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Jim McCoy & area country musicians to be highlighted in Bunker Hill exhibit

Jim McCoy

Come learn about Bobby and his String Band, The Country Blue Boys, The Dewdroppers and so many other musicians who were encouraged by Joltin’ Jim McCoy,  an integral part of the local music scene.

Local musician Andy Boarman played music with the All Night Ramblers and eventually made a name for himself with his skills in constructing and repairing musical instruments. At one point, he was even approached by legendary country musician Chet Atkins to come work for him.

Boarman’s story is one of many that will be featured in the upcoming exhibit, “Country Musicians of Berkeley County, 1950s to 1970s,” being displayed at the Blue Moon Studio and Country and Western Museum July 23-July 28.

The exhibit will kick off on July 23 with an evening of music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring area artists connected to Andy Boarman.

Blue Moon Studio has created the exhibit to teach the public about significant people in the county and preserve this history for future generations.

“This exhibit is important because there were many skilled musicians from our area. They contributed their talents to fundraisers for needy causes, they entertained us, which brought people together and served as a catalyst for social change, and they sacrificed their free time for their passion,” said Deidre Johnson.




This exhibit is free. “We want people to come in and contribute stories.” she said.  “This exhibit is for the community, and the more involvement, the better.”

Blue Moon Studio is located at 10724 Winchester Avenue in Bunker Hill.

A Grand opening will be held Tuesday, July 23 with an evening of music from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with exhibit open until 8 p.m. The studio will be open Wednesday-Friday, July 24-26 from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The exhibit will be open Sunday, July 28 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Anyone who has questions can e-mail Johnson at ddmccollum77@gmail.com or call Michael at Blue Moon Studio at 304-579-9119.