Local Spotlight: Route 60 Music

Heading West on Route 60, past the Huntington Mall in Barboursville, you will see on the right side of the road a large pink elephant. If you take a left at the next light, you will cross a small bridge and come upon a shining Mecca for guitar players from all over the region, Route 60 Music.

More than just a store, Route 60 Music has become a gathering place for musicians to learn, play and share their music. Whether you need help fixing an instrument, learning new skills on your instrument, advice on playing, recording, live sound and especially purchasing and maintaining a fine instrument, Route 60 Music is your place.

Well worth the drive from Charleston, Route 60 Music features most premium name brands as well as a wide assortment of accessories, strings and musical electronics. Their main focus business is guitars. They sell, buy, trade, repair and teach you to play your stringed instrument. Their school of music is responsible for helping to instruct hundreds of area musicians and teaches guitar, bass, piano/keyboard, violin, mandolin, banjo, drums and voice.

I’ve always enjoyed visiting this guitar paradise, and a few years ago, thanks to Route 60’s co-owner Paul Calicoat, they supplied a beautiful Danelectro Guitar for the “Great Guitar Giveaway” on the Radio Free Charleston video show. These guys really know guitars inside and out, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable crew anywhere else in the state.

Route 60 Music Co. also is known for hosting many musical events including concerts, songwriter nights, open mics, clinics, workshops and manufacturer’s events. This is a one-stop shop for all things musical, and if you have a musician on your holiday shopping list, this is the place to go to find the perfect gift, or gift certificate. There are always great musicians buzzing around Route 60 Music, and it’s one of our local treasures.

Check out the epic store photo below, and below that, your PopCulteer with Paul Calicoat, from the Great Guitar Giveaway.