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American Singer-Banjo Player Wade Mainer, 104, Passed Away

Wade MainerBluegrass music pioneer Wade Mainer passed away yesterday. He was 104 years old. Mainer's health took a sudden down turn about a week ago and he passed away Monday, September 12, 2011. He was probably best known for his work with the Sons of the Mountaineers which bridged the gap between old-time music and bluegrass. While his banjo technique was a two-finger style, rather than the Scruggs three-finger bluegrass rolls, his style was definitely an influence on Earl Scrugg's three finger technique.

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