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About the video
Mandolin Master Jesse McReynolds plays Roy Acuff song, "Night Train To
Memphis", live in Marion, VA
About the artist
Jesse Lester McReynolds (born July 9, 1929, in Coeburn, Virginia) is known for
his innovative crosspicking and split-string styles of mandolin playing, is an
innovator of bluegrass music and is a forty two year member of the Grand Ole
Jesse McReynolds, along with his late brother, Jim McReynolds, formed the
bluegrass pioneering band Jim and Jesse in or around 1947.
In 1993 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor.
And, in 1997, Jesse and Jim were presented with our nation's highest honor in
the folk and traditional arts, the National Heritage Fellowship Award. Jesse is a
multiple Grammy nominee and award winner.
Jesse McReynolds, at 79 years young, still plays between 60 and 70 shows each
year, and regularly releases new albums of his own tastes and the bluegrass
music he and his brother made famous, while continuing to venture into ever
wider realms of music. His acclaimed recording, "Bending the Rules" garnered a
nomination for "Best Instrumental Recording of the Year" from the International
Bluegrass Music Association in 2005.
Jesse is presently working on a tribute to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter of the
This year, 2009, marked his 62nd anniversary in music, with an 80th birthday
bash festival in his honor planned on July 10 & 11 at his Pick Inn Music Park in