Jesse McReynolds biography

Jesse McReynolds

Bluegrass, Composer

1929 –


Who is Jesse McReynolds?

Jesse Lester McReynolds is an American bluegrass musician. He is known for his innovative crosspicking and split-string styles of mandolin playing, and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1964. He is a multiple Grammy nominee and award winner.

Jesse McReynolds, along with his late brother Jim McReynolds, formed the bluegrass band Jim and Jesse in or around 1947.

In 1993 McReynolds was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor. In 1997 he and his brother were presented with the highest honor in the United States for folk and traditional arts, the National Heritage Fellowship Award.

McReynolds plays between 60 and 70 shows each year. He regularly releases albums, both of bluegrass music and of other genres. His recording Bending the Rules received a nomination for "Best Instrumental Recording of the Year" from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2005.

In 2010 McReynolds completed Jesse McReynolds & Friends ~ a Tribute to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter," released on Woodstock Records. The tribute to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead band featured the guitar and vocal work of David Nelson of New Riders of the Purple Sage, Stu Allen of the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, and Garcia's longtime friend Sandy Rothman on banjo. The record includes 12 of the songs of Garcia & Hunter. Also included on this project is a song written by Hunter and McReynolds, "Day by Day." McReynolds cites getting to meet and pick with Robert Hunter as one of the highlights of his career. This event happened in 2013, when Hunter was in Nashville to receive a lifetime achievement award. Jim Lauderdale brought McReynolds & Hunter together at The Grand Ole Opry for this memorable meeting.

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Jul 9, 1929
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  • McReynolds, Jesse

on July 23, 2013


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