From: The Hills of Wheeling, West Virginia
Dear Country Fan,
First, I'd like to "thank you " for stopping by. For those of you who don't know me I'd like to take a second to introduce myself. Country music fans from all over the U.S. and Canada have long known me by my stage name, Slim Lehart (the Wheeling Cat), for the past 50 plus years.
THOUSANDS OF SHOWS ...
I've played thousands of shows over the years. In that time I've had the tremendous pleasure of sharing the stage with some of the true legends of country music. Greats like Johnny Cash, Del Reeves, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Sonny James, the Louvin Brothers, Charlie Pride, Jerry Lee Lewis, and countless others.
WWVA WHEELING JAMBOREE ... MY SECOND HOME
For years the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree was my second home. Shows were broadcast live every Saturday night (until recently) and could be heard in 18 east coast states and 6 Canadian provinces. I have a lot of fond memories playing shows with Doc and Chickie Williams and their daughters Peeper, Pooch and Punkin, Bob Gallion, Ronnie Smith, JoAnn Davis, Jimmy Stephens, Crazy Elmer, Patti Powell, the Vandergrift Brothers and many, many others.
... STILL GOT COUNTRY IN MY VEINS!
Needless to say, country music still runs in my veins to this day. Although I enjoy belting out a new country song once in awhile – it's the classic songs from the '60's and '70's I enjoy most. Nothing tells a story or stirs your emotions quite like those classic country songs. I still play clubs and various events to this day. If you get a chance be sure to join me at one of my shows this year. I'd love to see you there!
Be sure to check out the pictures in my photo gallery. They include a few snapshots of my life in country music over the years.
Best Country Wishes,
The Wheeling Cat
P.S. - After extensive renovations the Capitol Theatre reopened in the fall of 2009. For more information be sure to
visit their website at CapitolTheatreWheeling.com. Frank O'Brien, Executive Director of the WheelingCVB, is to be
commended for his efforts in reviving an iconic music hall that continues to serve Wheeling's rich musical heritage.