(05/19/2009)

West Virginia's Charlie McCoy is one of three new members inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

McCoy is a native of Oak Hill.

McCoy has recorded with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Tanya Tucker and many more.

"Well, I never really cared for harmonica or harmonica players until I heard Charlie McCoy," said Harold Bradley, a veteran session guitarist who formally inducted McCoy.

"Charlie has taken harmonica playing to a whole different level. It's not just his great technique, it's his interpretation of many musical styles, from bluegrass, country and rock 'n' roll to a Hugo Montenegro album with strings and French horns."

Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell are the other two inductees.


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