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Live on the Levee to feature Mattea and other WV Music Hall of Famers

Jun. 18, 2013 @ 01:02 PM

CHARLESTON — This Friday's "Live on the Levee" concert, a FestivALL event, will feature two members of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame and a third who will be inducted this November.

Famed harmonica player and Nashville session ace Charlie McCoy, a native of Fayette County, kicks off the evening with an all-West Virginia band that features guitarist Wayne Moss (South Charleston), pedal steel master Russ Hicks and his brothers David on bass and Roger on keyboards (Beckley), and Charleston drummer Jupiter Little (of the Carpenter Ants).

Headlining the evening is Kathy Mattea, who was inducted in 2011. Mattea will perform as a duo with her longtime guitarist Bill Cooley.           

Kathy Mattea, a Cross Lanes native, was inducted into the WVMHoF in 2011 while Charlie McCoy was inducted in 2008. Wayne Moss will be inducted at the WVMHoF's fifth ceremony on November 16, 2013 .

"The fact that it is an all-West Virginia band makes it really special - especially considering we're celebrating 150 years of West Virginia statehood," said McCoy. "Opening for Kathy is a real honor," he added. "I have recorded with her and was proud to be there when she was inducted into the WVMHoF in 2011. She is an artist for West Virginia to be proud of."

WV Music Hall of Fame director Michael Lipton echoed his McCoy's sentiments. "It will definitely be a special night for West Virginia music - and there will be some seriously deep country music history onstage.

"In addition to being members of the legendary 'Hee Haw' band, Charlie, Wayne and Russ were in storied Nashville groups Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry. They also played on scores of hit records, from a veritable 'Who's Who' of country artists to seminal Dylan LPs including "Blonde on Blonde."

Wayne Moss also laid down the signature guitar line on Roy Orbison's 1964 No. 1 hit "Oh Pretty Woman," the oft-imitated solo on Waylon Jennings' hit "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" and Tommy Roe's No. 1 million seller "Sheila."

Live on Levee shows are held on the Schoenbaum Stage at Haddad Riverfront Park.
McCoy performs at 6:30; Mattea takes the stage at 7:30.

Read about more cool happenings for the WV 150 celebration this weekend in Thursday’s Weekend section inside The Herald-Dispatch.