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Wade Mainer

Wade Eckhart 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 21, 1907 (Buncombe County), Died September 12, 2011 (Flint)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1950

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

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 101-123 of 123 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-032631 10-in. 2/4/1939 One little kiss Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble, with yodeling leader  
Victor BS-032632 10-in. 2/4/1939 Mama, don't make me go to bed Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-032633 10-in. 2/4/1939 Crying holy Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-032634 10-in. 2/4/1939 Heaven bells are ringing Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-041200 10-in. 8/21/1939 Sparkling blue eyes no. 2 Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-041201 10-in. 8/21/1939 The poor drunkard's dream Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-041202 10-in. 8/21/1939 Were you there? Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-041203 10-in. 8/21/1939 The gospel cannon ball Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-041204 10-in. 8/21/1939 The great and final judgment Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-041205 10-in. 8/21/1939 What a wonderful Saviour is He Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-041206 10-in. 8/21/1939 Why not make heaven your home Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-041207 10-in. 8/21/1939 Mansions in the sky Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-041208 10-in. 8/21/1939 Not a word of that be said Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-041209 10-in. 8/21/1939 Drifting through an unfriendly world Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers Vocal and instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BS-071014 10-in. 9/29/1941 Shake my mother's hand for me Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers String band, with vocal leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-071015 10-in. 9/29/1941 Anywhere is home Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers String band, with vocal leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-071016 10-in. 9/29/1941 I can tell you the time Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers String band, with vocal leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-071017 10-in. 9/29/1941 He gave his life Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers String band, with vocal composer, leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-071018 10-in. 9/29/1941 Ramblin' boy Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers String band, with vocal composer, leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-071019 10-in. 9/29/1941 The precious jewel Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers String band, with vocal leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-071020 10-in. 9/29/1941 Old Ruben Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers String band, with vocal composer, leader, vocalist  
Victor BS-071021 10-in. 9/29/1941 Precious memories Wade Mainer ; Sons of the Mountaineers String band, with vocal leader, vocalist  
Victor E0VB-5190 10-in. 7/24/1950 Empty tomb Jack Holden ; Frances Kay Female-male vocal duet, with string band composer  
(Results 101-123 of 123 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mainer, Wade," accessed June 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104228.

Mainer, Wade. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104228.

"Mainer, Wade." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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