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West Virginia Day

Kent Davis 20 Jun 08 - 07:44 PM
Goose Gander 20 Jun 08 - 08:07 PM
Padre 21 Jun 08 - 12:15 AM
katlaughing 21 Jun 08 - 12:24 AM
Janie 21 Jun 08 - 01:09 AM
Kent Davis 20 Jun 09 - 12:04 PM
JedMarum 20 Jun 09 - 12:09 PM
GUEST,Miki 20 Jun 09 - 02:09 PM
wysiwyg 20 Jun 09 - 02:25 PM
Bobert 20 Jun 09 - 04:39 PM
GUEST,BanjoRay 20 Jun 09 - 06:30 PM
Kent Davis 20 Jun 09 - 09:56 PM
Leadfingers 21 Jun 09 - 09:17 AM
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jaze 21 Jun 09 - 11:55 AM
Kent Davis 21 Jun 09 - 12:57 PM
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Subject: West Virginia Day
From: Kent Davis
Date: 20 Jun 08 - 07:44 PM

Happy West Virginia Day!

She's 145!

June 20, 1863

MONTANI SEMPER LIBERI

Sing a song from, or about, West Virginia and have a great day!

Kent Davis


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Goose Gander
Date: 20 Jun 08 - 08:07 PM

I just sang 'John Hardy' before I logged in here.


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Padre
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 12:15 AM

I sang 'The West Virginia Hills' and then 'The Green Rollin' Hills of West Virginia at the local nursing home.

Padre (from Alum Creek/Charleston/Greenbrier County)


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 12:24 AM

I listened to Kathy Mattea singing Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia, last night.:-)

Anyone know of anyone with the last name of "Poteet" in WVa? I have copies of Civil War notes from my great-granddad, who was from there, one of which is an IOU from a Poteet. I don't want to collect but it sure would be fun to connect with the descendants!


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Janie
Date: 21 Jun 08 - 01:09 AM

I sang "West Virginia, You Are My Home", and called Mom and Dad (still in Cross Lanes) to see if they had their WV flag out.

Yea Kent, for starting the thread!

I don't think Poteet is very common in the central part of WV, Kat. There are a slew of them (spelled Poteat), in the part of North Carolina where i now live.

Janie (from mostly Cross Lanes-Nitro, but also Charleston/Huntington/Dellslow/Ritchie County)


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Kent Davis
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 12:04 PM

Have a merry West Virgina Day!

audio clips of West Virginia artists performing songs by Blind Alfred Reed (If you think you're not interested, listen to #13 and then decide) http://music.barnesandnoble.com/Always-Lift-Him-Up-A-Tribute-to-Blind-Alfred-Reed/e/852007001135

flatfooting at the August Heritage festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PJe-MK5na0&feature=related

16-year-old Jake Krack playing "Bile'em Cabbage Down" (2005?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqOMZmyRnG0

Kent


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: JedMarum
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 12:09 PM

Here's a real life West Virginia story on Youtube called Mama's Lily.


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: GUEST,Miki
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 02:09 PM

Good topic to find today, since I'm in the middle of a 'Name all the songs that mention West Virginia' contest.

Not to bring up bad memories, but I added the one about the Shinnston Tornado to the list... except that no one else has heard of it.

I turned to Mudcat to find the lyrics, and to my surprise, they're not here.

Does anyone have a copy they can post?

Thanks


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 02:25 PM

I'm for it!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Bobert
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 04:39 PM

Well, well, well...

Having spent 20 years livin' in Wes Ginny I reckon I could sit down later and sing my favorite Wes Ginny song, "She Broke My Heart So I Busted Her Jaw"...

(That ain't remotely funny, Bobert...)

Okay, I'll just hum it... That better???

(Not really...)

Well, sheet fire... Then I'll jus' get in my car and drive up to Jefferson County and get drunk with my Couzin Rufus behing Sweet "No Peein' in the Parkin' Lot" Springs Store... That any better???

(Downright pathethic...)

Nevrmind, ya'll, anyway... It's Wes Ginny Day an' I ain't gonna let me ruin it...

