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

Discidium – A Family Tradition

While we’re on the subject of family and sharing during this holiday of PEACE, BROTHERHOOD, and JOY, I decided to share a little something else with the Calhoun Underground readers who are music enthusiasts. But be forewarned, it’s not bluegrass or country. It’s not folk music or classic rock. It’s another talented family member, front man (lead vocals, lead guitar, long blond hair, muscles) in an up and coming HEAVY METAL band in New York. Get ready to have a religious experience.


The U.S. Versus John Lennon

Here is a GREAT documentary movie for anyone interested in 60’s and early 70’s history during the Viet Nam War and the Nixon Administration. The true story of John Lennon’s life, his effect on the United States Government, and his eventual assasination. With interviews by Yoko Ono, and various persons in government and in the news at the time. I found it at the Movie Gallery in the “new release” section.

Now, I have a question. We NEED people like John Lennon, Martin Luther King, Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and all the rest, NOW, more than ever. And I want to know, WHERE THE HELL ARE THEY?

Now I have an answer. People like them, are US. NOT someone else. WE have to be the ones. Not wait for someone else to do it. What if John Lennon simply waited for someone else? What if all the famous activists of the time sat around waiting for someone else to do it?

Come on people now, smile on your brother, every body get together, gonna love one another right now….

Published in: on April 16, 2007 at 3:14 pm  Comments (1)  


You’ve really got to see this movie! Lots of laughs and great imagination. They have it at the Movie Gallery and Robey Backstage in Spencer. Here’s a little something about it from Rolling Stone Mag.


Published in: on February 22, 2007 at 5:21 pm  Comments (1)  

Loose Change

Very interesting and informative video documentary about 9-11.

Loose Change

Published in: on February 16, 2007 at 9:50 pm  Leave a Comment