Bear Fork Trading Post

If you are in search of some really good Bluegrass music, check out the Bear Fork Trading post.


“”East of Arnoldsburg on 33/119 at “Bear Fork Bluegrass” is definitely the place to be Saturday night. Admission is $5 per person. Children under 12 free with and under the supervision of a paid adult. No alcoholic beverages on premises. Doors open at 6 p.m. Performances from scheduled groups are 7:00 – 8:00 p.m and again 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. There is a varied menu of foods to choose from and the most excellent of cooks to prepare the food.””A refreshing change from going out to BARS and a credit to the Bluegrass Community, Bear Fork Trading Post is keeping the old time tradition of the Appalachians alive.””        —————————————————

We adventured out in the cold rain, across the big hill over Sand Ridge, to see a band called The Grass Stains. Already familiar with their music, I was struck by the fact that a person would NORMALLY need to drive to Charleston for this kind of first class entertainment. This part of WV, especially Calhoun County, is “musically deprived” in that the choices of live musical entertainment in anything but your grandma’s kitchen are very slim indeed. I was reminded somewhat of a much smaller version of “Mountain Stage” on WV Public Radio about the time that the cooks from the kitchen got on stage and started singing jingles they wrote for some of the sponsoring advertisers.The Grass Stains were simply a cut above your average bluegrass bands, playing everything from old time traditional tunes to “bluegrass-ized” rock tunes to original material. Their music was tight, in-key, and you could feel some electricity in the air.

Next Saturday night, January 12th, will be a particularly special treat, with West Virginia’s own fiddler supreme, LESTER MCCUMBERS


on stage and GOLDENSEAL MAGAZINE will be there to do a story.

Let’s support local music! Bring your dancin’ shoes…


The Grass Stains

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