POINT PLEASANT — The Meeting House continues its Coffee House Series by welcoming popular and nationally-known artist, Rob McNurlin and his Beatnik Cowboys.
Show starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at The Meeting House which is at 2423 Jackson Ave. in Point Pleasant. The Meeting House is the former St. Paul UM Church and hosts different community activities, as well as offers meetings and events that promote recovery and sober living.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and those 65 or older. Free admission to children who aren’t school age.
McNurlin’s show will include a first set of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie songs, as well as his own tunes. There will be an intermission with homemade treats provided by PPJHS FBLA students. The second set will be a sing-a-long with gospel and Christmas songs.
According to McNurlin’s biography, he has toured North America, England and Australia, solo and with the Beatnik Cowboys, traveled with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Hot Tuna, his songs have been covered by Ronnie Elliott among others and used in two award winning documentaries. He has also appeared on Mountain Stage and more locally, at Fur Peace Ranch in Meigs County, Ohio.
He was raised in Eastern Kentucky, the hymns in church, the Johnny Cash Show on TV, a harmonica from his grandmother, his parents records and a guitar on his ninth Christmas set him on a very musical path. He began studying traditional music learning hundreds of folk, hillbilly-blues and Gospel tunes. Inspired by Cash, Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams he started writing songs and mixing these originals with the traditional .
He has released six cds including “Cowboy Boot Heel” recorded at Johnny Cash’s Cabin Studio, produced by his son John Carter Cash and a duet with guest Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. “Lonesome Valley Again” reached #26 on the FAR charts and #55 on the Americana chart, remaining in the top 100 over two months, “Sacred Numbers” is a collection of gospel songs and his latest cd “Rhinestoned” an original, traditional, country music recording, featuring legendary steel guitarist, Kayton Roberts. In 2012, he was the executive producer on the Kayton Roberts cd “Valley of the Roses” he also contributed vocals and guitar along with Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Chris Scruggs and Ranger Doug Green.
Patrick Leggett, who is a board member at The Meeting House, came up with the idea of the Coffee House Series which has offered different entertainment each month on a stage built by volunteers with the organization.
“We wanted to try to offer something the whole family can go to,” Leggett has said, adding, this will be a safe, sober space.
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