Bobert;~)


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 06:30 PM

This is also the weekend of the West Virginia Folk Festival at Glenville, and I'm really sorry I'm not there - it's a terrific city wide picking session, with great people.
Ray


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Kent Davis
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 09:56 PM

JedMarum,

Thank you for the link to that beautiful song.

Kent


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Leadfingers
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 09:17 AM

And not a single mention of John Denver ? LOL !


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 10:10 AM

Had you heard the story before Kent?

I read the first hand account, pretty much as I described it in the song. It had been written by a Union soldier who came upon the scene after the bombardment stopped. Charles Town WV was a pretty inconsequential military objective, and the Union Army was just pushing the remaining Rebel stragglers out of the city - as Lee's Army retreated. They didn't expect much in the way of casualties on either side - and this heartbreaking incident took place.

It tore the heart out the Union soldier who told the story in his diary. And it hit me so hard, I walked around for days in fog, as if I'd lost someone in my own family. I knew I had to write the song, and retell the story. The little girl's father was a Confederate officer.

I am sure this is an important piece of WV history.


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: jaze
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 11:55 AM

Do any of you remember the Putnam County Pickers? They were big in WVA in the mid 70's. Great band. Are they still around?


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Kent Davis
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 12:57 PM

Guest,

I had never heard the story of the death of "Mama's Lily", sung so beautifully in the link above (12:09 yesterday). It is West Virginia Civil War history at its saddest, but it is universal too, the sort of horror that has happened and will continue to happen as long as this old world stands..

Jaze,

The Putnam County Pickers are apparently no more, but three of them still play together on Mountain Stage, the nationally known radio program from Charleston, WV. Ron Sowell heads the band and Ahmed Solomon and Steve Hill are members, according to this link http://rickleephoto.blogspot.com/2008/05/putnam-county-pickers.html

Kent


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: JedMarum
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 01:50 PM

Ooops - sorry the guest post above re: Mama's Liy was me. I keep dropping my cookie without noticing!


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 02:29 PM

Anyone have the (rest of the) words and chords for a song that goes?

"West Virginia you're my home,
West Virginia where I belong,
in the still of the night in the dead and quiet I slip away
like a bird in flight.."

I know it sounds silly to ask; but even though I hear this song quite frequently at song circles and concerts; I never catch the name of song /artist.
I may be performing at a small gathering next week and would like to do this song, as others can join in on the chorus.
Thanks!


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: catspaw49
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 02:33 PM

Hail to WEST By God Virginia where education is all important and every schoolchild learns the three R's..........Readin', Ritin', and Route 33 to Ohio.

West Virginia State Bird

State Capitol Building

State Office Building

But let's not forget that the state government in West Virginia is all for it's citizenry! They know the value of natural resources to each citizen of the state and are leading the way in blowing the ever loving shit out mountains so the people can prosper. Sure they can! Why here's a father and son getting ready to wash up in their sink with the wholesome water provided by mining and then go out for a round of golf at the lovely new and mountaintop reclaimed Twisted Gun Golf Course in Mingo Junction. Isn't that lovely? So much nicer than what was there before AND we get the lovely spring water to boot!!!! I bet the governor has even played there!!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 02:39 PM

PS anyone ever notice that the song by John Denver got it wrong?

Almost heaven
West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains- are NOT in West Va, they are in Virginia.

Not sure bout the Shenandoah River, tho I know the larger portion of it flows in ol' Virginnie as well.

(I've always sort of interpreted the song as John having meant WESTERN
Virgnia; but he found it too hard to give it a proper cadence in the song)


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: jaze
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 02:40 PM

Kent, wasn't there are girl in the band at one time?


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Leadfingers
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 03:09 PM

Left handed guitar - at least someone saw the point of my post !


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Padre
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 06:17 PM

Left handed guitar: The song you're asking about is 'West Virginia, My Home' written by Hazel Dickens:

WEST VIRGINIA MY HOME by Hazel Dickens

Chorus:
West Virginia, oh my home.
West Virginia, where I belong.
In the dead of the night, in the still and the quiet
I slip away like a bird in flight
Back to those hills, the place that I call home.

