Check out Music in the Mountains this July w/ Born Old on the 18th and 19th. Born Old is Paul Gartner (banjo, guitar & vocals) and Doug Van Gundy (fiddle, guitar, banjo-mandolin & vocals). The duo performed as part of the Opera House’s annual Opry Night in 2012 and was featured on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage in 2010. Gartner and Van Gundy play traditional old-time music, drawing from the influences of West Virginia masters like The Bing Brothers, Melvin Wine and the Hammons family, as well as early country classics from the great artists of the 78 rpm era, including The Carter Family, Charlie Poole, Uncle Dave Macon, and more. Gartner and Van Gundy have been making music together for 15 years, giving performances that are both traditional and informative without sacrificing a very high energy, raucous fun factor.
On Saturday, August 9th, Austin Walkin’ Cane will hit the stage with his slide guitar and blues singing. or more than twenty-five years, slide guitarist Austin Walkin’ Cane Charanghat, has been singing the blues, performing more than three hundred shows a year, recording numerous albums and telling the stories of blues legends to a younger generation. It has become a mission in his life to sonically paint different shades of the blues.
“I don’t need to re-invent the wheel. I just want to keep it rolling,” he says.
Walkin’ Cane has traveled all over the world to Australia, Nepal, France, Germany, England, Wales and the U.S. from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska. Over the years he has acquired numerous blues and instrumentalist awards.
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