A love for vinyl and a much needed visit from Loretta
Last Saturday was Record Store Day and the dust is still clearing from the rush over at Now Hear This.
Vince Hebert's record shop has been serving up vinyl for 18 years and has been enjoying vinyl's rebirth. Last Saturday the store moved more than 200 pieces of new and special edition vinyl.
Hebert said he had folks coming from as far as an hour away down to the store to scoop up limited edition records. And there are still a few, rare pieces left from RSD including some blues and Miles Davis vinyl, some Biggie Smalls, NAS collectors vinyl and some new pressings of Hank Williams, Sr. material.
Here's a hearty cheer to the vinyl revival happening here and everywhere.
"It's so cool for independents, we've been beating our head against the wall on how to combat the Internet and this helps, people are coming in and physically getting records," Hebert said. "It's so cool to see people coming up to the counter with an armful of records."
A cashier and a coal miner's daughter
American music legend and Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn returns home to Eastern Kentucky for an 8 p.m. Friday concert, she is bringing friends.
Opening the show will be Kayla Slone, the Southern West Virginia Walmart cashier whose checkout line rendition of Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" went viral online and landed her on national TV and center stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
Slone was profiled three times on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer (who is also a Kentucky native) and performed "Coal Miner's Daughter" on March 23 at the Grand Ole Opry receiving a standing ovation.
Since then Slone has also appeared on The Anderson Cooper Show, and was Dierks Bentley's guest for this year's ACM Awards in Las Vegas.
Some tickets remain for Lynn's concert. Call 606-324-3175 or online at www.paramountartscenter.com.
Great guitars in Gandeeville
Start naming the best flatpickers anywhere and the name Robin Kessinger floats to the top of that list.
Kessinger, multiple-time winner of the National Flatpicking championship, will be hosting the WV State Flatpick Guitar Championship May 3-4, at Camp Sheppard, in Gandeeville, W.Va., over in Roane County.
Contestant registration fee is $10 per person. First prize winner will receive a Craig Southern Guitar, a full-festival ticket to the 2013 Walnut Valley Festival, and be a registered contestant for the national title at the 2013 Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kan. Second and third place prizes have yet to be determined.
There will also be several workshops offered at a cost of $50 for 2-hour sessions.
General admission into the festival is $10 Friday, $15 on Saturday or $20 for the weekend festivities which will include nightly concerts. Free camping is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Visit http://www.robinkessingerfestival.org or call 304-593-5650 or 304-927-1415 for additional information.
Ripping up Route 60
Route 60 Music store has hosted its fair share of amazing music, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2 that tradition will continue as Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer/songwriter Bill Kirchen, the "Titan of the Telecaster," teams up with West Virginia's "Sultan of Sardonic" singer/songwriter Todd Burge stop in on their mini tour of the region.
Kirchen, who in 40 years of studio work has played with the likes of Commander Cody, Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more, and Burge, one of the state's coolest songsmiths, are kicking off a four-day tour at Route 60. They're also rolling through Marietta, Ohio, Morgantown, and Canton, Ohio.
Some H.O.T. 'Hairspray'
Just got word from the Huntington Outdoor Theatre camp that they've picked a show for the 20th anniversary show this summer. They aren't wasting any time in getting this show on the road.
They've got auditions for that frisky and fresh 1950s-based musical, "Hairspray," that's based on the classic, 1988 John Waters' movie.
The Broadway musical won eight Tonys including Best Musical in 2003.
So audition times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11 or 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 520 11th St., Huntington.
The show will take place every weekend in July at Huntington Ritter Park Amphitheater. Folks auditioning must prepare a 30 second musical selection to sing. Pianist will be available or you may use a backup instrumental CD.
Call director Helen Freeman at 304-412-3393 with any questions.
A zippin' rockin' river weekend
The whitewater season is starting to crank up and ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill is hosting its Rockin' River Weekend with Cincinnati rockers, Naked Karate Girls playing from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
The band, which in 2012 played "La Bamba" for a record seven hours, will be trying to make quirky history again on Cinco de Mayo as it will be trying on Sunday morning to become the first band to play "La Bamba," on ACE's mile-long zip-line course on cliffs more than 700 feet above the whitewater of the New River Gorge National River.
For more information or to register to attend Rockin' River Weekend, call 1-800-787-3982 or visit www.aceraft.com.
Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.