July 20, 1898 – June 12, 1971 Remembering J. E. Mainer

Remembering J. E. Mainer (July 20, 1898 – June 12, 1971) was an American old time fiddler who followed in the wake of Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers Mainer’s fame as a fiddler rose and sponsored by the Crazy Water Crystals in 1933, he and his newly formed band consisting of J. E. on fiddle, Wade Mainer on banjo, and Zeke Morris on guitar, made their radio debut on WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina calling themselves “J.E.Mainer and his Crazy Mountaineers.” In 1935, they recorded 14 songs for the RCA Bluebird label, including their biggest hit “Maple on the Hill.” Mainer was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on October 11, 2012.

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