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The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers performing "Will I Meet Mother In Heaven"
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The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers were an enduring force in the development of
bluegrass music for over three decades. Over the years, the band underwent
many personnel changes and played a variety of styles, ranging from old-time
string music to bluegrass to country.
The group was founded in 1938 by Ray Cline in Baisden, West Virginia.
Originally it consisted of Cline and his adolescent cousins. The Lonesome Pine
Fiddlers started out playing at WHIS Blufield, and soon after, Gordon Jennings
joined them. The Fiddlers temporarily broke up during World War II. After the war
they reunited back on WHIS, joined by Charlie Cline, who sang duets with Ray. In
1949, the Cline Brothers were replaced by fiddler Ray Morgan, Bob Osborne
and Larry Richardson. By 1950, they had become a full-fledged bluegrass band.
Bob and Larry left the following year and were replaced by Jimmy and Paul
Williams. More personnel changes ensued and in 1953, the band began playing
at WJR in Detroit. There they cut six sides for Victor in Chicago, among them
their best-known song, "Dirty Dishes Blues."
The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers then moved to WLSI Pikeville, Kentucky, and
stayed there the rest of their career. They recorded eight singles in 1954,
including two bluegrass classics, "Windy Mountain" and "No Curb Service." The
band had a golden opportunity that year to perform on the Martha
White-sponsored program at WSM, but they refused and Flatt & Scruggs took it
instead. This refusal limited the band's exposure to the Appalachian area, where
they remained popular on radio and television shows while recording and
performing full-time through 1964, when they decreased the pace of their
schedule. By 1966, the members of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers had gone their
separate ways. In 1988, some of the founding members reunited for a reunion
album. Charlie Cline still uses the band's name for his own country music group.
~ Sandra Brennan, All Music Guide