Bill plays finger style and flat-picking guitar and mandolin in a variety of music styles with The Hefner Family, including Gospel, Civil War-era music, Bluegrass, Chord Melody guitar, early Country (Jimmy Rodgers to Waylon Jennings), Irish airs, and 50’s Doo Wop music. The Hefner Family plays at churches, family reunions, local festivals, Allegheny Mountain Radio, Pocahontas Opera House, the guitar shop, or the back porch.
Bill and the Hefner Family have a few CDs available:
Bill Hefner – “Mill Point: Bluegrass music from the West Virginia hills” was originally recorded in 1975 with 3 of the founding members of the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, Bill Hefner (lead guitar, mandolin, and baritone vocals), Richard Hefner (banjo and tenor vocals), and the late Harley Carpenter (rhythm guitar and lead vocals). Guest artists are Pat Kerns on bass and the late Ralph “Joe” Meadows on fiddle. The album features 6 vocals and 6 instrumentals.
Track listing: Little Maggie – Bugle Call Rag – Down Where the River Bends – Flop Eared Mule – Ramblin’ Letters – Mill Point – Heart to Heart – Shenendoah Breakdown – Shouting on the Hills of Glory – Billy in the Low Ground – Lonesome River – Rawhide.
The Hefner Family – “Peace Be Still” was recorded in 1995 at WVMR Studios, Frost, West Virginia. Band members are Elma Hefner, alto vocals, Julia Williams, tenor vocals, Melissa Totten, lead vocals and piano on “Feelin’ Fine”, Bill Hefner, lead acoustic guitar, Jeff Hefner, mandolin, and Michael Totten, fingerstyle acoustic guitar. There are twelve songs on this album:
Peace Be Still – Sea of Life – Jesus Hold my Hand – He’s My Shepherd * – Beautiful – Feelin’ Fine – Kind Shepherd – One More Exodus – Something Special (written by John Sullivan) – I Will Arise and go to Jesus – Another Mile (written by Melvin McMillion) – Victory
Bill Hefner – ‘Mill Point’
The Hefner Family – ‘Sea of Life’ from Peace Be Still
Doc Cutlip and Bill Hefner – ‘Fairest Lord Jesus’
In addition to being a musician, Bill is an accomplished guitar builder. He finished the first guitar in 2005 and is currently a member of the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans, and the Guild of American Luthiers.
He currently builds three body sizes, Dreadnaught, OM, and a 12 fret Jumbo named the Irvine model in memory of his Uncle Glen “Dude” Irvine who taught him to play guitar. Bill has built one banjo, and an F model mandolin is in the planning stages.
Each guitar is built by hand to your choices as to wood, inlay, and other options available to get the guitar you have always dreamed about.
Location – Mill Point, West Virginia 1/4 mile South Of the Grist Mill on US 219. Mill Point is 30 miles north of Lewisburg, and 8 miles south of Marlinton.
Address – Hefner Guitars – Bill Hefner
9558 Seneca Trail
Mill Point, WV 24946
Phone – 304-653-4306