Great Outhouse Blowout and Country Cruise-in
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
Songwriters Hall of Fame
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
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
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 �
Recently inducted into the Hall of Fame by Nashville Association of Songwriters International, he
is the recipient of Distinguished Alumnus awards from
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.
Moon and Star Winner
Bluegrass and Backroads
Elvi Trio (Billy Edd and friends)
Kenny Horseman Roy Edminston Dawn Osborn Dustin Edminston
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.
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
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
*(Morrison was an integral
part of the 1992 G.O.B. )
the 2006 Inductee into the National
Thumbpicking Hall of Fame, which he shares with Chet, Merle, and
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.
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:
among the new trailblazers-the bold ones who will take the guitar
into the next century"
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."
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
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.
2007 Golden Throne Award
For more information contact Jeanne Penn Lane at
257 Penn's Store Road
Gravel Switch, Kentucky 40328
859-332-7715 or 859-332-7706
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