family Foundation. To purchase a copy of the film, or for information about setting up a screening: 304/342-4412;

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