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Old-Time Musician Wade Mainer’s Influence Is Topic of Program Sept. 21

A Tribute to Wade Mainer
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
5 p.m. Reception and book signing
5:45 p.m. Program
6:30 p.m. Musical performances
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 962-4207
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The career of old-time musician Wade Mainer will be honored in a musical tribute Sept. 21 in Wilson Library at UNC. The program is free and open to the public.

Mainer, now 103 years old, influenced generations of musicians during his career as a popular North Carolina recording and radio personality. Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Doc Watson are among those who found inspiration in Mainer’s distinct sound that bridged the gap between old-time mountain music and bluegrass.

A biography of Mainer, Banjo on the Mountain: Wade Mainer’s First Hundred Years, by Dick Spottswood, was published last month by the University Press of Mississippi.

The program Sept. 21 will feature a discussion and Q&A with Spottswood. Musical tributes will be provided by:

  • Big Medicine (Jim Collier, Bob Head, Kenny Jackson, Joe Newberry);
  • The Happy Valley Pals (Gail Gillespie and Margaret Martin, Dwight Rogers and Wayne Martin);
  • The Lonesome Prairie Dogs (Steve Terrill, Molly Stouten, and Alan Teichman);
  • Andy Cahan; and
  • Joseph DeCosimo.

Other local musicians will also play songs from Mainer’s catalog, which spans nearly six decades.

The tribute to Mainer is a collaboration of the Southern Folklife Collection in Wilson Library; the Old Time Herald; PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music; and the North Carolina Folklife Institute.



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