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’).
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