Happy 83rd Birthday–Jesse McReynolds

Image634775168069250701Happy (belated) 83rd Birthday to Bluegrass Hall of Famer Jesse McReynolds (July 9).

Here he is with fellow Hall of Famer and old friend, Curly Seckler, at a birthday party  held at the Pick Inn, in Gallatin, Tenn.

Jesse McReynolds, along with his late brother Jim McReynolds, formed the bluegrass band Jim and Jesse in approximately 1947.  In 2002, both brothers were diagnosed with different types of cancer. Jesse's battle was successful, but Jim's was not. He died in 2002, ending the longest active professional brother duet in country music history - 55 years.

Jesse has carried on the Jim & Jesse tradition and continues to play all over the world with his band, as well as being a guest with other groups. His operates  "The Pick Inn" in Gallatin, TN, where he and his wife, Joy, also run a wedding business. Jesse & Joy have music concerts at the Pick Inn, presenting different types of music, including the music that made Jim & Jesse famous.

Jesse is known for his innovative crosspicking and split-string styles of mandolin playing, and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1964 and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1993. In 1997 he and his brother were presented with the highest honor in the United States for folk and traditional arts, the National Heritage Fellowship Award.

Photo courtesy of the International Bluegrass Music Association

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