Author Archive: James Gabehart

Jim has been playing the banjo, and other string instruments for nearly 40 years. Since joining the musicians union and becoming a performing musician at the age of 15, he won five West Virginia State Banjo Championships, as well as dozens of other competitions, and has taught hundreds of students.

Jim was elected as Prosecuting Attorney for Lincoln County, WV in November 2012, and is an active touring performer with his wife and musical partner, Valerie.

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Festival of the Bluegrass 2013

| June 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

This report on the 2013 Festival of the Bluegrass is a contribution from Jim & Valerie Gabehart. Jim shared the review, and Valerie the photos. We have a great many additional photos to share taken by Estil Robertson. Look for those over the next few […]


Almost Heaven in Tennessee

| February 8, 2013 | 4 Comments

For the past four years, my wife Valerie and I have enjoyed a mid-winter infusion of bluegrass by attending the annual SPBGMA convention in Nashville. Held at the Music City Sheraton Hotel, many attendees enjoy the contest, concerts, exhibits, and jamming, without ever leaving the […]


Christmas In The Smokies, Bluegrass Style

| December 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

This past weekend in Pigeon Forge, TN, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road hosted the Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Although hosted and promoted by the Larkin family for many years, this was the first year for Lorraine Jordan […]


Music In The Mountains 2012

| July 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Among the many wonderful music festivals in West Virginia, one of the longest-running and most successful is Music In The Mountains, the Summersville bluegrass festival. Started in 1980, the 33rd annual festival recently took place and Valerie and I had the pleasure of performing there […]


The Vandalia Gathering – West Virginia’s Family Reunion

| June 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Recently over the Memorial Day Weekend, the West Virginia Department of Culture and History, celebrated the 36th annual Vandalia Gathering. The event is a celebration of traditional arts and all things West Virginia, held in the Cultural Center, adjacent to our capitol building, and spilling […]


Bean Blossom – a first-timer’s visit

| June 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

When I was learning to play banjo in the mid-1970’s, one of the first albums I bought was the two-album live recording from the Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom festival, which became one of my favorites and a great source of material to learn from Bill […]


Doug Dillard: Bluegrass Banjo Giant, Country-Rock Pioneer

| May 22, 2012 | 4 Comments

After the death of Earl Scruggs and the announced retirement of J. D. Crowe, the banjo world suffered another loss last week with the passing of Doug Dillard. Having been seen by millions, perhaps 100 million, through nearly 50 years of Andy Griffith Show reruns, […]


Curtis Blackwell Band to tour Ireland

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Former Blue Grass Boy Curtis Blackwell has announced plans to tour Ireland in June 2012. The tour will include eleven shows in twelve days, most of which it appears are being held in community Arts Centres. (It’s wonderful to see how Ireland values traditional music in […]


Stoney Creek releases Are You Ready?

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

We’ve just received word from West Virginia-based Stoney Creek that they’ve completed work on a new all-Gospel project, titled Are You Ready? While the complete project will be released in June, the title track has already been released to AirPlay Direct, and will be distributed […]


Wayne Taylor: It’s About Time

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
Wayne Taylor - photo by Ted Lehmann

From the moment I had the new solo project from Blue Highway bass player Wayne Taylor in my hands, I couldn’t wait to hear what it sounded like. I won’t leave you in suspense — it’s great. Appropriately titled (“long overdue” comes to mind), it’s […]