For the majority of his life, this legendary hall of fame musician played alongside fellow great legends like Ralph Stanley and was a member of the Clinch Mountain Boys.
According to WYMT, a close family friend has confirmed the death of bluegrass icon Melvin Goins, who passed away while touring in Canada earlier today (July 29th). He was 83 years old.
Playing for the majority of his career with his brother Ray Goins, they became known together as The Goins Brothers later in their careers after carving out great successes with acts like the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and Ralph Stanley.
Melvin's brother passed away in 2007.
Fellow bluegrass icon, Rhonda Vincent posted a memoir to Facebook in honor of her bond with Goins and even uploaded a photo she'd taken with him just five days ago. The bluegrass star looked in very happy spirits and obviously was enjoying his time with Vincent.
"Heartbroken to just hear of the passing of this dear friend and bluegrass pioneer - Melvin Goins," Vincent writes on the social media site. "Melvin was one of a kind. He loved to visit, and we loved listening to his wonderful stories! He was a wonderful man of God.
"I know he ran to join the Angel Band, and join the many bluegrass legends who have gone before him. Our last visit was right here at Summersville, WV on June 24, 2016. Rest in Sweet Peace my friend!"
One of The Goins Brothers' most beloved songs was "On The Way Home" and we've included that song below as a way to remember Melvin doing what he absolutely loved.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Goins family during this difficult time.
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