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Diesel On My Tail

Diesel On My Tail

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Jim & Jesse were an American bluegrass music duo consisting of brothers Jim and Jesse McReynolds.   The two were born and raised in Carfax, a community near Coeburn, Virginia.  Their grandfather, Charles McReynolds had led the band "The Bull Mountain Moonshiners", who recorded at the famous Bristol Sessions in 1927.

Jesse played the mandolin with a unique "crosspicking" and "split-string" playing method, and Jim sang and played guitar.  They played with their backing band The Virginia Boys which over the years has included a who's who of famous musicians such as fiddler Vassar Clements, banjo great Allen Shelton, Jesse's oldest son, the late Keith McReynolds, Randall Franks and many more.

Since the death of brother Jim, Jesse has continued with The Virginia Boys playing bluegrass and adding other genres of music to their repertoire.  His present show includes Chuck Berry and Grateful Dead songs.  Jesse participated in a tribute to Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter released in 2010 on Woodstock Records.

The current band lineup includes Keith's son, Garrett McReynolds as tenor singer/rhythm guitarist with Travis Wetzel on fiddle, Gary Reece on banjo, and Larry Carney on guitar.  Their musical tradition carries on, entertaining fans all over the world.


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