January 10, 2017
“Little” Jimmy Dickens
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.
WV Music Hall of Fame hosts “Garden Party IV” May 24 at Café Cimino
All three living 2015 inductees to perform!
And a special appearance by Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.!
The WV Music Hall of Fame will host its fourth annual Garden Party on Sunday, May 24, 3-9 p.m, at Café Cimino in Sutton
Hear performances by all three living 2015 inductees:
John “Some Kind of Wonderful” Ellison; renown pedal steel guitarist Russ Hicks; and jazz pianist Bob Thompson
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., will be featured in a special duo performance with Bob Thompson
Also performing are: Billy Boggs, Robert Shafer, and The Carpenter Ants
Proceeds will support the WV Music Hall of Fame’s sixth induction ceremony which will be held October 24, 2015 at the Culture Center Theater.
Listen to a smorgasbord of homegrown, West Virginia music; feast on Café Cimino’s award-winning buffet; and quench your thirst with an open bar.
Tickets are $65 in advance; $75 at the door (partially tax deductible)
** Buy your ticket by May 20 and you will be entered in a drawing to win a complimentary overnight stay that evening at Café Cimino **
For information/reservations call 304/342-4412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or Café Cimino 304-765-2913
October 27, 2011
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. has been confirmed as a last minute addition to the list of performers at the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction gala and concert at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston this Saturday night October 15th. Showtime is 7:15pm, and the event is being taped for broadcast on West Virginia Public Television.
Murphy, the landslide winner of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, will perform alongside an all star backing band. It will be his final West Virginia performance before beginning a headlining stint at The Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas October 28th. Murphy has just returned from California, where we has been recording his debut album for Syco/Columbia. The album, THAT’S LIFE is being produced by GRAMMY award winning producer Steve Tyrell and is scheduled for release November 21st.
This year’s West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductees are BILLY COX (Jimi Hendrix’s longest running bass player), country superstar KATHY MATTEA, jazz drummer BUTCH MILES, JACK ROLLINS(writer of Frosty the Snowman and other children’s favorites), country star CONNIE SMITH, blues singer DIAMOND TEETH MARY McCLAIN and TOMMMY THOMPSON of the Red Clay Ramblers.
Other performers and presenters include BILL WITHERS, MORGAN SPURLOCK, MARTY STUART, TIM O’BRIEN, WAYNE MOSS, LARRY GROCE, PETER MARSHALL, CHARLIE MCCOY, MOLLIE O’BRIEN and BILL THOMPSON. Bill Cosby has taped a video tribute to Butch Miles and Dolly Parton has done the same for Connie Smith, one of her mentors.
A limited number of TICKETS are still available for $45 and can be purchased at Taylor Books in Charleston or at the Hall of Fame’s website at www.wvmusichalloffame.com. Premium tickets, priced at $250, include a reception prior to the concert at the Governor’s Mansion and preferred seating at the ceremony. They are available by calling the Hall of Fame office at (304) 342-4412.