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Meet the Band: Half Bad Bluegrass Band


On St. Patrick’s Day night, we checked out the Half Bad Bluegrass Band performing to a full house at the Brier Patch Bar & Grille in Lewisburg, WV. Crossing at least 3 generations, fans came together to get down for some good ol’ foot stomping action on the dance floor.
This music comes from down in your soul – Tony (fan).
If you like high energy foot stomping bluegrass, The Half Bad Bluegrass Band is your group. Inspired by Richard Hefner’s The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, and the like, the Half Bad Bluegrass Band performs with a solid sound that is sure to entertain.
Live shows are best described as a high energy, foot stomping, old school bluegrass good time.- Half Bad Bluegrass Band.

Founded in 2005, The Half Bad Bluegrass Band is becoming a household name for bluegrass loving fans, on the east coast. To expand their reach, they travel out of the area almost every weekend from Charlotte, NC to New York.
Band members include Heather Lively (lead vocals), Mike Estep (dog house bass and vocals), Wesley O’Dell (mandolin & vocals), and Brian Bell (lead and rhythm guitar). John Lively (banjo and vocals), is also the band’s booking agent. The band’s 2012 schedule is almost booked solid and 2013 shows are filling up fast. To book this band, call John at 304.646.4898.

This is a highly talented group of people who are passionate about music.

Almost every band member performs in instrument and vocals. Whether involved with another band at some time or performing solo, every member has about 10-15 years of musical experience. During their St. Patrick’s Day performance, their experience was demonstrated through confidence to entertain the audience, supported by solid sound.

For those of you who attended the show, you may have picked up Half Bad Bluegrass Band merchandise. The band sold t-shirts, beer koozies, stickers, and their latest cd: “Live: Rails, Rivers, and Rogues. Merchandise is sold at every show so you can take a piece of the Half Bad Bluegrass home with you to drink with, wear, or listen to.

Some Local Upcoming Shows

May 19 – Quinwood Days Festival
May 25 – The Empty Glass, Charleston
June 15 – Badlands Bluegrass Festival, Williamsbug
June 30 & July 14 – Stuarts Hawt Dogs, Alderson
August 26 – Camp Barefoot, Snowshoe

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HASHTAGWV ART & ENTERTAINMENT Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Christina Entenmann-Edwards has been a WV resident since September 2008. She was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, she graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History. In 2010, she graduated with an M.B.A. from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In February 2012, Christina launched HashtagWV as the area’s first full-color, free arts and entertainment tabloid + online platform. Christina completed the Leadership West Virginia class of 2021, which is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion to move West Virginia forward.

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