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By Abby Whitt | Editor

Randall Hylton, a native of Floyd County, started his first music publishing company, Greasy Creek Music, in 1977 in Nashville, Tennessee, and wrote more than 250 songs before his death in 2001.

Hylton was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame on March 26, as part of the BRMHof’s 14th Annual Induction Ceremony in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He graduated from Floyd County High School in 1964 and died at age 56.

Other legendary Blue Ridge musicians who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame include Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Bobby Patterson of Carroll County, Tony Rice of Danville, and Ralph Stanley.

Bluegrass Today lists some of Hylton’s most popular works as 32 Acres; It will move; Rain cold leaves; Slippers With Wings (co-written by her sister, Wanda Dalton); Once and Forever; I heard the wind blow; Poor country, proud country; and Where Rainbows Land.

The publication has reported on Hylton many times throughout his career and has followed the success of Dalton’s “Slippers with Wings”.

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The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America named Hylton Songwriter of the Year five times and Guitar Player of the Year once.

Bluegrass Today reported that Hylton’s son, Blake, attended the induction ceremony to accept the honor on behalf of his family.

Hylton supported local Floyd projects, including an exhibition at the Old Church Gallery in the 1990s, according to Roanoke Times records. He was posthumously inducted into the Virginia Folk Music Hall of Fame in 2018.

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