The Goins Brothers (#111)

Melvin Goins, master of traditional bluegrass music, offers songs and reminiscences from his 50-plus-year career.

This episode of Jubilee showcases one of bluegrass music’s most established bands, the Goins Brothers of Bluefield, WV. The hour-long program was taped at the 1997 Carter County Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival in Olive Hill, KY.

The Goins Brothers band, formed in the early 1970s, includes Melvin Goins on guitar, Dale Vanderpool on banjo, John Keith on mandolin, John McNeely on guitar, and David Bowling on bass. John Rigsby is a guest fiddle player for this performance.

They kick off the show with “Salty Dog,” then move on to “Freight Train Boogie” and “No Curb Service Anymore,” written by Melvin and Ray Goins. The performance also includes renditions of “Sallie Goodin,” “Cabin in the Hills,” “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone,” and “Heavenly Light Is Shining on Me.”

Interspersed throughout the music is an interview with Melvin Goins, who tells funny and touching stories of how, as a boy, he traded five hens and a rooster for his first banjo; of his dreams of becoming a musician (he even built his own stage); and of the love of music he shared with his brother Ray. Goins also recounts the early days of playing on a daily radio program in Pikeville, KY as a member of the highly regarded Lonesome Pine Fiddlers.