COURTESY OF THE MCREYNOLDS TRADITION
The McReynolds Tradition Jesse McReynolds
PHOTO REPRINT COURTESY OF JESSE MCREYNOLDS
Grandpa Morton passed away before “A Day at
the Farm” came to fruition last year, but Casey
believes that the event was one of the things that
kept his grandmother going. “It kept us all going,
if you want the truth,” he says.
brother Garrett, cousin Luke and uncle Darin
formed a band they call The McReynolds
Tradition, upholding a legacy that stretches back
to their great grandfather, Charlie McReynolds.
“A Day on the Farm” was a roaring success.
Some 500 people attended, including a few city
slickers who made the four-hour drive from
Memphis. Everyone chowed down on Granny’s
barbecue, white beans and corn bread. They
picked pumpkins, petted farm animals, rode
tractors—some even volunteered to clear out cow
manure from the stalls as part of the fun. The
family simply asked for donations at the entrance.
When the day was over, they had raised more than
$10,000 for the Society.
“Charlie was one of the first bluegrass players to
have ever been recorded,” Amanda says. Her uncle
and grandfather made up the legendary bluegrass
duo Jim and Jesse McReynolds.
When Amanda’s father, Keith, a respected bass
player, was diagnosed with MS in 1988, the family
struggled with medical expenses, and decided to
raise funds for Keith’s care the best way they knew
how: by playing music.
Ties that bind
Not far from Granny Morton’s farm lies the
country music capital of the world: Nashville,
Tenn. It’s there that Amanda McReynolds, her
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Keith passed away in 2000, but the family kept
the annual tradition going, donating the proceeds
to members of the music community experiencing
health problems. This year, Amanda took over
the event, working with the Society to raise funds
to fuel MS research. The Ernest Tubb Texas
Troubadour Theatre, a prestigious venue in the
Nashville area, donated space for the show.
“Our partnership with the Society actually helps
raise awareness of the show, just as the show
continues to raise awareness of MS. It’s a win-win
situation, and something we’re all proud to be
doing in my father’s memory.” n
Patricia Wadsley is a New York–based writer and regular
contributor to Momentum.