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Album Review

The Jim & Jesse Story: 24 Greatest Hits contains the majority of the duo's biggest hits and most familiar numbers, including "Diesel on My Tail," "Paradise," "Cotton Mill Man," "Better Times a-Coming," and "Are You Missing Me." However, the disc does not contain original recordings — it is all re-recordings from the early '90s. Nevertheless, the album does boast a number of excellent performances, since the duo is supported by several of the finest former Virginia Boys, and they themselves sound energetic and surprisingly lively, making The Jim & Jesse Story a fine introduction to the duo's sound. [CMH's 2007 reissue featured four additional bonus tracks, along with the original 24.]


Formed: 1945 in Coeburn, VA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the great bluegrass bands in history, brothers Jim (born 1927) and Jesse (born 1929) McReynolds and their Virginia Boys remained at the top by changing with the times. Starting as a traditional brothers duet, Jim on guitar and Jesse on mandolin showed their versatility by following country's changing tastes, moving to country/folk when necessary to keep a road band going. Whatever style they played (including Berry Pickin' in the Country, an album of bluegrass versions of Chuck Berry tunes),...
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