It's been years now since I left there
And this city life's about got the best of me.
I can't remember why I left so free,
what I wanted to do, what I wanted to see,
But I can sure remember where I come from.

Chorus-----

Well I paid the price for the leavin'
And this life I have is not one I thought I'd find.
Just let me live, love, let my cry, but when I go just let me die
Among the friends who'll remember when I'm gone.

Chorus-----

Bridge:
G         A       D                                                 A
Home, home, home. I can see it so clear in my mind.
G         A       D
A
Home, home, home. I can almost smell the honeysuckle vines.

[Repeat last two lines of chorus.]


Padre


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Louie Roy
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 08:56 PM

My roots go back as far as 1740 in the Seneca Rock area and the Dryfork town which was called Roy town until 1900 when the Dryfork Railroad put in a short rail line and a sawmill. I still have a lot of 1st 2nd and 3rd cousin in various town in that portion of the state


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Kent Davis
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 10:29 PM

Lefthanded Guitar,

The Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River are mostly in Virginia but they do run through the eastern part of the easternmost county of West Virginia. If you ever get the chance to go to Harper's Ferry, you can see them. In this photo, taken from Maryland, you can see the Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah on the left, and the Potomac in the foreground. The armory where Yankee terrorist John Brown holed up is the building closest to the bottom left corner. The upper right is the former site of Storer College, an early black college. http://www.jeffersoncounty-westvirginia.com/images/HF-Jefferson-County.jpg

Kent

P.S. Spaw's just jealous because Ohio's state capitol is...um....not that impressive. Here's West Virginia's REAL state capitol http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/22/65822-004-79383E8F.jpg


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Janie
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 10:51 PM

And I just spent West Virginia day in West Virginia at my parent's home outside of Charleston! My Great Aunt was visiting from Florida (she is only 7 or 8 years older than my mother and was more a sister to her than an aunt.) With some prompting questions, Aunt Freda, with Mom playing a supporting role, graced us with stories of growing up in the coal fields of McDowell Co. during the Great Depression.



The Putnam County Pickers are long gone, but I remember them well. Ron Sowell, of the "Pickers" was, and I think still is, the musical director for "Mountain Stage", produced in Charlestion and broadcast on NPR. I'm not sure what has become of the rest of them.

Janie


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Janie
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 10:57 PM

Beautiful song, Jed. I'm not at all familiar with the story.

And oops, didn't read carefully enough to see that Kent had already address the Putnam Co. Picker's inquiry, and more thoroughly than did I.


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Kent Davis
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 11:00 PM

Jaze,

Good memory! Yes, there was a girl in the band:http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/putnam/x1280638849/Sandy-Sowells-early-years-led-to-entertainment-career?i=0

Kent


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Janie
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 11:15 PM

Kent, you, Russ and I are living proof that you can the hillbilly out of the hills, but you can't take the hills out of the hillbilly;>)


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Kent Davis
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 11:38 PM

Amen, sister!

Kent


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 01:04 PM

Just got back from WV.
Celebrated WV day in my favorite way...
At the West Virginia State Folk Festival (aka Glenville)
Jammed in the parking lot until 4:30 AM Sunday Morning.

Russ (Permanent GUEST and WV Expat)


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Claymore
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 09:23 PM

As a resident of Shepherdstown, WV ("Smartest town on East Coast", twice in TIME magazine, zip 25443, average a 4 year BS or BA plus almost a year of grad school) 99th in 100 best places to live (New "Yak" Times, no less) "Cultural Hub of the Western Hemishere" (Mike Seeger AND Tom Paxton) and "Navel of the Universe" (Al Thomas, Acting Town Drunk, and current President of the National Timber Framers Association) we spent the day at the McMurran Hall lawn playing, singing, and carrying on 'till the wee hours of the night. As we drove home, we passed the National Homeland Security complex, The National IRS Computer Center, the International Coast Guard Vessel Tracking Facility, the FBI Fingerprint and NCIC Center, the Forest Service National Conservation Training Center, the National Park Service Training Center, and the National OMB Senior Management Training Center, all within one mile of each-other. Yes, we simple West Virginians spent our day doing our musical best to fulfill the expectations of our external guests, then we went home to check the stock market...


