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Blues Valley Benefit Concert: Stacy Mitchhart Band

Friday night, November 14, we celebrated another great year of BluesValley, with The Professah and The Stacy Mitchhart Band.  About 100 fans came out to the show at Clementine Café.

Thank you all for supporting Blues Valley and WMRA. We hope to do it again next year!

Stacy Mitchhart is a blues based musician from Nashville, TN. Widely recognized as the best show in Nashville, he is a “dynamic triple threat on the contemporary blues scene,” according to Jazz Times. The Cincinnati native’s major musical influences consist of BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, and many others. He has accepted a number of prestigious awards including but not limited to the “Albert King Award,” at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, the “Blues Entertainer of the Year” award by The Music City Blues Society, and “2001 Blues Album of the Year” by the New York Blues and Jazz Society.

For a sample of music by The Stacy Mitchhart Band, click here.

Greg Versen a.k.a. "The Professah"

Greg Versen, or “The Professah” was born and raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Growing up, Versen’s rhythm and blues tastes were shaped by the blues stylings of his favorite artists on a late night radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee. After receiving his MSSW from the University of Tennessee School of Social Work, Versen served four years as a Captain for the Medical Services Corps in the U.S. Army. He served one year with the Correctional Training Facility, Fort Riley, Kansas, for which he was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. He then served three years at the US Army’s 97th General Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany. In 1977, Versen joined the James Madison University faculty as an Associate Professor and Director of Field Placement in the Department of Social Work. In 1991, he was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award as well as the Outstanding Teacher Award in ’97. On Friday, January 4, 1985, Blues Valley made its debut. In a part of Virginia where bluegrass reigned supreme, public radio listeners opened their ears and hearts to music offered on Blues Valley. The show is now on the air every Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Greg Versen was born and reared in Vicksburg, Mississippi, which is located on the Mississippi River at the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. The Mississippi Delta is reputed to have its beginning in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee and end at Catfish Row, Vicksburg. He graduated from HV Cooper High School and received his BA from Mississippi College, Clinton. At MC Versen was a member of the student government,and was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He ran cross country, was captain of the track team and in 2007 he was inducted into the Mississippi College Sports Hall of Fame.