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Jesse McReynolds
1 of 5 Signed Copies of Jesse McReynold's new CD, 'Songs of the Grateful Dead'
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Jesse McReynolds


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About Jesse McReynolds:  Mandolin stylist known for his musical wizardry, songwriting, singing and arranging. A member of the award-winning brother duo, Jim & Jesse until Jim’s death in 2002. Grand Ole Opry member for more than 45 years. Has performed throughout Europe and Africa, as well as in the U.S. Multiple Grammy nominee and winner. Co-winner of the IBMA Instrumental Recording, "Mandolin Extravaganza". Nominated in 2005 for IBMA Instrumental Recording of the Year for his stellar collection of mostly original songs, "Bending the Rules." Celebrating his 63rd Anniversary in music!

Best Known as a mandolin innovator and stylist. Created the intricate and hard to duplicate  "cross-picking" and "split string" styles of mandolin playing. Recognized for his musical virtuosity. 

Interesting facts:
Played mandolin on the Doors’ The Soft Parade album. Toured and recorded as a member of The Masters, a quartet of "superpickers" that included fiddler Kenny Baker, dobroist Josh Graves and banjoist/guitarist Eddie Adcock. Performed and recorded with the Glenville State College Percussion Ensemble. Performed with the Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra playing some of the many best-loved songs of the Grateful Dead that were written by Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter.

Instruments: Mandolin,Guitar, Fiddle, lead and harmony vocals.  

Best-Known Albums & Songs: Berry Pickin’ In The Country (an album of Chuck Berry songs bluegrass style); Bluegrass Mandolin Extravanga (with David Grisman); Masters Of The Mandolin (with Bobby Osborne); and the hit singles "Diesel On My Tail," "Paradise," "Better Times A-Coming" and "Cotton Mill Man."  Bending the Rules (earned Jesse a nomination for IBMA Instrumental Recording of the Year featuring Jesse and the "Mad Fiddler" Travis Wetzel).

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