Thanks to newly-acquired genetic information, I’ve discovered that I have Bavarian roots. Mark Stoffel, the Night Drivers’ mandolin player, who is half Bavarian, tells me he is half-pleased to hear this. In addition to being known for their outstanding pretzel and car-making ability, Bavarians are […]
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.
Learn more about their music at www.JimandValerieGabehart.com.
West Virginia banjo man, Darrell Sanders, recently announced plans to release an instrumental recording titled West Virginia Style. Originally recorded in 1983 and pressed in vinyl, the project was released on Webco Records, and has been out of print for many years. Darrell was able […]
In one of the most appropriately titled projects in recent memory, Blue Highway bass player and lead vocalist Wayne Taylor has just released his first solo project since joining the group, It’s About Time. I had a chance to speak with Wayne recently about the project and […]
If anyone believes the spirit of giving goes into hibernation each year after Christmas, they should have seen the tangible evidence of love and concern for our fellow man displayed at the Paramount Center in Bristol, Tennessee this past Sunday, as musicians, friends, volunteers, and […]
First generation bluegrass pioneers regularly performed in schools, during an era when schoolhouses were the center of activity in communities. Such performances, however, were generally held in the evenings for audiences comprised of the general public. As educational programs and funding grew, and the one […]