Country music legend John Anderson tonight's featured entertainer at WV Coal Festival in Madison
MADISON — Country music legend John Anderson, whose hits include “Swinging” and “I’m just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday),” will be the featured entertainer at the 19th Annual West Virginia Coal Festival tonight.
Anderson will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, June 21, 2012.
Other hits in Anderson’s illustrious career include “Wild and Blue”, “Money in the Bank”, “Seminole Wind” “Straight Tequila Night,” and “When It Comes to You.”
In 1983, “Swinging” won a CMA award, and Anderson won the CMA Horizon Award. The timeless song was recently recorded by Leann Rimes and nominated for a Grammy, once again proving John Anderson’s track record for producing great music.
The Festival’s musical lineup also will feature The Key West Band, Savannah Jack and The Reflections.
The Key West Band and Savannah Jack will perform on Friday, June 22 and The Reflections oldies Group will be the main attraction Saturday night, June 23. The Key West Band is endorsed by Jimmy Buffet; Savannah Jack, billed as the next “Alabama,” plays a variety of music, and the Reflections’ claim to fame was their No. 1 hit, “Just Like Romeo and Juliet.”
“Once again, all concerts are free and we anticipate more standing room only crowds, just like past years,” said West Virginia Coal Festival President Joy Underwood.
“This year we will stress the importance of the Coal Miner on the local economy, and keeping our miners safe,” said Larry V. Lodato, secretary and publicist for the Festival. “Coal has a dynamic impact on our local economy, and is also felt throughout the state and nation, from the deep and surface miner to the vendor who delivers a part to the job site to the manufacturer of a piece of equipment. For every coal mining job, there are six coal-related jobs, and we need to need to let the E.P.A. know we support the coal industry 100 per cent. Coal is the backbone of our economy.”
Another main attraction at the Festival is the mine machinery equipment, which is always displayed on the parking lot across from the Boone County Courthouse. James “Jimbo” Clendenen, coordinator, said vendors will be setting up their equipment on Tuesday, June 19, and they are really looking forward to another return visit to Madison.
“Many miners bring their families to the display area so they can get a look at the equipment they work on, and many people plan their vacations around the festival,” Clendenen added. “These vendors really appreciate the Madison community and how much it means to them to show off their equipment.”
Major financial sponsors of the WV Coal Festival include the Boone County Commission (Mickey Brown, Atholl W. Halstead and Eddie Hendricks); West Virginia Legislature Fairs and Festivals Committee; Patriot Coal Corporation; United Mine Workers of America; Hobet Mining; Coal River Energy, and the Boone County Economic Development Office, along with many other businesses and individuals.