Legendary banjo picker and old-time musician Wade Mainer died on September 12, 2011, at the age of 104 in Flint, Michigan, where he had lived since 1953. Mainer was one of the most influential persons in bluegrass music. In the 1930s, he played with his brother J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers and with his own band, the Sons of the Mountaineers, and recorded for Bluebird. He also played with the Monroe Brothers and influenced such people as Reno and Smiley, Flatt and Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe and many others.
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