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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Darrell Webb re-signs with Rural Rhythm

| April 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Darrell Webb recently re-signed with Rural Rhythm for the release of his second project with The Darrell Webb Band. Produced by Jim Van Cleve, much of the work on the record has been completed, and it is on track for a July release. The album, […]


West Virginia Style coming back in June

| April 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

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 […]


Tales From The Road

| April 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

The primary purpose of pursuing our musical interest is the music itself, and I enjoy simply sitting in the living room practicing with our group, with no one watching. The process of writing a song, arranging it and bringing it to life is very satisfying, […]


Thanks for everything, Earl

| April 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

The day we all knew was inevitable has come, but knowing it’s coming doesn’t make it any easier when it does. It doesn’t seem possible, but this man I only met for a few brief minutes probably had more impact on the direction my life […]


It’s About Time – Wayne Taylor

| April 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

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 […]


Pickin’ For Phil in Bristol

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

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 […]


Pickin’ For Phil this weekend

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

It is often said that you don’t really know how many friends you have until you need them. If that is true, Phil Leadbetter is a man who has learned he has many, many friends through his ongoing battle with cancer. On Sunday, April 1, at the […]


Clay Hess Band Steps Out

| March 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

I had the pleasure to witness the debut public appearance of the Clay Hess Band, at the Pumpkin Park Music Hall in Milton, West Virginia on Friday night. Most bluegrass musicians and fans across the country were introduced to Clay as lead guitarist with Ricky […]


Banjo Safari: Back to the Roots

| March 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Feeling adventurous? I know a few banjo players who feel like the king of the bluegrass jungle, so how about a trip back to the land where the banjo began (yes, I know the fifth string was added in America). In what would have to […]


IBMA Bluegrass in the Schools webinar

| March 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

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 […]