Great Outhouse Blowout and Country Cruise-in 2007
Saturday September 8, 2007

For a schedule of the weekend events, click here.


This year will mark 15 years since the 1992 Outhouse Dedication Ceremonies at America's oldest country store, still in ownership and operation by the same family.  The historic '92 event with CHET ATKINS and BILLY EDD WHEELER received not only national recognition when reported on the NBC Nightly News, as well as all other major networks, and reported in USA TODAY and the Associated Press, but reached worldwide audiences when telecast on CNN.

    To celebrate & honor the historic 1992 GREAT OUTHOUSE BLOWOUT & CHET (deceased 2001) ...  Penn's Store will be hosting this year a  REUNION  of the 1992 "Stars"  

Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, BILLY EDD WHEELER www.billyeddwheeler.com ( of "Ode To The Little Brown Shack Out Back" fame) will be returning to mark this special event.  Billy Edd ( who wrote several songs for ELVIS ),  and friends Dr. DOUG "Elvis" ORR of Black Mountain, North Carolina and RICHARD "Elvis" BELLANDO of Berea, Kentucky  ... collectively known as "The ELVI",  will do a special ELVIS REVUE for the 2007 G.O.B. audience!  Joining them will be Nashville super keyboardist (formerly with the Righteous Bros.) JAY VERN and hot songstress, DANA McVICKER.

�Billy Edd is a talented country boy who�ll
never lose the common touch."
--Chet Atkins, CGP

Born and raised in Boone County, West Virginia, Billy Edd Wheeler graduated from Warren Wilson Junior College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, in 1953, and Berea College at Berea, Kentucky, in 1955. After service in the Navy's Air Force, he did graduate studies at Yale's School of Drama under John Gassner, majoring in playwriting. He has lived in Swannanoa since 1963, except for a stint managing United Artists Music Group in Nashville � 1968-70. UA bought his songwriting contract from legendary songwriter-publishers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, then located in New York City.

Wheeler has received 13 awards from ASCAP for songs recorded by Judy Collins, Bobby Darin, The Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Kenny Rogers, Elvis, and 90-some other artists, selling over 57 million units.


The songs include Jackson, Blistered, The Rev. Mr. Black, Desert Pete, Anne, High Flying Bird, The Coming of the Roads, It 's Midnight, Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back, Coal Tattoo, and Coward of the County, that was made into a movie.

Wheeler is author of 16 plays, including four outdoor dramas, that include the long-running Hatfields & McCoys at Beckley, West Virginia, and Young Abe Lincoln at Lincoln City, Indiana. His newest one, Johnny Appleseed, premiered at Mansfield, Ohio in 2004. He has authored or co-authored several books of humor including Laughter In Appalachia, now in its 13th printing. His new one, Real Country Humor--Jokes From Country Music Personalities, was published in the spring of 2002 by August House. Currently self-employed, he says, "I'm still writing songs and plays but I've discovered new ways to go broke: I'm writing novels and getting back into an old love that started when I was a student at Warren Wilson � painting pictures."


Recently inducted into the Hall of Fame by Nashville Association of Songwriters International, he is the recipient of Distinguished Alumnus awards from Warren Wilson College and Berea College. Other awards include "Best Appalachian Poetry" from Morris Harvey College, and Billboard Magazine's "Pacesetter Award for Music and Drama." In 2004, Berea College conferred on Billy Edd the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Married to the former Mary Mitchell Bannerman, the Wheelers have two children, Lucy and Travis, and continue to live in Swannanoa.

Click here for an abbreviated discography.

Bob Shrader

Moon and Star Winner

Bluegrass and Backroads
RFD Network


Elvi  Trio (Billy Edd and friends)

Kenny Horseman  Roy Edminston   Dawn Osborn    Dustin Edminston   John Pope

Also returning is DAWN OSBORN and BAND.


In 1992, DAWN shared the stage with her twin sister, DAVA (deceased 2000).After taking a break from the stage for 5 years, concentrating on songwriting, Dawn returns with a BAND of musicians each a master of their own sound.


Courtney Coslow, lead singer for the classic rock band "Bolt Action" is a senior at Louisville's J.Graham Brown School of Performing Arts. She has been associated with MOM's Music, a local music instruction business/organization for the last four years singing and playing guitar at many Louisville area locations such as Fourth Street Live.  She recently performed in Hodgenville, KY at the Lincoln Jamboree and in Cape Cod, MA where she sang before an audience of about 3,000.  Courtney has been performing most of her life, first as a youngster at church, then in school and county concert choir and chorus.  Courntney loves to sing and perform, and hopes for a career as an entertainer.