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Janie
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 10:07 PM

Many people don't realize how diverse West Virginia is. I have never spent any time in the Eastern Panhandle, where you are, Claymore. I was born in Huntington, and raised in the Kanawha Valley, and my people hail from either the southern coalfields of WV, or eastern Kentucky. I got to know people from all over the state back when I worked at the state level of what was then called the Dept. of Welfare. We used to joke that the northern Panhandle didn't know it was part of WV, but couldn't make up it's mind if it belonged to PA or OH.   The folks in the eastern panhandle knew they were West Virginian, but without the rural industrial/coal mining roots of much of the State. Old families, and older traditions over that way. Definitely Appalachian, but perhaps not such strong identity with the deep and strip mining coal culture of the Appalachian plateau and southern mountains. A really rich musical tradition over that way - a crossroads of music really.

I'm jealous Russ. I haven't been to the Glenville festival in close to 25 years, but it used to be a real favorite - like a family reunion for those of us who loved the assorted genres of trad. music.   The last time I went was the summer before I moved to NC, in 1985.

It is hard for me to get home more than 4 or 5 times a year, and when I get up there, my time is all taken up with family. I don't know that I would actually want to move back to WV. Even so, I miss it to the core, and wish I had sufficient leave time to tend to both family and old friends and music events that were centers of my life until I left there. I occasionally make it to the Vandalia Gathering, but that has pretty much been it for at least the past 15 years. Ma and Pa are old and have major mobility problems, so can't come along for the ride and the music. So I stay home with them. Glad to do it, but still miss the lost connections to old friends and the music.


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 23 Jun 09 - 11:57 AM

Claymore,
Haven't been to Shepherdstown in a few years.
Is the Yellow Brick Bank Restaurant still there?
How many of the institutions you mentioned are there courtesy of Senator Robert Byrd?

Janie,
I am from Mingo County but my people are from Cabell and Wayne counties.

Glenville is pretty much the same as it was in 1985.
The hill has gotten steeper, through.
Heard a lot of really great young musicians in the contests this year.
Looks like the music will live on.

For a lot of reasons I would not move back to WV. Once you get beyond/behind the myth of WV, it is not an easy state to reside in. But I do miss it.

I also do Vandalia every year, and Clifftop, and the October Fiddlers' Reunion in Elkins.
Unfortunately, now that the Stonewall Jackson Jubilee is no more, my Labor Day weekend is free.

Kent,
Spaw is not jealous. He is not capable of that level of cognitive activity.

Russ (Permanent GUEST and WV Expat)


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Janie
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 10:30 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, West Virginia! Dad was proud to share Fathers Day with you. We serenaded him and included a couple of West Virginia songs to honor the dual occasion.


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Bobert
Date: 24 Jun 10 - 11:27 PM

Sheet fire... A'seems like we jus' had a birthday??? No???

Ahhhh, scuze me but me an' a little much of Wes Ginny's finest is gonna preee-clude me from makin' much more than the tribute that I did last year...

Me an' the WGSR (Wes Ginny Slide Rule) Maybe have better memory (not to mention typin' skills) maybe try again tomorrow...

But, 'til then, make it happy & safe...

(Safe, Boberdz???)

Ya'll know what I mean... 'Er ya' don't... Hey, I lived in Wes Ginny long enough to say.... Ahhhhhh, what was I gonna say????

Like I said... 'Er didn't...

Signed B~


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 25 Jun 10 - 11:19 AM

Toasted WV at midnight.
Jammed until 3AM.
Spent the 20th driving home from Glenville.
Another great festival.

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


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Subject: RE: West Virginia Day
From: Kent Davis
Date: 20 Jun 15 - 04:45 PM

Have yourself a merry little West Virginia Day!

Happy 152nd to Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMdRVdpjJ6U

Kent Davis


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