Friday, December 3, 2010

Kirk McGee & Grady Sartain - Jo-Mar 45 #J-111

WOW! Here`s a find if you are a Kirk McGee fan! I had no idea this even existed. I know nothing about this disc or the Jo-Mar label. It would be interesting to know when this was recorded.
I have no idea who Grady Sartain was (or is, he could still be living I suppose). Indiana Blues is a pretty good tune with some good old-time finger-picked guitar. No credit is given to the musicians on this side, but the other side says "Acc. By-Grady Sartain & Sam McGee", so by that and my ear it`s definately Sam playing guitar on this side.
On The Pig Ankle Rag, we have Kirk playing the 5-string banjo, old time finger pickin` style as only Kirk could. This is a new favorite recording for me! Sam on guitar and I assume Grady Sartain is playing bass.

Click here to download Jo-Mar J-111


  1. nice stuff--sounds like a 1960s recording to me

  2. Thank you for this!

    Please check out my 1920s and 1930s McGee Brothers/Uncle Dave Macon posts at

  3. Grady Sartain was my uncle and I recall in the mid 1960s about stories of him playing some back up stuff at the Grand Ole Opry. He was a WWII vet and blue collar worker in Nashville and played bass guitar as a hobby. He passed in the 1980s of throat cancer from many years of smoking. RIP Uncle Grady and Aunt Elizabeth

    1. He was related to our 👪 i knew a kid

  4. Lloyd Arnold on Jo-Mar (TN) 45 - 108 dates (1965) so mids 60's?

  5. Grady Sartain Sr was my father in law. He passed away August 5, 1985. He never played bass guitar as stated above. He played melody and some times lead. Grady played back up with Sam and Kirk McGee for many years on the Grand Ole Opry. We loved him very much and miss his sense of humor!