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Our Shows

Nov. 17, 2018

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Kate Long and brilliant up and coming duo Siamese Cycle will highlight our next Route 60 Saturday Night show, as our 2018 season rolls on Saturday, Nov. 17. This latest installment of our monthly 90-minute music variety show, now in its second year, begins at 7 p.m. at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St., Barboursville. Hosted by Randy Yohe and Michelle Lewis, the Kate Longshow, which takes the stage on the third Saturday night of each month, also features The 1937 Flood as the house band. In addition, each month's show features new and established musical acts as guest artists.

Here are the headliners for the upcoming show:

--Kate Long is an award-winning songwriter, storyteller, and journalist who hails from Fayette County, WV. Her songs, which have been recorded by notable artists, are rooted in Appalachian traditional music and she branches into swing, blues, and jazz. Her performance of "Who Will Watch the Homeplace," a song by Clearwater Connection, won the International Bluegrass Music Association Song of the Year in 1994. She has also won awards at Merlefest, South Florida Folk Festival and Kerrville.  California-based bluegrass artist Laurie Lewis has said of Kate, “She writes with a depth of love and understanding that is all too rare in the world.” Kate also is a writing teacher, journalist, and public radio commentator. She was named Public Citizen of the Year National Association of Social Workers, West Virginia chapter. In 2010, she received B. B. Maurer WV Folklife Scholar Award, sponsored by the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center and she helped found a healthy living initiative named “Try This West Virginia.”

-- Siamese Cycle is a musical duo based out of Huntington, West Virginia composed of Emily Cloer and Jon Parsons. Possessing an eclectic style due to a variety of musical Siamese Cycleinfluences, the best description of their sound is ghost folk punk. Vocalist Emily Cloer is a Marshall University graduate with a background in opera, classical, folk, and jazz singing; she currently teaches voice and piano lessons at Route 60 Music. Guitarist Jon Parsons is a sound engineer at Suave Sounds in Ashland Kentucky; he received his degree from Full Sail in audio engineering. He has been playing guitar since age sixteen and has played in several punk bands. Both contribute to the lyric and music writing process.

Proceeds for the show will be donated to support the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington. Admission will be a $5 donation. 

 

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Oct. 20, 2018

A broad spectrum of Mountain State music -- from the inventive, expressive compositions of Marshall University jazz legend Mark Zanter to the poetry and grace of beloved songwriter Colleen Anderson -- was featured as our 2018 season rolled on Saturday, Oct. 20. This latest installment of our monthly 90-minute music variety show, now in its second year, begins at 7 p.m. at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St., Barboursville. Hosted by Randy Yohe and Michelle Lewis, the show, which takes the stage on the third Saturday night of each month, also features The 1937 Flood as the house band. In addition, each month's show features new and established musical acts as guest artists.

Here were the headliners for the upcoming show:

-- Colleen Anderson was born in Bay City, Michigan, and discovered the Mountain State when she left her studies at Western Michigan University Honors College to temporarily serve with VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) in Cabin Creek, WV. There she helped start Cabin Creek Quilts, a cooperative of 150 low-income quilters. Following 15 months of volunteer service and a year of work as an editor, Colleen returned to college, this time at West Virginia University, where she received a B.A. in English in 1975. Twenty-five years, she earned a Master's degree in Humanities, this time from Marshall University. Colleen has been self-employed as a writer and designer since 1975, and formed "Mother Wit Writing and Design" in 1983. Her creative studio has earned numerous honors, including West Virginia Communicators' Best of Show award and several First Place awards from the National Federation of Press Women. Her stories and poems have been published by the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project, Redbook, Embers, Kestrel, Arts & Letters, Passager, Carolina Quarterly, The Sun, and many other periodicals. Meanwhile, her beautiful songs have been featured on Public Radio International's "Mountain Stage" and "The Folk Sampler," and she has produced two albums of original songs, Fabulous Realities (1991) and Going Over Home (2001). Over the past two decades, she has frequently performed with guitarist George Castelle, who for several decades was the Chief Public Defender in Kanawha County, where he still works on a part-time basis. Colleen's song “West Virginia Chose Me” is included in several anthology recordings of West Virginia music, and two others have won the FOOTMAD songwriting contest and qualified for the semi-finals in the Mountain Stage NewSong performing songwriter competition.

