Ryland Tinnell

Appomattox native Ryland Tinnell was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame over the summer.

Appomattox native Ryland Tinnell was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame over the summer. The 77-year-old not only bore the honor of being an inductee, but he is also the first steel guitarist to be inducted. The ceremony to honor the momentous occasion took place on Aug. 17 at the Beacon Theater in Hopewell, Virginia.

“It was quite a day for me and my whole family,” said Tinnell.

Tinnell felt it a great honor considering the hall of fame boasts of names such as Jimmy Dean, The Statler Brothers, Patsy Cline and more.

“Fine musicians and it’s just a great honor to be mentioned with that bunch of people,” said Tinnell.

Tinnell shared that he began his musical pursuits as a 7 or 8-year-old playing dobro with his cousins. 

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