Jim Eanes

Jim Eanes (December 6, 1923 - November 21, 1995) was an American bluegrass and country music singer and guitarist of Sephardic Jewish heritage. Homer Robert Eanes Jr. was born in Mountain Valley, Virginia and grew up in Martinsville. The Eanes family immigrated to America as a Sephardic Jewish family who settled in the Virginia and West Virginia area. ...show more

Jim Eanes (December 6, 1923 - November 21, 1995) was an American bluegrass and country music singer and guitarist of Sephardic Jewish heritage. Homer Robert Eanes Jr. was born in Mountain Valley, Virginia and grew up in Martinsville. The Eanes family immigrated to America as a Sephardic Jewish family who settled in the Virginia and West Virginia area.

Most of the Eanes family became non-observant in practice. Jim Eanes learned to play the guitar at an early age despite an injury to his left hand. He had his first musical training as a rhythm guitarist in his father's string band. In 1940, he joined "Roy Hall's Blue Ridge Entertainers" performing at a radio station in Roanoke, Virginia until 1943 when Roy Hall died.

In the mid 1940's, Eanes joined "Uncle Joe and the Blue Mountain Boys". He also performed with Flatt & Scruggs, and in 1948, with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. In 1949, he made his solo recording debut on the Rich-R-Tone label together with Homer Sherrill on fiddle and Snuffy Jenkins on banjo. Two years later, in 1951, Eanes formed "Jim Eanes & The Shenandoah Valley Boys" recording for the Blue Ridge label. ...show less

Albums & Singles by Jim Eanes