-- Mark Zanter, coordinator of music theory and composition at Marshall University's School of Music, is an active composer and performer who has received commissions from diverse orchestra around the country. He also has appeared as a composer and performer on NPR’s "Live at the Landmark." Dr. Zanter's works have been performed nationally and internationally at festivals such as MUSIC X, The Cortona Contemporary Music Festival, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and ECHOFLUX 14. He is the recipient of grants and awards from The American Society of Composers and Publishers, The American Music Center, The American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and WV Music Teachers Association. As a performer Mark is equally at home performing standard repertoire, creative music, and jazz and has appeared with orchestras, chamber groups, and improvisers. “I am interested in the expression of an idea," he says, "in creating pieces through observation of the inherent musical potential of my sound material. In each piece, I invent processes that express this potential, generating contexts for their realization. In that sense my music results from the interaction of observations, intuition, and processes, rather than from a willful shaping of my materials.”

Proceeds for the show were donated to support Huntington Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter. Admission will be a $5 donation. 

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Sept. 15, 2018

We Launch Our Fall-Winter 2018 Season!

Two wonderful singer-songwriters -- the legendary John Lilly and exciting newcomer Cat Cirner -- were our guest artists Saturday, Sept. 15, as we launched the third big season of Route 60 Saturday Night. The monthly 90-minute music variety show begins at 7 p.m. at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St., Barboursville. Hosted by Randy Yohe and Michelle Lewis, the show, which takes the stage on the third Saturday night of each month, features The 1937 Flood as the house band. In addition, each month's show features new and established musical acts as guest artists.

Here were the headliners for the fall season debut show:

-- Cat Cirner says her musical influences range from the acoustic sound of the Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman and Sheryl Crow to the soulful tones of India Arie and Lauryn Hill and everything in between. "I love making music," she says. "There is no genre exempt from influencing my music." When listening to her music you’ll catch glimpses of folk, blues, pop, bluegrass and some jazzy undertones. And "there is no life experience, no interaction, great or small, that does not affect my life. As a writer how can I not bear witness to everything that impacts us all?” Born in Manila, Philippines and transplanted onto a farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Catherine Maria Cirner had more than enough room to run with her adoptive family of 4. She then moved to steel country in Steubenville, Ohio where she began piano lessons at the age of eleven. After several years of listening to her brother practicing his guitar through the bedroom wall, she begged her mother to let her learn a new instrument. Her mother agreed and Cat excitedly started to teach herself to play the acoustic guitar. She was heavily involved in her church music ministry, as well as her middleschool and highschool choir, and she used every experience to hone her musical abilities. At 15, she started composing her own songs and performing at any venue available, churches, festivals, and some small TV shows. She met many different musicans who helped her continue her musical education.

-- John Lilly is a multi-faceted performer and songwriter who makes his home in Charleston, WV. An award-winning songwriter, John is also recognized as an accomplished vocalist and song stylist. He accompanies himself on acoustic guitar and mandolin, playing original songs that sound as old as the hills and old songs like they were made yesterday. According to one reviewer, "If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he'd be John Lilly." (Durham, NC, Independent) Born in Chicago, John has traveled to 48 states, South and Central America, and in the United Kingdom, both as a solo artist and as member of performing groups including the Green Grass Cloggers, Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, Company Comin', and, most recently, Blue Yonder. He is especially known for his mastery of the early country music styles of Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. John is considered a fine yodeler and frequently teaches workshops in yodeling, as well as workshops in the songs of Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. He has been on the teaching staff for Early Country Music Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College five times. John has recorded six solo CDs. His most recent release is titled "Thinking about the Weather," a solo acoustic recording featuring 12 original songs and released in January 2015. Other solo recordings include "Cold Comfort" (2011), "LIVE on Red Barn Radio" (2009), "Haunted Honky Tonk" (2007), "Last Chance to Dance" (2003) and "Broken Moon" (2000).

Proceeds for the show were donated to support the Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind. Admission was a $5 donation. 

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June 16, 2018

Two wonderful West Virginia singer-songwriters were our guest artists Saturday, June 16, as we wrapped up the spring season of Route 60 Saturday Night:

-- Mike Bennett is a long-time friend of Route 60 Music, having played at its Songwriter Show many times over the years. In fact, Mike was the first performer ever to play at Route 60 Music; that was 18 years ago. Calling himself “just an old hippy who loves to play music,” the St. Albans native writes songs based on his personal experiences, ranging from dealing with the grief of his sister’s battle with cancer to the his childhood memories of growing up beside the big, beautiful Coal River. Accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica, Mike has played in various venues around the state. In 2015, he received his first CD. The self-titled five-song EP is available on CD Baby.

