West Virginia's folk heritage is a part of the Appalachian folk music tradition, and includes styles of fiddling, ballad singing, and other styles that draw on Ulster-Scots music.
West Virginia consists of a mostly rural region, although its few relatively urban centers are prominent spots of musical innovation. The
Capitol Music Hall, in Wheeling, is the oldest performing place of its kind in the state, and has hosted a wide variety of acts, from national tours to the local Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.
Other music institutions in West Virginia include the
Mountaineer Opera House in Milton. The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1939, as the Charleston Civic Orchestra, before becoming the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in 1943. The first conductor was William R. Wiant, followed by the prominent conductor Antonio Modarelli, of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. [1 ]
The town of
Glenville has long been home to the annual West Virginia State Folk Festival.
Music history [ edit ]
West Virginia's historical contributions to musical development include
, a radio show that began in 1933 and soon became a very prominent regional show, based out of the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling. WWVA Jamboree WWVA, the radio station that has long broadcast WWVA Jamboree, hosts the Jamboree in the Hills every July in St. Clairsville, Ohio, just across the border from Wheeling. [2 ]
The town of
Oak Hill was the site of country legend Hank Williams' death, which is commemorated by a plaque in front of the public library in Oak Hill. [3 ]
Daniel Johnston, born in California, grew up in New Cumberland.
Music festivals [ edit ]
Famous musicians [ edit ]
Joe Cerisano, Singer/Songwriter
The Samples Brothers, bluegrass old time mountain music
Hasil Adkins, rockabilly musician
Leon "Chu" Berry, jazz saxophonist
Byzantine, melodic death metal band
BlurEVision, Hip hop Lyricist/Producer/CEO of Mid-Atlantic Records
Darkness Remains, melodic death metal/ grindcore band
Hazel Dickens Bluegrass singer from Mercer County
The Lilly Brothers, bluegrass musicians
Lynn Davis, rock musician
Ed Haley, old-timey fiddler from Logan County
Johnny Mercury, rockabilly/country music singer/guitarist/songwriter
Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer
Johnny Staats, bluegrass mandolin Robert Shafer, country, bluegrass, flatpicking music, electric/acoustic guitar
Robin Kessinger, National Flat Pick Champion, 1985 Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS [4 ]
Little Jimmy Dickens, country singer
Shawn Jonas, Hardcore vocalist.
Russel Fluharty, dulcimer player
Hammons Family Pocahontas county old-timey musicians, including fiddler Edden Hammons [5 ]
Johnnie Johnson, piano player and blues musician
Karma to Burn, progressive alternative-metal band
Kathy Mattea, country singer
Mark Carman, country producer
John & Emery McClung Brothers & old timey musicians ca. 1930
Sylvia O'Brien, a renowned banjoist
Tim O'Brien, bluegrass musician
Molly O'Day, pioneering country vocalist
Brad Paisley, country singer and songwriter
The Pistol Whippers, Psychobilly band
Don Redman, jazz arranger and clarinetist
Blind Alfred Reed, fiddler & composer
Nat Reese, a blues performer
Michael W. Smith, contemporary Christian music star
Eleanor Steber, operatic soprano
Steve Whiteman, energetic lead singer of Kix
Melvin Wine, recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship
Frankie Yankovic, polka musician Jesse Smith, founding member and drummer for widely influential Christian metal band,
Bill Withers, Legendary R&B Artist. Had a #1 Hot 100 hit with " Lean on Me" in 1972.
Bobaflex, nu metal band.
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., jazz singer
George Crumb, composer
References [ edit ]