Vote for Bill! (Withers, that is)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominations for next year’s inductees and Raleigh County native Bill Withers is on the short list.
We at the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame say: “It’s about time!” Withers is certainly one of the country’s premier songwriters and his stature and the respect for his work has only grown.
Perhaps the most successful songwriter to hail from the Mountain State, we like to think of Withers as the patriarch of WV music. His music has its roots in the southern coalfields and resonates with simple melodies, warmth and deep emotion. With elements of soul, pop, rock and folk, his singular style embodies West Virginia’s intriguing and hard-to-categorize mix of north and south.
Withers was among the inaugural class of inductees in 2007 and has participated in three of the WVMHoF’s five induction ceremonies. The final nominees will be announced in December. You can cast a vote for Withers by clicking this link.
Visit the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s Interactive Map (below) to read his bio and hear his music. For a deep look into Withers’ spirit, insight and humility, watch the documentary Still Bill.
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