Jim Eanes

Genres: Country & Bluegrass

Biography

Homer Robert Eanes Jnr., 6 December 1923, Mountain Valley, Henry County, Virginia, USA, d. 21 November 1995, Martinsville, Virginia, USA. His early musical interest came from his father, a talented banjo player, who ran a local band. When only six months old, he suffered severe burns to his left hand that left the fingers twisted, but as a boy he developed a style of playing that, after an operation in 1937, enabled him to become a fine guitarist. He played in his father’s band, appeared on local radio, where he acquired the name of Smilin’ Jim Eanes (Homer seemed unsuitable) and in 1939, became the vocalist for Roy Hall’s Blue Ridge Entertainers, until Hall’s death in a car crash in 1943. Between 1945 and 1949, he worked with the Blue Mountain Boys on theTennessee Barn Dance on WNOX Knoxville and recorded with them in New York. He briefly joined Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, when they formed their first Foggy Mountain Boys, before finally...

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