Missy part of West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Show 11/16/13
The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inducted a diverse group of musicians and entertainers in November, including Tim O’Brien and The Goins Brothers. Both Melvin Goins and Tim performed as part of the ceremony and I was honored to be part of the show along with Mollie O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, Buddy Griffin, Charlie McCoy and others.
Other 2013 inductees included Wayne Moss, Peter Marshall, Ada “Bricktop” Smith, Elanor Steber, and The Swan Silvertones.
* Melvin Goins (Born 1933) and Ray Goins (1936-2007). Goodwill, Mercer County
Born on Sinai Mountain, near the coal mining community of Goodwill, Melvin and Ray Goins hold a significant place in the history of bluegrass music. Both together and separately, the brothers played in The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, The Stanley Brothers, and The Shenandoah Playboys as well as The Goins Brothers Band. From the early ’50s, both have been involved in radio and TV, first on Bluefield radio station WHIS and later on stations in Prestonsburg, Hazard and Paintsville, KY. Ray stopped touring In 1994, due to health problems. He passed away in 2007. Melvin was the first bluegrass musician to be featured on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame as a member of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in 2009, and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
* Tim O’Brien – Born 1954. Wheeling, Ohio County
Grammy-winning bluegrass/country/folk artist Tim O’Brien is an incredibly talented and respected multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. The Wheeling native came to prominence with the Colorado-based bluegrass band Hot Rize, and its country-Western alter ego, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. The group toured the world for a dozen years. In the mid-’80s, fellow West Virginian Kathy Mattea scored a pair of Top 10 hits with Tim’s “Walk the Way the Wind Blows” and “Untold Stories.” In 1990, they recorded the duet “The Battle Hymn of Love,” which went to No. 9. When Tim’s 2005 release, “Fiddler’s Green,” earned a Grammy for “Best Traditional Folk Recording,” he quickly became a sought-after session player and producer. Since Hot Rize disbanded, Tim has released more than 20 CDs including solo recordings and duet projects with his sister Mollie, old time musician Dirk Powell, and, most recently, guitarist Darrell Scott. Tim was named Male Vocalist of the year by the IBMA in 1993 and 2006, while his song “Look Down That Lonesome Road” won IBMA’s “Song of the Year” award in 2006. In 2010, he toured with Mark Knopfler and has recorded with comedian Steve Martin. Tim is a board member of the WV Music Hall of Fame and has played a key role in a number of HoF projects.