The Kevin McCoy Band is scheduled to hit the stage around 10 p. The group came together in when singer Kevin McCoy put out an ad looking to form a band and guitarist Lee Dixon responded. The two musicians clicked and Dixon brought drummer Caleb Campbell and bassist Mark Schirmer aboard to complete the group. The band has established a strong presence on the local club scene and has also done several out-of-town datesarmed with a boatload of cover tunes by artists ranging from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to Tom Petty and ZZ Top.
He was invited to Tubb's home and hung out with him and some of the other Music City personalities of the time, including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, and songwriter Harlan Howard. A couple of years later, Jim looked like he was about to break into the top ranks himself. It's very rough to make it.
Jim is not one to dwell on his disappointments, however, saying only, "There's been heartaches from this business. Wisely, McCoy kept joltin' around and didn't put all of his eggs in the Nashville basket. He continued to perform locally and made frequent appearances across the Eastern Panhandle.
Meanwhile, he stayed on the air at WHPL and promoted concerts featuring some of the newer country music acts. He also started a music publishing firm, publishing his own songs and tunes by other writers. About this time, he teamed up with Jean Alford, a Virginia singer-songwriter, and launched Alear Records. As the song gathered airplay, record distributors began calling, and they rushed to ship out more copies.
Unfortunately, they were never paid for most of those records, Jim says. By the late 's, the McCoy-Alford partnership became strained, and Jim started his own Winchester Records, complete with a label picturing a big apple to symbolize the Virginia city. A string of regional performers trooped through his studio at Lanny Drive.
The majority of the singers they recorded were country artists, but there were also releases by The Lone Star - a folk-rock singer from Romney whose real name was John Mark Hott - and by The Smacks - a Winchester rock group. Most of the records were 45 rpm, but there were also a few album releases.
The records were often well-received and won attention in their home areas. McCoy generally produced and engineered the recordings himself, and even when a singer was Jimmy Copeland & Mary McCoy - Kiss And Make Up (Vinyl) than inspiring, the sound quality of Winchester's output was surprisingly good.
He mixed the sound while listening to small speakers, rather than big studio ones, so that he could hear what people would hear at home. Jim always sought what he calls a "bitey sound" for the guitar, a lively sound that could be heard on his own records. Jim says that he tried to keep a copy of everything he released, but just couldn't seem to hold on to them. Sometimes, a group would even walk out the door with the master recording. For a time, Jim ran another label, as well - Master Records, which specialized in gospel music, some of it from black groups associated with Virginia churches.
In fact, Jim's lengthening radio career eventually included a stint with WEFG, a Winchester gospel station that he managed for a while. He took a Bible course, did a late-night talk show called Heavenly Hot Lineand put together his own gospel group, The Golden Strings. Jim continued on the air as a DJ and ran his recording company into the 's. With the help of his wife and daughters, he also operated several family businesses through the years, including a record store, a music shop, and an early convenience store.
While he intended to semi retire, Jim still finds himself working around the business daily. In addition to the club's country music decor and special events, there are regular Friday night steak feeds, and live bands on Saturday nights. Just as Jim McCoy gave young Patsy Cline a chance on his radio show inhe's still sympathetic to young talent. Not long after The Troubadour opened, singer Justin Tubb showed up on Father's Day to see the place that was named for his dad, and he took the stage for a few songs.
Jim continues to be good buddies with Charlie Dick, Patsy Cline's husband. It consists mainly of attractive plaques mounted on the walls to honor the inductees along with a few photos and memorabilia. Jim plans to expand the Hall of Fame and hopes someday to build a museum dedicated to West Virginia country music artists, if he can find the funding. Jim still listens to country music, but comments, "Today, there are no unique voices.
They all sound the same. Yet despite resistance from county child-protective-service workers, negative editorials in the local press and opposition from groups like the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the Minnesota chapter of the Children's Defense Fund and the Child Welfare League of America, Copeland says it is her critics who are out of touch with the true need.
During a public meeting on whether one Minnesota community, Chaska, would allow the orphanage, 75 mostly middle- to upper-middle-class landowners expressed their concern about property values, road assessments and the safety of their children.
Instead of reassuring them, Copeland tried to bowl them over with faith. At one point, when a woman asked Copeland to hear her out, Copeland grew short. When I ask Copeland why she isn't more diplomatic, she says: ''I don't mean to sound presumptuous, but I never really was a part of this world. I belonged to God. Belonging to the world didn't mean anything to me. For Copeland, everything comes down to good works. In his essay ''Reflections on Gandhi,'' George Orwell said that ''saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.
Red paper hearts and sparkly snowflakes hang from the ceiling. Parents and teenagers sit on the fringe, a scant few joining in the fun. She reminds them that they don't have to pay for rent or lights or food, that this is an opportunity to ''rest the spirit.
Some of the kids who have been here for a while smile in anticipation. Copeland then gets serious and tells them that if they cooperate, Mary's Jimmy Copeland & Mary McCoy - Kiss And Make Up (Vinyl) can work wonders. Because I love you. Then Copeland asks the kids whom they prayed for this week. Almost every child says Mary Jo, Jimmy Copeland & Mary McCoy - Kiss And Make Up (Vinyl), and each time Copeland gets a prayer she acts a little silly.
When Colin, a volunteer at Mary's Place, gets a few prayers, Copeland teases him that she has more. The final tally: Mary Jo, 15; Colin, 3. Jesus gets 1.
Later, the children line up for Mary Jo. One little girl is Jimmy Copeland & Mary McCoy - Kiss And Make Up (Vinyl) excited to touch Mary Jo that she Jimmy Copeland & Mary McCoy - Kiss And Make Up (Vinyl) as if she is about to burst. In fact, many of the kids seem less interested in the cash than in the hug.
Copeland is ecstatic, and despite the strange assembly-line setup, she seems to take joy in each child. It's one of her most powerful gifts, an ability to make you feel as if you are the center of her universe, and even though the moment is theatrical, it doesn't feel like an act.
The Copelands were optimistic going into the approval process in Eagan thanks in part to the open support of the mayor. On the night of the final vote, the speakers in support of Copeland included Sharing and Caring volunteers; Joe Senser, a former Minnesota Vikings tight end, who is an alumnus of the Milton Hershey School, a Pennsylvania orphanage; and a woman who said she flew in from Seattle to urge the council to vote yes. During the public testimony, Copeland mouthed the rosary.
The opposition was equally present. Foster-care experts testified that Copeland's proposal was a ''solution looking for a problem. When one resident said that people move to Eagan to be away from the inner city, a woman shouted, ''Racist pig! She dismissed the foster-care experts by saying she had worked with children for 20 years. Then her voice started to tremble. Her hands were clasped in front of her, and suddenly she sounded like a little girl.
Mary will hear us. Mary, please say yes. After Copeland sat down, the council members held a brief discussion before explaining their thinking behind how they intended to vote. With the exception of one councilwoman, Meg Tilley, the numbers were in Copeland's favor.
Mayor Awada went last, and when she said offhandedly that the proposal would pass, Copeland grew emotional. Copeland stood up and moved toward the dais as if she were rushing up to give her acceptance speech before receiving the award. She was on the verge of tears, but this time it was more joyous than strategic. She thanked God for hearing her prayers and said that everyone in Eagan will be blessed.
She said this truly was the night the Lord had made. But then she pulled back. I still like you. Up on the dais, Copeland's supporters on the City Council tried not to look too amused.
Meanwhile, Tilley smiled a wry smile, then put her hands together and slowly, begrudgingly, applauded Mary Jo Copeland for an irresistible performance. She Walks Through Walls. View on timesmachine.
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