Pickin’ in the Panhandle Announces 2008 Lineup

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West Virgina State BBQ & Bluegrass Festival attracts great talent.

Bluegrass is a unique form of American music, where each instrument takes a turn playing the melody and improvising around it. In the mountains of West Virginia, bluegrass music has been a tradition for generations. Pickin’ in the Panhandle, recently proclaimed official West Virginia State BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, gives musicians the opportunity to showcase their mountain roots, making it clear why West Virginia is wild and wonderful. The 2008 event will be held September 6 and 7 in the river valley of Back Creek Valley, West Virginia.

The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is pleased to announce the lineup for this two day festival. Returning for the second year are Cadillac Sky, Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain, Lonesome Highway, The Rolling Coyotes and The Vaughn Family. Winners of the 2007 Pickin’ in the Panhandle Bluegrass Band competition, By and By Band, are also part of this years’ lineup. New to the Pickin’ in the Panhandle lineup this year are:

  •     The Infamous Stringdusters, winners of three International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards in 2007, including Emerging Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.
  •     Mountain Heart, nominated for IBMA awards, including Emerging Artist of the Year in 1999 and Vocal Group of the Year for four years running. Mandolin player Adam Steffey has also earned multiple Grammys.
  •     Randy Kohrs, who is known as the “consummate musician” since he sings, writes, produces, engineers and mixes. Kohrs has played on over 500 CDs, including with Dolly Parton and Little Big Town.
  •     Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, a Grammy nominated band whose song Murder on Music Row reached #1 on the American and Bluegrass charts and was awarded Song of the Year award at the 2000 IBMA.
  •     The Mueller Family, a family band made up of six children, ages 6 to 22, and their parents, playing traditional bluegrass and gospel.
  •     Skystone Bluegrass Band, a five piece band with members from all over Virginia and West Virginia, who play traditional bluegrass, country ballads, and Gospel music.
  •     Marc Silver & the Stonethrowers, featuring original acoustic music with four different vocalists and the flavors of folk and bluegrass.
  •     Sleepy Creek, a hometown band that was founded in the early 1980s and reunited in 2003, featuring bluegrass, rock and roll, and some Irish tunes.
  •     Dehila Low, an emerging into the music scene with a throwback to the early days of country music.
  •     Blue Maggie, a husband and wife duo that showcase their talents simply using the mandolin, bass, and vocals.

Pickin’ in the Panhandle, an event the whole family will enjoy, is sponsored by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. For more information about the festival, visit the official website at http://www.PanhandlePickin.com. So bring your banjo, your grill, or just bring yourself and enjoy the second annual Pickin’ in the Panhandle.

To view high resolution photos of the performers, please click link in each cutline below.

Singer, songwriter, producer, engineer and mixer, Randy Kohrs and his band The Lites will be featured at Pickin’ in the Panhandle, Sept 6 and 7.

Infamous Stringdusters, winners of IBMA awards, will be one of the bands performing at Pickin’ in the Panhandle in Back Creek Valley, West Virginia.

Grammy nominated band Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time will perform at the 2008 Pickin’ in the Panhandle.

A favorite at the 2007 Pickin’ in the Panhandle, Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain are returning to Back Creek Valley, WV this year.

Cadillac Sky will be returning for the 2008 Pickin’ in the Panhandle, Sept. 6 and 7 in Back Creek Valley, WV.

Media Contact:
Sandy Sponaugle
304-876-8321

Festival Contact:
Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
304-264-8801

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