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West Virginia Country Music and Goldenseal Magazine
February 5, 2013

On February 5, 2013, John Lilly, editor/folklife director for Goldenseal magazine, will present “West Virginia Country Music and Goldenseal Magazine,” at the Tuesday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Lilly will discuss the history of Goldenseal magazine, which was established by the West Virginia Department of Commerce in 1975 and came under the Department of Culture and History in 1977. Now in its 39th year, the quarterly magazine of traditional life is still published by the state, with a circulation of approximately 15,000. Lilly is Goldenseal’s third editor, a position he has held since 1997. He will discuss the magazine’s mission, its contributor guidelines, and production methods.

In addition, Lilly will present an overview of the magazine’s coverage of traditional country music, a prominent topic in the magazine since its inception and an area of specialty for him personally. Drawing on stories published in the magazine, the program will include details of prominent country music programs in the state such as WWVA’s Original Wheeling Jamboree, WMMN’s Sagebrush Roundup, and WCHS’s Buddy Starcher and Sleepy Jeffers shows. Country music pioneers Blind Alfred Reed, the West Virginia Coon Hunters, and Roy Harvey will be included, as will musical celebrities Doc and Chickie Williams, Molly O’Day and Lynn Davis, the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, and others.

John Lilly is a 1996 graduate of Davis & Elkins College. He previously was a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, and a former associate editor for the Old-Time Herald magazine. He is the editor of the book Mountains of Music: West Virginia Traditional Music from Goldenseal, and a contributor to the Grove Encyclopedia of American Music, The West Virginia Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, and the Country Music Encyclopedia.

On February 5, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Bryan Ward, assistant director, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 723. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

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