About The Group
The Southern Moonlight Entertainers was a name for a Vocalion recording group that one might suspect from the name might be a pop vocal group or a small orchestra. But in reality, under ordinary circumstances, it was a fiddle band better known as the Rainey Family. It was led by George Rainey. Members included:
Compared to many early day recording artists, the Raineys were a relatively experienced and polished group having already played numerous dances in their locale.
In fact, the Raineys already had a recording background as well as being part of Warren Caplinger's Cumberland Mountain Entertainers. At which time George, Albert, and Willie journeyed to Ashland, Kentucky in February 1928 and cut several numbers for Brunswick and Vocalion. At their 1929 session they recorded eight numbers and had two more releases from their 1930 session.
According to Albert and Willie, their father was a natural musician who taught all of his children to play. At times the Rainey Family band would go out on tours, sometimes make a little money, and other times made scarcely enough to get back home. Marvin died at a relatively young age in a car crash, but Albert and Willie lived long enough to be interviewed by Charles K. Wolfe about their family's experiences as country music pioneers.
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