Inside the historic Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, W.Va., Charles Wesley Godwin sat alone, accompanied only by his guitar and backpack in his dressing room beneath the stage. 

There, he warmed up, playing his songs on the capo'd Martin & Co. six string cradled in his arms, 15 minutes before stepping into the light of the stage. This night was December 15, and the second of four sold-out shows in his hometown.

After warming his fingers on his strings, Godwin would use a few of those 15 minutes to talk with his wife, bandmates and closest supporters before making his journey up the stairs to those lights and a house full of cheering fans.