• Huber banjo auction to benefit Play It Forward

    We've written before about the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and their instrument lending program for young pickers, Play It Forward. Bluegrass students aged 8-16 can have access to quality banjos, fiddles, mandolins or guitars for renewable one year loans at no

  • Wade Mainer – An Appreciation

    As reported earlier, Wade Mainer, one of traditional music’s most durable practitioners, passed away on September 12 after a short illness. Born on April 21, 1907 in Weaverville, North Carolina, he was one half of the famous Mainer Brothers, with the

  • Wade Mainer, RIP

    We have learned that Wade Mainer passed away yesterday evening, September 12, after having been returned to his home in Flint, MI with hospice care after a brief hospitalization. We will post further details about Mainer's eventful life in short order.

  • Wade Mainer in failing health

    We are saddened to learn from Dick Spotswood that centenarian banjo picker Wade Mainer is in failing health, and has been returned home into hospice care after a brief hospitalization. Dick shared that Mainer's wife Julia suspects that Wade has only

  • Banjo On The Mountain – Wade Mainer bio

    And speaking of Dick Spottswood... His biography of seminal banjo picker and bandleader Wade Mainer is due out from the University Press of Mississippi in the next few weeks. Banjo on the Mountain - Wade Mainer's First Hundred Years tells the

  • Wade Mainer turns 101

    It hardly seems a year ago, does it, since we mentioned the celebrations for Wade Mainer's 100th birthday? Well, it is. A North Carolina native, Mainer turns 101 today (Monday, April 21) and on Saturday, with the help of about 400

  • Wade Mainer celebrates his 100th birthday

    Here's another post from our all-the-more regular correspondent, Richard Thompson. He writes from England, where he is also a longstanding contributor to British Bluegrass News, a quarterly print publication where he also briefly served as editor. Old time music pioneer Wade