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Time Machine – 1950s – Bill Emerson & His Virginia Mountaineers – Jesse James – MP3

 

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Bill Emerson & His Virginia Mountaineers

Jesse James

Banjo Pickin’ N’ Hot Fiddlin’

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  1. BILL EMERSON

    * One of the most influential five-string banjo players in bluegrass.
    * 1955, first pro job: “Uncle Bob and the Blue Ridge Partners.”
    * 1957, an original member of The Country Gentlemen. Left after a few months and was replaced by Eddie Adcock.
    * 1958-1969, worked with the Stoneman Family, Red Allen, Jimmy Martin, and Cliff Waldron—in that order.
    * 1966, he and Cliff Waldron recorded the first bluegrass version of the Mannfred Mann song “Fox on the Run.”
    * 1969, returned to The Country Gentlemen.
    * 1973, joined the Navy and played banjo with the U.S. Navy band Country Current (until 1992 when he retired.)
    * 1988, worked with Pete Goble on several projects. Their song “Tennessee 1949” won the IBMA award that year for Song of the Year.
    * 1988, was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame.
    * Founder of Webco Records, which was acquired by Pinecastle Records in 1994.
    * 1998, recorded and performed with Mark Newton.
    * 2007, came out of retirement to record and perform his “Sweet Dixie” Band.
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