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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. v

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Preface

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pp. vii-x

Carl Sauceman (1922–2005) remembered hearing the Mainers’ music as he grew up in rural East Tennessee. When I was small I was drawn to country music too, along with daily serial dramas, crackly transmissions from World War II European battle fronts, oracular pronouncements from evening news disseminators Gabriel Heatter and Lowell Thomas, little boy adventure shows like The Lone Ranger, Jack Armstrong...

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The Wade Mainer Story

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pp. 3-26

Wade Mainer’s long and rewarding life story has been told many times, as it deserves to be. Coming out of a rich musical environment in western North Carolina, he has taken the sounds he grew up with and shaped them according to his own creative instincts, preserving his distinctive brand of mountain music on a series of recordings...

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Wade Mainer’s Banjo Playing

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pp. 27-37

“Nobody ever showed me anything on the banjo. I just stuck to what I got and I hung on to it.”1 At age 102, Wade Mainer speaks with candor about his sprawling musical past. Though he insists that “I don’t have that much banjo learning,” and judges his self-taught skills a product of tenacity more than talent, he has bequeathed to bluegrass an...

Photos, Letters, and Memories

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pp. 38-99

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Broadcast Chronology

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pp. 101-102

Early country music groups and southern radio stations mutually profited from their interdependence. The stations, their sponsors, and listeners enjoyed inexpensive live entertainment, while musicians profited from the high profile they received in return, allowing them to attract sponsors, sell records and souvenir songbooks, and draw audiences to personal appearances. The downside of this arrangement was that they could perform only for limited...

Discography

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pp. 103-128

Index

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pp. 129-134