Berea College Celebration of Traditional Music Performance
North Carolina banjo player Wade Mainer (1907-2011) was influential in developing the "two finger style" of banjo picking. A religious conversion in 1953 led him to renounce the music industry and the banjo. He moved to Flint Michigan to work at General Motors. In the 1960s he began playing the banjo again on gospel recordings. He retired from GM in 1973. He began tperforming with his wife, guitarist Julia Mainer and continued to release albums until 1993, at the age of 86.
Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College
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