Country music pioneer Wade Mainer died at his home in Flint on Monday at the age of 104. Joe DePriest of The Telegraph reports:
As a professional singer and banjo player, he would introduce that music to audiences throughout the nation and also pass it on to new generations of performers.
Mainer, one of the most popular and influential figures in early country music, died Monday at his home in Flint, Mich. He was 104.
Some called him “the godfather of North Carolina country music” and “the grandfather of bluegrass.”
He performed in the White House for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and in New York City with folk legend Woody Guthrie.
“He was one of the most remarkable musicians of his era,” said music historian Dick Spottswood, author of “Banjo on the Mountain: Wade Mainer’s First Hundred Years,” published in 2010 by the University Press of Mississippi.