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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. Admission will be a $5 donation. 

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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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