This multi-talented artist is largely identified as an alternative country/Americana singer/songwriter. His recording career began in 1970 with the release of what would later became an Eastern Kentucky cult classic; "Snakey Hollow Stud".  The song charted regionally at #1.     Morrison to all extents and purposes retired from the business of making music in 1993,  however, a series of life-changing events and the offer to record his music on his own terms for a Nashville label thrust him back into the business of writing and performing music in 2007.

Currently on tour in support of his newly released album "A Cold Wild Wind",  Morrison has appeared at venues throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida in recent months. To this point, the Barry Morrison discography chronicles the very sporadic but still powerful musical output of a consummate singer/songwriter.   His re-entry into the music business may serve to solidify his position as one in a long line of talented and memorable country music artists to emerge from the hills of Eastern Kentucky.
*(Morrison was an integral part of the 1992 G.O.B. ) 

Also returning is International Guitarist PAT KIRTLEY www.patkirtley.com the 2006 Inductee into the National Thumbpicking Hall of Fame, which he shares with Chet, Merle, and Jerry Reed.  He was hailed as one of "The Next Generation: Hot New Acoustic Acts for the Millennium" by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. As a writer, Pat has been a featured columnist for magazines Onstage, Electronic Musician, Home Recording, Wood & Steel, and Germany's Akustik Gitarre. His music is featured on National Public Radio Morning Edition and All Things Considered. On broadcast TV, Pat's performances are featured on two seasons of KET Network award-winning Jubilee music series, and his music has been used as soundtracks on Lifetime Network The Wire.

Artist Profile: Pat Kirtley

Pat Kirtley has made a career of telling stories through his guitar, conjuring places both exotic and traditional, with a  category-defying repertoire of folk, pop, Celtic, Latin, jazz, and down-home country. His music is known for its honesty, humor and depth. As a creator of new acoustic music, he has penned a virtual library of fresh, lyrical compositions for guitar. Past's talents won him the title of US National Fingerstyle Champion in 1995, National Thumbpicking Champion in 1994, and his playing continues to garner international praise. He was hailed as one of "The Next Generation: Hot New Acoustic Acts for the Millenium" by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. As a writer, Pat has been a featured columnist for magazines Onstage, Electronic Musician, Home Recording, Wood & Steel, and Germany's Akustik Gitarre.

Pat is also known and respected as a guitar educator, traveling thousands of miles each year giving musician workshops as an international clinician for Taylor Guitars. He is a veteran of the festival and summer music camp scene, having been a featured performer and presenting masterclasses at many of the major events across the country and internationally. Pat has produced numerous instructional videos from Guitar Workshop and books from Mel Bay. He was selected as one of the artists for Narada Records' CD project "Guitar Fingerstyle" which sold over a quarter million copies, followed up by appearances on Narada's Masters of Acoustic Guitar and Guitar Fingerstyle 2. Under his own name Pat has produced five acclaimed albums which have become perennial staples of the acoustic guitar world. Pat co-produced and appears in the respected "World of Celtic Guitar" series from Vestapol Videos, which spawned accompanying books from Mel Bay and CD's from Rounder.

His music is featured on National Public Radio�s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. On broadcast TV, Pat's performances are featured on two seasons of KET Network�s award-winning Jubilee music series, and his music has been used as soundtracks on Lifetime Network�s The Wire.

A sampling of press comments and quotes:

  • "He is among the new trailblazers-the bold ones who will take the guitar into the next century"
    John Schroeter-publisher, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

  • "Kirtley is one of those all-too-rare musicians able to transcend his influences to create a distinctive, natural sound all his own."     David McCarty-Walnut Valley Record Reviews

  • "In a league with John Renbourn and Pierre Bensusan..."        Guitar Player Magazine

  • "Maybe it's that tone he gets from his guitar-warm, sweet and beguiling; or maybe it's that feeling you get that he could blow you away any time with the flashiest of pyrotechnics, but instead is unerringly tasteful-maybe it's that tendency to forget that you're listening to another album of "guitar music" and find that you're simply enjoying great music. Kentuckian Pat Kirtley is winning large legions of fans with his irresistible fingerpicking; find out why!"   -Chris Reitz, Elderly Music "Hot Platter Award"

  • "Pat's playing is 'in the pocket' which is musician's shorthand for being connected to the beat with a perfect sense of timing. His original compositions in the Kentucky Thumbstyle and Irish Fingerstyle genres are tasteful and friendly on first listening. Both his music and ability to relax and entertain an audience will surely lead to him being discovered one day as an 'international overnight success'!"      --Richard Glick, Fine Guitar Consultant

NOTICE: Thank you to the Hampton Inn in Danville, KY for being a sponsor of the Great Outhouse Blowout.  If you are needing accommodations, click on their website below.





Ray Rumancik
2007 Golden Throne Award

For more information contact Jeanne Penn Lane at
Penn's Store
257 Penn's Store Road
Gravel Switch, Kentucky 40328
859-332-7715 or 859-332-7706

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