Jesse McReynolds

Jesse McReynolds, one half of iconic duo Jim & Jesse and the oldest standing Grand Ole Opry member, passed away on June 23, 2023 at the age of 93. Known for his combination of crosspicking and split-string mandolin playing, McReynolds and his brother Jim spent 50 years recording and performing as Jim & Jesse, becoming the longest lasting brother duo in Country Music history upon Jim's death in 2002. Since their debut in 1952 on Capitol Records, the pair produced several hit songs and fan-favorites, including “The Flame of Love,” “Gosh I Miss You All The Time,” “Cotton Mill Man,” “Diesel On My Tail,” “Are You Missing Me,” and “Paradise.” Jim & Jesse became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1964. Among their other honors, they were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1993 and received the National Heritage Fellowship Award in 1997.