-- Paul Callicoat was born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachians and has been involved in writing, performing, teaching, recording and producing music for more than 50 years in the Tri-State Area. Paul has played guitar in many bands, including Territories whose CD "Unreconciled" is still considered a local classic. He's also played with local favorites like Rob McNurlin, Jeff Ellis, Sasha Collete, Joe Lambiotte and Doug Imbrogno and has performed on many prestigious stages, including The Americana Crossroads Stage and Radio Show, Mountain Stage, The Woody Hawley Concert Series, Jorma Koukenon's Fur Peace Ranch and The Kentucky Folk Life Festival. Paul has two CDs: "The Wayward Truth," his first collection of all original songs that evolve around the classic themes of home, family, love, faith, history and justice, and "Trampled Flowers," his second release, which continues the narrative.

Proceeds for the show were donated to support Huntington's Harmony House.

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May 19, 2018

Two fine singer-songwriters were our guest artists Saturday, May 19, as the second big season of Route 60 Saturday Night continued: The monthly 90-minute music variety show begins at 7 p.m. at Route 60 Music Co., 60 Peyton St., Barboursville.

-- Emmy Davis, who has had a passionate for music for as long as she can remember. “Growing up, music became my closest friend,” she says. As a young girl she began to share her voice in church, local theatre productions, festivals, fairs and singing competitions. She began to write songs in her journal and discovered a love for songwriting. At 12, Emmy received her first guitar from her grandfather, and she couldn’t put it down. “I remember growing up and singing along with my grandpa to traditional country songs by Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline. I grew up listening to an array of styles like pop/blues, but I really developed an appreciation toward the story and honesty country music portrayed.” Realizing Nashville is where many aspiring artist must go to get their start, she set her sights high on making her mark. After several trips to Nashville, 15-year-old Emmy left without the record deal she envisioned, but with a fire in her heart to move forward. In order not to be overlooked, she realized she had to be different. Emmy came back home and instead of trying to write what was already out there, she looked for influences at her roots. She began to play for anyone willing to listen. Youtube videos, Fairs, restaurants/bars, festivals, benefits and sporting events. Now in her 20s, Emmy believes she has finally found the sound she’s been searching for, and she's ready to share.

--Paula Davis Stewart, who grew up in Danville IL, was exposed to music at an early age as her parents were amateur traditional folk and bluegrass musicians. Jam sessions were regular occurrences at her house. She took a few guitar lessons from a family friend when she was 14 and also played around on her dad’s Autoharp. She played open mic nights here and there prior to getting married and having children. As an adult, Paula sang in Sweet Adeline’s for a while and has been in several Huntington Outdoor Theater productions. At 45 she put music on a simmer when she went to Marshall to pursue a BA in family and consumer science with an emphasis on family and child development. She graduated with honors in 2005. During her last semester at Marshall, while at Huntington's Hilltop Festival, Paula's husband, Bob, suggested she take the “Free 5-Minute Harmonica Lesson” offered during the Huntington Harmonica Clubs’ set. She has been an active member of the club ever since. Most recently Paula has been playing solo acts at various open mics. You can usually find her at Black Sheep Burritos and Brews on Sunday nights. She was a recent guest at Roger Rabalais Songwriter Stage at Unity in Charleston. Paula also just began recording her first CD.

Proceeds for the show were donated to support Tri-State Aids Task Force.

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April 21, 2018

Our guests — including visiting storyteller Norman Davis and co-host Paul Callicoat — rocked the house tonight for the second big show of the 2018 season. Our featured artists for the evening were:

-- Emily Kinner, who started performing on stage at the age of nine. By 12, she had won the Charleston, WV, Teen Idol then went on to win the Texaco Country Showdown for the state of Kentucky. A recent trip to Nashville gave her an opportunity to meet and play for renowned producer and songwriter Jerry Cupit, president of Cupit Records, as well as producer Ray Barnette with Barnette Publishing/Records. Emily has played at legendary lounges in Nashville such as Tootsie's and 12th and Porter. Also active in student government at Marshall University, where she works on a double major in broadcast journalism and political science and a minor in Spanish, she hopes to be a political commentator some day. But music will always be a passion.

