Personalities | Jim & Jesse | Bluegrass | Country

(Vocal/instrumental duo, 1945–80s)

In much the same way that Earl Scruggs revolutionized the banjo with his three-finger roll, Jesse McReynolds (vocals, mandolin, b. 1927) transformed the mandolin with his pioneering cross-picking and split-string innovations. Like Scruggs, he was lucky to have a partner with an appealing tenor voice to make it easier for the public to embrace these instrumental innovations. His brother ​Jim (vocals, guitar, 1927–2002) sang lead and Jesse harmonized in the old brother-duet style, even when they tackled everything from honky-tonk laments to a Top 20 single about truck driving (1967’s ‘Diesel On My Tail’).

Styles & Forms | Bluegrass | Country
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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