J.E. Mainer with Red Smiley classic album, originally released in 1968, is a perfect example of this musical blending.
J E Mainer was considered sort of the bridge between Old Time and Bluegrass music. The Legendary J E Mainer, Volume 3 originally released in 1968 is a perfect example of this musical blending. Now over 75 years later these great old songs can be enjoyed again performed by Old Time legend J E Mainer and Bluegrass legend Red Smiley with his renowned band Blue Grass Cut Ups.
Many popular songs from back in the day are included on the album along with some great old songs all made popular by such Old Time music legends as the Mainers, the Skillet Lickers, Uncle Dave Macon, The McGee Brothers Hannah and Fiddlin John Carson.
J E Mainer recorded twenty albums for Rural Rhythm Records in the late 60 s and early 70 s with Lee Sutton as producer. The Legendary J E Mainer Volume 3 containing 20 traditional classics, was the third of these albums and was originally released in 1968.
ABOUT J.E. MAINER:
Up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
Where the mountains reach the sky,
They have to pipe in the daylight
And dawn breaks with a lot of racket
Bout the only time you can see the sun
Is when you look straight up at high noon.
Over yonder a piece from Weaverville, NC, J.E. Mainer was born on July 20, 1898. Money was scarce as hen s teeth and time were hard. Bout the only pleasure them mountain folks ever knew was moonshine makin , huntin , romancin praising the Lord and playing mountain music, which was great.
J.E. Mainer s early days were spent working in the cotton mills, where work was hard, the days were long and pay was small. He figured it couldn t be no worse on down the road so he did a lot of traveling, always coming back to his beloved wife and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
If you were around in the late 30 s, and you listened to Country Music on your radio, there was a good chance you heard J.E. Mainer & His Crazy Mountaineers, sponsored by Crazy Water Crystal (patented medicine). J.E. Mainer was one of the great pioneers of Mountain Music entertainment. His fiddle playing won him many prizes. No one could play the fiddle the same manner of the great J.E. Mainer. His tremendous drive, lively spirit and love for his music made him an all-time favorite. It pleased J.E. the most when his performance would capture the heart of his audience there were his greatest moments.
J.E. was fortunate to have artists of great talent working with him in his band. Many members of his band later went on to establish themselves in their own rights in the entertainment field.
The Mountaineer s first big record was released on the Blue Bird label in 1935, Maple On The Hill , featuring Wade Mainer (J.E. s brother) with Zeke Morris on vocal. J.E. s early string band consisted of Wade Mainer (banjo, vocal), Zeke Morris (guitar, vocal), Daddy John Love (guitar, vocals), Snuffy DeWit Jenkins (banjo), naturally J.E. Mainer was the featured fiddler.
The songs played and recorded in the 30 s were gospel, bluegrass, comedy, love ballads, wild mountain fiddle breakdowns, traditional folk and country blues. Rural Rhythm Records has recorded hundreds of these great songs in stereophonic and monophonic in the same type songs as those you loved to hear many years of yesterday. The music is Mountain Music Entertainment at its best.
The legendary J.E. Mainer passed away June 12, 1971, a living part of our American heritage of Mountain music is gone. But he left behind his many recordings that will be played and enjoyed for many generations to come.
Uncle Jim O Neal