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Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain Bring Bluegrass Music to Carter Fold

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Melvin GoinsHiltons, VA -- Melvin Goins has been playing mountain string music for more than 60 years. The music he does became known as bluegrass about the time Melvin and his brother, Ray, started playing professionally. The Goins Brothers performed together until Ray retired from touring in 1994. Melvin has shared the stage with people like Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, the Osborne Brothers, Paul Williams, Jim & Jessee McReynolds, and many others. He currently resides in the state of Kentucky. In October, 2009, Melvin, Bobby Osborne, and Paul Williams were inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame for their work with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. Melvin played bass for Ralph and Carter Stanley and did a comedy act on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. In March of this year, Melvin was honored along with his late brother as part of the 2011 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. Come and experience this bluegrass pioneer
Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia

In 2001, Goins was awarded the Appalachian Treasure Award by Morehead State University in recognition of his dedication in promoting and preserving Appalachia’s cultural heritage. A member of the Board of Directors of Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, he works tirelessly to promote the music he grew up with and loves. Hay Holler has released three Goins Brothers CDs and one CD by Melvin & Windy Mountain. Melvin’s release, A Light in the Window Again (on Rooster Records) was recorded at Tom T. Hall’s studio in Franklin, Tennessee. His most recent release, Dancin’ in the Dirt, features a title track by Tom T. and his wife Dixie.

Melvin continues to perform with his group, Windy Mountain. His music retains elements of the Lonesome Pine Fiddler sound as well as that of other pioneer figures. Tim Maynard will be playing banjo and doing back-up vocals along with other members of Windy Mountain.

If you like your bluegrass traditional, you won’t want to miss Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain at the Carter Fold! They’ve been performing at the Fold for nearly thirty years, and you won’t hear bluegrass played any finer than they play it. Melvin’s a Kentucky gentleman, and there isn’t a nicer or more experienced person in bluegrass music today. For information, go to
Saturday, October 27th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at

Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on Saturday’s concert, contact the Mountain Music Museum at 276-645-0035. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054.

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