Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns

Elected on February 7, 2008



Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns was recently recognized for his musical achievements by The Ancient Order of the Mandolin when he was posthumously elected an Honorary Member of the order. Jethro Burns was part of the musical comic duo, "Homer and Jethro" and is reknowned for his clean, jazz influenced solos and unique chord voicings. Jethro was born in Evanston, Ill. in 1920 and died in 1989. Many bluegrass mandolin fans know that Jethro was the mandolinist on the budget priced "Wade Ray and the Country Fiddlers" album on which he ripped through jazzy, high speed solos on a group of old, traditional fiddle tunes at a time when "newgrass" was in infancy. Jethro was featured on many recording for King and RCA Records over the years.


R. Alston, Scribe