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Wade Mainer, Bluegrass Banjo Pioneer, Dies at 104

Can you name a rock song with some banjo playing in it?

Chances are, that banjo player was somehow influenced by Wade Mainer. The bluegrass banjo pioneer died of congestive heart failure on September 12th at the age of 104.

Mainer is sometimes called the "Grandfather of Bluegrass" because he helped bridge the gap between old-time mountain music and bluegrass.

Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Mainer is also known for inventing a two-finger banjo picking style.

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