Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Jim McReynolds (1927-2002) and his brother Jesse (b. 1929) were Virginia boys who became one of the most influential bluegrass duos in the world.  Staring in 1947, they landed their first major recording contract in 1952 with Capitol Records.  Jim played guitar and was a high tenor while Jesse played mandolin with a signature crosspicking style.  Together with their backup band The Virginia Boys, Jim and Jesse provided us with 55 years of great music.  Jesse will still play at various folk festivals.

They have been inducted ino the Country Music Hall of Fame's "Walkway of Stars," the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Honor, and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Hall of Fame, as well as receiving the National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


I Wish You Knew:

When I Stop Dreaming:

My Baby's Gone:

Freight Train:

Where the Soul of Man Never Dies:

Violet and a Rose:

Maple Sugar (instumental):

I Heard the Bluebird Sing:

Knoxville Girl:

Rocky Road Blues:

And, channeling their inner Chuck Berry, here's Johnny B. Goode:


  1. So, do you listen to WAMU's Bluegrass Country feed these days? When the bluegrass shows were still on the only/over the air/analog feed, I certainly heard a fair amount of their music...

    1. WAMU's bluegrass and "Obsolete Music" were both staples on the car radio. I don't have a chance to listen to them online very much and (grrr) I don't get their new FM station in my neck of the woods. Even the local Comcast bluegrass station is off the air. I'm not paranoid or anything, but I think they're out to get me.