STEVE LeMASTERSPORTS EDITOR
October 16, 2012
PAINTSVILLE — Appalachian Artists Inc. continues to bring outstanding talent to the historic Sipp Theater in downtown Paintsville. The next scheduled Rural Roots Series concert, sponsored by Paintsville Tourism, will be Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, along with CJ the DJ to open up the night, on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
Concert tickets are $10 each and are available at Paintsville City Hall.
A pioneer is defined as one who is among the earliest in any field or profession. Goins would be one of those pioneers in bluegrass music. From the time he played his first radio show in 1951 on WKOY in Bluefield, W.Va., to his 2009 IBMA Hall of Fame induction for his time with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, Goins has certainly cemented his place in the bluegrass industry. He formed his first band in 1953 with his brother Ray, Bernard Dillon, and Joe Meadows to form the Shenandoah Playboys. They would play on WHIS radio in Bluefield and Saturday night they played dances.
In 2005, Melvin and his brother Ray were put onto the Country Music Highway in Kentucky. This is a 144-mile stretch of U.S. 23 in Eastern Kentucky that honors the stars that were from that area. Stars that have been honored are Loretta Lynn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dwight Yoakam, Patty Loveless, Keith Whitley, Hylo Brown, and many others.
Despite all of the awards, Goins has been awarded, he has continued to carry on the traditional sounds of Bluegrass music. Having notably famous country artist Tom T. Hall write a song called “Dancing in the Dirt” for one of his current CDs by the same title. The highlight of his nearly 60 year career though came in 2009 when he received a call from Eddie Stubbs of the Grand Ole Opry telling him that “The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers” were being inducted into the IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame. On the stage of the Old Ryman Auditorium, Goins, Bobby Osborne and Paul Williams received a standing ovation worthy of true pioneers in the Bluegrass Industry. In 2011, Melvin and Ray Goins were inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame along with Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, Molly O’Day and several others highlighting an over 60 year career in bluegrass music.
Melvin Goins will perform at the Sipp Theater this Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
For more information about Melvin Goins, visit www.melvingoins.com.
Participating sponsors in the Appalachian Artists Rural Roots Series include Appalachian Wireless, Citizens National Bank, Ramada Inn and Paintsville Tourism.