--Rob McNurlin, who was raised in Eastern Kentucky, the hymns in church, the Johnny Cash Show on TV, a harmonica from his grandmother, his parents records and a guitar on his ninth Christmas set him on a very musical path. He began studying traditional music learning hundreds of folk, hillbilly-blues and Gospel tunes. Inspired by Cash, Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams he started writing songs and mixing these originals with the traditional .Rob has released nine cds including "Cowboy Boot Heel", recorded at Johnny Cash's Cabin Studio, produced by his son John Carter Cash and a duet with guest Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

Proceeds for the show were donated to support Branches Domestic Violence Shelter and its crisis hotline.

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March 17, 2018, We Launch the Second Season!

Illnesses threatened to derail the start of the new season -- one of the planned featured acts had to cancel at the last minute because of the flu and resident storyteller Dave Peyton also was under the weather -- but with a little help from our friends, we bounced back for a great St. Patrick's Day show.

-- The Shadowshaker Band brought a great selection of original tunes to the night. The duo came together in December 2014 when Eve Marcum-Atkinson and Michael Lyzenga began getting together, intertwining their gravelly voices and cranking out a steady flow of original blues rock tunes. In their first year, the duo churned out 50 original songs thanks in part to the prolific mind of Lyzenga, who had just bounced back with vigor following a major surgery that took him off the scene for months. Their third CD, "Heart On the Line," features 13 new songs and comes on the heels of "U Don't Bother Me," an original album that the Huntington Blues Society sent to Memphis' International Blues Challenge for its original CD contest.

-- Rob McNurlin, who was one of the featured performers back in October, was in the audience and answered the call to be a surprise guest. He began studying traditional music learning hundreds of folk, hillbilly-blues and Gospel tunes. Inspired by Cash, Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams he started writing songs and mixing these originals with the traditional .Rob has released nine cds including "Cowboy Boot Heel", recorded at Johnny Cash's Cabin Studio, produced by his son John Carter Cash and a duet with guest Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

-- Co-host Randy Yohe -- with his years of experience in the television news industry includes reporting, anchoring, editing, and producing compelling news stories -- stepped up to admirably fill Brother Dave's storytelling slot for the evening.

Proceeds for the show were donated to support CONTACT of Huntington Rape Crisis Center and its 24-hour hotlines (866-399-7273 / 304-399.1111). Admission will be a $5 donation. 

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Dec. 16, 2017, We Wrap Up the 2017 Season!

To help us wrap the first season of the Route 60 Saturday Night! show, we invited two beloved performers:

-- Ritch Collins, whose songs are rich in vivid images of friendly characters and family memories often going back into his own Appalachian mountain roots. He is a third-generation road musician with a long family history of music that has been the starting ground for a career in the entertainment industry as a musician, composer, arranger, engineer, and producer. Ritch has a wide and diverse background of styles and influences ranging from country, to classical, to rock n’roll, and big band/jazz. Combine that with an overwhelming desire to present professional entertainment and he says it's been key to being able to walk the fine line between artist/ engineer/ producer. After decades in the music business, Ritch says, “It's still really all about the music.”

-- Ron Sowell grew up on the high desert plains of Roswell, New Mexico, learned to sing by mimicking his dad's high tenor in church. At age 13, his life was altered forever when his mother bought him a guitar and lessons. The realization that "girls dig it," made Ron practice till his fingers hurt and he began playing in a series of rock bands and folk groups. Moving on to Eastern New Mexico University with a scholarship to sing in the choir, Ron dove headlong into developing his guitar, song writing and singing skills. After graduation he hit the road playing clubs and coffee houses til four years later, on a brief visit to the beautiful hills of West Virginia, he felt "so right" that he unloaded his car and put down roots. In WV he formed two eclectic and critically acclaimed bands, "The Putnam County Pickers" and "Stark Raven." performing across the United States, as well as touring Greenland, Iceland, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Crete and Ethiopia. Ron joined a fledgling local radio show called Mountain Stage as the resident guitar and harmonica player, eventually becoming the music director. Still thriving, Mountain Stage is a staple of NPR programming.

Click the "Play" button in the box above to seeing the entire 90-plus-minute show!

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Proceeds for the show were donated to support Lily's Place, the Huntington center (1320 7th Avenue) that provides medical care to infants suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and offers non-judgmental support, education and counseling services to families and caregivers.

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The Beat Goes On!

Two seasoned performers, both talented singer-songwriters,were featured in our third big Route 60 Saturday Night! show:

-- Douglas Imbrogno is a singer-songwriter based in Barboursville, WV. He sings and plays guitar with the four-part harmony electric folk quartet The BrotherSisters while also performing his original songs and select cover tunes a solo performer. His first CD, “Saint Stephen’s Dream,” featured some of West Virginia’s most notable artists as guest performers. The BrotherSisters debut CD, “You Can’t Be Lost” (available on CDBaby.com) includes a variety of his original compositions, with songs ranging from introspective ballads to uptempo rockers to a song from a space opera. He spends way too much money at Route 60 Music on musical gear.

