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Local physician brings McCoy's music to life

September 18, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Could that be your doctor performing country music in a red-sequined suit?

If it's Dr. Matthew Hahn, it is, and he's close to releasing his first country music CD, "The Real McCoy," in honor of local singer-songwriter Jim McCoy.

Hahn said McCoy is one of his patients, but he did not know about his country music career until he learned about McCoy from newspaper editor John Douglas, who had written an article about him.

Hahn became a great fan of McCoy after hearing him sing at The Troubadour, the nightclub and restaurant McCoy and his wife own on Highland Ridge Road.

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"Meeting Jim was my introduction to country music," Hahn said.

He said he liked McCoy's songs and the old country music. "Jim's music is a cross between Buck Owens and Hank Williams," Hahn said.

Hahn performed two of McCoy's songs at a Morgan County Public Library fundraiser two years ago, and he and McCoy became friends. McCoy has allowed Hahn to record his songs on a CD, he said.

"It's an honor and a privilege to bring Jim's music alive," Hahn said.

Hahn, 44, said after high school he was a lead singer with a Washington, D.C., rock and roll group called The Young Caucasians. The band performed for about eight years and cut a few records but did not reach national recognition, a similarity to McCoy.

Hahn returned to school to become a medical doctor from George Washington University School of Medicine and practices medicine at Tri-State Community Health Center in Hancock.

He said he thought his music days were behind him, but McCoy's songs have purity about them and you "want to get the music heard," he said.

Local vocalist, Angela Petry, provides vocal backup on several of the songs. "It's great music that needs to be sung, and it needs to be heard," she said.

"Others have met Jim McCoy and become involved with his music," Hahn said. "He's like a grandfather to all of us."

Hahn has been working on the CD for about two years and many local musicians have contributed time toward making the album.

"We feel we have become part of Jim's family," Petry said.

The 12-song CD is being produced by McCoy at his own Troubadour Recording Studio. John Douglas, the author of the new book, "Joltin' Jim: Jim McCoy's Life In Country Music," is the co-producer and Will Shenk is engineering the project.

Their band, The Real McCoys, are performing in the area. "The music needs to get out there. People have to hear it live," Hahn said.

Hahn's CD is to be released in the fall.

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