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Musician ‘‘Curly’’ Ray Cline (January 10, 1923-August 19, 1997) was born in Baisden, Mingo County. He was one of the most significant bluegrass fiddlers from West Virginia from 1938 until his retirement in 1993. Cline was a member of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers until 1966 and thereafter played with Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys, one of the most important bands playing old-style bluegrass music. Besides recording with these bands, he cut 13 fiddle albums, seven of them for Rebel Records.

This Article was written by Ivan M. Tribe

Last Revised on January 19, 2021

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Tribe, Ivan M. "Curly Ray Cline." e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 19 January 2021. Web. 24 September 2023.


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