On Friday, August 22nd, the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton will present a traveling production by the Greenbrier Valley Theatre called, Stand by Your Man. This production featured dozens of hits by Tammy Wynette and George Jones as it delves into the life of one of country music’s most famous superstars, including her tumultuous romances.
The First Lady of Country Music recorded, performed and sometimes wrote many of her greatest hits, from “I Don’t Want to Play House Anymore” and “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” to “Golden Ring” and “‘Til I Can Make It on My Own”, in response to events in her often-stormy personal history. This show starts at 7:30pm and admission is $10.
Other happenings at the Opera House this month include slide guitarist Austin Walkin’ Cane Charanghat and the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys.
Austin Walkin’ Cane hits the stage on Saturday, August 9th. For more than twenty-five years, he 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. Show starts at 7:30pm. Admission is $10.
A perennial Opera House favorite, The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys will entertain the audience with their upbeat rhythm on Saturday, August 30th. They are among West Virginia’s longest-running bluegrass bands. The group first organized in 1968 around the foursome of Richard Hefner (banjo/tenor vocal), his brother Bill Hefner (guitar/mandolin/baritone vocal), their late uncle Glenn “Dude” Irvine (mandolin) and the late Harley Carpenter (guitar/lead vocal).
They took their name from Black Mountain in their native Pocahontas County. For five years the group worked a weekly radio show on WVAR, in Richwood. They also made regular appearances at local events and regional bluegrass festivals. In the mid-1970s they recorded a pair of albums: “Million Lonely Days” and “Talk of the County.” More recent albums include “Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys 1968-1973,” “Live at Midnight,” “Live at The Opera House,” and “Live at Greenbrier Valley Theatre.”
Don’t miss out on performances at the Opera House this August! The house is located at 818 Third Ave. For more info, visit them at pocahontasoperahouse.org.
Article source: pocahontasoperahouse.org.
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.