Roger Yeardley lived in West Virginia very briefly as a baby. He has visited the state for his work as an environmental scientist. He has vacationed here.
Saturday night will mark his first visit as a singer-songwriter, however, and it's a gig he sought when he was in Charleston on business and noticed that Taylor Books on Capitol Street offered live music.
The Cincinnati resident is coming for a solo gig, although he's bringing a loop pedal that allows him to boost his six-string guitar with a little bass.
"It allows me to be more than one person," Yeardley said. "It's nice for me. I really enjoy playing in bands, but the logistics of traveling are tougher."
Yeardley counts among his influences everything from reggae and rock to old-time country, jazz and blues, and his music reflects that.
"My tastes are really eclectic," he said.
Yeardley jokes that in some ways, his musical career has unfolded in reverse.
His first CD, 1996's "Sheepless in Cincinnati," featured 10 Cincinnati-area bands doing interpretations of Yeardley's songs, "something that is usually done as a tribute CD later in a songwriter's career," he admitted.
But the project got him a good bit of attention regionally.
"I had played around the Cincinnati area for many years and I knew many folks and bands, and when I first thought about the idea of doing a CD, I wanted to do something a little different than just putting out my first CD," he explained.
"It took a while, as you can imagine, with 10 different bands, but it did help get me some notice."
His second project, "Roger Yeardley's Communal Effort," in 2000, took that idea and expanded it. Yeardley drafted individual artists rather than bands and participated by singing and playing himself.
Next up is a project he still is putting the finishing touches on. It's a CD on which he will sing all of the songs.