Bluegrass fans can enjoy an evening of entertainment as West Virginia University at Parkersburg brings acclaimed bluegrass band Johnny Staats and The Delivery Boys to perform. The show takes place at the college’s amphitheater Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. This is part of a month-long celebration of West Virginia’s 150 years of statehood. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to the College Activities Center.
Born and raised in West Virginia, Staats was exposed to bluegrass at an early age. With his mother playing piano, his father playing on the guitar and his sister on the banjo, it seemed only natural that he would get his first mandolin at 7 years old. Primarily known as a mandolin player, Staats is proficient with the guitar and fiddle as well.
Bursting with creative energy, Staats finally made his way to Nashville to lay down tracks on his first album, “Wires and Wood” with Giant Records. After the album’s release in 2000, Staats found himself featured in “The New York Times,” “The Today Show,” and “People” magazine.
Staats is joined by David Vaughn (guitar), Roger Bissell (bass), Butch Osborne (banjo), and Ray Cossin (fiddle). The band comes together to create a familiar sound that fits quite well into today’s contemporary bluegrass music scene.
After a few years focusing on other projects, Staats and his band The Delivery Boys just released a new album, “Time Moves On,” this year. The album features contemporary bluegrass combined with country and blues influences.
In a review of the album, “Bluegrass Today” said, “The band comes together to create a familiar sound that fits quite well into today’s contemporary bluegrass music scene. Fans of original music are sure to find something to like.”
WVU Parkersburg’s sesquicentennial celebration is presented with support from the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission.