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21 April 1907, near Weaverville, North Carolina, USA. The younger brother of J.E. Mainer and a fine singer and talented banjoist who developed a clever two-fingered style that made his playing readily identifiable. In 1937, after initially playing with his brothers Mountaineers, he formed his own Sons of The Mountaineers, which at times included Wade Morris, Jay Hugh Hall, Steve Ledford and Clyde Moody. He recorded for Bluebird Records until 1941, being especially remembered for his 1939 recording of Sparkling Blue Eyes. He later made some recordings for King Records before moving in the 50s to work for Chevrolet in Flint, Michigan. After retirement from that in the 70s, he returned to recording with the Old Homestead label. At the age of 96 he performed at the Grand Ole Opry.