5 March 1939, Cherokee, North Carolina, USA. Fairchild, who is of Cherokee Indian extraction, first played guitar but in the late 50s, greatly impressed by the playing of an aunt, he decided to specialize in banjo. He first recorded for Sim around 1963 but in 1965, with his Maggie Valley Boys, he recorded several instrumental albums for Uncle Jim ONeals popular Rural Rhythm label. Some gained release at varying dates but by 1976, his releases and reissues were attracting a great deal of attention. He quickly built his reputation and amazed his audiences by his playing, not only in his own Maggie Valley locale but also at various major bluegrass and folk festivals. Between 1975 and 1990, he worked with Wayne and Wallace Crowe, who played guitar and bass and added vocals. The trio became very popular around the bluegrass circuit and recorded albums for Skyline and Atteiram. He then re-formed his Maggie Valley Boys, which included his son Zane on lead...
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