Tim O’Brien, The Goin’s Brothers and More To Be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Image635041326276120925West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 include some internationally known artists. 

Grammy winner, and two-time IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year (1993 and 2006) Tim O’Brien heads the list.  First Generation Bluegrass Pioneers Melvin and the late Ray Goins, each members of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, are also slated for the West Virginia ceremony to be held in November.

“The class of 2013 inductees continues the Hall of Fame's mission to recognize outstanding artists who were born or raised in the Mountain State,”   hall of fame director Michael Lipton said in a press release. Image635041324650167926“The fifth class honors seven more unique West Virginia artists who have made lasting contributions to American music.”

Tim O'Brien, a Wheeling, WV native is a Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, and folk musician also known for his songwriting and production skills.  He came into the spotlight with his award winning Boulder, Colorado bluegrass band, Hot Rize (named for the leavening ingredient found in Martha White flour and cornmeal products) in the late 1970’s.  He has recorded solo,  with his group the O'Boys, with his sister, Mollie, and with Darrel Scott.   and his songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea.

The Goins brothers hold a significant place in the history of bluegrass music. Separately and together, they played in the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, the Stanley Brothers, the Shenandoah Playboys and the Goins Brothers Band. From the early 1950s, they were involved in radio and television.  Ray Goins had a heart attack in 1994 and semi retired from playing professionally in 1997. He still played shows occasionally with Melvin & Windy Mountain after he semi retired until his death in 2007.

Other inductees include game show host, Peter Marshall (Hollywood Squares); Bassist Wayne Moss; the late Ada “Bricktop” Smith who was a dancer; the late Elanor Steber, considered one of the most important U.S. sopranos of the 20th century; and The Swan Silvertones (all members now deceased), a popular gospel quartet of the 1940’s and 50s.  When interviewed by Dick Cavet in April 1970, Paul Simon credited the Swan Silvertones with inspiring him to write the song “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

The Fifth West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Charleston at the culture Center Theatre on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

Click here to learn more about this group of inductees.

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