AUBURN — The Maine Country Music Hall of Fame bids farewell to Hall of Fame co-founder and country music legend Slim Andrews.
He was born Leonard “Slim” Andrews Huntington Jr. in Boston. On Jan. 15, the Maine country music icon went “singing and strumming with the angels” at the age of 90, according to a press release from Maria Holloway.
Most recently, Andrews resided in Auburn with his wife, Carole Ann. Slim was a country music singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. He co-founded the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 1978, and in 2008 was instrumental in establishing the Hall of Fame Museum in Mechanic Falls, the only such museum east of Nashville.
He was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002. Until very shortly before his death, he was active in the day-to-day affairs of the hall of fame, serving as chairman of the induction committee and tour guide of the museum. He has made several recent appearances on local television, including Maine Public and WMTW Channel 8.
Jim Flynn of Lewiston, a friend of Andrews and another Maine country music songwriter and educator, wrote in 2018 that “Slim Andrews will be remembered by the Maine country music community as an artist of dedicated country music and as a leader and catalyst for growth. in Maine country music in the 70s and 80s and the first two decades of the 21st century. Slim Andrews’ influence on Maine country music has made it one of the most popular performing arts in the state of Maine.
For more information, search Wikipedia for a summary of Slim Andrews’ early life, military service, musical career, and awards, including a comprehensive discography; or visit the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 272 Lewiston St. in Mechanic Falls.
The museum is open seven days a week by appointment. To book a tour, call 207-654-2227 or email [email protected].
Donations in Andrews’ memory may be made to the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, PO Box 62, Athens, ME 04912.