Jake Quesenberry & the MacRae Brothers

The MacRae Brothers’ old-time country “brother duets,” featuring guitar and mandolin, return to a classic technique originally popularized by groups such as the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers and the Louvin Brothers. Following the same tradition as their predecessors, the MacRaes regularly share their “brotherly” music with friends and fans all over Northern California at bluegrass festivals, concerts, private parties, BBQ joints and cafes alike.

Jake Quesenberry, who co-founded the California Bluegrass Association in 1974, is a first generation country musician from Eastern Kentucky with a vocal style that harkens back to the older mountain music of the Stanley Brothers. An avid picker, he maintains a deep repertoire of nearly forgotten songs as well as an accomplished set of original tunes.

After meeting Matt Dudman, his bluegrass “brother” whose approach to the mandolin brings with it a strong background in bluegrass, blues and rock music, the duet began their exploration of the “brother” format. Using closely harmonized vocals accented only with guitar and mandolin, the technique appears somewhat minimal, but delivers consistently entertaining shows filled with jokes, stories and simply beautiful old-time music.

This artist appears in Jubilee #709: Timberline Drive/Jake Quesenberry & the MacRae Brothers.