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Happy B-day Wade Mainer! 103 Today!

Posted by Banjo Mountain on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Today is Wade Mainer's 103rd birthday. Wade is one of the best two-finger pickers and early Bluegrass musicians of the 20th century. He was born today in 1907 in western North Carolina(Buncombe County). I have always liked Wade's style of banjo pickin' and am happy to see that he's still alive today for his 103rd birthday. Wade's brother, J.E., was also a big name in early Bluegrass music. He passed away about thirty years ago or so.

Here's a great video of Wade & Julia Mainer doing what they do best. This is from the late 1980s and was recorded in Maggie Valley, NC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mImNTqSOLrI&feature=related

If I could ever meet him or any of his family members, I'd ask if he knew my Great-grandmother's family(the Wards) from Weaverville, NC. My grandad's mother's side of the family was from there.



2 comments on “Happy B-day Wade Mainer! 103 Today!”

Oalbrets Says:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 @3:13:45 PM

Thats really cool Jack and thanks for posting the video. Happy Birthday Wade and many more.

Couchie Says:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 @3:16:59 PM

Wade and Julia are awesome! Here's wishing them all the best!

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