Jesse McReynolds At Grand Ole Opry
Jesse McReynolds, known to some as “Mr. Mandolin” is a legend in the bluegrass world.
McReynolds grew up listening to traditional mountain music in Coeburn, Virginia. He formed a band with his late brother, Jim, and “Jim and Jesse,” with Jim on guitar and Jesse on mandolin, quickly became bluegrass giants. Jesse pioneered a new split-sting, crosspicking style of mandolin playing. The brothers' hits include “Diesel on My Tail,” “North Wind,” “Oh Louisiana,” “Ballad of Thunder Road,” and “Better Times A-Coming.” The McReynolds brothers joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1964.
Jesse now plays and tours with his band the Virginia Boys. He lends his mandolin talents to projects across all genres of music, including playing on The Doors' Soft Parade and was one of the main creative forces behind a tribute album to Jerrry Garcia and Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead. 2012 marks Jesse McReynolds' 65th year as a musician. Mcreynolds has been nominated for 4 Grammy awards, and Jim and Jesse received the National Endowments for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship Award, the country's highest honor for traditional music. McReynolds and his brother Jim also belong to the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Honor.