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LBSPY, Issue #8. Coming out June 4th!!!

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog

Issue #8 is Featuring: FOOD: Stuart’s Smokehouse in Alderson, WV MUSIC:The Badlands Bluegrass Festival in Williamsburg WV SHOPPING: Bohemian Style at Howes’ Things in Downtown Lewisburg WV FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Ronceverte River Festival CONCERT REVIEW: Larry Keel & Natural Bridge at Elk River Inn, Snowshoe WV WISDOM FROM THE WOODS with Jim Shock: Gossipy People A […]

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Merlefest 25, Issue #6

By: LBSPY / Category: Allan Sizemore, Blog, Music Reviews

Music. Friends. Fun. I guess if you have those three things, there’s not much more you can ask for. This year, the 25th Annual Merlefest held in Wilkesboro, NC had all of that, in spades. As usual, a strong party of friends from Greenbrier Valley made the trek for this 5 day festival of camping, […]

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LBSPY Issue #7 Out NOW

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog

LBSPY Issue #7 Features: Food & Wine: Vines & Grinds Cafe & Wine Shop, White Sulphur Springs, WV. Music: Mike Morningstar, performing live at Stuart’s Smokehouse, Alderson, WV Event: Dandelion Festival, Downtown White Sulphur Springs, WV (FULL SCHEDULE of EVENTS, PAGE 14). Music Review by Susanna Robinson, Greg Brown at Carnegie Hall Music Review of […]

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Greg Brown: Review, Issue #7

Greg Brown’s roots were, in part, sprouted from an electric guitar-playin’ mama, and banjo-strumming grandpa and a dad who was a Holy Roller preacher in the gospel- and music-infused section of Iowa called Hacklebarney. His cleverly crafted music was bound to flower. Brown traveled to New York and threw himself into the “hootenanny” scene and […]

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Got Country Class: Talent Show Review, Issue #6

Last Saturday the culmination of the Got Country Class competition was held in the lush surroundings of the Greenbrier Hotel. We from LBSPY attended, and were entertained by the finalists, of which the remaining ten had been whittled down from a staggering 130. After several consecutive evenings of friendly rivalry, the ten finalists were there […]

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Cuddle Magic and Anais Mitchell: Review, Issue #5

To culminate one last sweet-toothed caloric intake of the Chocolate Festival, I attended Carnegie’s concert of singer/songwriter ANAIS MITCHELL and opening band CUDDLE MAGIC. I found the 6-piece opening ensemble to be a bit of a slightly robotic breath of fresh air, if those two descriptions can possibly match in one’s mind. The stage and […]

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Zextrobe Concert Review, Issue #3

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Leah Deitz, Music Reviews

Zextrobe. I cannot tell you what a Zextrobe is, but I can give you an overview of what Zextrobe sounds like. Let’s say it sounds a little like Danzig, a smidge of Misfits, a fistful of Metallica and a punch of Alice and Chains. Does that sound like hard rock to you? It sure did […]

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Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band, Issue #6

By: LBSPY / Category: Blog, Ian Lutz, Music Reviews

I must admit, I usually prefer to listen to BCBCSB in an outdoor setting by the light of a campfire. Tonight, the band performed at the Wild Bean and I was reminded, yet again, that this band has the chops to entertain in any setting. By now, West Virginia is well acquainted with our beloved […]

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Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.: A Wash-Rags to Riches Story, Issue #4

From just a few months ago, when this amazing performer was still washing cars in Logan , WV , until next month, when he will be knocking the audience dead at Harlem ‘s legendary Apollo Theatre, the story of Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. is more than a Cinderella tale. Having won the first place title […]

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Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Issue #3

Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Concert Review For those of us fortunate enough to share Carnegie Hall’s performance of South Africa ’s Ladysmith Black Mombazo a few weeks ago, it was a lovely and heartfelt appearance by a warm and joyful group of amazing vocalists. Having been formed by Joseph Shabalala (then in his 20’s, in 1964), […]

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Christina runs an "Event Spotlight" on 95.3FM , 93.3FM WKCJ Oldies, and 103.1FM THE BEAR. This spotlight airs 3x a day (Monday-Friday) on both stations. 95.3FM reaches 45,000 listeners daily in Beckley, Greenbrier County, Monroe County, Summers County, and some of Mercer County!!! 103.1FM has been serving 78,000 listeners everyday in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia and the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia since 1983. We distribute 7,000 full color, free papers across 5 counties. Ad rates start at just $20! Click here for MEDIA KIT  

Finding Sanctuary in Food this January w/ HashtagWV!

Finding Sanctuary in Food this January w/ HashtagWV! - Find sanctuary in food this January at Sanctuary Living Cuisine Cafe & Bakery on Main Street in White Sulphur Springs.  The Victorian-style house, built in the early 1900’s, in all its stained glass and floral damask glory, has evolved from a family home to antique shop, and now to a restaurant with a mission to serve more […]
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