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Allegheny Mountain Radio presents the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys

October 26, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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As part of Allegheny Mountain Radio’s Fall Fundraiser, Richard Hefner and the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys will be performing for a live broadcast from WVMR Allegheny Mountain Radio‘s studio in Frost, WV.

Join Allegheny Mountain Radio every day from Monday, October 20th through Sunday, October 26th for our 2014 Fall Fundraiser!

The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys will be at the WVMR studio on Sunday, October 26th from 1 – 4 pm. Everyone is welcome! If you can’t make it to the studio, tune in on your local station or on the website, we will stream it live!

Most importantly, pick up your phone and call 800-297-2346, 304-799-6004, 540-468-1234 or 540-839-5400 to make a donation! You can also make a donation by paypal or credit card on our website at http://www.alleghenymountainradio.org/donate/. By making a donation you become a member of AMR’s family.

Thank you for supporting AMR, your listener supported community radio stations!

The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys are among West Virginia’s longest-running bluegrass bands. The group first organized in 1968 around the foursome of Richard Hefner (banjo/tenor vocal), his brother Bill Hefner (guitar/mandolin/baritone vocal), their late uncle Glenn “Dude” Irvine (mandolin) and the late Harley Carpenter (guitar/lead vocal). They took their name from Black Mountain in their native Pocahontas County. For five years the group worked a weekly radio show on WVAR, in Richwood. They also made regular appearances at local events and regional bluegrass festivals. They recorded their first album in January 1971, “Pure Old Bluegrass”, and in the mid-1970s they followed up with a pair of albums: “Million Lonely Days” and “Talk of the County.” More recent albums include “Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys 1968-1973,” “Live at Midnight,” “Live at The Opera House,” and “Live at Greenbrier Valley Theatre.”

As with many bluegrass bands, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys have had changes in personnel over the years. Richard Hefner remains as the lone original member. Hefner’s traditional bluegrass banjo playing and tenor vocals have contributed both continuity and much of the “high lonesome” sound for which the band has become so well-known. He has displayed his banjo skills many times as a victor in contests and at the Vandalia Festival. Chris Nickell from Monroe County, contributes driving lead and rhythm guitar work as well as lead vocals. Rick Carpenter—son of founding member Harley Carpenter—picks a fine mandolin and sings lead and baritone vocals. Bass player Mike Smith, of Culloden, has worked with such notables as Larry Sparks, Dave Evans, and the Goins Brothers.


October 26, 2014
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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