Meet Evie Schaffer, a rhinestone cowgirl from Parkersburg

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

“A lot of country music is kinda male-dominated,” observes Evie Schaffer. “Not a lot of people expect you showing up in a rhinestone dress and pulling out the music I do.”

Evie is 18 years old and lives in Parkersburg. She is a full-time country music singer who books her own shows, plays those shows solo, drives herself on the road, markets herself, and everything else in between.

“I tried the whole college thing, but that didn’t really work out,” she says. “It just wasn’t for me, but I picked up the guitar about a year ago and I’m booking 20 shows per month.”

Her love of music began with the ukulele more than six years ago. Then she got her first guitar last year. She’s written six original songs in that time, which she plays regularly at her shows in addition to covers by Appalachian, country, and bluegrass artists she loves.

“When I started, I bought some boots and dresses but something was missing,” she remembers. “I thought, ‘Oh, I could throw some rhinestones on my guitar.’ I just did it by myself one night. People really like it!”

Evie thinks Appalachian music, which she calls “outlaw country,” is making a comeback. “It’s a good time to do music, especially live music in Appalachia,” she says.

With country stars from the region such as Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson, and Charles Wesley Godwin, Evie sees a bright future for authentic Appalachian music.

“I’m not a big pop country fan. For me personally, I like some banjo and fiddle and mandolin. That’s what country is. It’s that kind of vibe.”

Evie is playing shows across the region in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. If you’d like to catch her live or listen to her music online, visit her website for more information and links to her social media.

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