C.C. Richardson, the premier bluesman in late '60s Charleston
 
  Drummer Butch Miles played with everyone from Sintara to Basie
 
Black Orchid played original, free-form instrumental rock  
 
 
  Joi, Charleston's top jazz-rock group in the '70s, was led by pianist Bob Thompson

Fueled by the dramatic changes in politics and race relations, and the continuing urbanization of the country, the 1960s and 1970s were unquestionably one of the most fertile and revolutionary periods in the history of American music.

Like many areas of the country, the Kanawha Valley supported a music scene that, compared to today, was unusually rich, varied and vibrant, and one that reflected the diverse elements of rock, pop, blues and soul, as well as country, jazz and gospel. It was also a time of experimentation, and a number of bi-racial groups - unusual considering Charleston had only recently been desegregated - were cooking up their own blend of rock 'n' soul.

The Kanawha Valley boasted dozens of groups and artists that were of national caliber, including some who would leave the state and achieve national prominence.

For instance, Ralph Morman, the rough-edged singer for Heavy Rain, went on to play and record with The Joe Perry Project (Aerosmith) and Savoy Brown while Skiffle guitarist Jack Griffith later joined Novo Combo, a quartet that featured Santana drummer Michael Shrieve. Signed to Polygram Records, Novo Combo opened for the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" debut on the TV show "Solid Gold."