|The number of music acts in the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame will grow by five in 2020.|
The inductees for the 2020 class, including Ethel Caffie-Austin, Honey & Sonny Davis (The Davis Twins), Larry Groce, Mayf Nutter, and The Hammons Family. 2020 will be the 8th class inducted, bringing the total number of members in the to 57.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” Groce said on being in the 2020 class. “I love West Virginia and I made my life in music. I have been for 47 years now and there is something about this state that really drew me and kept me here. I raised my family here. To be part of a hall of fame that has anything to do with West Virginia is a big deal for me.”
Groce was born in Dallas, Texas in 1948 but moved to Phillipi in 1972 when he was an NEA-sponsored musician-in-residence for Barbour, Tucker, and Randolph counties. He is the co-founder of the NPR show “Mountain Stage” and has been the director of FestivALL in Charleston.
The Davis Twins
The New Lexington, Ohio natives, born in 1926, are a popular brother-sister twin duo that started their career at age 12. The Davis Twins traveled all over West Virginia and made lasting impacts on the airwaves in Wheeling, Fairmont, St. Albans, Charleston, Logan and more.
Caffie-Austin is a scholar who has put on many projects and performances of gospel music and American folk music to places who need to hear it the most.
Mayf Nutter, a singer, songwriter, actor, and everything in between was born in Jane Lew, West Virginia in 1941.
He is a national celebrity, guitarist for Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Member, Del Shannon, and front man for The New Christy Minstrels.
Nutter was the youngest member of the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame and is a star in Wheeling as part of “Jamboree in the Hills.”
The Hammons Family from Pocahontas County will be inducted in 2020 as the group consisted of seven members.
The members have since passed away since coming to West Virginia during the Civil War.
Known as some of the finest musicians in the mountains, the group is known for an ancient style that has been lost today.