Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Music of a Mountain Man

By Amy Calhoun

Wade Mainer, the “Grandfather of Bluegrass,” passed away on Sept. 12 at the age of 104.

A legendary banjo player, Mainer influenced many including the likes of David Holt, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley.

A pioneer in the bluegrass and country music world, Mainer performed regularly with his wife Julia.

Mainer’s musical contributions will continue to live on in the sounds of today’s country and bluegrass bands.

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