Harmonica Club event leads to marriage proposal
The Harmonica Club of Huntington is fresh off of its HarmoniCollege last weekend.
That event was so successful that they even had a wedding proposal as Danny G, one of the veteran harpers proposed marriage to his long-time girlfriend Lynette.
The blues harpers will be keeping busy this weekend as well, as Jim Rumbaugh and his crew will be playing a whole slew of train songs, "Hold That Train," "Freight Train," "Wreck of the Old 97," and more at the seventh annual National Train Day set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Heritage Station, 210 11th St.
The club plays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
That event is free and open to the public.
Washboardin' the blues
Speaking of some blues, good news for fans of that washboard-rubbing, nasty-blues-sliding couple, Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band. The band will be rolling back from Florida where it is playing this weekend and to the Ohio River next week where they'll stop in at Huntington's V Club, 741 6th Ave., on Friday, May 9 before rolling west to Owensboro, Ky., (home to the famous Moonlite BBQ) for its big BBQ Festival.
The V show is $10 advance to see the band that's booked at DelFest and that has played a slew of fests in the past including Bonnaroo.
Go online at http://www.bigdamnband.com/ to hear some of the Rev's new album, "Between The Ditches."
Cinco de Awesome
The Cabell County Public Library, 455 9th St., Huntington, treats a Monday afternoon like a Saturday night come Monday, May 5.
Huntington's excellent indie rock unit, Sly Roosevelt, powers up at 4:30 p.m. outside the library's entrance for a one-hour performance.
There will be a Cinco de Mayo presentation in a corporation with Youth Services fun family program on the fourth floor, following this program at 5:30 p.m.
Go online at www.cabell.lib.wv.us for more info about that program.
Spin shall be released
In the new CD bin, or at least digitally released this week, at noon Friday, May 2, popular Huntington DJ iLLSpin is releasing a new mixtape "Smooth Rap: Tweez."
Starting at noon today, you can download the mixtape for free at www.datpiff.com and you can link up with iLLSpin on Twitter and Instagram @TweezMrNutty @DJillSpin.
The mixtape has a slew of guests and is executive produced by the Morris Brothers, who have produced for Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Gun Play, Yo Gotti, and more.
We Are ... lost trailers
Marshall University graduate and West Virginia native Jimmy Lykens is an absolute beast on bass guitar and so it was no surprise that after he moved to Nash Vegas a few years ago that he got swept up as the bassist for The Lost Trailers.
News from TLT is that they are joining forces with CMT's music discovery platform CMT Artists this summer to give fans nationwide an exclusive multi-media experience on the group's forthcoming 2014 Tour.
Fans will have the chance to appear in a music video at every tour date and showcase their hometowns. These unique videos will be live on The Lost Trailers exclusive site on Artists. CMT and on the CMT Artists App.
At every tour stop, The Lost Trailers' show will be filmed with state-of-the-art video production highlighting the night's crowd. An interactive "Fan-Filmed" area will also be on-site to collect footage captured from fans, including content that showcases the local community, the before-during-and-after experiences around the show and local up-and-coming acts. The footage will be combined to create a new music video for every show.
Discovered by Willie Nelson, The Lost Trailers have delivered five Top 40 singles including the breakout Top 10, Gold-certified anthem "Holler Back."
For tour dates and more information, visit www.thelosttrailers.com.
Kicking it with Willlie
Speaking of Nelson, it's been a heck of a week for Willie. He turned 81, was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame by a fellow Texan Matthew McConaughey, and was awarded his fifth-degree black belt.
So, yeah, don't go messin' with Texas or Willie's stash.
We're stoked our ace music freelancer Derek Halsey has already interviewed Willie's killer harmonica player Mickey Raphael for a story to run next week that advances Willie Nelson and Family and Alison Krauss and Union Station at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Mother's Day, May 11.
Interestingly, because of "an unforeseen and urgent health concern that requires immediate attention," Alison Krauss & Union Station have been forced to reschedule, and unfortunately, cancel seven select shows on their upcoming tour with Willie" but thankfully Huntington is not impacted.
While the AKUS is on the mend, you might want to check out Willie's new CD, "To All the Other Girls," which is an amazing collection of duets with some of music's greatest female singers including Norah Jones, and Kentucky ladies, Wynonna Judd and Loretta Lynn.
On the CD and in concert Willie and Alison duet on "No Mas Amor."
Go online at www.willienelson.com for more info.
Another Garden Party
Michael Lipton and the good folks at the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame have announced plans for the third annual Garden Party fundraiser.
That will run 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 25 at the renowned Cafe Cimino in Sutton, W.Va., with a celebration of the careers of WV stalwarts Mike Morningstar and Alan Freeman.
An all-star group of WV musicians will perform including: Freeman & Robert Shafer, Todd Burge, Gray Samples, Chet Lowther & Chris Stockwell, Bob Shank, Mark Cline Bates, The Boatmen, and The Carpenter Ants.
Feast on Cafe´ Cimino's buffet, a smorgasbord of West Virginia music and (for the first time) an open bar. Tickets are $65 in advance; $75 at the door.
If you buy your ticket by May 20 and you will be entered in a drawing to win a complimentary overnight stay that evening at Café Cimino.
For information/reservations call 304-342-4412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Café Cimino at 304-765-2913.
Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at email@example.com.
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