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Homer & Jethro

Homer & Jethro

Homer & Jethro

Homer & Jethro were an award winning country comedy duo that took Nashville and the nation by storm between the late 1940s to early 1970s.

Know by various monikers such as "the thinking man's hillbillies" and "America's song butchers", Homer & Jethro performed parodies of country and pop hits, producing a staggering number of recordings during their tenure. Though known for their comedic songs and on-stage banter, both were first-rate singers and instrumentalists.

Homer Haynes, guitar, was born July 27, 1920 and died August 7, 1971. Jethro (Kenneth C.) Burns, mandolin, was born March 10, 1920 in Conasauga, Tennesse and died at his home in Evanston, Illinois on February 4, 1989.

Along with Bill Monroe, Jethro Burns was one of the early pioneers to bring mandolin to the forefront of popular American music, and one of the early practitioners of jazz mandolin.

Chet Atkins (Jethro and Chet were married to sisters) produced many of their recordings included their legendary instrumental recordings "Playing It Straight" and "It Ain't Necessarily Square", prized possessions of any jazz mandolin fan.

After Homer's untimely death in 1971, Jethro paired with guitarist Ken Eidson in an attempt to recreate the magic of Homer & Jethro, but with little success. He ultimately reinvented himself as a marvelous solo player capable of incredible arrangements of the popular music of his time.

Late in life, Jethro Burns resurfaced as a guest artist with such notables as Steve Goodman and David Grisman and enjoyed his status as a country music legend. His last recordings, some of his favorite mandolin and guitar duets, were made with friend and former student Don Stiernberg and are available from Acoustic Disc.

Homer & Jethro were posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 4, 2001.

Additional information:
Homer & Jethro recordings
Homer & Jethro Kellog's Joke Book
Recording "Playing It Straight"
It Ain't Necessarily Square
Homer & Jethro Kellogs Ad
Homer & Jethro pictures

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