If you go
What: B.E. Taylor concert
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday
Where: Clay Center
Tickets: $28 to $58
Info: www.theclaycenter.org or 304-541-0395
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hang around after his concert Monday night at the Clay Center, and B.E. Taylor promises he'll get around to saying hello.
It's a promise he makes after every concert, to stay until he has shaken the last hand.
After 17 years of performing his annual Christmas tour, Taylor said he tries to remember how appreciative he was the very first year, when a Wheeling disc jockey announced on air that Taylor would perform at Oglebay Park - and then told Taylor what he'd done.
The Pennsylvania-born musician was shocked that 500 people filled the auditorium there and more had to be turned away. The next year, he booked Capitol City Music Hall and sold out its 2,500 seats.
"And the rest is history, as they say," Taylor said.