Back to basics for The Grand Ole Opry’s Jesse McReynolds

Back to basics for The Grand Ole Opry’s Jesse McReynolds

Veteran country and bluegrass entertainer Jesse McReynolds will host The Pick Inn Spring Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17, 2008.
“Events such as this one give me something to do here at home when I am not at the Opry or traveling,” he said.
He said providing new ways that the audience can get to know him and his music is one of the basics that have helped him to maintain the longevity of his career.
The event at 550 Zieglers Fort Road in Gallatin, Tenn. across from Bledsoe Creek State Park will feature Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys, Lonnie Jones and Hard Drive, Harv Mason & the Straight Arrow Boys, Pastor Rodney Haskin and the Fiddlin’ Preachin’ Band, Luke McKnight and Thunder Road, Curly Seckler, Eddie and Martha Adcock, New Foundation, Daniel Rothwell and Granddaddy, Champ Buckdancer Thomas “Magic” Maupin, Judy Carrier and Rens Vreeburg, Dr. Johnnie Feelgood and the Do Gooders and others.
He and his wife Joy will debut their new Pick Inn Music Pavilion. Friday the event is 4-9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adult admission is $15 adult or both days for $25; seniors: $12 or $20 for two days, Children 6-12 $6 or $10 for two days, Under age 6, free with adult. For more information, call at (615) 452-7321.
McReynolds, a IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame member, is still touring around the world but he is creating unique opportunities for people to come to see him right at home on his Gallatin farm outside Nashville where he has lived since the early 1960s. He and his late brother Jim joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1964 such as a mandolin camp he plans for July or his weekday radio show.
“Daily radio shows were the norm for performers when Jim and I started,” he said. “I wanted to go back and capture the way radio use to be a long time ago. This is a little different because it’s a little like an interview show.”
Each weekday morning now Jesse with his able co-host Harv Mason sit down in the living room of The Pick Inn, a hilltop log cabin on 32 acres overlooking Old Hickory Lake, where the McReynolds’ host weddings, music concerts, festivals, and teaches workshops.
Often the radio show includes downhome commercials, guests dropping by telling stories and jokes, musicians playing tunes and joining in on the fun by singing a song or just providing applause and laughter. An audience is also welcome.
“Instead of having all professionals come in, I just like to sit down and pick with ordinary people,” he said “It’s more like a family get together — like a jam session.”
“The Pick Inn Party Radio Show” airs from 8-9 a.m. (CST, 9-10 a.m. Eastern) on WHIN 1010 AM and can be found live on the web at whinradio.com. The show features live music and recorded music from the Jim and Jesse catalog, phone call-ins and guests.
“We are getting calls from all over the country,” he said. “It is amazing how people are giving us compliments about how they enjoy the radio show.”
For more information, visit www.jimandjesse.com
Posted 5.6.08

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