Les Sandy's Memories of Jim and Jesse McReynolds
Musicians who formerly played with Jim and Jesse McReynolds are reunited at the 1999 Winter Bluegrass Festival at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC.

Leslie Sandy (Center) first met Jim and Jesse in Augusta, Georgia in 1949 when he played bass for Hoke Jenkins & The Smokey Mountaineers on WGAC- He played with Jim and Jesse in 1955 in Danville, Virginia. During this time, the album Airmail Special was recorded (Jan. 24, 1955-Capitol Records). Leslie played the bass on four songs: "I'll Wear The Banner", "My Garden of Love", "I'll See You Tonight in My Dreams" and "Tears of Regret". He left Jim and Jesse & The Virginia Boys for awhile, but returned to play with them again in 1957 on The Suwanee River Jamboree in Live Oak, Florida.  He recalls the times with Jim and Jesse with fondness and was saddened upon the death of his friend and fellow musician, Jim McReynolds.

Jesse McReynolds, Jim McReynolds and Jerry Dunbar. Jerry played the fiddle for Jim and Jesse. He now resides in Kinston, North Carolina.( This re-union at the Winter Bluegrass Festival would be the last time these old friends would all be together to talk about the "olden days".)

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