Boone County is in for a treat when Ray Wheatley and Branded X take the stage Friday at 7pm at the Boone County Fair. Wheatley and band members have played at the Boone County Fair on several occasions but this year will be extra special for the crowd and for some family members too when Lewis Cass (LC) Gartin of Newark, OH takes the stage together with his first cousin, Ray Wheatley of Chapmanville, WV.
Family members from Licking County, OH will travel four hours to join family members from Boone County, WV at the Fair in anticipation of cheering on the cousins Wheatley and Gartin. These two guys together make up an incredible sound that is uniquely their own. “There has never been a doubt in any of our families’ minds that Ray and Lewis are beyond talented when it comes to music,” Donna Lemmon of Newark, OH (another first cousin) said.
“We have been listening to Lewis and Ray play music individually for more than 30 years but now we are so excited that they are doing what they have always talked about by playing together on one stage,” Pat Wheatley of Chapmanville said (mother to Ray and aunt to Lewis).
Wheatley and Gartin have been playing music since they were each young boys but until late last year when they formed their own band, they had never played together in a professional setting.
In the Newark, OH area, Wheatley and Gartin formed a two-man band called Myrtle’s Boys in the fall of 2012. The band is named as a tribute and honor to their late grandmother, Myrtle Mae Wheatley Gullett of Chapmanville who would sit for hours and listen to them pick and sing. They have been playing country music at a multitude of locations throughout Central Ohio and drawing large crowds at every show. They have become the favorite act at many locations but this Friday will be the first time that many family members have seen and heard them together.
These cousins are multi-talented singers, songwriters and musicians. Each of them plays multiple instruments and both of them have unique vocals that easily set them apart from other singers. Wheatley sings new and classic country as well as bluegrass music and has a talent for making any song sound like you’re hearing it straight from the original artist. Gartin also sings new and classic country but he can tear it up on old rock and roll and blues songs as well. Whichever cousin takes the mic, it will be magical. “I can’t sit still when these guys are on stage,” Brandy Raff, Madison (sister to Wheatley and cousin to Gartin) said. “They are just that good.”
Wheatley began playing music when he was 17 years old. Gartin was almost born with a guitar in his hand. His late father, Tiny Gartin was a musician and started his son down the path to becoming a musician as soon as he was old enough to hold a guitar. Gartin played in bands with his father in the Cleveland, OH area for many years until he broke out on his own. Gartin continues to play music but he has added teaching to his talents. He teaches music lessons in Newark, OH to children of all ages.
Fair goers will certainly get their money’s worth from this experienced, talented and entertaining group. It is one show you don’t want to miss. Like ‘em on Facebook as Myrtle’s Boys.