RAVENSWOOD - The entertainment lineup for the return of the Ohio River Festival promises top-notch artists and something for every musical taste 

West Virginia native Cody Wickline, Exile, Bucky Covington and Rick K and the Allnighters headline the entertainment schedule which begins tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m.

Tonight’s musicians at the Riverfront Park are the River Rats at 6 p.m., followed by Market Landing featuring Ravenswood’s Roy Bush at 8 p.m. 

Friday will see Ultrasound at 6:30 p.m., followed Cody Wickline at 8:15 p.m.

Saturday night’s heavy hitters are Exile at 6 p.m., followed by Bucky Covington at 8 p.m. and capped by Zambelli Fireworks at 10 p.m.

Back by popular demand for Sunday afternoon’s (4:30 p.m.) festival capper are high-energy crowd pleasers Rick K & the Allnighters with their array of music.

Cody Wickline, Friday 8:15 p.m.

Cody Wickline is a singer/song writer from the mountains of Southern West Virginia.  He is the grandson of a coal miner who taught Cody to love country music.  Growing up Cody loved listening to Waylon Jennings, Hank (Williams) Sr., and George Jones.   While in nursing school Cody was contacted by NBC’s “The Voice” and asked to audition.  After much discussion with his family he decided to audition.  Cody decided to sing “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones for his blind audition. All four coaches turned their chairs around. He chose Blake as his coach.  Cody’s rendition brought immediate attention from country music fans all over the world.
     Cody found his love of music when he and a friend needed to do a project for their Spanish Class.  They decided to compose a song in Spanish.  Cody sang the song for class and before the day was over he had sung the song in classrooms all over the school.  That is when Cody discovered that he had an ability to be a singer.  Encouraged by his dad, Cody taught himself how to play the guitar at 16.  He began writing songs and recording music videos.  He entered some competitions and began winning many.  His success included winning talent contests, first at the high school level, then during a local radio station’s “Texaco Country Showdown.” That led to an invitation to sing at the station for about an hour, at least once a month, for several months.
     Cody has spent the months since being on “The Voice” opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd, JoDee Messina, performing at the opening of the George Jones museum, and performing every weekend around the country and area at venues and numerous fairs and festivals.  In May he headlined his own show at The Raleigh County Convention Center.  In the past he has opened for John Michael Montgomery, played twice at Jamboree in the Hills, and performed at the WV State Fair.  Cody’s passion is music and entertaining his audiences.
     Cody is in the process of recording a record with Billy Yates of M.O.D. records.   The album will be released the winter of 2016.  You can contact Cody Wickline at codywicklinemusic@yahoo.com.  He also has a Facebook account at Cody Wickline (Music Page) and a Twitter account @cody_wickline. 

Exile, Saturday 6 p.m.

Exile, originally known as  The Exiles, is an  American  band founded in  Richmond, Kentucky, by  J.P. Pennington.[1]  They started by playing local clubs which led to touring with  Dick Clark’s  Caravan of Stars  opening shows and providing backup for major rock artists of the period.

Their name was shortened to Exile in 1973, consisting of leader/guitarist Pennington, lead singer Jimmy Stokley, Bernie Faulkner b3 sax acoustic guitar, Billy Luxon trumpet,keyboardist Buzz Cornelison, bassist Kenny Weir, and drummer Bobby Johns.[2]

They hit the peak of their success in 1978 with the ballad hit “Kiss You All Over.” After a couple of minor subsequent pop hits, they re-established in 1983 as a  country music  group. Between then and the early 1990s, the band had several country chart hits, including the Number Ones “Woke Up in Love”, “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory”, “Give Me One More Chance”, “Crazy For Your Love”, “She’s a Miracle”, “Hang On to Your Heart”, “I Could Get Used to You”, “It’ll Be Me”, “She’s Too Good to Be True” and “I Can’t Get Close Enough”. Although their chart success waned by 1991, they have continued to record ever since.

The country music version of the band included J.P. Pennington (guitar, lead  vocals),  Les Taylor  (guitar, vocals), Sonny LeMaire (bass, vocals), Marlon Hargis (keyboards) and Steve Goetzman/Gary Freeman (drums). Their biggest  hits, spanning from 1978 through 1987, included “Kiss You All Over”, “Woke Up in Love”, “She’s a Miracle” and “Give Me One More Chance”.

Bucky Covington, Saturday 8 p.m.

Bucky Covington’s self-titled debut CD opened at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the biggest first week sales for any debut country artist that year. He went on to become the best selling debut artist of 2007 and delivered three consecutive Top 10 singles to country radio (“Different World”, “I’ll Walk”, and “Good To Be Us”), and a total of six charted singles.

In addition to competing on the fifth season of American Idol, Covington’s national television appearances have included Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly!, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show and Fox & Friends. Bucky’s recent singles include last summer’s feel good tune “Buzzin”, and “Drinking Side of Country” (duet with Shooter Jennins), which reached over 2 Million views on YouTube in only 2 short days following its premiere and features cameos by country stars Kellie Pickler, Shooter Jennings, and other celebrity friends.

Covington recently released his first independent project in the form of a 6 song EP titled, “Happy Man”, which has produced 2 singles charting on Music Row charts so far. Covington co-produced the project alongside his longtime producer, Grammy nominated Dale Oliver.

Rick K & the Allnighters, Sunday 4:30 p.m.

“America ’s Most Exciting Show Band”, Rick K. & The Allnighters, take you on a high speed, cross country, tour of rock’s greatest hits. The high-energy musical tour includes the Fabulous Fifties, groovy 60’s Explosion, and Disco Nights of the 1970’s. The road trip hits high gear with a head on collision into the classic top forty, pop rock of the 1980’s & 90’s, and heads home with high octane hits of the new millennium. 

Rick K & the Allnighters will have your participating, dancing and reveling is a high-voltage, decades-spanning show that is second to none.