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He began performing locally with his cousins Ireland "Lazy Ned" Cline and Ray "Curly Ray" Cline, along with local guitarist Zeke Stepp, as the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in Gilbert Creek, WV. The three cousins worked in the coal mines during the week and played music on the weekends until 1938, when they left Mingo County, WV for Bluefield, WV to perform on WHIS radio.
In November 1953, Cline and the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers were performing on the WJR Big Barn Frolic. During the week, he worked at the Hudson plant in Detroit, Michigan. He hired Melvin and Ray Goins, following the departure of Charlie Cline (who went to work for Bill Monroe) and Paul Williams (who went to work for Jimmy Martin), and moved back to Kentucky to perform on a new station, WLSI in Pikeville.
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