Interview with Ray and Melvin Goins, May 10, 2005

Project: Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Oral History Project

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Ray and Melvin Goins talk about musicians in their family and their early interest in music. They talk about their first instruments, their first radio show, and their first live performance. Ray talks about his first professional job playing banjo with Ezra Cline, and their experience staying at the Drake Hotel during their early days in the music business. The brothers talk about their current musical instruments and play several songs throughout the interview and talk about the history of each song. They tell stories about Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, and many other musicians. Other topics include radio shows, pranks between musicians, recording sessions, auditions, the tradition of having a comedian in Bluegrass bands, and their wages in the early days of performing, among others.

Interview Accession

2017oh188_ibmm012

Interviewee Name

Ray Goins

Melvin Goins

Interview Date

2005-05-10

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The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History has been licensed by the International Bluegrass Music Museum as the exclusive archival repository for this collection. All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, belong to the International Bluegrass Music Museum.?Interviews may only be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky.

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Goins, Ray Interview by . 10 May. 2005. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Goins, R. (2005, May 10). Interview by . Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Goins, Ray, interview by . May 10, 2005, Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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