Carnegie Hall and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame present “High Flying Birds: A Billy Edd Wheeler Tribute” on Friday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s Hamilton Auditorium. Wheeler will be at the event to tell stories, reflect on his career, and talk about his new autobiography, Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout. Larry Groce, Julie Adams, Richard Hefner, and The Carpenter Ants will perform in a tribute to Wheeler.

A poet, a playwright, and a painter, Billy Edd Wheeler is one of West Virginia’s true Renaissance men. His skill as a songwriter has earned international acclaim. Elvis Presley, the Kingston Trio, Judy Collins, Neil Young, Kenny Rogers, The Jefferson Airplane, and Johnny and June Carter Cash have all scored hits with Billy Edd Wheeler songs. “Jackson” and “Coward of the County” have become country-folk standards, a testament to Wheeler’s ability to tell a compelling story set to an equally compelling tune.

An impressive cast of West Virginia musicians will be on hand to offer their versions of Wheeler’s songs. Other performers include Christine Campbell, Susanna Robinson, Greg Trafidlo, John Lilly, Mark Bates, Jessica Kirk, and more.

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame exhibit is located at Carnegie Hall and will be open before the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets to this event are $15. For tickets or more information, please visit or call Carnegie Box Office at (304) 645-7917 (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October).

Carnegie Hall is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV. For more information please call (304) 645-7917 or visit

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Hall of Fame "Shop" at Mall Remains Open

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame exhibit and store at the Charleston Town Center Mall will remain open on weekends for the foreseeable future. The storefront is located on Level 2 at the top of the escalator toward the Court Street entrance (across from the AT&T store).

In addition to Hall of Fame merchandise, there will be memorabilia, photos and posters on display.

Visitors can also take a “musical tour” of West Virginia with the WVMHoF’s Interactive Map. The 40-inch touchscreen is loaded with a county-by-county map of West Virginia that showcases more than 200 West Virginia musicians and bands.There will also be a video station to view past induction ceremonies and the WVMHoF’s documentary, “WV My Home: Musicians and the Mountain State Experience.”

If you would like to volunteer to staff the store, we are looking for folks to pick up four-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday.

Many thanks to Charleston Town Center Mall for the opportunity to reach its many patrons.

For more info:; 304/342-4412

All Star Jimmy Dickens Tribute Released

The WV Music Hall of Fame’s CD tribute to 2007 Inductee Little Jimmy Dickens, The Rhinestone Hillbilly, is now available.

The compilation includes tracks by many of West Virginia’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.

For the rest of the story, track listing, artist bios, and most importantly, to order your copy of the CD click here.

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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