• Mandolin opening with the Gabeharts

    Jim & Valerie Gabehart are on the hunt for a new mandolin player for their West Virginia-based group. Current mandolinist Steve Acord has had to bow out, having taken a new day job that won't allow him the flexibility needed to tour

  • Music In The Mountains 2012

    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

  • Tales From The Road

    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

  • Steve Acord to the Gabeharts

    Jim & Valerie Gabehart have announced Steve Acord as the newest member of their band, playing mandolin and singing harmony vocals. Acord hails from Beckley, WV and has performed professionally as a mandolinist, fiddler and guitarist. He has worked with a number of


    If you think that this article is going to pit one organization against the other, or compare one to the other, then just stop reading now. A friend once told me that for every stone I throw, expect ten stones

  • Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

    Reflecting back on the past year, it's been a busy and eventful one, and I don't need a guardian angel Clarence to help me realize it's a wonderful life. Our CD It's My Turn, released in late 2010, received a good

  • Buckwheat Green to the Gabeharts

    Jim & Valerie Gabehart have welcomed a new member into their group. John "Buckwheat" Green has taken over the bass spot recently vacated by Joe Vance. John, also known as Buck, picked up his distinctive nickname owing to a particular fondness

  • Our IBMA Gig Fair experience

    When I'm not seeking truth and justice as the Assistant Prosecutor for Lincoln County, West Virginia, my wife Valerie and I are putting all our energy into re-launching the music career we deferred twenty-five years ago to raise a family in a stable,

  • Jim Gabeheart makes the news

    I've known a number of banjo picking attorneys in my day (insert joke here), but Jim Gabeheart is the first five-slinging prosecutor to make my acquaintance. In addition to his duties as an Assistant Prosecutor in Lincoln County, WV, Jim plays