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Wade Mainer

Wade Echard Mainer (April 21, 1907 – September 12, 2011) was an American country singer and banjoist. With his band, the Sons of the Mountaineers, he is credited with bridging the gap between old-time mountain music and Bluegrass and is sometimes called the "Grandfather of Bluegrass." In addition, he innovated a two-finger banjo fingerpicking style, which was a precursor to modern three-finger bluegrass styles.

Originally from North Carolina, Mainer's main influences came from the mountain music of his family. In a career that began in 1934 and spanned almost six decades, Mainer transitioned from being a member of his brother's band into the founder of his own ensemble, the Sons of the Mountaineers, with whom he performed until 1953, when he became more deeply involved with his Christianity and left the music industry. After working at a General Motors factory and attending gospel revivals, Mainer was convinced that he should restart his career as a Christian gospel musician and began to tour with his wife in this capacity. He continued to release albums until 1993.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 21st, 1907 (Buncombe County), Died 2011 (Flint)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, leader, banjo, harmonica, composer, songwriter, speaker

Recordings (Results 76-100 of 123 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-018771 10-in. 1/27/1938 Another Alabama camp meetin' Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Male vocal solo, with banjo and dialogue vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, banjo, speaker  
Victor BS-018772 10-in. 1/27/1938 Mitchell blues Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers String band leader, instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BS-018779 10-in. 1/27/1938 Bachelor blues Steve Ledford ; The Mountaineers Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BS-018780 10-in. 1/27/1938 Only a broken heart Steve Ledford ; The Mountaineers Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BS-018781 10-in. 1/27/1938 Happy or lonesome Steve Ledford ; The Mountaineers Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Victor BS-026981 10-in. 9/26/1938 Farther along Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-026982 10-in. 9/26/1938 Dear loving Mother and Dad Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-026983 10-in. 9/26/1938 Can't tell about these women Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-026984 10-in. 9/26/1938 That kind Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-026985 10-in. 9/26/1938 If I had listened to mother Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-026986 10-in. 9/26/1938 She is spreading her wings for a journey Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-026987 10-in. 9/26/1938 The same old you to me Blue Ridge Buddies Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-026988 10-in. 9/26/1938 Life's ev'nin' sun Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-026997 10-in. 9/26/1938 Mother still prays for you, Jack Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-026998 10-in. 9/26/1938 You're awfully mean to me Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-026999 10-in. 9/26/1938 Home in the sky Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-027700 10-in. 9/26/1938 A little love Blue Ridge Buddies Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-027701 10-in. 9/26/1938 North Carolina moon Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-027702 10-in. 9/26/1938 More good women gone wrong Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-032625 10-in. 2/4/1939 Sparkling blue eyes Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-032626 10-in. 2/4/1939 We will miss him Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-032627 10-in. 2/4/1939 I left my home in the mountains Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-032628 10-in. 2/4/1939 I met her at a ball one night Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-032629 10-in. 2/4/1939 You may forsake me Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-032630 10-in. 2/4/1939 Look on and cry Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
(Results 76-100 of 123 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mainer, Wade," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104228.

Mainer, Wade. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104228.

"Mainer, Wade." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104228

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