Driving down East Washington this evening we were listening to a replay of the Tuesday night Grand Ole Opry from Nashville, Tennessee. Center stage on the circle of wood, that comes from the original stage of the Ryman Auditorium, stood Jesse McReynolds on his 90th birthday.
What a fantastic broadcast and memory on Sirius radio for the fans of bluegrass and the Opry.
Born on July 9, 1929, the music legend is known for his mandolin playing. He and his brother Jim began performing together around 1947, originally with the name The McReynolds Brothers.
Alongside Jim, he recorded more than 50 albums, featuring one of the smoothest and most influential vocal duets in bluegrass music. These recordings can be heard often in our home. In fact this morning their music played loud and clear from our living room speakers.
Following Jim’s death in 2002, Jesse has carried on the McReynolds tradition touring with his band, the Virginia Boys. The music they made is simply priceless, the harmony flawless. That is why we play it loud!