Landau has been added as a special guest star at the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame tribute concert to Country Music Hall of Famer and West Virginia native “Little” Jimmy Dickens. The unique music event is this Friday night January 13th at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Tickets and more information are available HERE
Landau will be joined at the Dicken’s tribute concert by Mountain Stage radio host Larry Groce, Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, The Carpenter Ants, Julie Adams, John Lilly and others.
Born and raised in Bolt, Raleigh County, “Little” Jimmy Dickens, who was 4’11” tall, was a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1949, and his name became synonymous with that musical institution. For many years, he performed as many 300 nights a year, and, in 1964, became the first country music star to circle the world on a tour. Dickens charted hits in every decade from the 1940s to the 1970s. Thanks to the support of fellow West Virginian Brad Paisley who featured his diminutive friend in several popular music videos, Dickens’ music reached a whole new generation of listeners. Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983 and was in the first class of inductees into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Dicken’s last Opry performance was December 20, 2014, four days after his 94th birthday. He passed away just two weeks later on January 2, 2015. In the words of fellow Country Music Hall of Famer and WV Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith, “Jimmy Dickens was the essence of country music and the heart of the Grand Ole Opry.”
Landau has contributed a cover of Dicken’s biggest hit “May The Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” to a tribute album scheduled for release in Spring 2017.
Friday’s “Little” Jimmy Dickens tribute concert is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.