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Bill Stalnaker Wins Arts & Humanities Music Award, October 2003
Page 1:  Bill Stalnaker Wins Arts and Humanities Music Award, October 2003
Page 2:  Blues Legend to Lead Fairmont, West Virginia Festival. July 2004
Page 3:  The Father of Rock 'N Roll, Johnnie Johnson, dies at 80. April 2005
Page 4:  Fairmont, WV Remembers Native Son, Johnnie Johnson. April 2005
Page 5:  Johnnie's New CD:  Johnnie Be Eighty. And Still Bad! Recorded Late 2004

Bill Stalnaker performing at Awards Ceremony

Bill Stalnaker, Founder of the Johnnie Johnson Blues & Jazz Society, Inc., Wins Arts and Humanities Music Award
October 26, 2003

Musician Bill Stalnaker has won the Arts and Humanities Music Award for 2003. The award was presented in a ceremony in Fairmont, WV at the Highgate Carriage House, on Sunday October 26, 2003.

Stalnaker started playing music at a young age. After being exposed to his mother and father’s record collection, he fell in love with the blues. Bill started playing in bands in his early teens. Many of his compositions have appeared on radio, television, and several PBS productions.

Stalnaker has also appeared in the movie “Strangest Dreams:  Invasion of the Space Preachers,” which has aired many times on the USA Network. Bill has also composed music for live theatre productions that include Sam Shepard’s play, “A Lie of the Mind,” which ran for two weeks at the Creative Arts Center at West Virginia University.

Stalnaker is perhaps best known locally as the founder of the Johnnie Johnson Blues and Jazz Festival, held the second weekend in July every year in Fairmont, West Virginia. Stalnaker says, “I never received any formal music education but I consider myself a "roads" scholar, because like so many other musicians that play roots styles of music, I’ve gotten my education on the highways and byways of the road.”

Bill Stalnaker's band, Bill Stalnaker and Night Moves, performed at the Awards Ceremony, with special guest star, Mr. Johnnie Johnson himself! Naturally, Johnnie had to fly into Fairmont to see his good friend Bill receive the award! And if Johnnie's in town, you know he'll be at at a piano, jamming with Bill's band!

It would seem the committee recognized that Bill has started a new tradition for Fairmont with the Annual Johnnie Johnson Blues & Jazz Festival. Bill and Johnnie also record a blues radio show, which airs on the local station, but might eventually reach syndication. One thing is certain:  Bill will continue in his efforts to see Johnnie Johnson honored in his hometown!

Bill Stalnaker at Awards Ceremony
Award Recipients
Arts & Humanities Award Recipients
Johnnie Johnson performing at Awards Ceremony
Johnnie Johnson at Awards Ceremony

Page 1:  Bill Stalnaker Wins Arts and Humanities Music Award, October 2003
Page 2:  Blues Legend to Lead Fairmont, West Virginia Festival. July 2004
Page 3:  The Father of Rock 'N Roll, Johnnie Johnson, dies at 80. April 2005
Page 4:  Fairmont, WV Remembers Native Son, Johnnie Johnson. April 2005
Page 5:  Johnnie's New CD:  Johnnie Be Eighty. And Still Bad! Recorded Late 2004

 


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