The West Virginia Coal Festival is offering incredible free entertainment for the 2014 festival!
The fun begins locally on Tuesday night with karaoke. Come out to enjoy the many talented people in the area or join in and show everyone what you can do! Wednesday evening will bring out our local gospel groups. The show opens with the Madison Quartet followed by Seth Bunting and Sisters in Christ. The night will end with Deborah Schultz.
Local entertainment will continue throughout the festival opening Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursday, Seth Bunting and Katie Ratliff will open for Matt Stillwell and 7 Bridges.
Matt released his debut single, “Shine” in 2008. It debuted at #25 on iTunes country chart. The accompanying music video reaching #5 on CMT Pure and breaking into the Top 10 on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. He has opened for country superstars such as Jason Aldean, Gloriana, Luke Bryan, and Blake Shelton. His new album is called “Right on Time” and is available now.
7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience is a Nashville, Tennessee based Eagles tribute band. They play all of the Eagles’ classics and are sure to be a crowd favorite. The Eagles timeless music has remained popular and appeals to people of all age groups. Thursday night you will hear favorites such as Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, and Heartache Tonight. 7 Bridges has recently been on a tour of the eastern US through Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Friday night is Patriot Night and always has a great line up. Area performers Kaycee Murray and Margie Cook will start the show followed by Rick Huckaby and Little Texas.
Rick Huckaby is the son of the legendary basketball coach, Rick Huckabay S. and lives in Nashville, TN. Rick played with Tracy Lawrence band for 5 years and wrote 10 songs that were recorded on various Tracy Lawrence albums during that time including “Steps” and “For Love”. Rick also wrote the top 20 single by Trace Adkins called “Muddy Water”. His latest album is called “Hittin’ My Stride”.
Little Texas was conceived in Nashville, TN as a Rocking Country Band. Their first radio release, “Some Guys Have All The Love”, became a Top-10 hit. From that album, five singles reached the top of the charts. The second album, called ”Big Time”, sold more than three million copies and captured their first CMT award. It also spawned three Number 1 singles: “What Might Have Been”, “God Blessed Texas”, and “My Love”. They have toured with Clint Black, Travis Tritt, and Trisha Yearwood. In 1994. The band received the ACM Award for Vocal Group of the Year. After their release of the album “Kick a Little”, the band toured with opening act Tim McGraw. Little Texas then took a break to spend time with family before returning to released two albums: “Missing Years” and “The Very Best of Little Texas” in 2007. They have now been together for 25 years and are still one of the hardest working bands in country music.
The festival wraps up on Saturday night with wonderful local acts Chad Hess and Katie Ratliff. It end with an evening of winning ladies.
A true coal miner’s daughter, Autumn Blair, is only 18 years of age, is a female vocalist who hails from one of the back hollers of West Virginia and is related to country sensation Loretta Lynn. Since Autumn’s first contest at age 8, she has competed and won more times than she can count, received a golden ticket to Hollywood for American Idol, appeared on Lifetime’s reality TV show Chasing Nashville, and has set a record for youngest musician to ever perform on the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame stage. Her original songs “Hear Me Now”, “Daddy’s Little Girl”, and “No Place Like Home” have recently been featured on some of the most prominent radio stations in the region and available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. Her other popular release, “I’ll Be the DJ”, was written for Autumn by Carrie Underwood.
Katie Ohh, from Powhatan Point, Ohio, won NBC’s “The Winner Is…” in 2013. After graduating college and nursing school, Katie felt like she had abandoned her passion for singing, so she began writing music after her shifts in the intensive care unit. Now in her early twenties, Katie has established herself with performances in clubs, concerts (including the famous “Jamboree in the Hills” festival), and with successive appearances on the legendary Wheeling Jamboree broadcast on WWVA - the second longest running radio show in the history of American radio. Her self-titled album is part country and part rock. It is available on iTunes.
Every evening will be filled with song. Madison company CMS DJ Services is arranging the local entertainment and will provide music throughout the festival. National entertainment is provided by MPE Entertainment of Huntington.