The Mountain Maryland Hall of Fame has chosen Cumberland’s Joe Maphis as its very first inductee.
Maphis was one of the flashiest country guitarists of the 1950s and 60s, and was known as The King of the Strings. He and his wife Rose Lee became known as Mr. and Mrs. Country Music.
Joe moved to Cumberland in 1926 at age 5 when his father landed a job with the B&O Railroad. Joe’s first band was the Maryland Rail Splitters. He also played in the local (Cumberland) Foggy Mountain Boys.
The induction program for Joe Maphis will take place at the Allegany Museum Saturday evening, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. Special performers are Brian Lonbeck of Bakersfield, Calif. and Thom Bresh (son of Merle Travis). The museum holds about 300 so tickets, which will go fast.
The Museum will also be mounting a special Joe Mathis exhibit.