KEYSER - Johnny Staats is a bluegrass mandolin, guitar and violin player, born and raised in West Virginia.

KEYSER - Johnny Staats is a bluegrass mandolin, guitar and violin player, born and raised in West Virginia.
It is only fitting that he and The Delivery Boys bring their bluegrass sounds to the Potomac Highlands region through Highland Arts Unlimited.
Staats has been featured on NBC's “Today Show,” in People Magazine, on the CBS Evening News and CNN, and has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.
Staats grew up in a musical family and got his first mandolin at age 7. By the age of 9, he was in his first band, and in his teens he began appearing at local competitions.
When he graduated from high school in 1988, he married and took a job as a UPS deliveryman, but he continued to play and attend bluegrass festivals in his spare time.
He won the Ohio State Guitar Championship in 1992 and again in 1993. In 1995, his Crossroads Band won the band competition at Winterhawk, New York, and he won the guitar competition at MerleFest.
He won Charleston's Vandalia Gathering-Mandolin championships in 1996, 1997, and 1999. In 1997 he also won the guitar title and placed third in the fiddle competition.
His Johnny Staats Bluegrass Festival is a part of the Parkersburg homecoming every year. He supports local instrument makers by playing ones made in the Parkersburg area.
Staats lives in Sandyville, West Virginia, where is an avid raccoon hunter and continues to drive for UPS.
The show gets underway 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Church-McKee Arts Center on the campus of Potomac State College.
Admission for the upcoming concert is free to HAU members. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  Area students under 18 are admitted free and young children are admitted free with a paying adult.  
Advance tickets are available at Anderson's Corner, Romney; Cannon’s Ace Hardware, Reed’s Drug Store and The Candlewyck, Keyser; the Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland or by calling 304-788-3066 or 304-788-9465.
Online tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.com
This year’s programs are funded in part by individual memberships and contributions and financial assistance from Potomac State College, the Mineral County Board of Education and corporate sponsors.