A fixture in bluegrass music received his third induction to a music hall of fame recently.
Melvin Goins was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame on Nov. 16, 60 years after he left West Virginia to come to Pikeville to pursue a career in music with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. He was nominted by Michael Lipton, who is president of the hall of fame.
Goins joined the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame at Renfro Valley in 2011 after being nominated by Robert Lawson; his brother, Ray, also was inducted. Also joining the hall of fame at that time were John Michael Montgomery, Steve Wariner and Patty Loveless and the late Keith Whitley. Goins was inducted into the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2009 through the International Bluegrass Music Association.
The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers helped launch the careers of other bluegrass notables like Paul Williams, Bobby Osborne, Charlie Cline and Curly Ray Cline. Goins also worked with The Stanley Brothers, but made his largest mark with his younger brother, Ray, as The Goins Brothers.
“It’s kind of the greatest thing that could ever happen to you in this business,” Goins said of his inductions. “It’s one of the greatest honors that you never expect to get.”
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