-- Chet Lowther has written and performed his songs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States for more than a decade. In that time, his awards have included first place in the Virginia Organization of Composers And Lyricists songwriting competition. The Lewis County native also has performed in well-known venues throughout the United States and Europe, including the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee and the Sports Palace in Geneva, Switzerland, while closer to home, he has played at the Clay Center in Charleston as part of the Woody Hawley Concert Series. Besides his original compositions, he also performs an eclectic and compelling mix of cover material in the rock, folk, blues and pop genres. Chet's first CD, "Wildcat Road," garnered excellent reviews. He is recording his second CD release. Chet also is a visual artist.

Despite nasty weather -- a torential rain storm moved in just as the show was started -- the fans came and nearly all the chairs in front of the show were filled. And the show raised hundreds of dollars for the month's charity, Huntington City Mission.

Here is the video of the full 90-minute show, hosted by Randy Yohe and Michelle Lewis, complete with storyteller Dave Peyton's yarn about his witchy great grandmother and tuneful interludes by our house band, The 1937 Flood.

 

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October 21, 2017, Our Second Really Big Show!

We had two veteran area entertainers with national reputations on hand for our second big Route 60 Saturday Night! show:

another-- Rob McNurlin was raised in Eastern Kentucky, the hymns in church, the Johnny Cash Show on TV, a harmonica from his grandmother, his parents records and a guitar on his ninth Christmas set him on a very musical path. He began studying traditional music learning hundreds of folk, hillbilly-blues and Gospel tunes. Inspired by Cash, Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams he started writing songs and mixing these originals with the traditional .Rob has released nine cds including "Cowboy Boot Heel", recorded at Johnny Cash's Cabin Studio, produced by his son John Carter Cash and a duet with guest Ramblin' Jack Elliott..

-- Kanawha Tradition featuring Bobby Taylor. Bobby is a fourth generation West Virginia fiddler who has played the fiddle for over 40 years, starting at the age of 13. He learned his music from the legendary Clark Kessinger and Mike Humphreys, both of whom lived near where he grew up in Dunbar, WV. Bobby has also studied countless American fiddle styles and conducts workshops showcasing his special blend of various styles. He retired from playing contests in 1977 to start coordinating contests for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Among his wins is the 1977 West Virginia State Open Fiddle Championship in Elkins, WV. This prestigious contest allowed all champions from other states to enter as well as West Virginians, drawing in fiddlers from all over the eastern United States and as far as Canada. He will appear with his group, Kanawha Tradition, featuring old-time banjo picker Kim Johnson.

We had standing room only for the evening's show, and, through the gracious help of our friends, we raised hundreds of dollar for the month's charity, the animal rescue efforts of Little Victories.

Here it video of the full 90-minute show, hosted by Randy Yohe and Michelle Lewis, complete with storyteller Dave Peyton's yarn about his witchy great grandmother and tuneful interludes by our house band, The 1937 Flood.

 

And here's an extra! On the Tuesday night before his performance, Rob McNurlin dropped by The Flood's weekly rehearsal to work out a few tunes. Here's his "I'm Working on a Building" from that night which we used in a YouTube promo for the show, as you'll see.

 

 

September 16, 2017, Our Launch!

We were honored to have two exciting young singer-songwriters as our featured guest artists for our inaugural Route 60 Saturday Night! show.

sasha-traciann-- Sasha Colette is an Olive Hill, Ky., native, who makes a soulful, bluesy mix of folk and rock, what one critic called a “sweet mix of hillbilly meets hippie.”

-- Traci Ann Stanley, a Prichard native who parlayed her job in a radio sales department to featured time on the other side of the mike to opening for touring Nashville stars including LeAnn Rimes, Kelli Pickler, and even superstar Kenny Chesney.

We had a fantastic crowd. It was standing room only at Route 60 Music Co. We were thrilled. The only hitch was that our plans to broadcast the 90-minute premiere show on Facebook Live were thwarted by some goofy wifi. But persevering in that technological maelstrom, Vicky and Randy Yohe were able to get us enough video from the night for this nifty little 8-minute sampler of the fun we had. Click the link at the right to see it.

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