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Orville Weale

Orville Weale

Orville Weale


Orville came from a family of working musicians living in northern New Jersey. His mom, 'Ann Knight', was a member of the musician's union, and was a vocalist that played the upright bass in many clubs around northern NJ. His dad sang in The Par-Troy barbershop chorus, Parsipany, NJ. His brother was also a member of the musician's union in northern NJ and still plays the upright bass. He lived in NJ, then attended 8th grade through his sophomore year in high school in The Hague, Holland. Read more on Last.fm
Orville came from a family of working musicians living in northern New Jersey. His mom, 'Ann Knight', was a member of the musician's union, and was a vocalist that played the upright bass in many clubs around northern NJ. His dad sang in The Par-Troy barbershop chorus, Parsipany, NJ. His brother was also a member of the musician's union in northern NJ and still plays the upright bass.

He lived in NJ, then attended 8th grade through his sophomore year in high school in The Hague, Holland. While in Europe, he was able to travel to most countries in western Europe. He had a great experience playing lead guitar in his first band, 'Uncle Fist'. He lived in Hopatcong NJ. He came to visit his brother, Robert, in Morgantown in May 1988, and liked it there so much he stayed.

He became involved in the music scene right away, attending all the open mics in town, and eventually hosting many of them. He played in some bands with many great musicians. The bands he played in were: Moon, Nada, The Red Oak Social Club which later became The Red Oak Conspiracy, The Trailer Park Messiahs, The Karl Shuman Band, Grand Safari, MGW, and The Recipe. The Brick Row Music Group, a local common record label with many artists using the name, was placed in his care by the previous care-taker, Larry Fritche.

Most of the recordings on the label are still available from individual artists websites. He created and produced 2 two-day outdoor festivals a year 1994 - 2000: The Morgantown Music Festival at Rich Farms (mid June), and The Good Life Music Festival at Rich Farms (mid Sept). The festival featured local and regional artists, vendors, and craftsmen. Orville served the community at U-92-FM, WWVU-FM, where he hosted and engineered 'The Morgantown Sound' for 15 years, 1993 - 2007. The show was a weekly radio broadcast that featured local original musical acts.

The year after he took it over, he turned it into an on-air open mic, which was broadcast from the studio, and then night clubs, in Morgantown during the WVU Fall and Spring semesters. The 2 hour show featured two musical acts on Mondays, which had to be mostly original music, and was always free and all-ages to attend at the club. There were so many bands then that each band performed no more than once a year on the show. Occasionally touring bands from other areas did a show such as, Hypnotic Clambake, Grinch, The Hosemobile, Psoas....

Most of the shows were recorded on DAT and they are now in the music library at U-92 along with the shows recorded on CD. The earlier shows were recorded on cassette and are also available there. "It was amazing how much musical talent lived in Morgantown over the years. There were so many open mics that were filled to capacity, and clubs featuring local bands playing original stuff. It was hard to believe this small town had so much to offer musicians, and a combination of factors were responsible for the scene.

You could walk down Grant Ave any evening and hear bands practicing from every other home, or on their porch pickin away to a crowd of students in their yard. The students were generally supportive of the scene, attending shows, open mics, and festivals. When I first started doing the Morgantown Sound, I had to borrow most of the mics, stands, and monitor speakers, which was never a problem. There was little egotism so musicians were totally supportive of each other.

In fact many artists were in a few different bands with all the other artists, as well as their main band. I don't know what more to say without writing a book, but there was definitely something in the air." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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