The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame held its fifth annual
Garden Party at the fabulous Café Cimino on May 29, 2016.

Thanks to some incredible lineups of music, CC’s always-
wonderful buffet, and the idyllic setting, attendance has
increased each year. This year’s event drew more than
150 people!

This year, the lineup featured Southern Mix, one of WV’s
best and longest-running country bands, Christopher and
Alasha (from Qiet), The Carpenter Ants, and Landau
Eugene Murphy, Jr.

For Garden Party V, Southern Mix featured Billy Boggs
and dueling pedal steels – 2015 WVMHoF inductee
Russ Hicks and Alan “Hook” Moore.

To close out the evening (which miraculously was void of rain!)
Landau brought along his six-piece band. The “America’s Got
Talent” winner and Logan native started with his Rat Pack
numbers and finished with some soul standards.

Next year’s GP will take place on May 28, 2017, again
at Café Cimino. Because the events are getting bigger
and better, we will now have to limit the number of
tickets to 150. Hope to see all of you next year!


West Virginia My Home Musicians and the Mountain Stage Experience

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s new documentary, “West Virginia My Home: Musicians and the Mountain State Experience,” offers a fascinating look at some of the most prominent musicians to come from West Virginia, and how the “Mountain State Experience” influenced their lives and music.

Artists including Bill Withers, Brad Paisley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Hazel Dickens, George Crumb, Kathy Mattea, John Ellison, Everett Lilly, Charlie McCoy, Billy Edd Wheeler and Billy Cox recall their experiences growing up in West Virginia, and how those values and ideals helped shape their careers.

Educational and inspiring, the documentary is suitable for all audiences. For students in particular, the film illustrates that growing up in a small town in a small state does not need to be a barrier to pursuing their dreams.

The film was produced by the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame and features the talents of numerous filmmakers including Steven Schmidt, Bob Wilkerson, Jack Wright and Evan Shaw. Charleston native Anna Sale, host of WNYC’s popular podcast, “Death, Sex & Money,” narrates the film.

The hour-long documentary was funded by the West Virginia Humanities Council, the West Virginia Legislature, and the Hamilton Family Foundation.

To purchase a copy of the film, or for information about setting up a screening: 304/342-4412;

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