<h1><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-34894" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/11\/All-star-lineup-of-performers-scheduled-for-Billy-Edd-Wheeler-Tribute.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="578" \/>Carnegie Hall and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame present \u201cHigh Flying Birds: A Billy Edd Wheeler Tribute\u201d on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Hall.<\/h1>\r\nA well-known cast of musicians and singers are scheduled to bring Wheeler\u2019s music to life including Larry Groce, Julie Adams, Richard Hefner, Christine Campbell, The Carpenter Ants, Greg Trafidlo, John Lilly, Mark Bates, Susanna Robinson, and The Sycomores. Wheeler will be at the event to talk about and sign his new autobiography, \u201cHotter Than a Pepper Sprout.\u201d\r\n\r\nLarry Groce is an American singer-songwriter and radio host. Since 1983, Groce has served as the host and artistic director of Mountain Stage, a two-hour live music radio program produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR. He first entered the national spotlight in 1976 when his novelty song \u201cJunk Food Junkie\u201d became a Top Ten hit. After that, Groce\u2019s voice became well known by children and parents alike as a result of his Platinum recordings of classic children\u2019s songs for Walt Disney Records Children\u2019s Favorites four-volume series.\r\n\r\nThe longtime featured vocalist on the popular syndicated radio series Mountain Stage, Julie Adams was also a staple of the many CD collections the show spawned; she and backing band the Rhino Boys made their solo debut in 1996 with \u201cStruck by Moonlight,\u201d releasing \u201cLive\u201d a year later. \u201cI Don\u2019t Mind Walking\u201d followed in 1999.\r\n\r\nBanjo player and tenor vocalist Richard Hefner is a member of The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, one of West Virginia\u2019s longest-running bluegrass bands. The group first organized in 1968. As with many bluegrass bands, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys have had changes in personnel over the years. Richard Hefner remains as the lone original member. Hefner\u2019s traditional bluegrass banjo playing and tenor vocals have contributed both the bands longevity and \u201chigh lonesome\u201d sound. His banjo skills have won him many contests including the Vandalia Festival.\r\n\r\nChristine Campbell has been president of AFT-West Virginia since 2012.\u00a0 She also serves as a vice president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO and is a member of the AFT executive council\u2019s organizing committee.\u00a0 Before moving to Charleston, Campbell was the lead vocalist for the band Sweety.\r\n\r\nWest Virginia\u2019s premier rhythm and blues group, the Carpenter Ants - guitarist Michael Lipton, drummer Jupiter Little, bassist Ted Harrison and vocalist\/saxophonist Charlie Tee - have quietly amassed a resum\u00e9 that rivals many national groups. The group\u2019s trademark country-soul sound, which is described as rich, soulful harmonies, stinging solos and a rock-solid rhythm section, captures that rare, loose-but-tight feel, and has won the band international as well as regional fans. In 2008, the Ants were asked to perform on the NPR show \u201cWhad\u2019Ya Know?\u201d The Ants have performed twice on Mountain Stage.\r\n\r\nGreg Trafidlo is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has shared the stage with Tom Paxton, Bill Monroe, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Peter Yarrow, John Prine, Mark O\u2019Connor, John McCutcheon, Robin and Linda Williams, Steve Gillette, John Hartford, The Kingston Trio, The Brothers Four, Cheryl Wheeler, and many others. He has appeared on over 50 releases and produced over three dozen recordings, which include 10 with his trio Trifolkal.\r\n\r\nJohn Lilly is a multi-faceted performer and songwriter who makes his home in Charleston. An award-winning songwriter, John is also recognized as an accomplished vocalist and song stylist. He accompanies himself on acoustic guitar and mandolin, playing original songs that sound as old as the hills and old songs that sound like they were made yesterday. He is especially known for his mastery of the early country music styles of Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. John is considered a fine yodeler and frequently teaches workshops in yodeling.\r\n\r\nBorn in Hurricane, Mark Bates has written over 200 songs. He has conducted the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, traveled as a professional jazz trumpet player, and recorded a full-length album. In the vein of Lucinda Williams and Tom Waits, Mark\u2019s music has strong Americana roots and is centered around storytelling. Mark currently lives as a full time musician in Nashville, TN.\r\n\r\nThe Sycomores\u2019 roots run deep in gospel music. Growing up, Jessica Kirk and Zack Harold\u2019s families both had southern gospel groups that traveled across West Virginia and surrounding states. They began playing music together in 2014 and started writing songs together, combining traditional themes of Christian music with the sounds of country, bluegrass, folk, and rock music. Josh Holstein, a multi-instrumentalist who plays in their church and has recorded several bluegrass gospel albums of his own, and Richard Harold, Zack\u2019s dad and the group\u2019s pastor, round out the band.\r\n\r\nSusanna Robinson has played with at least 20 musical groups in and around the Greenbrier Valley since the 1970\u2019s.\u00a0 Currently, she plays with a variety of musicians and is trying to put something together with musicians in Pocahontas County.\r\n\r\nThe West Virginia Music Hall of Fame exhibit is located at Carnegie Hall and will be open before the show.\u00a0 Doors open at 6:30 p.m.\r\n\r\nTickets to this event are $15. For tickets or more information, please visit www.carnegiehallwv.org or call Carnegie Box Office at 304-645-7917, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through October.