JIM & JESSE & THE VIRGINIA BOYS, “Radio Shows,” Rural Rhythm. 24 tracks

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Jim & Jesse McReynolds joining Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. And Rural Rhythm Records is celebrating by re-releasing an album with 24 songs recorded as part of their radio shows on WBAM in Montgomery, Ala., in 1962.

It was first released as an LP in 1978.

At the time of Jim McReynolds’ death on New Year’s Eve 2002, the McReynolds were the longest active professional duet act in country music history.

Jesse McReynolds, who survived a bout with cancer the year his brother died, is still performing today at 84.

Most of the tracks on the album are requests sent in by fans of their radio show — songs like “Foggy Mountain Top,” “Precious Memories,” “There’s More Pretty Girls Than One” and “Sitting On Top Of The World.”

It even includes the Martha White Flour jingle that opened and closed the shows.

The Virginia Boys, at the time of these recordings, were Allen Shelton, Jimmy Buchanan, Don McHan and Dave Southerland.

The McReynolds brothers began performing together in 1947 and landed their first major label recording deal — with Capitol Records — in 1952.

This album offers fans a chance to turn back the clock 52 years and hear the McReynolds brothers — and their band — in their prime.

It also includes online access to a video interview with Jesse McReynolds and photos from his private collection.

Can’t find it in stores? Try http://www.RuralRhythm.com.

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