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Case, White headline music shows in Parkersburg this week

PARKERSBURG — This week the Mid Ohio Valley Americana Music Series will welcome two more acclaimed international touring artists for two shows in Parkersburg.

On Thursday evening, the series will welcome Grammy-nominated Peter Case. And on Friday evening, the series will welcome back Amelia White.

Both shows will start at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Ohio Valley Rowing Club located at 2201 Keever Ave. in Parkersburg. The rowing club headquarters is the old water treatment plant, which sits on the Ohio River next to the Memorial Bridge.

Some music fans will know Case from his bands in the ’70s and ’80s, including The Nerves, which were based out of Los Angeles and set the stage for the power pop punk music scene of Southern California, which would explode in the late 1970s and form a reply to the music scenes of New York and London, according to a press release.

By then, Case had formed The Plimsouls, which played noted L.A. area venues such as the Whisky-A-Go-Go. Possibly their biggest success was being featured in the Nicholas Cage film, “Valley Girl.” The Plimsouls are featured during the film playing in a Hollywood club frequented by Cage’s character.

By the mid 1980s, Case had embarked on a solo career. In 1986, Case released his self-titled solo album on Geffen Records and the album was named the No. 1 1986 release by New York Times music critic Robert Palmer. The song “Old Blue Car” from the album was nominated for a Grammy award.

Since then, Case has released 11 more solo albums and appeared on three compilation albums, including one released as a fundraiser. “A Case for Case” featured acclaimed Americana artists such as John Prine, Victoria Williams, Hayes Carll, Peter Mulvey, Maura O’Connell and James McMurtry, just to name a few.

Case has toured internationally and appeared at favorite regional venues such as NPR’s Mountain Stage and the Fur Peace Ranch near Pomeroy, Ohio.

“Peter Case has had a very successful career in Americana music, moving away from the power pop punk sounds of his early career,” said MOVAMS music director Jeff Fox. “He has 3 Grammy nominations, one for one of his songs, one for one of his albums and one for a compilation album which he produced. He really has immersed himself in the genre.”

“For our show he will be appearing solo, but over recent years he has made albums in the genres of folk, electric blues, country music, all the genres of Americana. But I’m still anxious to see what Plimsoul songs he may play. “Everywhere At Once” is one of my favorite all time albums, purchased on a whim at Current Records way back in 1983, and I still listen to it to this day,” said Fox.

Zach Keim, a songwriter from Pittsburgh, will open the show. Keim is out supporting his first solo album titled “First Step.”

On Friday, the MOVAMS will welcome back Amelia White from East Nashville, Tenn. This will mark White’s sixth performance as part of the series.

White was recognized by Rolling Stone magazine earlier this year as “One of the 10 Best Country and Americana Songs To Hear Now.” The music and pop culture magazine was referring to the title track of White’s latest album “Rhythm of the Rain.”

“Amelia grew up in southern Virginia and with our earlier shows she would sometimes stop and play a show en route to visit her family,” said Fox. “Now we are on her radar whenever she plans a tour in the Mid-Atlantic region.”

White has not only toured the United States, but has been consistently touring Europe, especially the United Kingdom, over the past several years. “There’s a definite appetite for Americana and roots music throughout much of Europe right now,” said Fox. “In fact, Amelia will be spending June of next year touring the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.”

White will be joined by Dave Coleman, who will be taking off his usual music engineer and producer hat when working with White and others, and strapping on a guitar to join her in song. Coleman is no stranger to musical accolades himself; as a founder of the band The Coal Men, he has toured internationally and had music used in several prominent TV show soundtracks.

Tickets are available at the door. A portion of the proceeds will once again be benefiting the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. A $15 donation is recommended for Peter Case and Zack Keim. A $10 donation is recommended for Amelia White and Dave Coleman. Fans are welcome to bring beverages and snacks to enjoy; none will be sold at the shows.

Doors for both shows will open at 6:30 p.m. with music beginning around 7 p.m. “The shows will be held in the OVRC conference room and will provide a comfortable and relaxed setting for these listening room concerts,” said Fox.

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