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Walkin' Cane brings the blues to Marlinton

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Bluesman Austin "Walkin' Cane" Charanghat brings his slide guitar and soulful voice to the Pocahontas County Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Tickets are $8.

Walkin' Cane has a blues gumbo repertoire that can conjure up the ghosts of Highway 61 and the delta blues experience. He has traveled all over the world—from New Orleans to France, England, Wales, and even Kathmandu, Nepal.

Along the way, Walkin' Cane has acquired a number of blues and instrumentalist awards. He has opened for or performed with a number of other notable musicians, including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, BR549 and many others.

Charanghat walked for 10 years with a cane due to an arterial venous malformation at birth. While performing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a homeless man called out "Hey, Walkin' Cane, got some spare change for a brother?" Charanghat took the jibe as his nickname.

In 1996, after years of battling the inevitable, his left leg was amputated below the knee. A year after the surgery, he returned to the music scene stronger and without need of a cane.

Walkin' Cane honed his musical chops with years of studying the masters of the blues. Such influences include Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Willie Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Albert King, Professor Longhair and Snooks Eaglin.

Walkin' Cane's "Murder of a Blues Singer," recorded in 2008, was inspired by an after hour dinner conversation with blues legend Robert Junior Lockwood.

"The stories were flowing like the grease off our plates," he recalls.

In 2011, Walkin' Cane released his latest album, "A World Of Blues." The collection of songs was recorded live at the Brothers Lounge as a testament to Walkin' Cane 'living on the road.' The CD uses excerpts from Austin's world travels, in addition to a show recorded in the heart of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame city.

Doors at the Opera House open at 6:30 p.m. Children 17 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available in advance at pocahontasoperahouse.org and at the 4th Avenue Gallery in Marlinton.

The Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Avenue in Marlinton.