Local country music legend, Slim Lehart, was honored for his hard work and dedication earning a star outside the Capitol Theatre Monday in Wheeling.
Lehart was joined by friends and family as his star was unveiled on the Capitol Theatre’s Walkway of Stars. Other music legends with a star on the walkway include Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette and Charlie Pride.
Known as the “Wheeling Cat,” Lehart has performed for more than three decades on the stage of the Capitol Theatre. He was a member of Jamboree USA and has played all over the East Coast as an opening act for some of country music’s top acts.
“It is an honor to be placed on the sidewalk along with some of the real greats,” Lehart said. “But I have always promoted Wheeling, West Virginia and Jamboree USA.”
Frank O’Brien, executive director of the Wheeling Center and Visitors Bureau, says there’s a real connection between Lehart and the historic theatre.
“When we opened the theatre in 2009, Slim Lehart appeared and when he came out he kneeled down and kissed the stage,” he said. “That really got me because that expressed what a lot of people were really thinking about how important this theatre was.”
Lehart still performs at local festivals, outdoor parks and night clubs.