McLain, Raymond W.


  • From Berea, Kentucky. Lives in Morehead, Kentucky.
  • 1969-1989 performed with his family, The McLain Family Band.
  • 1990-1997, played banjo with Jim and Jesse McReynolds.
  • 1992, released solo project A Place of My Own (Flying Fish).
  • 1995, released “Kentucky Mountain Banjo” album (Country Life).
  • 1997, formed a group with his brother Michael and Michael’s wife Jennifer called The McLains.
  • 2000, joined the music faculty of East Tennesse State University (he was formerly on the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville, teaching music.)
  • 2005, recorded an album of duets Old Time Mojo with Canadian harmonica player Mike Stevens.
  • 2010, left ETSU to become director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University in Kentucky, replacing Don Rigsby.
  • 2022, retired from his position at Morehead State to return to writing and performing with the McLain Family Band.