BANJO ON THE MOUNTAIN: WADE MAINER'S FIRST HUNDRED YEARS
by Dick Spottswood, essay by Stephen Wade
SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR! LIMITED EDITION. A tribute to a musician whose career spans hillbilly, bluegrass, and sacred music. Mainer (b. 1907) is believed to be the longest-lived country entertainer ever. His banjo lessons began in childhood and he played informally into his adult years, when he joined his brother in Mainer's Mountaineers. Music became their ticket out of the cotton mills in 1934. Eventually Wade Mainer formed his own band, the Sons of the Mountaineers. His success secured a permanent place for the fiddle and banjo sound in country music, and created the foundation upon which Bill Monroe would spread bluegrass music in the 1940s. Features Wade's own words from a lifetime in music and a career that included a command performance at the White House for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a key role in The Old Chisholm Trail, a 1944 BBC-sponsored radio play for American troops and embattled English civilians. Rich in photographs and documents,letters, professional photos and family snapshots, posters, songbooks, flyers, and other priceless curios. 128 pp.
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