About the Group
Jim and Jesse McReynolds starting getting some attention in 1953 when they were
performing over WCYB in the Bristol, Tennessee area. They were known to sing a 'smooth
duet' and good instrumentalists. Both of them were natives of Coeburn, Virginia
where growing up they learned the folk songs of Kentucky, West Virginia,
North Carolina and Tennessee.
Their mother and father were also musically inclined and helped inspire their
love for the old hillbilly music at an early age.
Jim played the guitar and bass fiddle and sang tenor. Jesse played nearly
any stringed instrument, but became known for his style of mandolin playing.
They caught the attention of the Capitol Records folks and recorded a few
sides with them, including "Are You Missing Me" and "I'll Wash Your Love
From My Heart".
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No.28; September 1953, American Folk Publications, Inc.;