Wednesday, March 17, 2010
– Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, Molly O'Day and, Larnelle Harris were announced today as the newest inductees into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.
"This year's inductees include some of the most recognizable music artists in the world," sais Executive Director Robert Lawson of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. "The ceremony taking place in April 2011 will feature performances by this year's class as well as some of this state's greatest music achievers."
The 2011 Induction Ceremony will be held in Lexington, Ky. on April 7, 2011. Tickets are on sale now at the Hall of Fame. For more information about the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum call 1-877-356-3263 or visit www.KYMusicHallofFame.com.
Loveless, Montgomery, Wariner and Whitley are all artists of the past 25 years.
After the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers disbanded in 1963, Ray and Melvin performed together as The Goins Brothers until Ray's heart attack in 1994 slowed him down. Ray retired in 1997, while Melvin continued as Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain. Ray would share the stage with his brother on occasion, mostly close to home in eastern Kentucky Melvin Goins and Ray Goins, The Goins Brothers, have been playing mountain string music for 50 years. The music became known as "bluegrass" about the time they started playing professionally. Ray passed away in 2007.
O'Day was an American country music vocalist who had some degree of fame and commercial success in the late 1940s during her five-year recording career.
Harris was born in 1947 and hailed from Danville, Ky. where his 30-plus years of ministry, garnered 18 albums, won 5 Grammy Awards and 18 Dove Awards. His career as a gospel singer, songwriter, and recording artist has landed several number one songs on the Inspirational Music charts.